25 Alps Waterfalls That Will Inspire Wonder (with Hikes)

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Whether you are a hiker, nature lover or just looking for a relaxing day out, these Alps waterfalls will take your breath away with their wild and rugged beauty. I’ve included GPS directions for you to immerse in Europe’s natural beauty.

Locations & Tips to Visit These Stunning Alpine Waterfalls

From the famous Stuibenfall in Austria to the hidden gem, Mostnica Gorge in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, the waterfalls of the Alps offer something for everyone.

I’ve included waterfalls in the famous Swiss Alps, but also in the lesser known sections such as the Dinaric Alps in Croatia. (How many different “alps” are there?)

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Read until the end, where I highlight some tips for travellers to embark on a type of walking vacation, a hut to hut journey by foot to explore these waterfalls in person. Waterfall obsessed? See my list of more top waterfalls in Europe with fun hikes and romantic waterfalls for a special date.

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Top 25 Alps Waterfalls in Europe


1. Krimml Waterfalls – High Tauern Range

By: Ruma of New England Cities

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The magnificent Krimml Waterfalls of Austria are formed in the Alps Mountain range. It’s located in the Hohe Tauern National Park in Matrei in Osttirol, Austria. With a height of 380 meters, Krimml Waterfalls is the third-highest falls in Europe and fifth highest in the world. It’s named after its origin Krimmler Achental.

A hike to these falls is said to be the highlight of a person’s Austria trip. There are three levels in this trial. The distance of this trail is only 4 km. Buy tickets at the base to access the trail. Ticket prices are €4 for adults and €1 for children between the ages of 6 to 15. The first two levels of the hike are of moderate difficulty. 

The last level to reach the top of the waterfall is difficult. It can be dangerous if attempted without proper precautions like snow boots. The total hike can take one and a half hours to complete. The middle portion of this hike is quite steep. There are wooden benches along the way to help hikers catch their breath when tired.

Hanke’s Café-Restaurant at Kürsinger Platz is a beautiful place to enjoy a bite while looking at the view of the waterfall drop. The spray of the falls is quite strong. Be sure to maintain an adequate distance to keep yourself dry. At the end of the middle level is another eatery named Gasthof Schönangerl. Here you can find toilets too.

Book a taxi service to enjoy the views if you cannot hike your way up. The taxi leaves from parking area 3 and stops once at Schönangerl and then at the top. Hotel Krimmlerfälle is the closest accommodation to the falls. It’s equipped with all amenities, including an outdoor pool. You can relax after a hike and enjoy the mountain view and the surrounding greenery.

2. Schrammach Waterfalls – Zillertal Alps

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Schrammach waterfalls are a series of beautiful waterfalls located near Mayrhofen Austria, near the famous Olpererhütte hike. The waterfalls are situated in a lush and picturesque valley, surrounded by the stunning Zillertal Alps, but as it’s adjacent to the famous hike you get it mostly to yourself.

Overall, the Schrammach waterfalls are a hidden gem in Austria and a must-visit destination for those looking for a serene waterfall. Whether you are hiking to the nearby Olpererhutte or on the Schlegeisspeicher to Pftizerjoch hike, the Schrammach waterfalls are a must see for waterfall lovers.

3. Stuibenfall – Tyrolean Alps

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Stuibenfall is a tall and powerful waterfall located in the Tyrol region of Austria near the village of Umhausen. The Horlachbach stream plunges 159 meters into the valley creating a cascade of spray that gives the fall its name. Visitors can park their car just outside the village (with a fee) and walk on a well-made trail along the stream to reach the base of the falls and a couple of viewing platforms.

A new trail has been built to the top of the fall, which includes an 80 meter-long suspended walkway that rises to about halfway up the fall. The walkway can sway depending on the number of people on it, so it is not recommended for those who suffer from vertigo. From the walkway, visitors can access a couple more viewing platforms, one of which will leave them soaked as it is in the full blast of the spray. Climbers can then climb 700 steps up a spiral steel and wooden structure to reach the top of the fall. There is a natural bridge over the head of the fall, and a sky walk platform suspended over the abyss for the less adventurous. It is also possible to drive up a mountain road to the hamlet of Niederthai and approach the fall from the top.

