Mädelegabel Germany, Oberstdorf


The Mädelegabel is a 2,645 metre high mountain, made of main dolomite, in the Allgäu Alps near Oberstdorf. It is one of the best-known and most-climbed high peaks in the German Alps, Within the Allgäu Alps it is the fourth-highest summit, with rock faces up to 400 metres high. Together with the Trettachspitze and the Hochfrottspitze it forms the famous triumvirate of peaks on the main crest of the Allgäu. Its name comes from Mähder - a mown mountain pasture in the vicinity - and gabel from the appearance of the triumvirate to the north which recalls a fork. Originally the Mädelegabel was the name for all three peaks of the triumvirate; only later were they distinguished from one another by name.

The border between Bavaria and Austria runs along the mountain ridge. On its southeastern slopes is the Schwarzmilzferner, a small glacier.

The extremely popular Heilbronn Way (Heilbronner Weg) runs past the summit, below it and to the south.