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Reading in Munich

Sarah N Walker

Bookstores Worth Shopping In

Daily 9:30 AM until 8 PM, Saturdays until 6 PM
Located on the south side of Marienplatz, this is a large store with a decent collection of English volumes. On the 2nd floor is a good travel section (which otherwise lacks enough English guide books). The bottom floor sells magazines, many of them imported from Europe and the USA. There are other locations in Munich (Such as at Karlsplatz or in Pasing), but I cannot verify that they offer the same selection of English/Foreign language materials.

Words' Worth/Anglia
Two locations with different selections: Schellingstr. 3 and 21 (through the passageway).
Directions: Take the U6 or U3 to Universität and get off at the back of the train.
The best selection of English books in Munich. The little shop with multiple floors (21) has a great selection of travel guides, as well as literature and non-fiction. They are no Barnes & Noble, but they have a discriminate eye for appealing things to read. Prices can be steep, but the convenience is often worth it. Anglia (3) leans more to the academic side, but the selection is also commendable.

Rosental 6 (Marienplatz/Viktualienmarkt)
Right off the Viktualienmarkt and right next to my favorite health food shop (see my notes about Vegetarian Restaurants in Munich), this store specializes in books, maps and other resources relating to geography, particularly hiking, mountaineering and exploring the earth, shall we say. There are experienced salespersons here. There are also some nice postcards for sale outside and in the passageway back to Rindermarkt. There are, unfortunately, less options for English readers, but when they have something, it is cheaper than Words' Worth.

Internationale Presse, Hauptbahnhof, photo by Sarah Walker

Internationale Presse
Hauptbahnhof (main level, near the tracks, across from track 25/26)
This is the place to go for that magazine from home you have to have (even at five times the price!). It is also the place to shop in passing or on Sundays when everything else is closed. (This is a general truth about all of the Hauptbahnhof shops: no food? No problem!)
Click to see magazine selection photo.

Buch & Presse
Ostbahnhof (in the lower level, in the tunnel at the east end)
They offer less of a selection of books in English, but serve as yet another option that is convenient when passing through the train station. Across the way is another shop that has magazines and newspapers.

Munich's First Used English Book Shop
I haven't been to this one and know nothing about it. The website is in English and provides all the necessary information.

The Munich Readery
Augustenstr. 104, 80798 München
Recently opened (2006), largest English-language secondhand book shop in Germany.

Shopping for Second-Hand Books and Old, Out-of-Print Volumes

The part of Schwabing bounded by Theresienstr. to the south, Adalbertstr. to the north, Leopoldstr. to the east and Barerstr. to the west is the antique book handlers' grounds. There are multiple shops, some specializing in art and architecture, but which together offer the largest selection of old books.

Auer Dult Market
Directions: Take the 52 bus to Ohlmüller or Gebsattel/Schweigestr., or the Tram 27 to Falkenstr. Trains can be taken to Kolumbusplatz or Rosenheimerplatz. The walk is a little longer.
Your other bet is to visit the Auer Dult market where you can find not only antiques, but ceramics, household items and clothing, as well as food and drink. The market takes place in Au (east of the river) on Mariahilfplatz, three times a year, once at the end of April/beginning of May (Maidult), end of July/beginning of August(Jakobidult) or in the middle of October (Kirchweihdult). To find out the annual schedule and other information, go to the website (links in left frame - Termine).

Local publications in English

Munich Found
This is an English magazine geared towards Americans, Brits, Australians, etc. living abroad. It can be purchased at some kiosks and in the Internationale Presse at Hauptbahnhof. I find the information and articles provided only worth reading online. The magazine costs 3 euro.

New in the City
Another publication for those who have relocated to Munich. This "free" newsletter has only been around since 2003, but seems to offer a lot of good ideas and tips about events and culture for outsiders and travelers. It was delivered to my company in January but I haven't seen a copy since. I don't know where to get it, but online! There is also a well-researched annual guide available in Hugendbel and elsewhere. The cost is 6,50€ and is worth the time-saving tips included inside. Text appears in both English and German.

Kiosks with the right newspapers (foreign)

The orange kiosk in the Marienplatz U-Bahn station is at the opposite end as the Rischart stand. It is located in the NE corner, towards the direction of the Old Town Hall and about parallel with Hugendubel. Ask for the newspaper you want. International Media is kept behind the counter.

You can also find men selling newspapers (some foreign) on the ground at odd hours on the south side of the underground level. They often have the Guardian or the Herald Tribune.

Any of the many newspaper stands (not just Internationale Presse) should have a selection of foreign language publications. I often go the one under the Burger King area and across from the Segafredo café. Around the corner, near the platforms, is the Internationale Presse (see above), which has the largest selection in Munich.

Here there are numerous kiosks with foreign media, too.

Special Newspaper Sections

FAZ Weekly in the International Herald Tribune
The International Herald Tribune (New York Times) offers an English supplement of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Fridays. You can get a great review of the week in news and find relevant pieces on what is happening in Germany. It's geared for foreigners and it is good reading.

The New York Times Supplement in the Süddeutsche Zeitung
The Süddeutsche Zeitung is currently running a Monday insert of articles published by the New York Times. The experiment began on May 3, 2004 and will run indefinitely.

World and Press
This thin, monthly newspaper is geared towards students learning English, but samples the British and American press, offering a selection of interesting articles. It can be purchased in the Hauptbahnhof's Internationale Presse.

Cafes with Newspapers/Magazines

News Café
Leopoldstr. 74
Directions: U6/U3 to Münchener Freiheit; about a block south of Karstadt on the east side of the road
At the appropriately named News Cafe, you can sit in or outside and, if people-watching doesn't keep you occupied, read from their wide selection of current magazines and newspapers. I have read The New Yorker and the Atlantic Monthly here. The selection is impressive, considering what these publications cost overseas. Try 10 euro upwards for one of these magazines at the train station! For a weekly ... ouch! This area, FYI, is a bustling one and the sleek café is popular with Schicky Mickeys (yuppies). The link has a menu, photos and other information.


Sarah Walker Photo Essays: Photo essays on Munich, Berlin, rural Germany, Bavaria, Austria, Vancouver, New York City.

Sarah was born and raised in Seattle, Washington but currently lives in Munich, Germany.

© Sarah N Walker, 2004

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