Planning on a vacation in Europe are you. Tired of super crowded popular place where everybody visits but instead of taking-in the view keeps busy clicking picture. No worries. Top Six List bring you some less-known national parks, which are less-inhabited and less-visited place you can plan for, coming vacation. Enjoy!
TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK, SLOVENIA
The only national park in Slovenia, Triglav is named after the highest mountain (2864 m) in the country located in the heart of this beautiful park. Just so that you know, Triglav actually means three-headed. The mountain is kind of big deal because it features in the national flag as well as in the national coat of arms. With two third of its territory being covered with forests and the other parts with subterranean waters, karst springs, it’s basically a gorgeous must-visit kinda place.
OULANKA NATIONAL PARK, FINLAND
Oulanka was established in 1956 and became part of World Wide Fund for Nature’s PAN Parks in 2002. The first inhabitants of this region were the Sami people who left the place in the 17th century which allowed Finnish settlers to come in and live there. A popular destination with hikers, the Finnish Tourist Association has renovated some of the old wooden cabins found scattered across the park that allows accommodation for enthusiastic hikers as long as they follow some rules regarding, maintainance of the cabin, wood supply and preservation of the surrounding environment. Free accommodation sounds very tempting to me.
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GRAN PARADISO NATIONAL PARK, ITALY
Another park named after a mountain (the Gran Paradiso mountain) situated inside the park itself. The park houses a species of wild goat called the Alpine ibex also known as the steinbock or bouquetin. One of the primary goals of building the park was to protect these goats from its alarming decrease in population. The park also consists of Maple and lime forests, Downy oak woods, spruces, Swiss stone pines et al. And supports over hundreds of bird species like Eurasian eagle-owl, rock ptarmigan, alpine accentor, black woodpeckers and nutcrackers among other.
PENEDA-GERÊS NATIONAL PARK, PORTUGAL
Simply known as Gerês, is the only national park in Portugal, created with a goal to educate and preserve the flora, fauna, soil, landscape et al of the region. Tourism being also one of the goals, visitors are allowed into the national park. If you ever plan to visit the park, be sure to catch a glimpse of some of the rare resident of the park like the Grey wolf, Pyrenean desman, European otter, Iberian emerald lizard, Iberian frog etc.
SAXON SWITZERLAND, GERMANY
One of the most beautiful national parks in the world, Saxon is popular with climbers. It has got 1,000 climbing peaks, as well as several hollows. With its ideal sandstone rocks Saxon Switzerland is considered a place free climbing originated. The fortress of Königstein and Bastei Bridge are some of the places to visit inside the park. Romantic artists (like the painter Ludwig Richter or the composer Carl Maria von Weber) has time and again been inspired by the regions lavish wilderness. Apart from Königstein there are a few other castles like Neurathen, Altrathen, Königstein (Saxony) Schauenstein, Falkenstein, Kreibitzer Burg (Bohemia) et al.
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SAREK NATIONAL PARK, SWEDEN
Sarek lies in the Lapland province of northern Sweden and shares its borders with two other national parks – Stora Sjöfallet and Padjelanta. It’s one of the oldest national parks in Sweden and is favourite among experienced hikers. Inside the park things are quiet untamed with only two bridges, no marked trails and certainly no accommodations at all. Since the park falls under an area that gets a lot of rainfall, there is a number of turbulent water bodies scattered throughout the region. There are as many as 200 peaks that reach 1,800 metres or higher. Looking at the green valley with grey mountains at a distance is enough to plan your next vacation at Sarek national Park.