Central Eastern Alps (Central Alps): Großvenediger
Southern Eastern Alps (Southern Alps); Triglav
Aerial view of the Western Alps shortly before Zurich
Western Alps in viewing direction west
Benched roof tile limestone of the Ramesch, Warscheneck group
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The Alps are divided into numerous mountain groups and chains. The attempts to divide them up are based on geological differences (Western and Eastern Alps), the historical geographical facts (Western, Central and Eastern Alps) as well as on climate, vegetation and settlement. Overall, the Western Alps are higher than the Eastern Alps. The Alpine region comprises the eight countries France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. The highest mountain peak is the Mont Blanc with 4810 m on French territory in the Western Alps.
Alpine tourism is a controversial topic. Long established in the neighbouring regions, locals and nature conservationists want to protect the mountains from mass tourism in order to preserve the natural landscape and also the climatic conditions.
Photo: Dirk Beyer, CC BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons