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  • Writer's pictureStefan Ivanov

Kostenets falls

A silvery, huge pillar, roaring furiously,

into a raging foamy pool he rushed

and the silence song

shook the air like a storm.


The rocks, the mountain echo,

the roar reaches the heavens

and dewy dust from the deep,

bubbling up next to me.


I stand and watch with a secret trepidation

and I listen to his infernal song

and languished in this enchanted world

furious with fury, might and thunder.


"Over the Falls"

Ivan Vazov


Kostensky waterfall

Kostenski waterfall is a very lush, full-water and incredibly beautiful waterfall, located in Rila Planina, along the course of Stara Reka.


The waterfall has a height of 12 meters. In the immediate vicinity of the waterfall there are warm mineral springs.


The fountain with four spouts in the village of Kostenets

In 1974, the waterfall was declared a natural landmark.


How do you get here?



The starting point is the city of Kostenets. You leave the city along "Belmeken" street and head towards the village of Kostenets. The distance from the town to the village is about ten kilometers and takes about fifteen minutes.


Welcome to the village of Kostenets

Entering the village, continue straight ahead, starting from Osvobozhdenie Street and continuing along Hristo Botev Street. It will take you to the end of the village, where there is a large parking lot, a park, restaurants and a unique fountain.

The place offers a sufficient number of parking spaces and you can leave your vehicle here.


The unique bone fountain with the goat


The "fountain with the goat" has four spouts, and the water flowing from them is from three different mineral springs, each with a different temperature.


The fountain with the goat in the village of Kostenets

In 1917, Ivan Vazov spent the summer in Kostenets and was inspired by the surrounding nature to write his collection of poems "Yulska kitka", together with his later cycle of poems "Dissonances", published again in 1921 under the title "What is the mountain singing?".

Two of the poems are dedicated to the Kostensky waterfall: "Over the waterfall" and "The waterfall is crying".


The park


From here begins a small park with benches for rest, small alleys and a bridge. You can enjoy the lush Old River and several of its larger falls.


The rumble intensifies, turning into a rumble!



Due to the high water of Stara Reka, I was able to catch the waterfall in one of its more powerful periods, which I am very happy about.


The park near Kostensky waterfall in the village of Kostenets

As you will see for yourself from the exceptional photo and video material, the waterfall is magnificent!



I got quite wet while shooting in the vicinity!


Dear friends, enjoy the charming Kostensky waterfall!



I visited Kostensky Vopad twice – in the summer of 2020, as well as two years later, that is why here I provide you with photo and video material from both my visits.


I wish you a fresh, green and wet walk!

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