There are two boat trips that you can take during a visit – the first is just a short 5 minute ride between P1 and P2, and the second is a longer 30 minute ride between P1 and P3. The western side of the national park area is enclosed by the Mala Kapela mountain, while the eastern side is enclosed by the Plješevica mountain, which also represents the border to Bosnia and Hercegovina. So, whether you are starting your day by entrance #2 and want to get to the Lower Lakes, or you need to get back to entrance #2 at the end of the day, ST2 will have you covered. We should also mention the presence of the wolf… [26] A great number of these plants and species are protected by law. The Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) value of the water barely exceeds 2.5 mg/L at the influx to the Upper Lakes (Matica). Click the map for a larger version . Hiking Trails . The Lower Lakes, however, are much larger and virtually drill their path through the rock. In January, the average temperature is 2.2 °C (36 °F). (ed.) With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. This phenomenon of underground karst rivers (Croatian rijeka ponornica) can also be observed at the Plitvice Lakes. The upper trail viewpoints of the Upper Lakes are part of one of the official walking routes. A unique process occurring at the Plitvice Lakes, however, is the sedimentation of water-bound chalk at certain places. They finally exit the lakes as river Korana. In the partially primeval beech and fir forests various rare species, such as the brown bear have survived. Since 1850, only professional soldiers served in the Military Frontier. However, some very significant meetings took place at the Plitvice Lakes during the Second World War, as for example the first secret regional conference of the League of Communists of Croatia (Croatian: Savez komunista Hrvatske, SKH) in 1940. Due to constant changes it is not even possible to pursue individual analyses of single lakes. At the Plitvice Lakes gift shop, they sell a fantastic map that not only shows the park as a whole but it breaks down all the different trail options that are offered throughout Plitvice. Thus, 400 years ago two lakes merged in one. While walking the boardwalks will have you seeing the most beautiful parks of Plitvice, you will also get the chance to take a boat ride or two on the main Jezero Kozjak lake. This little river flows into the Plitvice Lakes at the lower and final part of the lakes. & Marković, M. Note: there is also a staircase near the Veliki Slap Waterfall that takes you up to the main road, however it was blocked off during my visit. If you are visiting National park Plitvice lakes, this information might be useful, on the map we have marked bus stops, entrances to the National park, as well as other points of … The most successful film of this series, Treasure of the Silver Lake was also produced at some locations within the national park. Tufa barriers are the result of continuous sedimentation processes along natural thresholds. The first hotel was built in 1896, and as early as 1893 it had a conservation committee – the predecessor of today's national park authority. Examples of endemic plants to be found in the national park: The great plant diversity creates a fascinating interplay of colours that change with the seasons. Srećko Božičević, "Logo Science Magazine, Author: Dr. Alexander Stahr", "Sedra Plitvičkih jezera, K. Kovač (zit. [10] By road from the coastal town of Senj the distance is about 110 km (68 mi). During the summer months of July and August, the temperature rises to 17.4 °C (63 °F). The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. Farmers had to focus on securing the daily bread for their families in these dour times, which was accompanied by grave changes to nature. The areas of the neighborly tribes of the Pannonians, the Liburnians and Dalmatians were united into the province of Dalmatia. The Band-e Amir lakes within the Hindu Kush mountain range form a similar system of lakes and dams, though diverging tufa formation processes prevail. [4][1] Entrance is subject to variable charges, up to 250 kuna or around €34 per adult per day in summer 2018.