Exploring Plitvice lakes – a waterfall park in Croatia

Plitvice lakes

I didn’t know a place like this exists. Imagine you are standing in front of a beautiful waterfall and thinking how cool it would be if there would be many of these around you. That is exactly what this place is about. Croatia is famous for azure water, hot weather and beaches of Dubrovnik. Not many people know, though, about “Plitvice lakes” national park right in the middle of the country.

Waterfalls are everywhere around you
Waterfalls are everywhere around you

Plitvice lakes on the map

Quick facts about Plitvice lakes

Location: Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Total time: whole day (including 2-hour drive from capital Zagreb
What to take: comfortable shoes, picnic basket

Plitvice lakes National park

The park is a surreal mix of big and small waterfalls, turquoise-color water and amazing scenery. Located just two-hour drive from Zagreb, it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.

At this point the sound of water is so strong you can barely hear each other
At this point the sound of water is so strong you can barely hear each other

It takes some time to get there, sure, but if you have the option, I do suggest this day trip (or a detour in my case).

But then again, there are places like this where it's quiet
But then again, there are places like this where it’s quiet
Waterfalls
Waterfalls

The park is very big – approximately the size of 40 football fields. It will take a whole day just walk around and see everything, so expect not seeing everything if you’re in a hurry.

Fish
Fish
More waterfalls
More waterfalls

For me it was a several-hour-long stop only, but I regret I didn’t stay longer there. If you have time, I very much advise putting on a comfortable pair of sneakers, taking a picnic bag with you and just wander around for a whole day.

It was an amazing experience
It was an amazing experience

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