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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.
Two locations with different selections: Schellingstr. 3 and 21 (through the
Directions: Take the U6 or U3 to Universität and get off at the back of the
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.
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
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
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
Sarah Walker Photo Essays: Photo essays on Munich, Berlin, rural Germany,
Bavaria, Austria, Vancouver, New York City.
© Sarah N Walker, 2004
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