15 Best Places to Visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Despite all those rugged mountains, the snow-caked heights of the Dinaric Alps, the beautiful Una River and towns like Mostar and Stolac where Ottoman and Byzantine, Roman and Balkan, Slavic and oodles of other styles all coalesce between the ancient streets, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains a somewhat off-the-beaten-track corner of Europe. Check out this list of the country’s best places to visit, which flits from the wild hinterland to the buzzing, burgeoning capital along the way.
USAID’s Developing Sustainable Tourism (Turizam) project facilitates broad-based, tourism-driven economic growth and promotes social harmony by capitalizing on the country’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. The Turizam project supports the recovery of the BiH tourism sector from the negative impacts of the pandemic by fostering collaboration among all levels of government, industry, and community stakeholders.
The Turizam project, which began in August 2020, is a five-year $20 million project implemented by Chemonics International.
Natural wonders of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mountainous country, with fast rivers ideal for rafting or kayaking.
Una National Park
Una National Park stretches along the valley of the upper course of the Una River and the canyon of its tributaries. The park is located in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, close to the Croatian border. Although this is a protected area, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing are permitted on the Una River. This way, the visitors can explore the natural sights of the park and have fun doing it. Besides the natural attractions, the park area includes several medieval towns.
Sutjeska National Park
Sutjeska National Park is the oldest national park in the country. The highest peak of the park is Maglić, with a height of more than 2.000 meters. The park area offers a great diversity of flora and fauna. There are more than 300 birds, alongside bears and deer, living in the area. One of the most common activities the park has to offer is hiking. There are trails of up to 8 hours and 22 km for more experienced hikers. Another option is exploring the park by bike. The bike trails have a total of 48 km.
Tara River Canyon
Tara River Canyon is one of the deepest river canyons in Europe. The canyon stretches from Montenegro to Bosnia and Herzegovina, over 82 kilometers, forming a border between the two countries. It is approximately 1.300 meters deep. The Tara River is a popular rafting route, due to the great rapids. Apart from being a popular water sports area, the canyon offers beautiful scenery, as well. This is mostly because of the more than 40 cascades falling down from the canyon peaks.
The most beautiful natural phenomenon of the Herzegovina region is the Kravica Waterfall. The waterfall was formed by the travertine river Trebižat. The height of the waterfall ranges from 26 to 28 meters, while the water below the waterfall forms a magnificent amphitheater with a diameter of 120 meters. Kravica Waterfall is located only 10 km from Medjugorje, so it is a great stop on your way to (or from) Medjugorje and Mostar.
Kolar is back at his old house nearly every day now, no longer as a soldier. Today the house and approximately 65 feet of the tunnel are a government-owned museum where he works. The first tourists visited the tunnel around 2005. Last year nearly 80,000 visited the museum.
“Most of the people are coming because of the war,” he said. “Just to see what happened here. For people it was not understandable that war this terrible happened in Europe.”
For Bosnians dealing with the chaos of the war in the 1990s, it was hard to imagine what a return to peacetime life would be like. When Abid Jasar was driving munitions for the Bosnian army 20 years ago, “not even in [his] dreams” did he expect he would end up selling magnets to tourists visiting the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum next to his house.
“After the war, I was expecting a normal job,” Jasar said, pausing to take drag of his cigarette. That’s when Diane Orrett, a British tourist visiting from her home in Japan, walked into his shop.
“When I was in England, when I was a kid, it was always on TV, what was going on in Bosnia,” she said. Two decades later, she found herself wanting to visit the war-torn nation she saw on the news.
“People did say, ‘Why are you going there?’” she said. “It’s completely changed now. It’s a place that tourists can come to.”
The tiny Balkan country of Bosnia-Herzegovina has a lot to offer visitors in terms of rich history, stunning landscapes and cuisine, as it always has. Also, the scars of war are still hard to miss, and an industry has formed around tourists who seek them out rather than the more conventional tourist attractions of ancient buildings, quaint cafes and rolling mountains.
“People want to try to understand what happened,” said Ervin Tokic, a tour guide in Sarajevo. “You go to Paris to see the art. You go to Italy to see the Roman architecture and cuisine. Sarajevo — the Jerusalem of Europe — it’s basically very well known for its wars.”
