National park Plitvice Lakes is considered one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Plitvice Lakes make a wonderful blend of oak forests, meadows, rocks and lakes. You can explore them by walking along the lakes, getting around by an electric train or an electric boat. The multitude of waterfalls, green lakes, gorges and the autumn hues of foliage in many shades of gold and red make the place so beautiful. Truly God’s wonderful creation and beyond description!
The Plitvice Lakes NP is a natural reserve that extends over 296 km². It consists of 16 lakes combined with streams and waterfalls. The park is divided into two parts; 12 upper lakes and 4 lower lakes. The difference between the highest and lowest lake is about 100 m. In 1979 it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are paths by the lakes and the waterfalls and paths that are higher up and provide stunning views of the park. Make sure you do both so you can enjoy the views from different perspectives. From above you also get a better idea of the size of the park.
Park is open all year round, but the best time to visit it is in the Spring or Fall off-seasons. Spring is a great time to visit because the water levels are high from the melting snow. Summer (July & August) is very hot, and it is the most crowded time of the year. In addition, the water level is lower than at other times of the year. Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit when the leaves are changing colours. The winter is the time when the park is the quietest and beautiful when covered in snow. During the winter period, the lakes are usually frozen.
Plan ahead and pack a picnic lunch overlooking the scenic lakes or plan to eat your meals outside the park. Food inside the park is overpriced. Swimming is not allowed because it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but you can rent a small row-boat for 50kn/hour.
Be prepared to take hundreds of photos because every few steps something different will capture your attention.
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