Northern Alps

Range TypeBogus mountain grouping for this site
Highest PointFinsteraarhorn (4274 m/14,022 ft)
CountriesGermany (51%), Switzerland (33%), Austria (16%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesBavaria (45%), Tirol (9%), Bern (8%), Baden-Württemberg (6%), Vorarlberg (4%), Sankt Gallen (3%), Salzburg (3%), Zürich (2%), Fribourg (2%), Vaud (2%), Graubünden (2%), Lucerne (2%), Valais (2%), Uri (1%), Aargau (1%), Schwyz (1%), Thurgau (1%), Glarus (1%), Obwalden (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area68,841 sq km / 26,579 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent322 km / 200 mi North-South
520 km / 323 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long47° 34' N; 9° 58' E
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Map of Northern Alps
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Northern Alps.
AlpsLevel 2 (Parent)
         Western AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Northern AlpsLevel 3
                 Berner OberlandLevel 4 (Child)
                 Urner AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Glarus AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Saint Gallen AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Western Austria AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Bavarian AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 KitzbuhelLevel 4 (Child)
         Southern AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Eastern AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Northern Alps

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Finsteraarhorn427414,022Berner Oberland
2.Aletschhorn419313,757Berner Oberland
3.Jungfrau415813,642Berner Oberland
4.Mönch410713,474Berner Oberland
5.Schreckhorn407813,379Berner Oberland
6.Gross-Fiescherhorn404913,284Berner Oberland
7.Gross-Grünhorn404413,268Berner Oberland
8.Lauteraarhorn404213,261Berner Oberland
9.Hinter-Fiescherhorn402513,205Berner Oberland
10.Gletscherhorn398313,068Berner Oberland
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Finsteraarhorn427414,022Berner Oberland
2.Dammastock363011,909Urner Alps
3.Tödi361411,857Glarus Alps
4.Piz Linard341011,188Western Austria Alps
5.Zugspitze29629718Bavarian Alps
7.Säntis25028209Saint Gallen Alps

Photos of Peaks in the Northern Alps


The Aletschhorn dominates the view south from the Monch (1985-08-09).

The Jungfrau rises above the Jungfraujoch railway station area. View from the Monch (1985-08-09).

The Monch is an easy climb from the Jungfraujoch railway terminal.

The foreboding Eiger Nordwand towers over Kleine Scheidegg.
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Muttler from the north. One of the few non-techncial 3000m peaks in the Lower Engadine region of Switzerland (2014-08-24). Photo by Lee Newton.
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In 1993 the summit area of the Zugspitze was a mess of construction (1993-08-07).
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The final summit slopes of the Birkkarspitze are steep and loose (2014-07-16). Photo by Lee Newton.
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The Grauspitze (left) and the Schwartzhorn are the highest and second highest summits in the tiny principality of Liechtenstein (1993-08-11).
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Tschuggen from the cable car station near Mannlichen with the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau in the background (2014-06-28). Photo by Tom Owen.
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Männlichen peak from just below the small gondola station (2014-06-28). Photo by Tom Owen.
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