Winter in the Carpathian Mountains
The Carpathian range spans 1,500km and holds one third of all the plant species in Europe. It’s a home to many animal species such as brown bears, wolves, chamois and lynxes. Photos byAlexander Kotenko.
The Carpathian chain consists of mountain ranges that stretch in an arc from the Czech Republic (3%) in the northwest through Slovakia (17%), Poland (10%), Hungary (4%) and Ukraine (11%) to Romania (53%) in the east and on to the Iron Gates on the River Danube between Romania and Serbia (2%) in the south.
The Carpathians and their piedmont also concentrate many thermal and mineral waters, with Romania having over one-third of the European total.