Here are Some of the Most Accessible Big Mountains in Europe

Zugspitze. Photo by Daniel Seßler on Unsplash

Europe has some fantastic mountain ranges, including the Alps, Pyrenees, and Carpathian mountains. However, many of the larger mountains such as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn are largely unaccessible for casual hikers without supervision. Here are some of the most accessible mountains in Europe that will still give you a great view and sense of achievement.


The Jungraujoch is sometimes referred to as the “Top of Europe” and at 11,371 feet (3,466 meters) tall, it is certainly pretty high up. Amazingly, there is a train that you can board from Interlaken that takes you all the way up. From the summit, there are stunning views of the nearby Aletsch glacier and surrounding mountains. This is definitely one of the biggest mountains that is accessible to all.


The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany and the Bavarian Alps at 9,718 feet (2,962 meters) tall. Like the Jungrfraujoch, the Zugspitze railway takes you almost to the summit. There is then a short cable car you can take, or a small hike, to reach the summit. From the top, you can see across miles of Bavaria and south into Austria.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis in Scotland is not the highest mountain at 4,413 feet (1,345 meters) tall, but it rises steeply from the nearby water at Fort William and offers some incredible views of the Scottish Highlands. It doesn’t have a railway, but it does have a safe and well-maintained (albeit long!) track up to the summit. This makes it a very popular destination for hikers, and there are alternative routes if you want more of a challenge.