[5]. On April 8, 1949, the Plitvice Lakes were declared as a national park area and rigorous nature protection measures were established. Up to now, little has been known about these unexplored courses. They have formed a canyon, which continues as river Korana. Essentially, the black lines near the lakes that can be seen on the map above are the walking routes. The entire population of the military frontier, particularly the so-called frontiersmen, had the duty to protect this area of permanent unrest and terrible destruction. Within the national park, several pit-caves exist, such as the Čudinka pit-cave (-203 m) or Jama on Vršić (-154 m, length 110 m). The Plitvice Lakes National Park is situated about a 2-hour drive south of Zagreb, close to the Bosnia-Herzegovina border. Both of these boat rides can also be done in the reverse direction depending on what route you decide to take when visiting Plitvice. They are mostly without travertine, while older shoots are encrusted by a thin and fragile yellow layer, completely covered and petrified by plant-formed travertine. Since 2006, it has been strictly forbidden to bathe or swim in the lakes. The society also built a hotel at the lakes. As a result of the low level of industrial development in this region and the early introduction of protective measures, a nearly untouched landscape has been preserved. ST1 is the closest shuttle bus stop to entrance #1 of the national park. Accommodation at Plitvice Lakes and nearby. On Lake Kozjak, low-noise and ecologically friendly electric boats are being used. Scientists have so far identified 1,267 different types of plants belonging to the 109 species so far recorded in the area of the national park. [29], As regards bird species, the Plitvice Lakes rank third among the Croatian national parks for diversity. The river Plitvica reaches the Plitvice lake chain at the northern end via the Large Waterfall. Find all the transport options for your trip from Omiš to Plitvice Lakes National Park … Šafarek, G. Plitvička jezera - 16 srebrnih stepenica, Gušić, B. Photosynthesis activities of algae and mosses in conjunction with the water, however, foster the crystallization of sediments due to the extraction of carbon dioxide. Kvaternik propagated the rule of law and argued for the liberation from Austrian-Hungarian predominance. Allegedly, the treasure of a man named Gavan (the Gavanovo treasure) lies hidden in this lake. This porous type of rock is very sensitive to physical impacts. In a natural environment, carbonic acid (H2CO3) is formed by the dissolution of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air or from rainwater (H2O). After traversing the Velebit mountain range travelers reach the Croatian karst plains of Lika. The number of crayfish, which were almost extinct, is now again increasing. After the end of the Second World War, the unique natural phenomena of this area were acknowledged permanently. Right at the lakes, the Golubnjača Cave (145 m) before the second Korana waterfall and Šupljara Cave (68 m) above Lake Kaluđerovac can be visited. Well sign up and join the TripTins community to receive monthly newsletters that will recap everything you need to know to make that trip as memorable as can be. Sixteen lakes can be seen from the surface. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. by CharlesAug 30, 2020Blog, Croatia, Croatia Blog. The saturation level of calcite within the frontal flows is thus very high. These sediments are the results of century-old sedimentation processes. [8] A unique area is the forest of Čorkova uvala, a 79.50 ha large virgin forest in the northwestern part of the park. Each of the Plitvice Lakes has a story or legend to tell. The overall difference in altitude within the national park area is 912 m (the highest elevation is Seliški vrh at 1279 m, the lowest elevation is reached at 367 m at the bridge across the Korana river).[16]. The availability of water, influenced by the configuration of the terrain, has a great impact on the biodiversity of this area. Since then, a layer of hardened tufa, also called travertine, has been formed on the limestone ground. From there you can either take the 30 minute boat ride across to P1 or you can opt to continue the walk around the lake (part of route K), to the Upper Lakes section. In the future, the analysis of underground water courses could be an interesting field of research for speleologists. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. Between 1962 and 1968, many Western film productions of Karl May novels have been shot at the Plitvice Lakes (mainly German-French-Yugoslav cooperations). In 1871, the famous Croatian politician Eugen Kvaternik was killed north of the lakes at Rakovica. According to the legend, this is the reason why Prošćansko jezero and the other lakes have emerged. For the precipitation, the water saturation level needs to be higher than 3. In former times, the local population lacked the proper comprehension of the natural values of the Plitvice Lakes. What are those lakes and why should I even bother going to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia? Due to the features of limestone, many rivers drain away into the rock. Welcome to the official website of Plitvice Lakes National Park! However, the stop