If you ever asked me which country did you first set in Europe? The romantic Paris or the historical Rome? I must say it was Zagreb. Some random pick yes? Well, I was kinda lucky that my team, Xense got into a final design competition for EDCOM Awards. They have invited us to fly to Zagreb for the final announcement! During the trip, we actually had a one day free to explore the town. As I have already circled the town right away after I landed, I was thinking about what else can I do here? And so my hostel receptionist offer me the one-day tour trip to Plitvice Lake. As I recall that one of my teammates even said that it is a gorgeous place to visit and so I decided why not go to this Plitvice Lakes National Park tour that people recommended to.
I must admit, I was sceptical the day before, and I only joined this tour since there was nothing else to do. But, I totally did not regret it. Cos I had a blast of time while I was here 🙂
What is Plitvice Lake?
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia that also included as UNESCO World Heritage. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres and filled with mountains, waterfalls and lakes. Apparently, you can see 16 lakes from the surface with 90 waterfalls to explore. And you must know that it can take 2 whole days trekking throughout the area. I gotta admit, the view is spectacular!
How to get there?
The journey itself can take about 2 hours 30 minutes by bus if you take the bus from Zagreb Bus Terminal. I know that there are also plenty of bus stop from Split and Zadar. But what I reckon is that Zagreb is the closest city to hop on. I was kinda lucky to find a tour in my hostel to this place which already includes the transportation and tickets to the national park.
I was kinda lucky to find a tour in my hostel to this place which already includes the transportation and tickets to the national park. One of the reasons why you should always ask plenty of things to the hostel receptionist, especially for the first time! Just remember to book the tour one day before you go.
How much is the price ticket?
As I have looked on the other hostel and they also provided the same kind of tour and price. I personally think it was a reasonable price around 200 Kuna with the transportation back and forth Zagreb and Plitvice Lake. If you want to go by yourself please take a look at here for more information. The good thing about taking the hostel tour is that we even got the tour guide to show us around!
What else to see?
Plitvice Lakes is a home of nature with massive flora and fauna diversity. Oh man, words can’t describe how gorgeous is this place! Take a look down here..
What you really should know when you get there…
- You are forbidden to swim, wash, dip, or even touch the water.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park is also home to 16 different lakes which change colour by the second.
- The tallest waterfall named Great Waterfall is over 70 meters high.
- The cave is totally dangerous, please do not go down if you don’t feel you are up to it – I know that I shouldn’t follow the guide. But it does have a beautiful scenery!
- If you are lucky, you might even spot wolves, bears, deer, wildcats, wild boar and other kinds of wildlife!
- The Plitvice lake is also home to more than 120 bird species.
- Super popular! Apparently, they have more than 1.2 million tourists visit the park every year!
Now, am I succeed tempting you to visit Plitvice Lake as well? 🙂
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