Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park © Judith Duk
The Plitvice Lakes have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the national park enclosing them is the oldest in Southeast Europe. Thousands flock every year to the unbelievable beauty of these 16 green and turquoise lakes, linked by waterfalls and surrounded by forest. Wooden walkways meander around and across the water, formed by mineral deposits that create terraces within the constantly changing limestone landscape. Visitors can cover the 11 miles (18km) of walkways on foot, but buses and ferries do service certain sections. The surrounding forests boast an extremely diverse variety of flora and fauna.