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  • Hours: Open daily.
  • Admission: $15.00-21.00

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

A national park since 1949 and a World Heritage Site since 1979, Plitvice (prounounced pleet-wee-cheh) is still relatively new on the European tourist trail, but certainly not undiscovered. Set at the top of Croatia’s Adriatic region in a karsted area of the Dinaric Alps, just two hours from the capital city of Zagreb, the park is visited by over 1.2 million people each year.

A sprawling limestone and dolomite chalk landscape of blue-green lakes, mossy caves, trickling streams and spectacular waterfalls, this geological wonder formed at the confluence of two rivers dates back as far as the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Most of the 16 lakes within the park are rimmed with curvilinear boardwalks that wend alongside the most scenic waterfall areas, allowing visitors to get a closer look at the craggy travertine formations created by the constant rushing of water over mineral-rich rocks. Humans are not allowed to enter the clear, clean water here, and the buses and boats that transport visitors through the park use quiet, non-polluting electric energy.

Surrounded by a pristine forest of beech, spruce and fir and carpets of lush ferns, the park is home to brown bears, wolves and rare eagle owls, as well as over a hundred endemic species of both birds and flowers. For fans of orchids, this is a floral mecca: botanists have so far identified 55 species within the park.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: Plitvice Lakes Day Trip from Zagreb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 11 hours

From USD $138.14
From USD $1,093.62

Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip from Split

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 12 hours

From USD $95.55

Zagreb Super Saver: Zagreb Walking Tour and Small-Group Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip

Location: Zagreb, Croatia

1.5 hours (Zagreb walking tour) and 11 hours (Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip)

From USD $89.33

Split Super Saver: Diocletian's Palace Walking Tour plus Small-Group Plitvice Lakes Day Trip

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: Diocletian's Palace: 1.5 hours; Plitvice Lakes: 12 hours

From USD $95.78

Private Tour: Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 15 hours

From USD $115.12

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