National Parks You Should Visit
You love nature, forests, lakes and would like to discover the most beautiful national parks in Europe. Forget the crowds, forget the beaches, forget cities and shops and relax in Europe's best national parks.
Plitvice lakes, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes National Park belongs to the Dinaric karst region and due to its specific geology, geomorphology and hydrology it is truly one of the most impressive karst entities in the world. Aside from dolomite rock, mesosoic limestones with dolomite inserts are predominant here. The relationship between less porous or water-bearing dolomites and porous Jurassic limestone deposits in the karst has influenced the landscape of the entire area today.
Saxon Switzerland, Germany:
The Saxon Switzerland National Park is a national park in the German Free State of Saxony near the capital, Dresden. It covers two areas of 93.5 km² in the heart of the German part of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains called Saxon Switzerland. The National Park borders the Bohemian Switzerland National Park in the Czech Republic.
Belluno Dolomites, Italy:
The Dolomites are a mountain range in northeastern Italy. They are part of the Southern Limestone Alps and stretch from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. The northern and southern borders are defined by the Puster Valley and the Sugana Valley. The Dolomites are divided almost equally between the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol and Trentino.
Wild Taiga, Finland:
Wild Taiga occupies an area of natural wilderness untouched by human hands, ideal for viewing and photographing wildlife. Here you can see brown bears, wolverine and wolves, as well as moose, forest deer, flying squirrels, beavers and some of our large birds of prey in their natural habitat. These species are also found in our neighboring provinces of Kuusamo and Pohjois-Karjala.
The Ecrins National Park is the fifth French national park. It is located in the Alps and covers a large part of the Massif des Ecrins. The park has been crowned "European Park of the Mountain" by the Council of Europe.
The park is located in the wide mountain area of northwestern Montenegro, bordered by the rivers Piva and Tara, between which there are 23 mountain peaks that are more than 2,300 meters high. Park is 39,000 hectares in size and includes 82 kilometers of Tara canyon with an elevation of 1,600 meters above the level of the river. Office of the Park is located in Zabljak.
Durmitor region is the main part of the Dinara Mountains characterized by high peaks, abundant forests and deep gorges. Canyon of Tara is the largest in Europe and has more than 1500 flora and 130 bird species.
Triglav National Park is the only Slovenian national park. The park is named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park and also the highest peak in Slovenia (2864 m). Triglav gets its name from its characteristic shape seen from the southeast side or from the highest Slavic deity who would have his throne on top of the mountain. The mountain is a true national symbol and is on the national coat of arms and flag.
The flora and fauna of Soomaa National Park are irresistible. When traveling across the rivers, it is often necessary to navigate past fallen aspen trunks - typically the work of floods and beavers. Other signs of beavers, such as chewed stumps and beaver lodges, are often clearly visible along the riverbanks. During the major floods every year, numerous migratory waterbirds can be seen on the flood plains. In the swamp forests, it is possible to encounter the White-backed Woodpecker and the Three-toed Woodpecker, while the Little Spotted Eagles and the Black Storks soar above the floodplains.
Göreme and Cappadocia National Park is a unique natural design with slopes full of fairytale chimneys, rich water supplies at the base of the valley, an abundance of flora and numerous rock-hewn churches with frescoes.
Sculpted by millions of years of sand and water erosion from the tuff of the Erciyes and Hasan mountains, Cappadocia became the seat of several civilizations and a silent witness to Anatolia's cultural history. Cappadocia also includes underground cities. These enchanting and only partially revealed underground cities of Cappadocia are believed to have deeper levels pending exploration. The most special underground cities are located in the regions of Kaymakli, Derinkuyu, Mazl Ozkonak and Tatlarin. The underground cities, long used as a sanctuary, have recently been renovated and made available to visitors.