The Beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park


As soon as I had decided on Croatia as the first stop on my trip, I instantly put Plitvice Lakes National Park at the very top of my list of things to do whilst there.

I’d seen hundreds of articles online, all with stunning photos and beautiful descriptions of the National Park. I couldn’t wait to get there and experience it for myself.

It was amazing.

Consisting of sixteen lakes in total, there are two parts to the park – the upper lakes, and the lower lakes. The park gives you a few different options for routes to take based on what you want to see and how long you want to be walking for. We decided to take the 6 hour walk and explore the upper lakes first, followed by the lower lakes.

Upon arriving at the park, the first thing that struck me was just how clear and vibrant the colour of the lakes were. It ranged from blue to grey to green to turquoise, and these colours change depending on the time of the year, and the mineral content of the water.

The colour itself is produced by the water of Plitvice pouring down from the mountains over limestone rocks, moss and algae. The rocks then dissolve and are deposited into the lakes. These rocks then coat the floor of the lake in a white chalky powder, which aids to reflect the sky onto the water.

This has to be the most beautiful place I have visited thus far on my trip, and it was probably the first time in my life that I walked for hours and hours without spending most of the time complaining!

I hope you enjoy the photos!

plitvice lake reflections

One of the upper lakes

plitvice boat ride on the lake

The stunning colour of the lower lakes

Turquoise colour of Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes from above

Ariel view of Plitvice Lakes from viewpoint

Plitvice lakes from above viewpoint

Information: Plitvice Lakes is open daily all year round between 7am and 8pm. There’s an entrance fee of 80 Kunas for adults for November – March, and 110 Kunas from April to October. Children under the age of seven can visit for free.

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30 Comments

  1. Lauren
    August 25, 2011
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    Pretty much as they came, I edited the brightness and contrast slightly but that was it.

  2. Mike
    August 25, 2011
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    Another cool batch

    • Lauren
      August 25, 2011
      Reply

      Thanks!

  3. Marlene
    August 25, 2011
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    The colors are very vivid. Beautiful shots!

    • Lauren
      August 25, 2011
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      Thanks Marlene!

  4. Jordan
    August 25, 2011
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    Beautiful as always. I always look forward to seeing your pictures!

    • Lauren
      August 26, 2011
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      Awww, thanks Jordan, that makes me happy!

  5. Arjun RaY
    August 26, 2011
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    Marvelous… The place is so scenic and the colour of the water is just mind blowing!! To capture nature gift in such vibrancy, the credit has to go to you Lauren!! Just keep these coming!

  6. eGichomo
    August 26, 2011
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    Really beautiful pics, awesome photography skills.. more wallpapers for me :)

    • Lauren
      September 6, 2011
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      Hahahaha, awww thanks! :D

  7. Danielle
    August 26, 2011
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    Wow, I can’t get over how blue the lake is. Great shots!

    • Lauren
      September 6, 2011
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      The colour was amazing!

  8. Kris Koeller
    August 30, 2011
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    The waters look amazing. Great photos; sounds like a terrific visit!

    • Lauren
      September 6, 2011
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      It was definitely the highlight of Croatia!

  9. Christine from christineinspain.com
    August 30, 2011
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    This has been on the top of my to-see list for awhile! Your photos are stunning!

    • Lauren
      September 3, 2011
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      Thanks Christine! You’ve gotta get there, it’s amazing! :)

  10. Mimo
    September 1, 2011
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    That’s very nice. Great photos, girl. But if you visited Krka waterfalls between Zadar and Šibenik (and you were not far from it, I was sure you were planning to go there), I believe Plitvice would be the second most beautiful place you have visited. I’m so glad you liked my country. I see you concentrated on famous destinations, next time you come I’ll recommend you (or take you to…:))some smaller, less known places where real fun is. Stay safe and wish you great travels further on up the road…. I’m looking forward to follow them on your blog.

    • Lauren
      September 3, 2011
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      We were planning on going there, but didn’t get a chance in the end. I went to a lot more destinations than I’ve written about so far. :)

  11. Phil
    September 6, 2011
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    Wow, that blue is unreal. Nice shots, they make me want to visit :)

  12. Nomadic Samuel
    September 8, 2011
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    The turquoise coloured lakes are really picturesque!

  13. Ian [EagerExistence]
    September 9, 2011
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    Thanks for all the tips you gave me on PLNP! I came, I saw, I conquered. Going to leave my tips eventually when I get around to writing the post. Would you believe, so many people travelling Croatia have never heard of PLNP.

  14. Crocop
    September 9, 2011
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    Plitvice Lakes is a place that you have to visit twice.During summer and suring winter.It’s a total different expirience,both times.After visiting Plitvice 4 times i still can’t decide when do i love it more….

  15. hogga
    September 10, 2011
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    Now that’s some sexy photography! Meow!

  16. I Hart Travel
    September 11, 2011
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    Another beautiful post! You are really capturing the beauty of these places you are visiting. Can’t wait to see your views of Asia.

  17. plitvicer
    October 12, 2011
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    not olny a great post, also great pictures !

  18. Joanna Frank
    December 4, 2011
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    But if you visited Krka waterfalls between Zadar and Šibenik (and you were not far from it, I was sure you were planning to go there), I believe Plitvice would be the second most beautiful place you have visited. Are these pictures touched up post production or as they came from the camera? Thanks for all the tips you gave me on PLNP! Another beautiful post!

  19. Sue
    December 26, 2011
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    I was in Plitvice in Sept 12th of this year and agree that this is an amazing place.

  20. John
    January 5, 2012
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    Excellent photos. Did you know that there is actually another (albeit smaller) version of these lakes in the United States? Hanging Lake in Colorado (wikipedia here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging_Lake) is formed by the same travertine rock and has similar scenery. Check it out!

  21. Tjasa Ekorna
    February 10, 2020
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    These lakes are so amazing, over and over again <3
    Just as a bit of an update if someone wants to go – pick the out of season date – much less crowded and much cheaper!

    • Lauren
      March 15, 2020
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      Yes, absolutely! It gets sooooo busy in summer!

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