8 Things You Should Know About Plitvice Lakes, Croatia (2019 Update)

Plitvice lakes national park great view

Are you thinking about visiting Croatia for the first time?

If so, I am a bit jealous, because you are about be charmed by one of the most beautiful countries on Earth! Croatia has countless spots to visit!

In this post, let’s talk about the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. If you need help planning your Croatian vacation, you can read about it here.

Here is what you’ll find in this post:

Have you heard about the amazing Croatia waterfalls? If so, Plitvice Lakes National Park should be on your Croatian bucket list for sure!

Plitvice lakes Turquoise water

Plitvice lakes (Plitvička Jezera) was the number 1 place I wanted to visit in Croatia!

That is why after just 1 day in Zagreb, I left the hustle and bustle of the city and headed to this amazing natural ensemble of Plitvice waterfalls.

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And I did not regret my decision. Why?

Hopefully, you will understand soon just by looking at the pictures below.

But to make everything clear for you, let me answer some frequently asked questions here:

1. What are those lakes and why should I even bother going to Plitvice park, Croatia?

Waterfalls in Plitvice lakes

Plitvice is an ensemble of 16 natural lakes. It is a UNESCO heritage site due to its breathtaking views, its fauna and the unique turquoise waters.

Plitvička Jezera National Park is located in the middle of the country and is about 130 km from the capital, Zagreb. It is great, as it makes it easy to visit in a day trip from Zagreb and from Split.

2. How many days should I stay in Plitvice lakes?

Plitvice lakes park Turquoise water

It depends on what you are looking for and how tight your schedule is.

For instance, if you want to simply check the place off from your to-do list, or, if you are on a tight schedule, it is totally doable in 1 day. As I mentioned above, there are plenty of day trips offered from Zagreb or Split, so that would not be a problem.

But if you ask me, 1 day would be a bit rushed in my opinion, you will not be able to enjoy it to the fullest. I stayed overnight in the park, and 2 days seemed just perfect for me!

On the other hand, if you want to do some extra activities (read below) and have a relaxed schedule, why not to stay there for 3 days? You will not get bored, I promise!

PRO TIP: Try to start your park visit in the early morning – you will take amazing pictures and will walk the park without the crowd. It is completely different atmosphere without tourists!

NOTE: Wondering about the Plitvice lakes opening hours? The park is open 365 days a year and the entrance times are between 7 am and 8 pm.

3. How much is the entrance?

Plitvice lakes national park girl

I often get asked what is the Plitvice Lakes National Park entrance fee. They have different packages depending on how many days you want to stay, the season and your age. The most expensive ticket for an adult during the high season for 1 day is 250 HRK (~34 EUR). In order to save on your Plitvice lakes tickets, you can go after August (off season), or get a 2-days ticket. Don’t forget to take your student ID if you are a student (your entrance is 160 HRK or 22 EUR in this case).

If you want to discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert guide, it is about 100 EUR for a group up to 50 people (good deal!)

Note that all the transportation INSIDE the park is included in your ticket. There are ferries and a small train that will take you from one side of the park to the other.

The food is not included, however, there are plenty of restaurants on station points, where you can get a snack or a full meal.

Alternatively, you can take sandwiches with you and organize a nice picnic with an amazing view to the lakes! Beware of geese and ducks, they will want a part of your lunch! 😉

PRO TIP: to save your time in queuing –  there are two entrances. Plitivce Lakes Entrance 1 can get a bit crowded during touristic season. Just head your way to Plitvice Entrance 2, it is close, and there are way less people there.

4. Where do I get the best picture of Plitvice lakes?

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If you have already surfed the Internet and saw pictures of the lakes, you probably have seen the picture above, right?

But the problem with this view is that is not really obvious how to get there, there are no arrows saying “This way to the amazing post-card like view”. So, where the hell is this view and how to get there?

No worries, I investigated everything for you! 😉 I was unsuccessfully searching for it and eventually, I just pointed on the ticket (there was a photo of that view too) and asked the staff how to get there. You can do that too, but let give you a small instruction just to make it easier. Make sure to go there, this is the best view to the lakes!

The lookout spot is called Veliki Slap. There are no signs directing you, but the place is stunning!

