Discover our Transboundary Parks

Birdwatching during TransParcNet meeting 2010, Neusiedlersee-Seewinkl National Park (AU) © National Park Neusiedlersee-Seewinkl

Since the Basic Standards evaluation system was launched in 2003, 23 European Protected Areas have been successfully certified as 10 Transboundary Parks under the EUROPARC programme “Transboundary Parks – Following Nature’s design”.

This map is showing the certified Transboundary Parks only through the EUROPARC verification process. Other crossborder areas exist accross Europe without being certified. You can zoom in the map to see the area of transboundary parks and click on the marker to get more information about them.

You wish to learn more about these cross-border Protected Areas? Find portraits of some of EUROPARC’s Transboundary Parks here below.

Maas-Schwalm-Nette Nature Park (NL/DE)

3 rivers, 2 countries, 1 office: the Transboundary Park whose managers work shoulder by shoulder every day

The German-Dutch Nature Park Maas-Schwalm-Nette is located on the border of the German federal state North Rhine-Westphalia and the Dutch province Limburg. Within 800 km2 rivers, forests, heath land, bogs and varied cultural landscapes make it a very special attraction.

Find out more about the German-Dutch Nature Park

Neusiedler See-Seewinkel & Fertö-Hanság (AU/HU)

A joint natural heritage along natural and political borders

The area around Lake Neusiedl is a unique landscape in Eastern Austria and Western Hungary, situated between the Eastern Alps and the Hungarian Plain. Alpine, Pannonian, Asiatic, Mediterranean und Nordic flora and fauna contribute to a fascinating biological melting pot. The large number of species at Lake Neusiedl is based on …

Find out more about the Austrian-Hungarian partnership!

Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland Transboundary Parks (DE/CZ)

Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland: four protected areas, two countries, one landscape

The history of conservation dates back to the early 20th century when first nature reserves have been declared. However, the real transboundary work begins after World War II when a landscape protected area was established first on the German side (1956) and later on the Czechoslovak side (1972). A new chance for conservation came with the political changes in the 90’s…

Read on about the collaboration of Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland!

Podyjí-Thayatal Transboundary Parks (CZ/AU)

A cooperation emerged despite the dark times of the Iron Curtain

When Winston Churchill spoke about tearing down the Iron Curtain in his famous speech, he also referred to the 42 km long picturesque Dyje/Thayatal river valley. Situated at the border between Moravia (CZ) and Lower Austria (A), it was a lively area with a number of mills and hotels until the beginning of World War II. In only a few years, the region once enjoyed by summer visitors from Vienna and Brno, turned into…

Learn more about the Czech-Austrian Cooperation!

Julian Alps Transboundary Ecoregion (IT/SI)

The green heart of Europe without borders

Cooperation between Prealpi Giulie Nature Park (IT) and Triglav National Park (SI) dates back to 1996, when the Italian park was established. Partnership between the two protected areas was reinforced by EU projects, which supported relationships between cross-border partners. Their already close cooperation expanded and in 2007 the idea of a transboundary park was born. Only two years later…

Continue reading about the Italian-Slovenian Partnership!

Oulanka-Paanajärvi Transboundary Parks (FI/RU)

The cooperation between Oulanka and Paanajärvi National Parks dates back to the early 90’s. Their already close cooperation was then again boosted by the two year Interreg project “Oulanka-Paanajärvi – wilderness, experiences and well-being”, which they ran from 2005 onwards. The aim of the project was…

Continue reading about the Finish-Russian Cooperation!

Hainaut-cross-border Nature Park (BE/FR)

At the heart of the highly urbanized north-western region of Europe, between Belgium and Northern France, lies a transboundary nature area which has kept its biodiversity despite human pressure. The Scarpe and the Escaut rivers are the ones that have given their names to the plains of this zone of grasslands, forests, wetlands and agriculture. At the cross-roads of the towns of Douai, Valenciennes, Tournai and Mons, this nature area has kept a natural and cultural heritage, scarce in such a built up region…

Discover the cross-border park between Belgium and France!

Pasvik-Inari Trilateral Park (FI/NO/RU)

Borders separate – Nature unites!

Pasvik-Inari Trilateral Park entity was established in 2008 as a result of long-term cooperation between the nature protection authorities in Norway, Russia and Finland dating back to early 1990’s. Trilateral Park consists of five nature protection areas; three areas in Norway, one in Russia and one in Finland. The total area of Pasvik-Inari Trilateral Park is 1889 km2.

Read more about this unique trilateral cooperation…

Šumava and Bavarian Forest National Park (CZ/DE)

The area of Šumava and Bavarian Forest National Park is characterized as the largest forest region without human intervention in central Europe. On an area of 922, 84 km² it is an important refugium for endangered biotopes, plants and animals and a popular recreational area for humans. Nowhere else in Central Europe such a large area of forests and mires can grow and develop without human interference. With the slogan “let nature be nature” both parks are cooperating to enable the development of wild virgin forests.

Want to read more about the largest forest region without human intervention in central Europe? Here it is…