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Conservation Facts

Population: 10.3 milllion
Total Area: 78.866 km2
Population Density: 130 per km2
Protected Area: 16%
National Parks: 4
“NATURA 2000” sites: 1
Largest Nature reserve: České Švýcarsko National Park, 79 km2

Resident Photographers:

Visiting Photographers:

José B. Ruiz

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Czech Republic hosts some of its most important natural values along the borders with Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria, where nature remained relatively untouched during the times of the iron curtain.

The Bohemian Switzerland National Park is one of the best known and most visited – and at the same time one of the least populated places in central Europe.
The National Park was founded in 2000, 10 years after its counterpart on the German side. Within the vast basin of 172 km2 visitors can find stunning rock towers and stone bridges carved out from the Elbe Sandstone rocks during tens of thousands of years.
Further south, also along the border with Germany and again touching a neighbouring National Park, the Bavarian Forest National Park, the often called „green roof of Europe“ is preserved in Šumava National Park. Here river otters have a stronghold in Czech Republic and slowly, Lynx and Brown Bears are returning to their old realms.
Within Šumava, the Boubín Foest, preserved since 1858, still holds spruce trees more than 300 years old and a large variety of plants, funghi and rare forest birds.
Not only the four National Parks of the country are worthwhile visiting, there are many other places to enjoy nature: the Třeboň region with its numerous man-made fish ponds and channels existing since the 12th century. The water bodies here are important breeding and nesting grounds for waterfowl and were declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The same is true for the White Carpathians protected area, stretching along 70 km of border with the Slovak Republic. It is a fine example for many places in Europe, which have been cultivated for hundreds of years, but still harbour a high degree of biodiversity – in this case a large variety of orchids and other vascular plants.