Plitvice Lakes National Park – the most famous and visited national park of Croatia, which is a kind of calling card of the country. As it should be beautiful and unique places, Plitvice Lakes are in the World Heritage List of UNESCO (1979).
The first types of open cast doubt that these fantastic landscapes can exist in reality:
The road by the car from the coast into a national park takes about 2 hours. The main part is on the highway, and only the last 60 miles – on local roads. National park is located between the towns of Capella and Mala Pleshivitse.
The first mention of the Plitvice lakes, dates from the late 18th century, this name is mentioned by the priest Dominique Vukasovich. Almost for two centuries this area was wild, and in 1949 received the status of a national park. However, the park remained inaccessible to tourists because of the terrain, which had been laid only not permanently clearing and there was virtually no normal passable trails.
Only 10 years later began the construction of eco-friendly wooden tracks that make the study of the national park in a pleasant walk and you can save the natural balance.
In general, the natural balance here are very kind – all vehicles plying in the park (trains, ferries and pleasure boat) operates solely on electricity, clean and quiet. Within the national park is prohibited bathing in lakes, dog walking, make fires, and even device picnics.
Moreover, in order not to interfere with the natural balance is not even removed from the bottom of lakes fallen trees:
A walk in the park
Sixteen large lakes are located one above the other and connected by cascading waterfalls, of which about 140 pieces. Difference in height between the lakes of more than 130 meters.
Landscapes and bright turquoise waters seem alien, but the phenomenon of education Plitvice Lakes is quite understandable from a scientific point of view.
As is the case with waterfalls national park “Krka”, here is a limestone mountain origin. The river flowed for many centuries in the mountains, forming the limestone barriers through which turned many lakes connected by waterfalls and limestone caves.
The whole environment is alive and constantly changing – constantly fall into the water of the trees and plants, which are covered by Cretaceous plants and then become solid fossils, through which water flows. Therefore, the area is slowly but constantly changing.