Current activities, events


Ostlesesaal | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

After you have logged in on the web page of our booking system, you can now view and manage your bookings in a newly designed overview.

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Vermesser am Messtisch und Vogelschaubild der Landschaft. Holzschnitt um 1598 von Paul Pfinzing | © BSB/Bildarchiv

8 April – 15 November 2019
Cabinet presentation of the map collection
The Pfinzing atlas, created by the Nuremberg trader, mathematician and cartographer Paul Pfinzing (1554 – 1599), forms part of the most important works of cartography produced in Nuremberg in the 16th century. It contains hand-drawn and hand-coloured maps of the imperial city of Nuremberg and its territory, as well as various territorial representations from the private environment of the Pfinzing family.

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100-Blatt-Karte des russischen Reiches | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

A few weeks ago, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek received the so-called 100-sheet map of the Russian empire ("Stolistovaya") as a present from private ownership. Consisting of 107 sheets, the work published in Saint Petersburg from 1801 to 1804 constitutes the first multi-sheet, official map of Russia and accordingly a central source of Russian cartography in the 19th century.

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Cäcilie von Rodt im Palastviertel von Bangkok | © BSB/Bildarchiv

9 April – 29 June 2018
Cabinet presentation of the map collection
The Swiss Cäcilie von Rodt (1855 – 1929), who descended from a patrician family from Bern, sold her parents' estate after their death. Inspired by the adventure stories of her youth – written by authors such as James F. Cooper and Jules Verne – she started travelling henceforth. After a number of first tours in the Mediterranean, she went on her first journey around the world on her own in May 1901, circling the globe once completely from east to west.

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© BSB/Mapp. I,5 ua

According to most recent findings, the Bavarian State Library’s broadside of globe gores by Martin Waldseemüller (BSB call number Mapp. I,5 ua) is not an authentic print but a copy, probably produced before 1960, of the document in possession of the University of Minnesota. This is the conclusion based on the results of a thorough materials science examination conducted by the Bavarian State Library’s Institute of Conservation and Restoration. The print, thus far dated from the year 1507, is one of only six known copies. The Waldseemüller map is famous for being the first to use the name "America".

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Guided tours and visitors

  • Guided tour on the history of cartography (University of the German Armed Forces, Dr. Thomas Horst), October 2016
  • Bavarian State Chancellery – European Excellence Programme: Presentation of the collection and insight into the cartography of Europe, June 2016
  • Table Ronde Tegernsee: The library of Maximilian Count von Montgelas and its map collection, June 2016
  • Comparison of city views in "Civitatis Orbis Terrarum" by Braun/ Hogenberg (University of Bamberg, Prof. Dr. Großmann), June 2015
  • Guided tour on the history of cartography forming part of the seminar "Old maps and globes as sources for historians" (Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Dr. Thomas Horst), April 2015

Participation in conferences and visits

  • David Rumsey Map Center, Standford CA, October 2017
  • Conference of map curators, Gotha 2017
  • Conference of map curators and colloquium on the history of cartography, Vienna 2016
  • Conference on geo-referencing, Saxon State and University Library Dresden, January 2015

Wanderlust – A journey around the world in city maps

Virtual exhibition on the travel route taken by the Swiss Cäcilie von Rodt (1855 – 1929)

To the virtual exhibition
© BSB/Mapp. I,49 g

Exhibitions and presentations


  • 1995: Four hundred years of Mercator, four hundred years of atlases
  • 1992: America – The early image of the new world
  • 1989: Philipp Apian and the cartography of Renaissance
  • 1988: Cartographia Bavariae
  • 1979: The map as a work of art


Picture credits
Wanderlust | © BSB/ Mapp. I,49 g