Some interesting facts about the Austrian Alps
  • 4,000,000 people live in the Alps. Innsbruck is the second largest city.
  • 4,500 different plant species grow here.
  • 731 mountain peaks are over 9,000 ft high.
  • 7,000 farmers look after 51,000 dairy cows, 265,000 cattle, 9,000 horses, 114,000 sheep, and 10,000 goats. 40,000 ibex live in the wild.
  • 30 glaciers cover a surface of 134 sq-miles, the size of Philadelphia.
  • 12,460ft is the height of Grossglockner mountain, Austria's highest peak.
  • 290 - 350 million years is how old the Alps are – and some parts are considerably older.
  • 20,850 sq-miles is Austria's share of the Alps. Altogether they cover an area of 77,220 sq-miles.
  • 25 registered mountain guides let interested visitors into the secrets of the Alps.
  • 480 thousand billion tons is the total weight of the Alps.
12 Oct 2018

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