Things to do in Croatia: Visit Waterfalls

Plitvice Lakes Croatia: Journey through photos

Today we finally visited Plitvice Lakes National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular places in Croatia. We've got quite a story to tell about our visit to this natural wonder (let's just say for now that we've cut our visit short). But before we reveal all other details of the visit, we really wanted to share with you few images of this amazing national park.

Images of Plitvice Lakes Croatia

There are two main entrances to the park. We took an entrance no. 1 and the first sight we've seen was the Veliki Slap (or Big Watrefall).

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Veliki Slap

The big waterfall is the first sight you see when taking the entrance 1

We've always heard stories about the amazing color of the lakes. You'll really see all the shades of blue, green and that amazing emerald.

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Amazing color

Amazing color of the water at Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Amazing color

Beautiful emerald color of the water

We've seen few rainbows too.

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Rainbow

Abundance of the rainbows! And who doesn't like rainbows.

At the times, the hike was really demanding. OK, this is where we almost cried. Over 100 steep steps to climb. Just to realize we've made a wrong turn. And we should have never climbed those stairs. Ouch!

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Stair

More than 100 steep stairs to climb

But in no time, we were back to walking on the water. No kidding!

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Walking on the water

No tricks involved. We were walking on the water.

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Walking on the water

More walking … more amazing waterfalls … another lake … and that color

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Walking on the water

Water was really high

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Very hight water

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos

We also visited a small village of Rastoke, 20 kilometer north of Plitvice Lakes. This is a charming settlement of watermills. This site is less popular and thus less crowded. We spent almost two hours at this place.

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Rastoke

How about this settlement of watermills

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Rastoke

Up-close – charming watermills settlement in the village of Rastoke

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Rastoke

Is this the cutest terrace to have a coffee or what?!

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Rainbow in Rastoke

Another rainbow

Plitvice Lakes Croatia Photos: Small waterfall in Rastoke

This waterfall is in the village Rastoke.

We hope you've enjoyed this short Plitvice Lakes journey through photos. At least your legs don't hurt from all the stairs (they were a killer!).

Have you been to Plitvice Lakes? Would you like to visit the lakes? Let us know in the comments below.

48 replies
  1. Allison Shayne
    Allison Shayne says:

    I would love to know where you stayed while you were exploring these lovely waterfalls?We are planning a trip to Croatia and we were thinking a couple days in this area and than heading towards Zadar and ending up around Istria..We love to run and hike swim eat relax..
    Were from Salt lake City,Utah and were excited to be near the ocean.
    Thank you for your time and I love your blog!! Love your recipes!!
    Have a lovely day! Ally

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      That’s sounds great. I haven’t sailed yet in Croatia, but would definitely love to. I bet you’ve seen the majority of the coast in a month of sailing.

    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks, Wojtek! I’ve been once to the Plitvice during the summer. The lakes were gorgeous. There were lots of people, though. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  2. Selina
    Selina says:

    Stunning! Definitely on the must-do-list for Croatia. Your rainbow photo is awesome 🙂

    Added you on Twitter so hope to catch up there sometime!

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  3. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    Wow, the colour of that water is unbelievable! Lovely photos, especially of the rainbows. This is going to have to go on my ‘places to see’ list.

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  4. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    Mary {The World Is A Book} says:

    Plitvice Lakes looks absolutely stunning! Those colors are amazing and I like how they set up the steps right on the water. Sorry you had to do an unnecessary climb. Beautiful photos! That watermill village looks like it came out of a fairytale book.

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  5. Jen
    Jen says:

    We went in August (oh, the crowds) and took the other entrance, so we saw the large waterfalls at the end of the 5 hour hike! Although the crowds were crazy, it was still an incredible, beautiful experience that I will never forget!

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      I can only imagine what it is like in summer. The boardwalks are not very wide, and a times they are a bit shaky. But at least the nature must be very green. We still had this grey winterly feel, lots of trees without the leaves, etc. Still beautiful, though 🙂

  6. Tom
    Tom says:

    I visited in February 2013. It was deserted & everything closed (meaning entrance was at least free). Luckily two Japanese girls from my bus accompanied me in otherwise I wouldn’t have dared go so far by myself in the snow. The place was covered knee deep, the lakes were grey & frozen but some of the more accessible waterfalls were still gushing. Even though about 95% of its natural beauty was probably covered by a blanket, it was such a peaceful, magical place, & the one place I’m dying to go back at a different time of year so I can appreciate it fully.

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  7. Caitlyn
    Caitlyn says:

    I love all of your photos! Plitvice really is such a gem. The nearby village also looks beautiful – I visited the nearby village of Slunj and they look quite similar.

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  8. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    I would love to visit the lakes! That village is quite charming, too. It looks like a fantastic day out exploring and I’m putting this one on my bucket list!

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Great to hear that you’ll be visiting this summer. Since you do enjoy hiking and outdors, make sure to visit the lakes. It’s easy to reach Plitvice from Zagreb by bus.

  9. Dennis Kopp
    Dennis Kopp says:

    Plitvice Lakes looks like a really beautiful place on the photos and it seems to cover quite an extensive area. Why did you end up cutting your visit short? Was that at the point when you discovered the cute coffee terrace in the watermill village? I could have easily spent there two hours as well… 🙂

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  10. ¨Phoebe @ Lou Messugo
    ¨Phoebe @ Lou Messugo says:

    Yes I’ve been to Plitivice and totally loved it. Everything about it lived up to my dreams and we visited in summer. We got there early and avoided the big crowds. It’s interesting seeing your photos from a different season. No leaves and much higher water levels make it quite different. Loved looking at your photos and reliving my memories.

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    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      I too would love to visit the lakes in different seasons. This time we really profited from the high water levels, crazy rapids, and rainbows. Water had that magical colour. But we did miss a bit more leaves and greenery to have a perfect setting. I would say to visit the lakes in a month would make a perfect timing.

  11. Bronwyn Joy
    Bronwyn Joy says:

    Wow, no wonder it’s a UNESCO site. Love the… what would you call them? The wooden paths on the water. Not jetties or bridges – they look just like they’re floating.

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  12. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
    SJ @ Chasing the Donkey says:

    Yup, we’ve been and are going again this year. That place is heaven on earth! Damng about those stairs – I prescribe rakija to help recover.

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    • Nikola Vukoja
      Nikola Vukoja says:

      They truly are heaven on earth, no matter what season. Summer, the canopy and the crystal clear water are stunning, autumn, OMG the colour!, and winter, there is nothing like seeing a frozen waterfall, it honestly looks like a magic place… as for spring, I swear I’m sure I saw a few magical Water Nymphs among the new foliage & river beds.
      As for Rakija… yep! Rakija fixes everything… it’ll kill any trace of a cold, make you forget everything, help you find your “singing” voice and make you a heap of new friends!

    • Frank G
      Frank G says:

      Thanks for your comment, Nikola! I’ve only seen Plitvice in spring and summer, and would love to experience them in winter and fall as well. Rakija gives power, that’s for sure. My favorite is Mirta – have you tasted that one?

  13. Megan
    Megan says:

    I remember seeing photos of Plitvice Lakes a few years ago. Those photos had me hooked on the idea of going to Croatia someday and your photos remind me to hurry up and plan. Something about those paths over/along the water…just beautiful.

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