The park boasts 16 spectacular terraced lakes, 90 cascading waterfalls and an endless boardwalk for you to wander and explore at your leisure. Plitvice Lakes National Park welcomes 1.2 million visitors every year, with 15,000 tourists visiting per a day during high season.
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Plitvice Lakes has been a major tourist attraction in Croatia since the late 19th century. It was officially established in 1949, and today it is a UNESCO world heritage site. During the 1991 civil war, the park’s headquarters became ground zero for the rebel Serbs. There was no tourism for four years after the war, which enabled the flora and fauna to recover and flourish. A remembrance ceremony for the fallen is held in the park every year.
When To Visit
To fully enjoy everything that Plitvice Lakes National Park has to offer it’s best to visit in the spring or autumn, so that you miss the crowds during the summer high season. In the middle of the day, the narrow boardwalks can become congested with tourists trying to pass each other in a different direction. Peak congestion times are between 10am and 3pm, so try to take your leisurely stroll around the park in the morning or the late afternoon. Boardwalk congestion can mean that you experience a hold up on your scenic exploration as the entire line of visitors suddenly stops behind someone who is intent on posing for a selfie.