 There are two simple ways to reach that spot:

  1. If you take Plitvice Lakes Entrance 2, once you are downstairs at the river, take the boat to the other side (2 minutes).
    Once on the other side just follow the path upstairs, can’t miss it. These are the upper lakes and the most beautiful waterfalls
  2. You can easily reach that spot by car by searching for “Veliki Slap” in your Google Maps

After you pass by the Big waterfall, (that has a tremendous amount of tourists by the way),

-> go up the stairs that are located on the right of the waterfall,

-> at the top of the stairs, choose the direction to the right

-> follow the road for about 5 mins (you will see the Big waterfall from up) until you go to an asphalt road.

-> turn right there and walk straight (2-3 mins) until you pass a wooden bridge,

-> then turn right after the bridge, follow the path for 1-2 min until you see a viewpoint deck and, voila!, you will see THE view!

When I was there, there were 3 other people only, so basically you have the view only for yourself! How amazing is that? Now you know too, but tsss! 😉

5. How do I get around in the national park?

The territory of Plitvice lakes is huge and you definitely cannot go around the whole park by walking. That is why there is a special transfer service that will take you from point A to point B either by ferry or by train.

Here is the Plitvice lakes map so that you understand it better:

map Plitvice lakes

As you can see in the Plitvice map above, there are certain routes for getting to the different points in the park. The transport runs according to the schedule, the frequency depends on how busy the park is.

I waited in line for a maximum of 20 minutes, so do not worry about standing in lines for ages! (Yes, avoiding lines are very important for me, I wrote a great post about how to avoid lines in Paris).

By the way, if you want to visit the park with your dog, it is not a problem, I have seen many people walking in the park with their dogs.

NOTE: Plitvice Lakes is not extremely wheelchair-friendly, but it can still be visited. For example The Great Waterfall (one of the main attractions of the park) can be seen soon after you enter Plitvice Lakes using Entrance 1, so this is totally doable. There is also a bus that can take you on a panoramic ride in some parts of the park. But there are some spots that cannot be seen because of steps or high water levels during some periods of the year (make sure to check the forecast before going). You can find a guide on how to see as many things in the park with a wheelchair here.

6. How to get to Plitvice Lakes National Park?

Plitvice Vidikovac view

The national park is located at the national route D1 Zagreb–Split between Slunj and Korenica in the vicinity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Zagreb Airport is the closest airport to Plitvice Lakes. These are good news as, being the capital, it is very easy to get to Zagreb from abroad. It is 130 km (or about 2 hours driving) from Zagreb to Plitvice.

The best option to go around the whole Croatia is definitely to rent a car. The roads are great and you get to see some truly breathtaking coastal views! In the case of Plitvice lakes, it is also easy, many people arrive with the car, the parking lots are available everywhere! Check the rates and today’s discounts for a car hire here.

If you don’t want to rent a car, here are some awesome (and convenient) door-to-door tours depending on where you are coming from:

Are you in Croatia, searching for a bus from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes, for example?

You should know that there are many buses departing from all the major Croatian cities that are quite cheap and they run very often. You can see the schedule and buy tickets online here. There is even a bus that departs directly from Zagreb Airport in case you do not want to stay in the city!

NOTE1: Keep in mind that you will have to pay a small luggage fee similar to the one you pay to low-cost airlines (from 7 to 10 kunas, ~1 Eur). You can usually save about 5% by booking your ticket online for bus companies like Arriva. They also have Wi-FI on board by the way!

NOTE2: the fee for the parking once you arrived to the park is 7 kunas/hour (1,3 Euros)

7. When is the best time to visit Plitvice lakes?

Plitvice lakes pathes

When you can, seriously, as Plitvice weather is mostly nice and welcoming. I have been there in early October, the weather was still nice and the water was incredibly turquoise. But every season is different in its beauty. Think of visiting Plitvice in the winter? I bet it looks gorgeous covered in snow as well!

In short, does not matter when, just go there, don’t miss the chance! 🙂

Whichever the season, hiking shoes are not obligatory because the road is nicely done and you will be just fine wearing normal shoes. But remember, as Plitvice national park is located in the mountain area, it gets pretty cold in the evening, so, don’t forget to take warm clothes!

8. Can you swim in Plitvice Lakes?

Are you in the mood for some Plitvice lakes swimming? Unfortunately for you, swimming in forbidden in the park ever since 2006. But I got some good news, too! In case you really want to swim in some wonderful, turquoise water, you can do so in Krka waterfall National Park in Dalmatia. This park is only 2 hours away from Plitvice and you can bathe there for how long you please, although you can’t actually swim under the waterfalls.

So, Krka or Plitvice? My answer is: both, if you have the time!

