At the beginning of the 19th century, a new genre of literature emerged in Germany as a response to changes in travel patterns: the travel guide. Closely associated with the name Karl Baedeker (1801-1859), the travel guides tried to present a picture of the city with their descriptions of architectural attractions, cultural institutions, parks or historical monuments. These “guides for strangers” were distinguished by their short, concise descriptions. Practical tips made them helpful travel companions. However, since there was no standardization, travel guides have always created and still perpetuate images of a city – even without illustrations.
On display are images of Bremen generated by travel guides of the 19th century. These include the first Bremen travel guide, published by the Schünemann-Verlag in 1839. The exhibition can be seen during SuUB’s opening hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition opening event will take place on October 11, 2023 at 5 p.m. Following words of welcome by the director Maria Elisabeth Müller and a short introductory lecture by Dr. Maria Hermes-Wladarsch, the friends of the SuUB invite you to a small drink.
Dr. Maria Hermes-Wladarsch
Head of Historical Collections
State and University Library Bremen
Phone:+49 421 218-59571
Email: hermesprotect me ?!suub.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de