Responding to customer demand, in 2013 he started to offer a Total War tour, which guides tourists around the various sites relevant to the siege of Sarajevo. Most of his clients are from Western Europe and the United States. They typically stay in Sarajevo for two or three days, he said.
Tour companies offer day trips to Srebrenica, where more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in just a few days in 1995.
“In a way, this tour can help to understand what Srebrenica is today, what it has been yesterday and day before but, most of all, what Srebrenica can become with all of us participating together,” reads a description for one company’s Genocide Tour.
In the Herzegovinian city of Mostar, visitors pose for pictures next to rocks inscribed with “Don’t forget ’93” in homage to the thousands of civilians killed during fighting there. Tourists can buy kitschy magnets of Mostar’s Stari Most, an Ottoman-era bridge that, some argue, was symbolically destroyed by Roman Catholic Croats during the war and was later rebuilt.
“It’s interesting walking around Mostar, with all the buildings that are burned out,” said British traveler Peter Woolcock while on a train from Mostar to Sarajevo. “It’s kind of strange being here when [war] was going on in recent history.”
“I think it’s tricky, because I think it’s important for people to know what happened here,” said Stephanie Hays, an American who was traveling with Woolcock. “You need to strike a balance between educating and not trivializing, which can be challenging.”
She added, “I personally have no interest in owning a bullet casing,” referring to souvenir shops in Mostar and Sarajevo that sell key chains and pens made of war materiel.
But for Muhamed Huseinovic, tourists wanting to own a piece of the war are what helps him support his family. He sells copper goods and trinkets in Sarajevo’s Coppersmith Alley, as his family has for more than 200 years.
“I’ve already had enough of these going over my head,” he said he thought when his sons approached him with the idea of turning bullet casings into souvenirs after the Dayton Accords were signed in 1995, bringing an end to the war. “But tourists, journalists and U.N. soldiers would buy them.”
In his shop, tourists can buy an engraved bullet or anti-aircraft shell casing for approximately 15 Bosnian marks ($8). They can buy an engraved mortar shell casing for just over $100.
“They buy the souvenirs,” Huseinovic said while shrugging. “And it’s a symbolic one.”
For him and others who profit, war tourism has provided a means to make a living in a country with a nearly 44 percent unemployment rate and nearly stagnant economy. Ten years ago he was able to buy his family a used car with the extra money coming in.
“People couldn’t understand that [tourism] is a job,” Kolar said of other Bosnians’ reactions to tourists heading to the country in the early 2000s. “It is salary. It is money that you can live from. It takes at least 10 years for people to understand that. Now tourists are coming here and are also sleeping somewhere, eating somewhere, driving somewhere.”
Mirsad Merdzanovic, who served in the Bosnian army and now drives tourists around Sarajevo from time to time, thinks it’s a good thing that people want to visit and learn about history and life in Sarajevo and the rest of the country.
But what does he think when he’s asked to drive in the part of the city where he once fought?
“Well, there is no other way,” Merdzanovic said. “You need to make some income. You need to somehow make a living and also to earn the daily bread.”
PROMOTION OF THE FIRST TOURIST BALLOON IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
As part of the project “Enjoy Sarajevo-Romania Region” the promotion of the first tourist balloon was held today at the sports and recreation center Brus-Trebević.
The balloon as well as all established tourist facilities within the project were presented. Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy the scene of the take-off of the first balloon in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is a unique tourist attraction.
“This is a great day for the tourism of East Sarajevo because the hot air balloon on Brus is the first in this region,” said Igor Tošić, Director of the Tourist Organization of Jahorina. “We are sure that the new offers will increase the number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in our city, which is the ultimate goal.” Director Tošic thanked the donors European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany who are financing this project.
This activity is one of many that are planned within the project “Enjoy Sarajevo-Romania region”, which is jointly implemented by the Tourist Organization of Jahorina, the City Development Agency of East Sarajevo (RAIS), the Chamber of Commerce of Republika Srpska (PKRS) and the company „Stanisic d.o.o. Pale“. The project will be implemented for 18 months, and its total value is 258,000 EUR, out of which the European Union has allocated over 200,000 EUR in grants.
“We have a chance to develop the tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina into the most important sector,” said the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Staša Košarac. He thanked all tourism workers who managed to create new tourism offers in the recent difficult times, and the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany for this significant donation that will improve tourism. “I hope that there will be more projects like these in the whole country.”
