hidden europe 58

Shared High Points

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Picture above: Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze (photo © Bernd Feurich / dreamstime.com).


Germany makes much of its highest mountain, the mighty Zugspitze. The frontier between Austria and Germany bisects the mountain. But in Austria, the Zugspitze hardly counts as a significant peak. We look at the phenomenon of shared summits.

We note on page 21 of this issue that many European high points are in fact shared summits, ie. the mountain straddles an international frontier. So in Georgia, Shkhara (5,193 metres) is the highest summit. But the mountain is not wholly Georgian. The north face is in the Kabardino- Balkar Republic, part of the Russian Federation. For the latter, however, it breaks no records since Mount Elbrus (5,642 metres) is significantly higher.

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