Both parks have stunning waterfalls, views and nature, but different atmospheres. If you really want to swim, then you should add Krka to your itinerary as well 🙂

Where to stay in Plitvice Lakes National Park?

UPDATE: In case you are searching for hotels near Plitvice Lakes, I have written a blog post about the Best hotels to stay around Plitvice Lakes – they are all hand-picked, have fabulous reviews and sorted by price for your convenience, enjoy! 🙂

Villa Mukiunja hotel PlitviceThere are more and more accommodations around the national park, home-stays are popping up like mushrooms after the rain!

I stayed in Villa Mukinja, which I can definitely recommend, it is one of the best places to stay in and the perfect Plitvice accommodation!

This family run hotel is open for more than 30 years. It was there even before the tourist boom and it has a great value for money! My room was spacious and clean, all amenities needed were provided.

The dinner is an extra option, but you will miss so much if you opt out, local food is a part of the Plitvice experience! You will get an AMAZING dinner that you will remember for a long time! What I had for my dinner was an appetizer (could have been easily a dinner by itself), a salad, a soup, one of the 3 local specialties of your choice (fresh catch of the day, meat dish or a vegetarian plate) and a dessert. Crazy!

Villa Mukinja Plitvice lakes

Everything I wanted to do afterwards is to melt in Jacuzzi and relax in the sauna, which is free of charge for all Villa Mukinja guests.

The breakfast was the same huge, I don’t think I have ever had a bigger breakfast anywhere else! Just to give you an example –  me alone, I had 5 pitchers of different types of drinks – a pitcher of milk, tea, coffee, water and juice. Did they seriously think I could drink it all by myself?

The owner told me that if their guests stay for 2 days or longer they get used to the amount of food offered, but at first it comes as a shock.

Oh, and by the way, the place is located 10-15 minutes walking from the park. It is an enjoyable walk through the forest. I loved the location!

If you arrive by bus, just give them a call or tell them in advance what time you arrive, and they will pick you up from the bus station.

Book your stay with Villa Mukinja here! 

Here are the other Plitvice lakes National Park hotels, all rated fabulous:

NOTE: There are 3 hotels located in the National Park: Hotel Jezero, Hotel Bellevue and Hotel Plitvice. Out of all three of them, Hotel Jezero is the only one that stays open all year round. Bellevue and Plitvice Hotel are closed in December, January, and February. More about them below.

Luxury hotels: (100$ and up) – Hotel Jezero is a great hotel in Plitvice that is actually located inside the park, which is a great advantage! Villa Lika has better room decor in my taste and the reviews are outstanding!

Medium price: (50$ – 100$) – Another great hotel located right inside the park is Hotel Bellevue – the rooms are very cozy and clean and the entire accommodation offers a peaceful experience! Hotel Plitvice is another awesome choice, located right next to the entrance to the National Park and close to Hotel Jezero! Pansion Breza is a perfect choice and one of the best Plitvice lakes hotels, although it is located 1 km away from the park! It only has 7 rooms, so hurry up if you want to book it! Guest House Nenad – also located minutes away from the park entrance, it offers a quiet setting and clean rooms!

Budget accommodation: (up to $US 50) – The closer you get to the park, the pricier it is. Thus, if you want to stay on the budget, you will have to walk 4-5 km, or have a car. House Dado is great if you are searching for something close – private bathroom, nice surroundings, book in advance to get that price! If you are driving, Guest House Bruna and Guest House Kolić would be great choices for you – nice prices and amazing reviews!

In case you don’t want to a hotel near the National Park, you should know that there is also the option of Plitvice camping! There are six campsites near the park and all of them are different in terms of comfort and interests. Here you can find a list with the recommended campsites and details for each of them that I hope will help you make the most out of your Plitvice lakes camping!

Plitvice lakes path

While, after Iceland, I got spoiled and it is hard to amaze me with waterfalls, Plitvice lakes still amazed me with its beauty. Its turquoise waters are a totally different experience! I really want you to visit this Croatia waterfall park if you are in the country! It would be such a pity, if you would just pass by it!

Waterfalls Plitvice national park

Plitvice lakes Miss tourist

To have even a better (visual) idea of what Plitvice lakes are, watch this video:

Packing list essentials for visiting Plitvička Jezera, Croatia

Conclusion: I have answered some of the most popular questions above, but if you did not find your question here, be sure to ask me in the comments. I will be happy to tell you everything I know about it! 🙂

P.S. Even though Plitvice is one of the best natural parks in Croatia, the nature of this country is breathtakingly beautiful, I wrote about my experience in Split here.