EU4Business is the European Union’s project aiming to strengthen Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capacity for economic growth and employment by fostering competitiveness and innovation in selected sectors. EU4Business is worth EUR 16.1, out of which 15 million is funded by the European Union and the EUR 1.1 million is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany. The project is jointly implemented by GIZ, UNDP, and ILO, from April 2018 to March 2022. EU4Business is part of the Local Self-Government and Economic Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina supported by the German Government. For more information, please visit: www.eu4business.ba.
The roughly triangular-shaped Bosnia and Herzegovina is bordered on the north, west, and south by Croatia, on the east by Serbia, on the southeast by Montenegro, and on the southwest by the Adriatic Sea along a narrow extension of the country.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has a largely mountainous terrain. The Dinaric Alps dominate the western border with Croatia, and numerous ranges, including the Kozara, Vlašic, Plješevica, Grmeč, Cincar, and Raduša, run through the country, generally in a northwest-southeast direction. The highest peak, reaching 7,828 feet (2,386 metres), is Maglić, near the border with Montenegro. In the south and southwest is the Karst, a region of arid limestone plateaus that contain caves, potholes, and underground drainage. The uplands there are often bare and denuded (the result of deforestation and thin soils), but, between the ridges, depressions known as poljes are covered with alluvial soil that is suitable for agriculture. Elevations of more than 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) are common, and the plateaus descend abruptly toward the Adriatic Sea. The coastline, limited to a length of 12 miles (20 km) along the Adriatic Sea, is bounded on both sides by Croatia and contains no natural harbours. In central Bosnia the rocks and soils are less vulnerable to erosion, and the terrain there is characterized by rugged but green and often forested plateaus. In the north, narrow lowlands extend along the Sava River and its tributaries.
Geologic fault lines are widespread in the mountainous areas. In 1969 an earthquake destroyed 70 percent of the buildings in Banja Luka.
Best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina
But let’s leave serious things behind and talk about best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, shall we?
The capital of the country and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe – Sarajevo is a must when you visit Bosnia and Herzegovina!
This is literally where East meets West and a distinctive sign on the street tells you exactly when that happens.
Within a few minutes’ walk you can find the Catholic cathedral, the Orthodox cathedral, the mosque, and the synagogue.
For such a low-key city Sarajevo has been in the center of the turbulent history too many times: that’s where the World War First started, that’s where 1984 Winter Olympic Games took place, that’s where the longest siege in the modern history took place.
You can see the remnants of these events spread all over the city.
For me Sarajevo is the city of sunsets – they are the most stunning here and the amazing location, in the narrow and long valley with surrounding mountains around, helps to admire the colors in the sky.
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Technically it’s a suburb of Sarajevo where you can get easily by tram.
Ilidza is known for being a spa and for its charming park with recreational area and spring of River Bosna.
To get there you have to cross a long alley lined with trees that is closed for vehicles and only every now and then a carriage from the Austria-Hungary times passes by (if you don’t feel like walking you can take the carriage for the ride, the price should be around 10 marks).
In Ilidza you will also find old, fancy hotels from the turn of the 19th and 20th century – in one of them the Archduke Franz Ferdinand spent his last night before being assassinated on 28th July 1914 (this event is known as the beginning of World War I).
Mostar is a legend and probably the best-known city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Most of us have seen the pictures of the Ottoman old bridge hanging above the turquoise waters of the Neretva river.
Sadly Mostar was also a scene of the cruel war and the famous bridge, built in the 16th century, was destroyed on 9th November 1993.
The Old Bridge and its beautiful surroundings made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.
The best place to admire the area is from the minaret of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque – climbing up can be a bit thrilling but it’s worth the view!
Mostar is more than just the Old Bridge so be sure to see also other parts of the city, especially the Sniper’s Tower and the park with the statue of Bruce Lee!
While the majority of tourists visit Mostar as one of Dubrovnik day trips it is worth to spend here much more time!
Located not far from Mostar, Blagaj is known for the spring of Buna river (that goes directly from the rocks) and the Dervish monastery built in 1520.
Both of these are located next to each other, creating a very photogenic spot, especially when you stand across the river from the monastery.
While you’re there it’s possible to visit the Dervish house inside too to admire well preserved Ottoman and Dervish remnants and see the place from another perspective.
