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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Kravice waterfalls

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Kravice waterfalls | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Europe

[Visited: May 2014]

When I arrive at the parking, there are almost no cars around. After parking my car, I walk down, and two men approach me. I have to buy a ticket, and they offer that I can drive all the way down to the falls. But I can already hear the sound of falling water, and I prefer to walk down myself. The stairs seem quite new, and there are various points with views: below me, the forest stretches to the other side of the valley. In the distance: cranes for building a new highway. After a while, I finally reach a viewpoint from which I can actually see an open patch in the forest, in which I spot the falls. From here, it does not take long until I reach the bottom of the path, which is the top of the falls.

Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Water falling down incessantly at Kravice

A group of elderly people strolls at the water, they have parked their car right here. I walk to the river, where trees stand in the water, right up to the edge of the Kravice waterfalls. There is too much water to walk to the edge myself, unfortunately. I take the broad path, which eventually brings me down to the level of the lake. But before I reach that, I pass close to the side of the falls. There is a lot of water, the falls are around 25 metres high, and a continuous spray wets everything and everyone in the vicinity. Kravice falls are horseshoe-shaped, and it is not easy to see the entire falls at once. It is only when I am down at the lake level, and walk a little downstream and look back, that I finally see the full width of the falls.

Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): View towards the Kravice falls across the lower part of the Trebižat river

The water in the lake is high: I see trash bins which are partially submerged, and the edge of the path also lies under the water level. I see a path on the other side, and hope that there is a way to reach the other edge of the falls, and I walk further downstream, in search of a bridge. But I find none, and I return to the lake. Very few people around on this day, so I can enjoy the natural spectacle all on my own. I see that the tree line in the river Trebižat runs all the way to the very edge of the falls: in some parts, trees are tilting in the raging water, holding on to rocks and boulders in the river. A little higher up, I stand still, and soak in the views of the wide and high falls in the middle of the sea of green before I climb back to the main road again.

Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): River with trees at the edge of the Kravice waterfalls
Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Section of the falls of Kravice
Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Water falling down at the falls of Kravice
Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Kravice waterfalls seen from above
Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): The main waterfalls of Kravice
Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): The waterfalls of Kravice seen from a distance
Picture of Kravice waterfalls (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Section of the waterfalls of Kravice

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