Humans have inhabited the Plitvice Lakes area for long time. Different civilizations owned this territory one after another and in all the times the Plitvice Lakes were a place of attraction. In the late 19th century along with the development of travel industry in the world the area gained wide popularity. Now The Plitvice Lakes National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979) is the most popular tourist place in Croatia.
The National Park is a system of sixteen lakes inter-connected by a series of waterfalls and woods populated by bears, deer, boars, wolves and rare birds. The Plitvice Lakes National Park covers a total area of about 300 2. The lakes are situated on different altitudes (total height difference between the lakes is 135 m) that’s why a lot of waterfalls arise. The largest waterfall Veliki Slap is 70 m tall. There are numerous trails on which to walk and hike and enjoy the surroundings there.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is open daily all year round. In summer opening hours are longer — usually 8 am to 7 pm. The visitors must pay entrance fees which differ from the season. In hot travel months, July and August, the tickets cost 100 kunas (~13 euro) per person. Of course the park offers discounts for children and groups of 15 or more people and guided tours in English, Italian and German. There are also shuttle bus and boat services in order to see the park in all its beauty.
For individual travelers there are some accommodations near the park: three hotels close the entrance, campsite 7 km outside of the northern entrance and a lot of private houses and apartments in towns and villages on the way to the Park. There are also two restaurants and numerous smaller snack-type establishments.