With a thriving literary past and present, the German capital shines bright through its quietest destinations: libraries. But you’ll likely find, as I did, that that simply sitting down and reading may not be as easy as planned. With bold architecture and museum-worthy collections, these libraries are just as appealing to the eye as to the mind. Wander the shelves and peruse the spines of old tomes in Berlin’s most beautiful fortresses of knowledge.
On a rainy September morning, I sought refuge within the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Center, a fascinating place to start any Berlin day. Centrally located in the Mitte district, the library is a quick trip from most neighborhoods in the Grey City. It’s named after the renowned brothers behind all those German fairy tales and features some of their personal collection. The main reading room is a geometric masterpiece, with a wooden grid circumscribing the bookshelves around you and the desks down below. Descending into a pit, the reading room comes alive as light enters through the glass panels in the ceiling.