4. Schleierfall Waterfall – Kaisergebirgen Range

By Lisi at Escaping Worlds

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The Schleier Waterfall is located in Ferleiten, at the foot of the highest mountain in Austria. The waterfall can be reached via the 3-4 hour Waterfall Experience Trail (time includes the way back). The name comes from the fact that on this hike you see not just one waterfall, but several.

The starting point of the hike is just before the beginning of the toll road onto the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. If you arrive by car, you can park your car at the Tauernhaus, which is located on the right side of the narrow valley, it is signposted, you cannot miss it. Or you can take bus no. 650, which goes from Bruck via Fusch, stops at Ferleiten Wildpark (terminus).

The Waterfall Experience Trail requires a moderate fitness level and good hiking boots. The path leads you passed meadows, steep parts, and across the river and smaller waterfalls. An incredible experience, for everyone who wants to get to know the alpine area of Austria. Check the weather forecast beforehand because it is not recommended to hike after heavy rainfall, since the steep parts of the path can become very slippery.

Before you reach the Schleier Waterfall, walk along the path where it descends steeply to the right. But it is worth it. You can walk along the path behind the waterfall, enjoy the breathtaking view and take a break on the bench behind the waterfall. 

From the waterfall, you can extend your hike to the Walcher Hochalm or return to the Tauernhaus for a bite. It offers delicious Austrian dishes for hungry hikers. 

Opposite the Tauernhaus is the Outdoor Park Ferleiten, an alpine zoo with domestic animals and many fun attractions for children.

Not far away is the Zeller See, which invites you for a refreshing swim or a boat trip. The region has a lot of outdoor activities to offer.

5. Riepenbach Falls – Zillertal Alps

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Yet another stunning waterfall located on the Olpererhütte hike in the Zillertal Alps of Austria. Most people will stay in Mayrhofen and drive to the Schlegeisspeicher dam to embark on this hike.

If you are really lucky, you can get a bed at the Olpererhütte directly, or stay at the charming Dominikushütte. These are both high elevation mountain huts, but despite the stunning natural beauty they do not skimp on comfort and tasty food and drinks.

While you’re there you can reserve a spot paragliding over the magnificent Zillertal Valley. The paragliding pickup is at the Mayrhofen gondola.


6. Staubbach Falls – Bernese Oberland

By Paul at Paulmaria

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The Staubbach waterfall is the most prominent waterfall in the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland. The crystal clear Staubbach mountain river comes down the 1000 feet (ca. 305 m) overhanging cliff, creating a spectacular view with the village. It’s just located behind the small village near the church, and from specific view points, scattered around the village, one can take unforgettable pictures.

The waterfall and village inspired even the Lord of the Rings moviemakers! The best time to visit is right after the snow melt in spring, when the waterfall gains on size and power. Besides, late April and May are perfect months to visit because it’s not that crowded. The waterfall is well known, and people come from far to see it in action.

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Visitors can also hike up to the waterfall, which is a 30-minute-long walk. It’s suitable for beginners and families, but it’s inaccessible with walkers or wheelchairs. Wearing good gripping hiking shoes is advised here because many patches are slippery, due to constant water exposure.

Hikers can expect some stairs, narrow passages and tunnels. The highlight is to get to the cave behind the waterfall. From there one can get closer to the waterfall and feel its power. The view to the Swiss alps is another plus point! A Swiss dinner with a view to the Staubbach falls is another must do when in the Bernese Oberland mountains. An authentic Swiss cheese fondue with a suitable white wine will complete a trip to the Staubbach falls in the Lauterbrunnen valley.

7. Rhine Falls – Urban

By Linda at Hiking the Alps

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The famous Rhine Falls should not be missing from any list of the best waterfalls in Europe, as it is one of the largest! Not far from the border with Germany in northern Switzerland, the third largest waterfall in Europe is located 2,5km south of Schaffhausen. That beautiful city on the Rhine was built only because goods traffic on the water needed a reloading and stacking place to avoid the rapids impassable for ships. 

Over a width of 150m, several hundred cubic meters of water per second thunder 23m into the depths at the Rhine Falls.  

A wide promenade on the north bank of the Rhine offers restaurants, lookout points and boat docks along the roaring water.  

The rock ride with the yellow boat line is without a doubt a highlight at the Rhine Falls. The boat takes its guests to a small rock with a viewing platform in the middle of the waterfall where you can get off for a short while and experience the natural spectacle up close.  

