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Tips for visiting Gostilje Waterfall, Serbia

June 2, 2024 1 Comment

There it was in front of me- a shimmering curtain of liquid sunlight. At the base, a pool of clear water churned and swirled, releasing a cool, misty spray that tickled my cheeks. I sank down on a moss-covered rock, the dampness seeping pleasantly onto my thighs. The roar of the water filled my ears, a constant, rhythmic bass to the melody of the birdsong. It was a sound that calmed and energized at the same time, a living lullaby. I closed my eyes and breathed deeply, the scent of pine needles and damp earth mingling with the mist-carried freshness of the water.

If you’re avid reader of my blog, you’ll know that to me, Serbia’s natural beauty never disappoints. 

However, most places have limited English information so I am trying to spread the word for those interested in venturing off the beaten path. Gostilje Waterfall is a hidden gem nestled amidst the Zlatibor mountains. Here are some tips to maximise your visit to Gostilje Waterfall:

1. Go Independently

Although you can visit Gostilje Waterfall via an organised tour, unless I absolutely have to , I prefer to travel independently. Since Gostilje is so accessible, there is no need to pay for a tour (in my opinion). My friends and I rented a car and drove from Zlatibor . From Zlatibor to the parking lot of Gostilje takes about 45 minutes (even though Google Maps says it’s only 30 minutes). The major issue here is that Google keeps trying to take you on shortcuts which lead nowhere.

Stick to the main roads and look for the official signage. Ignore Google Maps when it tells you to turn into narrow side roads. 

If you rent a car, be aware that there is demarcated parking, however, it is a small lot. 

I am not sure if public transport can take you to Gostilje Waterfall, however you can contact the tourist information office in Zlatibor to enquire. Their website is linked here.

2. Keep cash handy for the entrance fee

As of May 2024, the entry fee was 250RSD per person. As far as I could tell, foreign currencies were not accepted and neither were card payments. The gentleman at the entrance gives you a brief rundown of the facilities when you enter (not necessary but still nice). 

Alternatively, you can purchase tickets from the Visit Serbia online platform, which I have linked here.

3. Wear walking shoes

I was pleasantly surprised by how well maintained this waterfall and its trail are. It’s more of a walking path than a hike; however, it’s still important to wear appropriate footwear as the path to the waterfall is around 450 metres and includes some downhill sections with handrails. I also imagine that it’s been raining when you visit, the path will become very slippery. Here are some photos of the path:

Please note that this site is not wheelchair friendly.

Bonus Tips:
  • The waterfall can be visited from 9am-7pm in summer. Early mornings or evenings offer a more peaceful experience, with fewer crowds. (Tour buses tend to visit sites in Serbia between 10am-2pm).
  • While the waterfall is accessible year-round, the frozen cascades during winter will create a magical, fairytale-like atmosphere.
  • Make Gostilje Waterfall part of a larger Western Serbia adventure. The area offers a variety of sits in the area if you have your own car. You can read my blog post about it here.

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LASTLY,

With its cascading beauty and surrounding nature, Gostilje Waterfall is a perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway. So, follow these tips, lace up your shoes, and get ready to be enchanted by this hidden gem in Serbia!

If you liked this post, you may also be interested in my other Serbian content:

Visiting Golubac Fortress and Veliki Buk Waterfall 

A Guide for visiting Subotica 

Spending a weekend in Uvac Canyon

Krupajsko Vrelo: An Underrated Paradise

I also have a wealth of information on my Instagram. Do have a look. If you enjoyed this post about visiting Western Serbia, please pin it using the pins below:

Have you considered visiting Gostilje Waterfall? Or have I just put it on your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Rochelle | Adventuresfromelle June 4, 2024 at 8:55 pm

    What a beautiful place! Almost reminds me of home ❤️

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