If you’re headed to Slovenia, no doubt you’re interested in exploring some of the country’s luscious nature! We love Slovenia for its gorgeous national parks, rocky beaches, and, of course, its gorgeous waterfalls! If you’re looking to add a few to your itinerary, here are the best Slovenia waterfalls to see during your trip!
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How to Visit the Waterfalls in Slovenia
While the easiest way to see most of these sites is to rent a car and go on your very own Slovenian road trip, it is possible to see some of these waterfalls using public transportation. The waterfalls that are closer to the towns of Bled and Ljubljana are easier to see without your own car.
Where there is a group tour available that visits one of these sites, we’ve listed it below. In many cases, the price to go on a group tour is less than what it would be to rent a car and pay for gas for the day, and the tours generally include many more sites or an activity like rafting.
The Best Slovenia Waterfalls
In no particular order…
At almost 350 feet, Boka Waterfall in Bovec, Slovenia is a magnificent spectacle. The water comes from the Kanin mountains, so when the snow starts to melt from the peaks, or if you happen to visit during the rainy season, expect to witness a fast and heavy jet falling from such a great height.
A split waterfall that comes from the Valley of Triglav Lakes and Pršivec through a horizontal cave tunnel, Savica Waterfall cascades into a green pool that flows straight into Lake Bohinj. It is a unique body of water that you should definitely see when you visit Slovenia.
You need to travel to Bohinjsko jezero in northwestern Slovenia to see the Savica Waterfall. At 256 feet tall, it is one of the most majestic waterfalls in the country, which understandably makes it a popular destination for tourists. The green pool at the bottom is clear and equally breathtaking.
If you don’t want to try to visit Savica on your own, you can go as part of a guided Lake Bled and Bohinj trip from Ljubljana.
Peričnik is a waterfall located inside the Triglav National Park in Mojstrana, Slovenia. There are actually two waterfalls in the site; the upper waterfall is called the Zgornji Peričnick while the lower waterfall is called the Spodnji Peričnik. The former is 52 feet high while the latter is 171 feet high.
You can visit Peričnik on a guided tour of Triglav National Park from Ljubljana.
Sum Waterfall (Voje)
Vodopád Šum is a waterfall in Vlejska Dobrava, Slovenia near Soteska Vintgar (also known as Vintgar Gorge and Bled Gorge). Surrounded by beautiful rock formations, Sum Waterfall may not be the tallest in the country, but it’s still pretty impressive at 50 feet high. The water from Sum flows into the nearby River Radovna.
You can visit on a guided tour of Lake Bled and Vintgar Gorge from Ljubljana.
Veliki Šumik is a small waterfall in Planina pod Šumikom, a dispersed settlement in Pohorje Hills. It is a beautiful natural spot hidden in the forest, surrounded by trees, and flowing down magmatic rock formations.
To see this 80-foot waterfall, you need to bring your hiking shoes and equipment to northeastern Slovenia. Unfortunately, we can’t find any organised tours to Šumik at this time.
There is a series of thick waterfalls cascading down a rocky mountainside in Illirska Bistrica, Slovenia collectively called the Sušec Waterfall. Tourists go canyoneering in this part of the country just to see this body of water. The height of each waterfall varies, but the tallest among them is almost 40 feet.
The best way to see Sušec is to go on a canyon tour, like this tour of the Soca Valley that leaves from Bovec.
You can find the beautiful Kozjak Waterfall (which is also known as the Great Kozjak) in Kobarid, Slovenia. It is a hidden gem near Camp Koren and the river Šoca, with water cascading from a height of more than 52 feet and into a blue-green pool under a cave-like rock formation.
Sopota Waterfall, an almost 200-foot body of water, is located in a remote area between Tolmin and Baška Grapa in Slovenia.
Not many tourists visit this spot, so you can expect a lot of quiet and privacy if you ever decide to go here. A path will take you to the waterfall.
