Top 10 Highest Peaks in Europe

Top 10 Highest Peaks in Europe

Europe is known for being culturally versatile, but its nature is as diverse as countries and people. Various mountainous ranges cover vast areas and feature some incredibly tall summits. Here are out ten choices of the highest as well as prettiest European mountains.

10. Gerlachovský Štít, Tatra Mountains, Slovakia

At 2,654.4 m (8,709 ft) tall, the mountains is the highest peak in the High Tatras range. The first known ascent to the top was successfully performed by a local citizen Ján Still in 1834! Today however only official members of national climbing club are allowed an access to the top.

Why to go there?

Tatra Mountains are the main and most popular natural attraction in the region. Various peaks, hiking trails and camping sites will provide activities for anyone.

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9. Galdhøpiggen, Jotunheimen, Norway

Jotunheimen, which means the home of the giants, features the highest mountain in Norway – Galdhøpiggen (2469 m) – and 28 other highest peaks. The established Jotunheimen National Park provides visitors with the facilities and mountain cabins or lodges.

Why to go there?

Tourists can enjoy many activities here. The most popular hiking trail along the Besseggen ridge features wonderful views to the emerald Gjende lake and mountains. Also glacier walking, rafting, caving, canyoning and riding can be chosen by the adventurous travelers.

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8. Monte Rosa, Alps, Switzerland

At 4,634 m (15,203 ft) it is the second highest peak in the Alps after Mont Blanc. It is covered in a thick layer of snow and ice, which forms almost a vertical wall on the east side. It is very popular among the climbers in summer, when the summit is accessible.

Why to go there?

Great views open from the mountain and also it is an exciting challenge for the climbers.

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Photo by Christoph Hormann

7. Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

The trails are scattered around the beautiful peak of Matterhorn, which is one of the most popular skiing destination in Europe. Lifts are accessible right from the town of Zermatt, which is known for the classic Swiss ski resorts – luxurious, comfortable and just perfect.

Why to go there?

At 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) height it is among the tallest European peaks, but also one of the most accessible and providing facilities for the winter sports lovers.

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6. Grossglockner, Austria

The highest peak in the country is part of the Alpine range and ascents to the height of 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The interesting and unique feature is the pyramid-shaped peak itself, which actually is made of two pinnacles.

Why to go there?

High Alpine Road passes the summit, which is best approached from the Franz-Josefs-Höhe viewpoint and attracts around 1 million visitors each year!

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5. Teide, Tenerife, Spain

At 3,718 m (12,198 ft) tall the beautiful volcano is the highest mountain in Spain as well as on any island in the Atlantic Ocean. It is found in Teide National Park, which is protected by UNESCO and is designated as a World Heritage Site.

Why to go there?

Visit the park, which is one of the most popular in the world, attracting around 3 million visitors annually!

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4. Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy

It is the tallest active volcano in Europe and also one of the most beautiful. It can be seen from the historic city of Catania, that once was an important flourishing cultural center. Etna is known to spit smoke rings and ashes, that create a fertile soil, but also can cause a lot of damage to the citizens.

Why to go there?

Various activities include visiting some of the 400 craters, taking an adventure tour to a waterfall created by lava, speleological tours and climbing Etna. Catania is also a nice place to visit.

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Photo by Mario Fagone

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Photo by Carsten Peter

3. Aiguille du Midi, France

Found within the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps, the peak reaches an impressive height of 3,842 m (12,605 ft). There is also a cable car, which is regarded to provide the highest vertical ascent in the world! Also there is the latest amazing attraction Step into the Void – a glass viewpoint, which is certainly not for the fainthearted!

Why to go there?

You have to have that cable car ascent and Step into the Void, as both attractions promis breathtaking views.

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2. Mont Blanc, the Alps

At 4,809 m (15,778 ft) height it is the highest peak in Western Europe and lies between France and Italy. The mountain massif attracts keen adventurers, who go here mountaineering, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.

Why to go there?

The peak itself is gorgeous to look from afar or a plane. Meanwhile the massif is a designated winter sports site.

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1. Mount Elbrus, Russia

The tallest peak in Europe is found in the Caucasus mountains and reaches an impressive height of 5,642 m (18,510 ft). It actually is a dormant (potentially active) volcano. It has a cable car, which takes to the top, and an astronomical observatory.

Why to go there?

There are various trails for professional climbers as well as non professionals and hikers. Also the cable car makes it easier to explore the mountains and panoramic views.

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