Plitvice Lakes Croatia - Waterfalls and Walkways

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BREAKFAST WAS ALWAYS INCREDIBLE!
BREAKFAST WAS ALWAYS INCREDIBLE! | Source

I was able to rent an apartment online at Apartments Giga on www.booking.com and it was the BEST experiance we ever had! We had a HUGE full course breakfast ready for us each morning and the owners were very friendly.

THE LIVING ROOM AREA OF OUR APARTMENT
THE LIVING ROOM AREA OF OUR APARTMENT | Source

When we lived in Italy we got to see some of the most AMAZING things ever!!! One 4 day weekend we decided to go to Croatia. The Plitvice Lakes to be more exact. It was only a 6 hour drive from where we lived in Italy.

ALL the photos in this hub were taken by me and I would appreciate it if they weren't copied for other posts.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous krast area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The park is open daily all year around, with longer hours in the summer time.

When we took our trip there we had no idea what to expect. Looking up things on the Internet you never know if they are what they say they are. I do have to say that EVERYTHING I looked up on the National Park before we got there was absolutely correct. The amazing photos are real, the walk is incredible, even the kids loved it! There's no set time to get from the bottom to the top or the top to the bottom depending on where you start. We started at the bottom and worked our way to the top.

The distance between the top lake and the bottom lake is an altitude of 636 to 503 m (2,087 to 1,650 ft) over a distance of some eight km. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometers, with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River. Walking from the bottom to the top you don't really realize you are walking up hill all that much. You are so taken away with the beauty of it all that there isn't much more your brain wants to think about.

There is no set time to get through the park. They do close at night so if you go later in the day you do need to make sure you are out in time. We got there at about 9am and made it all the way through in about 6 hours. That is with 3 small kids too so there was a lot of stopping to see every waterfall and watch the incredible fish (I do not recommend taking strollers on this walk). There is also a ferry boat that takes you across one of the larger lakes (which is included in the park ticket price) and is a nice little ride. At the Ferry Boat area there is a "rest stop" where you can purchase souvenirs, eat an incredible Croatian meal, use the restrooms, or just hang out at the picnic tables or on the grass (during the summer of course). Once we got to the upper lake we took the "shuttle bus" (panoramic train) back to the lower lakes so we didn't have to walk all the way back (this too is included in the park ticket price).

Below are a bunch of photos I took while we were at Plitvice Lakes. I have a million more of course but didn't want to put them all up here. These are just some of my favorites. If you ever get a chance to see this National Park you have to go! If you love waterfalls and crystal clear water this is a MUST see! I'm so glad we made the decision to go, it was an adventure of a lifetime!

THE FIRST VIEW YOU SEE WHEN YOU ENTER AT THE LOWER ENTERANCE
THE FIRST VIEW YOU SEE WHEN YOU ENTER AT THE LOWER ENTERANCE | Source
THE LOWER WATERFALL
THE LOWER WATERFALL | Source
MOST AMAZING VIEWS
MOST AMAZING VIEWS | Source
THE WALKING PATHS HAD NO RAILINGS
THE WALKING PATHS HAD NO RAILINGS | Source
THE WATER WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR AND THE LAKES WERE FULL OF FISH
THE WATER WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR AND THE LAKES WERE FULL OF FISH | Source
MORE WALKWAYS
MORE WALKWAYS | Source
I CAN'T GET OVER THE COLOR OF THE WATER
I CAN'T GET OVER THE COLOR OF THE WATER | Source
SMALLER WATERFALLS
SMALLER WATERFALLS | Source
WATERFALLS WERE EVEN UNDER THE WALKWAYS
WATERFALLS WERE EVEN UNDER THE WALKWAYS | Source
THE LARGEST LAKE WHERE THE FERRY BOAT AND REST STOP ARE
THE LARGEST LAKE WHERE THE FERRY BOAT AND REST STOP ARE | Source
THE CHICKEN ROASTING AT THE HALF WAY POINT!  IT WAS DELICIOUS!
THE CHICKEN ROASTING AT THE HALF WAY POINT! IT WAS DELICIOUS! | Source
WE COULDN'T HAVE PICKED A BETTER DAY
WE COULDN'T HAVE PICKED A BETTER DAY | Source
THE FISH WERE EVERYWHERE!
THE FISH WERE EVERYWHERE! | Source
MORE WALKWAYS
MORE WALKWAYS | Source
INCREDIBLE REFLECTIONS
INCREDIBLE REFLECTIONS | Source
LARGE WATERFALLS IN THE UPPER LAKES
LARGE WATERFALLS IN THE UPPER LAKES | Source
THE LARGE WATERFALL IN THE UPPER LAKE
THE LARGE WATERFALL IN THE UPPER LAKE | Source
OUR LAST SET OF WATERFALLS AND LAKES BEFORE WE HEADED BACK TO OUR STARTING POINT
OUR LAST SET OF WATERFALLS AND LAKES BEFORE WE HEADED BACK TO OUR STARTING POINT | Source
LOOKING AT THE UPPER LAKES ON THE WAY BACK TO THE STARTING POINT
LOOKING AT THE UPPER LAKES ON THE WAY BACK TO THE STARTING POINT | Source
THE MIDDLE LAKES AND THEIR WATERFALLS
THE MIDDLE LAKES AND THEIR WATERFALLS | Source
THE PATHS WERE SO CLOSE TO THE WATERFALLS YOU COULD FEEL THE SPRAY OF WATER
THE PATHS WERE SO CLOSE TO THE WATERFALLS YOU COULD FEEL THE SPRAY OF WATER | Source
THIS IS DEFINATELY WORTH EVERY SECOND WE SPENT THERE
THIS IS DEFINATELY WORTH EVERY SECOND WE SPENT THERE | Source

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raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

It's really a place worthy. Great hub with step by step description and superb photography. voted up! as beautiful.


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CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks! It was an incredible place to visit for sure!!!!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Gorgeous photographs! Are they all your own? If so, take credit!! :) I have a friend from Croatia and his descriptions of its incredible beauty are consistent with your awesome hub.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

ALL photos were taken by me :) I will be going back right now to make sure they all have my name under them. It was easy to take these photos as the surroundings made it that way. Thanks for the comment stephhicks68 :) Glad you enjoyed my hub!!!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oh my gosh, this place really is incredible. Croatia, here I come!!

Thanks for putting the Plitvice Lakes on my horizons. I'd never heard of them before!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Simone Smith - I had never heard of it before until I was surfing the web one day and there it was. It was an incredible experience!!! A MUST see for sure! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my dream vacation!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I'm with Simone on this. Thanks so much for introducing me to this gorgeous spot in Croatia. The Plitvice Lakes are beautiful almost beyond belief. LOVED the photos!!! Up votes and SHARING. So glad that you wrote this hub!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks Peggy W! I sure hope you get a chance to go to Croatia and check them out. I had my doubts at it's beauty just seeing pictures online but I'm very glad we went as it was everything I dreamed it would be! Thanks for stopping by the comment and the Sharing :)


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

My parents traveled to many countries around the world, but Mom always said that the Plitvice Lakes was one of the most beautiful places on earth. They were there in 1974 (when it was still Yugoslavia).


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Rochelle Frank - I would have to agree 100% I have never seen anything like it and I have been many different places. I wonder if it has changed any since 1974. Probably just the price of everything as I don't see how Plitvice Lakes could be any more beautiful! Thanks for the comment :)

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