Where? Basel, Switzerland
Recommended by: Martin Hirsch from Basel
The name Bergli is associated with the publishing house Bergli Books and the independent bookstore Bergli Bookshop. Both of these institutions were founded by Dianne Dicks, an expat living in Switzerland, and the story behind it is definitely an inspiring one. As Dianne was unable to find a publisher for her collection of stories about life in Switzerland entitled Ticking Along with the Swiss, she decided to take matters into her own hands and in 1990 she founded her own small publishing house - Bergli Books. Even today, the titles published at Bergli are focused on the specifics of the Swiss way of life. Twelve years later, in 2002, Bergli became involved in selling books as well. Bergli Bookshop in the very center of Basel at the Rümelinsplatz has slowly become known as a place which offers a pleasing collection of English titles but also a very diverse selection of (mostly) book-related events - just to illustrate, we even found a report describing a whiskey tasting evening held at Bergli.
Bergli can be translated from German as a "little mountain" and this little mountain of English language literature surrounded by the tall peaks of the Swiss Alps deserves to be noticed. Whether you're a Swiss native wishing to perfect your English skills, an expat keen on staying in touch with the latest events on the English language literary or someone eager to find out more about Swiss culture, cuisine or even humor, if you pick the Bergli Bookshop as your starting point, you certainly won't be disappointed.
Phone and Email:
+41 61 373 27 77
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