In the neighborhood where today Plitvice Lakes are, wasn't always a lot of water, but in a time even that little quantity disappears and during nine years the whole area turned into a wasteland. But, one day comes to the area Black Queen with her entourage. She came down from the Velebit mountain, where she lived in fairy castle and when she saw this havoc, fulfill a wish of sad peasants and calls the water.
At that moment dark comes over the area and with big thunderheads and lightning go big rain. It's been seven days and nights until the rain created sixteen lakes in Black River. The first of them is called the Prošćansko Lake, by begging people for the water. Grateful people were wearing on the crest of the stone by stone and over the Kozjak built the Queen's Palace. People are happy to live with these sixteen Plitvice Lakes, and the Black Queen was taking care about their happiness. Later she fade away in underground Lair at Galovac and Okrugljak.
People often went to visit her, and once they've her to show them in some way that is still thinking of them. Suddenly raised water in Galovačko Lake and big noise started, overrun water over rock and caves. And from other hills started pouring the water and raging so people got scared that the doomsday came. In big fear now they call Black Queen to help them. On the waterfall Galovac appears sudden beautiful light, and rain starts, when people heard the voice of Black Queen:
– You are worth and good people. Watch your forrests, the fertile valleys and this beautiful Lake with silver streams which flow around. Much will the military come this late and a lot of blood and tears will be shed, but I will come again and with my arrival the Sun of more beautiful future will come.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in Karlovac county and Lika - Senj county, at the southern slopes of mountain Mala Kapela, 140km far from Zagreb. It is the most beautiful and most visited National Park in Croatia.Learn more