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Eastern Europe's New 7 Wonders of Nature Nominees

Eastern Europe's Best Natural Landscapes and Waterways

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Miloš Mokotar © 2007
Eastern Europe's New 7 Wonders of Nature quarter finalists can be found in 20 countries and in almost all categories. Of 261 international quarter finalists, 25 are in Eastern and East Central Europe. Votes will be taken to narrow the list down to 77 nominees until July 7, 2009 at the New 7 Wonders website.

Whether or not you've voted at the officail site, you can respond with your thoughts about your favorite natural wonders in Eastern and East Central Europe by answering the question, "What are Eastern Europe's top natural wonders?

Eastern Europe's candidates for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, popular destinations for travelers and nature lovers, can be found below:

Landscapes and Ice Formations

  • Masurian Lake District – Poland: Located in the northeastern region of Poland, it contains more than 2,000 lakes that harbor wildlife and offer a site for water sports.

Mountains and Volcanoes

  • Vlasic – Bosnia and Herzegovina: Centered in BiH, this mountain offered a home to ancient peoples and is now a popular location for winter sports.

Caves, Rock Formations, and Valleys

  • Belogradchik Rocks – Bulgaria: Serving as a natural barrier from invaders, Belogradchik Rocks is also the site of a fortress.
  • Pravcice Gate Rock Formation – Czech Republic: This sandstone arch sits on the German-Czech border.
  • Vrelo Cave – Macedonia: Vrelo Cave contains a spring and natural rock formations.
  • Tara River Canyon – Montenegro: A part of Durmitor National Park, this canyon is the longest in Europe.
  • Djavolja Varos Rock Formation – Serbia: A natural spring flows underneath these unusual rock “pyramids.”

Forests, National Parks, and Nature Reserves

  • Bialowieza Forest – Belarus and Poland: Located on the border of these two countries, the forest once served as medieval hunting grounds.
  • Gauja National Park – Latvia: Latvia's first national park was established in the 1970s.
  • Aukstaitija National Park – Lithuania: 126 lakes are a part of Lithuania's first national park.
  • Codri – Moldova: This hilly region of Moldova is densely forested.
  • Retezat National Park – Romania: Mountains make hiking in this national park a challenge.
  • Askania-Nova – Ukraine: This biosphere reserve includes a zoo and botanical gardens.

Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls

  • Drin River – Albania: The longest river in Albania empties into the Adriatic Sea
  • Lake Ohrid – Albania and Macedonia: This lake is home to a diverse variety of plants and animals.
  • Danube River – Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine: The Danube has played an important role in the history of the region through which it flows.
  • Lake Narach – Belarus: The largest lake in Belarus is located in the northwestern region of the country.
  • Dnieper River – Belarus, Russia, Ukraine: This river has fed the growth of many cities and town.
  • Plitvice Lakes – Croatia: 16 lakes cover the area of approximately 2 km.
  • Jaegala Falls in Laheema National Park – Estonia: At 25 feet high, it is called the “Niagra Falls of the Baltics.”
  • Lake Balaton – Hungary: This famous lake attracts vacationers the world over.
  • Strbske Pleso Lake – Slovakia: This mountain lake is a popular destination for travelers to the High Tatras.
  • Lake Bled – Slovenia: Bled makes a picturesque setting for its castle.

Seascapes

  • Curonian Spit – Lithuania and Russia: These sand dunes protect a lagoon from the Baltic Sea.
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