Have you ever felt that extraordinary sense of joy and relaxation as you stand next to a vibrant waterfall? Did you know that waterfalls generate positive vibes? Waterfalls are considered to be one giant ion generator – the vitamins in the watery air give off negative ions, which we take in as positive energy. Once the negative ions reach our bloodstream, they are said to increase our bodies’ production of serotonin. This will relieve our stress and depression, and boost our energy and happiness. So it’s not surprising we feel so great when we’re around waterfalls. Here is the list of the top 10 most breathtaking waterfalls in Slovenia, for your unforgettable feel-good visit.
So it’s not surprising we feel so great when we’re around waterfalls. Here is the list of the top 10 most breathtaking waterfalls in Slovenia, for your unforgettable feel-good visit.
1. Kozjak waterfall – a mysterious natural treasure captured in a stony chamber
The Kozjak Stream with waterfalls is a protected area and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Slovenia. It is an excellent destination for a walk in the hot summer days because the steep walls preserve the pleasant coolness and slightly lower temperatures.
Not far from Kobarid, above the emerald-green Soča River, there is a gorge of the Kozjak stream, where the 15-meter-high Kozjak waterfall (info and map) particularly stands out. This popular natural sight creates the image of a heavenly corner hidden from the everyday world by tall, dark walls, covered in limestone sediments, just like in the karstic caves. An arranged footpath for a scenic hike will lead you to the waterfall. In some places, it is complemented by small wooden bridges and ends with a terrace with a mystical view of the rocky amphitheater with a green pool and a white beam of water.
Where to find a comfortable and eco-friendly stay near the Kozjak waterfall?
Green Alpa Vita is the extraordinary eco-friendly holiday house, located in the heart of the Soča Valley. The eco interior in the apartments is selected with a great love for the architectural details. It is furnished with high – quality furniture from natural materials, suitable for the most demanding eco-travelers.
2. Peričnik waterfall – the highest twin among the waterfalls in Slovenia
Peričnik Waterfall (info and map) with its 52m is one of the highest among the waterfalls in Slovenia. You a visit it on foot or bike by following a marked trail leading to it from Mojstrana to Vrata valley. The Peričnik waterfall is a result of glacial activity.
There are two Peričnik waterfalls. You can reach the higher and the lower waterfall in 10-15 minutes from the mountain hut Koča pri Peričniku, which offers local refreshments. You can walk behind and under the waterfall and admire it from an unusual direction, but be very careful since the path is wet and slippery. In winter, the waterfall turns into innumerable icicles in shades of green and blue – a truly spectacular sight.
3. Martuljek waterfalls – two majestic pearls in the heart of Martuljek mountains
In Kranjska Gora (info and map) two majestic waterfalls can be found below the mountain Špik, which is considered as one of the most attractive Slovenian mountains. The Upper Martuljek waterfall is especially spectacular, as it descends in three levels over 110m of the vertical wall. The trail to it is fairly easy, but the trail to the vicinity of the waterfall is only appropriate for well-equipped mountaineers. The Lower Martuljek waterfall falls over the 50m high wall into a 400m long and narrow Martuljek gorge, formed in limestone. Both waterfalls are the most abundant with water in the late spring.
4. Fratarica stream – a paradise for adrenaline lovers in the valley of a hundred waterfalls in Slovenia
The valley of river Koritnica is known as the valley of a hundred waterfalls. Fratarica stream, which flows into Koritnica at Log Pod Mangartom, has created a number of wonderful waterfalls of all shapes and sizes. The Fratarica gorge is a popular canyoning location because of its cascading waterfalls. The waterfalls in the upper course of the Fratarica are not easily accessible, the path can be demanding in some places.
Where to eco-stay near the Fratarica waterfalls?
Organic Vacation Farm ”Pri Plajerju” is an ecological and child-friendly farm located in Trenta valley in the heart of the Triglav National Park. This is the best organic farm in Europe, according to the Guardian. The majority of food for your breakfast and evening meals is ecologically grown. Indulge in the turquoise Soča River with its winding riverbed and natural pools, rejuvenate yourself in the unspoiled natural environment and discover the numerous Karts streams. You can also relax in the mini-alpine wellness at the homestead.
5. Boka waterfall – the most water-rich and the mightiest waterfall in Slovenia
Boka waterfall (info and map) with a total height of 144 meters and a width of 18 meters is one of the most majestic waterfalls in Slovenia and also in Europe. The view of the vertical rocky walls with the Boka waterfall in the center is absolutely stunning. Waters that accumulate in the high mountains of the Kanin mountain chain thus come to light on a rocky shelf, over which they free-fall for 106 meters and, directly afterward, another 30 meters deep. In spring and autumn, when the snow melts and larger quantities of rainfall, the Boka waterfall becomes particularly loud and photogenic because it achieves the greatest flow.
