Plitviče Lakes National Park is a forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s famous for a series of sixteen terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon.
Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. The latter square measure the location of Veliki Slap, a 78m-high waterfall.
Where is Plitvice Lakes national park
Depending on the point of view, we can think of Plitvice Lakes national park Croatia as being in the middle of nowhere, or not far from anywhere.
The Plitvice park is really set within the mountainous Lika region, in central Croatia, halfway between Zagreb and Zadar.
As such, Plitvice national park, are a perfect stop for anybody traveling from north to south or vice versa.
Before the modern multilane highway A1 was built, Plitvice lakes were actually along the main route from Zagreb to Dalmatia.
Top things to try and do in Plitvice Lakes park
Many places around Plitvice offer horseback riding experience, including half-day and full day horseback riding trips, and riding school.
You can conjointly book entire horseback riding holidays round the Lakes.
A visit to Rastoke
At the doorway of Slunj, just 15 km north of Plitvice Lakes, you’ll find an old village of Rastoke. It consists of healthy mills enclosed with pretty waterfalls, and rapids.
Bring sandwiches and have a picnic whereas enjoying the sweetness of Rastoke. There are also a couple of restaurants and cafes with terraces above and at the edge of the water.
White water rafting
With such a large amount of rivers, streams, and rapids going through this karst region, white water rafting is, besides hiking, one of the most popular activities to do in Plitvice Lakes.
The best rafting here is on rivers Korana and Una (in Bosnia).
Expect to pay anywhere between 25€ and 45€ per person depending on the route.
Quads, Paintball, High-ropes, Abseiling, and more
You can get pleasure from varied out of doors activities in Plitvice lakes, including an off road quad rides, paintball games, archery, high ropes park, jeep safari, kayak safari, and much more.
All these activities you’ll realize at Rizvan town, some 70 km southwest from Plitvice Lakes national park.
Unfortunately cycling within a national park isn’t allowed any longer, but it’s extremly popular in the area surrounding the park.
If you plan to cycle in this area, we highly recommend that you book an organised cycling tour with some of the local companies.
Hiking in Plitvice is an obvious thing to do. However, besides hiking at intervals well-known routes of the park, you’ll pay days during this space hiking.
At the western edge of the national park, there is a zip line with one of the longest lines in all Europe. The line is 1.700 m long, and it picks up speeds of up to 120 km/h (when pushed by north wind from the back).
Best time to visit Plitvice National Park Croatia
Plitvice falls are worth visiting at any time of a year because they change with every season.
In summer months (particularly in July and August), lakes get really crowded, that it is even difficult to move around.
Also, in summer the amount of water is lower.
They are still pretty, though :).
Spring and Autumn are perhaps the best time to visit Plitvice park.
If you visit Plitvice park Croatia in spring you will have the benefit of high water levels, and witness the waterfalls and streams running wildly.
Autumn is additionally blasting to go to Plitvice lakes park as there are not many folks around, and trees start changing colors.
In winter, when covered in snow, the Plitvice waterfalls look like a scene from a fairy tale.
Plitvice Lakes Map
Below you’ll realize Plitvice Lakes map with each entrance marked still as all bus and boat stops, and most importantly lakes and waterfalls.
However, once you’re in Plitvice park purchase a written Plitvice lakes park map.
The free map they provide with the price ticket is not helpful.
On our last trip there we didn’t have a map and we did regret it later. We ended up walking around without an idea where we are going.
While trails are well-marked majority of the time, unfortunately, it’s not all the time. At certain fork roads, you need to use your own judgment. You can always consult google maps.
Plitvice lakes national park entrance fee
Plitvice Croatia is open a year around. However, not all parts of the park are accessible to visitors year-round. Also, the crowds aren’t the same in winter or summer. In order to limit the number of visitors (or at least to discourage them a bit) the Plitvice lakes entrance fee has a tendency to increase in summertime every few years, if not yearly.
Last increase of Plitvice lakes worth was in spring 2018.
Plitvice lakes park price of admission is as follows:
Nov.-March | Adults: 55 kn | Children (7 to 18): 35 kn | Children below 7: free
April-June, Sept.-Oct | Adults: 150 kn | Children (7 to 18): 80 kn | Children below 7: free
July-Aug for visits until 4 pm | Adults: 250 kn | Children (7 to 18): 110 kn | Children below 7: free
July-Aug for visits after 4 pm | Adults: 150 kn | Children (7 to 18): 50 kn | Children below 7: free
Parking costs 7 kn per hour.