Beyond Uniqueness Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It was established in 1949 and in 1979 it was among the first sites in the world to be declared as UNESCO World Natural Heritage. It is situated in the mountainous area of central Croatia, located between two mountain ranges where in its dense high forest many animal species have found home. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen large and small lakes of turquoise water that cascade from one into another, creating a series of countless waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres. It offers visitors seven different routes to tour the lake system, and four hiking trails. The park is open to visitors all year round to present its beauty in all four seasons.