Bücherbogen: A Byway for Berlin’s Bibliophiles

Tucked away on the charming Savignyplatz square is the much-loved Bücherbogen. Since 1980, this specialty bookstore has been sating intellectual appetites with its extensive selection of international publications about visual culture’s manifold forms: architecture, design, art, film and photography. Bücherbogen also provides a handsome array of antiquarian texts about these subjects.

Situated underneath brick archways supporting an S-Bahn track, Bücherbogen and its smartly-curated shelves literally rumble when trains pass overhead. It’s a delightful surprise for first-time visitors and distinguishes the shop from other bookstores. From heavy, serious tomes to this month’s latest glossy, Bücherbogen features a rich variety of literature–be it art history and architectural studies, or artists’ monographs and exhibition catalogues dating back as far as 1945. And, if the German language isn’t your forté, there is no reason to shy away from this exceptional shop. Bücherbogen boasts a fine stock of English texts, and their bilingual staff are happy to answer any questions.