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European Forests

European Forests

European Forests

Everyone rages about how great beach holidays are and the appeal isn’t hard to see – they’re associated with relaxing in the sun, with swimming in the sea and with watching the waves lap against the shore. However while beaches are great, forests offer some great locations to visit too with wildlife, lush green fauna, lots of walks and a sense of peace of quiet and being close to nature. There are some fantastic European forests that are worth visiting for anyone who enjoys this kind of scenery, either as a day out, or as a place to stay in itself if you can get yourself a nice little log cabin. Some great European forests to check out include:

The New Forest, England: The New Forest is a very expansive area of protected forest in England. It spans a large area and there are regularly events there such as festivals and markets. During the winter there is a great Christmas display where the forest becomes a ‘winter wonderland’.

The Black Forest, Germany: Named thus because of the thick conifers that block out the light in the forest, the black forest is one of the most famous European forests and has a very magical feel about it – especially around Christmas. Set in the mountains, and the birthplace of many stories and a wealth of food (such as the titular gateau and ham) this feels like the perfect setting for a fairy tale.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Belarus: At the watershed of the Baltic and Black Sea is another spectacular addition the number of European forests. Filled with Evergreens and broad leaved trees it is a very lush and green environment and a great place for spotting Bison.

Pirin National Park, Bulgaria: If you fancy exploring some European forests at a higher altitude then Pirin national park is the place for you at over 2,914m and featuring caves, waterfalls and a limestone landscape all in a great pine wood forest.

If you are willing to look around though there are many other European forests and these offer some great days out. So when visiting Europe make sure that you don’t only visit the beaches and cities, but consider the forests as well for some great scenery and especially if you enjoy hiking.

37 Comments so far

  1. Fender   January 6, 2011 3:46 am

    There are some nice european forests, indeed. However, I have seen only one: the black forest, in Germany. It’s quite creepy. Maybe some of the creepiest european forests. But you can’t dislike it.

  2. Angie   January 7, 2011 12:42 pm

    I loved seeing the Black Forest when we were in Germany. It does have the magical feel to it. thought it had lots of beauty to it as well. This is one of the landmarks that I would recommned seeing if you get to Germany.

  3. Geo   January 8, 2011 5:44 am

    Love’em. I love european forests. I have seen a few in my life, but can’t decide on my favorite. I can even say that I like most of european forests. I am a hiker and a big fan of forests and mountains. Too bad many of these european forests are getting deforested. :(

  4. Tony   January 8, 2011 5:49 pm

    European forests are varied. I like most the coniferous european forests. I love the smell of fir and pine. Although other kind of european forests are nice too. You just have to see some of them.

  5. Robbie   January 9, 2011 1:16 pm

    I do not really see what is the big deal about European forests. All I see when I traveled through the Black Forest was a bunch of trees. Who could think that that is so pretty? I just do not see the beauty in European forests.

  6. Velvet   January 10, 2011 12:49 pm

    Robbie, European forests offer diversity. That’s why they are so special.

    That Black Forest is one of the most popular european forests. As the article said, the light is quite blocked out, so some people might find creepy the lack of light. However, it is true, only some people can enjoy european forests.

  7. vesspa   January 10, 2011 3:03 pm

    I don’t see anything special in these european forests either. I like walking, but I don’t see the pleasure to do that in a forest. Or in european forests. Parks are enough for me. Why bother? :D

  8. viKing   January 11, 2011 3:31 am

    we should enjoy our european forests. do that before europe gets disforested. it is such a shame we can’t protect the european forests. they are our air refreshners. people can’t realize that.

  9. Addy   January 11, 2011 2:36 pm

    What about european forests’ fauna? Is it different from the other continents? Does it matter whether they are european forests or us forests, as long as they are on the same latitude?

    On the other hand, thanks for letting us know about the beauty of european forests!

  10. Ubis   January 12, 2011 10:11 am

    Wow. I will definitely have to try the Pirin National Park in Bulgaria. From the european forests, it seems to me the one to my mind. I love the high altitude european forests. And you say I can find waterfalls too. Woot.

  11. Bossy   January 15, 2011 11:02 am

    Having a walk in european forests is magnificent for some people. They help them get rid of the stress. Make sure you know the european forests’ paths, though. This way, you won’t get lost. Good luck!

  12. John   January 16, 2011 1:06 pm

    European forests indeed are an alternative to what people call fun nowadays. Fun isn’t only about beaches and skiing. There are other things you can do to relax a little. European forests are one of the places where you can do that.

  13. danny   January 16, 2011 1:37 pm

    I went with my dad last year at hunting in two European forests. We participated at a competition. To me was kinda funny walking in those European forests and shooting animals.
    I guess you think I’m freak now.

  14. Helen   January 16, 2011 2:04 pm

    European forests like other forests should be dangerous ,I guess.
    Aren’t they a lot of wild animals there?
    I don’t think I‘m courageous enough to walk in European forests.
    If I want to take a walk, I’ll do it in places designed for walks ,like parks, not in forests.

  15. Lee   January 17, 2011 2:21 pm

    European forests are not like at the beginning.
    I read in other article that at first, European forests occupied 80% from the surface of the continent and now they are occupying just 3%.
    That is very sad. It is sadder the fact that the percentage is decreasing.

