Plitvice Lakes National Park
The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by bears, wolves, boars, rare bird species and deers. Plitvice lakes National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres. The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is UNESCO World Heritage Centre member from 1979.
History of Plitvice lakes
Archaeological research suggests that prehistoric settlements existed in the Park area, while ruins of a fortress of the Illyrian tribe Japodi have been found at the site known as “Gradina”. Here the Romans built watchtowers on the foundations of which a fortified monastery was later built. Its founders were most probably the Templars or the Paulines. Croats permanently settle here in the 7th Century. Turkish invaders are present in this area from 1528 to the beginning of the 18th century, when Austria established the Military Frontier, thus stopping the penetration of Turks into Europe.
Fauna of Plitvice Lakes National Park
When we mention the animal world of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the first animal that comes to mind is its trademark – the brown bear. However, the Park’s highly diverse fauna is far greater and more valuable than the “fame” of its most attractive representative.
The 157 bird species recorded so far is the third largest population of birds among the national parks of Croatia. Particularly interesting is the white-throated dipper – a rare bird dependent on clean aquatic habitats.
Flora of Plitvice Lakes National Park
In the Park’s relatively small area there have been recorded 1,267 plant species belonging to 112 plant families.
A special group of the Park”s flora consists of a considerable number of rare and interesting species of Croatian flora. The Siberian leopard plant (Ligularia sibirica) is a species that deserves special attention. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the only site where this plant is found in Croatia, but also in Southeast Europe.
Accommodation in the Plitvice Lakes
It is possible to stay right next to the Park at one of its three hotels (which are all clustered quite closely together or at its campsite, Camp Korana (which contains bungalows or space for 500 camping units), which is about 7km from entrance 1. Another campsite, Camp Borje, is 15km away from Entrance 2. There is another hotel, the Hotel Grabovac, that is also located 12km north of the Park.
There is also a very wide selection of private accommodation (rooms, apartments in guesthouses and similar) in the region.
Here you have some accommodation near the Plitvice Lakes.
Within a few kilometers you can find many restaurants with excellent food. Restaurants bay raw materials from local producers that farming food organically. You can eat possibly the best lamb in the world.
Ticket prices at Plitvice Lakes
|Visitor category||Period – price per person HRK|
|1 Jan – 31 Mar and
1 Nov – 31 Dec
|1 Apr – 30 Jun and
1 Sep – 31 Oct
|1 Jul – 31 Aug|
|Adults – GROUPS*||50,00||100,00||160,00|
|Students – GROUPS*/||40,00||70,00||100,00|
|Children and teenagers 7 – 18 years||35,00||55,00||80,00|
|Children and teenagers 7 – 18 years – GROUPS*||30,00||50,00||70,00|
|Children below 7 years of age||FREE||FREE||FREE|
1 EUR – 7,6 HRK
For additional pricing information, visit ticket and parking prices.
Visit and enjoy in the beauty of Plitvice lakes National Park, the lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia (Balkan).