"The Land of Falling Lakes" Plitvice Lakes National Park is composed of 16 interconnected lakes winding through an ancient mountain forest that is sometimes referred to as the "Devils Garden."
The lakes descend down through the Plitvice Plateau from an altitude 636 meters and at the lowest level, form the Korana River. Plitvice Lakes are known worldwide for their incredible range of vivid azure and green colors. The colors are the result of mineralization, organisms and the effects of sunlight.
Plitvice Lakes sits in a basin of dolomite and limestone, which over the centuries is gradually dissolved by the waters flowing down from the mountains, creating this truly breathtaking natural wonder.
The lakes themselves are formed behind natural dams which have literally grown through a result of aquatic plant life and mosses becoming encrusted with the flowing minerals, forming travertine barriers (or dams).
The growth process is really quite similar to the formation of stalactites and stalagmites in limestone and dolomite caves.
Riddled with subterranean caverns and abundant flowing fresh water, this incredible landscape has been inhabited by various peoples going back to prehistoric times.
Today the park is home to bears, wolves, lynx, deer and numerous rare bird species including owls and eagles.
Due to its varied terrain, Plitvice Lakes has a broad range of microclimates, supporting a broad range of plant life from those typically found at Alpine levels, to those more common in the Mediterranean basin.
Fish and other aquatic life are abundant in the beautiful and vivid pools of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Water flowing over one of the many natural dams.
Plitvice Lakes National Park encompasses an area of more than 300 square kilometers and is located near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is approximately 140km from Zagreb, Croatia.
In addition to its amazing natural beauties, it also has a place in history as the location where the Croatian War of Independence and Freedom started on "The Bloody Easter" in 1991.
Deep caverns lie behind many of the waterfalls within Plitvice Lakes National Park, although many are completely inaccessible.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is open to visitors daily. year round. The park is open longer hours during the summer months
(Generally 8:00am to 7:00 pm).
In the winter months (November to March) expect to find an amazing winter wonderland of frozen lakes and waterfalls.
Admission to the park is €12 Euros in July and August (Tourist Season) and €6 Euros the rest of the year.
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