CROATIA: Plitvice Lakes, the winter wonderland

Frozen Waterfalls and Lakes at Plitvice Lakes National Park

Cloaked in white, grey, brown, blue and green, Plitvice Lakes National Park was so surreal. With its wintry look of frozen waterfalls, lakes and snow, it was as if time had stood still.

Advised by other bloggers, we had wanted to stop by to visit Rastoke, affectionately known as Little Plitvice, en route to Plitvice Lakes National Park. But, when we reached Rastoke, we thought why waste time at a smaller Plitvice when instead, we could spend more time at the vast and famous Plitvice Lakes? So off we went to spend our entire day at Plitvice Lakes and trust us, you won’t regret it.

Strolling at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Given that it was winter, there was practically no one in sight for most of our hike. Bliss!

If our visit was in a different season, spending 2 days there would have been perfect. As it was winter, most of the lakes were either frozen or closed. The ticket office’s lady told us that our only option was to go to the waterfall at Entrance 1, but that was fine because she said that is the biggest waterfall in the park. There are lakes near that waterfall too.

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A shuttle bus will fetch you to and fro S1 and S2, reducing the time required to walk. We suggest that you take the shuttle bus, as we had originally thought we could experience more by walking, but in the end, we realised we could have used the time and effort to walk more around the park instead. The shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes.

Awaiting Shuttle Bus at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Knackered from the hike, Marshmallow decided to lie on the snow to wait for the shuttle bus
Snow Angel at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Marshmallow also decided the snow was good enough to make a snow angel
Usual Ticket Prices at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Usual prices for one- and two-day tickets

A one-day ticket usually costs 55 KN per adult, but in winter, it only costs 35 KN. Do note that boat rides are not operated in winter and all eateries except the one at Entrance 1 are closed, so do bring along food and water for your hike.

There are many trails to choose from, so depending on your time available, choose wisely. No matter which trail you explore, sheer beauty awaits. Now that we have seen Plitvice Lakes National Park’s persona in winter wonderland, we are looking forward to see Plitvice Lakes National Park in other seasons when we next visit Croatia!

If you are planning to visit Croatia in winter, read up about our experience here.

By: Chocolate & Marshmallow

 

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