The paradisiacal national park Plitvice Lakes is not just one of the most famous of croatia but as well one of the oldest. Already in 1979 it was set as one of the first natural monuments on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage. Once you visited the park it will become pretty clear why..
Driving to the national park
The fastest way (from Zadar 1,5 hours) to reach the national park Plitvice Lakes is if you are driving on the highway. I am starting from Zadar but taking the longer way (2hours) which leads me over the Velebit mountains. Going this way you´ll have a beautiful view!
the national park plitvice lakes
On an area of about 300.000 ha you will find 16 lakes which are conected to each other through overflows, waterfalls and cave systems. I am buying a One-Day-Ticket for 100 kuna to enter the Plitvice Lakes. On the infromation counter you will get an overview of the different possible ways to walk through the national park. I´m choosing the way called option “K” which takes about 6-8 hours (about 18 kilometers) leading me through the whole area. Since the nationalpark has an altitude difference of just 135 meters it is going to be a relaxed hiking tour. I am entering the park going down to the lakes. Already from distance I can hear the waterfalls…
Green as far as the eye can see… just beautiful! I am arriving at the first lake stunning how many different shades of blue a lake can have! The crystal clear water can´t decide if it wants to be blue, turquoise, green or something in between. I´m walking to the right side follwing the signs for option “K”. Fallen trees are towering up along the path and protrudering clearly visible into the lakes.
It doesn´t take long untill I can see the first little waterfalls. The wooden bridge leads me directly above them and offers viewing platform to have a better look on the waterfalls in greater distance.
After about 30 minutes I am reaching a cave called Supljara which contains steps to go up the hill. The view reminds me on the Winnetou movies which were mainly produced in the national park Plitvice Lakes.
Arriving on the top of the hill you can almost see the complete area of the national park. I am continueing hiking to the right side where the big waterfall comes in sight. The path is leading me to the entrance 1 which is situated in the lower part of Plitvice Lakes. From here the way winds back down the lakes where you can see the big waterfall from a close range.
the big waterfall
The stream Plitvice rushes 78 meters into depth. It is croatias biggest waterfall and impressive to look at! Since the rushing water is crushing the big rocks little water drops are touching your face like a soft rain… a really refreshing feeling.
Continueing my way I am walking on along the lakes on the opposite side. A service station crossing my way offers tables, toilettes and a restaurant for a short break. From here I am driving with the boat to the seascapes which are in the upper part of the Plitvice Lakes.
A wooden path leads me through a surrounding which almost looks like a jungle! Small and big waterfalls are rushing into depth all around me, birds are singing and flying over my heads, lizards are following me while walking: It feels like a hiking tour through a fairytale forest!
Huge roots are crossing the paths demonstrating the nature´s power. Despite the ice cold water the lakes are really attractive to go for a swim (unfortunately it is forbidden).
It´s end of the day and I have to go back eventhough I would like to stay longer to watch the sunset. Since there are living bears and wolfs in the natinal park the rangers are recommending to leave Plitvice Lakes as long as the sun is up.
Plitvice Lakes is one of the most beautiful national park I ever visited! I´ll definately come back here again!
How did you like Plitvice Lakes?