On the southern side of the Rhine Falls there is a wide hiking trail that leads to various viewpoints and up to Castle Laufen. This has been enthroned high above the Rhine Falls for more than 1000 years.  

There is a short leisurely walk of 3.5km, around the Rhine Falls basin. On this short hike of about one hour, you can admire the Rhine Falls from all sides.

8. Cascata di Foroglio – Lepontine Alps

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Cascata di Foroglio is a beautiful waterfall located in the Val Bavona in the Italian-speaking Ticino Canton of Switzerland. The waterfall is about 80m tall and falls from a hanging valley, making it the prime natural attraction of the area. The nearby village of Foroglio adds to the scenic allure of the waterfall and its surroundings with its historical-looking stone buildings and abscense of electric grid. The entire area is on solar power and one of the most wild valleys in the entire Alps.

Visitors can easily get to Cascata di Foroglio from the public car park and enjoy views of the waterfall from the road. After crossing the main road and a bridge over the river, visitors will have an open frontal view of the waterfall. There are also trails for those who would like to experience the waterfall in other ways. The village of Foroglio is just on the other side of the bridge, and visitors can take a short walk alongside the river towards the base of the waterfall to feel the light mist and see wildflowers in bloom.

9. Trummelbach Falls – Bernese Oberland

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Trummelbach Falls (also known as Trümmelbachfälle in German) is a unique waterfalling experience located in the Lauterbrunnen region of the Bern Canton in Switzerland. This waterfall is carved into a slot canyon and the only way to see the falls is by taking a subterranean walk. The waterfall is powered by meltwaters from snow and glaciers above and below the famous peaks of Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger, as well as glaciers in between them.

The Trummelbach Falls experience is an adventure in a tight slot canyon with interesting shaped and patterned walls. The constantly rushing waters of the falls plunge, slide, jump, and even corkscrew down to the Lauterbrunnen Valley. In some parts of the slot canyon, there is a damp mistiness to the air. The slot canyon is also an ideal place to visit in any weather, as it can be done without any impact to the overall experience. The only impact bad weather would have on the experience is perhaps the likelihood of clouds getting in the way of the views across the valley.

10. Mürrenbachfalls – Bernese Oberland

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The Mürrenbach Falls are a series of waterfalls located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland. The main waterfall is considered the highest in Switzerland with a drop of 417 meters and is characterized by the waterfall cascading down along the vertical rock face. There are other smaller waterfalls along the Mürrenbach stream, with a total plunge of 750 meters. The impact zone of the main fall is around 920 meters above sea level.

Visitors can get a stunning view of the Mürrenbach Falls from the valley station of the cable car to Mürren in Stechelberg. The waterfall can also be viewed from the cable car and is located near the confluence of the Mürrenbach and the Lütschine rivers. The Mürrenbach Falls are a must-visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, as they offer a unique and breathtaking perspective of the Swiss landscape.


11. Galovacki Buk – Dinaric Alps

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is a natural treasure in Croatia, located about 100 km from the coast. It is the country’s largest national park, spanning 30,000 hectares of the Dinaric Alps and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The park features 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls, and two rivers, as well as hiking and cycling paths, offering visitors the chance to marvel at its emerald lake and waterfall views.

This 25-meter Galovacki Buk is at the upper lakes.

To get to Plitvice Lakes, one can fly into Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb or drive from other European or Adriatic destinations. The park can be visited through two entrances, and park entry fees are required. The best time to visit is late spring when the weather is pleasant and crowds are not too intense. Accommodations are available within the park or a short distance from the entrances, including hotels and campgrounds.

12. Veliki Slap – Dinaric Alps

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Veliki Slap, also known as the Great Waterfall, is the highest waterfall in Plitvice National Park, located near Plitvica Selo and entrance 1 of the park. It features a 78-meter drop of the river Plitvice into the river Korana and is considered the most beautiful part of the park. There are two ways to reach Veliki Slap: either park at entrance 1 and take a short walk or park near Plitvica Selo and follow the signs for Veliki Slap.

There are three main entrances to the park, with entrance III having the shortest queues for tickets. Visitors can also start their trip from Plitvice Selo, a little-known starting point located a few kilometers north of the main entrances. From here, visitors can walk to entrance III, the large waterfall, and back to the starting point by boat, but be prepared for crowds on the bus back to entrance I.

