Europe’s na­tional parks

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The only entr y re­quire­ment to some of Europe’s wildest and most beau­ti­ful parks is a sense of adventure.

NOR­WAY Jo­tun­heimen Na­tional Park

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GER­MANY Bavar­ian For­est Na­tional Park

Europe’s largest for­est is where Bavaria meets Czech Bo­hemia, with plenty of cy­cling, hik­ing and ski­ing trails within. More than 10,000 an­i­mal species in­habit these woods and you can join them: wild (and free) camp­ing is al­lowed within the park’s bor­ders.

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ITALY Gran Par­adiso Na­tional Park

Once the hunt­ing ground of a Sar­dinian king, to­day ‘Great Par­adise’ is the pre­serve of hik­ers, climbers, skiers – and the Alpine ibex, which gads about the up­per slopes. The big at­trac­tion is the moun­tain af­ter which the park is named.

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SCOT­LAND Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park

Bri­tain’s largest na­tional park con­tains five of the coun­try’s high­est peaks. These in­clude Ben Mac­dui, said to be stalked by the spec­tral fig­ure of Am Fear Liath Mòr (‘The Big Grey Man’). You can es­cape him by spend­ing the night in one of the free both­ies.

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