Top 10 Waterfalls in Romania You Should See

If you’d like to see these waterfalls and more natural attractions, check our tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

From world-famous attractions like Bigar Waterfall to smaller, but breathtaking cascades, Romania has many captivating and unique waterfalls. If you enjoy hiking and long walks in nature, you have a real chance of seeing at least one or two sites from our list of top waterfalls in Romania as our choices are spread all across the country and the Carpathians.

Bigar Waterfall

Bigar Waterfall

This small waterfall from Caras-Severin reached world fame in 2013 when The World Geography Magazine placed it in the first position of its 8 Unique Waterfalls Around the World guide. Located in Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, like two more of the waterfalls from this top, Bigar Waterfall is placed exactly on the 45th north parallel. But, what makes this waterfall unique and spectacular is the way the water spring spreads over the moss of the cliff, plunging in many tiny shreds in the Minis River.

Where: Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, Caras-Severin County

Cascada Cailor Waterfall

The highest waterfall in Romania, 95 meters tall, the Horses’ Waterfall (Cascada Cailor in Romanian) is located at an altitude of 1,300 meters in Rodnei Mountains National Park. Water falls in several steps creating one of the most beautiful images from the Carpathian Mountains. According to the legend, the horses that were brought by locals to graze on a higher plateau where cornered by bears, jumping into the abyss that then became the waterfall.

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Photo by Mari Aquino

The waterfall can be reached by chairlift or following an easy hiking path that starts in Borsa Resort, close to the chairlift station.

Where: Rodnei Mountains National Park, Maramures County

Duruitoarea Waterfall

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The first stop on your way from Durau to the highest peak of Ceahlau Mountain, the 25 meters tall Duruitoarea Waterfall gets its name from the unmistakable powerful sound it creates when water is abundant. In fact, you’ll hear the waterfall long before you’ll actually see it. It’s a great stop to cool off in summers and a wonderful sight in frozen winter days.

Where: Ceahlau National Park, Neamt County

Vanturatoarea Waterfall

Across the country, close to the Danube Gorges, you’ll stumble upon one of rarest waterfalls in Romania. Vanturatoarea has the biggest direct plunge, around 40 meters, in the country, offering an almost unreal scenery. Vanturatoarea Waterfall can be reached following a one and a half hour mountain trail in Cernei Mountains, close to the once popular thermal resort Baile Herculane.

Where: Domogled-Cerna National Park, Mehedinti County

Casoca Waterfall

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Smaller than most of the waterfalls in Romania included on this list, with a plunge of 5-6 meters, Casoca is, nonetheless, one of the most beautiful in the country. Located only a few kilometers from the artificial dam Siriu, on the panoramic DN10 road that connects Buzau and Brasov, Casoca Waterfall is situated close to a key mountain fortification line from World War I. Its history stories don’t stop here, on its left side you’ll find a small cave where Gheorghilas, an outlaw that supported Tuodor Vladimirescu in the major rebellion from 1821, was hiding back in the day. Locals still celebrate Gheorghilas every year on the 1st of June.

Where: Podul Calului Mountain, Buzau County

Beusnita Waterfall

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After a short, but steep walk from the clear blue lake Ochiul Beiului, you’ll find the waterfalls Beusnita. They’re in fact a succession of small cascades that continue up until the final and most impressive one that reaches 5 meters in height. For the best view come in spring when the volume is abundant and the effect of the water falling through moss and lichen dazzling.

Where: Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, Caras-Severin County

Vaioaga Waterfall

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The third waterfall from Cheile Nerei on our list, Vaioaga is the first you’ll see when walking from Podu Bei towards Ochiului Beiului Lake and Beusnita. A small sign, otherwise easy to miss, points the way to the waterfall that’s only a few meters away from the main walking route. Surprising, but often overlooked in the search for the other natural treasures of the national park, Vaioaga Waterfall is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the serenity of the area.

Where: Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, Caras-Severin County

Balea Waterfall

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Located at an altitude above 1,200 meters, Balea Waterfall is the highest (60 meters) multi-step waterfall in Romania. One of the best-known attractions from Fagaras Mountains, the tallest group of the Carpathians, Balea Waterfall can be reached in about one hour on foot from Balea Chalet, the main stopping point of Romania’s best-known high-altitude road, Transfagarasan.

Where: Fagaras Mountains, Sibiu County

Lolaia Waterfall

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Photo by Sergiu Luchian

Retezat National Park has so much to offer to nature enthusiasts that this waterfall looks like a normal addition to a list that includes glacial lakes, high peaks, and extremely rich biodiversity. Lolaia is located above 1,000 meters on the route that leads from Ohaba to Pietrele, in the northern part of the national park. It’s easily reached compared to the other landmarks of the area so don’t miss your chance.

Where: Retezat National Park, Hunedoara County

Valul Miresei Waterfall

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Over 30 meters tall and divided into two major steps, Valul Miresei, also known as Rachitele Waterfall, is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Romania. It’s also the most important one in Apuseni Mountains and a true paradise in winter for ice climbing.

Where: Apuseni Mountains, Cluj County

We hope our guide of the top 10 waterfalls in Romania you should see will help you plan your next vacation in our country. Any of these places is a sure choice for spending quality time away from the noisy and urban side of the civilized world.

If you’d like to see these waterfalls and more natural attractions, check our tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

About the author

Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

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