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Hamburg's honours its "cultural charging stations": first best bookshop award granted to Christiansen

Christiansen plans to use prize money to expand its online store • Premiere at the "Long Night of Literature"

In the heart of trendy Hamburg-Ottensen, a local favourite is hidden: “Christiansen”. The charming bookshop was now named the city’s best by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture. The award followed the selection by an independent jury that evaluated a total of 2,500 entries. Nicole Christiansen, who runs the bookseller founded in 1878 in fourth generation with her husband Sönke, rejoiced when named winners: “This is welcome fuel to our project and provides a great tailwind.”

Honours for owner-operated book trade

The award was handed over by Barbara Kisseler, Hamburg Minister of Culture, at the “Long Night of Literature” that debuted in Hamburg this year. The event is an initiative of the owner-operated book trade, which counts more than 70 locations in Hamburg and offers a valuable contribution to the city’s cultural landscape.

Special activities for children and adolescents

Owner-operated, engaged in promoting literature, and with a modern profile: Christiansen met all criteria for the book trade price. On 110 square metres at Bahrenfelder Straße 79, you will not only find a hand-chosen selection of good reads on the shelves, but also public readings and literary circles. Particularly in demand are the groups for children and teenagers. These “Reading Teens” are also available in the version of “Boys Only”.

Reading 24/7

With the 10,000 euro of prize money, Christiansen plans to expand its web shop at, where you will be able to define your own profile and receive respective reading suggestions. Titles ordered online can be picked up at the shop the very next day. Now, Christiansen plans to add an app for smartphone.

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