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Plitvice Waterfall

Nature creation - Earth Waterfall ::--1.Guaza - Brazil|| 2.Victoria - Zimbabwe|| 3.Niagara - USA|| 4.Plitvice - Croatia|| 5.Angel - Venezuela|| 6.Yosemite - USA|| 7.Kaieteur - Guyana|| 8.Gullfoss - Iceland9. ||Dettifoss - Iceland|| 10.Sutherland - N.Z.||Water Fall List||

Plitvice Waterfall

When it comes to the overall waterfalling experience, it's hard to beat this world famous attraction. While the rest of the waterfalls on our Top 10 List are primarily singular waterfall attractions, this one is really a network of countless waterfalls .


The waterfalls themselves segregate the many clear and colorful lakes that bring life to this lush and protected ecosystem. Plus, you have boardwalks that take you under, over, and around almost all of the notable waterfalls for some of the most intimate waterfalling experiences to be had. Add it all up, putting these waterfalls on this list was an absolute no-brainer as far as Julie and I were concerned. 

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Mediterranean coastal region.

The protected area extends over 296,85 km². About 90 percent of this area are part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10 percent are part of Karlovac County. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 900,000 visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to charges. Strict regulations apply.

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The Plitvice Waterfalls are one of Croatia's signature attractions. So unless you're on a tour where you probably won't care about how to get here, we're going to break down how we self-drove to the falls. But in all honesty, it isn't that hard to find this place as it's well signposted all the way from Zagreb (Croatia's capital) to the north and from Zadar to the south.

In summary, it's probably about a 2-hour drive south of Zagreb and maybe a little under 90 minutes north of Zadar. The breakdown of our experience is as follows.

From Zagreb, we drove out of the city along Hwy 12, which is a high speed motorway (toll required). This consisted of the first 54km stretch of driving, and went pretty quickly (maybe a little less than an hour).

Then, we exited Hwy 12 and onto Hwy 11, where we paid the toll and proceeded to drive along a mostly two-lane highway winding through rural farms and small villages (beware that there are speed traps in some of these villages). This stretch might be the most tiring because you'll probably end up behind a slow-moving truck, tour bus, or RV belching out diesel fumes in your direction. But given the relatively high traffic and blind curves, it's quite difficult to pass them unless the driver in front of you is courteous enough to pull over and let you pass (this was quite rare in Croatia; unlike Greece where it seemed the drivers got it).

This stretch along the 11 probably took us a good 90 minutes before finally reaching the Plitvicka Jezera National Park.

There are two car Ulaz's (entrances) where there are also car parks. But we ended up parking at our hotel, which was right across the street from Ulaz 2 . From there, it was all pedestrian walks.

When we left Plitvice, we continued driving south along Hwy 13 until it joined up with Hwy 2, which was another high speed motorway (toll required). I believe it took us close to 90 minutes to go from Plitvice to Hwy 2. We then continued on the high speed motorway towards Skradin .Naturally, these transit times will differ depending on where you're at, but at least this gives you a rough idea of how much time to budget for travel days.