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Waldsassen Abbey is the Fairy Tale Library You Need to Visit

From the outside, you might not guess that this humble nunnery nestled in Bavaria, Germany houses one of the most beautiful libraries you’ve ever seen!

 

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The abbey was originally founded all the way back in 1147, but in the nineteenth century it was bought out and converted into a cotton factory. However, in 1863 a group of Cistercian nuns bought it back and began restoring the Abbey to its former glory.

 

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The library was built in 1724-6. Karl Stilp, a local sculptor from the 18th century, created the intricate linden wood carvings that adorn the walls and banisters. The library also features an absolutely stunning painted ceiling with ornamental plaster work made by Karl Hofreiter.

 

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The columns supporting the upper-level balustrade were carved in the shape of allegorical figures emanated to represent vanity, ignorance, and boastfulness among others.

 


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The library is home to thousands of rare and antique books, some bound in pigskin and calfskin.

 

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The history and beauty of Waldsassen Library makes it a fascinating place for book lovers everywhere. Looks like it’s time to book a ticket to Germany to take a tour!

 

 

 

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Cafe Pushkin Is Every Book and Food Lover’s Dream!

Housed in a mansion built during the 19th century, Cafe Pushkin is a five-star restaurant serving French and Russian cuisine in the heart of Moscow.

 

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Cafe Pushkin’s traditional Russian menu is a bit expensive, but it’s world class cuisine is worth it when you consider the fact you’ll be eating in one of the most beautiful Baroque libraries in the world.

 

 

Just imagine thumbing through something by Tolstoy or Dostoevsky after your meal!

 

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Though the restaurant only opened in 1999, dining at Café Pushkin feels like stepping back in time to the days when high society nobles gathered in the mansion to discuss literature, art, and politics.

 

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There are multiple distinct areas inside — such as The Pharmacy Hall, Fireplace Hall, Summer Terrace — each with its own fabulous décor and atmosphere.

 

 

However, book lovers are definitely going to want to dine in the library or mezzanine, which houses the antique collections from the mansion. The Baroque-style decor and rows upon rows of antique books is enough to make any 19th century fan swoon!

 

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If you’re a Russian Lit fan, you should definitely check out this delightfully bookish restaurant if you ever visit Moscow!

 

 

 

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