I know, today almost everything is available online – and so are travel guides. And actually, writing this text I am kind of working on an online travel guide myself. But sometimes, when you are actually traveling, when you are actually roaming the streets of some city you don’t relly know, it’s good to have a good book with you. A book that knows – that let’s you peek into places, tells you stories, informs you about the basics, regardless whether you have an internet connection or not, whether your phone is charged or not. A travel guide – your more or less personal travel guide. A book, that you can take with you, makes notes in – and most importantly: use without electric power and/or an internet connection. And especially when traveling to Berlin I would recommend you take a Berlin Travel Guide with you. Did I make my point clear? I guess so.
On this page you find a list of Berlin Travel Guides. The list is in no particular order – it just grew over time. Please feel free to also check the links section to find a collection of Online Travel Guides, Berlin Blogs and Berlin Travel Tips and the like…
To me the Lonely Planet is the classic travel guide. – and the Lonely Planet Berlin is the Berlin edition of that travel guide. Originally written by travelers – for travelers – for me also in the digital age still a must-read when traveling. Read on…
at amazon.com: Lonely Planet Berlin (Travel Guide)
Another classic travel guide: The Berlin edition of the Time Out Guide. “The tenth edition of Time Out Berlin covers all aspects of life in the capital city from festivals and nightlife to avant-garde arts.” (Edition issued October 2015)
at amazon.com: Time Out Berlin (Time Out Guides) Paperback
Forty lists with background / insider knowledge about Berlin like “Top five things to avoid” etc.
A design–conscious guide to Berlin
at amazon.com: Wallpaper* City Guide Berlin 2014
“Although the singular brutality of the Nazi dictatorship gruesomely symbolizes human ruthlessness beyond all boundaries, one meanwhile often searches in vain for its visible traces…”
at amazon.com: 111 Places in Berlin – On the Trail of the Nazis
A Travel and Sightseeing Guide for the Student and the Adolescent Traveler – with the Walking Tours and Hostels of the City, Updated Edition
“The Best of the City” by Paul Sullivan
at amazon.com: National Geographic Walking Berlin: The Best of the City
“A smartly guided romp, entertaining and enlightening, through Europe’s most charismatic and enigmatic city”
Berlin Now: The City After the Wall by Peter Schneider (Author) and Sophie Schlondorff (Translator)
“An unprecedented examination of the ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation, and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity…”
“Berlin is a city of fragments and ghosts, a laboratory of ideas, the fount of both the brightest and darkest designs of history’s most bloody century. The once arrogant capital of Europe was devastated by Allied bombs, divided by the Wall, then reunited and reborn as one of the creative centers of the world…”
Missing anything? Do you have any suggestions you would like to share? Please feel free to recommend a Berlin Travel Guide in the comments below… Thanks!