Bookstore and Museum

„The Key to Berlin“
Every city should have a bookshop like the Berlin Story, which feels like you’ve just walked into a life-size history lesson – says the famous Bookstore Guide Europe. Now the Historiale Berlin Museum operates under the same roof, offering unique audio guide tours in 10 languages. LONELY PLANET This is truly a wonderful project. TIME OUT You won’t find a better place in Berlin. CARTOVILLE Tutto sul tema di Berlino. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC All, all, all about Berlin.

Berlin Story bookstore — closed Unter den Linden end 2016

opens in the bunker May 2017
We are, in fact, the only shop in Berlin that is exclusively devoted to Berlin.
The Berlin Story bookstore has over 3000 titles in twelve different languages in stock. We offer around 300 English books that delve into all topics from Prussian kings and the history of the Third Reich to modern architecture (Potsdamer Platz and Hauptbahnhof) and the best parties in town. Not to mention detective novels, children’s books, DVDs, CDs, posters, and marble busts – everything that the heart may desire, and it all relates to the city of Berlin.

Our website is extensive, informative and always up to date. Berlin Story is open from Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm (365 days a year).

We are distinguished
Berlin Story was voted „Bookstore of the Year 2004“ in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, awarded annually at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was the most successful bookstore in Germany in 2008. In 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, we were selected „Best of the Best“ in Berlin by the magazine ZITTY. „Land der Ideen 2010“ crowned us „Ort des Tages“ – „Place of the Day“ –  in June 2010. We do everything in our means to make browsing as easy and comfortable as possible. Every member of staff speaks two languages in addition to German. The shop is clearly arranged. We offer reliable service and an overwhelming selection. Our friendly and qualified staff create a pleasant atmosphere. Each of them participates in two guided tours every month. We are part of Berlin’s cultural life. We do everything possible to provide a competent and friendly service.

Berlin Story is run by Wieland Giebel. He initiated the whole project, writes books about Berlin and produces films.  He is member of several historical societies and can often be found working in the bookshop, though not every day. [email protected]

Please feel free to ask questions. We look forward to every question and every challenge. We will happily track down any available book, send it to your home (whether in London, Chicago or Adelaide) and tell you the exact costs. If you do want to order from home, please visit, where you can find almost all of our products.

Historiale – Our History Festival
In October 2006, about 30,000 visitors came from all over Germany and Europe to take part in the first Historiale festival. Scenic representations leading from the Brandenburg Gate down Unter den Linden to the Lustgarten commemorated the invasion of Napoleon in 1806. Over 200 actors, some of them on horseback, re-enacted the event.
In August 2007, the Historiale focused on the topic „Seizing crisis as a chance – the Prussian reforms.”
In March 2008, we invited Europe’s youth to celebrate democracy and freedom – 160 years after the March Revolution of 1848.
The 2009 Historiale dedicated itself to the extensive Imperial Era. We chose the topic because of the 150th birthday of Emperor Wilhelm II., the last German Emperor. In 2010 the Historiale took  Berlin back to the roaring twenties. Last year dealt with Berlin as the „capital of spies“ during the Cold War, in the midst of debris and reconstruction, petticoats and rock & roll. 2012 will celebrate 775 years of Berlin.

Stay in touch with Berlin Story
There are many ways for you to stay in touch with us. The easiest is via our website: A link on the homepage will guide you to our blog, where we post information and gossip about the Berlin Story. If you are interested in what’s going on in the bookstore.

We send out newsletters every month to which you can subscribe and unsubscribe at all times. You can order our products easily via internet, or email us ([email protected]) and tell us, whatever it is that you need.