Plitvice Lakes National Park
Nestled between the mountain ranges Mala Kapela to the west and northwest and Lička Plješivica to the southeast, the Plitvice lakes are an incredible oasis and a wonderful place to visit with magnificent natural surroundings. The Plitvice Lakes is the oldest national park in Southeastern Europe. It includes an area of nearly 300 square kilometers and became part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1979 because of its magnificence. An interesting fact is that the lakes cover under 1% of the total area of the park.
The Plitvice Lakes are a water ensemble of 16 lakes, connected by a series of waterfalls and surrounded by beautiful green forests. The lakes themselves are divided in two parts – 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. The difference between the highest and the lowest lake is around 135 metres.
How to Get to the Plitvice Lakes?
The National park is located in the middle of Croatia and is easily accessible from the big cities like Zagreb (135 km) and Split (260 km). The most comfortable way to travel is by car. The roads are in excellent condition, there are affordable paid parkings nearby the area of the park, where you can leave your vehicle. If you prefer to travel by bus you can book your ticket here. Keep in mind that there are two entrances to the park, so you have to specify in advance which entrance you would be using.
Working Hours and Prices
I would advise you to plan in advance using the park’s website and an early arrival, so you can avoid the crowd. Don’t forget the sunscreen, water, light snacks and comfortable walking shoes.
If you book a hotel in the area of the national park you will have the advantage of avoiding the crowd if you head for the park in the early morning or by taking a walk during the later hours of the day. If you decide to spend more time in one of the hotels, the one day tickets can be extended for free at the hotel’s reception.