Walking again through my favourite neighbourhood in Paris, I saw that beautiful brick building with a clean and appealing court. I discovered then this is the Institut Historique Allemand, or German History Institute. This is yet another example of the collaboration of two countries which once were enemies.
The Institute is part of a foundation, the Max Weber Stiftung and is located at a beautiful house in the center of Le Marais. It is a nice place to pass by and spend a few minutes in its courtyard take a picture and eventually sit for a few seconds in its benches and think about what history brought to those two countries. The building hosts an interesting library and is where many researchers work. It’s focused on history, in particular Franco-German history, and as such it is quite specialized.
The interesting part for the occasional tourist is not only the beauty of the place, but “the Thursdays at the Institute”, as every Thursday there is a conference on historical matters, delivered by reputable professors and experts. You can find here the programme of conferences for the spring season. They are normally in French or German, with simultaneous translation, but also sometimes they take place in English. So, if you want to learn more about history, or you simply feel like spending a couple of hours doing what no tourist would do, come along at 18:00 to the institute on a Thursday; surely you will find something interesting.