It’s actually easy to miss Pocitelj when driving to/from Mostar – the town is glued to the hill and the stone buildings might disappear in the lush green vegetation.
The peak of the prosperity for Pocitelj came between the 16th and 18th century and you can find remnants of the medieval and Ottoman architecture here.
It feels like the time has stopped in this fortified town, if you’re lucky you can have the place mostly to yourself and that’s the best way to fall in love with Pocitelj.
For such a small town there are surprisingly many sights to see: houses, mosque and the ruins of the fortress. From the last one you can admire views of Pocitelj and the surrounding area.
This is one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Located close to the border with Croatia and not far from Mostar, Kravica Waterfall is a popular attraction and a summer getaway for both tourists and locals.
As soon as you will see the place you will understand why – the area is just stunning!
In the summertime, Kravica is a busy spot but it can be a blessing in the hot day.
You can easily spend here a few solid hours: swimming, relaxing and just enjoying the place.
There are bars and restaurants on the spot so you don’t need to worry about such trivial things.
A little gem located not far from Dubrovnik, Trebinje is such a pleasant city to visit.
With the population of a bit over 30.000, no one is in hurry here and you can spend an enjoyable time just wandering around the old town with the Ottoman architecture or relaxing in one of the cafes in the shadow of plane trees Trebinje is known for.
For the best view of the town head to the Nova Gracanica monastery (copy of the monastery with the same name from Kosovo) – it’s located on the hill that offers a beautiful panorama of Trebinje and surroundings.
Located in the very center of the country Travnik is a surprisingly pleasant city, worth spending at least a day in.
Dating to the beginning of AD, the times of the prosperity in Travnik happened between the end of the 17th century and mid-19th century when the town was the capital of the governors of Bosnia.
Today you can visit the impressive fortress offering an amazing view of the city and surroundings as well as admire numerous buildings from the Ottoman times.
Travnik is the only city in Bosnia and Herzegovina with two clock towers, it is also known for the colorful mosque that is among the most unique ones in the country.
It is also said that the best cevapi in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found in Travnik – I’m a vegetarian so I can’t confirm it but the smell of the grilled meat was present all over the center.
I spent two days in Travnik and enjoyed them a lot – it was such a perfect place to slow down and just enjoy the place.
Not far from Travnik you can find Jajce – another picturesque, laid-back town.
The center is surrounded by walls, with the citadel built high above. It’s worth to climb there to admire the beautiful view of the town and the surrounding area.
While I preferred Travnik, I enjoyed Jajce too. It was so calm and quiet, such a pleasant destination.
Don’t miss the little waterfall just below the town’s center too – it’s best seen from across the river.
Technically I didn’t visit the city (even if I really wanted to but the public transport connections are really poor) but I did saw its biggest attraction – the Ottoman bridge over the Drina river.
This UNESCO listed site is famous thanks to the Nobel prize winner – Ivo Andric – and his bestseller book “The Bridge on the Drina”.
The famous bridge is indeed spectacular but there is more to see in Visegrad. The town has a stunning location, surrounded by lush hills.
Visegrad is also home to Andricgrad – an artificial town dedicated to Ivo Andric and created by the famous movie director Emir Kusturica.
Una National Park
Una National Park is the youngest of the three national parks in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Established in 2008, the park has plenty to see and do, and it’s one of the country’s leading natural attractions.
A region characterized by clear rivers, ancient forests and karst formations, Una National Park, boasts a tremendous variety of wildlife.
In addition to all this natural wealth, there’s also a fascinating cultural-historical side to Una National Park from archaeological sites to religious buildings.
One great spot in the park is Martin Brod, located at the confluence of the Una and Unac Rivers. The name of the area means ‘Marta’s Boat.’
According to a local tale, the area is named after a young girl, who fell in love with a curly-haired man who lived on the opposite side of the river.
Marta’s disapproving parents refused their love, and one day when Marta was sneaking across the river to meet him, she tragically drowned while crossing the river to reach her lover.
But the key must-see sight in the park its the Štrbački Buk Waterfall.
Štrbački Buk, a collection of spectacular waterfalls and cascades which is the place to be for all photographers as it’s the tallest waterfall you can access in the national park.