is not directly at entrance #1. The average relative air humidity is 81.8 percent. From entrance 2, it is just a short walk down until you reach the P1 boat terminal, which is the main starting point to visit the Upper Lakes section. Your email address will not be published. [24] Thanks to his efforts the Plitvice Lakes are now under national protection. Native species you might spy as you explore include wolves, turtles, brown bears, and lynx. The beginning of the 1990s, however, marked another great turning point in the history of this national park. This barrier certainly formed a magnificent waterfall in the past. [28], The wider area of the national park is one of the last areas in Europe in which a great number of wild brown bears and wolves can be found. The water masses of the Plitvice Lakes continue as Korana river in northern direction. These activities used to be accompanied by drinks and dances, particularly during the evenings. This is shown by the following formulas: The quantity of calcium hydrogencarbonate (also called calcium bicarbonate) dissolved in water depends on the quantity of dissolved carbon dioxide in the water. Despite the vicinity to the Mediterranean climatic region, a moderate mountainous climate prevails at the Plitvice Lakes. The Lower lakes in the north predominantly consist of limestone rock. I may as well start off the guide with a Plitvice Lakes map to give you a better idea of how the National Park is laid out. The final boat terminal here is P3. Answer 1 of 27: We will be staying at a guesthouse in Plitvice Selo and plan to visit the park on May 1st. The Plitvice Lakes do not represent an abandoned or lonely nature reserve. This was also a time of national awakening in Croatia. It is just a short ride between P2 and P1, as you get to enjoy a little time out on the water. The Croats eventually defied Avar control and settled permanently in this region. (ed.) Plitvice Lakes National Park in the heart of Croatia is the oldest and the most thriving national park. The upper trail viewpoints of the Lower Lakes are not part of any of the 7 walking routes of Plitvice. These three hotels – Hotel Bellevue, Hotel Plitvice, and Hotel Jezero are great options to choose from if you are looking to stay overnight near the national park (check out the end of the guide for more accommodation options!). The foaming water creates ever growing and impressive waterfalls. In medieval times, frequent attacks by Mongols posed a permanent threat to the settled population. You will also see on the map that I have highlighted two sections of upper trail viewpoints. The shortest linear distance between the Adriatic coast and the national park is 55 km (34 mi). General info about Plitvice Lakes National Park Read on to learn more about Plitvice and all the important spots throughout the beautiful national park. Located roughly halfway between capital city Zagreb and Zadar on the coast, the lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia. This place is called Sastavci (English confluence or composition). The two largest lakes, Prošćansko jezero and Kozjak, cover about 80 percent of the overall water body area. Plitvice Lakes National Park. Tufa formation processes thus surpass erosion activities, which would destroy the sensitive barriers of the lakes. However, this law did not contain adequate measures of protection and is thus not regarded as official founding declaration of the national park. Usually, the lakes are frozen during December and January.[18]. If the water continues flowing, the cave becomes progressively bigger. In geological terms, the actual phenomena molding the Plitvice Lakes are quite young. Apart from the trout, common minnows (Phoxinus phoxinus) are also found. The Upper Lakes in the south predominantly consist of dolomite rock. The P1 boat terminal is located right next to the entry point at entrance #2. The lakes of Plitvice are a result of century-old processes and the sedimentation of chalk, which is abundantly available in the waters of this karst area. These dams are continuously growing in height.