5 Things you need to know about Plitvice Lakes National Park

plitvice lakes tour from split

You have decided to visit Croatia for the very first time? You booked your flights already, or you are doing a bucket list with highlights of what not to miss? Then choosing Plitvice Lakes National Park is not to be missed! Even though Croatia has an envious number of spots to visit, this one needs to be on your final list!

 

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5 things you need to know about Plitvice NP

In this blog, we will talk about Plitvice Lakes National Park, and all the information you need, you will find it here.

Why you should visit Plitvice Lakes?

The waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes National Park are listed among the 10 most beautiful on the planet, according to Budget Travel magazine. The selection was also broadcast on its portal by the American television station CNN. Glorious nature spots are casually scattered around Croatia. But Plitvice is the largest of the lot. It’s also the oldest nature park in Southeast Europe, and it continues to reign supreme. 

The park is mostly covered with forest vegetation, a smaller part with grasslands, and the most interesting and most attractive part of the park for tourists – lakes, which occupy only a little less than 1% of the Park area. The lake system consists of 16 named and several smaller, cascading lakes. For this reason, to visit the park, you have eight programs to tour the lake system and four hiking trails.

Horseback riding plitvice lakes
Horseback riding in Plitvice Lakes NP

In the northern part, in the suburbs of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, taste all the beauties of the Plitvice Valleys – an area rich in natural beauty and diverse past. Experience numerous ranches for horseback riding and ride in untouched nature near Plitvice Lakes, visit the deer ranch, discover the numbers of the bike path, visit the old tower Drežnik grad, try adrenaline sports,…

How to get to Plitvice Lakes National Park? 

One of the main international and state transversal traffic routes passes through the area of ​​the Municipality and the Plitvice Lakes National Park – the state road D-1 (Karlovac-Slunj-Plitvice Lakes-Korenica-Udbina-Gračac-Knin-Split). The following traffic routes that can reach our area are:

the state road D-52 (Korenica-VrhovineOtočac), which brings the largest number of guests from the direction of Istria and the Littoral.- state road D-25 (Korenica-Gospić-Karlobag).

3 main bus connections with Plitvice are from the directions of Zagreb, Zadar, and Split. To be sure of time of arrival, always check schedule before you start. 

Arrival to the park:

Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Zagreb to the Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Zadar to the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Testimonials

  • “Like a fairytale! You can see all those photos but when you got there…you are in shock of beauty”

    Julia Berentti
    Italy
  • “We visited Plitvice with three children, we were afraid that they would be bored…However, we all had fun, we are thrilled!”

    Tony Geller
    USA
  • “I live in Croatia for almost 40 years and I have never visited this National Park…I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for so far?”

    Sandra Maroević
    Croatia

With this in mind, visiting the Plitvice National Park is the best in a tourist arrangement. Your Split to Plitvice lake adventure starts with a ride aboard an air-conditioned vehicle taking you across the highway to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders – Plitvice lakes national park.
Upon arrival to Plitvice, the UNESCO protected pearl of world heritage, you will emerge in the symphony of visual wonders combined with clear air and the rumbling sound of waterfalls. Enjoy clouds of colorful butterflies flying next to wooden trails over clear lakes full of fish.

Plitvice Lakes

How much time do I need to walk around Plitvice lakes National Park?

The Plitvice Lakes National park is open all year round (weather permitting). And that is a great thing because Plitvice is worth experiencing at any time of the year. From white slopes covered with snow and frozen waterfalls to a summer idyll. The exact working hours depend on the time of year and take into account that it gets dark earlier in the winter and that the Park will work shorter.

For easier movement in the lake zone, visitors entering the Park at Entrance 1 are given a choice between four tour programs marked in green on information boards. The four programs that start at Entrance 2 are highlighted in orange.

There are electric boats (Lake Kozjak) and trains for transporting visitors in the Park, and for their use, it is necessary to have a valid ticket for the National Park.

The upper lakes are closed for visits until the spring of 2021.
The upper lakes will remain closed until the snow melts and conditions are safe for visitors and employees of the Park.

As a result, tour programs have been prepared for visitors, ranging from 2 hours to 8 hours of walking and sightseeing.

If you have enough time, we would definitely recommend you to visit as much of the national park as possible. Both the upper and lower lakes in the park are extremely beautiful and provide a completely different perspective of nature, so it would be a good idea to visit both. If you lack the time or you don’t feel like touring everything, you should take one of the trails at the bottom of the lake.

How much is the entrance?

Dear guests, in order to experience winter magic in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, we have prepared the following ticket prices for you until 31.03.2021.:

Period ►
Price per person (HRK) ▼
26.10.2020. – 31.03.2021.
Adults 80,00
Adults- groups* 75,00
Students 50,00
Students- groups* 45,00
Children 7 to 18 years 35,00
Children 7 to 18 years- groups* 30,00
Children up to 7 years and persons
with disability (over 50%)
Free of charge
TWO DAY ENTRANCE TICKETS
Period ►
Price per person (HRK) ▼
  26.10.2020. – 31.03.2021.
  Adults   120,00
  Students   70,00
  Children 7 – 18 godina   60,00

When is the best time to visit Plitvice lakes National Park?

Every visit to Plitvice National Park is unique, even if you have been a couple of times, the unique weather conditions on the Lakes can provide a completely different atmosphere at the same time of year. The park, however, is most visited in the summer months so if you can, it would be good to plan before June or after August.

Then the park will be less crowded with foreign tourists and you will be able to walk more freely along the narrow paths.

Map Winter Plitvice
Source: Official Web site National Park Plitvice

In brief – a couple more memos!

If you plan to spend most of the day walking around Plitvice Lakes, bring food and enough water per person. Although the walks are not demanding, you will still be outdoors all day. Check the weather forecast, if high temperatures are announced, adjust the amount of fluid you carry and protect yourself from the sun. Protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen and clothing. Wear comfortable shoes because you will be on your feet and on the move all day.

In the winter months, count on snow and slippery parts of the trail, so bring adequate footwear. If you know that snow is waiting for you, bring crampons just in case, not the alpine ones, of course, but some “walking” version that will not damage the wooden paths. It’s always good to bring something warmer with you compared to what you’re wearing or protection from the rain.

Plitvice Memos

The mornings on Plitvice can be much cooler than at noon, and the raincoat will serve even when there is no rain if you want to get closer to the waterfalls. Don’t throw garbage, try and take everything you bring into the park. Pack all packaging and waste in a backpack or bag and throw them in the trash at the exit. Never feed fish or wildlife. Although painting is allowed, moreover, you will return with memorable pictures, painting, and filming by drones is strictly forbidden and you are not allowed to bring them into the Park area.