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One of the longest and deepest canyons in the world, the Tara Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must see destination for outdoor lovers. The final sections of the canyon form the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
Due to the canyon’s location and depth, the best way to experience the canyon is from the water, on the Tara River.
The Tara River cuts through the canyon and is a popular destination for white water rafting in the summer months.
With crystal clear blue water, dense forest to the water’s edge, sheer cliffs and waterfalls to see along the way, hopping in a raft to float down the river is a rewarding and memorable experience.
There are a number of rafting companies with accommodation set up on both sides of the border alongside the river.
The rafting season runs from April till October, with the highest water flows between April and June for extreme adventure seekers.
The best time for families is between July and September when the lower water levels offer a gentler trip down the river.
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The sleepy town of Stolac can be found on the road from Mostar to Montenegro and Dubrovnik on the banks of the Begrava River in Bosnia (BiH).
Right in the centre of town is Čaršija Mosque with it’s captivating full frontage mural. The mosque, along with most of Stolac’s historical buildings, was destroyed in the fighting of 1993.
It has been painstakingly and beautifully rebuilt from original material.
Take a pretty upstream riverside walk to Ćuprija Mosque and the cute stone Inat Ćuprija bridge with it’s three stone mill-races.
Downstream from Čaršija Mosque a switchback track leads up to the ruined Vidoška Fortress and great views.
The Mostar road passes through the striking Radimlja Necropolis, 3km west of Stolac. Make time to look at the 110 grave markers. They are an unforgettable sight.
6.5km west of town, Badanj Cave has paleolithichorse drawings dated as 16,000 BC.
Don’t be fooled by the small size of the site as this is one of few similar sites in the whole of Europe and by the way, a good spot for a BYO picnic.
War is never far from the surface in BiH and 33.2 km from Stolac on the road to Ljubinje is a stark reminder in the bombed out village of Žegulga.
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Less than 40 years ago, Medjugorje was just a tiny village with a small Croat population in the Herzegovina region.
But in 1981, six children playing on a hill saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary and now Medjugorje is a city catering to 1,000’s of Catholic pilgrims a year.
The Catholic Church hasn’t accepted Medjugorje as a sacred site and the Pope has not visited, but Popes have sent envoys to visit and it certainly doesn’t stop the pilgrims from coming.
At the center of town is the large church with seating for 100’s. The church also has outdoor seating and confession booths in multiple European languages.
In the garden behind the church are statues and mosaic grottos.
The most famous statue is the “Statue of the Risen Christ”. This bronze statue attracts pilgrims because it has been “crying” for some time.
First, a liquid started dripping from his knee. On my recent visit, there were infrequent drips coming from the left hip of Jesus, with pilgrims trying to catch them in a napkin.
The energetic can hike up Apparition Hill, where there have been multiple visions of Mary after the original discovery by the children.
Dozens of gift shops in town sell any sort of relic you want from rosary crosses to life size Virgin Mary statues.
Even if you are not Catholic, Medjugorje makes an interesting stop on a Herzegovina itinerary.
For a visit to a place in which time stands still, Lukomir should be on your list.
Situated high above the tree line in the mountains above the Olympic ski jump venue outside of Sarajevo, Lukomir is so remote that the Serbs deemed it of no strategic value during the 1990s war. As such, it is an intact time capsule.
Home to semi-nomadic Muslim herders, the village’s buildings are low-slung with steep pitched roofs to accommodate the region’s heavy snowfall.
Most of the residents relocate during winter to the city, but during the summer when you visit, life goes on in the way it has for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
It’s best to visit Lukomir with an organized tour, as the access is rugged. Click here for more details.
Don’t miss the ancient medieval stecci gravestones in the cemetery at the edge of town.
You’ll also want to climb the ridges and perhaps hike the cliffside trail for incredible, high-altitude viewing of the Rakitnica Canyon, part of the Dinaric Alpine range.
Locals will want to invite you in for a coffee, or to view their hand-crafted knitted goods.
There is a small “restaurant” in the village where you can enjoy a taste of local burek served with a fresh, liquid yogurt drink.
Overnight stays can be arranged as well, in a comfortable communal building with basic amenities.
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Located about halfway between Mostar and Sarajevo, Konjic is a pretty little town most tourists haven’t heard of. But that doesn’t mean you should skip it!
Konjic is most known for being the location of Tito’s bunker.
