the alpine region marks both geographically and politically and economically the area, which is covered by the mountains alps (and its direct environment).
The alpine area lies in the following states:
the alpine region is approx. 1200 km long and in the broadest place approx. 270 km broad. It extends in the south up to the Apenninen, in the west to over that Geneva lake. In the east the region reaches the Alpine foreland to to the Karpaten and in the north includes it also and goes for instance up to the Danube. Altogether it covers a surface of approx. 230,000 km ².
The alpine region is one at the closest besiedeltsten high mountains of the earth. Main branches of trade are the cattle breeding, (alpine dairy farming), the wood working, agriculture in the valleys, mining industry (iron ore, lead, zinc, salt), textile industry (main in the west) and the tourism industry with extensive tourism both in the summer (mountain pastes, recovery, sources of mineral) and in the winter (winter sports). The road and traction network are developed well, those Ökonomien of the partial regions are interlocked closely with one another. In the higher regions there are numerous huts for Wanderer.
see also: Alps