13. Roski Slap – Dinaric Alps

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Roski Slap (also known as Roški Slap) is a waterfall located in Krka National Park in Sibenik-Knin County, Croatia. The park is easily accessible by car, but it is recommended to visit both Roski Slap and Skradinski Buk in the same day to avoid paying admission twice. Roski Slap is a less scenic waterfall compared to Skradinski Buk and has some human intervention, such as private farms and development around the falls. During a visit to Roski Slap, one can take a short loop walk around the Necklace Cascades, which is a series of rapids arranged like necklaces. There is also a boat dock that provides partial views of the main waterfall and a side cascade near the water mills. A boat cruise is also available that spans the distance between Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap, including a stop at Visovac Island and its monastery.


14. Mostnica Waterfall – Julian Alps

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Mostnica waterfall is a stunning natural attraction located in Slovenia, just a short distance from the popular tourist destination of Lake Bled. The waterfall is situated in the Mostnica Gorge, which is part of the Triglav National Park and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

The waterfall is just a 15-minute drive from Lake Bled, which is known for its picturesque scenery and romantic atmosphere.

To reach Mostnica waterfall, visitors can take a guided tour from Ljubljana or they can drive to the nearby town of Bled and follow the signs to the Triglav National Park. The waterfall is located just a short hike away from the main road, and visitors can follow the path that follows the Mostnica River to reach the waterfall. Alternatively, there are guided tours available from Lake Bled that include a visit to Mostnica waterfall and other scenic attractions in the area.

The hidden pocket of Trieste Italy, Slovenia and Croatia makes for a perfect vacation roadtrip to experience the best of Europe’s mountains and sea all within a 2 hours drive.

Mostnica waterfall is considered one of the most romantic waterfalls in Slovenia, and a visit here is a must for nature lovers and couples. The waterfall is surrounded by lush green vegetation and the sound of the cascading water creates a peaceful atmosphere. Overall, Mostnica waterfall is a hidden gem in Slovenia and a romantic escape for those looking for a serene and peaceful getaway.

15. Slap Pericnik – Julian Alps

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Located within Triglav national park, Slap Peričnik is a waterfall in Slovenia that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Located near the charming town of Mojstrana, reaching the waterfall is an easy and enjoyable journey, either by foot or bike. It’s protected as a natural heritage site and its potential to generate electricity is a testament to its unique beauty.

Once you reach Peričnik, you’ll be in for a treat! You can take a walk behind the waterfall and even climb up to the upper waterfall, which is a mere 16 meters high. The lower waterfall is just a 10-minute walk from the Peričnik hut where you can find more information about this breathtaking natural wonder. And if you’re traveling from far away, don’t worry, the closest airport is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, which is a quick 50 km drive away.

With its rich history and breathtaking scenery, Peričnik waterfall is the perfect destination for those who love nature and crave adventure.

16. Slap Virje – Julian Alps

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Virje waterfall is another hidden gem located near the hamlet of Plužna in Slovenia. It can be easily reached via a circular walk and is surrounded by stunning scenery. The waterfall is approximately 12m high and can be up to 20m wide depending on the flow of water. The pools below the waterfall are a beautiful color and the surrounding glade creates a peaceful atmosphere.

Visitors can also take a little further walk to reach the source of the Glijun stream that feeds the waterfall. The stream originates from the mossy boulders of the Karst area, making for a unique and breathtaking experience. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil escape or just to enjoy the beauty of nature, Virje waterfall is definitely worth a visit.


17. Parcine (Partschinser) Cascades – Dolomites

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The Partschinser (Parcines) waterfall cascades in the Dolomites of South Tyrol is considered one of the most beautiful in the entire Alpine region. At a height of around 100 meters, the Zielbach falls over a free-standing rock face and plunges down into the valley below. On sunny days, between ten and twelve o’clock, the fine spray sparkles in all colors of the rainbow, creating a magical and breathtaking natural spectacle. The waterfall is at its most impressive between May and July, when the snowmelt causes the water masses to rush over the edge of the rock with immense power. In the evening, around 8 pm, the waterfall leads the most water, as it takes approximately five hours for the melted snow from the upper target valley to reach the waterfall.

