The 10 most famous and beautiful mountains in the world

Apart from the Seven Summits, the seven highest mountains on the continents, which are of particular interest to mountaineers, the mountains of our planet fascinate in many different ways.

Enormous height, beauty and symmetry or historical or religious significance have already led numerous people to climb the mountains of this world. There is still a tremendous fascination in having mastered the arduous climb and enjoying the phenomenal view from the summit.


Non-mountaineers climb the mountains comfortably by cable car or marvel at their majestic sight from afar. The rugged slopes, the snow-covered peaks and the slopes glowing red in the sun also make the heart beat faster when viewed from below.

Mount Everest, Nepal

View of Mount Everest and its "little" neighbour at 7,861m, Nuptse, in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal - © Daniel Prudek / Shutterstock
© Daniel Prudek / Shutterstock

Every schoolchild knows it - the highest mountain in the world at 8,848 metres. The mighty peak rises from the snow-covered Himalayan mountains of Nepal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its impressive mountain formations, the unique fauna and the cultural sites of the Sherpas. The Sagarmatha National Park stretches around it and offers a number of other breathtaking features in addition to Mount Everest.

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Matterhorn, Switzerland

View of the Matterhorn, no other mountain can hold a candle to the majestic sight, Switzerland - © flyfisher / Fotolia
© flyfisher / Fotolia

With its characteristic peak, the 4,477m high Matterhorn is Switzerland 's landmark and one of the most beautiful and most photographed mountains in the world. Every year, around 3,000 motivated mountaineers attempt to climb the almost perfect pyramid shape - about 1,000 of them have to give up without having achieved anything. Non-mountaineers appreciate the hiking trails and ski slopes of the Matterhorn.

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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Elephants in front of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, Tanzania - © Henry Schmitt / Fotolia
© Henry Schmitt / Fotolia

As the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is also one of the Seven Summits. The ascent of Kilimanjaro is comparatively easy and leads from the tropics to the Arctic. While there is still shimmering heat at the foot of the impressive mountain, the way to the top is an inhospitable rock and snow desert. In Kilimanjaro National Park, numerous attractive hiking and trekking routes also lead around Africa's highest mountain.

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Aconcagua, Argentina

View from the summit of Aconcagua, Argentina - © granitepeaker / Fotolia
© granitepeaker / Fotolia

Aconcagua, the "White Guardian", is the highest mountain in the western hemisphere. Revered as a sacred mountain, the highest Inca sacrificial site can still be found on its rocky flanks. The best time to climb Aconcagua is from November to March. Many climbers then use the relatively easy summit climb as preparation for greater challenges.

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Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji in spring, Japan - © toraya / Fotolia
© toraya / Fotolia

Mount Fuji is not only famous as Japan's sacred and highest mountain, but is also one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Rising up to 3,776m, the summit of the dormant volcano is almost completely symmetrical and is relatively easy to climb. Japan's landmark is particularly photogenic during the cherry blossom season with its snow-covered summit.

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Zugspitze, Germany

View of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain - © Picturenick / Fotolia
© Picturenick / Fotolia

The Zugspitze is not only famous as Germany's highest mountain, but also offers one of the most spectacular views in the entire Alpine region. The 2,962m high mountain is surrounded only by lower peaks and the view falls tens of kilometres away. The "ascent" is as easy as can be: three cable cars lead up to the rocky summit.

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Popocatepétl, Mexico

The active snow-capped volcano Popocatepetl, Mexico - © Marco Regalia / Shutterstock
© Marco Regalia / Shutterstock

Mexico's second highest mountain is not only famous for its funny-sounding name. Mexico tourists visit it mainly because of the numerous monasteries around the volcano Popocatepetl. These were built in the 16th century to convert the local population to Christianity. 14 of them have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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Jungfrau, Switzerland

Spectacular sunrise at the Jungfraujoch with the 4,158 metre high summit of the "Jungfrau" - © Mikadun / Shutterstock
© Mikadun / Shutterstock

The Jungfrau in the centre of Switzerland is the third highest mountain in the Bernese Alps at 4158 metres above sea level and is most famous for the Jungfraujoch. This is a pass 3,454m above sea level where the highest railway station in Europe was built. Every year, around 700,000 Swiss holidaymakers travel to the "Top of Europe" on the Jungfrau Railway and enjoy the view of the fantastic Alpine panorama.

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Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

Mount Taranaki reaches an altitude of 2,518 metres and is an active but dormant volcano on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island - © / Shutterstock
© / Shutterstock

Mount Taranaki, like Japan's Mount Fuji, is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world because of its almost completely symmetrical summit. The dormant volcano lies on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island and is enclosed by Mount Egmont National Park. Its ski slopes, hiking trails and trekking routes attract tourists and locals to its breathtaking landscape all year round.

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Gros Piton and Petit Pitons, St Lucia

The famous Pitons on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia are two volcanic peaks in the southwest of the island and offer beautiful hiking opportunities - © Achim Baque/Shutterstock
© Achim Baque/Shutterstock

The two distinctive "Pitons" on the west coast of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia may not boast snow-capped peaks, but they are densely forested and offer a wonderful view of the Caribbean Sea. The "scenic highlights of the Lesser Antilles" have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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