The Alps are the highest and longest mountain range system situated entirely within Europe. They extend approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 miles).
The Alps stretch across eight Alpine countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland. The highest peak is Mont Blanc (4,810 m; 15,781 ft), which straddles the border between France and Italy. Some 100 mountains in the Alpine region top 4,000 metres. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on the Alps.
Andreas Lubitz' father says he has evidence his son did not deliberately crash the Germanwings jet into the Alps in 2015. But the timing of his challenge to the investigation into the crash has angered victims' families.