There is no dearth of destinations with literary references for book lovers to explore. From characters to settings and everything in between, literature is brimming with tales inspired by real people and places. If you are in the lookout for bookish destinations to get lost into, here are some of the best cities worth adding to your list of places to visit.
Dramatic landscapes, stunning nature scenery, Guinness, and the pub scene are not the only reasons why a visit to Ireland should be on everyone’s bucket list. The country is also home to some of the world’s famous writers. Dublin, the capital city, boasts of a rich literary history that would delight every book nerd’s heart. The city has produced great poets, playwrights, novelists, and musicians among many others. Some of the most notable names include Francis Bacon, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and more. Top literary attractions include the rare East Asian and Islamic manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Writer’s Museum, James Joyce Center, Marsh’s Library, the Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells, and the pub crawl.
New York has long been a haven for culture lovers. There are numerous art galleries, museums, and other cultural hubs to explore. The city is also teeming with literary references found in a wide array of books including The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby among others. Not only is the city featured in many works. It has also been home at some point to many great writers and has drawn the likes of Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, and Tennessee Williams. Some of the top literary spots to visit when in New York include the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, The Library Hotel, Morgan Library and Museum, New York Public Library, and the Strand Bookstore.
Shakespeare & Company is on many book lovers’ list of must-see places when in Paris. The famous bookstore stands right at the spot of the original site that once served as gathering place for literary greats like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. The City of Light is also home to cemeteries that are popular attractions in their own right. Many tourists pay homage to writers and other literary icons in their final resting places at the Père Lachaise, Montmartre, and Montparnasse. Other top literary destinations in Paris include Hôtel de Lauzun, Les Deux Magots, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée Carnavalet: Marcel Proust’s Bedroom, Musée de la Vie Romantique: George Sand’s House, Salon at 27 rue De Fleurus, and more.
St. Petersburg has produced some of the world’s most recognized literary works like Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to name a few. It is also home to other literary icons like Alexander Pushkin and Vladimir Nabokov. Among the literary attractions in the city are The Pushkin House, the memorial Museum of Dostoevsky, Museum of Nekrasov, Museum of Alexander Block, Tsarskoe Selo, the Literary Cafe on the corner of Nevsky Prospect, and more.