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Watzmann

Overview

Elevation:
2,713m / 8,900ft
Prominence:
953m / 3,126ft
Mountain Range:
Northern Limestone Alps
Continent:
Europe
Country:
Germany
First ascent:
1799
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Description

The Watzmann is the highest summit located entirely within Germany, and the third highest when considering its peaks that border with other countries, after the Zugspitze (2,962m) and the Hochwanner (2,744m). It is part of the Bavarian Alps, and overlooks the nearby town of Berchtesgaden, which is said to be a place of regular vacationing by Adolf Hitler. The town is also overlooked by The Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), a Third Reich building atop of the Kehlstein peak (1,881m), used by the Nazi Party for government and social meetings. There are multiple peaks on Watzmann, the highest of which is the Mittelspitze (Middle Peak, 2,713m). Its other peaks are the Hocheck (2,651m) and the Südspitze (South Peak, 2,712m). Watzmann is also part of the Berchtesgaden National Park.

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