Aerial view of the Western Alps shortly before Zurich
Benched roof tile limestone of the Ramesch, Warscheneck group
Destinations in the Alps
Attractions in the Alps
The Alps are divided into numerous mountain groups and chains. The attempts to divide them up are based on geological differences (Western and Eastern Alps), the historical-geographical facts (Western, Central and Eastern Alps) as well as on climate, vegetation and settlement. Overall, the Western Alps are higher than the Eastern Alps. The Alpine region comprises the eight countries France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. The highest mountain peak is the Mont Blanc with 4,810 m on French territory in the Western Alps.
Alpine tourism is a controversial topic. Long established in the neighboring regions, locals and nature conservationists want to protect the mountains from mass tourism to preserve the natural landscape and also the climatic conditions.
Photo: Dirk Beyer, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons