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There is no doubt that the Plitvice Lakes are incredibly beautiful but there needs to be something done about crowd control. It was so difficult to move due to the masses of people. I saw people almost getting knocked into the water. I lined up to enter, to walk the park, to use a toilet, to buy food, to use the ferry and the train. HUGE lines for everything which ruined the day.
Go early the queues are huge, prepare to wait an hour if not at front of queue. Take route C and plan to be there for 5 ish hours well worth every minute. There is a few places to eat a restaurant at station 2, plenty of picnic stops, take water for the walk. Went on a Sunday.
Entrance 1 is very close to main attractions-lower lakes and big waterfalls. If you have a little time you may choose shortest route and see a lot of Beauty. If you have more time, go to upper lakes too.
Amazing place! We stayed over in a b&b nearby the night before so that we could go as soon as the park opened to avoid the queues. I'd definitely recommend going. You can't swim in the park but the views are just stunning.
Stay overnight before you plan to visit Plitvice national park so you can get there at 7am when the park opens and before the tourist buses arrive. Once they arrive the park is way too crowded and not enjoyable at all.
Not as busy as I've read about from other reviews. It is a great starting point if you go early. It is right where the big falls is. If you go early you can plop by the big falls first, then take the train up to station 2 to take the trai ls "E","H","K", which works from the top down instead, you'll also get to visit the big falls once more before you leave. There's also that unmarked path to a high vantage point for the view of the lakes is it now closed due to multiple incidents including deaths. I was told people who get caught going up may get fined. So please respect the said rules even if you want the coolest selfie.