If you are heading to the Istrian coast, start from this post, it is my favorite region in Croatia, breathtaking!

Disclaimer  –  I was invited to Villa Mukinja as their guest, all opinions are my own!


Have you been to Croatia? What do you think about adding Plitvice Lakes to your Croatia itinerary?

Feel free to ask me questions in the comments below, I love talking to my readers!


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Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now. Her blog MissTourist.com is created with the purpose to inspire people to travel more and to share her advice of how to travel "smart".


  1. Stephanie Jane 15.11.2015 at 01:16 - Reply

    We have often thought of going back to Croatia to visit these lakes. Your gorgeous photos have convinced me that we must!

  2. Eva/Kid Minds 18.11.2015 at 17:15 - Reply

    We are thinking of visiting Croatia, but we have lots of kids, so that would be a totally different experience. Thanks for the review, Юля.

    • Yulia 11.03.2016 at 05:27 - Reply

      Hey Eva! Не за что! 🙂
      I actually think that Plitvice lake is one of the most ideal places for traveling with kids! It is not difficult at all, the pathes are built, no climbs and lots of breathtaking nature to enjoy for your kids. Try and you will have an amazing time, promise! 🙂

  3. Bea 07.07.2017 at 17:27 - Reply

    Is it possible to take a bath in the lakes?

    • Yulia 08.07.2017 at 05:30 - Reply

      No, unfortunately swimming is forbidden in Plitvice lakes (you can swim in Krka lakes though)

  4. Denise 11.07.2017 at 05:33 - Reply

    Heading there in September 2017, can’t wait!!

  5. Minchu 11.07.2017 at 18:56 - Reply

    Hi how about going in month of august Ll it be moe crowed and we cannot enjoy ??? We are early in the morning

    • Yulia 13.07.2017 at 20:02 - Reply

      come as early as possible and it will be fine!

  6. Dan Makovec 19.07.2017 at 16:27 - Reply

    Thanks for the tip to the secret view! I’m writing to you from the now 🙂

  7. Amanda 24.07.2017 at 03:41 - Reply

    Going in August – so looking forward to it. This place looks so spiritual – paradise on earth……..

  8. agingerandagiant 30.07.2017 at 20:15 - Reply

    Thank you so much for the directions to the most amazing view in the park! My boyfriend and I were the only ones there for about 30mins and it made up for the extortionate entry costs and lack of a free map! Thanks again!

  9. ashwini 10.08.2017 at 19:55 - Reply

    how about visiting in december?

    • Yulia 14.08.2017 at 12:20 - Reply

      Should be different, but beautiful nevertheless!

  10. Priscilla 12.08.2017 at 14:10 - Reply

    Thank you so much for this post! My family and I just visited Plitvice Lakes one week ago. We followed your directions to the secret lookout spot over Veliki Slap and loved the view there!

  11. Gabriela Mihai 27.08.2017 at 22:05 - Reply

    tx for tips,ill be there in 6 sept…

  12. Gizella Demjen 12.09.2017 at 15:44 - Reply


    So good I’ve found your blog. Thank you for being able to find Veliki Slap. I’m sure we’ve never knew and found it without you. Beautiful lookout. We climed up at the big waterfall and really there was no sigh at all to show this sightseeing pont. We tried to persuade people not to miss it.
    Thank you.

  13. Diane Lindsay 18.09.2017 at 12:53 - Reply

    Would love to visit Plitvice lakes but what’s the nearest coastal area to stay in please?

  14. Zainon 11.10.2017 at 08:51 - Reply

    Will be visiting the lake on 25th october. Your post is very useful. Thank you so much.

    • Katie 20.09.2018 at 02:13 - Reply

      How was the weather in October last year? We will be there at the same time this year!!

  15. Mujib Rahman 18.12.2017 at 12:33 - Reply

    i just arrive from Plitvice, beautifull place i will returt to

  16. peter s 25.12.2017 at 04:50 - Reply

    Great blog, yulia….and beautiful pictures. many thanks you recommend to spend at least 2 days in the park, and i agree that i want to do it at leisure.
    So… how would you recommend to split the visit between the 2 days in the park – lower lakes in the afternoon of arrival, and upper lakes the next morning? or???
    also – from a photography point of view – when is it best to visit the “secret” lookout – in the morning sun, or the afternoon?
    thx and happy travels.

