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Plitvice Lakes National Park: A Real Life Fairytale Land…plus some tips!

After a week on The Yacht Week, we made our way back en route to complete our ultimate Euro Trip!

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Croatia itself is such a long country. It runs along the coast and the weather can be completely different in one area than the other – specifically, and obviously, between the southern and northern parts of the country. After a mostly sun-kissed week, we nervously watched the temperature drop as we drove up the mountains to get to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Get ready to be awed by the most amazingly beautiful views, water, greenery…basically the closest thing I’ve seen to a fairytale land in real life 😍😍😍 Even on a cloudy day.

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We got in to the park through Entrance 2, which leads to Kozjak Lake. There you can take a boat across that leads to a trail that can take you up the mountains.
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The first waterfall we came across as we across. We started climbing up the mountain and then I got sea sick…well, land sick.
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The only other picture I took from the top-ish of the mountain before I got so sick that I had to veeeeeery slowly make my way down in an attempt to not roll down into the water, trees or rocks 😱
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After getting back to where we started, we got on another ferry that took us to another part of the lake where the path eventually leads you to the Big Waterfall.
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Even in chilly weather, that water looks ready to jump in…which by the way, you can’t do.
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Walking down the wooden path along the mountain, and over the water, is amazing! Not so great when the earth is moving all around, but still very pretty.
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Small waterfall named Milke Trnine. Standing on this wooden deck really lets you sink in the view because it takes you a little further out into the water. Just be ready for a little mist 😉
Click here to get a glimpse of the falls on our trip (fast forward to 1:32 😉 )
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Look at how clear that is! 😍 The walk to the Big Waterfall is longer than we anticipated. If you look closely to the right, you can see where the wooden path follows the surrounding rocks.www.lizlauers.com

Finally made it to the bottom of the Big Waterfall!! This thing is so grand, it was impossible to get a picture of the whole waterfall from top to bottom with my camera. Again, more mist…but quite relaxing even with so many people around.

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Some wooden pieces are a bit questionable (as expected in a place surrounded by water). This was my favorite part of the wooden path. Maybe it’s because it wasn’t entirely surrounded by water, which lessened my land sickness, but I like to think that it was the foliage, which made me feel like I was walking in the middle of a fairy land.
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Making our way to the top wasn’t so hard, but very winding and a little scary when the earth feels like it’s moving from underneath you. But that large waterfall way in the back is the Big Waterfall…wow!
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Another one of the lakes from the top…look at that water!! So surreal.

Croatia has been great so far…and yes, it is on my list of places to visit again ❤

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  1. Go straight to Entrance 2. Skip Entrance 1…it’s ridiculously busy and the line is loooooong. But either entrance you start your at will be jaw-dropping. Really just depends on how much time you have. Plus, you can also buy your tickets at Entrance 2. Waiting 20 minutes to get tickets beats an hour or longer wait at Entrance 1.
  2. Go for more than a day. If you get the chance, go for at least two days. Explore one side of the park one day and the other day the next. There’s just so much to see and, sure, one day will fill your heart, but two days…ahhhh.
  3. Big Waterfall is life. If you must prioritize, go straight to the Big Waterfall. It’s breathtaking! Plus, the path in that area of the park has more of a “magical” feel to it than the other parts of the path throughout the park.
  4. Don’t go after being on a boat for a week…if you get seasick. 🤣 I am the prime example of this. I wish we could have spent more time climbing up the mountains instead of slowly making our way down to ensure I didn’t tumble down. Argh. The adventurer heart in me was just…💔💔💔
  5. Get there early!! This should probably be the No. 1 tip. We were held up in unexpected traffic coming from Split.
  6. Be prepared for cooler weather. Because it’s on higher elevation, the weather is cooler. So a cloudy day in the middle of summer can be chillier than expected.
  7. Go on a row boat! I wish I would have known that this was an option…and that we would have had more time. But this would be everything on a day with clear skies and the sun shining. Can you imagine what that water looks like?!
  8. Take food with you…or buy some snacks on the way out. The food inside is a bit pricey and not anything special. Either eat before, bring lunch, or buy some fresh fruit on your way out at one of the stands (near Entrance 1) before heading towards a restaurant. Tip: the stands only take cash!

Have you visited Plitvice Lakes National Park? Share your favorite spots an tips in the comments…

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Next stop…Italia!!

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4 thoughts on “Plitvice Lakes National Park: A Real Life Fairytale Land…plus some tips!

  1. I’m dying to visit this place! My husband and I are going to SE Asia from September to March and then are trying to figure out where to go between mid-March and late-April when we’re going to London. I think Easter Europe is a MUST! Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration! Xx

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    1. How exciting!! Asia is on my travel list…Hoping I can make it over before the year is over.

      I highly recommend Croatia. I didn’t get a chance to go to Krka National Park. You can get in the lakes there!! If you stop by, let me know how it is.

      Safe travels!! 🙂

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      1. I definitely will, Liz! Thanks! One quick question – Did you find that Croatia was budget-friendly? We have a decently tight budget since we’re going for 8 months.

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      2. Compared to the states, it was about the same in the touristy parts. But when you got to the less touristy areas, it’s much less expensive. Basically, the closer you are to the water, the more expensive it is. But it can be budget friendly if you go for a more authentic experience. We felt safe the entire trip, so getting to some hole-in-the-wall places was doable.

        It helps that most places will take Euros so then you don’t have to do too much exchanging and spending money on exchange fees. But have cash on you. It was rare to find places that would take card…And since they don’t split checks, it’s just easier to do that with cash anyway. Some islands won’t take Euro though, so definitely have some Kuna on you before you even leave the mainland.

        Random tip: Croatia wine is pretty cheap. We got some from a winery on Vis Island for about $13USD 😍 Bring some back!! 😉

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