Austria’s mountains are popular tourist destinations. Here, local visitors prefer mountains for recreation activity including skiing, hiking and climbing. Austria has many mountains, most of them are above 2,000 metres. The tallest mountains mentioned below are ranked by elevation (height from sea level).
1. Grossglockner (3,798 m)
Grossglockner (original spelling: “Großglockner”) is the highest mountain in Austria located between the state of Carinthia and East Tyrol. At the top, consists of two pinnacles namely Grossglockner and Kleinglockner, among them the Grossglockner is the highest. The mountain first climbed in 1877 by J. Tribusser. The Roads which leading to the villages at the bottom of the mountain is a popular tourist road with wonderful scenery.
Prominence: 2,423 m (7,949 ft)
2. Wildspitze (3,770 m)
Highly glaciated mountain and second highest in Austria, also highest in the Otztal Alps, located in North Tyrol in Austria. The mountain first climbed in 1848 by Leander Klotz and a fellow local farmer. As it highly glaciated and ice-covered all side. As a result, it hard to climb the mountain to beginners. July, August and September months are the right time to climb the mountain. There are two pinnacles or peaks at the top, 3768 metres and 3770 metres high.
Prominence: 2,261 m (7,418 ft)
3. Weisskugel (3,739 m)
Weisskugel (Original spelling: Weißkugel) and also called as Palla Bianca (an Italian word) is the third highest mountain in Austria, and second in Otztal Alps. The mountain located in the border between Tyrol in Austria and South Tyrol in Italy. Weisskugel is first climbed in 1845, the easiest way to climb over the south ridge. In short, the mountains are good to climb in summer season Mid July to September. Camping for climbers is possible in the Melag Valley and other valleys.
Prominence: 565 m (1,854 ft)
4. Glocknerwand (3,721 m)
Located between Carinthia and East Tyrol in Austria. It is a part of Glockner Group and isolated just 789 metres from the Grossglockner, the highest mountain of Austria. It is one of the tough mountains to climb and the top of the mountain covered with snowdrifts. The first ascent was recorded in 1872 by Josef Poschi, Josef Kerer and Peter Groder. The easiest route to climb the mountain from the Studl Hut.
Prominence: 125 m (410 ft)
5. Grossvenediger (3,662 m)
Grossvenediger, (Original Name: Stutzerkopf) is a mountain found in the almost centre of the Venediger Group in Salzburg and East Tyrol in Austria. It can be climbed easily by foot, the mountain covered by glaciers. The ice in the mountain will start to melt when summer begins. The mountain first climbed in 1941. There are several mountain huts built makes it easier to stay overnight. July to September is the perfect time to climb and March to May better for Skiing.
Prominence: 1,185 m (3,888 ft)
List of 20 Highest Mountains in Austria
|Rank||Highest Mountains||Height (Sea Level)||Coordinates|
|1||Grossglockner||3798 metres||47°04′27″N 12°41′40″E|
|2||Wildspitze||3770 metres||46°53′07″N 10°52′02″E|
|3||Weisskugel||3739 metres||46°47′52″N 10°43′35″E|
|4||Glocknerwand||3721 metres||47°04′45″N 12°41′12″E|
|5||Grossvenediger||3662 metres||47°06′33″N 12°20′47″E|
|6||Hinterer Brochkogel||3635 metres||46°46′24″N 10°54′53″E|
|7||Hintere Schwarze||3628 metres||46°53′10″N 10°50′59″E|
|8||Similaun||3599 metres||46°45′49″N 10°52′51″E|
|9||Vorderer Brochkogel||3565 metres||46°52′29″N 10°51′03″E|
|10||Grosses Wiesbachhorn||3564 metres||47°09′23″N 12°45′19″E|
|11||Rainerhorn||3559 metres||47°06′03″N 12°21′51″E|
|12||Grosser Ramolkogel||3550 metres||46°50′48″N 10°57′32″E|
|13||Schalfkogel||3540 metres||46°48′06″N 10°57′33″E|
|14||Hochvernagtspitze||3535 metres||46°52′53″N 10°47′46″E|
|15||Watzespitze||3533 metres||46°59′22″N 10°47′44″E|
|16||Langtauferer Spitze||3529 metres||46°48′17″N 10°44′45″E|
|17||Mutmalspitze||3528 metres||46°46′59″N 10°54′28″E|
|18||Weisseespitze||3518 metres||46°50′48″N 10°43′02″E|
|19||Fineilspitze||3514 metres||46°46′49″N 10°49′55″E|
|20||Hochfeiler||3510 metres||46°58′20″N 11°43′40″E|
Interesting facts about the highest mountains in Austria:
- About 150 mountains are 3,000 metres above sea level.
- The mountains are popular for Skiing and Hiking for locals and tourists.
Short form meaning: m=metres, ft=feet