If you had to visit only one place in Croatia this is certainly the Plitvice Lakes, the most beautiful National Park in Europe. The most beautiful natural treasures await you in this park of a rare beauty.
In Plitvice National Park, nature has created 16 lakes and connected them by amazing travertine waterfalls. The National Park covers 29685 hectares, where lakes take up to 200 hectares and forest covers the rest of the park. In this area you can encounter different species that have been living here since before the arrival of humans.
Starting point is at the north entrance of the park (Entrance 1). Sightseeing is circular and includes the Lower and Upper Lakes area, and a combination of walks and electric-boat rides, while the return to starting point will be mostly by panoramic train. Enjoy the beauty of the largest and most attractive waterfalls (“Great Waterfall”, “Veliki Prštavac” and “Mali Prštavac”), and countless smaller waterfalls, as well as the lakes.
How to get there: Many people visit Plitvice Lakes National Park for a day either from Zagreb or from Split and Zadar. While this is a viable option to experience the lakes, you might also consider staying in the nearby villages for easier and early access to the lakes.
Taxis and rent-a-car services are available in all larger cities, tourist resorts and airports. If you are arriving by car, please submit yourself to the traffic rules in Park rules in Croatia.
Getting to Plitvice Lakes from Zagreb
From Zagreb head to Karlovac, a town 40 km southeast of Zagreb. From Karlovac take a state road D1 direction Slunj, Grabovac, Plitvice. You’ll see lots of signs for Plitvice. Plitvice is about 80 km south of Karlovac.
Getting to Plitvice Lakes from Split
From Split/Zadar take a motorway A1 direction north (Zagreb/Rijeka). Take a highway exit Gornja Ploca. Continue on a state road D522 to Udbina. From Udbina take D1 road to the Plitvice Lakes.
Accommodation near Plitvice Lakes
Majority of accommodation in the vicinity of the park consists of vacation homes and apartments. There are also a couple of hotels near the south gate (walking distance to the lakes), and in a nearby villages.
Hotel Jezero, conveniently located near the south entrance to the park, gives you a head start to visit the lakes. A small 4-star Hotel Degenija is located only 4 km from the north entrance to the park.