Somewhere between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina lies a natural European wonder which, surprisingly, is hardly known by the inhabitants of this continent. However, the Plitvice Lakes National Park has been inhabited by strong conquerors that lived centuries ago, including Celts, Romans or Ottomans. Nowadays, the park, which occupies nearly 297 square kilometers, is protected by law – and for good reason.
While there is a large number of sightseeing objectives in this area, most tourists come to watch the 16 interconnected lakes linked to one another by a series of rivers and spectacular waterfalls. Ever since the 19th century, when locals began building hotels here, tourists were given the chance of walking over rivers and woods on specially designed bridges. One of the most beautiful objectives here, Veliki Slap, is the tallest waterfall in Croatia; as tourists admit, watching the water coming from the Plitvice stream and falling down on the 78 meters high rocks covered in plants is, indeed, a unique experience.
Another factor that makes so many people visit this place every year is the water color. Each of the twelve Upper Lakes, as well as the remaining Lower Lakes, features a different color which turns this national park into a fairytale. The explanation lays in the fact that, over so many centuries of existence, water changed the original color of rocks through erosion. Simultaneously, the wide range of algae and other plants lead to the deep blue, green or simply transparent shades of the waters.
Overall, visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park is an unforgettable experience. Even though it might take a while to walk by every lake, chances are that visitors will enjoy these Croatian wonders of nature more than anything.