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Winter visit to the Plitvice lakes

The Plitvice lakes are a great place to visit also in the winter season, even if you have already visited it during one of the 3 other seasons I can highly recommend a visit also at the winter season. The best and most spectacular sight is of course when the park is covered in snow, which happens almost every winter. Especially from December to February snow and temperatures below 0 are quite common in the area.

National National Park Plitvice Lakes Winter

If there have been heavy snowfalls it can happen that the park is closed, but this happens rarely. Other times it happens that only the lower part of the parks is open, which still makes it worthwhile visiting the park. On the website of the national park you can find current opening hours, as well as information about parking and which entrance to use. So in case of snow make sure to check.

  • Weather forecast Plitvice next 7 days – here
  • Official website of NP park – here
  • Road conditions – here

Plitvice Winter

Good to know for a winter visit at NP Plitvice

  • If the weather conditions are “normal” you have the boats running on the upper lakes and the guide tours are also available.
  • The admission fees are reduced
  • Opening hours are shorter
  • Bring warm clothes and proper footwear, especially if there is snow.
  • Skiing at Plitvice, a few km from entrance nr. 2 in the village Mukinje, it is possible to go skiing, there is one slope with a T-lift and a few smaller hills which are mainly used for kids on slides. Ski equipment and slides can be rented at the skiing centre where you can also find a restaurant.

Skiing Mukinje

Getting to Plitvice in the winter

Travelling to the Plitvice lakes with car is normally not a problem, in case where snow is falling or heavy snow is forecasted you should check the road conditions on the website of HAK (see link box above) before driving to the park..

Public transport: also during winter season you have buses driving to Plitvice, most buses are from Zagreb, but there are also a few buses from Split and Zadar, as well as one night bus from Dubrovnik. As both entrances are not always open during the winter season, you should make sure to get out at the right bus stop; on the map below we have marked the entrances as well as the bus stops by the park.

Where to stay in the winter season

During winter season most of the hotels run by National park Plitvice are closed, the only one which is open whole year around is hotel Jezero. But there is of course other options, at our last winter visit we stayed in this house (see also photo with all the snow) in Smoljanac, which is about 5 km from entrance 1. If you visit without a car, your first priority for accommodation should be Rastovaca. Other options are Grabovac and Rakovica where you have quite a few nice family hotels. I would avoid Korana if there is snow due to the steep road.

Plitvice

Plitvice

Plitvice

Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any question about visiting national park Plitvice, during winter or any of the other seasons

Map Plivice, entrances and bus stops:

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7 Comments »

  • Kannika says:

    Greeting from Trieste. I came across your site by chance and love it. Thank you for sharing your tips about travelling to Croatia and especially about the winter visit to the Plitvice lakes. I and my friend just went there and we enjoyed it very much although we couldn’t visit many parts of the National park and no service of boats, buses,nothing, only some walking paths were open. The entrance fees were reduced to 40kuna though. We actually almost cancelled the trip to Plitvice due to the bad weather and I was afraid of the road condition(I don’t get used to driving in the snow). At the end we did it and wasn’t bad idea at all. We even crossed the border to see Bihac in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the afternoon. We stayed at the inn in Rastovača only 300 metres from the entrance 1 which is very convenient. Thanks for your tips again and by the way I just looked in my photos of plitvice, they look similar to your photos. 😉

    Regards,Kannika

    • Hi Kannika,

      glad you like my site, Thanks!

      It indeed seams like we most have been in Plitvice at the same time, we also paid the reduced fee of 40 Kuna. I found Plitvice fantastic everytime i visited, i could hardly imagine a weather where that would not be the case 🙂

      I never was in Bihac, but i definitly will go there on of the next times when i am in the area.

      Greetings from Split,

      Morten

  • Kung says:

    Thanks for sharing… We plan to visit the park on Jan 1, 2014. We are not sure that the park is open or not…

  • Mahi says:

    Greetings.,,

    We are planning to visit Plitvicka during christmas. We will be driving from Brno. Do you think it will be snowing at Plitvicka?
    We have a 2 year old baby. Is it a good idea to drive to Plitvicka.

    We also have plans to go further down to Krka national park and to Split?

    Is it a good idea to start our drive from Czech republic?

    Please suggest.
    Mahi

  • Michaela says:

    Great post, thank you! My sister and friend and I will be traveling to Croatia end of December-early January. We will not have a car and will be coming from Zagreb and staying two nights in the area–we want to hike and explore and see some beautiful sights. Which portion of the park (upper or lower) do you recommend for winter? Is Rastovaca a good location for a scenic winter hike (or two!)?

    Thanks in advance!

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