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Western Tauern Alps

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Elevation  3,798 m (12,461 ft)
Orogeny  Alpine orogeny
Parent range  Central Eastern Alps
Countries  Austria and Italy
Peak  Grossglockner
Western Tauern Alps
States of Austria, regions of Italy  Tyrol, Carinthia, Salzburg, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol,
Borders on  List Eastern Rhaetian Alps Southern Rhaetian Alps Dolomites Carnic and Gailtal Alps Carinthian-Styrian Alps Eastern Tauern Alps Northern Salzburg Alps Tyrol Schistose Alps

The Western Tauern Alps (German: Westliche Tauernalpen, Italian: Alpi dei Tauri occidentali) are a mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps.



The range is bound by the Salzach river in the north; in the south the upper Drava and the Rienz in the Puster Valley form the border with the Southern Limestone Alps. In the west the Wipptal Valley up to the Brenner Pass and the course of the Eisack (Isarco) river separate it from the Eastern Rhaetian Alps. Administratively the Western Tauern Alps belong to the Austrian states of Tyrol, Salzburg and Carinthia and, in the southwest, to the Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol.

SOIUSA classificationEdit

According to SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain range is an Alpine section, classified in the following way:

  • main part = Eastern Alps
  • major sector = Central Eastern Alps
  • section = Western Tauern Alps
  • code = II/A-17
  • SubdivisionEdit

    The range is divided into four Alpine subsections:

  • Zillertal Alps (German: Zillertaler Alpen; Italian: Alpi Aurine) - SOIUSA code: II/A-17.I,
  • High Tauern (German: Hohe Tauern; Italian: Alti Tauri) - SOIUSA code: II/A-17.II,
  • Villgraten Mountains (German: Villgratner Berge or Deferegger Alpen; Italian: Alpi Pusteresi) - SOIUSA code: II/A-17.III,
  • Kreuzeck group (German: Kreuzeckgruppe; Italian: Gruppo del Kreuzeck) - SOIUSA code: II/A-17.IV.
  • Notable summitsEdit

    Some notable summits of the rang are:


    Western Tauern Alps Wikipedia

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