Since 1986, Walter Grömling, Peter Schwarz and Ute Volz have been running this reliable supplier of used books right by David Bowie’s old Schöneberg flat near Kleistpark station. At the door, a sign urges “Thou shalt read more,” luring you inside where, in dignified surroundings, thousands of books stand: old editions by Goethe and Brecht, bizarre penny novels from the 1960s, Japanese Bauhaus illustrated volumes and Taschen photo books, alongside more recent works. It’s possible to find real treasures, and new books are added daily. If, like me, you like browsing bookshops in peace, Die Bücherhalle is definitely for you. Curiously, The Berlin Oriental Quartet has even recorded songs right in front of the shelves. If that’s not enough, there are also theme windows on rotation every two weeks where books on unusual topics like evil and water are curated. Reading among like-minded people – what could be more beautiful? (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Ute Volz [Bucherhalle])
In 2016 Hanna moved from Cologne to Berlin to study, making her home on the border between Kreuzberg and Schöneberg. She works as a copywriter, translator and editor.