  17. Alicia 25.12.2017 at 12:00 - Reply

    I’ve read some reviews stating that it is extremely crowded to visit during the month of June. I plan to go there end of June, do u think it is worth it ? And also how do u suggest getting to Plitvice from Split.
    Thank you

  18. Pat 15.01.2018 at 15:39 - Reply

    Fantastic blog and v helpful for us. Good work! Can you advice if my elderly mother (age 83) would be able to walk on the paths and if there a wheelchair service avaialble at the park?
    Also would you recommend 2 days to see the park and any nice house to stay nearby for 6 people in last week of July 2018?
    Thanks very much.

    • Yulia 19.01.2018 at 17:31 - Reply

      I am sorry, I can’t really advice on this. I think there must be some path accessible with a wheel chair, but I remember some path having small bridges and steps, which would be inconvenient for your mother.
      I recommend calling the park directly and asking them about this, hopefully they will be able to help!
      As for the hotel, i stayed in Villa Mukinja and I loved it, such a great hospitable place with Huuuuge breakfasts.
      It is about 10 minutes walk from the park if I remember correct.
      If you would like a hotel right inside the park, Hotel Jezero is a great choice!

      Hope this helps,
      have a wonderful vacation and I hope your mother will be able to see those beautiful spots!

  19. Annchen 05.02.2018 at 14:36 - Reply

    We are heading to Plitvice over Easter and this has been amazingly helpful – thanks! Can’t wait to see it in person!

    • Yulia 05.02.2018 at 20:16 - Reply

      Awesome! Do not forget to climb to the secret spot I described here! 😉

  20. Lotte 26.02.2018 at 19:06 - Reply

    Hi! Do you have any recommendation for combining these lakes with other cities/places in croatia? We are planning a holiday to Croatia for about a week-10 days and we definitely want to visit Plitvice lakes, but we don’t know what other places not too far away (but we will have a car so a few hours drive is no problem) are a must see!

    • Yulia 01.03.2018 at 12:57 - Reply

      Yes, please check my other posts on Croatia.
      I would definitely recommend Split and Istria region, both are so beautiful!

  21. Jenny 07.03.2018 at 17:45 - Reply

    Hi! thanks for your blog. If we started at Entrance 2 and had 4-5 hours, which way do we go? The map is quite confusing which is the upper and which is lower lakes. Which way do you recommend? What are the trail numbers?

    • Henk 29.04.2018 at 22:08 - Reply

      If you take entrance 2 , once you are downstairs at the river, take the boat to the other side(2 minutes) by boat.
      Once on the other side just follow the path upstairs, can’t miss them. These are the upper lakes and the most beautiful waterfalls

  22. cmcf 23.04.2018 at 20:29 - Reply

    The stairway to the secret spot was damaged in the recent mudslides and is closed. 🙁 (24 April 2018)

    • Yulia 26.04.2018 at 11:50 - Reply

      Oh no!! I hope they will fix it as soon as possible.
      if anyone who is there could update us on that, that would be great 🙂

  23. Henk 29.04.2018 at 21:50 - Reply

    Its very easy to reach that secret spot by car. I was there last week and indeed the stairs are closed. So I looked it up in Google earth and voila, by car no problem

    • Yulia 01.05.2018 at 20:41 - Reply

      Thanks so much for your update!!
      I will update the post and I hope that change is temporary

    • Vanessa 16.06.2018 at 11:27 - Reply

      Is it still possible to get there WITHOUT a car?

  24. Eden 06.05.2018 at 16:21 - Reply


    I’m going to Croatia/ Montenegro this month and wanted to ask if it’s cheaper/ easier to buy tickets online for buses (including to Plitvice) or in person at bus stops?

    Let me know and thanks for posting!

    • Yulia 06.05.2018 at 18:16 - Reply

      Hello Eden,
      talking about Croatia, it is fine to buy tickets at the cash register as there are no lines usually and i did not encountered any miscommunication problems.
      As for money saving, I believe Autotrans provides 10% discount if you book tickets online, so it might be a better option in this sense.

  25. Einyel 22.05.2018 at 13:14 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, thanks for your blog. We are thinking on travelling to Croatia this summer and I found your words snooping around.
    We make our trips by van, could You tell me about our possibilities to enjoy that beautiful place by driving?

    • Yulia 22.05.2018 at 18:54 - Reply

      Hello Einyel,
      Even if I havent rented a car during my trip in Croatia, I have heard so many things about how beautiful it is to drive those coastal roads!
      The next time I come back, I will definitely do it!
      If you haven’t booked your car yet, check out this site, they are basically a skyscanner for car rentals (including the local companies).

