Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

If you’re in the Zagreb area of Croatia, don’t miss out on visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park. The downside of visiting in February is part of the park is closed to visitors. However, the upside is there was no traffic and it felt like we had the park to ourselves most of the time. Our tour guide said in the summertime, there are so many cars on the road heading there from Zagreb that it gets almost unbearable. Then, once you’re actually at the park, it’s almost like a congo line as you navigate the parks narrow paths!

On our way to the park we stopped at the cute town of Rastoke. Rastoke Village is a village built on top of waterfalls! Most of my pictures have a terrible sun glare, but you can see the water coming out from under the buildings. I was fascinated by it!

Rastoke Village, Croatia

Rastoke Village Waterfall in Croatia

Rastoke Village Waterfall

Rastoke Village from above in Croatia

After our short visit to Rastoke Village, we continued our drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park. After only a short walk from the entrance, we were already greeted with some amazing waterfalls! The one in the far back was the biggest that we saw that day. You can see the wooden path along the left that we followed later on.

Plitvice Lake National Park - big waterfall

Many of the paths we walked on were over the water. Luckily no one fell in while we were there!

Bridge at Plitvice Lakes National Park

Check out the waterfall coming out from under the walkway!

Bridge at Plitvice Lakes National Park

Below is the biggest waterfall we saw that day. We enjoyed staring up at its height undisturbed by any other visitors. It really was like we had the waterfall all to ourselves!

Waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park

I loved seeing how the water found its way over the many obstacles in and around the lakes.

Waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park

The pathway followed along the side of the lake. We were greeted by several ducks during our walk and just enjoyed the peacefulness.

Pathway at Plitvice Lakes National Park

Check out the color of the water!

Small waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park

The national park is a bunch of lakes at different heights. As water traveled from one lake to the next, you could see many smaller waterfalls.

Waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park

We went on a short ferry boat ride across this lake. You can actually walk around if you want, but the ferry was a nice ride. Where we boarded the ferry there was a small snack stand and picnic tables for lunch.

Lake at Plitvice Lake National Park

After walking down by the water, we went up and got to see everything from above. You can see the layer of ice on top of the lake in the distance.

Looking down from above on the many lakes at Plitvice Lakes National Park

The sun glare was strong, but check out all the waterfalls we had walked by earlier in the day.

View from above of Plitvice Lakes National Park

The best part for me was seeing the beautiful color of the water from above. I imagine this place is amazing in all seasons. I’d love to return when there’s more foliage or maybe even some snow!

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Just a cool bench towards the entrance to the park. Check out Queen Lauren, haha.

Seat at the park

I would highly recommend Plitvice Lakes National Park. It’s really spectacular and a nice place to wander around. We went with a tour group, but you can also visit by yourself. Our guide suggested visiting in all different seasons because it always looks different! Sadly, this was our last day in Zagreb and the next morning we hopped on a plane to Dubrovnik!

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