Visitors to the Partschinser waterfall can reach the site via several different methods, including the Texelbahn, a shuttle bus, or by hiking from the Texelbahnstation in Partschins. The hike takes around 1 and a half hours and is mostly downhill, providing a scenic and adventurous way to reach the waterfall. However, it should be noted that the waterfall can be quite crowded, especially during peak tourist season. Despite this, the Partschinser waterfall is well worth a visit, as it is truly one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the Dolomites. Whether seen from the top or the bottom, the waterfall is an awe-inspiring sight that will leave you breathless.

18. Cascate del Pisciadu – Dolomites

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The Cascate del Pisciadu is a tall, multi-tiered waterfall located in the heart of the Dolomites in Colfosco, Val Badia, in the Bolzano Province of Italy. It is known for its location in the grooves of one of the region’s signature massifs, and is close to Colfosco, one of the highest towns in the Alta Badia Region of the Italian Dolomites.

The waterfall can be viewed from the road, but a trailhead can be found at a car park for a restaurant called Ristorante Bar Mesoles, which offers a closer and more intimate look. The hike to the waterfall is about 5.4 km round trip and takes about 2 hours from the Colfosco Adventure Park, but can be much shorter from Luianta. The hike leads through the dramatic Italian Dolomites and offers a unique view of the waterfall.

19. Cascata di Crosis – Carnic Alps

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Cascata di Croses is located near Zomeais-Tarcento in the region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, in the heart of the Carnic Alps. To reach the waterfall, drive north from Tarcento on SR646 to Zomeais, turn right onto Via Zimor on the west side of the river, and park where possible. From there, walk north along the road until it ends, where a trail leads to the waterfall in just 5-10 minutes. The waterfall is a manmade dam in the river Torre, where the river drops down 15 meters, creating a natural and picturesque spot for swimming. Please note that the waterfall is regulated, so the best time to visit may vary.

20. Cascate di Nardis – Rhaetian Alps

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Cascate di Nardis is a well-known waterfall located in Val Genova, which is known as Italy’s version of the Valley of Waterfalls. The Nardis Waterfalls have an overall height of 130m over a non-vertical cliff with a slope of around 65 degrees and appear as a pair of segmented drops side-by-side.

The waterfall is easily accessible and can be viewed from a lot near the town of Carisolo in the Trento Province of Italy. However, the short trails to the base of the waterfall have been closed due to unstable cliffs and potential rockfalls. Visitors can admire the waterfall from a distance and have a drink at a cafe across the river.


21. Röthbachfalle – Berchtesgaden Alps

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The water of the Röthbach falls crashes at the Röthwand 470m roaring into the depths. This makes it the highest waterfall in Germany. He remained spared by tourist development largely, probably due to its not very convenient accessibility: Who wants to see the Röthbachfall crosses the Königssee by boat and wanders from the boat Salet about an hour past the Fischunkelalm.

The Röthbachfall is fed from water of the Steinerne Meers, the amount of water is dependent on precipitation and snow. It has a lot of water, especially in the spring, and very little water in the fall. The amounts of water seep into the boggy pastures of the Fischunkel, from where they feed the Obersee underground. Only at the foot of the waterfall a small lake forms to melt snow.

22. Partnachklamm – Bavarian Alps

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The Partnach Gorge is a breathtaking natural landmark located near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany. This 700-meter-long rocky gorge is over 80 meters deep in some places and boasts a beautiful landscape of steep rock faces, milky green wild river and rocky paths. The Partnach Gorge has been a natural monument since 1912 and attracts over 300,000 visitors annually. It is open all year round, but weather warnings and closures for safety reasons should be taken into consideration.

Visitors to the Partnach Gorge can reach the location by taking the blue Eibsee bus to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and using local buses or walking, or by driving to the Olympic ski stadium and parking there for a fee. It is important to be prepared for the cool temperatures and to take precautions for safety, such as wearing rainwear and keeping children and dogs under close supervision. The gorge is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from June to September and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from October to May, with the last admission 30 minutes before closure.

23. Poellat Waterfalls – Bavarian Alps

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The Poellat Gorge Waterfall, also known as Pollat Gorge Waterfall or Pöllatschlucht Wasserfall, is a beautiful waterfall located in the Fussen and Ostallgau district of Bavaria, Germany. The waterfall is situated near the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle and Maria’s Bridge, making it a unique combination of natural beauty and historical significance.

Unfortunately, getting a good view of the waterfall can be difficult due to the strict photo restrictions placed on tourists within Neuschwanstein Castle. The best views of the waterfall can be seen from within the castle, but taking pictures is not allowed in most areas. Despite these restrictions, the views towards the Alpsee and the Hohenschwangau Castle backed by mountains make for a decent consolation prize.

