There are many beautiful waterfalls in Croatia but isn’t the first country you think of if you want to visit a waterfall. Nevertheless, in 2015 I was chasing waterfalls in Croatia. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of all the waterfalls I visited. Croatia (especially the region of Dalmatia) is rich of karst rivers coming down from the Dinaric Alps mountain ranges creating the most beautiful waterfalls of Croatia. Maybe it was my ignorance or lack of interest, but I didn’t knew that there are mountain peaks over 1.800 meters. The mountain Dinara is the highest in the region and is 1.831 meters high and is part of the Dalmatian hinterland.
Dinara is located east of Knin where the origin of the river Krka is located. The river Krka is one of the main rivers in Croatia withe the most beautiful waterfalls of Croatia. My favorite waterfall and according to my opinion, the most beautiful waterfall of Croatia lies in the river Krka, Skradinski buk. Most people without a doubt will say that the waterfalls of the Plitvice lakes (part of the Unesco world heritage list) but Skradinski buk is an extraordinary waterfall with the nicest swimming pool of Europe.
The river Krka (Krka nacionalni park) is an amazing karst river with 8 main waterfalls: slap Krčić, Bilušića buk, slap Brljana, slap Manojlovac, Slap Rošnjak, Slap Miljacka, slap Roški and finally the most famous and most beautiful waterfall Skradinski Buk.
The highest waterfall in the river Krka is slap Krčić also called Topoljski slap. Under slap Krčić the river Krka finds it origin. Slap Krčić is with 22 meter the highest waterfall in Croatia. Unfortunately the waterfall runs dry in summertime.
Maybe the most famous waterfall in Croatia and maybe even of Europe are the waterfalls in Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera (national park of the Plitvice lakes). National Park Plitvička Jezera (Plitvice Lakes) is the largest national park of the country (295 km2) and is since 1949 on the Unesco list of world heritage. The park is known for their cascades and their tufa formations and travertines.
National Park Plitvička Jezera (Plitvice Lakes) consist out of 16 lakes connected to each other forming small or bigger cascades/waterfalls in between the lakes which are located on different altitudes. The sixteen lakes are separated into the upper and lower lakes.
The biggest waterfalls in the National Park Plitvička Jezera (Plitvice Lakes) is Veliki Slap with its 78 meters, located at the lower lakes and Galovački buk with its 25 meters (single drop) at the upper lakes. The number of waterfalls is hard to mention but it must be more the a few dozen.
The main rivers National Park Plitvička Jezera (Plitvice Lakes) are the Korana, Kozkjak and the river Plitvica.
The river Korana is famous because of it length (134 kilometers), its many many rapids, cascades and waterfalls. An unknown part of the river Korana is the place where the river Korana joins the river Slunjcice. The village of Slunj is the home of a small but very picturesque canyon called Rastoke. A dozen of small waterfalls are coming down and the views are amazing. The highest waterfalls in Rastoke (also called Slapovi Slunjcice or Kanjon Korane) are 12 meters high.
The last river I can mention is the river Zrmanja with several waterfalls. The river Zrmanja is only 69 kilometers long but had very beautiful part. The best part with the most beautiful waterfall are located near the part where the river Krupa joins the river Zrmanja. The nicest and highest waterfall in the river Zrmanja is Visoki buk with a single drop of appr 9 meters. Don’t let the height fool you, it is the beauty that counts!
I visited Croatia for the first time in the summer of 2015, in August and I really enjoyed the country, the food, the prices and especially the waterfalls. I was surprised by the many waterfalls in Croatia and I found out that there are more of them in the Dalmatian region. Best time to visit the waterfall is according to locals in springtime. I am sure I will come back one time to make more pictures. In the mean time enjoy my articles and photographs that can be found in my database section here. I think I have over 50 pictures published.
Highest waterfall in Croatia
Always hard to say what is the highest waterfall. Where does the waterfall start or end, must the waterfall flow the whole year around? Nevertheless I made a list of the highest waterfalls in Croatia. If you think otherwise, please send me an e-mail.
- Plitvice: Veliki slap (78 meters)
- Krka: Manojlovac slap (32-60 meters)
- Krčić slap (Topoljski slap) (22 meters)
Most beautiful waterfall in Croatia
I know this is subject to a private opinion but most people will agree that my list consists of very beautiful waterfalls.