What a pity!!! The water is crystal clear and so inviting. However, you can't jump in :(
I wish I was one of the guards there in the National Park. I am sure they sometimes jump in after the park is closed to public.
Please enlarge this picture in order to see how clean the water is, and to see the fish swimming inside. The only danger to this beauty comes from you and the other visitors!
Please think of this during your visit and observe the warning signs: keep your trash in your bags, don't throw anything inside and don't even think of swimming inside (sorry, you're not that clean ;) If possible leave absolutely nothing behind you!
Oh, and one more thing. Once you return to your home in Germany, Austria, Poland or some other European country you could consider joining some environmental group and protest against environmental threaths. Clouds bringing acid rain from industrial areas of Europe have already made lots of bad effect to the neighbouring forests.
Although the crystal clear water of the lakes looks so invaiting, swiming is not allowed inside the area of the National Park. It is strictly protected area where hunting, fishing and swiming are not allowed.
When visiting the park you should respect all the limitations in order to preserve this natural wonder for the coming generations.
Yes, exactly. Plitvice lakes are so pure that trouts swim in them. It's written everywhere not to feed fishes. And this rule seems to be followed but another tourists' habit makes a lot of harm there. I mean throughing coins to come back. Tourists through coins directly into the lakes, which is strictly forbidden, and fishes eat them thinking it's food. It's deadly for fishes.
You like nature and you want yourself and your children to come there again, then please, be gentle with the nature that gave you such a gift !
As I mentioned elsewhere, the level of organization of this national park is pretty fearsome. The brochure that's handed to you when you pay your entrance fee includes a trail map, instructions in six languages on how to visit the park, the park's website address, and so on. It also includes this helpful, exhaustive symbolic depiction of things that are prohibited in the park. Some of them are so obscure that we couldn't figure them out. Here are the things we thought were forbidden:
pick flowers, dig up plants, throw trash, start campfires, scare animals, touch birds' nests (?), shout with megaphones, break off stalactites, carve your name in a tree trunk, throw sticks (?), play music, sleep, camp, walk next to train bridges, wade, swim, fish, let dogs off leash, and walk off the trails.
Scared yet? Apparently, the only thing you can do is use an Olympus camera. Luckily for me, that's the kind I had.
Yes, it looks good enough to drink and swim here, but swimming with the ducks and fish is strictly forbidden.
Basically, it's forbidden to feed animals, but everybody do it anyway, especially the trouts, so they are very voracious and swim close to the paths, hoping to catch something...
There are photos of things, which you are not supposed to do in the park.
All these images could be found at the back of the entrance ticket.