24. Stuibenfall Oberstdorf – Allgaüer Alps

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Located in the wild and romantic Oytal, the Stuibenfall is one of the most beautiful natural sights in Oberstdorf. With rugged rock faces, green forests, colorful meadows, and countless rivers, the Oytal is a popular hiking area surrounded by the Allgäu mountain range. With its 25m drop, the waterfalls is particularly impressive after heavy rain or when the snow has melted.

Hiking in the Oytal Many scenic hiking trails lead through the Oytal and to the Stuibenfall. One of the trails starts in Oberstdorf at the Nebelhornbahn, leading to the Oytalhaus. There, visitors can rest and refuel before continuing towards the waterfall. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Allgäu mountain range and is suitable for families and experienced hikers alike.

25. Zipfelbach – Allgaüer Alps

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The Zipfelsbach Waterfall is located in the Hinterstein, Bad Hindelang, and Oberallgau District in Bavaria, Germany. It’s one of the tallest waterfalls in Germany, with a cumulative drop of around 300m. Hiking to the first two drops of the waterfall takes about 1 hour round trip and covers a distance of 1.2km.

The waterfall is accessible from the town of Hinterstein. The trail starts with a steep and relentless uphill ascent alongside the Zipfelsbach Creek and is surrounded by a pine forest. The steep ascent starts just before a footbridge that crosses the creek, and the waterfall can be heard but not seen due to the thick foliage.

26. Rosengartenschlucht, Austria – BONUS

Hiking in Imst Austria is a total hidden gem and we loved the jam packed Nature hike from old town to the famous Imst alpine coaster.

Imst has a work-a-day vibe that is refreshing after the impossible cuteness overload at places like Garmisch (and less crowds).

This absolutely stunning hike packs a lot in its short 1 mile length, from spouting waterfalls, caves, hanging bridges and milky blue tumblers of a river in the gorge. 

If you want a break from the hot sun or a nice walk to get to the alpine coaster then this is the hike for you. 

Alps Waterfalls Travel Tips

Europe’s mountains are filled with endless beauty and breathtaking landscapes. And it’s waterfalls? Well, let’s just say they’re a pretty big deal. If you’re looking for hikes with a special touch of adventure, this list of 14 Alps waterfalls is just what you need.

Here are some travel tips for visiting waterfalls in the Alps:

  1. Plan your trip: Research the best time of year to visit, as some waterfalls may have limited access during the winter months. Check the weather forecast, pack accordingly, and be prepared for changes in the weather.
  2. Wear proper footwear: The trails around the waterfalls can be slippery, so be sure to wear sturdy, non-slip shoes for safety.
  3. Respect the environment: Stick to designated trails, do not damage or remove any plants or rocks, and properly dispose of your trash.
  4. Be prepared for crowds: Some of the more popular waterfalls, such as those in Interlaken, Switzerland, can be crowded during peak tourist season. Plan to arrive early or late in the day to avoid the crowds.
  5. Take precautions: Some of the waterfalls may have strong currents or deep pools, so be cautious and aware of any warning signs.
  6. Bring a camera: The waterfalls in the Alps are stunning, so don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the memories.
  7. Hire a guide: If you’re interested in learning more about the history, culture, and geography of the area, consider hiring a local guide for a more in-depth experience.

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FAQ: Waterfalls in Europe

Do the Alps have waterfalls?

There are thousands of waterfalls in the Alps. Some of the notable waterfalls in the Alps include the Giessbach Falls in Switzerland, the Adleralm Falls in Austria, and the Esta Gorge Falls in France. The high altitude and ample rainfall in the region provide the ideal conditions for the formation of stunning waterfalls.

What is the highest waterfall in the Alps?

The highest waterfall in the Alps is the Balme waterfall, located in Valle d’Aosta, Italy. It has a height of approximately 1,500 meters (4,921 feet).

What is Switzerlands biggest waterfall?

Switzerland is home to Europe’s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen. With its impressive water flow, it captivates visitors from all over.

Author profile: Morgan Fielder is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and passionate hiker who believes in exploring the world on foot with good food. Follow her journey as she shares science-based hiking tips and advocates for sustainable tourism.

I hope you enjoyed this list of the Top 25 Alps waterfalls.