Berchtesgadener Hochthron

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Berchtesgaden Hochthron

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View from the Stöhrweg
Berchtesgaden Hochthron
Highest point
Elevation 1,973 m (6,473 ft)
Prominence 1,278 m (4,193 ft) [1]
Isolation 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi)
Coordinates 47°41′38.5″N12°59′10″E / 47.694028°N 12.98611°E / 47.694028; 12.98611 Coordinates: 47°41′38.5″N12°59′10″E / 47.694028°N 12.98611°E / 47.694028; 12.98611
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Berchtesgaden Hochthron
Bavaria, Germany
Location Bavaria, Germany
Parent range Berchtesgaden Alps

The Berchtesgaden Hochthron is the highest peak of the Untersberg massif in the Berchtesgaden Alps in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany.

Untersberg mountain

The Untersberg is the northernmost massif of the Berchtesgaden Alps, a prominent spur straddling the border between Berchtesgaden, Germany and Salzburg, Austria. The highest peak of the table-top mountain is the Berchtesgaden Hochthron at 1,973 metres (6,473 ft).

Berchtesgaden Alps mountain range of the Northern Limestone Alps

The Berchtesgaden Alps are a mountain range of the Northern Limestone Alps, named after the market town of Berchtesgaden located in the centre. The central part belongs to the Berchtesgadener Land district of southeastern Bavaria, Germany, while the adjacent area in the north, east and south is part of the Austrian state of Salzburg.

Bavaria State in Germany

Bavaria, officially the Free State of Bavaria, is a landlocked federal state of Germany, occupying its southeastern corner. With an area of 70,550.19 square kilometres, Bavaria is the largest German state by land area. Its territory comprises roughly a fifth of the total land area of Germany. With 13 million inhabitants, it is Germany's second-most-populous state after North Rhine-Westphalia. Bavaria's main cities are Munich and Nuremberg.


The summit of the Berchtesgaden Hochthron offers one of the best views of the Berchtesgaden region, because it has an unobstructed view over the Berchtesgaden valley as well as all nine massifs of the Berchtesgaden Alps, the Chiemgau Alps, the Austrian mountains of the Salzkammergut and the Tennengebirge.

Chiemgau Alps mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps

The Chiemgau Alps are a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps and therefore belong to the Eastern Alps. Their major part is situated in Bavaria, Germany and only a small section crosses the Austrian border into the states of Salzburg and Tirol. They reach their highest elevation (1961 m) in the Sonntagshorn, a peak straddling the German-Austrian border.


The Salzkammergut is a resort area located in Austria, stretching from the city of Salzburg eastwards along the Alpine Foreland and the Northern Limestone Alps to the peaks of the Dachstein Mountains. The main river of the region is the Traun, a right tributary of the Danube.


The Berchtesgaden Hochthron rises around 7 km (4.3 mi) north of Berchtesgaden and about 8 km (5.0 mi) east-southeast from Bad Reichenhall.

Bad Reichenhall Place in Bavaria, Germany

Bad Reichenhall is a spa town, and administrative center of the Berchtesgadener Land district in Upper Bavaria, Germany. It is located near Salzburg in a basin encircled by the Chiemgau Alps. Together with other alpine towns Bad Reichenhall engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the alpine arc. Bad Reichenhall was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2001.

About 470 m (1,540 ft) west of the mountain summit is Stöhrhaus  (de ), managed by the German Alpine Club in the summer. At the foot of the steep falls of the summit lie the headwaters of the Almbach, which ends after flowing through the Almbachklamm  (de ) in Berchtesgadener Ache from the south.

German Alpine Club

The German Alpine Club is the world's largest climbing association, and the eighth-largest sports union in Germany. The Club is a member of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, and the responsible body for sport and competition climbing, hiking, mountaineering, hill walking, ice climbing, mountain expeditions, as well as ski mountaineering.

Berchtesgadener Ache river in Germany

Berchtesgadener Ache is a river of Bavaria, Germany and Salzburg, Austria. It is formed at the confluence of the Ramsauer Ache and the Königsseer Ache in Berchtesgaden. It flows into the Salzach near Anif.


There are several marked trails that lead to the summit of the Berchtesgaden, and most of them are moderately strenuous hikes. It is also a popular destination for rock climbers. The Berchtesgaden Hochthron stops with massive, partly overhanging cliffs to the east and south. The numerous climbing routes of the south wall are among the most popular and historically significant climbs of the Berchtesgaden Alps. The most difficult climbs are usually attempted in November on the "Old South Face" ( Level III +).

Climbing Activity to ascend a steep object

Climbing is the activity of using one's hands, feet, or any other part of the body to ascend a steep object. It is done for locomotion, recreation and competition, in trades that rely on it, and in emergency rescue and military operations. It is done indoors and out, on natural and man-made structures.

Galileo Test Environment

Near the Stöhr house is one of the six base stations for the testing and development of the Galileo navigational satellites. [2]

Galileo (satellite navigation) Global navigation satellite system

Galileo is the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) that went live in 2016, created by the European Union (EU) through the European GNSS Agency (GSA), headquartered in Prague in the Czech Republic, with two ground operations centres, Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich in Germany and Fucino in Italy. The €10 billion project is named after the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. One of the aims of Galileo is to provide an independent high-precision positioning system so European nations do not have to rely on the U.S. GPS, or the Russian GLONASS systems, which could be disabled or degraded by their operators at any time. The use of basic (lower-precision) Galileo services will be free and open to everyone. The higher-precision capabilities will be available for paying commercial users. Galileo is intended to provide horizontal and vertical position measurements within 1-metre precision, and better positioning services at higher latitudes than other positioning systems. Galileo is also to provide a new global search and rescue (SAR) function as part of the MEOSAR system.

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  1. "Berchtesgadener Hochthro". Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  2. "GATE Testbed Area Berchtesgaden". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-06-16.