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SB14: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

After Krk, we left the coast and headed to Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park was my favorite part of our trip! Plitvice is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The drive there was beautiful with mountains and forests, but the road was crazy with a lot of switchbacks.

Entrance to the park was 110HRK, which is about $20. (Price conversions were tricky this trip… with a lot of initial sticker shock!)

My professional guestimation is that we saw 16,939 waterfalls.

 

Plitvice Waterfalls

 

We walked along footbridges that weaved in and out and over and around the waterfalls. We scored big being there during off-season. We heard that during peak season it can be so crowded that you’re shoulder to shoulder with people the entire walk.

 

Plitvice footbridge

 

 

Purple flowers

 

Wood pile

 

We took a ferry across one of the lakes. We had a funny culture shock moment on our return ride. In Turkey, we’ve learned to be aggressive in lines. Our ferry was packed. Some people had to stand in the aisles. We sat on the benches at the very front. As we pulled up to the dock, we immediately stood up so we could be the first ones off the boat. And we looked like idiots. Everyone very methodically and in true Western style exited the boat row by row. People didn’t even stand up until it was their turn. Shame on us.

 

David on the ferry boat

 

Plitvice Waterfalls

 

Everywhere we looked… waterfalls and more waterfalls!

 

Plitvice Waterfalls

 

Plitvice Waterfalls

 

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Plitvice Waterfalls

 

On our way out of the park, we made one last stop.

 

Plitvice Waterfalls

 

Here’s our travel group:

 

Our travel group

 

The water came over the footbridges in some spots:

 

Chacos and water

 

So much so, we had to walk across bridges on the footbridges. As David said in his Vine video… “walking on water!”

 

Footbridge bridge

 

It was an awesome last waterfall to see!

 

Jumping by a waterfall

 

David and a big waterfall

 

Where we stayed
We stayed at Hotel Bellevue. We chose this one over Hotel Plitvice because it was cheaper. It was very basic and fairly clean, so it worked for a night. The hotel was a 10 minute walk from park entrance #2. It was nice that we didn’t have to worry about parking.

Where we ate
There were no towns or villages by the park, and our only option was the restaurant in Hotel Plitvice. After we dropped off our bags, we walked across the street for dinner. We had a really weird Grand Budapest Hotel moment. There was a grand dining room with white tablecloths and napkins, but only a handful of the tables were being used. The meal was average. The breakfast the next morning at Hotel Bellevue was awesome. It was just what we needed before our hike in the park! We stocked up on snacks and fruit before we got there, so we had plenty of munchies for our hike.

 

Here’s a recap of our trip:
» Day 1 & 2: Zagreb, Croatia
» Day 3: Bled, Slovenia
» Day 4: Ljubjlana, Slovenia
» Day 4: Škocjan Caves Park, Slovenia
» Day 5: Krk, Croatia
» Day 6: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
» Day 7: Split, Croatia

 

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