Hortobày National park, Hungary

This park is 75,000 hectares (289 square miles) which is not vast, but as with many parts of Europe, an protected area often allows animals a respite, and therefore can have a surprisingly high level of increasing populations, far out-stripping their often small size. Pelicans, wild horses, wolves, vultures, wild cats, deer, foxes, ferrets, white-tailed eagles, summer geese, great egrets, grey herons, cranes or black and white storks can all be seen, though animals like wolves are just making a comeback, so consider yourself very lucky if you spot one.

Wolves are only just starting to return. This is a fantastic sign, as Hungary has often not been good at welcoming returning predators eradicated within its borders

Whether you have just a few hours, or several days, stop to explore

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