In Zagreb I heard that the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park was not only still open but also very beautiful this time of year, and not to mention less crowded, so I decided to make it my next stop. All of those things were true: there were some amazing sights and the water seemed to be flowing as strong as ever.
The national park gets over a million visitors annually, which is on the same order of magnitude as the number of visitors to Yosemite, except in a much smaller space. Either way, neither really qualifies as a national park but more like a tourist attraction to me. However, since it was off-season, the crowds did seem thinner (rumors had it in the summer you have to wait 2 hours just to enter the park, since they have to wait for people to leave before letting more in).
Over the years they’ve constructed quite an impressive system of wooden pathways to walk on, which is probably a good step towards getting people to stay on-trail and preserving some of the natural beauty. The pathways often go on and over the water…
…which lets you get some nice views from right at the top of the falls
At times you even have to watch your feet that you don’t get wet! Sounds obvious but by this point in the path you’re so used to being spoiled by the convenience of the paths that it can surprise you.
The big attraction, other than the entire experience itself, is Veliki Slap, or the big falls.
That’s pretty much it. You’re not allowed to swim although an Aussie (of course) the day before did say he went for a dip. Definitely would recommend for a day tour though!