Plitvice Lakes National Park

Last year in summer, I had the pleasure to visit Croatia’s most famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Now I want to tell you some facts about it and hope that you can see it yourself some time!

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. The lakes are all interconnected and follows the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, gray or blue.

The colors change depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage. Another interesting fact is, that between 1962 and 1968, many Western film productions of Karl May novels have been shot at the Plitvice Lakes. The most successful film of this series, “The Treasure of Silver Lake” has also been produced at some locations within the national park.

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The park is open daily all year round, with longer opening hours during summer (usually 7am to 8pm). There’s an entrance fee which acts as a contribution to the park’s upkeep and protection. Four-hour guided tours in English, German French, Spanish, Italian or Croatian can be pre-booked. Two-day tickets for the park can also be purchased.

Some more photos shot at Plitvice National Park

written by guinastrapazi on 2012-02-27 #places #croatia #location #unesco #select-type-of-location #plitvice-national-park

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