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Exploring Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls | A Guide to the best waterfalls in Croatia

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What are the Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls?

Croatia is renowned for its breathtaking waterfalls. Some of the most stunning cascades and waterfalls, not just in the country but also in all of Europe, are located at the Plitvice Lakes National Park. There are around 90 waterfalls in the Plitvice Lakes area. Along with the lakes, they are major tourist attractions and receive more than 1 million visitors each year.

Why visit the Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls?

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Veliki Slap at Plitvice Lakes

Veliki Slap

Its name means “great” or “large” waterfall. Falling from a height of 78 meters (about 250 feet), this is the highest among the Plitvice waterfalls and one of the most photographed features in the national park. It is located near the end of the Lower Lakes.

Sastavci Waterfall

Sastavci Waterfall

This waterfall is located on the Korana River in the Novakovića brod lake in Plitvice Lakes National Park. The surrounding area in the Lower Lakes cluster has beautiful clear blue waters and can be accessed by various hiking trails.

Mali Buk Waterfall

Mali Buk Waterfall

It is situated in the Upper Lakes area of the Plitvice Lakes and it is one of the more remote waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Due to its seclusion, there are fewer people and visitors can take great photographs here.

Milka Trnina Waterfall

Milka Trnina Waterfall

This waterfall, also known as Slapovi Milke Trnine, is located between Milanovac and Gavanovac lakes. It is named after the famous Croatian opera singer Milka Trnina, who donated generously towards the conservation of the Plitvice Lakes area.

Veliki Prstavac

Veliki Prstavac

Falling from a height of 28 meters (90 feet), Veliki Prstavac is the second-highest among the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls. It is located at the Galovac Lake in the Upper Lakes area. It provides one of the most spectacular views in the national park.

Milanovacki slap waterfall in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Milanovački Slap

This is a beautiful waterfall located between the Upper Lakes and the Lower Lakes of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It connects Kozjak Lake, which is the largest of the Plitvice lakes, and Milanovac Jezero (lake).




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Frequently Asked Questions About Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls

Where are the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls located?

The Plitvice waterfalls can be found at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia’s Lika-Senj and Karlovac counties. The national park is located at Znanstveno - stručni centar “Dr. Ivo Pevalek” | HR 53231 Plitvička Jezera.

Why are the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls worth visiting?

The Plitvice waterfalls are among the most beautiful natural attractions at Plitvice Lakes National Park. They connect the 16 lakes of the park, which are formed due to the region’s unique topography and karst landscape.

Do I need tickets to visit the Plitvice waterfalls?

Yes, you can visit the waterfalls by buying your Plitvice Lakes National Park tickets online.

How do I get to the Plitvice waterfalls?

You can reach Plitvice Lakes National Park by bus or by car. Once you arrive at the national park, the various Plitvice waterfalls can be accessed by walking or hiking the trails.

What are the Plitvice waterfalls opening hours?

You can visit the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls from 8 AM to 4 PM from November to March, from 7 AM to 7 PM in April and May, between 7 AM and 8 PM from June to August, and from 7 AM to 7 PM in September and October.

What is the best time to visit the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls?

The best time to visit the national park is during the months of May, June, September, and October. But the Plitvice waterfalls are spectacular throughout the year and can be visited in all seasons.

How many Plitvice waterfalls are there?

There are about 90 waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Which is the highest among the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls?

Veliki Slap (“Great” or “Large” waterfall) is the tallest of the Plitvice waterfalls. It is 78 metres high.

How do I see the Plitvice waterfalls?

You can explore the Plitvice waterfalls while walking and hiking through Plitvice Lakes National Park. Many of the waterfalls and cascades can also be seen during the panoramic train and boat rides through the national park.