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Europe Country Most Prominent Peaks

RankCountryPeak Prom-M  Elev-M Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.RussiaElbrus47415642Central Caucasus236
2.FranceMont Blanc46974810Western Alps313
2.ItalyMont Blanc46974810Western Alps313
4.SpainPico de Teide37183718North Atlantic Islands185
5.BulgariaMusala24732925Macedonia-Thrace117
6.GreeceMount Ida24562456Greek Islands48
7.AzerbaijanBazar Dyuzi24544466Eastern Caucasus5
8.AustriaGroßglockner24283798Eastern Alps151
9.NorwayGaldhøpiggen23662469Scandinavian Mountains168
10.GeorgiaGora Kazbek23535034Central Caucasus25
11.PortugalMontanha do Pico23512351North Atlantic Islands64
12.SlovakiaGerlachovský štít23492654Carpathian Mountains96
13.SwitzerlandFinsteraarhorn22794274Northern Alps27
14.Jan MayenBeerenberg22772277Norwegian Sea Islands7
15.AlbaniaKorab21692764Greek-Albanian Ranges63
15.North MacedoniaKorab21692764Greek-Albanian Ranges63
17.ArmeniaAragats Lerr21434090Lesser Caucasus18
18.IcelandHvannadalshnúkur21102110Norwegian Sea Islands65
19.RomaniaParângu Mare21032519Southern Carpathians16
20.SloveniaTriglav20522864Eastern Alps234
21.GermanyZugspitze17462962Northern Alps270
22.SwedenKebnekaise-Nordtoppen17352097Scandinavian Mountains21
23.SvalbardNewtontoppen17131713Svalbard2
24.SerbiaMidžor14792169Balkan Mountains60
25.MontenegroDurmitor14782523Dinaric Alps36
26.KosovoPastrik14301988Dinaric Alps2
27.Bosnia and HerzegovinaPlocno13482225Dinaric Alps1
28.United KingdomBen Nevis13451345Great Britain771
29.Czech RepublicSněžka11931603Bohemian Ranges253
29.PolandSněžka11931603Bohemian Ranges253
31.CroatiaSveti Jure11641762Dinaric Alps18
32.IrelandCarrauntoohil10391039Ireland252
33.UkraineHora Blyznytsya10021881Carpathian Mountains11
34.Faroe IslandsSlættaratindur880880Norwegian Sea Islands28
35.HungaryKékes7741014Carpathian Mountains141
36.LiechtensteinKuhgrat6812123Northern Alps12
37.Isle of ManSnaefell621621Great Britain76
38.AndorraPic de l'Estanyó5182915Pyrenees8
39.FinlandTaivaskero516809Scandinavian Mountains4
40.GibraltarRock of Gibraltar423426Andalucian Ranges123
41.MoldovaBalanesti285430Ukrainian Plains39
42.MaltaDingli Cliffs253253Sicily104
43.San MarinoMonte Titano251739Apennines102
44.EstoniaSuur Munamagi218318Southeast Baltic Plains82
45.LatviaGaizinkalns187312Southeast Baltic Plains79
46.BelarusHara Dzyarzhynskaya185345Southeast Baltic Plains47
46.LithuaniaMedvégalis Kalnas185235Southeast Baltic Plains3
48.DenmarkRytterknægten162162Southeast Baltic Plains2
49.BelgiumBaraque de Fraiture153652North France-West Rhine Area10
49.LuxembourgPréventbësch153436North France-West Rhine Area1
51.JerseyLes Platons143143Great Britain32
52.GuernseyLe Moulin114114Great Britain24
53.NetherlandsSint–Pietersberg106171North France-West Rhine Area15
54.MonacoRocher de Monaco3363Western Alps33

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List Description

This list shows the peak in each European country with the greatest topographic prominence. As it turns out, for well over half of these countries (35 of 54, or 65%) the highest and most prominent peaks are the same. The remaining 19 peaks provide some good alternate climbs in their respective nations.

There is no consensus as to what nations or peaks constitute a European country high point list, and this site lists four flavors of that well-known pursuit. Not wanting to recreate all that again for the most-prominent list for Europe, the approach here is to be very inclusive and list all most-prominent peaks for all nations and dependencies that are European and semi-European, including all Caucasus region nations, Norwegian Arctic territories, and mid-Atlantic Island highpoints for Iberian nations.

The Vatican City is left off this list, since any notion of prominence has disappeared under centuries of urbanization.

Acknowledgments:

Thanks to Lee Newton, who did the research on the non-high points on this list and made its publication here possible.

 


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