Last summer I spent two weeks in Berlin. We visited a lot of museums, landmarks, and, of course, bookstores. Berlin has some amazing bookstores and I can definitely recommend the ones on this list. Be warned, though: books are probably the things I spent the most money on during this holiday…
Georg Büchner Buchladen
A wonderful bookstore with sections in several different languages on many different topics and a great children’s and YA section in the back. The neighbourhood is very nice as well: close to the city centre, but very quiet.
Address: Wörther Str. 16, near Kollwitzplatz. Website: georgbuechnerbuchladen.berlin
Saint George’s English Bookshop
Across the street from Georg Büchner is this English bookstore, filled to the brim with lots and lots of second hand books and quite some new ones as well. The store goes on far to the back of the building, with books covering many topics lining the shelves. There’s so much you don’t even know what to look for!
Address: Wörther Str. 27. Website: www.saintgeorgesbookshop.com
Marga Schoeller Bücherstube
This one is probably my favourite. It’s a large, old-fashioned bookstore with several sections, and even though most of them are German, the English section could have been a small bookstore in itself! That’s where I spent most of my time and their selection is amazing. They have classics, poetry, modern literature, non-fiction on all kinds of topics, children’s and YA, and a lot of second hand books as well. I ended up having to choose which books to buy from a stack that was much too large…
Address: Knesebeckstraße 33. Website: www.margaschoeller.de
Book stands outside Humboldt University
I’m not sure whether these stands are only there on certain days, but I’ve seen them several times when I walked past this university building. It’s in the city centre and you’re likely to walk down this road, Unter den Linden, at least once if you’re doing any sightseeing in Berlin. The stands contain many cheap books, a lot of them are German, but depending on the stand you can find some English ones as well. Some sell antique books, some sell fantasy and scifi paperbacks, others sell old comics, and anything else you can think of is probably there as well. We didn’t have a lot of time to look around as it started to rain when we walked by, so make sure to go here on a sunny day so you have plenty of time to muse through the stacks and boxes.
Address: Unter den Linden 6.
Book stands on the Mauerpark flee market
Every Sunday there is a huge flee market in the Mauerpark, with stands selling anything from art prints to international street food to clothes to vinyl records to, you guessed it, books. You can see some of the stands on the left – it was too crowded to take a good picture while we were walking along the stands. There were several book stands selling second hand books for affordable prices, in several different languages. I definitely recommend visiting this market, whether you’re looking for books or something else, and do try some of the street food. We picked several different stands and shared our food so we could try things from as many different countries as possible. It was delicious and a lot of fun!
Address: Bernauer Str. 63-64. Website: www.flohmarktimmauerpark.de
Apart from these bookstores I also visited a few close to the apartment we were staying. They were great bookstores, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit them – the ones listed above are either very special or in a neighbourhood that’s worth a special visit, or both.
Let me know if you have any other tips for people visiting Berlin, if you visited these bookstores, or if you plan on visiting them!