The Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful nature parks you can find in Europe. During my road trip through Croatia, I visited the Plitvice lakes and how beautiful they are I tell you here.
A visit to the Plitvice lakes is definitely worth it, because there is plenty to see in this National Park of Croatia. With about 266 square kilometers in size, you absolutely do not get bored. The Plitvice lakes consists of 16 blue-green lakes, one of which is more beautiful than the other.
The Plitvice lakes are divided into Gornja (upper lakes) and Donja (lower lakes). These special lakes in the park can be up to 46 meters deep and 470 meters long.
In addition to the lakes, there are also 90 waterfalls, the highest being 78 meters. This spot is also a popular place to get married. In addition to all that water, the National Park consists largely of forest with 50-meter-high spruces.
Deer, wild boars and badgers, but also wolves, bears and lynx live in these forests. The chance that you will see these last three is very small, because of the large area and the very shy animals.
After the entrance you can take the bus or walk to the park. The bus can take you to various places in the park. In the park, hiking trails have been built for miles and these are largely along the lakes.
You can cross the lakes by means of wooden bridges or with the tour boat. This boat has two routes:
There is also a train that can take you from one side of the park to the other. And if you want to sail and explore the lakes, you can rent a rowing boat at various places.
In winter, the tour boat and train are not available due to snow and ice.
There are 8 different routes to discover the Plitvice lakes while hiking. It is possible to start from both entrances. Both entrances have 4 routes:
If the Plitvice National Park is on your schedule, I have useful information for you here. This way you go prepared to the Plitvice lakes.
The Plitvice lakes are located in the interior of Croatia, near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina (in Google Maps: Plitvicka Jezera).
The Plitvice lakes are located south of Zagreb, near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Lika-Senj county. If you want to look it up on the map of Croatia, look at Plitvicka Jezera.
The Plitvice lakes are easy to calculate from almost all of Croatia. The nearest airport is that of Rijeka, but also from the airports of Dubrovnik, Pula, Split, Zadar and Zagreb there are daily buses, with or without a short transfer, to the Plitvice lakes. These bus trips are organized trips.
The Plitvice lakes are also easily accessible from several popular coastal towns in Istria and Kvarner. It is even possible to come by boat from Italy and drive from the harbor to the Plitvice lakes.
All year round it is possible to visit the Plitvice lakes, so you can go there when it suits you best. The Plitvice lakes differ per season.
The falls are getting bigger and more impressive in the fall due to the rainy season in Croatia. In the spring, everything starts to grow again. It can also be very beautiful in winter. There is a chance that there is snow and the lakes are frozen, this gives a very special atmosphere.
I was there in the summer and everything in the National Park is green and the flowers are blooming. The colors of the lakes are therefore very well reflected by the sun that shines on it. However, it is the busiest period in the summer, and I noticed that too. Parking lots that were full and waiting in line to buy entrance tickets. You can avoid the crowds in this National Park.
Actually, every season has something unique. Still, I wouldn't recommend going during the busiest time of the year (July / August). If you plan to go during this period, I advise you to go there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. The Plitvice lakes open at 7:00 AM.
You have to pay an entrance fee to enter the National Park. Depending on the season, the price varies between 7 and 24 euros (55/180 Kuna) for one day. For 2 days you pay between 12 and 37 euros (90/280 Kuna).
Bring your student card and it will save you money!
To visit the Plitvice lakes, this year it is mandatory to buy entrance tickets online via the official website of the Plitvice lakes.
If you are going to buy these tickets, you should pay attention to this:
There are several organized trips available both with and without guide (incl. Possibility to cancel).
The water in the Plitvice lakes looks very much needed (especially in summer), but unfortunately it is forbidden to swim in it. Still swimming in the waterfalls in Croatia?
The beautiful Krka National Park is only a 2.5 hour drive away. Here you can and you can swim at the falls. Read all about a visit to the Krka waterfalls here.