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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

WOW, WOW, WOW. A must see and the highlight is the trip so far. Beautiful waterfalls, the clearest water I've ever seen. Plenty of small fish (chub) and a few pike. Really beautiful but I can see it wouldn't be pleasant if there are crowds - October and a week day worked very well.

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Reviewed 17 October 2018

I'm grateful our strip wasn't any earlier in the tourist season, because the crowds that came to visit the beautiful waterfalls and lakes were still significant in mid-September. We tried starting our day at about 10:30AM, but that wasn't quite early enough to avoid all crowds. If you don't like crowds or feel claustrophobic being on narrow walkways full of groups of people stopping to take pictures, this may not be your thing. I think the books that advise going early in the morning or late in the evening are right on. It also can be quite hot and not very shady in some parts, so be prepared with sunscreen, hats and water. The hiking isn't overly challenging, but there are some stairs and steep inclines to traverse. We spent a total of about 3 hours, and ended our day at one of the rest stops with a cold beer. It was a beautiful adventure.

2  Thank raijav
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Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We were there in October and to us it was the perfect time of year with all the leaves falling and changing from greens to browns reds just gorgeous. Crowds were crazy busy on the weekend we happen to be there it was some special weekend for locals where the entry was only 50kn instead of 250kn the crowds were too much to be honest but as I said simply gorgeous and a definite must if you are traveling to Croatia

Thank Nicci M
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Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

What more can I say...
Unbelievable colours, tons of beautiful waterfalls, great scenery, well organized walking trails

The park is categorized into 2 portions, the upper and lower lakes. With shuttle bus service running between the lower lakes (ST1), which is roughly halfway between the 2 entrances, entrance 2 (ST2), which is roughly half way between the two halves of the lake area, and the upper lakes (ST3). There is also ferry boat service between ST1 & ST2 and a much shorter ride between ST2 and trailhead at the lower portion of the upper lakes. Both the shuttle bus and the ferry boats are included in the price of admission

We were fortunate enough to go during a promotional period when admission was reduced from 150kn/person/day, to only 50kn. Apparently, for 3 weeks every fall, the country reduces the admission so regular Croatians can afford to visit their own National park.

The only downside to this is the crowds. Between the fact that it happened to be a weekend, the extra Croatians and the tour bus loads there to view the great fall colours, the lower lakes were PACKED SOLID and you could barely move as you made your way around the boardwalk of the lower lakes. Parking was so bad that cars were parked on every available inch of highway shoulder for about 3km on either side of entrance 2 (despite the posted no stopping/parking signs)
My recommendation, should you find yourself there on one of those crazy days, is to park in the village, near the top of Mukinje road and walk down the trail to the ticket counters at P2, which only takes a few minutes and costs nothing.
A reasonably detailed map of the park walking trails costs 20kn and is a good investment if this is your first visit to the park, as some of the trail marking signs can be a bit confusing.
If/when you go, try to get there early and beat the crowds, which could show up later in the morning.
We took an afternoon and did the lower lakes via trail A, then came back the next morning and took a half day to do the upper lakes via trail E. Between the two, we managed to cover off all the lakes at a reasonable pace over 2 half days.
Also, if you plan on doing the upper lakes in the morning, I would recommend that you go counter clockwise, as you get much closer to the waterfalls on the N.E. (?) trail, and the morning like light is a bit behind them, making for some majestic views.
The path from the shuttle bus stop ST3 at the top of the lakes, down to the dock across from entrance 2, is well maintained and in most places is approx 1.5 meters wide and is made of finely crushed limestone. The walk from the boat dock to ST3 via the N.E portion (?) of trail E is a bit more "rustic" than most of the other main trails and boardwalks in the park.
Some places the trail markings can be a bit confusing, so it is probably a better idea to use the trail map you need to pay for.
A few people have indicated both that you can and can't rent a row boat for largest lake (Kozjak). You DEFINITELY can rent on for 100kn/hr, at the P1 ferry dock below entrance 2.

2  Thank Leon S
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

Aquamarine lakes, waterfalls, Beautiful forests wearing their Autumn colours. We were lucky to have a very informative and patient guide. Goran from Petros Tours Zagreb. He made the tour all the more interesting with his vast knowledge of the area.We were also lucky that it was not over crowded- so had plenty of photo stops.
Even the drive from Zagreb was picturesque. Definitely a place to put on your Bucket List.

Thank Sonia R
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