Das Alpenbuch
Das Alpenbuch

DAS ALPENBUCH – the great illustrated book about the Alps.
290 pages with over 1,000 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.

€ 35.00

includes VAT and shipping in the EU


New release: 09-15-2020
Format: 21 x 27 cm
Numeber of pages: 290 pages
Language: German
ISBN: 978-3-946719-31-1
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
Alpenbuch – 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. Learn everything about plants, animals, and more in this chapter.

Alpenbuch – Flora and Fauna
Alpenbuch – Climate and Environment

Climate and Environment

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

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


At the end of the 18th century the age of the first ascents of the Alpine summits begins. Who were and who are the greatest mountaineers in the Alps? How did climbing techniques and equipment evolve over the decades? Which Alpinist achievements occured at the Eiger north face? The Alpinism chapter offers the answers.

Alpenbuch – Alpinism
Alpenbuch – Mountain Sports

Mountain Sports

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

Many visitors come to the Alps for the hikes and for winter sports. Which are the best hiking or ski touring routes? Where are the finest snow parks? Which other famous and less known sports are excercised 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.

Alpenbuch – Society and Economy
Alpenbuch – Art and Culture

Arts and Culture

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

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

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 creature of the Alps, Matterhorns of the world, and the Alpine mountain hut records.

add for € 4,00

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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