Bosnia and Herzegovina is a small gem of a country in the southeast of Europe. If you are looking for a family vacation or romantic getaway, the Bosnian rivers are a great place to visit. In addition to scenic views, they offer you adrenaline activities such as rafting and kayaking. Some of these rivers are punctuated by mesmerizing waterfalls in Bosnia which are definitely worth the trip.
From the amazing Kravice Waterfalls, Pliva Waterfall, and Skakavac Waterfall to Štrbački Buk, let’s discover the 15 most beautiful waterfalls in Bosnia.
1. Kravice Waterfalls
River Trebižat has many smaller waterfalls in its course, but the most beautiful and the biggest waterfall is Kravice Waterfall. It is 26m high (approximately 85ft). Behind the waterfall, there is a beautiful travertine lake, which is one of the most popular destinations for families looking for a piece of untouched nature. If you want to experience Kravice Waterfall in its full glory, visit it during the spring months, because that is the time when the waterfall is the highest.
2. Koćuša Waterfalls
When visiting Kravice Waterfalls, you definitely shouldn’t miss seeing Koćuša Waterfall as well. This waterfall is 5m high (16ft) high and 25m (82ft) wide. This attraction is usually a part of the Kravice Waterfalls tour because they are both on the same river that changes its name on different parts! You’ll love this waterfall because it’s truly a lovely oasis of wild nature and cool climate, even in the hottest summer days.
3. Skakavac Waterfall
Whether you are coming to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina only for a couple of days, or you are planning to stay for a bit longer, the popular Skakavac Waterfall is a must-see. Located only 12km from Sarajevo, this natural attraction is an ideal weekend getaway for anyone. The waterfall is situated on the small Skakavac River. It is the highest waterfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina, falling from the amazing height of 98m (320ft), and the fifth-highest waterfall in the Balkans. If you decide to visit the Skakavac Waterfall, you will also get the chance to see some incredible endemic species that are located only in this area!
4. Štrbački Buk Waterfalls
Downstream the Una River, there is another wonderful waterfall called Štrbački Buk. Štrbački Buk Waterfall is divided into three travertine sections, situated in the gorge valley of the river. Many consider it one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bosnia. This waterfall is a must-see attraction for all visitors. Štrbački Buk Waterfall has one of the most popular and exciting rafting trails in Europe. Because of that, many tour agencies make offers for trips through the valley of Una River, where you can participate in activities, such as rafting, kayaking and speed river diving.
5. Kostelski Buk Waterfall
When traveling from Bihać to Cazin, you will see a small oasis only 8km away from Bihać. On the banks of the Una River, there is a hotel and a restaurant (Kostelski Buk) with a marvelous view and amazing food. You can enjoy a peaceful afternoon above the river cascades with a delicious lunch or a cup of Bosnian coffee. Whether you are coming to spend a few days on Kostelski Buk, or you want to see all beauties of the Una River in a few days, this place is an indispensable part of your tour!
6. Pliva Waterfall
Pliva Waterfall in Jajce has been crowned one of the top 12 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. It is perhaps even the most beautiful waterfall in Bosnia! Located in the heart of the city of Jajce, it is the only Bosnian waterfall in the very center of a city. Pliva Waterfall is the only waterfall in the world that creates an estuary because it joins rivers Vrbas and Pliva together. If you take a walk upstream of the Pliva River, you can find many smaller waterfalls. What’s more, this river’s surprises don’t stop there! Take a walk only 4km upstream and you will find old, charming watermills, standing firmly amidst the untouched nature!
7. Blihin Skok Waterfall
Many consider Blihin Skok Waterfall a Bosnian natural phenomenon. This waterfall is under the protection of the state as a monument of nature. What’s so incredible about this waterfall is that it’s found on a very small river. It’s almost impossible for such a small river to create a waterfall as big as this one. Just like many other waterfalls in Bosnia, Blihin Skok Waterfall also has a small lake. If you are into fishing, this might be the perfect place for you. The lake under the waterfall attracts many fishermen from all over the country, and beyond.
