Hike in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park Entrance, Rastovača, Croatia

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

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Visit the largest national park in Croatia and see countless beautiful waterfalls and lakes.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia's largest national park and is just a few hours away from the capital city of Zagreb. There are public buses going to the park from Zagreb as well as from a few other cities in Croatia.

You buy your ticket into the park at the entrance to the park. Tickets range in price from around $5 to around $25 depending on your age and the time of year of your visit. In the winter months it is at the cheaper price but the trains and electric boats do not operate so you'll have to see everything by foot.

Once in the park you can walk miles and miles of boardwalks and trails while taking in the many lakes and waterfalls. The park consists of 16 lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls. When you get your ticket into the park you will get a map with different walking routes you can do with varying mileages.

There is also an electric boat that you can take from one side of the largest lake to the other as well as a “panoramic train” (shuttle bus) that you can use to get around the park. When I went I ended up walking just over 10 miles through the park and then taking a shuttle bus back to the park entrance closest to where I was staying.

There are a few places to stay within the park or you can get lodging in one of the nearby towns. These towns are really small but have some great Bed and Breakfast type places. You can catch local buses to the park entrances or walk depending on where you are staying.

Most people do the park in a single day but its up to you and your pace as to how long you stay. Get more information on the park and local accommodations here.

Pack List

  • Good walking shoes. (Don't necessarily need hiking boots as the trails are well maintained and you're on a boardwalk for most of it.)
  • Park map, which can be picked up at the park entrance (check here for an overview)
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Tripod to get those silky smooth waterfall photos
  • Snacks (If you do one of the longer trails you'll be out there for awhile.)
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This park is amazing. If you are there any time of year other than winter, I suggest you hopping on the first bus you can from the entrance and heading to the farthest stop. That way, you can do the entire trail system backwards, leaving you with a lot of it uncluttered as the rest of the place fills up in the other direction.

3 months ago
3 months ago

These waterfalls are nothing like I've seen before! Make a long day of hiking and see it all by foot, it's worth it! Crowds can be very annoying in summer so go early and see the more popular falls first

5 months ago
5 months ago

This park is incredible. We took the H trail all through the park, and loved it!

5 months ago
5 months ago

This is one of my favorite places in the world. I can't believe more people don't visit this amazing park.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Beautiful, clean nature. Fresh air. Ice cold waterfalls spraying you in the middle of summer heat. Rainbows all around. Truly, this is the place you don't want to miss when in Croatia. I recommend 2 days for a full on-foot exploration - the hotels around aren't expensive and it's totally worth it.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The nature at Plitvice is amazing! You can really feel the beat of the wild. If you can manage to avoid the crowd and listen with your ears and eyes it's also possible to see some of the wildlife, like water snakes or rare birds. There are so many possible paths to walk around, it can last for hours. Definitely worth a visit!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Plitvice Lakes NP is truly unique and magical! I was here in Spring 2014, it can get pretty busy so go earlier in the day. If you would like to spend more than one day in the area, I highly recommend doing AirBnB.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Get there early to avoid the crowds!

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

You don't see many pictures of Plitvice in the winter, but it truly is just as gorgeous as in the summer! Next to no one is there in the winter and it is so cheap to get in and explore- if you're looking for a quieter time to visit, winter and early spring are definitely good options.

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

Michael Matti Explorer

Seattle based photographer and hiker. www.michaelmatti.com

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