Wherever you are and whatever your interests, there’s nothing like the peace and stillness of a library to help you relax and switch off from the outside world. Of course, it helps if the library you find yourself in is one of immense beauty and historic intrigue – much like the institutions featured in our shortlist below.
Many of Europe’s foremost cities play host to a historic, beautiful library. These great centres of learning are steeped in the history of people and place, providing a fascinating snapshot of cultures, traditions and treasures throughout the continent.
The question is, where can you find these spectacular institutions? And which are worth visiting as part of your Scenic river cruise? To help, here we’re exploring Europe’s most beautiful libraries – from Salamanca to Prague.