This is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. If visiting Croatia, this is definitely a must see place. With exceptional beauty, its surroundings have always attracted nature lovers. This beautiful place was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register in 1979. More than 1 million visitors are recorded each year, which only proves that this is a place worth seeing. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometers, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of 8 kilometers. Currently, 16 crystalline lakes can be seen from the surface, and they are all interconnected and follow the water flow, which creates a magical sight. The national park offers 8 tour programmes of sightseeing and 4 mountain tracks. It takes around six hours to explore the lakes on foot. Another option is taking advantage of the park's free boats and buses, which depart every 30 minutes (during the peak season, from April to October). Besides the lakes, waterfalls, and caves, the forests which surround them make this place even more magical. The deep woodland is the home to many rare bird species, deer, bears, wolves, and boars. Plitvice Lakes isn’t just for the summer visits. This stunning place can be visited any time of the year, since every season has its perks, and the Park takes on different hues, whether that’s lush greenery in spring and summer, rich colors in autumn, or almost unreal scenes of the lakes covered in snow and ice in winter.