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Fans of Winnetou know this area well (although they are generally unaware of the fact) since this is where a great part of the film based on Karl May’s work was shot. This national park is a true fairytale land – with its 16 lakes interlinked through waterfalls.

The area is covered by thick forests of beech, spruce, juniper and pine, which provide a habitat for over 120 bird species.

Athletes from many countries travel here every year to take part in the Plitvice Marathon.

Since 1979 the Plitvice lakes have been entered into the UNESCO register of world cultural heritage.

Plitvice Lakes

The lakes represent a rare phenomenon of karst hydrography: 16 cascading lakes (covering an area of 2 km2), with numerous travertine barriers created through biodynamic processes of calcium secretion involving a special form of algae, moss and other travertine-creating plants.

Through the activities of those travertine producers the waterfall barriers are constantly growing (1-3 mm per year). Gradually, different karst features are being created beneath the fall barriers, thus creating the height difference between the lakes – there is a difference of 134 m in altitude between the highest and the lowest lakes.

Within this area is Čorkova uvala – a forest vegetation reserve. The rich and varied fauna includes the largest European predators: bear, wolf and lynx.

Plitvice lakes

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