      Have an amazing trip!

  26. Tamar 23.05.2018 at 03:14 - Reply

    Hi! This is so helpful! Are there places at the entrances to leave bags? I’m going early next month and plan to go from Zagreb to the lakes to Zadar in the evening. Thank you!

    • Yulia 23.05.2018 at 11:33 - Reply

      I am not 100% sure, but I think there is, there are many people stopping by, like you, for one day. I would double check with the official website just in case though

  27. Beatrice 29.05.2018 at 00:35 - Reply

    Hi, after reading your blog I checked the park’s website; however I’m a little bit confused. The Lake tours programs (A, B, C programs and so on) are guided or you can do it by your own?
    Also what do you think is a must see?

  28. Craig Smith 02.06.2018 at 04:04 - Reply

    I’m wondering if soemeone can show me with a map how to now get to the secret spot? I’m looking at the map but am quite confsued. We will be there next month (June, 2018). Thanks.

    • Yulia 03.06.2018 at 22:45 - Reply

      You can just ask one of the employees how to get there, that is what I did! 🙂

  29. Anu 24.06.2018 at 00:53 - Reply

    Hey Hi,very helpful blog.Thanks for sharing

  30. Jon 03.07.2018 at 04:21 - Reply

    You wrote a really nice post with a ton of info and great pictures!

  31. Harriet Heffron 06.07.2018 at 00:07 - Reply

    Great detailed information! We are planning on going in September but we have a 3 year old in tow. How long would you say it took you from Entrance 2 to get to the viewpoint?

    • Yulia 08.07.2018 at 09:09 - Reply

      15 minutes max from the waterfall on the pic, +5 minutes from the entrance
      PS If you can pls update us weather it is open, we all would highly appreciate it! 🙂

  32. Julie Dudemaine 30.07.2018 at 12:41 - Reply

    Anyone got an update about the secret spot? Is it still close by the stairs?? I’m going in 2 weeks and I would like to know! Thanks!

    • Jen 13.08.2018 at 09:59 - Reply

      I just visited the park last week. The stairs are still closed. I was able to access the spot by driving to it just as others mentioned above.

      • Lena 19.08.2018 at 02:13 - Reply

        Hi Jen,
        How did you get there by car: I mean, what did you enter in your GPS as the endpoint?

        • Jen 21.08.2018 at 02:37 - Reply

          I just typed in Veliki Slap as I was leaving the car park. It took me up the mountain and there was an area right before a small bridge where i parked my car. There was a foot path next to the bridge and I followed that to get one view of the lakes from above. Then I went back up the path and over the bridge and found another path. This path led me to Veliki Slap and the stairs that aren’t accessible from below Veliki Slap.

          • Yelena Sinitsyn 22.08.2018 at 18:01

            Thank you Jen !

          • KUNTO 03.12.2018 at 04:43

            Hi Jen. I will be there soon and i don’t want to miss this secret spot. How far (meters) does the correct foot path from the small bridge?

          • Jen 05.12.2018 at 12:34

            After coming up the mountain by car, I parked right before the bridge. There was foot path immediately to my left right before the small bridge- a few steps away. I followed that just for a few minutes before I found the viewing point. Then I walked back and over over the small bridge, and there is a other foot path on the left. Neither of the paths looked as if they were kept up by the park, just more that so many people have walked this area and created the path.

  33. ANGIE ENGLAND 07.08.2018 at 14:56 - Reply

    Hi. Do you know if the eating places in the park cater for gluten free?

    • Yulia 08.08.2018 at 10:44 - Reply

      I dont know, sorry, you may want to ask the park direcly

  34. Julie D 27.08.2018 at 20:30 - Reply

    Hello! I was in Plitvice NP august 8th 2018 and the path to the secret spot was till closed with 2 differents big warnings signs and it seem that it will be closed for a long time for construction. I didnt reach the spot by the road because I didnt have a car but had a wonderful time in the park.

  35. Charlie 01.09.2018 at 12:28 - Reply

    Thank you for your enthusiastic review of Plitvice. I greatly enjoyed reading it and made me more excited in visiting the place. We are scheduled to visit Plitvice in mid October.

  36. Lizette Heinonen 16.09.2018 at 16:40 - Reply

    more details.Most impoprtant point is choosing words

    • Yulia 16.09.2018 at 18:20 - Reply

      what other details do you need?

