Top Spots in Europe for Literature Lovers

While virtually all of Europe's major cities boast a wealth of art galleries, fascinating museums, and cultural events, literary attractions can sometimes be slightly harder to find. However, with a little know-how, every bookworm can enjoy a great European city break while feeding their passions and, naturally, purchasing a new book or five. The following three cities are just a few of the places book lovers may find tickle their literary taste buds. 

Frankfurt, Germany

The birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Frankfurt is a place mired in important literary history. The city hosts the largest trade book fair in the world, attracting writers and over 250,000 visitors every year, many of these business people. During the last few days of the event, the general public is invited to a series of literary talks and events, giving people the chance to listen and engage with some of their favorite contemporary authors and ideas. 


Paris, France

The importance of the city of Paris in the history of the literary sphere is undeniable, as the likes of Proust, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Verlaine and many, many others all walked its streets at some point. This fact alone means it is a great destination for bibliophiles, particularly those who would like to get a sense of why so many writers found the place so captivating. Indeed, walking the streets of Paris is a pastime that one could do all day without an ounce of boredom. For those who would like a more structured approach, however, trips to the Musée Victor Hugo, in which Victor Hugo lived for 16 years, or the Musée Carnavalet, which provides a peek into what was once Proust's bedroom, are great attractions to break up the day. Just don't forget to visit the city's glut of excellent bookshops while you're at it.


Prague, Czech Republic

Birthplace of Kafka, Prague is a place many writers still regularly frequent. The city's history, like Paris, makes it a great place to wander around with its various bookshops and quiet literary cafes. The Kafka museum is also a great place to visit for those interested in his work, as it gives great insight into both the man and the beautiful writing he produced. 


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