Kempinski Blog Article
There is a reason why Europe is famous for its city breaks. World-renowned capitals link the continent, and travellers often dream of visiting these vibrant, beautiful cities when coming here. While it is certainly urbanised, there are huge stretches of wilderness across Europe to explore – here are some of the best.
Romania's Carpathian Mountains
With enormous, snow-capped peaks, undisturbed forests, underground glaciers and volcanic lakes, the Carpathian Mountains are totally wild. Horse riding, mountain biking and hiking are all popular pursuits, although many visitors choose to hire the services of a nature guide in order to catch a glimpse of the 400 species of mammal that live in the range, European brown bears included.
The range encircles the pretty and historic province of Transylvania, a great place to stay if you want to venture out into the wilderness.
Iceland's Central Highlands
Deep within the core of this northern island is one of the wildest places in Europe. Vast glacial valleys, wind-swept volcanic landscapes and steaming hot springs can all be found in the remote central highlands, perfect for hiking, climbing, fishing and relaxing.
From the practically untouched craters and lava fields of Landmannalaugar to the green and bright Thorsmork Nature Reserve, there are lots of places on this island where you can find your own piece of wilderness.
Doñana National Park, Spain
Situated in Spain's southern province of Andalusia, the Doñana National Park is definitely one of the country's most unspoilt places, mainly due to the 542 sq km reserve being completely untouched by any human development.
The park is primarily wetland, although forests, fields and meadows also make up a large portion of the area. As you might expect, bird watching and other wetland activities are very popular here, alongside kayaking, fishing, windsurfing and mountain biking. Hiking is also a lot of fun, offering the chance to run into Iberian lynxes, imperial eagles, wild boar and more.
Around half of Estonia is covered in wilderness, making it an ecological wonderland on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Bogs, meadows and reed beds are the most common landscapes seen here, home to moose, wolves, lynx, brown bears and all sorts of bird species including waterfowl, owls and eight of Europe's nine species of woodpecker.
Walk through the meadows or hire a canoe and set off on a wetland adventure – in Estonia you can be alone with nature.
The Black Forest, Germany
Located in South-West Germany, the Black Forest has captivated visitors for centuries. With dense, evergreen forests that blanket undulating hills and mountains, this wild spot has a mythical quality about it, understandable given its links with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
The Black Forest is a wonderful place to visit, year round. Spring, summer and autumn are great for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, while in the winter months, the peaks become home to many skiers, drawn to the powdery snow and spas within the area.
Wild places aren't as hard to find in Europe as you might think. To find out the wild areas near your chosen Kempinski location, simply get in touch and we'll be happy to help.