© Aus: »Fell und Feder«, Illustration von Kathrin Schärer

The Publishing House and its History

The Atlantis Publishing House was founded in Berlin by Martin Hürlimann in 1930. Following a disappointing search for a picture book to give to his first daughter, he and his wife, Bettina Hürlimann-Kiepenheuer, decided to publish their own children’s books. In 1939, the Hürlimanns and their business re-located to Zurich. Atlantis picture books soon set the standards for the industry. On one hand, each book was personally designed down to the tiniest detail by the »Book Lady«, while at the same time, the publishers were active around the world (IBBY, BIB). Some books from this period are still in print, for example, Heidrun Petrides’ classic story, »Xaver and Wastl« (1962).

Atlantis was influenced by the personal interests of the publishing couple and thus produced books of photography, music and world literature (for example, Max Frisch). In 1981, the company was divided. From this date until 2003, the children’s book division was run by the Pro Juventute Foundation, focusing on high quality picture books and informative self-help guides for parents.

During a time when other traditional Swiss publishers were sold to foreign companies, Atlantis found a fortunate solution: with the support of the Orell Fussli Publishing House in Zurich (»We have made books since 1519«) , the Atlantis program has been free to continue along its independent path.

Simply good picture books.


Atlantis picture books always display strong accents, both in terms of content and graphics. Particular attention is paid to individual style, for example Einar Turkowski’s »Es war finster und merkwürdig still«, (»It Was Dark and Strangely Quiet«), which won the BIB Grand Prix in 2007. Despite innovative ideas and unusual illustrations, Atlantis picture books remain close to their audience. »Fell und Feder«, (»Fur and Feather«) by the the successful duo Lorenz Pauli and Kathrin Schärer became a best seller which has gotten rave reviews from both children and critics.

Supporting material for each book in our non-fiction series, ›Atlantis Themes‹ is available on our website and can be downloaded free of charge. Each of our non-fiction books is individually designed and written by experienced authors and experts in the appropriate field. This series won the 2007 Swiss Children’s and Youth Media Prize. In 2005, Anne Moeller’s »Nester bauen, Höhlen knabbern« about how animals make their homes, won the German Youth Literature Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.

Over 150 picture books are currently on stock, including the popular rhyme, game, arts and crafts books of Susanne Stöcklin-Meier and the cult series, ›Barbapapa‹.

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Atlantis Verlag

Orell Füssli Verlag
Dietzingerstraße 3
8036 Zürich


Phone +41 (0)44 466 77-11

Contact Person

Program/Editorial Department
Hans ten Doornkaat
Eva Roth

Director Marketing Gisela Klinkenberg

Distribution and Events Germany/Austria Diana Schier
+49 (0)221 1628 16-26

Sales René Busse
+41 (0)44 466 74 37

Marketing/Events Switzerland Alexandra Kuchler
+41 (0)44 466 73 18


Public Relations Stephanie Fabian
+41 (0)44 466 74 28

Foreign Rights Sindhya Bergamin