First of all, I want to get things straight and just say that this is not a post to scare you off from visiting one of the most magical national parks IN THE WORLD, but merely a heads up on the fines and extra costs that may come from your visit (you can thank me later).
The DON’TS of Plitvice Lakes
- Don’t go off the path – you will get fined and it’s actually very dangerous, believe it or not (take it from the girl who almost fell down a 10 metre gap in the ground to try and get a better shot of a waterfall. I didn’t think it was dangerous at all until my Dad was yelling his face off at me. Thankfully I listened to him).
- Don’t feed the fish – you will also get fined.
- Don’t go between 10am and 2pm – the crowds become unbearable and really detract from the beauty of the place.
- Don’t wear open toe shoes – it can get quite swampy along the paths, especially after rain.
- Do not bring a pram – not only will it be a big inconvenience for you with all of the steps, but it will be for the rest of the crowds too (I did almost fall off the boardwalk and into the water because somebody was having struggles with getting their pram up the steps. True story. Just don’t do it).
- Don’t expect everyone to be respectful. People come here in a rush and often have a time limit, especially if they are on a tour.
- Don’t try and do the whole park in one day. Obviously if this is your only option, then it’s totally doable, but you will get so much out of Plitvice by spending two days there when it’s not busy.
- Don’t try and catch the boat across the lake during the middle of a day in summer – you could easily be waiting in the sun for an hour and a half.
The DO’S of Plitvice Lakes
- Do come to entrance two – they have stands selling fresh berries as you enter the park. It’s the perfect snack and energy kick for all that walking you will be doing inside the park.
- Do split your visit over two days.
- Do bring water and snacks – the prices are severely inflated inside.
- Do arrive for either the morning or afternoon when there are no tours around.
- Do start at the third parking area, especially if you don’t fancy walking up hill.
- Do take hundreds upon hundreds of photographs. This place is seriously unreal and deserves to be shared with all of your family and friends back home.
All the love,