Ennstal Alps

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Ennstal Alps
German: Ennstaler Alpen
HochtorOedsteinGroup FromS HoherZinken.jpg
Hochtor - Ödstein Group (Gesäuse) (from right to left) as seen from Hoher Zinken in the south
Highest point
Peak Hochtor
Elevation 2,369 m (7,772 ft)
Coordinates 47°33′42″N 14°37′50″E / 47.56167°N 14.63056°E / 47.56167; 14.63056
Alps location map (Ennstaler Alpen, AVE).png
Ennstal Alps (in red) within the Alps.
The borders of the range according to
Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps
Country Austria
States Styria and Upper Austria
Range coordinates 47°37′N 14°35′E / 47.617°N 14.583°E / 47.617; 14.583Coordinates: 47°37′N 14°35′E / 47.617°N 14.583°E / 47.617; 14.583
Parent range Northern Limestone Alps

The Ennstal Alps (German Ennstaler Alpen), the Alps of the Enns valley, are a mountain range of the Northern Limestone Alps System. They are located primarily in the Austrian state of Styria, and also into the state of Upper Austria.

The most famous scenery in the Ennstal Alps is the Gesäuse, a valley where the Enns river breaks through the limestone.


The Ennstal Alps range is defined by:

Peaks + mountain groups[edit]

Mountain groups that are part of the Ennstal Alps include:

  • Haller Mauern (highest summit: Großer Pyhrgas, 2,244 m)
  • Gesäuse Mountains, including the Buchstein Group (2,224 m), Reichenstein Group (2.251 m) and Hochtor Group (Hochtor, 2,369 m) and the Lugauer (2,217 m).
  • Eisenerzer Reichenstein 2,165 m (Eisenerz Alps), with the preceding massifs of Reiting (including the Gößeck its main summit, 2,214 m) (in the south) and the Kaiserschild (2,105 m) in the north.
Panoramic view of the Ennstal Alps.

Gesäuse − Enns river valley[edit]

Gesäuse, the Enns river valley in the Ennstal Alps.
View over the ridge of the Haller Mauern (Admonter Warte) to the Gesäuse Mountains.

The Ennstal Alps range is pierced in the north by the Enns river. The Enns river valley name in German is Gesäuse. The valley is accompanied by the only roads and railway lines that run through the Ennstal Alps.

Adjacent mountain ranges[edit]

Other Alps mountain ranges that border on the Ennstal Alps include:


Settlement within the range is restricted to the Gesäuse and several mountain valleys.

Towns in valleys around the perimeter of the range include: Leoben, Liezen, and Eisenerz.

See also[edit]

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