Up until about two years ago, I’ve never heard about the Grüner See (Green Lake) in Styria. But then there was this article about it in the news papers and it got nominated to be one of Austria’s most beautiful spots. I started wondering why neither I nor anyone I know has ever been there, since it’s pretty close to home and honestly… hence the size of Austria, pretty close to about every corner of good old Austria! 😉
Two friends and I had the idea of doing a little more homeland exploring whenever we have some time to spare and when the idea of going to Grüner See came up, we were instantly hooked.
This summer I was finally able to tick off something on my bucketlist which was on there since I can remember… The Plitvice lakes.
Me and my girls went on a quite spontaneous roadtrip to croatia in july. Our main destination was Rovinj ( one of my favourite cities all over the world – Post on Rovinj will follow), but since we were driving all the way down from Austria and 4 hours of driving more or less didn’t really matter anymore, we decided to take a detour via the lakes.
When we got there it was already past noon, so we didn’t loose any time , put on our hiking boots and went towards the ferry which took us to the other side of the main lake. Starting from there, we just had to follow a wooden pathway which toos us around the 16 lakes!
The lakes are most famous for being arranged in cascades. Walking through this wonderland like scenery makes you feel like you are walking in a fairyland.
Thousands of different shades of green and blue, untouched nature and the clearest water you’ve ever seen… I totally fell in love with that place.
We stopped for a coffee at a restaurant close to the topmost lake and right next to it, a shuttle takes you all the way back to the ferry. This restaurant was also the only thing I didn’t like about the Plitvice Nationalpark. It was extremely touristy and stood in such a contrast to the rest of the nationalpark that we felt like we’ve been jolted out of a dream.
I would recommend to avoid taking a break at the restaurant and bring some snacks instead.
In total, it took us around 2.5 hours to walk all the way through the nationalpark. It was by no means straining and the pathway was in a very good condition.
The only thing we were a bit dissappointed of was, that we couldn’t go swimming anywhere in the nationalpark. But thinking about it now, imagining these crystal clear lakes full of tourists would totally ruin its charm and also potentially ruin its flora and fauna.
For all of you who consider traveling to Croatia one day… make sure to put the Plitvice Nationalpark on your bucketlist!!