Europe is home to some of the most striking scenery in the world. These five parks ranging from the northern glaciers in Iceland to the unique sandstone rock formations and caves in Turkey, take you through the diverse landscape you'll encounter as you explore the continent.
Here are 5 national parks in Iceland, Austria, Croatia, Germany, and Turkey that you should visit along with our recommendation for what you should not miss while exploring each of the parks.
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Göreme National Park - Feridun F. Alkaya
Hohe Tauern National Park - Sander Hoogendoorn
Plitvice Lakes National Park - Solmaz Zohdi
Saxon Switzerland National Park - Melker Wångdahl
Vatnajökull National Park Badge: - Theo Crazzolara
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. The most popular feature of the park are its 16 lakes connected by caves and waterfalls. Their distinctive colors of blue, green, and grey change based on the minerals in the water and the angle of the sun making it a unique experience.
Vatnajökull National Park is dominated by the the Vatnajökull glacier. It is Europe’s largest glacier outside of the arctic, covering a massive 8,100 km . Its thickness is about 400 to 600 meters helping it to conceal valleys, mountains, and active volcanoes. The glaciers icecaps rise to over 2000 m above sea level.
Must See China: Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army is a collection of soldiers, chariots, and cavalry horses buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, in 210-209 BCE. The statues represent the army of the emporer and are sized according to their importance - generals being the tallest . The terracotta sculptures were discoved by local farmers in 1974.
New Historical Site: HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast is a light cruiser built for the Royal Navy in 1936. It was the fist ship in the Royal Navy to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland. Commissioned in 1939, it was part of the Battle of North Cape and supported the Normandy landings during World War II. Since 1971, its been open to the public as a museum ship.
The Musée de la Reddition is located northwest of the Reims train station. It is here, on May 7, 1945, that high officers from the German army met with officers from the Allied forces to surrender. Their signed declaration of unconditional surrender ended World War II in Europe.
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Built beneath the Treasury bulding in London, the Cabinet War Rooms went in to operation in 1939, just weeks before Britian declared war on Germany. During the war the rooms were in constant use as intelligence was gathered and plans were made to defeat Nazi Germany. Today, the rooms are a museum and open to the public
The original lighthouse was maintained by monks at an 11th-century monastic chapel. In 1664, a lighthouse was built on this location using the stones from the priory. It was replaced in 1898 by the current structure and stayed in service until 1984. Today, it remains open as a visitor attraction.
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Looking for some unique and fun US National Parks to explore this summer? You need to check out these California parks. A few years back we rented an RV and drove out to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks with the kids and it was one of our favorite trips. There's so much to explore and the natural beauty will amaze you. Plus, an RV is a great way to explore the parks and stay nearby. You'll want to do some advanced planning as RV parking can be limited and the popular summer time months can sell out a year ahead of time.
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The Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse sits 60 meters above the North Sea. Coastal erosion is a serious problem in this area. Each year, about 1.5 meters of the coast is lost. In 2019, the lighthouse was moved 70 meters inland to prevent it from falling into the sea. This doesn’t solve the problem but will keep the lighthouse safe until at least 2060.
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