Krka National Park has it all: waterfalls, nature, monasteries, Roman heritage, Neolithic caves, eco-ethno villages. Find how to make the most of your trip.

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Krka National Park: an introduction

Can a destination have everything? It seems to be the case with Krka National Park, one of Croatia’s most popular destination. And also one of its most diverse.

Swimming in front of its main attraction, the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, may well be the most popular and memorable thing to do, but it is just one of 7 magical waterfallls to enjoy.

And then there is the Neolithic cave, the Roman heritage, the eco-ethno village, the hiking and cycling trails, the stunning new suspension bridge, the workshops, the monasteries… the list goes on. Prepare to experience one of the true wonders of Europe – welcome to Krka!

How to get to Krka National Park

Getting to Krka National Park could not be easier. Located just off the A1 Zagreb to Split motorway, there is excellent signage for miles around. Krka is very close to Sibenik and less than an hour from Split, therefore making for an excellent day trip from either.

The national park has five entrances, and it pays to do a little research on the best one to aim for if you are driving. Some attractions are obviously more accessible to certain entry points. TCN produced a guide on the best entrances for the various attractions.

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4 seasons, 4 experiences: when is the best time to visit?

Krka National Park is magical to visit at any time of year, and the four seasons produce very different perspectives. Already visited in the hot summer months? Come back in the winter and enjoy the snow – a totally different experience.

Of course, the bulk of the 700,00 visitors come in the summer months. This is when Krka is at its busiest, and when numbers are limited to 10,000 people at a time. But if you are flexible with your itinerary, there are far less crowds in the other seasons.

And not only that. My last visit was in November, when the power of the water was even mightier due to higher water levels. Here is what Krka is like without the crowds on an overcast November day – simply divine.

Opening times and ticket prices

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You can find the 2019 price list for individual tourists in the table above. For more information on groups and other ticket prices, visit the official site. You can also buy tickets online.

Krka is open 363 days of the year (apart from December 25 and 26). There are reduced opening times out of season, and not all entrances are open 12 months a year. Check out the opening times below.

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Official Krka National Park videos, by day and night

Some national parks do a poor job at promoting their natural beauty. Not this one. Krka National Park is probably the most active on social media, and it is constantly innovating to get its message across.

Above you can find the main promotional video of the national park, but for something entirely different… Osijek timelapse maestros, Romulic and Stojcic, prodcued a stunning timelapse of Krka as few people see it – at night. Meet Nocturno.

Krka National Park: things so see

The Skradinski Buk waterfalls are the main attraction, but by no means the only one. The fact that the park has five separate entrances shows the size of Krka. There are so many different attractions in addition to Skradinski Buk and the other 6 waterfalls you can find here.

Go back in time to the Roman era at Burnum, the Neolithic cave of Ozidjena Pecena, or the traditional Dalmatian eco-ethno villages. Visit the monastery island of Visovac, or the Orthodox Krka Monastery. Hike the trails, cycle the 470km of bike routes, or check out the new amazing suspension bridge. There are historic fortresses to visit, educational workshops for the kids, and if you are looking for a chilled way to explore, take a boat tour.

Ready to explore the main attractions at Krka National Park? Let’s go!

Skradinski Buk waterfall

One of the great natural treasures of Croatia, Skradinski Buk waterfall is by far the main attraction at Krka. Not only is it the largest waterfall in the park, but you are also allowed to swim in the waters close by during the season. There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy the spectacular views with a bite to eat. A wonderful way to cool off in the peak season heat. But be warned – it gets busy!

Visovac

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The first thing to note is that the national park is huge, some 109km2 in total, and with the River Krka stretching an impressive 72.5 km. The best way to get an initial feel for its size and majesty was by a boat ride, so we drove to close to the departure point for the boat to the history Visovac monastery on a tiny island in the middle of the river. Religious construction in Croatia over the centuries never ceases to amaze me, and there are dozens of examples of seemingly impossible construction projects undertaken by monks over 500 years ago, in efforts to create their community buildings. Here was another great example, for Visovac used to be just a rock, and the monks upgraded it into the island it is today. A serene place with outstanding flora and fauna, the peacocks are some of the only other permanent inhabitants. 

