Alvier group

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Alvier group
Alvier group from the west with Alvier (second from right).  On the left the Sichelchamm and in front of it the Walensee.

Alvier group from the west with Alvier (second from right). On the left the Sichelchamm and in front of it the Walensee .

Highest peak Gamsberg ( 2385  m above sea level )
location Canton of St. Gallen , Switzerland
part of Appenzell Alps
Alviergruppe (Switzerland)
Alvier group
Coordinates 746 739  /  222299 coordinates: 47 ° 8 '  N , 9 ° 22'  O ; CH1903:  seven hundred and forty-six thousand seven hundred and thirty-nine  /  222299

The Alviergruppe (also: Alvierkette ) is a mountain range in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen . The highest point is the Gamsberg at 2385 m. The chain stretches between the Rhine valley and the Seeztal southeast of the Churfirsten from the Nideri to Sargans . Together with the Churfirsten and Alpstein , the Alvier group forms the Appenzell Alps .


The Alvier range from the north. Left the Rhine valley.

The Alviergruppe is the south-eastern continuation of the Churfirsten chain , which ends in the distinctive rock tooth of the Tristencholben. The Nideri between Toggenburg and Walensee , a weakly pronounced saddle in the main ridge line , separates the two mountain groups. From the Nideri down, there is a deep valley furrow in which the Voralpsee is embedded. The main ridge line initially runs east to Höchst, then sinks south to the Gulms saddle, forms ridge sections northeast from the Sichelchamm to the Sichli and from the Fulfirsten to the Margelchopf , then runs southeast from the Fulfirsten in a direct line to the Gauschla.

The summit ridge stands between the Walensee or Seeztal in the west and the Rhine valley in the east. To the south it is bounded by the union of the valleys mentioned (they meet on the inconspicuous saddle near Mels ), which, however, seen from the direction of flow of the rivers rather means that they separate; the Rhine valley to the north, the Seeztal to the northwest. The Gauschla is the end point of the so-called "Upper Mountain" which drops southward in the striking ridge of the Chammegg to the height of the lower mountain . The southwest side of the mountain range towards the Seeztal has a characteristic high terrace , which is 2 km wide in front of the "Upper Mountain" at an altitude of 1500 to 1700 and descends into the Seeztal as a steep step. This plateau rises slightly towards the south and ends at the culmination points of the Tschugga and the Gonzen . Despite its rather low height of 1829 meters , the Gonzen dominates the landscape of the Sargans basin as a striking and striking mountain peak .

Not all peaks can be comfortably reached from the valleys. Various mountain roads lead from the valleys to the forest and alpine areas . The Alvier and Margelchopf are among the most popular and most visited tour destinations.

summit Height (m above sea level) image
Gamsberg 2385 Gamsberg from the north 20091115.JPG
Gross Fulfirst 2383
Chli Fulfirst 2368
Alvier 2343 Alvier2.jpg
Rosswis 2334 Flumserberge-03.jpg
Sichli 2321
Gauschla 2310 Gauschla from the south.jpg
Sickle lamb 2269 Churfirsten Herbst.jpg
Glannachopf 2233
Rotstein 2225
Gärtlichopf 2298
Chrummenstein 2261
Schiffberg 2195
Margelchopf 2163 Margelchopf.jpg
Maximum 2025
Tschuggen 1881
Gonzen 1829 Gonzen.jpg


Walenstadt - Lüsis - Nideri - Voralpsee - Grabs - Rhine Valley - Sargans - Seeztal - Walenstadt



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