Krka National Park Waterfalls

 The view from the top of Skradinski buk
The view from the top of Skradinski buk

The River Krka (75km long) is a spectacle/ phenomenon forming lakes, falls and water cascades as it makes its way to the Adriatic sea. The Krka River was declared a National park in 1985. The very impressive, and most visited waterfalls are Skradinski buk and Roški falls. We did not get to see the Roški falls (sadly)

Skradinski buk is considered one of the most beautiful cliff ( and calcium carbonate) water falls in Europe. In an area 400 m in length and 100 m in width there are 17 waterfalls and the total difference in height between the first and the last falls is 47.7 m. Quite something.

A few hours (about 2-3 hours) of casual walking along the well shaded wooden path and bridges winding through the forest took us to some breath taking views and waterfalls. The wonderful variety of fauna and flora and particularly the indigo blue dragonflies never ceased to surprise us. The most amazing view for sure was at the very top, where you could see the bigger picture unfolding… the waterfalls from the top tumbling down into the next then into the lake and then eventually making its way into the winding river of Krka! . All of that is coming with the fresh air, aromas and sounds that only waterfalls and forest can provide!

Swimming is allowed at the bottom of Skradinski buk near the bridge, but we were all dressed to kill in winter gear (although it heated up slightly during the day) – but I can imagine the freshness of the river water must be wonderful to experience in combination with the sound of rushing water from the falls!
This part of the Krka National park is more commercialized and developed. The sheer quantity of school groups vouch for that but it was not a problem and never felt over crowded. Infact, we thought it was great that this wonderful unbelievably well maintained facility is utilised to such an extent. The old water mill village was charming, relaxing and quite interesting and informative in their national clothes.

Acting as a working museum with goldsmiths in traditional cloths at work as well as the water driven mill (used for processing wheat and corn) gave us a great insight in how the system has worked over 400 years ago.
All in all – it was a wonderful day with just the right amount of exercise, fresh air, relaxation and natural beauty. To top it off we shared a super-sized crepe and marmalade before heading back to the boat.

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