Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the most famous place in Croatia. The park area is around 300 square kilometres; and it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The lakes were formed as a result of the Korana River floating through limestone what created natural dams of travertine – polycrystal rock formation.

16 large lakes and many small ones are interconnected with waterfalls. The lakes water is different – blue, grey, green, depending on the content of minerals and microorganisms.

The unique nature of the place has drawn cinematographers attention. Movies based on Karl May’s novels about Winnetou, chief of the Apache tribe were shot at the Plitvice Lake (The Treasure of Silver Lake, 1962).

The Plitvice Lakes are visited by over a million tourists every year. The Croatian Government makes effort to preserve the unique nature of the place. Only eco friendly transport is allowed at the park area – bicycles, electric trains, ferries and pleasure boats with an electric operation.

Swimming, picnics, campfires and dogs are strictly prohibited in the park area.

Apart from the lakes the National Park has primitive beech and fir forests to offer for your pleasure. The park is home for brown bears, lynxes, ferrets, hedgehogs, hares, weasels, martens, foxes, badgers, wolves, otters, deer, roe deer, wild boars. More than 120 birds species  nest at the Plitvice Park. The lakes abound with fish.

The Plitvice Lakes are interesting to see at any time of year.

In winter you may ski or feast your eyes on frozen waterfalls.