Top 5 most beautiful parks in Europe: you have to see them
When traveling around the world, we always visit historical sights, go to the most popular restaurants serving authentic dishes, walk the streets, admire the architecture, and book excursions to learn interesting facts about different locations. And in this whirlwind of events, we completely forget about natural wonders.
For some reason, tourists almost always avoid nature reserves and parks, believing that there is nothing interesting there. In fact, this opinion is wrong. We invite you to see for yourself. We are going to tell you about the places where the most unique flora of our planet grows.
Saxon Switzerland, Germany
The largest national park in the country is located not far from Dresden. It covers almost 93 square kilometers and impresses with its fabulous landscape, which is very similar to the mountains of the neighboring country. Hence the name.
This natural water area is beautiful in any weather. But people come here not only to enjoy the beautiful scenery. They come here to walk along the stone crossing that rises above the bottomless abyss.
It was built by the Saxon king to flatter his ego. At that time, the construction of the structure cost a lot of money, but the monarch wanted to walk "as if in the sky". Today, this location is considered the country's most powerful tourist magnet.
The national park is located in the provinces of Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia. The world first saw it in 1956. The reserve was expanded after a while. Currently, its area is 270 kilometers. It is home to rare representatives of flora and fauna.
A turbulent river flows through the territory of the natural complex. It is in its honor that the forest biosphere is named. People come here to see huge ants, giant mushrooms that reach the knees of an adult, and to walk through the vast thickets.
By the way, a famous Finnish hiking route passes through Oulanka, which is accessible all year round. In early winter, the place is especially beautiful and atmospheric.
Not far from the famous Dettifoss Waterfall, near the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River, the largest national park in this country and all of Europe was founded. Its area is 12,000 square kilometers. It covers almost 12 percent of the country's territory.
People come here to admire the majestic Ausborg Gorge, which, according to tourists, looks like a horseshoe. Travelers are also eager to visit Red Mountain, which is located in the center of the natural complex, the Morsárdalur Valley, the Skaftafellsjökull glacier, and the Laki Volcano.
Vatnajökull is protected. And no wonder: the diversity of the landscape here is simply amazing. Therefore, you should definitely plan a trip here. It is advisable to visit the location in late fall or early winter as it is surprisingly beautiful at this time of the year.
In 1938, a national park was established in the northeast of Thessaly. It is here that the most famous mountain is located, which is a historical and mythological symbol of the country. But this is not the only reason why the reserve is famous.
Nature is the main reason to come here. About 1,700 species of plants are found here, including 23 endemics. The mountains are also home to many birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Today, Olympus is under UNESCO protection, but you can still climb the sacred peak. It is incredibly beautiful here. Just imagine: the mountain peaks are covered with a layer of snow that glistens in the sun, and the flora nearby is full of various colors.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
An amazing natural attraction located in the central part of the country. The territory of the forest biosphere is rich in lakes, waterfalls, and caves, and there are an incredible number of them.
It is striking that only a "talented craftswoman" worked to design the park. She created every tree, pond, or grotto with her own hands. And she still continues to do so. Every year new waterfalls appear here. The water gradually breaks the stones with its strong streams, forming new paths.
Until the middle of the last century, tourists rarely came here, so we can safely say that the local flora is truly untouched.
Nowadays, hiking routes of varying degrees of difficulty have been developed for travelers. The average duration of a mini-tour is 3 hours. You can not only wander around the area but also order transportation. It runs along the main routes. For those who choose to travel on their own, there are benches along the road where you can rest and catch your breath.
To prevent anyone from getting lost, the park has signs with a map of the reserve. By the way, it is not so crowded here in the fall and winter. Therefore, you can safely plan your trip here during this period.
Natural wonders are no less fascinating and amazing than historical monuments or architectural ensembles. It is impossible not to admire what was created without human intervention. These landscapes are impossible to describe, you need to see them with your own eyes. So pack your backpack and head to the unspeakable beauty.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you about the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe.