The Chiemgau Alps (German: Chiemgauer Alpen) are a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps and therefore belong to the Eastern Alps. Their major part is situated in Bavaria, Germany and only a small section crosses the Austrian border into the states of Salzburg and Tirol. They reach their highest elevation (1961 m) in the Sonntagshorn, a peak straddling the German-Austrian border.
Geigelstein (1813 m) seen from the southern peak Breitenstein
|Elevation||1,961 m (6,434 ft)|
|States||Bavaria, Salzburg and Tirol|
|Parent range||Northern Limestone Alps|
|Age of rock||Mesozoic and Cenozoic|
|Type of rock||sedimentary rocks|
The Chiemgau Alps stretch from the Inn River in the West to the Salzach River in the East and cover a distance of 60 km in strike direction; their maximum width in North-South direction amounts to about 25–30 km. They are surrounded by the following mountain ranges:
- Bavarian Prealps in the West
- Kaisergebirge in the Southwest
- Leoganger Steinberge in the South
- Loferer Steinberge in the Southeast
- Berchtesgaden Alps in the Southeast and East
Their northern edge often drops off quite drastically to the foothills.