A range of climatic and geological conditions
has forged an impressive variety of landscapes in
Eastern and Central Europe. Despite the impact of
human activity, there are many areas of wilderness
that remain intact. From the bogs of North
Eastern Europe and the wetlands of the Danube
delta to striking mountain ranges such as the
Carpathians, stretching from the Czech Republic
to Romania, the region’s diverse land scapes offer
endless opportunities for exploration.
22 EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE AT A GLANCE
The granite massif of Mount
Durmitor offers some of the wildest
landscapes in the western Balkans.
The most dramatic fea ture is the Tara
Gorge, hemmed in by jagged cliffs.
Croatia’s heavily indented Adriatic coast
boasts stunning maritime scen ery, with
stark mountains over looking tur quoise
seas. Charming stone-built vil lages and
Mediterranean flora characterize the
string of islands along its length.
Much of western Slovenia is made up of karst – dry
limestone plateau dotted with caves. Show caverns at
Postojna (see pp426–7) and Škocjan (see p428) con-
tain a spectacular array of stalagmites and stalactites.
Running along Slovakia’s border
with Poland, the Tatra Mountains
(see pp316–17) feature
towering peaks and deep
blue lakes. At 2,655 m
(8,711 ft), Gerlachovský
štít is the range’s
Stained–glass window at the St Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic