Europe – a dream destination for all of us (especially its famous cities) and on our first trip we tend to fill our itinerary with as many cities as we can possibly cramp in. After all it’s an expensive destination and who knows when we might be able to save this kind of money again. But over my many trips here and traveling on some with my local friends P and J, I have realized that Europe’s beauty is not in its cities. Don’t get me wrong – the cities are beautiful but Europe’s true beauty is in its small towns, villages and nature parks.
Every trip that I make here, my friends P and J take us for at least one long hike / walk in a nature park close to where they stay. For those of you who haven’t met these friends of mine till date, well P is my best friend from college and now settled in Netherlands and I always visit her on any trip to Europe and J is her husband. They have taken us to some of the most beautiful nature parks that only locals visit (we have never seen any tourists in any of these places) and we have had an opportunity to actually experience Europe in all its natural beauty and splendor.
On our last trip to Europe, they took us for a half day walk through High Fens – Eifel Nature Park. This is a cross-border nature park between Belgium and Germany and has many many hiking / walking trails. We had a fabulous time walking through this park and I am sharing our experience with you via a photo essay below.
On a rainy and a very cold day we all packed up in all our woolens and ponchos and set off for the long walk.
Many of these pictures were taken on my phone that was giving me some trouble. Hence please excuse the haziness of these pictures.
There are clearly marked walking paths across the nature park and wooden platforms in places where the land is soft or marshy.
There were some beautiful wooden carved markers across some of the trails that we loved spotting and capturing in camera.
There are many varieties of local flora and fauna in this nature park and there are boards across the park naming these local varieties and their specialty.
Walking through these local forests and coniferous trees you can’t help but be transported to the fantasy world of Enid Blyton where there are enchanted forests and whispering trees. In one of these patches we even heard a cuckoo.
All this walk makes you hungry and there are numerous places to rest and have a small picnic.
So the next time you travel to anywhere in Europe, do take a day off in your itinerary and visit one of its nature parks. All the walking and greenery in a way helps fill the green quotient of your soul.
Have you been to any nature parks in Europe? Is yes, do share your experiences of the same below.