Books About The Alps

The Alps; where alpine travel, mountain tourism and ultimately mountain climbing was born. Home to the Eiger, The Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, the Alps continue to draw millions of visitors from all over the world to walk, climb, ski and snowboard in this vast mountain range, stretching from France in the west, through Switzerland, Italy, Austria to Slovenia in the East.

  • If you are planning a trip to The Alps or simply looking for the best information on this popular region to write your own tales this is could be your starting point.
  • Wherever possible the book links below should lead to pages giving the option of Hardcover / Paperback / Kindle Edition

Below is a list of guidebooks, history books, early accounts, bestsellers, novels and a few must read books for anyone heading to the Alps! It doesn't matter if you are going to walk, ski, climb or simply take in the fresh mountain air or enjoy some thermal springs take a look at the list below to find some riveting reads for your Alpine break. 

The history of the Alps and how they grew from being an incumbrance to being, what was once described by Leslie Stephen as, "The Playground of Europe", during the golden age of mountaineering when the British began travelling to the alps to climb the highest peaks in Europe, is central to a fascinating transformation of the human mind from seeing hills an mountains as a problem to get around to actually enjoying wilderness and the humbling power of nature. 



War in the Alps
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Hitler created his Eagle's Nest and directed the war... resistance, mountain warfare, ski resorts... 

White Spider
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The epic story of the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger.

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Classic, fast-paced thriller that spawned the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name. 


Alpine climbing Guide
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The bible for beginners and pros; easy to follow clear descriptions of the alpine 4000m peaks

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A great guide to walking in the Alps and the most interesting places to visit.

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Comprehensive guide to the Classic and Regular routes up the Alpine 4000m peaks.

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The best guide to the TMB whether you want to to trek it clockwise or anti-clockwise.

History of the Alps

English in Alps
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Fascinating and readable history of early English climbers and tourists in the Alps.

The alps history
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A wide ranging book exploring all areas / countries n the Alps. A must have for mountain lovers.

Alps History
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In depth and painstakingly researched history of one the greatest mountain ranges in the world.

Historical Accounts

Conway Alps
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Originally published in 1904 thisi s a delightful look at Europes biggest mountain range.