The Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains are one of the last strongholds of Europe’s largest mammals, such as bears and bison.

The Carpathian Mountains arc across 200,000 square kilometres of Eastern and Central Europe, five times the area of Switzerland. 

The Southern Carpathian Mountains are home to the largest continuous tract of forest in Europe.

The beautiful Eurasian lynx can be seen in the Carpathian Mountains, one of Europe’s last big cats. 

The Carpathians are known as the land of the carnivores, and are the last place in Europe that have substantial populations of grey wolves and brown bears.

The earliest traces of human impact on the Carpathian Mountains can be dated back to the 4th century.

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