Day 23 of Balkan Adventure 02 October 2011 Zagreb, Croatia
Day 23 of Balkan Adventure Today I am up and early as I have a transfer waiting for me. Heading to Zagreb, Croatia today as the capital. On route I will be stopping at Plitvice Lakes, a famous national park in Croatia.
I leave city of Split for last time and head out on the open road. Finally after about 2 hours enter at the park of Plitvice lakes. I get my ticket and a cheese sandwich as I had not breakfast yet.Then I study the map to figure out what route to take, quite confusing, but I take route E and follow from there.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Here is some information about Plitvice Lakes National Park:
Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatian: Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera, pronounced [plîtʋitsɛ], colloquial Plitvice) is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.
The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Mediterranean coastal region.
The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilo-metres (73,350 acres). About 90 percent of this area are part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10 percent are part of Karlovac County. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide.
Each year, more than 900,000 visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to charges. Strict regulations apply.
The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The particularly sensitive travertine barriers are the result of an interplay between water, air and plants. The encrusted plants and bacteria accumulate on top of each other, forming travertine barriers which grow at the rate of about 1 cm per year.
The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m (2,087 to 1,650 ft) over a distance of some eight km, aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometers, with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River.
The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
Through different climatic influences and the large difference in elevation within the protected area, a multifaceted flora and fauna has been created. The national park area is home to many endemic species.
Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exist.
Any how I get on the tourist tram to get me to the starting point of the walk. At the walk you enter these board walks and just follow. I make my way to the large waterfall. As well several lakes and many other areas of running water and waterfalls.
Look at my photos posted for what the park is all about. It is a very stunning looking park and one could spend a few days there hiking . I would recommend that.
After a few hours, then the main tourists arrived and park became very busy to the point that one could not walk at all in the walkways. To the point of being not enjoyable. So then it was time to leave. I get another cheese sandwich and get on my transfer to head to Zagreb. IT is another 2 hours to Zagreb.
Arriving into Zagreb, seems like a nice city. Lots of nice looking buildings.
Get dropped off at the hotel I booked Best Western Astoria. A really nice hotel in the main part of town.
After checking in, I then drop my bags off at hotel, and have a beer from the mini bar.
Then go off to explore this amazing city. I am near the center of the city and walk there. And then off to the train station. Take photos all around of all the amazing sights and sounds. Head off into the old section of the city and so many cool things to see.
Heading Off For Relaxation
Head off to the main church and go inside to see that as well quite interesting.
Then it was time to eat for dinner so I go and look for a place to eat.
On route to find a place to eat, I see some guy wrestling with some woman in a bad way. On closer observation it is some guy who is mad at some gypsy woman. Seems like she tried to steal from this gentleman and he is giving her what she deserves. Shame on all the gypsies
I find a nice place to eat outside and sit down. Have a local beer and a very large sausage pizza. Very amazing food and good service.
So good I forget my bottle of water when I left.