Waterfalls are incredible products of Mother Nature. They stand tall and proud amongst hills, valleys, and canyons all over the world. While we are likely most familiar with some of the most famous in our own areas, most people do not realize that there are hundreds upon thousands of stunning waterfalls across the globe.
A waterfall doesn’t have to be the tallest, loudest, or fastest on earth to be astounding. We’ve searched high and low for gorgeous scenery and magnificent falls. We’re happy to share some of our favorites, and hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
10. Triberg Waterfalls – Germany
The beautiful Triberg Waterfalls can be found in the Gutach River just outside of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Nestled within the Black Forrest, the Triberg Waterfalls are the second tallest set of falls in the country, dropping 496 feet. While they’re not the tallest waterfalls in Germany, they’re the most accessible, making them a great destination if you’re ever in the area!
9. Niagra Falls – USA
Perhaps some of the most famous waterfalls in North America, Niagra Falls actually lie on the border between Ontario in Canada and New York in the United States. The falls are separated in the middle by Goat Island. The falls on the Canadian side, in Niagra Falls, Ontario, are known as Horseshoe Falls, while the falls in Niagra Falls, New York are simply know as the American Falls. You’ll also find a smaller set, known as Bridal Veil Falls, which are separated from the main sets by Luna Island.
8. Choshi Ohtaki Waterfall – Japan
In Oirase, Japan you’ll start at Towada Lake and then follow the mountain stream, Oirase Keiruy. Scattered along the stream you’ll find incredibly misty waterfalls. The Choshi Ohtaki waterfall looks like a thick veil, flowing from 7 meters above to the waters below. Oiraise has been highly recommended for travelers looking for new and intriguing places to stay in Japan.
7. Skoga River Waterfalls – Iceland
There are more than two dozen waterfalls along the Skoga River in Iceland, some over 30 meters tall. Very few of the waterfalls along this river, with the exception of one or two, have names, but they don’t need names to make their presence known as they clamor together in harmony. Simply follow the beaten path along the river and you’ll see more waterfalls than you ever dared anticipate in one place.
6. Plitvice Waterfalls – Croatia
In Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia you’ll stumble upon a group of waterfalls like no other. The park is comprised of at least 16 lakes at various levels of elevation, each formed by runoff from the lakes above it. The results include some of the most beautiful blue lakes on earth separated by shimmering falls flowing through both rocks and outlined by brilliant green flora!
5. Kouang Si Waterfalls – Laos
About 30 miles outside of the city of Laong Prabang you’ll come across the Kouang Si Waterfalls. The tranquil falls aren’t too demanding as they glide over the rocky embankment into the wading pools below. This is an amazing destination for day-trippers wanting to relax before heading back to the hustle and bustle of city life.
4. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall – Iceland
The Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is considered to be one of the most famous waterfalls in the country. It drops a full 60 meters to what was once the coastline. You’ll be intrigued by the possibility of going behind the waterfall itself – something that isn’t always possible in other places due to dangerous or inaccessible terrain.
3. Erawan Waterfalls – Thailand
The Erawan Waterfalls, found just outside of Kanchanburi, Thailand aren’t the most dangerous or lively waterfalls on earth, but the seven layers of falls costing gently down slopes ranging from as high as 70 feet to as few as 10 feet in height creating a calming atmosphere like no other. The natural limestone deposits give the waters in the relaxing pools their sparkling blue colors, but watch out for the fish in some of them – they’ll try to nibble at your toes!
2. Shoshone Falls – Idaho
Believe it or not, the Shoshone Falls found along the Snake River in Idaho are actually taller than Niagra Falls! The 212 foot tall waterfalls tend to be most active in the spring and summer months after the winter snows have melted into runoff, though they’re truly astounding any time of year. If you’re looking for a place to stay, there are plenty of hotels in the City of Twin Falls, which owns and operates the recreational complex.
1. Ribaneng Waterfall – Lesotho
After trekking in the landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho in South Africa, you’ll find yourself facing one of the most astounding waterfalls we’ve seen in quite some time. Standing 328 feet, or 100 meters tall, the icy blue waters certainly demand the attention of those who pass by. You’ll want to watch the waters coast over these cliffs for hours!
These astounding waterfalls represent only a small handful of the falls you’ll find as you journey the globe. Be sure to make time to enjoy the breathtaking natural wonders we’ve been given!