ITB Book Awards 2018: the winners

The winners of the ITB Book Awards 2018 have been decided upon. The book titles include 'Frankreich muss man lieben, um es zu verstehen' by Ulrich Wickert, 'Couchsurfing in Russland. Wie ich fast zum Putin-Versteher wurde' by Stephan Orth, and the illustrated travel book 'Syrien. Ein Land ohne Krieg' by Lutz Jäkel and Lamya Kaddor. The focus of the Destination Award is on Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the partner country of the show. The ITB Book Awards recognise publications in various categories and on a range of topics from both Germany and abroad. This year, for the first time, ITB Berlin is collaborating with Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association). The aim of the awards is to draw attention to outstanding and important travel and tourism publications for the discerning reader. The ITB Book Awards do not confer money prizes.

At the Frankfurt Book Fair a new category selected by the jury of the ITB Book Awards will be presented, namely the 'Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour' (2018: Georgia).

The presentation of the ITB Book Awards 2018 will be moderated by Mary Amiri and take place at the Palais am Funkturm on Friday, 09 March 2018 at 4 p.m..

ITB Book Awards 2018 – the winners

Destination Award

Sabine Becht, Sven Talaron
Michael Müller Verlag

Background information –
World Cup holders 2018: Russia

Ulrich Schmid
'Technologien der Seele'
The fabrication of truth in Russian culture today
Suhrkamp Verlag

Ulrich Schmid (publisher)
A big storybook
S. Fischer Verlag

Ian Barnes
'Ruheloses Russland'
3, 000 years of history in maps
Theiss Verlag/WBG

Stephan Orth
'Couchsurfing in Russland'
How I almost began to understand Putin
Malik/Piper Verlag

Christopher and Melanie Rice
'Vis-à-Vis 'Moskau'
Dorling Kindersley Verlag

Specialist tourism literature

Bernd Eisenstein, Rebekka Schmudde, Julian Reif, Christian Eilzer (publishers)
'Tourismusatlas Deutschland'
UVK Verlagsgesellschaft & UVK/Lucius

Sven Groß
'Handbuch Tourismus und Verkehr'
utb./Verlag UVK/Lucius

Tourism information

Matthias Schickhofer
'Schwarzbuch Alpen'
Why we need to save our mountains
Christian Brandstätter Verlag

Maps – Atlases

'KOSMOS Welt der Karten'
Historical and modern maps – a dialogue
Franckh-Kosmos Verlag

Maps – Globes


Travel destinations in Germany

Kaj Kinzel
'Erlebniswandern mit Kindern Elbsandsteingebirge'
Bergverlag Rother

Siiri Klose
DuMont direkt 'Dresden'
DuMont Reiseverlag

Susann Buhl
DuMont direkt 'Leipzig'
DuMont Reiseverlag

Henner Kotte
The 99 special aspects of the city
mdv Mitteldeutscher Verlag

Henner Kotte
The 99 special aspects of the city
mdv Mitteldeutscher Verlag

Literary travel books

Matthias Politycki
'Schrecklich schön und weit und wild'
Why we travel and what goes on in our minds
Hoffmann und Campe Verlag

Erling Kagge
A guide
Insel Verlag

Rainer Wieland (Hg.)
'Das Buch der Deutschlandreisen'
From the ancient Romans to today's globetrotters
Propyläen Verlag


Ulrich Wickert
'Frankreich muss man lieben, um es zu verstehen'
Hoffmann und Campe Verlag

Andrea Böhm
'Das Ende der westlichen Weltordnung'
Exploring four continents

Pantheon Verlag

Günther Bayerl, Florian Heine
Germany's past is alive today
Frederking & Thaler Verlag

Ilustrated travel books
Lutz Jäkel, Lamya Kaddor
A country without war
Malik/Piper Verlag

Travel cookbooks

Zohre Shahi
The soul of Persian cuisine
Gräfe und Unzer Verlag

Heimo Aga, Nicole Schmidt
A journey to find the world's best recipes
Hädecke Verlag

Cycling tour guides

Reto Fehr
'Tour dur d'Schwiiz'
A 95-stage tour discovering my home country
Hützen + Partner Verlag

Ilustrated hiking books

'Wanderbares Deutschland'
Over 7, 500 km of fascinating great hiking trails
Detailed maps

Special travel books
for the culturally interested

Ed Bartlett
'Street Art'
Art and festivals around the world
Lonely Planet/MAIRDUMONT

Special travel books
for children

'Mit Paddington durch London'
The big pop-up book of the film
Knesebeck Verlag

Special travel books
for yachtsmen

Stephan Boden + Polly
Delius Klasing Verlag

Lifetime Award

Bernd Römmelt
for 'Im Bann des Nordens' Abenteuer am Polarkreis
Knesebeck Verlag

Lifetime Award

Detlev von Oppeln
Specialist in the East/publisher's work
Trescher Verlag

Special Award by the management
of ITB Berlin

Frank Riedinger
'Die letzten Nomaden der Mongolei'
NG Buchverlag

Travel calendars

Nature photographer Frank Krahmer
'Das Meer 2018'
Weingarten/Athesia Kalenderverlag

Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour

Giorgi Kvastiani, Vadim Spolanski, Andreas Sternfeldt
Travelling the Caucasus and Black Sea regions
Trescher Verlag

Marlies Kriegenherdt
The individual explorer's guide
Reise Know-How Verlag

Nino Haratischwili
'Das achte Leben (für Brilka)'
Ullstein Taschenbuch Verlag

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention
ITB Berlin 2018 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 7 to 11 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. ITB Berlin is the World's Leading Travel Trade Show. In 2017 a total of 10, 000 companies and organizations from 184 countries exhibited their products and services to around 169, 000 visitors, who included 109, 000 trade visitors. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 7 to Saturday, 10 March 2018. Admission to the ITB Berlin Convention is free for trade visitors and exhibitors.

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