The list below captures some of the most beautiful waterfalls captured in various trips and hikes across Europe; it is by no means exhaustive and no doubt many more cascades and waterfalls will be added to this list. For the most spectacular waterfalls, it’s hard to go past Iceland, which generally dominates the list of Most Spectacular European Waterfalls. But the European alps also serve as a dramatic backdrop (or the source of considerable water) for many waterfalls across a number of countries including France, Italy Germany and Switzerland.
Rheinfall is the most powerful waterfall in Europe and one of the world famous natural features in Switzerland. The 23m falls can be viewed from both sides of the Rhine river.
Goðafoss or "waterfall of the goð (pagan idols)" is a spectacular waterfall in Iceland's north. The river Skjálfandafljót falls in a wide arc into a foaming pool.
Dettifoss is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe and the largest in terms of volume discharge It's fed by meltwater from the massive Vatnajökull glacier.
A long and thin waterfall, Foss a Sidu (or Foss á Siðu) drops 30m down a sheer basalt cliff. It's located along the Ring Road in southern Iceland.
Rjúkandifoss is a large spring-fed waterfall with a 135m total drop. It can be seen from the Ring Road in the northern part of of Iceland.
Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a width of 25m and a drop of 60m. A walking path takes you to the base and the top of this picturesque waterfall.
Gullfoss is a spectacular waterfall, which is regarded as one of the top ten in the world. A huge volume of water cascades over a wide "staircase" before plunging into a 32-metre deep crevice.