The story of Plitvice Lakes dates back thousands of years, rooted in the complex interplay of geological processes that shaped the terrain.
The region bears evidence of ancient tectonic activities and glacial movements that sculpted the terrain, forming the basis for the stunning lakes we admire today.
Prior to the formation of the lakes, the area was likely characterized by diverse ecosystems and geological features. Dense forests, meandering rivers, and a rich collection of flora and fauna contributed to the ecological system. Over time, the convergence of geological forces, including the uplifting of landmasses and the dissolution of limestone, set the stage for the creation of cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes that define Plitvice.
In contemporary times, Plitvice Lakes has evolved into a UNESCO World Heritage site, drawing visitors from around the globe who seek to witness its exceptional beauty.
Did you know that during the prehistoric era, the Iapod people were the inhabitants of this region from the 12th to the 1st century BC, until the arrival of the Romans?
Did you know that at the end of the 14th century, the Turks wiped out the area to protect the teritory?
Did you know that there is a larger number of archaeological localities but to date they have not been systematically researched or presented for tourism purposes, and little is known of their existence?
Did you know that the first accommodation facilities in the Plitvice Lakes area, named Tourism House, was constructed in 1862?
Did you know that the first hotel in the lakes was constructed in 1896 and it burned down in 1939?
Did you know that the park is a state property but some its surface occupies privately owned land, such as the island in the middle of Kozjak?