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Europe Country Most Prominent Peaks

RankCountryPeak Prom-M  Elev-M Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.RussiaElbrus47415642Central Caucasus210
2.FranceMont Blanc46974810Western Alps277
2.ItalyMont Blanc46974810Western Alps277
4.SpainPico de Teide37183718North Atlantic Islands159
5.BulgariaMusala24732925Macedonia-Thrace111
6.GreeceMount Ida24562456Greek Islands45
7.AzerbaijanBazar Dyuzi24544466Eastern Caucasus5
8.AustriaGroßglockner24283798Eastern Alps133
9.NorwayGaldhøpiggen23662469Scandinavian Mountains156
10.GeorgiaGora Kazbek23535034Central Caucasus22
11.PortugalMontanha do Pico23512351North Atlantic Islands62
12.SlovakiaGerlachovský štít23492654Carpathian Mountains87
13.SwitzerlandFinsteraarhorn22804274Northern Alps27
14.Jan MayenBeerenberg22772277Norwegian Sea Islands7
15.AlbaniaKorab21692764Greek-Albanian Ranges61
15.North MacedoniaKorab21692764Greek-Albanian Ranges61
17.ArmeniaAragats Lerr21434090Lesser Caucasus15
18.IcelandHvannadalshnúkur21102110Norwegian Sea Islands63
19.RomaniaParângu Mare21032519Southern Carpathians14
20.SloveniaTriglav20522864Eastern Alps172
21.GermanyZugspitze17462962Northern Alps246
22.SwedenKebnekaise-Nordtoppen17352097Scandinavian Mountains14
23.SvalbardNewtontoppen17131713Svalbard2
24.SerbiaMidzor14792169Balkan Mountains53
25.MontenegroDurmitor14782523Dinaric Alps31
26.KosovoPastrik14301988Dinaric Alps1
27.Bosnia and HerzegovinaPlocno13482225Dinaric Alps1
28.United KingdomBen Nevis13451345Great Britain658
29.Czech RepublicSněžka11931603Bohemian Ranges216
29.PolandSněžka11931603Bohemian Ranges216
31.CroatiaSveti Jure11641762Dinaric Alps15
32.IrelandCarrauntoohil10391039Ireland229
33.UkraineHora Blyznytsya10021881Carpathian Mountains11
34.Faroe IslandsSlættaratindur880880Norwegian Sea Islands26
35.HungaryKékes7741014Carpathian Mountains131
36.LiechtensteinKuhgrat6812123Northern Alps10
37.Isle of ManSnaefell621621Great Britain71
38.AndorraPic de l'Estanyó5182915Pyrenees7
39.FinlandTaivaskero516809Scandinavian Mountains4
40.GibraltarRock of Gibraltar423426Andalucian Ranges108
41.MoldovaBalanesti285430Ukrainian Plains36
42.MaltaDingli Cliffs253253Sicily89
43.EstoniaSuur Munamagi218318Southeast Baltic Plains72
44.San MarinoMonte Titano189739Appenines90
45.LatviaGaizinkalns187312Southeast Baltic Plains71
46.BelarusHara Dzyarzhynskaya185345Southeast Baltic Plains44
46.LithuaniaMedvégalis Kalnas185235Southeast Baltic Plains3
48.DenmarkRytterknægten162162Southeast Baltic Plains2
49.BelgiumBaraque de Fraiture153652North France-West Rhine Area9
50.LuxembourgGréngewald149432North France-West Rhine Area4
51.JerseyLes Platons143143Great Britain31
52.GuernseyLe Moulin114114Great Britain24
53.NetherlandsSint–Pietersberg106171North France-West Rhine Area12
54.MonacoRocher de Monaco3363Western Alps29

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List Description

This list shows the peak in each European country with the greatest topographic prominence. As it turns out, for well over half of these countries (35 of 54, or 65%) the highest and most prominent peaks are the same. The remaining 19 peaks provide some good alternate climbs in their respective nations.

There is no consensus as to what nations or peaks constitute a European country high point list, and this site lists four flavors of that well-known pursuit. Not wanting to recreate all that again for the most-prominent list for Europe, the approach here is to be very inclusive and list all most-prominent peaks for all nations and dependencies that are European and semi-European, including all Caucasus region nations, Norwegian Arctic territories, and mid-Atlantic Island highpoints for Iberian nations.

The Vatican City is left off this list, since any notion of prominence has disappeared under centuries of urbanization.

Acknowledgments:

Thanks to Lee Newton, who did the research on the non-high points on this list and made its publication here possible.

 


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