World's Best National Parks: Swiss National Park
While you're hitting the road this summer and checking national parks off your list, take a bit of a detour to check out one of the world's most stunning -- the Swiss National Park, or Der Schweizerischer Nationalpark, as the locals call it.
Nestled in the easternmost part of the country, the park is closed in the winter. Sorry, no extreme skiing allowed here. It was founded in 1914 by members of the Swiss Academy of Natural Science, and has all the alpine meadows, sunny wildflowers, and frolicking red deer you can imagine. Accepting just under 150,000 visitors a year, it's also uncrowded and pristine -- hey, these are the Swiss we're talking about here. It's the largest protected area in Hotel il Fuorn, with cozy guest rooms built of rustic wood and a restaurant stocked with fondue and game specialties, so you can eat what you see.
To get to the Swiss National Park you, take the Rhaetian Railway trains or local bus routes from most cities within the country.