most beautiful waterfall in the world

Waterfalls. Where do I start? One of the worst pieces of advice from the 90s (in my opinion) was to "not go chasing waterfalls" - I always wondered, why not? Okay, after a quick search it turns out that apparently it's a metaphor for self-destructive behaviour, but I think even the metaphor is unfair - waterfalls are wonderful, and that brings me to the actual point of this post: the most beautiful waterfalls in the world that you simply must visit (or 'chase') if you have the chance! :) This list was tough to decide, so I've sneaked in a plus one - the photo above shows the Kirkjufell waterfall in Iceland which I did not include in this list. Instead, we opted for Gullfloss, see below (I just couldn't resist, it's so beautiful...)

5 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in the World

#1. Gullfoss, Iceland

First on my list of pretty waterfalls is Gullfoss. Gullfoss means 'Golden Falls' in English. Like many things in Iceland, the reason for this naming has a mystical, magical, folk-tale origin story: basically, a guy didn't want anyone to get his gold after he died, so he chucked it into this waterfall.

amazing waterfalls in the world

Although this was definitely not a case of 'redistributing your wealth', something that we like to see here at Travelling Weasels, I can't deny the beauty of returning the gold to nature, where it originally came from and where it belongs. Anyway, a visit to Gullfoss is an absolute must as one of your Golden Circle Iceland stops. I mean, this waterfall is where the Golden Circle circuit got its name from, after all.

I visited Gullfoss with my sister and my ex in 2016 - photos just can't do it justice it's breathtaking and it was my favourite stop on our own Golden Circle Trip. 

#2. Onguiaahra (Niagara), Kanata / Turtle Island

I feel like no list of the most popular waterfalls in the world would be complete without Onguiaahra, or as you probably know it, Niagara Falls. With part of it in Kanata (or Canada) and the other part in Turtle Island (USA), it's popular for good reason: in my opinion, it's jaw-dropping.

most beautiful waterfalls in the world

Originally called Onguiaahra by the natives, the name was anglicised, which is most of us tend to know it (currently) as Niagara Falls. But there is a change in the winds, and I predict we will return to the original name before long :) And we can help getting there by learning that name.

Tam├ís visited Onguiaahra when he was a kid with his parents and his sister :) 

#3. Mosi-oa-Tunya, Zambia

On a similar note, the British named this one 'Victoria Falls' (and that's certainly the name I grew up with), but Mosi-oa-Tunya is its native name, and one I hope we return to that soon, as well.

At 23.4km^2 it's the largest waterfall in the world and one of the most amazing ones, in my humble opinion. In fact, 'humble' is the key word here: I challenge anyone - Captain Musk in particular - to stand in front of this beautiful waterfall and not feel insignificant in the most beautiful of ways.

#4. Plitvice, Croatia

If you are looking for one of the prettiest waterfalls in the world, you must visit Plitvice. This natural formation felt like it was straight out of a fantasy novel. You cannot swim here, and ostensibly that's disappointing, but the reason you can't is because it's used as drinking water!

Considering how many marine animals die from plastic, and how infuriating it is that a lot of plastic waste in water is from water bottles (remember: companies that ‘make’ mineral water do not produce water, they produce plastic bottles) which could be avoided if we could just directly drink from natural waters like this.. well, I'm always happy to hear that a place is used as drinking water :)

#5. Any Waterfall in the Philippines

What I mean is grab some new friends (the Philippines is one of the easiest places to make friends in the world, imo) and head to the local waterfall. There are countless waterfalls in the Philippines, each as beautiful and unique as can be.

amazing waterfalls in the world

It's nice to visit popular waterfalls (like most of the ones on this list), because they are usually popular for a reason (they're jaw-dropping), but there's something also so nice about going to a quiet waterfall, submersing yourself and spending the day there with good friends. 

In the above photo for example, I went there with a group of Filipino friends and their German boyfriends. I had a German boyfriend too at the time and we had a great day. 

Wrap Up: the 5 Most beautiful Waterfalls in the World

So there you have it, a list of some of the most beautiful waterfalls from around the world...  I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know which your favourite waterfalls are! 

What do you think? Have we convinced you to visit some of these waterfalls? Or your local waterfall you're lucky enough to live near one? Let us know and please feel free to give us tips and advice!

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