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I remember the first time I saw a photo of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
An image of waterfalls spilling over a tree covered canyon forming turquoise pools below.
It that looked too unreal to be from this planet.

Plitvice Lakes National Park.In 2013 I was finally making a journey to Croatia.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park was the main reason for this trip.
After learning more about Croatia I decided to stay in Split.
Split ended up being one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed.
And it was only a 2.5 hour drive to Plitvice(PLEET-veet-seh).

Almost Missed Out.

I had some great times in Split but I also made a HUGE mistake by losing my wallet.
Luckily for me I already paid for my Plitvice trip a few days before that unfortunate mishap.
Take my word for it. I would have raised Hell if I traveled that far to have my main attraction taken away from me.

Even with my situation I was still thrilled to see one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.


Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As well as the largest and oldest national park in Croatia.
Each year, over 1.1 million people visit the lakes.
If you’re traveling in a tour you have a greater chance of getting stuck at certain spots with other groups.
But there were plenty of times when we weren’t overwhelmed by other tourists.
If you’re exploring the lakes by yourself you should have ample time where you’re free from crowds.



The hours are 7 am-8 pm, 7 days a week, and the entrance fee is subject to change depending on the time of year you visit.

Jul & Aug – 180 HRK($27 USD)/80($12).
Apr-Jun, Sep & Oct – 110 HRK($16 USD)/55($8).
Jan-Mar, Nov & Dec – 55 HRK($8 USD)/35($5).

Very reasonable prices for what you’ll see and the time spent inside the park.


Currently there are 16 lakes and numerous waterfalls and cascades.
Waterfalls are constantly growing, evolving, and disappearing.
Which is what makes this park so fascinating.

The waterfalls of Plitvice are a result of travertine sediment buildup.
The travertine barriers grow at the rate of about 1 cm(0.4 in) per year.
Over many years they form new waterways while old ones dry up causing the area to always be changing.

The lakes are separated into the Upper and Lower cluster.
You can start from either side, but if you go from Upper to Lower you’ll be finishing your hike with a steep climb up.


If you walk the entire park it can take about 6 hours.
If you stop at Kozjak, the park’s largest lake(4 km in length) you can take a free boat to the other side.
That saves about 2 hours of hiking.
Hiking the entire park might be fun.
But taking a boat gives you a different perspective of your surroundings.
The boat ride actually made the trip even more fun for me.


Worth It.

The whole round-trip from Split pretty much took an entire day, but it was completely worth it.
If you’re only visiting the Dalmatian Coast I’d still recommend Plitvice.

Even though there are smaller falls closer.


If you plan on visiting Zadar or Zagrab you might want to visit Plitvice when you’re in one of those places.
They’re much closer.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park was the highlight of my trip to Croatia.
And one of my favorite highlights throughout all of Europe.
Have you ever been?
Jeremiah Cooper

By Jeremiah Cooper

Welcome to Live Life Extreme, a travel blog about thrill-seeking travel through some of the largest cities to off the beaten path getaways.

My name is Jeremiah and I'm a photographer from Arizona.
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