National Parks in Central Europe
Central Europe offers you national parks encompassing plains, mountains, and enormous lakes and rivers. Take a walk on the wild side by choosing your favorite adventure sport, or absorb the magic of these parks by finding the perfect spot to sit still.
For Central Europe’s only National Park on the sweeping steppes you must visit Lake Neusiedl – Seewinkel National Park, with salt ponds, meadows and pastures thousands of migrating birds in spring and autumn. Danube Meadows National Park is an amazing expanse of riverside meadows, home to some 5,000 animal species. And all of this on Vienna’s doorstep! Thaya Valley National Park is where the river has dug its course deeply into the hard rock, creating a valley landscape of great beauty. The valley’s unique features are the “Umlaufberg”, a narrow ridge of rock separating the two sections of the river, and a wealth of castles and ruined fortresses – and the many legends that have grown up around them.
In northeastern Germany idyllic ancient beech forests, mysterious marshland and over 130 lakes make Müritz National Park a very special park to visit. Alight like a bird yourself for awhile on the riverbank at Lower Oder Valley National Park to see thousands of cranes swooping at this park on the border with Poland. While you’re in the area, tour historic tobacco farms, castles and manor houses. Should green be one of your favorite colors, then Bavarian Forest National Park should be on your itinerary, as you’ll have miles upon miles of dense forest to lose yourself in – figuratively, of course. Trails are well-marked!
The forests and mountains in 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.
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.