  16. Lyuba   January 20, 2011 12:14 pm

    European forests are not like at the beginning.
    I read in another article that at first, European forests occupied 80% from the surface of the continent and now they are occupying just 3%.
    That is very sad. It is sadder the fact that the percentage of European forests is decreasing. :(

  17. May   January 20, 2011 1:24 pm

    I have been to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Belarus and it is beautiful. Very peaceful and like mentioned above you can see the bison. If you like to hike and love nature than this forest is for you. The evergreens are so lush and pretty that it makes for a well worth while day if you travel here.

  18. Martin   January 21, 2011 12:30 pm

    I read in another post that Europe used to be 80% covered with forest and now only 3% of it is. That is just really too bad. I have only been to the Black Forest once and it was so beautiful. Very peaceful. If you love nature you are bound to like this forest.

  19. Maybella   February 2, 2011 11:57 am

    I am scheduling a trip now for Germany. I guess I will be visiting the Black Forest then. I am sure it is just beautiful. I have been to different places in Europe before but never a forest. I guess my trip there in a few months will have to include driving through the black forest.

  20. zoja   February 3, 2011 6:38 am

    Hope there will still be European forests to visit after this massive deforestation. Lately our continent is suffering major losses. Our European forests are getting smaller and that isn’t a good thing. I am very concerned when I’m thinking that someday there might be no European forests here. This is something that we should give more attention in the future.

  21. June   February 6, 2011 9:07 am

    I agree with the post above. We need to take our forest more seriously. If we keep going how we are going, then in several years there will be no more forest. They are so pretty and provide so much for the environment. I think we should do all we can to protect the European forests.

  22. mandy   February 13, 2011 11:45 am

    European forests are great places for recreation. In hot summer days a walk there could be very refreshing and recreative. And this way you are closer to the nature and wildlife too.
    And like you said there are a lot of beautiful European forests that deserve to be visited. At least as long as they still exist…

  23. Drew   February 17, 2011 7:03 pm

    It is too bad that there are not that many more European forest left. They are very beautiful in their own right. I would love to see the Black Forest as I have heard a lot about it. I too think that it would be refreshing to walk through one.

  24. thierry   February 20, 2011 6:14 am

    Indeed, like everybody said, European forests are smaller and smaller. I’m so upset on people that don’t realize that European forests are so important.
    They are important for us, people and for all those wild animals.

    No wonder that there are so many endangered animals.

    I’m glad because there are still, people that realize this and they are trying to do something for all European forests.

  25. Amelie   February 27, 2011 10:39 am

    I am very sad to see that there are not really all that many forests left in Europe. I feel that they add beauty to the whole continent. I think that they add fresh air as well. I do feel bad for the wildlife as well.

  26. Emma   March 3, 2011 1:50 pm

    The forest in Europe are just grand. I am saddened though that they are just not as big as they were once. I wish that people would realize that they are very important to us. Forest are a great place to hike and see a great beauty.

  27. Livi   March 18, 2011 4:37 pm

    European forests are a very beautiful thing. It is too bad that there are not as many as there once was. I believe that they should have a coalition to make the forest a better place. And to bring them back to what they once were.

  28. Lesedi   March 22, 2011 6:12 am

    I’m a fan of trips around nature. I’m an ecologist and I love nature, of course. I’ve done so many trips in nature. I’ve visited almost all country’s big European forests and I have so many memories.
    Like everybody said it is sad that European forests are smaller and smaller.

  29. Miagy   April 3, 2011 3:42 am

    It is normal that everyone rages about how great beach holidays are. What can you do in a forest?
    European beaches are more interesting than European forests.
    European forests are for botanists.
    If I want to have a relaxing holiday what can I do? Walk around in a forest?

  30. Sandu   April 12, 2011 7:49 am

    I have never visited any European forests so far. I believe that this activity, walking through a forest, is a relaxing one. I think I would like to do it. I saw photos of these beautiful European forests and they are magnificent. I’m sure next time when I visit Europe I’ll visit its European forests too.

  31. Ebha   April 20, 2011 11:17 am

    You really wrote about the most beautiful European forests from this continent. From all European forests I have visited 2: The Black Forest from Germany and The New Forest from England. Both of them really impressed me. At first I was curious what do these European forests have so beautiful that deserve to be seen. After I saw how a forest can influence your mood I was really impressed.

  32. Mckenna   April 24, 2011 10:22 am

    You’re right. There are some fantastic European forests that must be seen. One of them is The Black forest from Germany. This is one of the most beautiful European forests. I’ve visited it twice.

  33. Tulip C.   June 9, 2011 8:42 am

    There are many great forest in Europe. They are beautiful and should bring great pride to the European people. It is sad that many do not care for them though. We need to stand together and do what we can to protect European forests.

  34. Chris   June 16, 2011 12:46 pm

    I did not have the chance to drive to any forest while I was in Europe. And I do regret that. I wish now I could have seen the true beauty of it. I am sure that the photo above does no justice to any of the great European forests.

  35. Petey Pete   June 30, 2011 9:08 am

    I drove through a few of the forest when I was in Europe. It is sad that many people just do not care about them any more. From what I saw of the Black Forest it looked so peaceful. Just like you could get out of your vehicle and walk in peace.

  36. Tim Upham   April 29, 2012 1:07 pm

    The black poplar forests are among the rarest forest type in Europe. Regenerating them would be of good service. One of Europe’s most striking passerines is dependent on them: the Eurasian golden oriole.

  37. Freddy   January 5, 2013 5:30 am

    America is fucking rubbish country… to Europe I haven’t seen such a beautiful country in the world Europe is Europe.

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