8. Šištica Waterfall
Šištica Waterfall is located in the Municipality of Konjic, on the river Šištica. This river flows out of Boračko lake through a narrow valley that it has carved. In the end, it flows into the Neretva River as an almost 30m high waterfall (that is approximately almost 100ft!). The waterfall is one of the protected natural monuments, and it’s known as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bosnia. If you decide to go on a tour through Herzegovina, make sure to pay a visit to it – you will enjoy a cool climate in the shade of a water-carved canyon. Possible tours include some of the most well-known towns in Herzegovina, such as Mostar and Konjic.
9. Ždrimački Waterfall (Crnodolski Waterfall)
This waterfall has two names. Some named it after a small village nearby (Ždrimci) and others after a stream that the waterfall is situated on (Crnodol). The path that leads to the waterfall is a 4km long macadam road, from which the last few hundreds of meters are not suitable for cars. Because of that, you might have to take a short walk to get there. If you are adventurous and want to enjoy the untouched nature, you shouldn’t miss visiting it. The walk itself through a deep forest is very pleasant! The Ždrimački Waterfall (Crnodolski Waterfall) is located near Gornji Vakuf (Uskoplje). The best time to visit it is either in spring when the snow is melting and the waterfall is the highest, or during fall when there is a lot of rain and water levels are high in the area.
10. Martin Brod Waterfalls
Martin Brod Waterfalls are a series of rapids, situated south from the city of Bihać, near Martin Brod village. They are a part of Nacionalni Park Una. Many believe that the waterfalls were named after the village of the same name. However, there is an interesting legend about the origin of the name. Legend has it that there was a young girl Marta who was in love with a soldier. In order to reunite with him, she had to cross the river, but she drowned. The waterfalls were, according to this story, named after her.
11. Bereški Waterfall
On the southeast of Bosnia, 8km away from Rogatica, this waterfall has created a heaven-on-earth atmosphere for nature lovers. At the mouth of the Bereg River into Rakitnica River, Bereg River has created an almost completely vertical waterfall that ends in a small lake. Around the lake are a few other smaller waterfalls from springs tributaries of the Bereg River. These waterfalls usually disappear during summer because of the dry weather. The lake under the waterfall is a favorite vacation spot for many locals. Once you come and see its beautiful turquoise color and clear depth, you won’t be able to resist swimming as well!
12. Skakavac Waterfall
The Perućica primeval forest is located beneath Maglić, the highest mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The canyon of the Sutjeska River separates it from the Zelengora mountain. Perućica primeval forest is regulated as a Strict Nature Reserve within the Sutjeska National Park. Skakavac Waterfall is a stream of Sutjeska River that cascades from the upper to the lower valley, into the Tjentište Valley. Also, there are many tours through the Sutjeska National Park that you can take, which include visiting Skakavac Waterfall, one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in Bosnia.
13. Kozice Waterfalls
Kozice Waterfalls are a series of waterfalls near the city of Fojnica in Central Bosnia. Alija Isaković, a Bosnian writer and traveler, once said about Fojnica:
One cannot simply pass by Fojnica or go any further, one can only stay there…”
Do not believe these words, but rather go and see it for yourself! The Kozice Waterfalls might not be one of the most popular waterfalls in Bosnia, but that makes it an ideal place to visit if you want to avoid the crowds. The Kozice Waterfalls are located 10km away from Fojnica. Some parts of the road might be slightly damaged; keep that in mind if you decide to go by car, rather than taking a walk.
14. Ilomska Waterfalls
Right beneath the Vlašić Mountain in Central Bosnia springs the Ilomska River. Ilomska Waterfalls consist of Great Waterfall and Lesser Waterfall. The untouched nature of these waterfalls attracts many hikers and tourists. The vertical cliff, over which the river falls, is an ideal alpine endeavors place. The area is also protected. All in all, you can see a lot in such a nice, wild environment.
15. Čeveljuša Waterfall
The majestic river Trebižat that has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Bosnia is the river that we mentioned in the beginning, so it is only appropriate for it to be the last point on this list! Only a couple of kilometers away from Ljubuško, in a small and endearing village Hrašljani, the Čeveljuša Waterfall is situated with its full height of 15m (that is roughly 50ft). As a part of many Herzegovina tours, especially the ones over the river Trebižat, this waterfall is widely popular among both tourists and locals. There are many restaurants nearby with a great view of the river and the waterfall. However, if you would like to have a delicious meal while enjoying the view, make sure to make a reservation beforehand! Most restaurants are almost always full because of the popularity of this place.