Is there any difference in meaning or usage of this two words? In case, what is it?

der Berg and das Gebirge

They both mean "mountain".

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    Gebirge is to Berg as Wald (forest) is to Baum (tree).
    – Chris
    Jan 23, 2015 at 21:14
  • Gebirge is a chain of mountains, a mountain range like the Rocky Mountains or the Himalayas.
    – rogermue
    Jan 27, 2015 at 17:30
  • A decent dictionary would have helped, whether mountains or mountain range (Gebirgskette)is more appropriate, may depend on the context
    – guidot
    Jan 27, 2019 at 17:11

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They don't mean both mountain. The Gebirge are mountains (plural), a Berg is a mountain.

There is also a plural of Berg (Berge), but there is a difference to Gebirge. Berge is a list of mountains, Gebirge is an area with mountains.

Some examples:

  • Die Alpen sind ein Gebirge.
  • Die Alpen und der Himalaya sind Gebirge.
  • Der Mont Blanc ist ein Berg der Alpen.
  • Der Mont Blanc und das Matterhorn sind Berge in den Alpen.
  • Der Mont Blanc und der Mount Everest sind hohe Berge.

You find also some defintions in the Wikipedia article for Gebirge

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    Entirely correct. In addition, one can use "die Berge" synonym with "Gebirge", i.e.: "Wo machst du Urlaub?" - "Ich fahre ein paar Tage in die Berge."
    – Ingo
    Jan 25, 2015 at 13:32
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    In general, the prefix ge- is used to denotate a collection or a stack of things.
    – Jonathan Herrera
    Mar 1, 2017 at 12:14

Also, to complicate matters further, there is another meaning of Gebirge in the field of mining (Bergbau, i.e. mountain de/construction). There, Gebirge means the underground rock, especially if it has not yet been mined. This includes loose rock like sand

berg~ seems to be a rather versatile root:

bergen, geborgen, verbergen, Berg, Gebirge,…


Gebirge means a range of mountains while berge means one mountain.....there is nothing very different between them only that gebirge is the range or place of mountains and berge is the mountain

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    – Jan
    Mar 1, 2017 at 12:24

Berge means a little number or one mountain while Gebirge means a mountain range directly.

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    Jan 27, 2019 at 12:02

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