[9]. Recent scientific evidence indicates that vegetation is not primarily responsible for the extraction of carbonate from the flowing water. )[34], During the 1970s, detailed land registers of the national park were recorded. For example, smaller lakes were filled up with earth or people adapted the flow of the rivers to their individual needs. Entrance #2 can be found of the left hand side of the map, and is the main starting point for the Upper Lakes section of Plitvice. I am having great difficulty in finding information about whether the entrance to the park at Pier3 will be open then. 400 years ago, there were two lakes in the place of today's Kozjak lake. You can arrive the night before and get yourself all prepared for an early morning wakeup. The municipality is part of Lika-Senj County. As a consequence of the establishment of this special regime, people abandoned these areas in great masses towards the West. Each year, more than 1 million visitors are recorded. From the P1 boat terminal you can either take a boat to P2 to see the Upper Lakes, or you can opt for a boat ride to P3, which will take you closer to the Lower Lakes. Below are some more details about each one. From an aerial perspective, significant differences between the terrain of the Upper and the Lower Plitvice Lakes can be observed. About 90% of this area is part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10% is part of Karlovac County. As the lake and waterfalls district only comprises 1% of the park, there's a great deal to explore if you have the time. I thought it would be a good idea to put together a guide that focuses on the Plitvice Lakes National Park map so you will have a better understanding on how the park is laid out. [22] These effects are fostered by the millions of microscopically-small bacteria and algae that grow on such plants. The farmers used stakes (Croatian. Since the water forms larger surfaces at these places, increased quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) are released. At the same place, today called Labudovac, Gustav Janeček, a Czech from Zagreb, built a restaurant and accommodation. Veliki slap) at the end of the Lower Lakes, over which the Plitvica river falls, and Galovački buk at the Upper Lakes. Today, it is part of the Republic of Croatia. About 30 km (18.64 mi) north of the lakes at the conflux of the Korana and Slunjčica rivers, right in the center of the town of Slunj, similar phenomena occur. This type of tufa rock typical of the Plitvice Lakes is called "phytogeneous tufa."[14]. Many features of the ancient living style are mirrored in local costumes. At first sight, a lack of water in the karst region could be ascertained. Yearly, the barriers are growing up to 13 millimeters in height. For sedimentation to occur it is essential that the water be decelerated, aerated and sprayed. After going through entrance 1, you will be welcomed to a lookout platform with a beautiful view of the Lower Lakes from above. [18] Since sedimentation only occurs under warm, humid climate conditions, these phenomena have only been occurring since the end of the last ice age. (Lake Kaluđerovac served as scenery for the Silver Lake. Use our Plitvice Lakes National Park route builder site to arrange your visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park and other attractions in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Also inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, its landscape of cascading lakes is made up of high-altitude karsts shaped by glacial, hydrological and tectonic activity. Some 157 species have been counted, of which 70 have been recorded as breeding there. People reported that a villager named Batinić used to dwell at this lake. The region once also used to be called the garden of the devil (hortus diabolus).[9]. These rivers originate south of the municipality of Plitvički Ljeskovac and unite at one of the bridges in this village. ST3 is located way out at the furthermost point of the Upper Lakes. This phenomenon particularly occurs on abundantly available mosses, enabling better adherence of the crystals. This page was last edited on 10 January 2021, at 22:53. The name is due to the fences that have been built by farmers as delimitation between the farmlands and the lakes. You can then spend all day exploring the park and leave later in the evening time. None of the other lakes in the park exceeds 25 metres (82 feet) in depth. Under Julius Caesar the region was incorporated as the province of Illyricum into the Roman Empire. Plitvice Lakes National Park Map. These have only existed since the end of the ice age about 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, according to tufa radiocarbon datings. On the island in the middle of the lake (today. A distinctive feature of the Plitvice lakes is the fact that they do not represent separated, stationary waters. Most popular, particularly with cruise ships, is Dunn's River Falls. [citation needed]. A chain of small shallow lakes separated by travertine barriers, and covered by low vegetation. However, he exaggerated in his efforts and also caused partly irreparable damage on the nature. In the lowest third of the lake, at the level of Matijaševića draga, a crown of an underwater barrier that is 40 m high, is stretching 4 m below the water surface. Follow @FindCroatia. The Ottomans succeeded several times