111 Places That You Must Not Miss ...
... is the name of the popular 111 Places series launched by Emons Verlag in 2008. Since then, we have published almost 500 titles in multiple languages, with over 2 million copies sold.
Emons Verlag produces and distributes books in German, Italian, English, and French. Many of our books are also available via in-country publishing partners in Danish, Hungarian, Czech, and Dutch.
What makes our guidebooks so special is that they feature hidden places, stories, and neighborhoods that unlock the destination’s true character, history, and flavor.
What we don’t feature are typical tourist attractions and travel advice. Nearly all of our authors are long-time residents of the area and present their city or region through the eyes of an insider. They lead you to discover hidden gems and secret spots, and the most beautiful sights,many of which you may find to be as remarkable as we do.
Why 111 Places? The series is published in the beautiful city of Cologne, Germany, where the number 11 is good luck. In fact, Carnival celebrations in Cologne begin each year on November 11th at 11:11am.
But 11 places wouldn't fill a whole book, so we added another 1 to get us to 111!
Having 111 choices in each book offers locals and visitors the opportunity to select the ones that they just can't miss. If you're exploring on your own, take one of our guidebooks along with you. If you're bringing your family or friends, have a look at the book together, and everyone can pick a place to discover together.
The layout of the series is quite distinct. Each unique place is presented on two pages, one a vivid photograph, and the other engaging chapters with anecdotes and little-known information that will inform, delight, and hopefully even surprise you. Handy to drop into a bag – or a suitcase – with clean and vibrant covers, the books are informative and entertaining and also the perfect items to give as gifts or collect for yourself.
Emons Verlag was founded in 1984 by Hejo Emons in Cologne, Germany. Today, after 30 years in business, it is still a family-owned enterprise with over 30 employees. Since the beginning, Emons has specialized in regional books/literature. The company’s very first travel book was published in 1984, a city guide about Cologne that was the beginning of what would later become the 111 Places guidebook series in 2008.
In the same year, the first German local crime novel followed with a storyline that took place in Cologne. Hejo Emons apparently discovered a niche and achieved sustained success with the genre of crime novels set in real cities and towns all over the world. This local focus for our books is what Emons Verlag is best known for today.
Over the years, Emons Verlag enlarged its range, and today we publish regional books of multiple genres – travel guides for specific regions and cities, historical books, atlases, coffee-table books, and many more – and always with a local character.