A Franciscan monastery has stood here since 1445, and the religious community today allows visits from tourists. Visits are just 30 minutes each, however, and they include a tour of the island, the monastery, church and museum. There is an impressive archaeological collection, several historical manuscripts and allegedly the smallest book in the world among the artifacts. It is a serene place and, together with the leisurely boat ride (there are three different departure points in the park), a delightful introduction to Krka without the crowds. 

Educational Hiking Trail: Stinice – Roski slap – Ozidjana pecina

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One doesn’t have to be in Krka very long before one thing becomes very clear. Here is a national park not content to sit back and let the wondrous nature do all the work. At every turn, enhancing the visitor experience, as well as promoting education for younger visitors, is a priority. There are excellent hiking trails, with informative education points all along the way. The 8.5 km hike from Stinice – Roski slap – Ozidjana pecina is a nature lover’s dream. There is an altitude difference of 176m, and the walk takes 2.5 – 3 hours on average. Although, with spanking views like the one above, you would be forgiven for taking a lot longer. 

Ozidjana pecina cave

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Waterfalls, nature, and rivers may be the first things which come to mind when thinking of Krka. But the national park has a rich array of culture and heritage. One of the must-see places on the hike above is Ozidjana pecina cave. This opened up to the public a few years ago. The cave has the recorded presence of human habitation from 5,000 to 1,500 BC, and there is now an archaeological exhibition. One thing is for certain – our Neolithic forebearers certainly chose a room with a view! Take a closer look with this TCN featured article.

Roski Slap

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While the star attraction at Skradinski Buk attracts the majority of visitors, there are some equally impressive waterfalls and cascades elsewhere in the park which have a fraction of the visits, and in some way offer a more authentic and natural experience without the crowds. Chief among them is Roski Slap, whose main waterfall of 22.5m is accompanied by a plethora of cascades, backwaters and travertine islands. There are 517 wooden steps from here to Ozidjana pecina cave, an old Roman road and several watermills (some still functioning), which are among the most prized ethnographic monuments in all Croatia. 

Krka Monastery

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The Franciscan monastery at Visovac may be the most recognised religious building at Krka. It is, however, not the only impressive monastery in the national park. Krka Monastery is another spectacular riverside complex and a spiritual centre of the Orthodox faith. Krka Monastery got its first mention in records as early as 1402. The catacombs below are of Roman origin, thereby testifying to a much earlier existence in some form. The monastery can be visited by boat or road from April to October. 

Manojlovac waterfall

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The third and tallest of Krka’s waterfalls at 59.6m, Manojlovac is just off the road from Knin to Kistanje. Many consider it to be the loveliest waterfall of all. It also comes with the Emperor’s seal of approval. For here it was that Emperor Franz Josef 1 and wife Elizabeth came to admire the view. Their visit was immortalised in the form of a plaque in 2011, when the trail was cleared and once more opened to the public. 

Bilusica Buk

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Just 9km downstream from Knin, and accessible from the roads from Knin to Kistanje and from Drnis to Oklaj lies Bilusica buk, the first of the series of Krka’s seven waterfalls. It is a diving spot, accessed by a 300m trail which has been constructed. It is an impressive display of the power of water, and one thing is guaranteed – you will hear it before you see it!

Burnum – amphitheatre and Puljane Eco Campus

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There is evidence of the region’s Roman heritage at various points in Krka National Park, but perhaps none more so than the Roman military camp at Burnum. Burnum was the seat of the XI legion of the Roman army of Claudiae Piae Fidelis and IV legion of Flaviae Felix, with additional cohorts stationed in a small camp in the eastern part of the complex. Arches of the command building in the camp can be seen, as too can the only restored military amphitheatre in Croatia, as well as several walls of the military exercising area. Access is only by road. In 2010, the Puljane Eco Campus opened, showcasing archaeological artefacts discovered in the region, which is open all year. 

