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The Schönfeldspitze from the northwest

The Schönfeldspitze from the northwest

height 2653  m above sea level A.
location State of Salzburg , Austria
Mountains Berchtesgaden Alps ( Steinernes Meer )
Dominance 2.3 km →  Selbhorn
Notch height 384 m ↓  Buchauer Scharte
Coordinates 47 ° 27 '30 "  N , 12 ° 56' 16"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 27 '30 "  N , 12 ° 56' 16"  E
Schönfeldspitze (State of Salzburg)
Type Rock peaks
Age of the rock Dachstein limestone from the Upper Triassic
First ascent touristic on August 10, 1830 by Friedrich zu Schwarzenberg with servant Moser, Peter Karl Thurwieser , J. Langegger and A. Klingler
Normal way from the Riemannhaus over the western flank ( I )

The Schönfeldspitze is at 2653  m above sea level. A. after the Selbhorn, the highest mountain in the Stone Sea in the Berchtesgaden Alps .


The Schönfeldspitze is located on the southern edge of the massif, above Maria Alm im Pinzgau ( Zell am See district , State of Salzburg ), west of the Hochkönig . The shapely pyramid-shaped peak rises impressively from the karst plateau of the Steinerne Meer and can also be seen from Berchtesgaden . On a boat trip across the Königssee to St. Bartholomä , the Schönfeldspitze initially stands dominantly over the opposite bank of the lake; however, the closer you get to the south bank, the more it is covered by the foothills.

Summit cross

A wooden pietà with the figure of the dead Jesus as a crossbar forms the extraordinary summit cross of the Schönfeldspitze. It was created by the Kaprun sculptor Anton Thuswaldner and set up by the Saalfelden Alpine Club Youth.

At the end of July 2020, the cross was probably badly damaged by a lightning strike and was removed by helicopter in August. The Pieta is to be replaced by a new one carved from larch wood.


A popular ascent starts from Saalfelden or Maria Alm. The Riemannhaus ( 2177  m ) on the Ramseider Scharte can be reached via the Ramseidersteig . From there there are several ways of climbing up to the striking summit. All the usual routes are well marked. They require surefootedness and above all a head for heights in exposed areas ( difficulty level  I according to the UIAA scale).

The long ascent from the German side begins at the Königssee via steep serpentines up to the Funtensee and the Kärlingerhaus ( 1630  m ). Soon you leave the tree line behind and the terrain becomes a little flatter and rockier at the beginning of the Stone Sea. You climb up to the Buchauer Scharte and from there the last climb leads over the east ridge to the rocky summit of the Schönfeldspitze. The Austrian ascent to the Buchauer Scharte starting from Maria Alm is steep and strenuous.

Web links

Commons : Schönfeldspitze  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ludwig Purtscheller: The Salzburg Limestone Alps. In: The development of the Eastern Alps , Volume I, DOeAV publishing house, Berlin 1893
  2. ^ Anton Thuswaldner . In: Salzburger Nachrichten : Salzburgwiki .
  3. ^ Anton Thuswaldner (Kaprun) ,
  4. Famous summit cross badly damaged. ORF , July 30, 2020, accessed on July 30, 2020 .
  5. Summit cross removed for repair on ORF on August 8, 2020, accessed on August 8, 2020.