How to become a member in the DAV

Gemeinsam mit dem DAV Berge erklimmen. Foto: DAV/Julian Rohn

Welcome to the DAV

You love the mountains and adventure? Then you've come to the right place! The German Alpine Club (DAV) is the largest mountain sports association worldwide.

Our DAV - More than just summit climbing

The DAV is about more than just climbing peaks. We all share the love of nature, are committed to protecting the Alps and pass on our knowledge and enthusiasm for mountain sports to others. With over 1.4 million members, we are a strong community who lives that spirit.

Membership in a DAV Section

The DAV consists of over 350 sections. Each of these sections is an independent association. To become a member in the DAV, you choose the section that suits you best. Maybe it's the section in your hometown or one that has a special offer that particularly appeals to you. Each section has its own character and focus. You can easily find a section with our practical section search.

How to become a DAV member

1. Finding a DAV section

Use the section search on the DAV website to find a section near you. You can take into account the courses, events and other offers of the sections to choose the one that suits you best.

2. Fill out the membership application

Click on the link to the online application form that is linked in the section search. If the online application is not available, contact the Section directly.

3. Pay the membership fee

The membership fees vary depending on the Section and what it offers. For adults it is usually between 50 and 120 euros per year. There are discounts for partners, families and young people.

4. Send membership application

If you don't want to use the online application form, you can send the completed DAV membership application form as a PDF file to the selected Section.

Moved? New account?

As soon as you become a member, remember to inform your section of any change of personal information so that you receive the DAV Panorama and the notices of the DAV without a break.

If your bank details change, please inform your Section as soon as possible so that they can collect the membership fee. Insurance cover is only valid once the annual fee has been paid.

You can also make changes in the member self-service at