Reading the latest bestseller or even an old classic on a tablet is handy if you’re traveling, but for some people there’s no greater joy than a physical book. Here are some of our favorite bookstores to visit in Germany, for avid readers and bookworms.
The best places to buy books in Germany
Some of the most beautiful, interesting, and idiosyncratic bookstores exist in Germany’s booming cities, so here are some of our top picks.
1. Ocelot, Berlin
With its iconic slogan, “Not just another bookstore”, this attractive shop in Berlin is a wonderful place to explore literature in an incomparable atmosphere. The shelves of this giant book haven are overflowing with thousands of titles, including options ranging from everything from history and biography to manga and thrillers. You can even order a freshly brewed coffee as you browse the shelves. Keep an eye out for one of the many interesting events the store has to offer, like book signings or literary talks.
2. Buchhandlung Buchstabe, Neustadt in Holstein
The Buchhandlung Buchstabe from Neustadt in Holstein in Schleswig-Holstein was one of the winners of the German Bookstore Awards in 2020, and rightly so! The store offers everything from new bestsellers to old classics, which visitors can peruse on the many shelves. It also has a very impressive international section with books in English, Greek, Italian and French, as well as German course books for all ages. The bookstore also organizes events such as readings by famous and new authors.
3. Taschen, Cologne
Since the 1980s, Taschen has been well known in the field of eclectic publishing. They specialize in unique books with stunning art depictions. From affordable art series that look great on any coffee table to their limited collectibles, these books come in all sizes and prices. The original Cologne bookstore looks like an incredible sensory museum combined with a bookstore, creating a unique experience that every bookworm must have.
4. Hugendubel, Frankfurt
This massive collection in Frankfurt looks like a big book store. Hugendubel has a plethora of books covering all sorts of genres and languages, including German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Dutch, Polish and more . If you need a break from exploring books, there’s a lovely cafe where you can relax with food and drinks before continuing your hunt. There are also sections with movies, audiobooks, gifts, music, stationery, and more. Find a new book or an old favorite in this gigantic bookstore.
5. Dusmann, Berlin
Dussmann: where culture comes to life. This Berlin store is more than a bookstore, although the huge selection of books might suggest otherwise. Along with books, there’s music, TV, movies, audiobooks, gifts, stationery, and more. There is an entire floor dedicated to English language books and music collections from famous composers like Bach, Mozart, Chopin and many more! Come here for a late-night book discovery, as this store stays open until 10 p.m.
6. The Value of Words, Munich
In the heart of Munich’s university district, Words’ Worth offers a unique shopping experience for all bookworms. An interesting aspect of this store is that it only stocks books written in English, while the decor is reminiscent of an English bookstore. Words’ Worth offers a wide selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction. You can also buy DVDs, CDs, academic texts for those who study and an assortment of gifts
7. Somanas, Cologne
Somanas is one of the most aesthetically pleasing bookstores a bookworm can visit. The Cologne Esoteric Shop is the perfect place to wander around and get lost exploring books for a few hours. Immerse yourself in philosophy and art while stocking up on the essential oils and meditation pillows that are also sold at this quirky, one-of-a-kind bookstore.
Stock up on your shelves
Although there are plenty of bookstores to explore in Germany, these are some of the best that any bookworm should visit. If you have any other favorites, let us know in the comments below!