Plitvice National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is without a doubt one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. Its iconic photos have appeared on heaps of top 10 lists; the cascades and waterfalls attract over 1 million visitors a year!
Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest national park in Croatia and in 1979, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Situated on mainland Croatia, between Zagreb and the Adriatic coast, Plitvice Lakes National Park was founded in 1949 and covers over 70,000 acres!
There are sixteen interconnected lakes at the national park. Upon entry, you can easily explore the park at your own pace. Well constructed boardwalk-type paths and some dirt paths will lead you through the amazing series of lakes and the seemingly endless supply of waterfalls.
The park has three entrances, but only two are open year round. Entrance 1 provides direct access to the Lower Lakes and instantly reveals the most iconic viewpoint of Plitvice Lakes. Entrance 2 provides direct access to the Upper Lakes trails, the electric boat that takes you across one of the lakes, and the panoramic train. Entrance 2 has more accommodation and dining options for those looking to stay overnight in a hotel. However, Entrance 1 is near many B&Bs (most provide parking) and one reputable Croatian restaurant.
There are a number of walking paths you can take once you enter the park, varying from 2 to 8 hours roundtrip. Whichever path you choose, you will end right where you started! All tickets include train tours and electric boat rides, depending on weather.
Ticking prices and hours vary by season. In the summer months, expect higher prices and larger crowds. In the late fall, winter and early spring, expect lower prices, less crowds, but there may be limited or restricted accessibility to some of the walk trails.
Check the official website before your visit to see pricing and hours!