Plitvice Waterfalls: When is the best time to visit?
When is the best time to visit Plitvice Waterfalls
Personally, I'd say depends on what you're after? Stable weather? Water volume? Colors? Fewer tourists?
Let's start off by telling you that we visited the falls at the very end of May 2010 and into early June 2010.
As far as weather was concerned, our experience was a sequence of heavy rains the first day, sunny skies for most of the second day before returning to heavy rain again towards the end of the day, and then overcast and light rain the next morning we left. From our pre-trip research, we learned that the conditions we faced were unusual both in terms of temperature and in terms of rainfall. The same storm that dumped on us had also produced floods in Poland.
It historically was supposed to start warming up into the 30C range at this time of year, but we saw temperatures in the teens.
As for seasonal norms, late Spring and early Summer (i.e. April or May through June) should provide high water volume, fairly stable weather (except when we were there), and perhaps a slight head start before the tourism crush (though it was already quite busy when we were there).
Mid- to Late Summer (July through August and into September) is their peak tourism season. I'm sure it gets both hot and very crowded, and the rates become even higher than they were during our visit.
Autumn (late September through November) is when you're supposed to get fall colors. Even though the water volume isn't quite as high as late Spring, the colors of the leaves mixing with the colors of the lakes (especially when the weather's cooperative) yields a real feast for the eyes and your camera clicks. So sometimes, volume doesn't necessarily mean the best experience as this season would attest.
Finally, I believe Winter is their low season. I don't think they get much snow in these parts, but it also means the least number of tourists. Of course, you'll have to contend with the unpredictability of the weather, but sometimes people want a more quieter experience despite what Nature throws at them.
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