Though there are major publishing houses in Germany, there are many, many small presses, most of whom have their own bookshops. The larger of the small ones sell their books exclusively, and the smaller of the small ones offer older or used books along with a selection of work from other houses. It’s Germany, and books are serious business, so naturally it’s complicated. Here are the best independent bookstores to check out when in Cologne.
Located on Ehrenstrasse, one of the two posh shopping streets in Cologne, Walther König bookshop offers the traditional mix of their own books (such page-turners as The Worldwide History of Beads), new releases, and a used and rare book section. No airport paperbacks here, just non-fiction with a decent English selection.
Book lovers who are into signed books, illustrated books, French literature, Gotheana, or books written by hermits will love Antiquarian Ulrich Doege. It is possible to buy the books online, but when it comes to old books, there’s nothing quite like holding a possibility in your hand and giving it a good old sniff before committing.