Plitvice Lakes National Park is arguably one of Europe’s most spectacular nature parks. Nowhere else in the entire world can you see the kind of landscapes that you will find in Plitvice Lakes National Park. The oldest national park in southeastern Europe, Plitvice Lakes National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The park’s most famed feature is its sixteen multi-level lakes that cascade into one another via dozens of waterfalls. This large number of terraced lakes is the result of ages of geological movements, the presence of underground karst rivers and a type of stone very typical for the region. This stone is made up of specific minerals that have a purifying effect on the lakes’ water. The water is crystal-clear.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is also renowned for its abundance of wildlife, including wild boar, brown bears, wolves, deer, lynx, eagles, lizards and snakes. In fact, this is one of the last remaining regions in Europe with a large number of both brown bears and wolves. However, because they are shy and live deep in the surrounding forests, you will never see them.
Location: Central Croatia
Nearby Towns: Slunj, Rakovica and Korenica
Area: 114 square miles (297 square kilometers)
Features: UNESCO World Heritage Site, lakes and waterfalls, forests, wildlife
Main Attractions: 16 cascading lakes, divided into 12 Upper Lakes and 4 Lower Lakes
Main Activities: Hiking, photography, wildlife watching
Suggested Stay: 1-2 days
Further Information: Plitvička Jezera National Park