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Nature enthusiasts and photography fanatics listen up! Europe is home to some of the best waterfalls in the world and if you are heading over to the continent, you should definitely check them out. Having said that, it would probably be impossible for you to explore each and every one of them in a single lifetime! And that’s where we step in to rescue you! We have made a list of 11 best waterfalls in Europe that you should visit atleast once on your European escapade. Get those waterproof housing bag cases for your cameras and step into wonderland.
1. Rhine Falls, Switzerland - A mesmerising waterfall
The largest plain waterfall in Europe, Rhine Falls are a sight to behold. Especially if you are visiting in the evening, when the rock in the middle of the falls is illuminated in vivid colours. You can get up and close to the falls with the help of boat tours that are a thrilling experience on their own. The castles situated near the falls add to the charm of the entire landscape while the extraordinary width of the falls will leave you awestruck.
When to go: Between April and October
2. Gullfoss, Iceland - A beautiful waterfall in Europe
Nestled amidst the canyon of the Hvítá River, the Gullfoss Waterfall is a unique phenomenon. It plunges in two stages, at right angles, thus making it a stunning view. Wondering where you have seen the waterfall? Well, it was used on the cover of Echo and the Bunnymen band’s bestselling album Porcupine! If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of rainbows in the wafting mist of the waterfall.
The Bigar Cascade Falls in Romania are probably where fairies, unicorns and mermaids originated from! One look at them and you will start believing in magic, that’s how beautiful the waterfalls are. Although the Bigar Cascade Falls are not the biggest waterfalls in Europe, they are definitely the most charismatic ones. A moss covered cliff combined with an underground water spring creates this mesmerizing and hypnotizing illusion.
When to go: Between July and November.
4. Staubbach Falls, Switzerland - One of the highest waterfalls in Europe
Cascading over 300 metres from a hanging valley, the Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland are one of the highest waterfalls in Europe. With a backdrop of the glorious Alps and the charming village aforementioned, these falls are definitely a must visit for anyone with wanderlust.Trivia: The Staubbach Falls were featured during the 1930's on the Swiss 3-centime postage stamp.
5. Skogafoss, Iceland - The best waterfall in Europe
Situated on the Skutegá River, the Skogafoss Waterfall is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. With a width of 25 metres, if you visit the waterfall during the summers, you will definitely find a rainbow adding to the charm of the already gorgeous scenery. Trivia: The waterfall can be seen in the backgrounds of famous Hollywood movies such as Thor: The Dark World and even The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
6. Langfoss, Norway - Voted the world's best waterfall
Need reason to visit this remotely located waterfall in Norway? How about if we tell you that Langfoss was voted the world’s most beautiful waterfall in the year 2006 and then again in 2011, it was voted as one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world?! With a total drop of 612 metres, Langfoss is one of the highest waterfalls in Europe.
If you want to explore a unique place, pack your bags and head over to Macedonia where you will get to see the lovely Korab Falls. What’s unique in that you ask? Well, this is a seasonal waterfall and can be witnessed only during spring time. When cascading, it is the tallest waterfall in the Balkan Peninsula. The access route to the waterfall itself is a mesmerising one and involves a gradual hike.
When to go: Between May and early July.
8. Haifoss, Iceland - One of the biggest waterfalls in Europe
Also known as Tall Falls, Haifoss Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in Europe. The second highest in Iceland, this one falls from a height of 122 metres. A hike is involved in reaching the waterfall which is located near the Hekla volcano. The excursion is generally undertaken with the help of local tour operators.
A tiered waterfall, the Cascade de Gavarnie in France boasts of an overall drop of 422 metres. This makes it the highest waterfall in mainland France. Now that absolutely does not make it the best waterfall to swim in! Just stick to the sidelines and observe this fascinating natural phenomenon and try to capture its alluring beauty on your cameras.
When to go: All year round!
10. Dettifoss, Iceland - Most amazing European waterfall
Looks like another waterfall from Iceland made it to the list! Dettifoss is located within the Vatnajökull National Park. Positioned on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, this waterfall has a width of 100 metres and a drop of 45 metres. Trivia: The waterfall was used in a few scenes in the Ridley Scott movie Prometheus.
When to go: Between May and October.
11. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
We have saved the best for the last. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is famous world over for its 16 terraced lakes which are joined together by bustling waterfalls. A sight that looks too good to be true, you might end up pinching yourself to ensure that you are not dreaming!
When to go: Between March and June.
Putting together a list of the best waterfalls in Europe is not easy! It is subjective and depends on how the experience was. In this endeavour, we might have missed out on your favourite ones. If so, please do let us know by commenting below.