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View of the northeastern part of the Karwendel (Location: Blue Mountains)
Highest point
Peak Birkkarspitze
Elevation 2,749 m (9,019 ft)
Countries Austria and Germany
Range coordinates
Parent range Northern Limestone Alps

The Karwendel is the largest range of the Northern Limestone Alps. Four chains stretch from west to east; in addition, there are a number of fringe ranges and an extensive promontory in the north.

The term Karwendel describes the part of the Alps between the Isar and Inn rivers and the Achensee.

Hermann von Barth created the tradition of naming the ranges after the valley limiting them in the south: Karwendel Valley, Hinterau Valley and Vomper Loch, Gleiersch Valley, Hall Valley, Inn Valley: Northern Karwendel Range, Hinterautal-Vomper Range (a.k.a. main Karwendel Range), Gleiersch-Halltal Range and Nordkette (a.k.a. Solstein Range or Inn Valley Range). Side ranges are the Erlspitze Group, Soiern Group and Vorkarwendel, Falken Group, Gamsjoch Group and Sonnjoch Group.


There are 125 peaks in the Karwendel that reach heights of over 2,000 metres. The most important are listed below together with some notable peaks between 1,800 and 2,000 metres high.

Northern Karwendel viewed from Wetterstein

Alpine Huts

In the Karwendel, among the 21 Alpine Huts 18 are run by the German or Austrian Alpine Clubs:

  • Aspachhütte (OeAV Innsbruck)
  • Bettelwurfhütte (OeAV Innsbruck)
  • Brunnsteinhütte (DAV Mittenwald)
  • Dammkarhütte (Privat)
  • Falkenhütte (DAV Oberland/München)
  • Hallerangerhaus (DAV Schwaben)
  • Hochlandhütte (DAV Hochland/München)
  • Höttinger Alm (Privat)
  • Karwendelhaus (DAV Männer-Turnverein München)
  • Krinner-Kofler-Hütte (DAV Mittenwald)
  • Lamsenjochhütte (DAV Oberland/München)
  • Magdeburger Hütte (neue) (DAV Geltendorf)
  • Mittenwalder Hütte (DAV Mittenwald)
  • Nördlinger Hütte (DAV Nördlingen)
  • Pfeishütte (OeAV Innsbruck)
  • Pleisenhütte (Privat)
  • Rotwandlhütte (DAV Neuland/München)
  • Seewaldhütte (DAV Achensee)
  • Soiernhaus (DAV Hochland/München)
  • Solsteinhaus (OeAV Innsbruck)
  • Tölzer Hütte (DAV Bad Tölz)

External links

  • Alpenpark Karwendel
  • some karwendel mountainbike tours
  • Karwendel travel guide Wikivoyage
  • Northern Karwendel Chain
  • Activities and sights in Karwendel
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