The majestic natural wonder of Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes National Park Tours

Plitvice Lakes is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia, and for a good reason. This beautiful natural wonder attracts over 1.3 million visitors a year that come to marvel at the National Park's unmatched beauty. Plitvice National Park is made out of 16 freshwater lakes that are connected by mesmerizing waterfalls.

The most beautiful National Park in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes are famous for their freshwater lakes and water flowing over the limestone and deposited tufa barriers that formed over thousands of years. They create stunning natural lakes, damns, caves, and breathtaking waterfalls. Beautiful water formations of Plitvice are surrounded by forest home to many indigenous animals, bears, and rare bird species. The National Park encompasses 16 natural lakes which gradually overflow and descend into each other. The lakes at the park are divided into Upper and Lower. They are filled by the waters of Black, White River from their tributaries and the Rječica and its tributaries. There are many freshwater springs. The largest lake of all and the most famous one is Lake Kozjak.

UNESCO internationally recognized the Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes was proclaimed Croatia's first national park back in 1949 on the 8th of April. This park is a place of exceptional natural beauty that attracts nature lovers and visitors worldwide. The natural formation of the lakes and tufa barriers that proceed has an outstanding universal value. For which the Plitvice Lakes were internationally recognized by UNESCO. Plitvice was listed on UNESCO World Heritage List on the 26th of October 1979. Today's National Park was first mentioned in the 18th century. The name of Plitvice was first mentioned in a written document back in 1777 by the priest of Otočac. The lake formation was given this name because of the natural phenomenon that created the lakes. The expression for naturally formed shallow basins filled with water in Croatian is - pličina, and plitko means shallow. The natural movement of water changed the limestone and created the landscape of Plitvice we know today, and did you know that the dams of Plitvice are continuously growing in height? The park has been permanently exposed to human influence and interference throughout history. The Plitvice Lakes are not located far away from populated areas. The national park is certainly not a lonely or abandoned natural reserve. The formation of 16 lakes is situated along the significant transport route, and it has always been a meeting place of western and eastern cultural influences.

Things to do - Plitvice Lakes National Park

Since the park is well-loved and visited by both Croatians and tourists, there are many things to explore, see and do once you enter the magnificent national park. The entire area is enough to spend hours just soaking in the beauty of lakes, waterfalls, and forest surrounding them. You can explore everything from the caves, hiking trails, and countless waterfalls. If you want to make your visit a bit more exciting, you can go kayaking or take a quad ride close by to the park. There are rest areas, restaurants, and cafes at which you can stop and rest for a little bit before you continue your Plitvice adventure. One thing is sure. You will have a delightful time at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Visit the oldest National Park in Croatia

You can visit this natural wonder from anywhere in Croatia and from most parts of neighboring countries. There is no wrong time of the year to see in person the marvel of nature that is Plitvice Lakes. It's no wonder that the park is one of the country's most popular and visited locations. Its beauty will leave you in awe, and you'll undoubtedly want to return and experience the lakes during other seasons. You've already decided that you want to visit the National Park Plitvice? Great! For you to be best prepared for your visit, have a look at our extensive guide to everything you need to know before you visit the mesmerizing Plitvice Lakes.

Interesting facts about Plitvice Lakes


Movie location

Plitvice Lakes became famous in the 1960s and the 1970s, thanks to the production of several Western movies based on Karl May novels. Several scenes were filmed at waterfalls or lakes of the park.


Highest waterfall in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes is home to the highest waterfall in Croatia. The Great Waterfall (Veliki Slap) is 70 meters high, and it is located in the Lower Lakes area of the park.


Over 120 bird species

Plitvice are home to over 120 species of birds, as well as other wildlife animals. Wolves, deer, bears, wildcats, wild boars, and lynx live in the cascading lakes' woods. Animals tend to roam around during the early mornings and in the late afternoon.

Start Planning Your Visit To The Cascading Lakes Right Away

Please have a look at our list of unique Plitvice Lakes tours available from different cities in Croatia. See the natural wonder and soak in the beauty of cascading lakes that change colors from blue to green or aqua within minutes. Don't miss out on experiencing a little piece of heaven on Earth.