Book details

192 Pages
Publication date: February 2022
Imprint: Bergwelten
Andreas Lesti

Enchanted Mountains

When poets and intellectuals Were Drawn to the Swiss Alps

Davos, St. Moritz, Zermatt. The three most famous Swiss tourist resorts are connected by many links, but could hardly be more different.

Davos was dedicated to lung patients, St. Moritz and Sils Maria became intellectual hubs and Zermatt developed into an alpine hotspot. Andreas Lesti undertakes a magical journey to these regions and explains in passing what Thomas Mann has to do with Sherlock Holmes and why Theodor Adorno died on the Matterhorn.


»He always writes with journalistic distance but empathetic closeness. That the mountains and the mountain people are close to his heart can be felt in the final chapter (…).«
Welt am Sonntag on DAS IST DOCH DER GIPFEL

»Andreas Lesti is the literary mountain guide. Here he takes us on an entertaining mountain tour, heights of the lucid, depths of illness and delusion.[…] Smart, funny, wide awake and definitely worth the ticket!«
Der Freitag


Andreas Lesti

Andreas Lesti, born in 1975, is a journalist, Germanist and alpinist from Bavaria and has been living in Berlin, far from the mountains, for several years.  He has been awarded various journalism prizes for his reportages.