Lower Tauern

The Lower Tauern[1][2][3] or Niedere Tauern (Slovene: Nizke Ture) are a mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps, in the Austrian states of Salzburg and Styria.

Lower Tauern
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Highest point
Elevation2,863 m (9,393 ft)
Coordinates47°16′0″N 13°45′42″E / 47.26667°N 13.76167°E / 47.26667; 13.76167
Native nameNiedere Tauern  (German)
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Location within the Eastern Alps
StatesSalzburg and Styria
Range coordinates47°18′N 14°0′E / 47.300°N 14.000°E / 47.300; 14.000Coordinates: 47°18′N 14°0′E / 47.300°N 14.000°E / 47.300; 14.000
Parent rangeCentral Eastern Alps
Borders onWestern Tauern Alps, Northern Salzburg Alps, Salzkammergut and Upper Austria Alps, Northern Styrian Alps, Styrian Prealps and Carinthian-Styrian Alps
OrogenyAlpine orogeny

For the etymology of the name, see Tauern.


The range forms a part of the main chain of the Alps. The highest peak of the Lower Tauern is the Hochgolling, part of the Schladming Tauern, at 2,863 m (9,393 ft).

Important mountain pass roads include Radstädter Tauern Pass (1,738 m (5,702 ft)), Sölk Pass (1,788 m (5,866 ft)), and Triebener Tauern Pass (1,274 m (4,180 ft)). The range is also crossed by the Tauern Autobahn (A10) through the Tauern Road Tunnel.


In the west and south the Murtörl mountain pass and the River Mur separate them from the Hohe Tauern mountain range, while in the east and north the River Enns and the Schober Pass marks the border to the Northern Limestone Alps.

Alpine Club classificationEdit

According to the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps, the Lower Tauern may be divided into four subgroups (from west to east):

The four groups listed above (the Radstadt Tauern, Schladming Tauern, Rottenmann and Wölz Tauern and Seckau Alps) are considered Alpine subsections.

Notable summitsEdit

Weißeck (2,711 m) from Zederhaus

Some notable summits of the range are:

Name elevation (m) subsection
Hochgolling 2,862 Schladming Tauern
Weißeck 2,711 Radstadt Tauern
Mosermandl 2,680 Radstadt Tauern
Hochfeind 2,687 Radstadt Tauern
Großes Gurpitscheck 2,526 Schladming Tauern
Hundstein 2,614 Schladming Tauern
Hochwildstelle 2,747 Schladming Tauern
Roteck 2,742 Schladming Tauern
Großer Knallstein 2,599 Schladming Tauern
Rettlkirchspitze 2,475 Rottenmann and Wölz Tauern
Großer Bösenstein 2,425 Rottenmann and Wölz Tauern
Geierhaupt 2,417 Seckau Tauern
Hochreichhart 2,416 Seckau Tauern
Seckauer Zinken 2,389 Seckau Tauern
Maierangerkogel 2,356 Seckau Tauern

Geology and environmentEdit

The Lower Tauern mark the approximate eastern limit of the continuous ice sheet in the Alps during the Würm glaciation. Eastern parts of the group were therefore unglaciated, and served as an important refugium for silicicolous plants.

Winter sportsEdit

A number of skiing resorts are situated in the Lower Tauern, including Obertauern and Schladming.


  1. ^ Bourne, Grant and Körner-Bourne, Sabine (2007). Walking in the Bavarian Alps, 2nd ed., Cicerone, Milnthorpe, p. 303. ISBN 978-1-85284-497-4.
  2. ^ Jeep, John M. Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia, New York and London: Garland, 2001, p. 716.
  3. ^ The New Encyclopædia Britannica, Vol. 1, 2003, p. 86.

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