Plitvice Lakes National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park

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#1 of 353 in Parks in Croatia
See 16 interconnected lakes arranged in cascades and separated by natural travertine dams at . This World Heritage Site is a former meeting place of Western and Eastern cultures, and the oldest national park in southeast Europe. During your visit, watch for the waterfalls featured in several 1960s and 1970s westerns based on Karl May novels. Also known as the Devil's Gardens, the area features blue, green, and grey bodies of water. Native species you might spy as you explore include wolves, turtles, brown bears, and lynx. Don't miss the remnants of an Illyrian fortress. Use our Plitvice Lakes National Park route builder site to arrange your visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park and other attractions in Plitvice Lakes National Park.
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  • We have only day a to visit the Park. From our point of view, there are 6 h. Perfectly adequate (without breaks). The best are you at the entrance, when the Park opens, later is sooo full, that makes it no fun. Also, on the parking, you must there be very early. Sneakers are sufficient, no hiking boots required. Take yourself what to eat, because there are not as many opportunities to buy snacks.
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  • A must visit once in Croatia. Such a great atmosphere surrounded by natural beauty. A great serenity.  more »
  • Made this a stop on our europe trip from the US and so happy we did! The only reason we came to Croatia and I would come back just to see this place! It is by far the most beautiful place I have ever ...  more »
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  • If you do one thing in Croatia, it has to be this! Park is simply stunning. At the entrance you'll probably see a lot of tourists but don't get scared, the park is so big that the almost disappear :) That is, if you go on your own and not in a bus group of course. We did a C tour which I'd say is the best. 8km of walking, a short boat ride and a train ride on the way back so you can also see the lakes from above which is perfect. And it took us only 4 hrs easily with breaks. Bring running shoes (no heels for women), water, snacks and some money to maybe buy something. There will be one spot where you can buy something and that's where the boat departs. Other than that, you have nothing, pure nature and few benches here and there. Also bring a bag to put your trash in because there is no bins almost anywhere (except boat and train station). Charge your batteries, empty your memory cards and let's go! :)
  • A natural wonder. Must visit if you are travelling to Croatia. Have multiple trails. We went there for 2 days and covered different trails on both days. Full day of activity. If you are travelling with the baby + stroller then enter from the entrance 2 and go towards entrance 1. It is an easy trail. Otherwise you can cover from entrance 3 to 1, it is more beautiful with bigger waterfalls. Tip: go from 3 to 1 to as you will be going down. Only catch is that you will need to look back and admire the beauty as you will be crossing them. If you enjoy hiking, go from 1 to 3, but the crossings and queue will be crowded as majority of the people do this. Do try to go early to avoid the crowd
  • This place was breath taking. It was very beautiful and a great day out. Some of stairs could have railings put up as they were very difficult to get up because of water which made them slippery. But other then that this place was amazing and worth the trip there.
  • The lakes and waterfalls are amazing! I would give this place 5 stars if it was for the scenery alone. However, with the crowds and horrible wait time to use the transportation, I must rate this place much lower. For example, we waited over 30 minutes to take the panoramic bus up the hill to walk the H-route. We also waited over an hour in line for the ferry to go from P2 to P3. In addition to the long wait, people were skipping ahead of the line everywhere we went. A tour guide stood in front of and blocked the line we we standing in as the two lines merged into one line, so her group could get ahead for the ferry ride. Even though they had been waiting 10 minutes in their line compared to the 45 minutes we had been waiting for the ferry at that point. As we just missed the cutoff to board the next ferry (each ferry can transport 100 passengers each), I overheard something I didn’t think was good representation of the park staff. A person next to us told one of the staff that the wait time was terrible, only to have the staff member respond with, “The world is terrible.” What is crazy about all of this, is that this is not the peak time of the year to come visit. If the wait times and crowds are terrible now, I can only imagine how much worse it will be with the crowds increasing and the temperature rising. Unfortunately, I do not see myself visiting here again. Lastly, if you read many of the 1-star reviews, their experiences are very similar to mine.
  • Tourism keeps this from getting all five stars. My wife and I like to keep the pace up and we were forced to a standstill time and time again on the path. The park itself is wonderful and makes you feel like you're in some sort of fictional amusement park. It just doesn't seem real at times. Our trip was rainy which might have added to the jungle feel, but it took nothing away from the wonder. Explore as much as you can.
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