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Part III: 10 Great Places In Europe For Nature Lovers

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They say nature does wonders for the soul. Would you agree? I definitely do.

There is something about God’s handiwork of nature that is awe-inspiring. Waterfalls. Trees. Flora. Fishes. Mountain ranges. The sea. The sun. Birds. Caves. And I can go on! For me, being in nature is a remainder of who God is.

Europe has its own natural beauty just like all the other continents. Here are 10 places I highly recommend you see.

 

LAKE BLED

Where: Bled, Slovenia
Why: No explanation needed.
(In case you need one, just go on a sunny day and you will not regret it. It is so picturesque as you can see!)
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The famous Lake Bled, SloveniaThere is a Gothic church on the island and you can take the Pletna boat to get there.

The island on Lake Bled

Picturesque Lake bled and trailwayYou can walk or bike around the lake. 1.7 miles (2 km) long and takes about an hour to walk.

 


VINTGAR GORGE

Where: Bled, Slovenia
Why: If you are able to visit Lake Bled, you might as well see the Vintgar Gorge. Only 10 minutes by car. It’s a scenic 1 mile (1.6 km) walk of rapids, pools and waterfalls.
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VINTGAR GORGE

 VINTGAR GORGE located in SloveniaThe gorge ends at the Šum waterfall (far right), the highest river fall in Slovenia.


UPPER MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY

Where: Along the Rhine River in Germany, between Koblenz and Bingen
Why: Besides the countless castles, terraced vineyards and palaces, there is a plethora of options for hiking and biking. The Middle Rhine Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Rudesheim along the rhine riverTrain ride from Frankfurt to Rudesheim = 1 hour
Along the Upper middle rhine valleyThere is a passenger ferry that runs along the river, which will allow you to hop from one town to another.

The town of Bacharach along the Rhine RiverBacharach am Rhein


KREMS AN DER DONAU

Where: West of Vienna, Austria
Why: Krems is part of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along the Danube River. The Wachau is great for biking, hiking, wine tasting, camping, and viewing castles.
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jesus overlooking krems an der donau

Grapes in Krems, Austria

vineyards in krems an der donau, AustriaUnfortunately, I arrived to Krems mid-afternoon and did not have much time to explore as I was leaving Vienna the following day. From the information center, I trekked upwards to the vineyards. To reach this particular area, I think it’s somewhere around Kreuzbergstraße.


UGLJAN ISLAND

Where: Zadar Archipelago, Croatia (15 minutes from Zadar by ferry)
Why: You can get an idyllic panoramic view of Zadar, Ugljan, and several islands in the archipelago of Zadar, from the fortress of St. Michael. The island is covered by pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, and fig trees. You can rent a bicycle to get around the island.
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Fig tree, vineyard, olive tree on ugljan island

saint michaels fort from afarZoomed-in photo. This might have been halfway to the hill
ugljan islandHELLPPPP!!! Just kidding. I was here ALL alone 99.9% of the time! Felt scary but I’m glad it was safe out there. 

saint michael's fortress on ugljan island

Inside St. Michael’s fortress – Took me 1.5 hours to get to this hill with a bike. The continuous steepness was NOT a joke. Going back down, however, was a breeze (15 minutes).

View of Zadar and Ugljan from St Michael's FortressA view of Zadar, the snow capped mountains and Ugljan Island


 

PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Where: Plitvički Ljeskovac, Croatia (2 hours from Croatia’s capital, Zagreb)
Why: With no hesitation I could have said no explanation needed. But seriously, YOU really should visit! It is JAW-DROPPING!!! Although it would look 100 times gorgeous on a sunny day, it still felt magical on a rainy day. Crystal clear water. Waterfalls everywhere. The fall colors. The rich flora. Just breathtaking! Open daily, 365 days of the year.
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plitvice lakes in croatia

waterfalls at plitvice lakes in croatia

plitvice lakes


ŠKOCJAN CAVES

Where: Divača, Slovenia (1 hour from Slovenia’s capital, Ljuljbana)
Why: Another UNESCO World Heritage site. Seeing the inside of the cave requires a guide. So many stalagmites and stalactites of different colors and shapes! One of the stalagmites I saw is 427 feet wide (130 m) and 197 ft long (60 m). No photography is allowed inside the cave.
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Trail near the Skocjan Caves in Divaca Slovenia

Bottom photo is called Stefanie’s viewpoint (named after Princess Stefani, wife of an Austro-Hungarian Prince)

Photo Credit: Park Škocjanske jame

Photo Credit: Park Škocjanske jame

Outside of The skocjan cave, Slovenia


THE SEA ORGAN

Where: On the shores of Zadar, Croatia
Why: It makes perpetual music via sea waves, which I felt was fascinating to hear in person. This architectural object was designed by Nikola Bašić with 35 organ pipes behind the concrete. For a clip of what I heard while I was there, check my instagram feed.
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sea organ in Zadar Croatia

sea organ at Zadar Croatia


SUNSET IN ZADAR

Where: On the shores of Zadar, Croatia
Why: Zadar is known for one of the most beautiful sunset in the world, so why not check it out!
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Sunset in Croatia

Sunset in Croatia


NORTH HOLLAND DUNE RESERVE (Noordhollands Duinreservaat)

Where: Netherlands
Why: Who doesn’t like the view of water? Besides, the Netherlands doesn’t have much to offer for nature lovers. Miles and miles of sand along the North Sea.
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North holland Dune Reserve This area of the sand dunes is Castricum aan zee. The Dune Reserve starts at Hargen and ends at Hoek van Holland.

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NOTE: Click part one and part two to read other aspects of my backpacking trip through Europe.

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4 thoughts on “Part III: 10 Great Places In Europe For Nature Lovers

  1. Wow! These are great recommendations, adding to my list for future travels 🙂 The Sea Organ and Zadar have aways been on my radar but haven’t even heard of some of those other places, thank you for sharing!!

  2. The Sea Organ was such a cool experience!

    If you go to Plitvice, GO EARLY! haha, I went during high tourist season and it was crazy.

    xx
    Jenna
    The Exploring Yogini

    1. I can imagine Plitvice being crazy busy. I was there in October and the weather wasn’t the greatest. Cold and drizzling rain. There were many tourists but not a crazy amount.

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