The Sonntagshorn, at 1,961 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain in the Chiemgau Alps.
The international border between Germany and Austria, and hence between the states of Bavaria and Salzburg, runs over the summit of the mountain, which rises south-southeast of Ruhpolding and south-southwest of Inzell.
The name Sonntagshorn has nothing to do with the Sonntag (German for "Sunday"), but is derived from Sonnendach, which means "sun roof". The summit structure looks like a roof from the southern side which, as a result of its relatively gentle slope, is very strongly irradiated by the sun.
Because the mountain has no cable cars it is a worthwhile destination which, in winter, is especially popular with ski tourists in the Bavarian Alps. A comparatively easy climb approaches from the south via the Austrian valley of Heutal. The northern climb from the German side is more challenging, but also more spectacular and runs through unpopulated natural countryside, initially along a relatively easy forest track, but then over steep fields of scree and, into the high summer, also over fields of old snow. The climb via the middle Kraxenbach requires some climbing (grade II) and has the danger of falling rocks. The normal route runs from Melleck and through the Steinbachgraben to the Hochalmen and finally to the summit.
There's a hiking trail (T2) leading to the summit.
The nearest mountain hut is Hochalm located 1 313m/4 309ft SSW of the summit.
By elevation Sonntagshorn is
# 1 out of 62 in Östliche Chiemgauer Alpen # 1 out of 204 in Landkreis Traunstein # 1 out of 377 in the Chiemgau Alps
By prominence Sonntagshorn is
# 1 out of 62 in Östliche Chiemgauer Alpen # 34 out of 23502 in Austria # 4 out of 8134 in Bavaria # 1 out of 204 in Landkreis Traunstein # 4 out of 37308 in Germany # 4 out of 1291 in Zell am See # 2 out of 321 in Landkreis Berchtesgadener Land # 6 out of 3018 in Salzburg # 3 out of 2187 in the Bavarian Alps # 1 out of 377 in the Chiemgau Alps
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