Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls

At 78 meters tall, Veliki Slap (or Big Waterfall) is the largest in Plitvice Lakes National Park and all of Croatia.

Galovački Buk (Galovac Waterfall) is the 2nd tallest waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park at 25 meters tall.

For anyone going to Plitvice Lakes, I recommend being at the entrance as soon as it opens, so you can leave around noon when the tour groups arrive. Plitvice Lakes was one of my favorite places in all of Europe, but that’s only because I got to spend 3 or 4 hours in the morning with the trail mostly to myself. By noon, the park felt a bit more like Disney World.

The Lakes

There are 16 lakes on the surface of the park, each at different levels of elevation and separated by natural dams of travertine.

The lakes are renowned for their colors, ranging from turquoise to green, to light or dark blue. The colors change depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

The water looks so inviting for a swim! Unfortunately, no swimming is allowed in Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Plitvice Lakes Boardwalk Trail

The majority of the hiking trails in Plitvice Lakes National Park are boardwalk over the water and in between the cascades.

This picture was taken at the far end of the Upper Lakes section. While not the most beautiful area of the park, it was very peaceful and few people cared to venture to this section of the park.

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