For hundreds of years, books have comforted us in times of chaos, added a dash of drama to mundane days, and sparked ideas for changing the world. This World Book Day, be sure to take the time to grab a good book, sit down somewhere comfortable, and get started!
While some people are able to focus on reading anywhere, sometimes a little bit of silence makes it easier to get into a book. With that in mind, here are some of the best places in Germany, for all types of book lovers!
Ideal for complex design: Benediktinerabtei Metten Bibliothek, Bavaria
Looking to see stunning architecture? Look no further than this magnificent library located in Metten Abbey, a Catholic abbey founded in the year 766 AD. The abbey was a refuge for over 1,000 refugees during the Second World War and, like many others, hosted boarding students. St.-Michaels-Gymnasium is a school still run by the abbey.
The interior of the library building features a grand ballroom, a dining hall, and large stained glass windows. The library itself contains 35,000 books and there is a modern library which visitors can view on guided tours of the monastery.
Best for minimalists: Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
If you’re looking for an Instagram-approved place to read, check out the Stadtbibliothek in Stuttgart. While the clinical white walls aren’t to everyone’s taste, this famous library is a pretty minimalist spot for a little daytime reading.
Contrasting white stairs and decor, with boldly colored books on the shelves, make the library an eye-catching affair – perfect for anyone looking to share the events of their day on social media!
Best for History: German National Library, Saxony
The German National Library, with buildings located in Leipzig and Frankfurt, houses some of the largest collections of historical documents, archives and literary objects in the country – a real treat for history buffs! Even the library itself is historic – founded in 1912.
The library collects copies of all books published in German, so if you’re looking for some great German books to explore, the German National Library might be the best place for you!
Best for studying: Foster Library, Berlin
Not looking to love reading, but looking for a new place to study? Try the Foster Library at Freie Universität Berlin! The university’s philological library is shaped like a brain and houses collections of books from many different academic disciplines, such as classics, Slavic studies, and philosophy.
The library is named after British architect Norman Foster, who played an important role in the creation of the library. Thanks to the studious atmosphere of the place, you will be sure to have a little calm and, hopefully, to accomplish beautiful works!
Best for pyramid lovers: Ulm City Library, Baden-Württemberg
How about if we told you that your new favorite reading spot could be a giant glass pyramid in the center of a German city? Thanks to the Ulm City Library, this could be the reality, since the entire building is made of glass to reinforce the organization’s theme of transparency.
There are hardly any walls in the library, and the glass pyramid structure allows you to enjoy the surroundings while exploring the library inside. Built in 2004, the library gives Ulm’s old town a touch of modern design, while overlooking the city’s historic town hall.
Best for bold design: Cottbus Technical University Library, Brandenburg
If you like modern architecture, Cottbus Technical University Library offers an excellent compromise between bold design and well thought-out architectural concepts. The building, which has no corners or edges, contrasts impressively with the rectangular books within its walls and offers a very different design from other German libraries.
The building’s interior features a bright, contrasting color palette to impress visitors upon arrival and features a range of rooms with low ceilings for an intimate feel and rooms with higher ceilings for a more airy feel.
Happy World Book Day!
Now that you’ve found a great place to explore the German literary scene, it’s time to grab a good book and dive in. Whether fictional or factual, we hope you enjoy it! Happy World Book Day!