In Croatia, the most important national park is Plitvice with its lakes. The district of the national park is about 295 km2, and the suface of water is about 2 km2. These 16 lakes are situated in the Kapela mountains. 190-200 waterfalls link them to each other. This river is also fed by permanent springs.The number of the waterfalls are changing, it depends on the quantity of the rain and the season.
After the end of the Second World War, the unique natural phenomena of this area were acknowledged permanently. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.
The underground configuration of the Plitvice Lakes consists of various geologic features. Generally, the whole area of Plitvice Lakes National Park can be attributed to the South-East European karst area. The typical feature of this karst area is brittle or porous rock, mostly limestone or dolomite. This configuration creates different geomorphological phenomena being referred to as dolina.
Through different climatic influences and the large difference in elevation within the protected area, a multifaceted flora and fauna has been created. The national park area is home to many endemic species. Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exist.
How to get to the Lakes of Plitvice?
Taxis and rent-a-car services are available in all larger cities, tourist resorts and airports. If you are arriving by car, please obey the traffic rules in Croatia and the Park rules. Buses run frequently and regularly between all large cities and regions. Then you can get to the lakes by public transport. Moreover it’s not so expensive.
The coastal cities are connected by frequent ferry and ship lines. These ports are also used to get to the inhabited islands or to Italy. The traffic is heavier in the summer, but in case that the Lakes of Plitvice are very popular round the tourists, the vehicles often come according to the timetable.
What’s up with the prices?
If you want to enter the surface of the national park, the tickets need not be booked in advance for single visitors. Booking is recommended for groups. Guidance is available to organised groups (a minimum of 15 persons) in Croatian, English, Italian, German, French and Spanish.