It seems that it’s waterfall time again! After sharing with you in a recent article the beauty of Vanturatoarea waterfall near Baile Herculane, it’s time to check out another amazing waterfall in Romania! This time, we’re talking about a better known one – Bigar waterfall, which is probably the most famous waterfall in the country.

In today’s article, I will share some words about our visit to the waterfall itself, some photos that I took as well as the answer to the burning question: how to get to the Bigar waterfall.

Bigar became famous a few years ago thanks to the almighty internet and since then it was named by various publications as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. And since it is close to our city and we had never visited it before (actually, we had never heard of it before its rise to fame over the internet a few years ago), we decided to check it out.

And, boy, we were happy we did because Bigar waterfall is indeed beautiful – just as it is the surrounding area! We also visited some water mills nearby afterwards – the old Water Mills at Rudaria and I’m going to share some images from there as well.

How to Get to Bigar Waterfall in Romania

This attraction is located in the Caras Severin county and the closest major Romanian cities are Timisoara, Caransebes, Resita and Drobeta Turnu Severin. It is located at the intersection of two National Parks – Semenic and Cheile Nerei and you should make sure that, if you search for it on Google Maps, are taken to its location (here) since Google Maps has the habit of taking you to the Bigar village (also in Caras Severin but relatively far away from the waterfall) if you search for “Bigar” on Google Maps.

There are no trains getting there, and no bus rides that I know of, but some nearby cities offer tours to Bigar and nearby attractions. For example, this 1-day tour from Timisoara.

Most of the ride to the waterfall itself is beautiful as the road takes you through forests and offers beautiful sights, which you might even get the chance to admire as you’ll drive at low speed because of the curves and turns. The road itself is in a really good condition, which was a big surprise to me.

And you will eventually get there. The Bigar waterfall is very close to a special parking area and you can basically just hop out of the car and admire it – so no walking required for those who don’t like hiking.

When we went there, there was some construction work happening around so probably in a year or two there will be a nice restaurant nearby the waterfall – and there are already a couple relatively close, in the parking area.

Now here’s the Bigar waterfall as it looked when we visited it:



Apparently, because of the drought, there was less water than it usually is, but it still looked good!

This was still being built as we got there, it’s right near the waterfall and looks nice with all that wood and barbecues that it has inside.
Just a few kilometers away, there’s this nice lake, perfect for a quick picnic. Or you can just get inside the restaurant that’s right in front of it and eat some fresh fish.

In case you want to hear the water as well and see some motion, I also have two videos for you. The first one is the waterfall itself:

And a second video that shows a bit of the surrounding areas as well: you can take a very short walk up to the spring and there’s also a cave there, but it’s closed to the public. If you want to skip to the waterfall directly, jump to minute 2:20:

After the visit to the Bigar Waterfall, on our way home, we also had a quick detour to the water mills at Rudaria. The road to the place is horrible though and, even though some more mills were advertised by signs a bit further away, we decided to stick to what we saw and head back home.

We weren’t as impressed by the mills as we were by the fact that at least one was still functional: after all these years, in some areas in Romania, stuff that you would consider more suitable for museums still works and is used to produce food. That was amazing – and they definitely don’t build things as durable as they did back in the day.





And, in the end, we had to stop again in Orsova to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a beautiful view of the Danube:


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  1. I totally get calling it one of the most beautiful waterfalls ever. It’s incredibly pretty and very photogenic. It must be have been a great feeling seeing it. I’ve some waterfalls in my day, but l really like this. A lot! I’m not surprised the mill still works though. It seems everything built in those days last unlike the crap of today 🙂 . Eric is quite the big boy now isn’t he? and what a great view !!!

    • Yes, it seems that they really knew how to build things back in the days! And indeed the waterfall is beautiful – even somebody without photography skills like myself can take some decent photos of it. I can only wonder how nice the photos would look like if you guys took them. And yes, Eric’s growing so quickly – hopefully soon it will be him who’ll be saying “come on, dad, let’s travel the world!” 🙂

  2. Hi Calin:
    Super marvelous pictures! If it was hot enough, could you swim in the pools at the waterfall’s base? This was a day trip for you, then? Very calming environment.
    Enjoyed the videos. You ought to include more of these–it really puts the reader much closer to your lovely country.
    So, how bad is the drought? Everything still looks mighty green.
    Your son is very photogenic. You ought to enroll him in an agency which would provide opportunities for him to be in catalog ads, and even in TV ads. (You never know, he could be the next Sebastian Stan;-)
    Thanks for sharing this lovely part of Romania!

  3. Hello Teil! Yes, this was indeed a day trip for us. I thought about people getting in the water, but I don’t think mane would do that: that’s a mountain stream and even when it’s hot outside, the water itself will be ice cold. The area itself is surrounded by dense forests so I don’t think it ever gets really hot there. But I am sure that would be an awesome photo if somebody decided to hop in the water.

    Regarding the dry spell… I don’t really know. To me, it didn’t seem to be that bad this year, but people were complaining all over the place. However, overall, I think it was better than in the past couple of years as we had quite some rain, especially during the first month of summer.

    • I am happy I could share the beauty of Bigar! Regarding the restaurant, as far as I know, it’s only two of them that are in the city and have the terrace built over the Danube, so you can’t miss them. They are probably an attraction in the city, but mostly because of the views and not necessarily because of what they serve – the food doesn’t stand out as much, but it’s not bad either.

  4. The old fish restaurant at the junction of the E70 and main road into Orsova has this year re-opened after being closed for at least 8 years. In its day it was the place to eat in Orsova. Its all refurbished and looks great in its new form, clad in fresh wood. Still the same traditional menu but we stopped only for a drink and to be nosey, we will eat there when back in October Cascada Bigar is beautiful.

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