A unique heritage
The mountain range stretches across 8 different countries where about 13 million people are distributed over approximately 6,000 communities. This is the reason for their rich cultural heritage.
Their mountainous character sets the Alps apart from the surrounding landscapes and separates the dry evergreen forests of the Mediterranean region from the central European deciduous forests.
Facts and Figures
The Alps are 1,200 km in length and cover an area of about 192,000 km2.
The highest mountain in the Alps is Mont Blanc (4,810 m) on the Italian-French border.
About 2% of the total area of the Alps is covered by ice.
The largest glacier in the Alps - the Aletsch Glacier in the Bernese Alps - is 23 km long, reaching depths of up to 900 m.
The Rhine, Rhone, and Po rivers all originate in the Alps.