to gain control over the area of the Plitvice Lakes for shorter periods. If you are looking for hotel options then you can find a couple right next to entrance 2, with several guesthouses nearby too. The large difference in altitude in a narrow space between the mountains in the south and the Korana river in the north also represents a significant criterion for biodiversity in this region. A well-known dance of this region is the round dance (Croatian kolo). The Plitvice Lakes originate in the south of the park area at the confluence of Bijela Rijeka (English White River) and Crna Rijeka (English Black River). The national park has an area of 29,842 hectares, of which some 22,308 hectares are forests (74.75 percent), 6,957 ha are meadows (23.31 percent) in village areas and 217 ha (0.72 percent) are water areas. To access the park, there are three entrances, entrance 1 on the north side above the Lower Lakes, entrance 2 on the south side next to Upper Lakes, and an auxiliary entrance 3, Flora, on Lake Kozjak. The park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List in 1979 in recognition of its "outstanding natural beauty, and the undisturbed production of travertine (tufa) through chemical and biological action".[35][36]. There are also additional areas to stay in (both by entrance 1 and 2), but these will require a longer walk to reach the park. Even rare olms (Proteus anguinus) can be found in the karst caves of this region. Plitvice Lakes National Park can be reached from Karlovac exit in the north, from Otočac exit in the west or Gornja Ploča exit in the south.[11]. [32] She gave money from concerts to preserve the park, upgrade tracks and build pathways.[33]. Jiuzhaigou is a nature reserve and national park located in the north of Sichuan, China. In the course of time, older barriers can be flooded by rising water levels since other barriers have outgrown the older ones. Within the national park area there are 19 small settlements. Scientists, however, estimate that up until now only about 40 percent of the whole population of butterflies has been identified. Due to the apparent risk of mines, the park was even put on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger during the war years. (1974) Plitvička jezera - čovjek i priroda, Zagreb, Nacionalni park Plitvice, Horvatinčić, N. (1999) Starost sedre Plitvičkih jezera. On the other hand, new sediments are continuously being formed. In 1493, not far away from the Plitvice Lakes a decisive battle in Croatian history between the Austrian and Ottoman Empire took place. Entrance 1 has a ton of guesthouses to choose from in the nearby village of Rastovaca (15 or so minute walk). However, this is only the case on the surface. [6] These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. On top of that though you can find a few hotels that are directly outside the entry point. The park was held by local Serb rebels backed by Slobodan Milošević and the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) as part of the self-proclaimed "Republic of Serbian Krajina" during the conflict and suffered some damage in the process, with hotels and other facilities being used as barracks. B PROGRAM. [44], The preservation of old customs and traditions is of high significance for the local population. Many scenes have been shot at the lakes or waterfalls. In 1893, Janeček founded the Society for the preservation of the Plitvice Lakes (Croatian Društvo za uređenje i poljepšanje Plitvičkih jezera), with the aim of preserving the lakes after all negative influence they have been exposed to. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. Tufa sediments have been formed from the Pleistocene onwards in sinkholes or depressed areas between the surrounding mountains. The moss becomes encrusted with travertine and fresh moss grows further out. Furthermore, there are only a few lakes at the Lower Lakes. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. Consolidated tufa. According to a legend, the lake was named after a shepherd called Mile who drowned in it, or after the miller Mile Perišić who owned a mill at the lake. The national park was founded in 1949 and is in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Don't miss the remnants of an Illyrian fortress. On the remnants of an ancient settlement of the Japods and Romans a monastery was built at the lakes. The complex processes of dissolution and sedimentation of limestone require specific climatic preconditions. The Plitvice Lakes have formed in a depression between the Mala Kapela mountain in the west and the Plješevica mountain in the east amidst the Dinaric Alps. Thus, new waterfalls are being formed while others run dry. The P2 boat terminal is the starting/ending