If reading and traveling are two of your biggest passions, then we’re proud to present you a list of the best places in the world every book lover should visit.
For a good writer, every place on the planet can be inspiring in one way or the other. However, some cities simply have the magical atmosphere that you can only connect to the writers who lived there and their work. Furthermore, some cities offer writers’ museums, so you can learn about their life and work. In Edinburgh, for example, you can visit the Writers’ Museum devoted to three of the greatest Scottish writers. But let’s start from the beginning.
Dublin may not have many famous writers, but the great James Joyce makes it the first stop on our travel list. If you visit the city on June 16, you can join Ulysses fans retracing the fictional Leopold Bloom’s journey. Missed the date? Make sure you don’t miss the Dublin Writers’ Museum and check out The Book of Kells at Trinity College.
New York City
Wherever you go in the NYC, you will find a literary relic. A few things you should do: have breakfast outside Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue and visit the Alice in Wonderland statue in the Central Park. Then, you can take the literary walking path and later go for a Renaissance walking tour. Finish the day with a walk around Washington Square Park.
London, much like NYC, has too many literary sites to see at once, but at least there’s plenty of choice for anybody. If you like Shakespeare, you can visit The Globe, a replica of the theater where his plays were performed during his life. 221b Baker Street, home of Sherlock Holmes, will surely be an interesting stop for many. In December, the Charles Dickens Museums gets a special holiday look with Victorian decorations, mulled cider, and public readings from A Christmas Carol.
If you love Kafka’s books (The Metamorphosis, The Trial, etc.), you’ll love a visit to his museum in the Czech Republic’s capital.
Edinburgh carries the title of UNESCO’s first “City of Literature” and they take this very seriously. The literary attractions are everywhere, from the main train station named after Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley to many pubs, hotels, and festivals connected to the writers who have lived and worked in the city.