10 Facts About The Alps
Many great European thinkers and artists including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley have been drawn to, and inspired by, the region of the European Alps. Irish writer James Joyce famously lived his final years in Zurich, and romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich painted many of his best works in the Alps. The Alps are beautiful enough to make anyone want to wax lyrical, and while we haven't written a poem about it, we have compiled 10 facts about the English Lake District.
1) The Great Eight
The European Alps span eight different countries. They are (East to West to east): Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland and France.
2) Mummy Dearest
In 1991 a mummified man was found in the border area between Austria and Italy. Experts believe the mummy to be around 5000 years old! Ötzi the mummy was found in the Ötztal Alps (hence the nickname "Ötzi"), and is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy. His body and belongings are displayed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy.
3) Summit's Up
There are 82 summits 4,000 metres or higher in the Alps. The tallest among them is Mont Blanc in France / Italy, the highest peak in Western Europe.
4) In Second Place
At 4,634 meters above sea level, Monte Rosa is the second highest peak in the Alps. Monte Rosa is a mountain massif located in the eastern part of the Pennine Alps, located between Italy and Switzerland.
5) In at Third
At 4,478 meters above sea level the Matterhorn is the third highest peak in the Alps. The Matterhorn is known for its distinctive sharp peak and is said to have been the inspiration for Toblerone chocolate bars.
6) Lorra Lorra Lakes
As well mountains, the Alps region is known for its beautiful lakes. The lakes are divided into 2 groups, the northern and southern lakes. They are divided by the Alpine watershed running from west to east. The southern group is made up of Lake Geneva and the Insubrian lakes (Lugano, Como, Garda and Maggiore). Parts of the northern lakes (Luzern, Zürich, Neuchâtel, Attersee, Constance and Chiemsee) are situated in the foothill zone of the Alps or some distance beyond.
7) Vital Statistics
The Alps region is an impressive 1,094 kilometers long, 128-225 kilometres wide, and 207,000 square kilometers in land area!
8) Set in Stone
The Alps is home to some ancient man made marvels. The stone carvings of Val Camonica are located in the Province of Brescia, Italy, and constitute the largest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs in the world. UNESCO recognised the collection in 1979. The petroglyphs are concentrated in the areas of Capo di Ponte, Nadro, Darfo Boario Terme, Paspardo and Cimbergo. The earliest rock carvings date back to the 8th-6th millennium BC.
9) Snow Competition
The French town of Chamonix, next to Mont Blanc, was the site of the first ever Winter Olympics.
10) Magnificent Beasts
The Alps are home to many species of animal and birds, including chamois, ibex, mouflon (wild sheep), golden eagles, bearded vultures, bears, wolves, lynx and the adorable marmot.
Bonus: Hand Drawn Phone Cases
For adventurers, the Alps is one of the most alluring and enigmatic locations in the world. The Alps are home to Europe's most popular skiing resorts, and the many peaks offer a challenge that climbers find hard to resist. With our Hand Drawn Phone Cases of Alpine peaks we hope to inspire people to be adventurous and rise to their own challenges. Check out our Hand Drawn Phone Cases and let us know what you think!