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    Twelve German Libraries That Will Make Bookworms Drool

    Bookworms, delight! These twelve libraries are enough reason alone to visit Germany.

    1. Marienburg Castle Queen's Library, Hanover / Via DZT

    The library in Marienburg Castle, along with the castle itself, was a gift from King George V of Hanover to his lovely Queen, Marie. Talk about Drachenfutter, am I right?? The lovely arching ceilings and fantastic view make us wish we were curled up with a book there right now.

    Did we mention the Queen's Library comes with this for a home? Not bad, Queen Marie. Not bad at all.

    Visit Marienburg Castle!

    2. Jacob and Wilhelm-Grimm Center, Berlin

    The Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Center in Berlin is an architechtural marvel that was finished in 2009. The design is all about strong lines and sharp angles, but it is still light and open. Students at the Humboldt University get to enjoy this reading room during every exam week, which is almost enough incentive to want to be in school again! Almost.

    More photos here.

    3. The German National Library, Frankfurt / Via Concord

    The German National Library is charged with recording and storing every German and German-language publication that is produced. (That's why the building is so big - it's full of secrets). The National Libray has been collecting texts since 1913 and now has over 25 million individual items. / Via © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 3.0

    The outside is impressive, but the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and spiral staircases are any library-nut's dream. Gorgeous, right?

    Visit the National Library!

    4. Stuttgart Central Library

    The Stuttgart Central Library may look like something out of a video game, but we assure you, this is real life. The dramatic white staircases, bookshelves, and floors give the whole building a crisp, clean feeling, perfect for all you minimalists out there.

    Also, the facade is permanently lit in patterns of blue lights - which i think we can all agree is beautiful.

    Visit the Stuttgart Central Library!

    5. Wiblingen Monastary, Ulm / Via Zairon

    Beauty and the Beast, anyone? Nothing more can be said about this absolutely stunning set up.

    Visit the Wiblingen Monastary!

    6. Ulm Public Library

    The theme for hte Ulm Library is transparency, and what better way to show that than with a giant glass pyramid? There are practically no walls in the library, rather everything is about openness, glass, and light.

    Visit the Ulm Library!

    7. Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel

    The Herzog August Library is a flavorful blend of classic and moderd architecture. It provides the perfect atmosphere for reading the books it specializes in: Early middle ages texts!

    Visit the Herzog August Library!

    8. The Lower Saxony State and University Library of Göttingen / Via Frank Schulenburg

    This library may have the strong lines of some of the other ones, but the warm wood tones makes it look so much homier.

    Visit the Göttingen Library!

    9. Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-House, the Parliamentar Library, Berlin / Via Mike Peel

    One of the major perks of being in the German parliament: the architecture. The German government buildings are some of the most modern in the world. This giant glass structure opened in 2003.

    Visit the Parliament Library!

    10. The Cottbus Library

    Another modern marvel for librarians is the Cottbus Library. The soft, flowing angles and curves are much different than many of the other German libraries.

    Also, all of the staircases in the building are a fun and wacky pink and green!

    Visit the Cottbus Library!

    11. Duchess Anna-Amalia Library, Weimar

    This library is straight out of one of a Goethe or Thomas Mann novel. Coincidentally, Goethe actually lived a few streets over from this heavenly library. Check it out for some literary inspiration.

    Visit the Anna-Amalia Library! Library

    12. We have a library, too!

    The German Embassy recently started an online book club. We are showcasing great contemporary German books that you absolutely NEED to read. Our Goodreads page is packed with our latest picks, so stop by and check them out!

    Click Here to see our GoodReads Page!


    Written By Lauren Rogers