Leitha Mountains

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Leitha Mountains
German: Leithagebirge
Leithagebirge.jpg
The Leitha mountains near Kleinhöflein im Burgenland, Eisenstadt
Highest point
Peak Sonnenberg
Elevation 484 m (1,588 ft)
Coordinates 42°52′32″N 16°28′32″E / 42.87556°N 16.47556°E / 42.87556; 16.47556Coordinates: 42°52′32″N 16°28′32″E / 42.87556°N 16.47556°E / 42.87556; 16.47556
Geography
Country Austria
Region Burgenland and Lower Austria
Type of rock Sedimentary

The Leitha Mountains (German: Leithagebirge; Hungarian: Lajta-hegység) are a range of low mountains in Austria lying on the boundary between Lower Austria and Burgenland.

The range is an offshoot of the Alps and forms a connection to the Carpathians to the north. It is a ridge about 35 km long and 5–7 km wide along the southeastern edge of the Vienna Basin from Brucker Pforte in the northeast to Wiener Neustädter Pforte (Ödenburger Pforte) in the southwest. The range lies to the southeast of the Leitha River and is considered part of the Randgebirge östlich der Mur division of the Eastern Alps. The highest peak, Sonnenberg (Hungarian: Nap-hegy), is 484 m above sea level.

The ridge is heavily forested with deciduous trees such as oak, hornbeam, and beech predominating.