Vast, wild, unspoiled nature in the Carpathians harks back to the deep, dark forests and wild animals of our childhood fairytales – but it’s all there now, waiting for intrepid and respectful human visitors to enjoy its mystery and richness.
The forests and mountains n the Czech Republic have been inhabited and cultivated since ancient times, yet there are still beautiful, untouched wild places. Krkonoše National Park lies is in the foothills and highest mountains of the Czech Republic, providing great winter skiing and summer hikes amidst wild rock formations.. Šumava National Park is embedded with all kinds of glacial gifts such as corries, glacial lakes, stones and boulders seas and extends as well through magical woodlands rund through with with streams lined by ferns.
Hungary’s ten National Parks feature wild rivers, rolling hills, sprawling lakes, thick hillside forests, seemingly endless plains, and parts where limestone rocks and caves secrete a truly amazing array of hidden treasures. Visitor and education centres round out your with specialists on hand to introduce the rich natural and cultural heritage.
National Parks cover a mere 1% of Poland’s territory, but what a 1%! You can find mountains, sea, lakes, bison, shifting sand dunes or the tree beneath which King Jagiello once rested. Roztoczański National Park lays claim to 190 species of birds and Karkonosze National Park covers the northern slopes of the Karkonosze, which are the highest and largest range of the Sudetes.
Romania’s six national parks include grasslands, gorges, caves, volcanic lakes, and an extensive river network. If one of these parks is the crowning glory, it might have to be the Danube Delta, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Europe’s largest wetland. Walk through serene alpine meadows covered with wildflowers, trek around glacial lakes, ride horses, go mountain biking, climb odd rock formations, photograph fossils traces of 15,000-year old cave-bear species, track gold eagles or try your hand at traditional crafts - or then maybe relax in a local home and sample some homemade plum brandy. There are different ways to appreciate nature’s bounty, after all.
Located on the Danube River where it borders Romania in eastern Serbia, Djerdap National Park contains some of the country’s most impressive natural beauty and archeological sites. The main feature of the national park is the Djerdap Gorge, known as the Iron Gate, which stretches nearly 100 kilometers alongside the slopes of the Carpathian Mountains, creating a wide and deep section of the Danube.
The higher sections of Fruska Gora consist of thick forests, whereas the lower valleys of the mountain contain orchards and centuries-old vineyards. Fruska Gora also has 16 orthodox fresco covered monasteries tucked in its woods as well as loads of archeological sites.
The oldest of Slovakia’s protected areas, the National Park of Tatras covers the high-mountain area of the Tatras, among the tallest high mountains north of the Alps. The easternmost Slovak National Park is that of Poloniny, which contains original extensive beech and fir-beech forest and the primeval forests of Stužica, Rožok and Havešová, listed by UNESCO. The National Park of Slovenský raj has one of the biggest ice caves in Europe and an attractive landscape of karstic plateaux, gorges, waterfalls and caves. The monuments that testify to the oldest history of the country are also here for you to see.