  37. Tina Donovan 01.11.2018 at 00:01 - Reply

    Hi Yulia. There are two other hotels inside the park right next to Hotel Jezera. They are the Bellevue and the Plitvice Hotels. Jezera is the only one that stays open all year. The other two close in December, January and February. It is 31 October today and I am staying at Plitvice Hotel.

    • Yulia 19.11.2018 at 17:58 - Reply

      Thanks Tina, we have updated the post thanks to your comment!

  38. David Selzer 13.11.2018 at 00:16 - Reply

    I am a trained limnologist; scientist who studies lakes and streams. I am 74 years old and I am deciding whether to visit the lakes. Since I walk with the hep of a cane, would it be possible to get around enough to make this side trip valuable? To me it looks like there is a lot of up and down walking to get to the best viewing sites.

    • Yulia 19.11.2018 at 17:57 - Reply

      Hello David,
      you will love it there in Plitvice, i am sure!
      It really depends on you, there are indeed quite many little bridges that you would need to climb up and then down, but if you are ok walking with a cane, I think you would be able to do it!
      If still in doubts, I recommend reaching out to the park directly

    • Yelena Sinitsyn 09.12.2018 at 23:34 - Reply

      Hi David,
      I had a food poisoning on the day that we were going to the park( we stayed outside but within 15 minutes drive), and was not able to go with my family. They started at 7:30 am and returned around 2 :30 pm. Feeling woozy, I still decided to go inside and spend only 30 minutes there after 4 pm, walking a short distance from the entrance #1. And still, it was unbelievably beautiful and completely different from many other sites and lakes that I have seen( including lakes in Canadian Rockies, in the Great Caucasian Mountains, Caspian, lake Tahoe etc.).Even, if you are not able to go to all the little lakes that they say are the most clear and colorful, you might enjoy it.

  39. Emilio 04.04.2019 at 04:51 - Reply

    Hi, nice article!
    I’ll be traveling at the end of month to Plitvice but only for the day.
    I saw there’s a bus to Split at 23 40, can I stay somewhere until that time?

    Best regards,

  40. maria 07.04.2019 at 04:19 - Reply

    hi Yulia, my husband and I plan to visit Croatia in may for about 12 days. Which cities should I visit (Dubrovnik and plitvice is already on the list) and what transportation do you recommend to use to get to this places

    • Yulia 15.04.2019 at 19:42 - Reply

      Hi, Maria,
      I can definitely recommend Split and Pula as 2 nice towns to visit! You can check out my article about 8 charming towns to visit in Istria, Croatia if you need some more inspiration! As for the transportation, I think renting a car is the best way to explore the country because of all the freedom and flexibility it gives! 🙂

  41. Ashish 03.05.2019 at 19:56 - Reply

    We are planning a trip to Croatia and would like your help in planning…We are in Germany Essen and We would definitely like to Visit Plitvice lakes…We are around 5 adults and 1 Infant at the Moment. We like to Visit in the Month of June. Either between 6th June to 10th June. Can you please recommend Hotels (With Kitchen Prefered) to stay?

    • Yulia 03.05.2019 at 20:03 - Reply

      Hello! Because you are traveling in a group, I think renting a house or an apartment in Plitvice would be the best idea for you. This way you will be staying in the same place, even though you will have different rooms.
      Here are my recommendations:
      Holiday Park Fenomen Plitvice – different options that you can choose from (chalet, two-bedroom apartment, one-bedroom apartment etc)
      Guesthouse Family Bosnic – different room options as well
      Apartment Rosie – a more budget-friendly option
      Green lakes house – a nice house with a garden

      I hope one of these will fit your needs! 🙂

  42. Pauline 26.05.2019 at 13:12 - Reply

    Is it possible to visit the park as a wheelchair user. My partner uses the wheelchair so we are well used to getting so far and then he waits while I go and explore the parts the chair can not get to.

    • Yulia 29.05.2019 at 22:16 - Reply

      Hi, Pauline!
      Even though Plitvice Lakes is not veeery wheelchair-friendly, it can still be visited. For example – The Great Waterfall (one of the main attractions of the park) can be seen soon after you enter Plitvice Lakes using Entrance 1, so this is totally doable. There is also a bus that can take you on a panoramic ride in some parts of the park.
      But there are some spots that cannot be seen because of steps or high water levels during some periods of the year (make sure to check the forecast before going).
      You can find more information about this subject, as well as a guide on how to see as many things in the park with a wheelchair here.
      Hope this helps and have a safe travel! 🙂

  43. Carol 10.06.2019 at 01:30 - Reply

    Thanks so much for the advice regarding the secret spot, it was helpful! I just went there today and maybe to add to your steps, between Step 1&2:
    1a: at the top of the stairs from Big Waterfall, choose the direction to the right.
    2: follow the road for about 5 mins….

