Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.
In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. Each year, more than 1.1 million visitors are recorded.
Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometres (0.77 square miles).
Between 1962 and 1968, many Western film productions of Karl May novels have been shot at the Plitvice Lakes, like Treasure of the Silver Lake. Plitvice lakes are also known as 'The real Avatar world' and speculations are that the next Avatar movie would be filmed at this location.
Waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes are, according to many travel guides and websites, declared the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, right in front of Niagara Falls, Yosemite Falls in California, or Victoria Falls in Zambia.