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The Alpine foothills
, or Prealps
; ; ) can refer generally to any area of foothills
Foothills are geographically defined as gradual increases in elevation at the base of a mountain range. They are a transition zone between plains and low relief hills to the adjacent topographically high mountains.-Examples:...
in the Alps
The Alps is one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west....
It can also refer specifically to:
- The French Prealps
The French Prealps are a group of subalpine mountain ranges of medium elevation located immediately west of the French Alps. They roughly stretch from Lake Geneva southwest to the Isère and Drôme Rivers; east to a line running from Chamonix, to Albertville, to Grenoble, to Gap, to Barcelonette;...
, a group of mountain ranges in France
- Voralpen (Préalpes), a geographical region between the Swiss plateau
The Swiss Plateau or Central Plateau constitutes one of the three major landscapes in Switzerland alongside the Jura mountains and the Swiss Alps. It covers about 30% of the Swiss surface...
and the Alps
- The Swabian-Bavarian Alpine Foothills (Schwäbisch-Bayerische Voralpen), south side of Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...
- The Salzburgian-Upper Austrian Alpine Foothills (Salzburgerkammergutberge) in Austria, as a part of the Salzkammergut
The Salzkammergut is a resort area located in Austria. It stretches from City of Salzburg to the Dachstein mountain range, spanning the federal states of Upper Austria , Salzburg , and Styria . The main river of the region is the Traun, a tributary of the Danube...
- The Austrian Alpine Foothills (Österreichische Voralpen, Wienerwald) leading to the gates of Vienna
Vienna is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.723 million , and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre...
- The Eastern Foothills (Östliches Randgebirge, Pohorje) the borderline of the Alps to the Pannonian Basin
The Pannonian Basin or Carpathian Basin is a large basin in East-Central Europe.The geomorphological term Pannonian Plain is more widely used for roughly the same region though with a somewhat different sense - meaning only the lowlands, the plain that remained when the Pliocene Pannonian Sea dried...
in Austria and Slovenia
- The Southern Alpine Foothills (Predalpe v Sloveniji, Prealpi Italiane) of Slovenia and Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...
. Italian Prealps are traditionally divided into:
- Prealpi Luganesi or Varesine
- Prealpi Orobiche or Bergamasche
- Prealpi Bresciane or Gardesane
- Prealpi Venete or Vicentine
- The Operation Zone of the Alpine Foothills, a territory in Italy occupied by Nazi Germany in World War II