Europe is not only known for its beautiful architecture or rich history but also for hosting some of the most amazing national parks on the planet. These national parks offer tourists unmatched scenic beauty and encompass a wide variety of Ecosystems. Are you visiting Europe anytime soon? If yes, then these beautiful national parks should definitely be on your travel bucket list.

Jotunheimen National Park, Norway

Located in Vestland and Innlandet, Norway, the Jotunheimen National Park is spread over 444 sq mi or 1,151 square kilometers. It is a part of the larger area of Jotunheimen. The national park was established in 1980 and is home to countless bird species, moose, deer, wolverines, lynx, reindeer, and more. Most of the area of the national park covers mountainous regions of Jotunheimen. A total of 250 mountain peaks can be found in Jotunheimen National park, including two of the highest peaks of Northern Europe – Galdhøpiggen at 8,100 ft and Glittertind at 8,087 ft.

Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

One of the three national parks in Iceland, Vatnajökull National Park was inscribed as one of the World Heritage Sites in 2019. The national park covers nearly 14% of the total area of Iceland. It would take tourists several weeks to explore the park in its totality. The landscape of the park offers great variety having been created by combined forces of geothermal activity, river forces, and glacial ice. The most powerful waterfalls in all of Europe are one of the highlights of the Vatnajökull National Park.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Founded in 1949, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in all of Croatia. The park is best known for its visually stunning series of tufa lakes. Hiking enthusiasts are guaranteed to have a great experience here as the park offers 4 different hiking trails that are assembled into 7 routes to tour the park. The park is visited by approximately one million tourists every year. In 1979, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Hohe Tauren National Park, Austria

From mesmerizing scenic beauty to a great diversity of wildlife species, The Hohe Tauren National Park offers everything you can want from a National Park. Its landscape stretches further than the eye can see. The park covers a total area of 1,856 square kilometers which is the largest protected area in the alps. The park is also home to Austria’s highest mountain peak, the Grossglockner (3,798 meters of elevation).

Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Named after the Gran Paradiso mountain, the Gran Paradiso National Park was established over a century ago in 1922. The park is located in Italy and is arguably the most popular national park in the entire country. Here you can enjoy classic Alpine scenery, from woodlands to glaciers and meadows. The wildlife at Gran Paradiso National Park includes ermine, weasel, hare, Eurasian badger, alpine chamois, wolf, and more.

Other Notable National Parks In Europe

  • Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany
  • Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
  • Sarek National Park, Sweden
  • Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal
  • Écrins National Park, France
  • Killarney National Park, Ireland