According to Wikipedia’s list of national parks, there are 510 national parks in Europe.
Whether it’s nature, the animal world or something else, every of them is unique in their own way.
So, if you love untouched nature, green forests, clean lakes, and amazing flora and fauna than check out our list of amazing national parks in Europe. These national parks offer extraordinary landscapes and wildlife and they present the perfect way to experience and appreciate the unique landscapes found throughout Europe.
The Saxon Switzerland National Park
Saxon Switzerland National Park is located in Germany near Dresden (not in Switzerland), in the German Free State of Saxony. It was opened in the year 1990 and covers about 93 square km area.
There are some 400 km of hiking paths, 49.9 km of biking paths, and 755 climbing locations. The park is known for its Elbe sandstone formation where you can do free rock climbing (which is a must do). Also, pay a visit to old Konigstein Fortress, one of the largest hilltop fortifications in Europe, built around 1241.
This national park has the status of one of the most beautiful places in Europe for nature.
Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, Italy
The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy and they form a part of Southern Limestone Alps.
Here lives more than 1500 rare vegetation species, many of which are rare. This national park includes a great variety of environments: from the riparian areas of the valley bottom to the high-altitude rocky walls, through broad-leaved tree and conifer forests, high-altitude shrublands, grasslands and screes.
Here you can go for skiing in the winter months as well as mountain climbing, hiking, cycling, paragliding and hang gliding and even base jumping.
Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Named for the highest peak (Mount Triglav 2864m) in the park and in Slovenia— Triglav National Park was created in 1924, which makes him one of the oldest European parks.
The park’s landscape is characterized by glacier-shaped valleys, mountain plateaus and steep mountain ridges above the tree line. The park is home to over 250 large and small springs. Many of them are also a source of drinking water. When you see beautiful lake Bohinj, surrounded by the Julian Alps, you will understand why is this park on every list of most amazing national parks in Europe.
Triglav National park offers a large variety of activities, for all levels of travelers from experienced hikers tracks to easy family trips, beautiful lakes, and vast forests.
It attracts over two million visitors annually.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Founded in 1949 – and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes is a gorgeous park and it is most definitely not to be missed. The park covers almost 300 square km area and the lake joint together at the distance of 8 km.
Unreal waterfalls and bright, colorful lakes; deep, cool caverns and soaring limestone cliffs… Each of the lakes are connected by waterfalls, and they stretch all the way to an stunning limestone canyon. Besides that, there are many bears, deer, wolves, and rare birds among others that are present here.
If you don’t trust us than take a virtual tour and see how amazing Plitvice is.
The Park is located at wide mountain region in North West of Montenegro, and it covers area of 39000 acres. There are 23 mountain tops over 2300 meters of altitude. Also, 1600 meters above level of the river, 82 kilometers long, magnificently stands canyon of the Tara. Canyon of Tara is the largest in Europe and it is perfect for hiking.
Durmitor is best for adventurous activities which includes hiking, mountaineering, climbing and canoeing.
Sutjeska National Park, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Sutjeska National Park is established in 1962, and it is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s oldest national park. The whole area of the park is characterized by exquisite beauty and variety of forms of landscapes. Its mountains, lakes, rivers, forests and thriving wildlife are among the most magnificent in Europe.
Besides magnificent and untouched wilderness, it hosts one of the last two remaining primeval forests in Europe, called Perućica. This jungle is full of beautiful unspoiled natural scenery. One of them is the Skakavac, waterfall located in the heart of the rain forest and over 70 meters high.
The highest peak of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglić (2,386 m.n.v.), is located in the area of the Park.
The most valuable treasure of this park are eight glacial lakes, also known as “mountain eyes” of Zelengora. Scattered all around the mountain, these lakes are a genuine paradise for all nature lovers.
If you are true adrenaline lover you will definitely enjoy canyoning on Hrcavka river. Also, favourite destination for many hikers is Trnovačko Jezero (Trnovačko Lake). The lake water is green-blue in color and when you see it’s heart shape, it will be enough to fall in love at first sight and understand why is this national park on our list of amazing national parks in Europe.
The magnificent Vatnajökull National Park is found in Iceland, and at its center is the Vatnajökull glacier. Vatnajökull is Europe’s largest glacier outside the arctic, with a surface area of 8,100 km2. The unique qualities of Vatnajökull National Park are primarily its great variety of landscape features, created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity. Highlights of the park are the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón, which is complete with icebergs, as well as the waterfalls called Svartifoss and Dettifosis.
Cévennes National Park, France
The Cévennes National Park is a national park located in southern France, in the mountainous area of Cévennes. The Cévennes National Park is full of wild, unspoiled countryside dotted with torrents, rivers and streams, and is home to a rich and diverse range of flora and fauna. It is a paradise for adventure lovers, thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts.
The Cevennes is a maze of deep valleys with winding rivers of clear waters . The Gorges du Tarn is a major attraction and offer the deepest, most spectacular gorges anywhere in Europe. One site not to miss in the Cevennes is the Grotte des Demoiselles, a vast cave complex revealing a mysterious world that locals once believed was home to fairies.
Canoeing, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, whatever you’re into you can do it in the Cévennes!