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Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park




Tel: (053) 751 015 (info)


Transport: bus: traveling Zagreb-Zadar





History of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park encompasses 16 turquoise, azure, blue and green lakes between mountains of Lička Plješevica and Mala Kapela. Plitvice Lakes get their coloration from the minerals, mainly dolomite and limestone, that the water washes out yet it is incredibly clear and supports many forms of aquatic life. The full length of cascades is 8 km (5 mi) which you can reach by walking wooden footbridge. The twelfth upper lakes end with in Velike Slap (Big Waterfall) that spills its water in a canyon 70 meters (230 feet) deep. Canyon has another four lakes that eventually flow into the Korana River. The barriers and dams of lakes are made of travertine which is deposited by moss, algae and bacteria. They grow about 1 cm per year.


Despite its beauty Plitvice Lakes National Park has always been the site of conflicts. Illyrians, Thracians, Celts, Japods, Romans, Avars, Goths, Slavs and Turks fought for this land over a long history. In March 1991 Plitvice Lakes National Park became the place where the first shots were fired between Serbs and Croats. Since the war ended in 1995 and the regions was retaken by the Croatian army mines were removed from this UNESCO World Heritage site, however be advised that areas outside of the park might still have mines left. The best way to avoid them is keep close to cities and villages and don’t walk in the woods off trail.