Stone Waterfall – Salgótarján, Hungary - Atlas Obscura

Salgótarján, Hungary

Stone Waterfall

Inside the Šomoška National Nature Reserve exists a unique rock formation rarely seen in the world.  

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Not far from Šomoška Castle, resides a 30 foot (9 meters) high stone “waterfall” composed of hexagonal basalt pillars. This unique rock formation formed around four million years ago when basalt lava hardened into these unique columns. It’s the only example of this beauty in the region, and is only one of seven found in the world.

Not far from this geological wonder is the stone “sea,” an area filled with shards that have cascaded from the formation. Similar stones were also used to build the nearby castle. 

Know Before You Go

All of these treasures can be seen in approximately 30 minutes while walking through the reserve. 

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