The Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and most famous Croatian national park, proclaimed a national park in 1949. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The most prominent part of the park is the 16 lakes that are connected by numerous waterfalls. The water from Plitvice lakes flows into the river Korana.
The Plitvice Phenomenon is based on the travertine barriers that have created lakes in the river valley. Although lakes are the most essential part of the park, it is worth mentioning the lush forests and abundance of diverse flora and fauna surrounding the lakes.
The name Plitvice Lakes primarily refers to the national park. It is also the name of the settlement as well as of the municipality.