Book of the Alps
Book of the Alps

The Book of the Alps – the great illustrated book about the Alps.
290 pages with over 1000 illustrations, graphics and maps on geography, sports, history, culture, climate, environment and much more. Understand the Alps like never before.
Created in cooperation with the Alpine clubs of Germany, Austria, and South Tyrol.

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New release: 09-15-2021
Format: 21 x 27 cm
Number of pages: 290 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-946719-32-8
Climate-neutral print


The Book of the Alps has 46 chapters in seven subject areas:
Geography   Flora and Fauna   Climate and Environment    Alpinism   Mountain Sports   Society and Economy   Arts and Culture
Book of the Alps – Geography


  • Geological Formation
  • Ice Age
  • Mountains
  • Valleys
  • Mountain Passes
  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Glaciers

The Alps are unique. How did they form and evolve? How do glaciers, passes, valleys, lakes, and rivers shape the landscape? Answers to these and many more questions can be found in the geography chapter.

Flora and Fauna

  • Biodiversity
  • Plants
  • Forests
  • Animals
  • National Parks

The Alpine environment is fascinating. Alpine flowers such as the edelweiss and Alpine animals like the .Alpine ibex have even become iconic symbols of the region. Learn everything about plants, animals, and more in this chapter.

Book of the Alps – Flora and Fauna
Book of the Alps – Climate and Environment

Climate and Environment

  • Climate
  • Climate Change
  • Natural Disasters
  • Avalanches
  • Environmental Protection

The nature of the Alps is unique, but also vulnerable. Which changes come with the rise of temperatures? What consequences does this have for nature and people? What are the biggest threats and how can we confront them? These are some of the central themes of the chapter Climate and Environment.


The age of first ascents in the Alps began at the end of the 18th century. Who were the greatest mountaineers in the Alps and who are they today? How did climbing techniques and equipment evolve over the decades? What achievements of alpinism took place on the Eiger's North Face? The Alpinism chapter offers the answers.

Book of the Alps – Alpinism
Book of the Alps – Mountain Sports

Mountain Sports

  • Ski touring
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Via Ferratas
  • Mountain Biking
  • Extreme sports
  • Exotic sports

Many visitors come to the Alps to hike and for winter sports. What are the best hiking or ski touring routes? Where are the finest snow parks? Which other famous and lesser known sports can you try in the Alps? Learn more in the Mountain Sports chapter.

Society and Economy

  • Nations
  • Settlement
  • Cities
  • Wars
  • Traffic
  • Economy
  • Mountain Pastures
  • Tourism
  • Alpine Clubs
  • Mountain Huts

Men and women have changed the Alps in the past and are still changing them today. How did the first Alpine settlements evolve? How did country borders emerge and change over the centuries? Where are the longest Alpine tunnels? Which role do the Alpine clubs play? These and many more topics are covered in this chapter.

Book of the Alps – Society and Economy
Book of the Alps – Art and Culture

Arts and Culture

  • Languages
  • Food and Drinks
  • Mysticism and Legends
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Literature
  • Religion
  • Holidays

Just as humans have influenced nature, the environment has also shaped the people. The Alps are a special cultural sphere, with its own languages, holidays, dishes and drinks. The Alps are home to mystical creatures and the mountains also play an important role in music, literature, and movies. Learn more in the chapter Arts and Culture.

Book of the Alps

press review

The title “Book of the Alps” is an understatement.
It is “THE Book of the Alps” par excellence.

The topics addressed are well researched and lovingly illustrated.
The Alpenbuch has less to do with a classic encyclopedia, for us it is
a small work of art that was designed with a lot of love.

Weltweit draußen

A book full of surprises.
Every time you open it.

Bayrischer Rundfunk

You all probably remember the almanac from Back to the Future.
The Alpenbuch is an almanac for our Alps.

Jäger der Berge

The level of information and attention to detail is truly impressive,
and every time you pick it up it feels like you discover another interesting fact,
quirky story or entertaining bit of information.

The winding trail

Postcards from the Book of the Alps

Postcards from the Book of the Alps

Set of 5 postcards about different topics from the book of the Alps: Alpine cheese, Languages of the Alpine area, mythical creatures of the Alps, Matterhorns of the world, and the Alpine mountain hut records.

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Quartet to the Book of the Alps

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In cooperation with the Alpine clubs

While working on the book we received a lot of support by the three Alpine clubs from the German-speaking area of the Alps, Deutscher Alpenvereinen (DAV), Österreichischer Alpenverein (ÖAV), and Alpenverein Südtirol (AVS), who helped us with their expertise. In the chapter 'Society and Economy' you can learn more about the history and the work of the Alpine clubs (pages 235-246).

DAV – Alpenvereinen Deutschland DAV – Alpenvereinen Österreich DAV – Alpenvereinen Südtirol
Climate-neutral print

Our book is produced climate-netural at the F&W print shop.
The CO2-emissions during the production process are measured and compensated via the climate protection project “Deutschland plus Alpen” (Germany plus the Alps):


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