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Bigar Waterfall in Romania

The unusual shapes and settings make Bigar Waterfall the most interesting waterfall in Romania

Best time: April–October

Bigar Waterfall
Bigar Waterfall

The Anina Mountains located in western Romania conceal a true natural wonder in the form of Bigar Waterfall. The Mini River flows over a flat round-shaped stone plateau splitting up into innumerable beautiful streams that fall 8 meters down onto a vividly green moss carpet. Locals call it the miracle. The spot is admirable indeed and deserves its status as the most interesting waterfall found within the country. The best time to observe the natural wonder is during the spring and summer months when the waters are high and vegetation is lush.

The Izvorul Bigăr is located on Anina River in the Cheile Nerei-Beușnița National Park. Interestingly, this landmark is located precisely on the 45th parallel, halfway between the Equator and the geographic North Pole. The area surrounding the waterfall is a beautiful natural preserve, so it's worth to spend there some time hiking. It is located near the towns of Anina and Resita.

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When is Bigar Waterfall best to visit?

Bigar Waterfall is at its best between April and October when the weather is pleasant, offering its visitors the opportunity to witness the lush vegetation and flowing water over the flat rock plateau in all its glory. Winter months are best to be avoided as the temperatures plunge into sub-zero levels, making it hard for visitors to navigate. The winter months also make the surrounding areas cold and dangerous due to the formation of ice. Show more

What is the location of Bigar Waterfall, and how can I access it?

Located in the western region of Romania, near Anina and Resita towns, Bigar Waterfall falls within the Cheile Nerei-Beușnița National Park, offering hiking trails amidst spectacular outdoor beauty. Bus services are available for visitors who can use them if coming from Resita. Otherwise, visitors can use a personal car to get to Bigar Waterfall, which takes around two and a half hours from Timisoara and three and a half hours from Bucharest. Show more

What is the height of Bigar Waterfall?

The approximately 8-meter height of Bigar Waterfall is nothing spectacular; what sets it apart is how it appears with the Mini River dividing into various water streams on its flat, round-shaped rock plateau. The streams combine to create a moss carpet beneath the vivid green water that looks like a giant showerhead or sprinkler. This natural beauty combined with the rushing symphony of water and lush vegetation creates an idyllic atmosphere of serene tranquillity and beauty. Show more

Is there any hiking trail around Bigar Waterfall?

The stunning Cheile Nerei-Beușnița National Park offers exceptional hiking trails in Romania. Visitors can bask in the natural beauty of the area while taking a stroll through the lush forested areas. The trails range in difficulty level and cater to everyone's comfort. The most popular trail near Bigar Waterfall leads to a mini-canyon beside the waterfall formed by the Mini River. Clear signage is evident across the park, and visitors can also get guides to show them areas within the park of particular interest Show more

What is the flora and fauna around Bigar Waterfall?

Flora and fauna admirers can find plenty to behold in Cheile Nerei-Beușnița National Park. The park offers an outstanding variety of plant and animal species. One can glimpse damp loving plants such as wild orchids and lilies, a delight for botany enthusiasts. The forested areas provide home to as many as 90 bird species. It is also possible to spot aquatic species like the Danube salmon within the vicinity. The forest serves as a location for some of Romania's more prominent wildlife species, including the bear, wolf and, at times, lynx. Show more

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