Moving around, Plitvicka Jezera National Park
National Park Plitvicka Jezera, founded in 1949, is part of UNESCO World Heritage since 1979, and is one of the oldest national parks in Central Europe. The protected area of the park extend over 297 square kilometres. The park is world wide famous for its sixteen lakes arranged in cascades. All lakes are interconnected and follow the water flow. In between each other the lakes are separated by natural dams and trevertine barriers. Water excisting from the lower lake - Novakovica brod - forming the Korana River.
Fondest memory: The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m. The lakes are renowned from their dictinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey to blue. The colours change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water, but also by the angle of sunlight.
The main entrance (Ulaz 1) leading visitors to the location called Sastavci, which is probably the most attractive part of the national park with the Large Waterfall (Veliki Slap). It is also the lowest part of the park at 503 square meters. From Sastavci starts lower cluster of the lakes:
- Novakovica brod
the upper cluster consists of:
- Burget veliki
The first time of your visit probably wont be the last one, those who have seen Plitvice usually coming back, bringing friends along.
Nature is breath taking here wherever you look. Big waterfalls, forest, lakes, rich plant and animal life... Contrasting colours, pure waters and fresh air can make you elevate.
To see all 16 lakes one would need more days, but it is possible to see quite a lot in a daily visit. Best is to do this through an organised excursion.
Fondest memory: boat trip and electric train ride as a child
Favorite thing: The look from above at the longest wooden path which is situated in between the Lower Lakes of Kaludjerovac and Milanovac. Viewing from above it looks like a big snake sliding through the still water of the lake. It is the only track in the park which connects the two opposite shore of the lake. Right shores along lakes Kaludjerovac, Milanovac and Gavanovac is inaccessible because on that side the high rocky cliffs plunge steeply into the waters of the lakes.
My Plitvicka story is sad. We figured a couple extra days into our Europe trip to Slovenia and Italy trip to visit the park.
We arrived on March 21, 2005 and were somewhat alramed about all of the snow on the ground, but not at all concerened. That was until we found out that virtually all of the park was closed as a result. For months before our trip I had read everything about the park and it was to be a major highlight of our entire vacation. All guides we read said that the park was an all-season, all-weather destination. Due to the snow, however, we were relegated to only the one major waterfall near the visitor center and a short section of the walking path from the visitor center to one of the hotels above the string of lakes below. We were incredibly disappointed. Not with the park, of course, but with the fact that we had made many sacrifices to get there and could not fully enjoy the experience.
Trust me, what we saw was spectacular but was only a couple of hours worth and we were hoping to spend two full days hiking and boating.
Point is, make sure when you go that there isn't any snow. Hey, that rhymes!
Favorite thing: The wooden path goes across the water and breaking through the bush and plants! Exciting! Beware of what might jump out from the green!
Sun, water and fresh air ... perfect ingredients for a relaxing day at Plitvice.
This is one of the nicest spots in Plitvice .. a bridge between two running water lakes.