Plitvice Lake, Croatia
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Plitvice Lake, Croatia

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With its numerous cascading waterfalls, quiet pools - where you can see the fish - and lush flora, this is the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Get there early to avoid the crowds.

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A: Plitvice Lakes National Park

by zwiedzaj360pl, 2.1 km away

Plitvice Lakes National Park

B: Galovački Buk, Plitvička Jezera

by Bane Obradović, 2.2 km away

Galovački Buk, Plitvička Jezera

C: Plitvička Jezera, 2012.

by Bane Obradović, 2.7 km away

Plitvička Jezera, 2012.

D: Plitvice

by Chris Ellenbogen, 2.8 km away

Plitvice

E: Plitvice in rain

by Shingo Murasawa, 3.3 km away

Plitvice in rain

F: The pier by the lake Kozjak in national park Plitvička jezera

by Zoran Trost, 3.4 km away

The pier by the frozen lake Kozjak in national park Plitvička jezera in winter. The boats used in sum...

The pier by the lake Kozjak in national park Plitvička jezera

G: Photographer In Action

by Bane Obradović, 3.4 km away

Photographer In Action

H: Cave in Plitvice Lakes National Park

by zeljko soletic, 5.0 km away

Cave in Plitvice Lakes National Park

I: Plitvice Lakes 2

by Chris Ellenbogen, 5.0 km away

Plitvice Lakes 2

J: Plitvice National Park

by zeljko soletic, 5.2 km away

Plitvice National Park

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