I have walked past this huge shop, Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus, on Friedrichstrasse a number of times and had always thought it was simply a music shop but how wrong was I. After reading this post by another local blogger, I decided it was worth a look.
At the back of the store on the ground floor and first floor (accessed by a dedicated lift) is a large English bookshop. One of the few things I miss about the UK is browsing in Waterstones and this place has made my wish come true in Berlin. The children's section on the first floor is incredibly well stocked and as another British friend noted the whole selection in the bookshop is well thought out and selected beyond the top ten bestsellers.
Our main mission in visiting Dussman was to see the secret playroom and it was amazing. We spent nearly an hour in there. They have a selection of well worn books, building bricks, bean bags, elephant seats, a listening post with music and audiobooks and a really calm feel as you would expect in a bookshop.
It is tucked away in the far corner of the children's section on the first floor.
Amazing wall the ceiling windows offer this amazing view towards Friedrichstrasse Station,
Mirrored bouncing area
Whilst in the area you might feel tempted to give away a huge amount of money for UK magazines in Ludwigs in the S bahn part of Friedrichstrasse Station. My suggestion is you club together with others on this or sell a kidney!
Address: Dussmann, Friedrichstrasse 90, 10117 Berlin
Address: Ludwig Press und Buch im Bhf. Friedrichstrasse, Friedrichstrasse 142, 10119 Berlin
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