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