Lonely Planet Writer

Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park has turned into a frozen wonderland

A prolonged spell of unusually cold weather, with daytime temperatures averaging around -10°C, has frozen the many waterfalls and cascades at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, turning it into a winter wonderland.

The 80-meter high frozen "Big waterfall" at Plitvice lakes National Park.
The 80-metre high frozen “Big waterfall” at Plitvice lakes National Park. Image by HRVOJE POLAN/AFP/Getty Images

Croatia’s top natural attraction and a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park is a stunning place to visit at any time of year, with its glorious forested hills, turquoise lakes and hundreds of waterfalls.

Unusually cold weather last week made it an even more spectacular sight than usual. Curtains of icicles formed across the faces of the park’s many waterfalls, leaving them looking like multi-tiered wedding cakes.

Hardy tourists braved ice and snow on the park’s 18 km of walkways to get their perfect frozen-waterfall selfies.