Verwall Alps

The Verwall Alps are a mountain range that stretches to the Paznauntal valley and the Stanzer valley.

The Verwall Alps (originally called Ferwall) extend in equal parts in the states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg and are a subgroup of the Austrian Central Alps. Often it is split up into an Eastern and Western mountain range. The name is supposed to derive from the Roman term "Val bel", that is to say "beautiful valley". The Verwall Alps border on the Rhaeticon mountains in the west, the Lechquell mountains in the north west, the Lechtal Alps in the north east, the Samnaun mountain chain in the south east and the Silvretta mountain chain in the south. The Arlberg pass connects the Verwall Alps with the Lechtal Alps, while the Zeinisjoch pass is the connection to the Silvretta mountain chain.

In Vorarlberg, parts of the Verwall Alps are protected as "Natura 2000" area, moreover it is considered a bird reserve. In Tyrol this mountain range stretches to the Paznauntal valley with the famous ski resorts Galtür and Ischgl, as well as to the Stanzer valley with the resort St. Anton am Arlberg. The Verwall Alps are only hardly glaciated and a popular area for mountaineers.

Peaks: The most significant mountains of three thousand metres are the Hoher Riffler (3,168 m), the Kuchenspitze (3,148 m), the Küchlspitze (3,147 m), the Blankahorn (3,129 m), the Seeköpfe (3,061 m), the Patteriol (3,056 m), the Samnaunspitze (3,039 m) and the Kleiner Riffler (3,014 m).

Trails: In the Verwall mountains, there are 10 mountain huts of the local alpinists' association AVS, which are connected by gorgeous high altitude trails. Two of these mountain huts are the Niederebelhütte (2,130 m) and the Darmstädter Hütte mountain huts (2,384 m), connected by the Hoppe-Seyler trail and the Sepp-Jöchler trail.

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