The Allgäu Alps belong to the Northern Limestone Alps and stretch from Germany to Tyrol and Vorarlberg.
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The Allgäu Alps are a mountain group in the Northern Limestone Alps that stretches in the east of the Lake of Constance. The Allgäu Alps, however, are not closely connected to the homonymous region in Germany, which in fact only comprises a tiny part of the Allgäu Alps. On a surface of about 75 per 50 kilometres, the Allgäu Alps stretch from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg to the Austrian Bundesländer Tyrol and Vorarlberg. What is worth highlighting is above all the flora of the Allgäu Alps, which is considered one of the most varied of the Alps.
In Tyrolean territory, there are two subgroups of the Allgäu Alps: the Tannheimer mountains and the Vilsalpsee mountains. The Tannheimer mountains, also called Vils Alps, are divided from the rest of the Allgäu Alps by the homonymous valley. Once these mountains used to be a separate mountain group. The Vilsalpsee mountains are located at the edge of the Tannheimer valley and are a popular excursion destination, together with Lake Vilsalpsee.
Peaks: some of the most significant mountains of the Tannheimer mountains are the Kellenspitze (2,238 m), the Rote Flüh (2,108 m), the Gimpel (2,173 m) and the Gehrenspitze (2,163 m). The main peak of the Vilsalpsee mountains is the Leilachspitze (2,274 m). Six of the ten highest peaks of the Allgäu Alps are located on Tyrolean territory.
Trails: the area in the surroundings of the Rote Flüh, Gimpel, Kellenspitze and Gehrenspitze mountains is particularly popular with climbers. Moreover the Allgäu Alps features a series of lakes, some of which are under natural protection and represent popular excursion destinations. In the higher mountains, there are 24 mountain huts of the local Alpinists’ association AVS as well as several long-distance hiking trails stretching past these huts, such as the European long-distance hiking trail E4 (Pyrenees-Creta), the European long-distance trail E5 (Atlantic sea-Adriatic sea) and the Via Alpina.