The Plitvice lakes national park lies in central Croatia and covers an area of almost 300 km².
The park includes 16 lakes along the Korana river, with countless waterfalls formed by natural barriers of stone (travertine). This material is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria and can grow at a rate of 1cm per year. The lakes are surrounded by heavily forested karst mountains and receive their water from several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers.
The national park (Croatia's first) was initially set up in 1949 and expanded in the year 2000. It has excellent tourist infrastructure: there are big parking areas and many well marked trails, which in many areas consist of wooden plankways. A boat service shortens the circuit across the large upper lake and a bus service connects the three entrances to the national park, so that visitors don't have to backtrack.
The Plitvice lakes national park has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1949.
How to get to the Plitvice lakes national park
There is no airport or train station, so the only way to reach the national park is by road, either arriving by car, taxi or using a bus service.
Around the Plitvice lakes national park there is a number of accomodation options (hotels, apartments etc.), most of them bookable via the international booking portals.