Karst terrains have varied abiotic and biotic values. However, due to their unfavourable
conditions for human settling, they are generally relatively sparsely populated areas.
Thus, karst terrains merit and are suitable for nature protection. In this paper,
(partly) karstic European geoparks are studied. We compiled a dataset based on official
information and internet sources, and analysed geoparks by location, morphology and
timeline. Nowadays, there are 50 (partly) karstic geoparks in Europe, that is 49%
of all geoparks. Karsts are key issues in the study of geoheritage and geotourism.
Tourism into karstic geoparks can be considered sensu lato geotourism, since tourists
travelling to these locations generally visit caves, gorges and other karst features.
There are extreme differences in area, geodiversity, visitor numbers and tourism incomes.