Since Christmas is coming, we decided to create our gift guide filled with books about Berlin. Our own list of the best Berlin books everybody needs to have to know and understand the city a little better. We bought these books over the course of the almost three years we have been here and we promise you they are worth every penny.
From endless tips of the kind of places most people would never find on their own to a guide about how to be german. We are sure you are going to enjoy the books on this holiday gift guide.
Slow Travel Berlin – 100 Favourite Places
100 Favourite Places from Slow Travel Berlin is not a conventional guidebook and this is why we love it so much it has post its marking the places where we still need to go.
Slow Travel Berlin is one of our favorite Berlin blogs and they created this book with a more patient and personal approach to bring 100 special place in Berlin. From restaurants and cafes to museums and parks, you are going to find everything you didn’t know about Berlin in here.
Cee Cee Berlin Highlights
Cee Cee is our favorite newsletter about Berlin. They often show us places we never heard of and we are always amazed by their weekly links. Their book came as a pleasant surprise and we bought it at the release party. We came out of there with such a beautiful book that we could advise you to get it just based on graphic design.
But the Cee Cee Berlin Highlights book is more than just a beautiful book. It is a book with more than 200 hundred of Berlin most exciting features. From secret bars to hidden art collections in bunkers, this book has everything you need to know about Berlin.
Berlin Wonderland is a photograph book showing the wild years of Berlin between 1990 and 1996. That is the Berlin we grow up dreaming of living one day and this is why we loved this book so much.
Here you are going to see how it was Berlin just after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. How these subcultures of artists, punks, anarchists, squatters, visionaries, and oddballs discovered the practically lawless zone in the heart of Berlin and learned how to live in it.
In its more than 200 pictures, you are going to see how the years between 1990 and 1996 where quite unique and how it shaped the city we live today. Another book that everyone in Berlin needs to have.
Berlin – A City Divided
For almost 30 years, Berlin was divided by a wall that tore friends and family apart. With that in mind, Susanne Buddenberg and Thomas Henseler interviewed contemporary witnesses and recorded their stories and created this wonderful comic book.
In Berlin – A City Divided, you are going to read 5 different stories of a past that is not that far away. A woman leaves East Germany using a fake id card, a refugee is shot at the border, a family tries to flee into the west, a young man gets in trouble for taking pictures and the party of a lifetime.
This is what you get when you buy Berlin – A City Divided and we know you should get it.
Berlin Mittendrin is a photo guide that feels like Berlin. In the 432 pages it has, you are going to see everything Berlin has to show you. From the cliche places like St. Oberholz to the Tegel Prison, here you are going to have a more guideline view of Berlin.
And, when you get the book, try to find the one picture of us that illustrates an area of the city. Think about Steglitz when you try to find it.
Bonus Book – How to Be German in 50 Easy Steps
How to Be German in 50 Easy Steps is the perfect present for that friend that just moved in. Welcome to Berlin, little Ausländer.
In this short book, you are going to learn a lot about Germans and why they like Tatort so much, why they have weird dreams of being naked in parks and lakes and why they have so many rules for everything. This book is an eye opener and a love letter to Germany.
If you just arrived in Berlin, How to Be German in 50 Easy Steps is the book you need to buy first.
Holiday Gift Guide: Berlin Books
This is our Holiday Gift Guide. Six great books about Berlin that will show you everything you need to know about this ever changing city. Get them all on the list below:
- 100 Favourite Places – Slow Travel Berlin
- Cee Cee Berlin Highlights
- Berlin Wonderland
- BERLIN – A City Divided: Chronicles
- Berlin mittendrin – Edition Braus
- Bonus Book – How to be German / Wie man Deutscher wird