Choose from five historic fortresses

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Croatia’s history has sadly rarely been peaceful, as invader after invader passed through and occupied the country. Roman ruins are a testament to invasion and battle at Krka, but it is by no means the only one. Early Croatian fortresses, dating back to the 14th century, can also be found, each commanding impressive views over the mighty Krka and environs. There are remains of five fortresses in all, The ruins of several Early Croatian fortresses from the 14th-century line the banks of the Krka River: Kamicak, Trosenj, Necven, Bogocin and Kljucica, one of the largest and most preserved defensive structures on the Krka river. Take a more in-depth tour of Krka’s fortresses.

Ethno presentation

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One of the strongest impressions my visit to Krka left on me was the efforts made to educate. It would have been easy just to take the money and give people access to the park’s astonishing nature – the nature sells itself, but Krka is a tourist experience which goes far beyond that, offering much, much more than any national park I have visited elsewhere.

One prime example of this is in the ethno presentation, where great efforts have been made to restore buildings and revive traditions, so that visitors can get an enhanced appreciation of what life was like here. The watermills in the national park have not only been renovated but filled with wonderful examples of different traditions of an era gone by. Not only that, but they are also encouraging education of young minds through regular workshops for traditional crafts. Presentations on display include milling wheat, washing and pounding of cloth, weaving of fabrics and floor mats, horseshoe smithing, ploughing, planting, the preparation of food in the old kitchens and more. TCN took a closer look at the ethno villages of Krka.

New pedestrian suspension bridge

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New for 2019 and only for those with a head for heights! The new suspension bridge linking the two fortresses of Necven and Trosenj will be the third longest in the world and the second longest in Europe. The 462m-long bridge will be 140m above the river below. Construction is expected to start towards the end of 2019. Take a virtual tour below, and learn more about the project.

Hanging bridge Nečven – Trošenj | Viseći pješački most Nečven – Trošenj

The coasts of #Krka will soon be connected at a new location! A hanging bridge over the canyon of the river will connect the forts Nečven and Trošenj, and apart from its attractiveness, it will expand the educational walking trails at the #NPKrka while directly linking the municipality of Promina with the municipality of Kistanje. Obale Krke uskoro će biti povezane na još jednom mjestu! Viseći most preko kanjona rijeke spajat će utvrde Nečven i Trošenj, a osim dodatne atrakcije u Parku, proširit će splet poučno-pješačkih staza, ali i izravno povezati općinu Promina s općinom Kistanje: http://bit.ly/2M9yIVJ

Gepostet von Krka National Park am Dienstag, 15. Januar 2019

National Park Krka is one of the true treasures of the Croatian tourism calendar. And in an era where some destinations are looking to cash in on the tourism boom, it is heartening to see one of Croatia’s main attractions not only taking such a responsible approach to sustainable tourism, but going the extra mile to really make available every single aspect that the park has to offer. Truly impressive on so many levels. 

Tourism and environment: pressure points

As with many other parts of Croatia, tourism in Krka is booming. Rising visitor numbers bring additional revenue, of course, but also pressures on the environment.

The national park has been taking active measure to preserve the environment as much as possible with a series of measures. These include limiting the number of visitors to the popular Skradinski Buk waterfall to 10,000 at a time. You can read more about these efforts in this TCN report.

Useful contacts

KRKA NATIONAL PARK, PUBLIC INSTITUTE
Trg Ivana Pavla II br. 5, 22000 Šibenik
tel: +385 (0)22 201-777 E-mail: [email protected]

Visit the official national park website for more information.

Office working hours: Monday – Friday, 07:00 to 15:00 

You can follow the latest news from Krka National Park on the dedicated TCN page.