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Europe High Points - Inclusive Grab Bag

RankPeak Elev-M CountryRange (Level 2)Ascents
1.Elbrus5642RussiaCaucasus Mountains240
2.Shkhara5193Russia/GeorgiaCaucasus Mountains5
3.Mount Ararat5137TurkeyAnatolia75
4.Mont Blanc4810France/ItalyAlps325
5.Monte Bianco di Courmayeur4748ItalyAlps9
6.Monte Rosa4634SwitzerlandAlps115
7.Bazar Dyuzi4466Russia/AzerbaijanCaucasus Mountains6
8.Aragats Lerr4090ArmeniaCaucasus Mountains19
9.Großglockner3798AustriaAlps164
10.Pico de Teide3718SpainMid-Atlantic Islands192
11.Mulhacén3479SpainIberian Peninsula123
12.Zugspitze2962Germany/AustriaAlps301
13.Pic de Coma Pedrosa2943AndorraIberian Peninsula119
14.Musala2925BulgariaBalkan Peninsula121
15.Olympus2918GreeceBalkan Peninsula138
16.Triglav2864SloveniaAlps255
17.Korab2764Albania/North MacedoniaBalkan Peninsula70
18.Velika Rudoka2660Kosovo/North MacedoniaBalkan Peninsula29
19.Ðeravica2657KosovoBalkan Peninsula42
20.Gerlachovský štít2654SlovakiaEastern Europe Ranges106
21.Grauspitz2599Liechtenstein/SwitzerlandAlps78
22.Moldoveanu2544RomaniaEastern Europe Ranges79
23.Maja Kolata2525Montenegro/AlbaniaBalkan Peninsula65
24.Rysy-North Peak2499Poland/SlovakiaEastern Europe Ranges188
25.Galdhøpiggen2469NorwayScandinavia-European Arctic184
26.Maglić2386Bosnia and HerzegovinaBalkan Peninsula65
27.Montanha do Pico2351PortugalMid-Atlantic Islands71
28.Beerenberg2277Jan MayenScandinavia-European Arctic7
29.Midžor2169Bulgaria/SerbiaBalkan Peninsula63
30.Hvannadalshnúkur2110IcelandScandinavia-European Arctic69
31.Gora Goverla2061UkraineEastern Europe Ranges83
32.Serra da Estrela1993PortugalIberian Peninsula74
33.Dinara1831CroatiaBalkan Peninsula90
34.Newtontoppen1713SvalbardScandinavia-European Arctic2
35.Sněžka1603Czech Republic/PolandEastern Europe Ranges272
36.Ben Nevis1345United KingdomNorthwest Europe839
37.Hálditšohkka1324Finland/NorwayScandinavia-European Arctic48
38.Snowdon1085United KingdomNorthwest Europe1066
39.Carrauntoohil1039IrelandNorthwest Europe266
40.Mahya Dagi1030TurkeyBalkan Peninsula17
41.Kékes1014HungaryEastern Europe Ranges147
42.Scafell Pike978United KingdomNorthwest Europe1027
43.Slættaratindur880Faroe IslandsScandinavia-European Arctic31
44.Slieve Donard853United KingdomNorthwest Europe166
45.Monte Titano739San MarinoItalian Peninsula and Islands112
46.Signal de Botrange694BelgiumNorthwest Europe209
47.Snaefell621Isle of ManNorthwest Europe81
48.Kneiff560LuxembourgNorthwest Europe179
49.Balanesti430MoldovaEastern Europe Ranges40
50.Rock of Gibraltar426GibraltarIberian Peninsula131
51.Hara Dzyarzhynskaya345BelarusEastern Europe Ranges49
52.Vaalserberg321NetherlandsNorthwest Europe220
53.Suur Munamagi318EstoniaEastern Europe Ranges91
54.Gaizinkalns312LatviaEastern Europe Ranges88
55.Aukstojas294LithuaniaEastern Europe Ranges86
56.Dingli Cliffs253MaltaItalian Peninsula and Islands110
57.Møllehøj171DenmarkNorthwest Europe111
57.Yding Skovhøj171DenmarkNorthwest Europe67
59.Chemin des Révoires162Monaco/FranceAlps102
60.Les Platons143JerseyNorthwest Europe35
61.Le Moulin114GuernseyNorthwest Europe25
62.Vatican Hill78Vatican CityItalian Peninsula and Islands135

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List Description

There is no truly satisfactory way to construct a list of European country high points. There are issues with the definition of the European continent, with which offshore islands are included or not, and with what constitutes a country or dependency. There are other flavors of this list on the site, but this one is included as a comprehensive "grab bag" of all peaks that could be considered country high points by most reasonable criteria.

This list starts out with the formally defined list of Nation and Dependency high points that are geographically located in Europe. To this are added the following:

  • The actual highest points of Spain and Portugal, on islands out in the Atlantic.
  • The mainland high points of Spain and Portugal, too.
  • The highpoints of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which although not independent countries, are often thought of that way and are often climbed as part of a European high point quest.
  • The highest point in Turkey, and the higest point in the European section on Turkey.
  • Yding Skovhøj in Denmark, which is a few centimeters higher than Møllehøj but is officially disqualified due to its status as an ancient burial mound.
  • Ðeravica in Kosovo, which was only recently demoted to 2nd highest peak in that country by 3 meters.
  • The entire Caucasus region high points.
  • For Italy, both Mont Blanc, and the minor sub-peak of Mont Blanc de Courmayeur, which the French (not the Italians) feel is the highest point on their common border.

Even though many people would find this list to be too extensive, I don't think anyone would doubt your claim to have finished the Europe High Points if you climbed all these peaks!

 


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