Šunikov vodni gaj, also called the Lepenjica Waterfall, is a waterfall in Lepena, Slovenia that converges with the Šumnik brook. It’s 328 feet long with troughs as high as 33 feet.
The water cascades into green pools at different points along its length. You can visit this waterfall at the Triglav National Park.
Located in Nomenj, Slovenia, Slap Grmečica is a small waterfall at barely 20 feet. Even though it is not one of the country’s great waterfalls, it’s still a famous tourist destination.
Canyoneering is a popular activity when people visit Slap Gremečica. Some even climb to the top of the waterfall.
Slap Virje is a waterfall near Gljun, which is a river in Slovenia. In fact, the river is the water source of Virje. Here, adventurous tourists love to go canyoneering and swimming in the green waters at the foot of the falls. At only 39 feet, don’t let its size fool you! It’s still a popular tourist destination.
Located in northern Slovenia near the town of Gozd Martuljek, Martuljkovi Slapovi is a waterfall that descends on three different levels, the tallest of which is 164 feet. It is also known as Martuljški slapovi and is a favorite spot among mountain trekkers and rock climbers. Mount Jasenje and Martuljek Gorge are nearby.
In the Logar Valley in Solčava, northern Slovenia, there’s a waterfall called the Rinka Falls, one of the most popular waterfalls in the country. Tourists from all over Europe and the world go here to see this stunning 344-foot natural wonder. When you arrive, you can climb the steps to view the waterfall up close.
Guided Tours to Waterfalls in Slovenia
Here are the guided tours mentioned in this post in an easy-to-reference list.
Sum Waterfall (Voje) and Vintgar Gorge
5 Things to Bring With You to Slovenia
We’re working on our full list of what to pack for Istanbul, but here are five things you definitely want to bring with you!
The Lonely Planet Slovenia: I can never find the guide book I want after landing in a new country, so I like to pick up either the hard copy or the Kindle version beforehand.
Unlocked Cell Phone: Allison and I both have unlocked cell phones that we bought in Europe (I use a Samsung and she uses and iPhone). This allows up to get local sim cards when we travel so that we always have the internet. This has gotten us out of so many jams!
If you don’t have an unlocked cell phone that can use a Slovenian sim card, you can buy a cheaper unlocked phone online and bring it with you!
Pacsafe Citysafe or Other Anti-Theft Bag: This is the bag both Allison and I use (and they also make men’s versions). It has a pouch with RFID technology so our credit cards can’t get scanned from afar, interlocking zippers to make it harder to pickpocket, and it’s roomy enough to be a perfect sightseeing day bag. If you’d rather bring something smaller, you can pack a money belt instead.
While Slovenia is generally very safe, every country with tourism has some level of crime that targets tourists, and pickpockets are the most common (and easiest to plan ahead for).
Hiking Boots: If you’re looking for great waterfalls in Slovenia, my guess is you plan to do some hiking (Slovenia is famous for it, after all). Here are the hiking boots we recommend (women’s version and men’s version) so that your feet are comfy and supported during your trip!
Grayl Water Filter: If you don’t want to have to buy tons of plastic bottles on your trip, it’s a good idea to travel with one water bottle that has a filter. This way no matter where you are in Slovenia, you can use local water sources and decrease the single-use plastic for your trip.
More Slovenia Travel Resources
If you’re just starting to prepare for your trip to Slovenia, read our guide to planning a trip to Slovenia which features an 11-step checklist!
For all of our resources on Slovenia, check out our Slovenia travel page as well as our Balkans guides. We post new content on the site almost every day, so keep an eye out for new posts or click around to find more content if you are planning a multi-country Balkan trip.
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
It’s a good idea to always travel to Slovenia and the Balkans with a valid travel insurance policy. While the country is safe, accidents can happen anywhere. If you experience an accident or theft, travel insurance will help you recover your costs and enjoy the rest of your trip.
For travel insurance, I use World Nomads. I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for almost three years, and I’ve never had an issue when making a claim. I’m happy to refer them to anyone I meet.
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