6. Rinka waterfall – scenic natural treasure with a cafe clinging to the rocky crag
Rinka waterfall (info and map) is the highest single and unbroken waterfall in Slovenia. This 90-meter high arc of water was proclaimed a natural monument due to its size and beauty. It can be visited all year round and it is one of the most outstanding attractions in the Nature Park Logar Valley. Especially in the winter, it is also popular with ice climbers. From a parking lot at the end of the road, it is about a 10-minute walk along a well maintained, slightly uphill path. There is a cafe clinging to a rocky crag next to the waterfall which provides the best view of the cascading water.
Where to book your secluded eco-friendly stay near the Rinka waterfall?
Eco-friendly apartments Under the Larch Roof are secluded accommodation, providing you complete peace, relaxation for a truly comfortable stay with your chosen person. Here you can also improve your welfare and health in a special bio spectrum chamber in the mini-wellness Potočka zijalka. Complete privacy is guaranteed.
7. Šumik waterfalls – two harmonious waterfalls in the heart of the Pohorje’s jungle
Šumik waterfalls (info and map) are the natural sights located in the primeval forest of the Natural Park Pohorje. There are two Šumik waterfalls; Veliki Šumik (the Great Šumik) and Mali Šumik (the Small Šumik), situated in a protected forest area where deciduous trees (such as beech, pine, and fir) predominate. A walk to the waterfalls will absolutely amaze the adventure seekers who admire pristine natural surroundings. Šumik waterfalls can be reached after a short descent between the steep slopes along the Lobnica stream, but the walk to the waterfalls is rather difficult.
Where to unique and eco-friendly stay near Šumik waterfalls?
Chocolate Village by the river is a sophisticated luxurious glamping resort located in the picturesque environment of a Natural Park by the Drava river, where everything revolves around chocolate. It is a paradise for true chocoholics, only 5 steps away from a chocolate manufactory. This eco-village is also located on the famous international Drava cycling route. Pamper yourself with chocolate breakfasts, chocolate workshops, chocolate cosmetics, and chocolate massages.
8. Savica waterfall – a breathtaking waterfall, hidden amidst the steep walls of the Triglav National Park
The Savica Waterfall (info and map) is the source of the Sava Bohinjka, known under the name of Savica to the spot where it flows into Lake Bohinj. Savica is very unique among world waterfalls. Its watercourse is divided into two parts in the hidden underground. The famous A-shaped waterfall normally comes into sight at an altitude of 836 m and is 78 m high. It is fed by the waters from the Valley of the Triglav Lakes that flow to it through a horizontal cave tunnel. To reach the waterfall it is approximately 30 minutes walk up a thickly forested slope. It is a very inspirational sight that has often been written about by well-known Slovenian poets and writers.
Where to eco-friendly stay near the waterfall Savica?
Tourist farm ”pri Andreju” is a typical farmhouse of the Bohinj area, with 4 eco-friendly apartments. You’ll be surrounded by pristine nature in the Triglav National Park and truly enjoy the alpine rural ambiance. You can enjoy various activities and trips: swim in the crystal clear Bohinj lake, hike to the highest Slovenian mountain, experience the tour on horseback and participate in cutting grass and processing hay in a traditional Slovenian hayrack.
9. Virje waterfall – a refreshing dip into the emerald green pool
Indulge in the refreshing hiking in the vast vicinity of Bovec. Follow the path from the village Plužna, a sunny village below Kanin mountain to the source of Giljun stream – a source of a cold karst creek. The Glijun stream falls into a thrilling 20-meter wide and 12-meter-high-stranded Virje waterfall (info and map), under which a charming pool of green shades arises. It is a perfect location for a refreshing dip in the hot summer days.
10. Šum waterfall – an ancient hidden gem with a healing hot thermal spring
Last but not least, the Šum waterfall (info and map) is located 10 kilometers from Kranj – the capital of the Slovenian Alps. It is 22 meters high and has a deep pool below. Located in Nova vas near Zgornja Besnica, it is hidden in a narrow valley in the enchanting forest. Follow the educational trail which leads through the forest to the ancient Roman thermal bath. The thermal spring has about 20°C and two small basins were built in 1954 for treatment of the rheumatism patients. Today, only the remains of these basins can be seen, but you can still dip in the water. Due to the fact that Šum waterfall is one among the less-known waterfalls in Slovenia, it can be a perfect spot for your meditation in nature.
Cover photo: Waterfall Kozjak, photo by Tomo Jeseničnik for Slovenia.info