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6 of the Most Beautiful National Parks in Europe (from Iceland to Croatia)


Europe is endlessly captivating. If you’ve only got time for a short trip, make sure to visit one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe.

Europe is teeming with beauty. From historic cobblestone streets to glimmering white sand beaches, the continent is full of unique things to explore.

If you’re not a big fan of massive crowds or you need a break from the city, make sure you leave a day or two in your travel itinerary to explore nature.

Admire the vast beauty of some of the most beautiful national parks in Europe, from the Swiss Alps to the waterfalls of Croatia. You’ll never want to leave.

Here are six of the best national parks in Europe:

Ordesa National Park, Spain

Take a break from the beaching and the city-strolling and head out to see some of Spain’s most glorious national beauty. Bordering France, Ordesa is one of Europe’s first national parks. Here you’ll find lush green valleys, mountain peaks, and a wide variety of wildlife, including mountain goats, wild boars, golden eagles, and so much more.

Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Triglav is one of the best national parks in europe
Triglav National Park (Triglavski narodni park). Taken by J. Beugels via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

Make sure to head to Triglav National Park during your next European vacation. Located in the Julian Alps, it’s Slovenia’s only national park, but it’s one of the largest national reserves in Europe. Here you can hike, bike, swim, and fish through towering mountains and luscious valleys.

Swiss National Park, Switzerland

One of the best places to see in Switzerland, Swiss National Park is the only national park in the country. Spend your time exploring the 172 square kilometers of unspoiled scenery. Enjoy the waterfalls, woodlands, snow-covered glaciers, and the wide variety of trails for hiking, camping, and exploring. Showcasing the untouched Alps, Swiss National Park is perfect for people who don’t want to ski but who still want the nature experience.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Probably the most beautiful national park in Europe, Plitvice Lakes in Croatia is known for its chain of 16 terraced lakes, all joined by waterfalls and extending into a limestone canyon. If that doesn’t tempt you enough, there are walkways and hiking trails that wind across and around the water. But that’s not all—in fact, the lakes only make up one percent of the park’s surface area. Come for the beech-fir forest in the winter and the lakes in the summer.

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

There are so many reasons to visit Iceland, from the hot springs to the northern lights. The country seemingly can’t get any more beautiful. However, when you plan a visit to Vatnajökull National Park, you’ll see the power and beauty of massive glaciers, active geothermal areas, rivers, lagoons, and so much more. Head to the place where fire truly meets ice—it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Lake District National Park, England

Last but certainly not least on our list of beautiful European locales is Lake District National Park. It’s one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots you can find in England. Of course, there are tons of lakes, but numerous falls and mountains dot the gorgeous landscape as well. Take a walk around this park and soak up the bewitching views to get a break from London.

Keep in mind that these are just a few of the many national parks in Europe. Do some research before you head out to find parks close to the rest of your travel plans. Beauty is all around you!

Becca Polk
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