Salzburg Slate Alps


The Schieferalpen at throwing on the Salzach River ( south view, in the background of the Hohe Tauern )

The Salzburg Slate Alps, also called Salzburg Grass Mountains are a mountain range in the eastern Alps. You are in Austria in Salzburg, too small a part in the province of Styria. You will be counted as part of Schieferalpen to greywacke zone, and either the Northern Alps or Central Alps.

The mountain group, with the AVE # 12, includes the mittelgebirgige zone of the Alps of Pinzgau Pongau and Pinzgau between pelvis and Styrian Enns Valley.

Location and landscape

The approximately 10 x 60 km comprehensive Bergland is located north-west and east of the Salzach knee, where the Salzach from eastern bends in a northerly direction, and 50 km south of Salzburg. The Salzach River separates into a western group Dientener mountains between Lake Zell and Salzach River, and the eastern group between the Salzach and Enns.

The Salzburg Slate Alps form an elongated strip between the main Alpine ridge in the south and the Salzburg Limestone Alps and Salzburg, Upper Austria Limestone Alps in the north. To the west sits down the wooded, gently - gekammte mountain shape in the Tyrolean Alps slate continues east in the Enns Valley there is this type of terrain no longer a closed mountain range. The mountains usually have round and little rocky peak shapes that are connected by long flat ridges, and are therefore ideal for hiking and lightweight, low-lying ski mountains.

Boundary and adjacent mountain groups

The boundary of the Salzburg Slate Alps is formed:

  • In the north to the Berchtesgaden Alps in the line Saalfelden - Behind Thal near Maria Alm ( Urslau ) - Filzensattel - Used Bach - Dientner semi - dry creek - Mühlbach - Salzach about at Bischofshofen - Salzach down to confluence Fritz Bach
  • The Tennen Mountains in the northeast: Fritz Bach - Martin Bach to St. Martin - Karbach to Lungötz
  • Dachstein mountains in the outer north-east: Lungötz - Neubach - Linbach - back to Fritz Bach - Marcheggsattel - Warm Mandling - Cold Mandling - Schildlehen Bach - Ramsaubach - Weissenbach at the Enns
  • To Radstadt Tauern Schladming Tauern mountains and in the southeast: Enns up to Radstadt by over Altenmarkt im Pongau to confluence Litzlingbach - Wagrainer height - Wagrainer Bach on the Salzach river near St. Johann im Pongau
  • Ankogelgroup, Goldberg Group, the Glockner Group in the western South: Salzach valley upwards, past Schwarzach -St. Veit and taxes Bach to Bruck an der Glocknerstraße
  • Of the Kitzbühel Alps ( Tyrol Grass Mountains ) to the west separates the line Bruck - Zeller See - Saalachstrasse to Saalfelden.


This according to the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps (AVE ) aggregate after the rock group can be attributed to the geological sense, neither the North nor the Central Alps, do not fit into the general tripartite division of the Eastern Alps, and therefore vary the data in the literature. Under topographical aspects, the group includes:

  • The Dientener mountains, in the area known as slate mountains in the proper sense, west of the river Salzach to Zell am See, the dog massif ( 2117 m above sea level. A. ) and the snow mountain high Glockner Group (Snow Mountain Cross 1938 m above sea level. A. )
  • Fritz Taler mountains, east of the river Salzach to the Styrian border and the Dachstein, with Hochgründeck (1821 m above sea level. A. ) in the triangle Bischofshofen -St. Johann -Altenmarkt; Roßbrand (1770 m above A.. ), Which runs from Altenmarkt to Mandlingpass in Radstadt; Glutserberg, Halserberg and the Ramsauer conducting, three small areas in continuation of Roßbrand to Schladming, and the Gerzkopf (1728 m above sea level. A. ), north of the Fritztals who heard geologically to the limestone region between Tennen Mountains and the Dachstein, and also morphologically little against the Dachstein floor settles, but its southwestern foothill forms


The northern part of the Salzburg Slate Alps is made up of Werfen strata of the Lower Triassic. In addition, geological include Südvorberge of the Tennen Mountains (Take - St. - Martiner Schuppenzone ) to the slate Alps, but are recessed from the AVE group. According to the older Moriggl pitch the border went but - geologically correct, but orographic wrong - on the rocks change directly on the threshing floor Südabbruch mountain Lungötz - Werfenweng throwing to the Salzach.

The southern part, with Hochgründeck, Roßbrand and Ramsauleiten, belongs to the greywacke zone and was formed in the Paleozoic. In these layers are copper, magnesium and graphite deposits.

The southern boundary is formed by the characteristic change to the High and the Low Tauern, in the form of the Salzach -Enns fault, which continues from the Salzach Valley on the Wagrainer height and the Flachau and Abtenauer - Radstädter pool on the Mandlingpass in the Styrian Enns Valley, and part the northern Alpine furrow is. Here, however, limits to consistently not central gneiss, but the Schieferhülle the Tauern, but clearly different because of the different nature in geomorphology.