The approximately 30 million-year-old stone hill was formed by volcanic activity. Basalt deposits are beeing formed in the immediate vicinity. Today you can also see the remains of a quarry, which is located northeast from the peak.
On the Steinkuppe you will find a stamp point that identifies the summit as one of the destinations of the "14 eight-thousanders" tour. You can get all the information about this popular tour at the Altenberg Tourist Information Office.