Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Backpacking through Eastern Europe? Touring the coastal region of Croatia? Do not solely traverse through the cities of this fascinating country and miss out on the natural wonders Croatia holds. Plitvice Lakes National Park, a landscape of rolling hills, pristine waters and endless waterfalls, is easily accessible by public transportation.

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When:
The park is open daily from around 8:00am to 6:00pm. During the summer, hours extend to 7:00pm. If traveling between Zagreb and Zadar, this makes for the perfect break in a day of traveling as buses leave to and from each city and the park.

How:
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, has mastered their use of a tram and city bus system. From the main bus station there’s an early morning bus at 7:30am and then every hour on the half hour starting at 10:30am. Ticket prices vary between 70 and 120 kruna ($12 to $22) and the bus rides lasts about 2 1/2 hours with stops.

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Ease:
Whether you enjoy walking long distances or want a short jaunt to see beautiful waterfalls, Plitvice National Park is the place for you! The park is kept with care and the trails are easy to navigate. Take a day to get out of the city and see what the Croatian landscape has to offer.

Worth It:
A day outside in the fresh air, with waterfalls to your left and right, who could say no? The people are friendly and the hike is not strenuous. Just make sure not to miss the last bus, which leaves before the park closes! This was by far one of my favorite places I saw backpacking around Europe.

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