    While I was looking for the spot, I asked a couple who just turned around because they got confused on this fork road.

    Just a suggestion, but thanks again!

    • Yulia 10.06.2019 at 12:26 - Reply

      Hi, Carol!
      You are welcome! Thank you so much for the nice words and for the indication, I have updated the article with the step suggested by you! 🙂

  44. Connie 16.06.2019 at 01:59 - Reply

    Yulia, Thank you so much for the clear instructions on how to see the beautiful view of the lakes, which I saw today! The directions were straightforward but the only thing I got confused about was the 2 minute boat ride from Entrance 2. I’m not sure, but I think you mean to say take the 15 min boat ride to the nearest drop off point of the Big Waterfall. You probably know better than I do, so maybe I just misinterpreted your instructions =) One more thing – I know you recently updated the instructions (which was really helpful), this is just a suggestion, but something else you may want to add to your last step: “then turn right after the bridge. [follow the path for 1-2 min until you see a viewpoint deck,] and, voila!, you will see THE view!” I only say this because for your other instruction, you gave a time estimate. But for the last one, I thought I would immediately see it after I turned onto the path. However, because no one else was on the secret path, I thought I was going the wrong way! After hesitantly continuing on, I found some others and was relieved to finally reach the beautiful viewpoint. Thank you again for such great tips! I truly appreciate it! Best of luck with your travels!

    • Yulia 17.06.2019 at 14:45 - Reply

      Hi, Connie!
      Thank you soooo much for your nice comment and for the useful information, I have updated the last step with your suggestion – I am sure this will help other travelers as well! 🙂
      Also, regarding the boat ride – I remember it was a very short boat ride to get from one part of the river to the other one.

      Best of luck with your travels as well and I’m so glad you enjoyed Plitvice! 🙂

  45. Patricia 18.06.2019 at 22:53 - Reply

    Hi! Found your blog yesterday and today when we went to Plitvice Lakes we went to the secret spot and had lunch there. It was spectacular!! Not many people at all. Thank you for the recommendation!!

    • Yulia 19.06.2019 at 11:47 - Reply

      Hi, Patricia! Thank you, I’m so, so glad I could help! 🙂

  46. Alex 19.06.2019 at 00:41 - Reply


    Thank you for a great blog! I am staying here for 2 nights and was wondering if I should do the park in one day and go and explore something else around Plitvice area? We are driving.

    Also when I buy the tickets online do I buy entrance 1 or entrance 2 or can I buy entrance 1 for one day and entrance 2 for the second day? I don’t really understand how it works on the website? Thank you! 🙂

    • Yulia 19.06.2019 at 12:49 - Reply

      Hi, Alex! Thank you so much!

      So, while Plitvice is doable in only one day, I feel like your visit would be a bit rushed. 2 days are just perfect in my opinion! But, as I mentioned, in case you want to visit something else as well, you can do Plitvice in one day and something else on the second day. Or, if the entrance price is not a problem, you can do the following: buy the ticket for the first day, see how much you get to explore and how you feel about it and then, at the end of the day, decide if you want to do Plitvice again and buy another ticket or proceed to somewhere else! 🙂
      As for the tickets and entrances – the ticket can be used for any entrance you want.

      I hope this answers your questions! Have a great trip!

  47. Slew 24.06.2019 at 23:10 - Reply

    Hello Yulia
    we would like to visit Plitvice Lakes in August . but my husband can’t walk very far, can you give us advice please? or any tour we can joint?
    Thanks Siew

    • Yulia 24.06.2019 at 23:14 - Reply

      Hi, Slew!
      Even though Plitvice Lakes requires quite some walking, it can still be visited by people who cannot walk very far, no problem! The Great Waterfall, which is the main attraction in Plitvice, can be seen after a little bit of walking from Entrance 1. There is also a bus there that can take you on a panoramic ride in some parts of the park, no walking involved!

      I can also recommend a guided tour – this one sounds great for what you need. It combines walking and getting around by electric boat, then you will return to the starting point with a panoramic train. You can choose from a 3-hour guided tour or a 6-hour one, so I believe the 3-hours one might be good!

      I hope this helps and have a great trip in Plitvice!

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