What is Plitvice Lakes National Park?
It is a park with 16 natural lakes and many waterfalls connected by trails and plank walks. It is an UNESCO heritage site.
Where is Plitvice Lakes National Park and how can I get there?
It is in central Croatia near the Bosnian border. You can get there by taking the bus, taking a tour or renting a car. I took a bus from Zagreb. You can book your bus tickets in advance on the Bus Croatia website. If you take the bus from Zagreb, I recommend arriving at the station early as I found it difficult to find the right platform because there was not much signage.
Things You Should Know
-Swimming is not allowed at Plitvice Lakes. If you are interested in swimming during your trip to Croatia, swimming is -permitted at Krka National Park.
-The entry fee varies depending on the season, with winter prices being the lowest and summer prices being the highest. You can check the latest prices here
-In the park, you can ride on the panoramic train and ferry which are included in the price of your ticket. However, the panoramic train and ferry do not operate from November 1st- March 31st.
-There are eight different walking routes available and vary according to length and physical stamina. The shortest route takes 2-3 hours and the longest one takes 8 hours. I believe I chose Route H, which I finished in about 5 hours.
-There are a few places to eat. I ate a hot dog and fries near the entrance. There is also a small cafeteria near the ferry terminal. If you prefer to bring your own food and drinks, outside food is allowed.
-Wear good walking shoes, preferably waterproof ones. When I visited in April, a few paths were partially flooded.