Waterfalls are one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. They make for stunning view that you can look at for a long time. Not only are they picturesque, the sounds of waterfalls are also very appealing – sometimes musical and sometimes relaxing. Following are some of the most spectacular waterfalls of Europe that you can bookmark for your next trip.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the top tourist attractions of the southern coast of Iceland. It’s easily one of the most beautiful and popular waterfalls in the country. It’s 60 meters tall and drops from the top of an old sea cliff. It’s unique positioning means that you can actually walk behind Seljalandsfoss itself, which is an excellent experience.
Waterfalls of Gavarnie, France
France might not be home to the biggest waterfalls in Europe, but it’s Gavarnie waterfalls are a must-see. They are considered one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Europe. They are surrounded by high mountain peaks and set in a picturesque landscape. Accessing Waterfalls of Gavarnie is a bit challenging, as you have to make about 2 hours hike from the town that is located at the cirque’s base.
Situated in Nesset, Mardalsfossen is one of the highest waterfalls in the world. By letting its stormy waters run cascading from 297-meter height down into an undisturbed, quiet valley, the ice stream is a source of life for the surrounding lands. Mardalsfossen is harnessed for hydroelectric power, but if you visit in the summer season, you can see it at its most impressive flow when the water is released.
Plitvice Waterfalls, Croatia
Croatia’s most popular and spectacular waterfalls are found in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. There are about 90 stunning waterfalls that connect 16 lakes, with the highest waterfall, Great Waterfall or Veliki Slap, standing 78 meters high. Situated in in serene surroundings near Novakovica Lake, Sastavci Slap is another beautiful waterfall in the park that you should consider visiting.
Veil Waterfalls, Hungary
The list of most stunning natural treasures of Hungary wouldn’t be complete without Veil Waterfalls – the country’s most beautiful attraction. The karst water drops down 17 meters on 18 steps, creating magnificent rimstone bars. Once the water gathers on the surface, the lime begins to accumulate and precipitate, which creates a stepped structure. The Veil Waterfalls are worth visiting at the start of the spring season.
High Force Waterfall, United Kingdom
High Force is one of the most beautiful and impressive waterfalls in the United Kingdom. It is surrounded by majestic countryside of Upper Teesdale. A wide range of plant and animal life can be seen at High Force throughout the seasons, including a variety of towering trees, ferns, wildflowers, rabbits, and roe deers. The winter months are a recommended time to visit as it is when the waterfall is at its most powerful.
Bagni San Filippo Waterfalls, Italy
Bagni San Filippo is a small town in Italy that features a lot of hot springs. Here, calcium deposits create some of the most stunning fairytale frozen waterfalls in Europe. The White Whale Waterfall is the most popular place. Thanks to its natural hot thermal springs, it is possible to bathe in its ice-blue, opaque pools all-year round.
Visiting a waterfall is one of the most memorable and unique experiences. Fortunately, there are many waterfalls in Europe that offer such experiences and more. The above-listed are some of the top recommendations.
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