Bergues, Des

hotel 1850 des bergues

In Geneva, on the right bank of the River Rhone, opposite to that beautiful little piece of land named Rousseau’s Island (in honor of the great Genevan writer), stands the Hotel Les Bergues. In local history the site of the hostelry and its rise are still subjects of articles by the feuilletonistes in this ancient city on the lake. At this point, or very near to it, the noble river Rhone enters Lake Geneva.
A writer in the Journal de Geneve, in 1919, gave a long and rather lucid account of the origin of the name Les Bergues, of which it seems even well-informed Genevans were in ignorance. (you find this account under HISTORY).

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The name “des Bergues” has the kind of pedigree that no one would willingly give up. Its originates with a German merchant and financier called Johannes Kleberger (1486-1546). Though frequently on his travels, Herr Kleberger owned several properties in Geneva, including one on this section of quayside where Lake Geneva funnels into the Rhone river as it passes the old hilltop city. A friend of Erasmus, Hans Kleberger had his portrait painted Albrecht Dürer and you can see it today hung in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum.

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Bergues, Des
Country: Switzerland
City: Geneva
Opening date: 1834

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Hotel Manager: Rene Deleglise

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33, Quai des Bergues
1201 Geneva, Switzerland

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