Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest national park in Croatia and one of the oldest in the south-east of Europe, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register in 1979. The park was established in 1949 and its protected area covers over 73,350 acres. The park is mostly forest but it has 16 lakes that connect with each other via series of waterfalls. The waters of the lake are rich in minerals and tufa is deposited throughout the parks lakes. The park has had wooden footpaths built around and over the lakes allowing for exploration of the lakes and forests.
Plitvice is situated in central Croatia and is accessible by car, although parking can become limited. The national park is serviced by bus excursions from many of Croatia’s major cities.
Opening Times and Admission
Entrance to the park comes at a cost, this depends on the time of the year, with peak summer months being the dearest at 180KN and the cheapest winter months being 50KN. Opening hours are set for 7 am to 8 pm. It is suggested it can take up to 6 hours to explore the park but this can be shorter with use of the parks free buses and boats. Two entrances serve the lake one is to the upper lakes and one is to the lower lakes.