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Novel Idea: Visit These 8 Literary Cities in Europe

If you’re a literary tourist with your heart set on retracing the footsteps of some of literature’s most brilliant minds; wandering through the streets where they once walked, visiting the establishments they once frequented, and experiencing the overall atmosphere of the cities that inspired them—grab your moleskin, because we’re going to Europe! See writers’ former homes, walk through literary museums and attend corresponding festivals. Auto Europe can help turn your literary travel dreams into a reality. One of the most efficient ways to explore multiple cities in one trip is by rental car, allowing you to navigate from city to city with ease.

London, England

Travelers looking to experience England’s literary destinations are presented with an incredible array of choices. In a country where practically every seaside cliff, lavish garden and thatched-roof pub holds some connection to British authors or their stories, it is the UK’s capital that has had the biggest influence on the English language and world literature as a whole. Venture to London and spend some time browsing through the stacks at the British Library, where visitors are able to get a closer look at the 1215 Magna Carta, as well as a number of other note-worthy manuscripts.

Literary London

Sites like the Sherlock Holmes Museum, the British Library and Shakespeare’s Globe are only a small portion of the literary attractions you will find in London.

Dublin, Ireland

Synonymous with literary greats like Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats and one of the most innovative and influential writers of all time, James Joyce, the city of Dublin is a literary capital not to be missed. Although the city was recently designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin’s well-read history dates back thousands of years, to when Monks used to transcribe sections of the Bible. One of the best surviving examples of these manuscripts is the Book of Kells, which is on display at Trinity College. Spend some time exploring the Dublin Writer’s Museum, where you will discover a spectrum of Ireland’s literary heritage that began with roots in Irish poetry and Celtic storytelling.

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The Dublin Writers’ Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in delving deeper into Ireland’s extensive literary heritage.

Paris, France

It has been said that there’s no better place to be a writer than Paris, France. Whether you’re searching for inspiration, following the footsteps of literary greats, or mingling with current working writers, the creative opportunities on offer throughout Paris are plentiful. With more than four centuries of ground to cover, you’ll notice there are a number of conflicting opinions regarding must-see literary attractions in Paris. From favored locales of Parisian authors, to museums dedicated to the lives of Enlightenment writers and famous playwrights, the list of literary haunts is seemingly endless.

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One of the most famous literary haunts in Paris is Shakespeare and Company in the Sixth Arrondissement.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Some of Scotland’s most notable writers have taken great influence from the capital city, Edinburgh. Famed resident Robert Louis Stevenson once compared Edinburgh to Paris, stating that the Scottish capital was, “what Paris ought to be.” The Writers’ Museum on the Royal Mile gives visitors the opportunity to see a more intimate side of Scotland’s literary elite, with exhibits that include Robert Burn’s writing desk and other personal effects. If you’re traveling with children, they’ll certainly enjoy a trip to the Elephant House, a small café where JK Rowling spent time penning narratives about everyone’s favorite boy wizard.

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As UNESCO’s first City of Literature, Edinburgh is a destination that was built on books, and continues to serve as a haven for literary aficionados.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Given the prestigious title of World Book Capital in 2008, iconic Amsterdam has played a pivotal role in literary history ever since the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century. Thanks to its open door policy for writers fleeing oppression in other parts of the world and overall acceptance of the book trade in general, this capital city has more than earned its reputation as being one of the most successful literary hubs on the planet. Travelers will find some of the most atmospheric bookstores hidden in alleyways near the canal, selling works of art (both literary and otherwise) from local artisans that are often printed on small presses in other parts of the city and then hand delivered by the writers themselves.

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The ABC Treehouse (pictured above) is only one of the interesting bookstores located in Amsterdam. Spend some time exploring them all!

Oxford, England

Oxford’s contribution to the literary realm is virtually unparalleled in terms of fantasy and children’s literature, and there are more literary tours available than you can shake a feather pen at. Let your car rental in Oxford be your guide, and you’ll discover a city lined with historic landmarks that have all (in one way or another) played a significant role in the lives of many distinguished writers like J.R.R Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (to name a few).  Belly up to the bar at the Eagle & Child Pub, which doubled as a regular meeting place of Tolkien and his literary group, or grab a bite to eat at the Old Parsonage Hotel where Oscar Wilde is rumored to have stayed. To say Oxford’s literary connections are legendary would be an accurate description, and the city’s academic ties are the oldest in the English-speaking world.

Literary Oxford

Wander through the streets of Oxford and see the array of historic landmarks that were frequented by writers like Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and J.R.R.Tolkien.

Prague, Czech Republic

It has been said that Prague’s literary history is so impressive that it might actually be the factor that transforms the way you view the city as a whole. Although Prague, Czech Republic has yet to create a museum for famous author Milan Kundera, travelers are encouraged to visit the Museum of Communism, as it offers vital insight into the difficulties writers faced under Soviet control. There is a museum dedicated to Franz Kafka that is also worthy of a visit, offering details of the life of this literary legend. Enjoy a caffeinated beverage in Café Slavia in central Prague, where poet Rainer Maria Riike set a scene that takes place in his Two Stories of Prague.

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As mysterious and enchanting as the city itself, Prague’s literary history is a testament to the city’s turbulent past, depicting the religious and cultural conflict throughout the twentieth century.

St. Petersburg, Russia

A destination that was once described by Russian philosopher and novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky as being “the most abstract and intentional city in the world”, St. Petersburg. Russia has been the setting for a handful of both classic and modern literary masterpieces. Inspiring writers such as Alexander Blok, Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gorgol and Anna Akhmatova, St. Petersburg offers a myriad of literary museums to explore and ponder, giving visitors the unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of some of local literary greats. Travelers are able to visit the prison that inspired Akhmatova’s poetry, walk through the house of Pushkin and check out the apartment where Dostoevsky began his career.

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Visit the Pushkin House to see where Russia’s most famous poet once lived. The musuem also boasts a rare collection that includes several original manuscripts.

Stay Connected with a Portable MiFi Rental

In an effort to make your literary trip in Europe unfold as seamlessly as possible, Auto Europe has recently rolled out a new initiative aimed at cutting down costly international data charges. We are currently offering portable MiFi rentals, allowing clients to access the internet for as low as $5 per day. This is the perfect option for individuals who are interested in discovering any of these literary cities in Europe on their own terms. To become a literary tourist, you simply need a love for the written word and a little creativity. Browse the web for literary guides, walking maps and guided tours that will help you see firsthand how each city has influenced writing, and at the same time, witness the lasting mark that writing has left on each city.

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Having a portable MiFi rental while on vacation in Europe allows you to access the internet on tablets and other devices with ease.

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