Plitvice Lakes National Park (Plitvice Jezera)
The Great Waterfall, Lake Kozjak, Korana, Potok Plitvice, Supljara Cave

About Plitvice

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PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK (Plitvice Jezera):

Country:
Croatia
Founded:
1949
Area:
296.85 km2
Elevation: 367m


Plitvice is one of the most famous and largest national parks in Croatia. It is very picturesque and features large waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, cascades, green mountains, karstic rocks and caves. Butterflies, ducks, bats,  bears and many other animals can be seen. Fishes can clearly be seen through the crystal-clear water, that has a distinct beautiful turquoise/light blue shade from afar. Plitvice lies Southwest of Zagreb, but in the North part of the country, very close to the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 1979 the national park was listed a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are 16 lakes that can be seen from the surface. Plitvica, a little river, flows into the Plitvice Lakes. There are upper lakes and lower lakes. Kozjak is the largest and deepest lake by area(81.5ha), Prošćansko jezero second, also the highest lake at an altitude of 639 m. There is a small boat that take hikers through Lake Kozjak.

The Great Waterfall, that is the main attraction of Plitvice, is 79m high. It lies at the junction River Potok Plitvice/River Korana.
Plitvice lies 2-3 hours by coach bus or car from Zagreb and Zadar and 3-4 hours from Split.

there are no trains. There are small hotels, homes, B&Bs and lodges were you can stay in the national park, if you want to stay longer and don’t want to make a daytrip. There are restaurants and souvenirs stores in the entrance area. There is a small bus train that transports visitors within the park. Every stage is marked P1, P2, P3 etc, P3 is the place at the lakeside were the boats leave and many people have picnic here at the many tables.
After the war, 1991-95, several mines had to be removed in the park and many buildings in Plitvice were destroyed during the war.

There are narrow barriers across the lakes that can be walked on. Despite being low season and pandemic, lots of tourists were walking in every direction. We travelled by bus to Plitvice from Zagreb, as a daytrip. We had about 6 hours to spend there, that was enough to see the first part of the park, that featured the most scenic waterfall and a boat trip on the lake. It took almost 3 hours to go there since the bus driver was stopped by the police and we had to wait for a long time! It was our last stop of 9 places in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy that we visited in just one week in September. The air really felt fresh, the sound of pouring water is relaxing and the water is crystal clear. The visit was somewhat of an anticlimax, since the most impressive part is in the beginning, near entrance A, with the high waterfall and most beautiful lakes, that also can be seen from a viewint point above. We did the boat tour on the lake, you can see green mountains and the lake but the scenery from the boat is not as spectacular as near the waterfall. There are steep stairways that takes you up to the caves were bats dwell, mind that you have to be in a good shape to climb them, and it is at your own risk according to signs! The entrance fee is about 300HRK (about 40 Euro, 2021).

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