Must-See in Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Guide to Visiting Plitvice Lakes in Croatia:
Must-See in Croatia: Plitviče Lakes National Park


Like the postcards, the terraced Plitviče Lakes look just as mythical, beautiful and surreal in real life. The shades of emerald are almost ethereal, and the purity of the water is clear to the point of transparency. Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera is the largest and oldest national park in Croatia. Scattered among the mountainous karsts and teeming plant life of Lika-Senj, it consists of 16 crystalline lakes arranged in cascades - all interconnected by waterfalls and subterranean karst rivers.

Throughout the year, the lakes give out distinctive colors which range from azure to bright green or blue. The continually-evolving colors and formation is affected by the sunlight and the volume of organisms and minerals present in the water.

The estimated time required to complete the walking circuit is about 3 hours. While dining options are available within the park, visitors are encouraged to get properly fueled and hydrated before the walk. During the visit, fishing and swimming in the lakes are prohibited. For recommended routes and how to get around the park, click here.




Plitvice Lakes National Park
The cascading waterfalls of Plitviče Lakes
Tips For Exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park
All sixteen Plitviče Lakes are interconnected
Tips for Visiting Plitvice Lakes in Croatia
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Tours
Walking circuits encircling the lakes
Plitvice Lakes Ticket Prices
Electric boat rides around the lakes

Ticket Prices

The one-day pass is inclusive of the electric boat ride on Lake Kozjak, a panoramic train ride, visitor insurance and VAT. Advanced booking is not required. In 2017, the prices of the tickets to Plitviče Lakes National Park are as follow:

Currency: Kuna (HRK)
Visitor category
Period – price per person
Jan - Mar
Nov - Dec 
Apr - Jun 
Sep - Oct
Jul - Aug
Adults55,00110,00180,00
Adults - Group (min 15pax)50,00100,00160,00
Students (ID required)45,0080,00110,00
Students - Group (min 15pax)40,0070,00100,00
Teenagers 7-18 years35,0055,0080,00
Teenagers 7-18 years - Group30,0050,0070,00
Children below 7 yearsFreeFreeFree

Plitviče Lakes National Park is one of my favorite sights in Southeast Europe. What's yours?
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