point for many people who decide to visit the Upper Lakes. Generally, the whole area of Plitvice Lakes National Park can be attributed to the South-East European karst area. According to reports, a monk or hermit (Croatian. Entrance 1 is situated closer to the Lower Lakes section while Entrance 2 is near the Upper Lakes section. Plitvice Lakes National Park Routes Guide, One Day in Zadar Itinerary | 10 Things To Do in Zadar, A Breakdown of the Plitvice Lakes National Park Routes. Depending on the conditions for the alteration processes, scientists identified limestone dissolution rates of 0.01 to 4 millimeters a year. ", Measurements of carbon dioxide quantities in the water show that they correspond with continuous sedimentation processes in the Plitvice Lakes area. Other larger municipalities within the surrounding area are Ogulin, Rakovica, Otočac, Gospić and Bihać in Bosnia. There is a proposal to replace the wooden bridges and paths by floating pontoon bridges. Another unique and distinctive feature are the natural factors, particularly the influences of the vegetation in the process of sedimentation. Location of Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. The Plitvica river for example loses even up to 97 percent of its original quantity of carbon dioxide along its route.[19]. Today, only ancient wall remnants of this building (Croatian gradina) exist. During the period under the control of Serb forces loyal to Belgrade, Croats were ethnically cleansed from the region systematically. These are some of the best views to enjoy from above so I would highly recommend you adding them into your Plitvice walking route. During the 20th century, uncontrolled tourism and water pollution caused by waste water from hotels and agricultural activities in the surrounding area have led to damage. At Plitvice, this constant interplay between water, air, rock and vegetation can easily be observed. Some scientists refer to the river Plitvica as origin of the name. Plitvice Lakes National Park map. As the water flows in thin layers over thresholds, it is splashed up. During the First World War, the Croatian parliament in Zagreb passed the Law on the Protection of the Plitvice Lakes in 1916. Calc-sinter formation processes that have not emerged along a river flow can be observed at the Mammoth Hot Springs within Yellowstone National Park (USA) or at Pamukkale in Turkey. Plitvice is a group of 16 natural lakes and is a UNESCO heritage site due to its breathtaking views, its fauna and the unique turquoise waters of the lakes. During the following decades, preservation efforts reached a deadlock. The Plitvice Lakes area has always been regarded as part of the historic regions of Lika and Kordun. Scientists have so far discovered 321 different kinds of butterflies, of which 76 are day-flying butterflies, and 245 are nocturnal moths. In its current state, UNESCO threatens to remove the park's status as a World Natural Heritage site. Plitvice Lakes National Park soon became one of Yugoslavia's most popular tourist attractions. This part of the town, called Rastoke, is often being referred to as "the Small Lakes of Plitvice. The Croatian rebellion was put down by Austrian authorities. Excessive plant cover has adverse effects on mineral sedimentation. Depending on which trail routes you decide to explore, you may end up taking a couple shuttle busses or none at all. The name comes from agitated waterflow in small scars which make noise or "boil". [30], Due to the spreading growth of vegetation at the barriers, allochthonous (species that originate elsewhere and do not belong to this ecosystem) fish species spread quickly and thus endanger autochthonous trout species. The water masses reaching the lakes at the upper or lower part of the system are continuously changing the outlook of the lakes and the surrounding landscape. The lakes culminate with a dramatic waterfall, Sustav below which Korana River commences. Plitvice Lakes is a group of sixteen small lakes – Proscansko Jezero, Ciganovac Lake, Galovac, Kozjak Lake… – mutually connected with numerous large and smaller waterfalls. This tool allows you to look up elevation data by searching address or clicking on a live google map. Calcium carbonate is secreted in the form of microcrystals that are deposited, eventually creating tufa sediments (CaCO3). The water temperature at the springs is usually below 10 °C (50 °F). In 1527, the Croatian Parliament elected the Habsburg monarch Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria as the new king of Croatia in the hope of resources to ward of the Ottoman advance. Already in 1861, an accommodation for travelers was erected at Velika Poljana. 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