During the 1950s, Josip Tito, the ruler of Yugoslavia, had an impressive underground bunker built as an escape in case of nuclear attack.
The idea was that he and some of the elite could hide out down there and survive the aftermath, if such a crisis occurred.
Today you can take a tour to see it just on the outskirts of Konjic.
If you’re more into outdoor activities, you can find several rafting tours in Konjic along the Neretva River, as well as hiking trails and waterfalls.
The town itself is cute and calm.
You could easily enjoy a few hours wandering through the local fresh market to buy some local produce, strolling along the river and admiring the old bridge, and relaxing at a cafe with a pretty view of the town.
A few years ago the military airport in Tuzla opened up to Europe’s budget airlines making it possible to start or end your trip in Bosnia in the small town of Tuzla.
It is only 3 hours away from Sarajevo, but it is a destination in its own right that is worth to visit for a day or two.
Tuzla is one of Bosnia’s most multicultural cities and the third largest in the country.
It is famous for its salt lakes and one of them is in the center of the city offering a great place to swim in summer.
The old town is small, but beautiful and a great place to wander through the colorful streets and visit one of the mosques.
Few foreign tourists decide to stay in Tuzla and therefore it feels like a hidden gem. Your visit will be a very local experience.
There are plenty of popular restaurants to try Bosnian food and people are very friendly.
If you prefer off the beaten path places, Tuzla will be a very worthwhile city to explore.
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History Class: Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina was mentioned for the First Time in 1433
Where the deep Drina River has been flowing for centuries….
According to the written records, Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina was mentioned for the first time in 1433. The town got its name by the hill beyond the valley where it was located. During the period of Turkish Empire, Visegrad became an important place on the main route from Dubrovnik and Travnik to Belgrade and Constantinople. But who knows what its destiny would be if in 1571. Mehmet Pasa Sokolovic hadn’t ordered the construction of the bridge with eleven arches across Drina, the river which was insurmountable by then. The bridge was his endowment.
Less than four centuries after that, Ivo Andric wrote the novel Na Drini Cuprija (The Bridge over Drina), translated in more than fifty languages, and this made Visegrad famous for the second time, this time, across the whole world. Visegrad is recognized as a potential tourist place, for the bridge of Mehmet Pasa Sokolovic, the symbol of the town, for the thermal water spring in the Spa of Visegrad, Dobrun monastery, numerous places with medieval tombs and endemic flora. Touristic, cultural, administrative and educational complex Andricgrad is located 300 meters away from the bridge of Visegrad. In the mountains and hills around Visegrad there is the natural environment of spruce. Earlier, there were people whose occupation was very unusual: the collectors of pinecones of Bosnia spruce, for which a great physical ability was demanded.
Tourist also find numerous manifestations such as the Drina Regatta, honey fairs, jumps from the bridge and many others very attractive.
Only one man could join the words perfectly in order to describe the town. Every attempt of mine would only be a desecration of his words and work
Bosnia and Herzegovina is the heart shaped land that lies in the heart of southeast Europe. It is here that eastern and western civilizations met, sometimes clashed, but more often enriched and reinforced each other throughout its long and fascinating history. Perhaps what is most important for the visitor to know today, though, is that BiH is a stunningly beautiful country with a vast array of landscapes, cultures, traditions and people. And as the old cliche goes ‘people make the place’ – and BiH prides itself on its hospitality and treating our guests as if they were family members. And family we take to heart.
Ski Mountains (Jahorina)
The XIV Winter Olympics are long gone, but the slopes still remain, and so does olympic style skiing. Jahorina has made a great comeback as southeast Europe’s best ski resort. Great skiing. Great accommodation. Great fun. All just a short ride from the capital of Sarajevo.
Bjelašnica Mountain (Sarajevo)
This Olympic mountain was the site of the men’s slalom and has by far the most challenging ski trails in the country. Off the beaten tracks are ideal spots for cross country and tour skiing, as well as year round hiking, biking, and village tourism in the ancient highland villages.
Although it’s only a tiny strip of the gorgeous Adriatic, Neum has become a major seaside resort. Ideally located between Split and Dubrovnik and just a short distance to Mostar and Medugorje, Neum is an inexpensive holiday spot for fun in the sun.
Pliva Region (Kravice)
Jajce was the last stronghold of the Bosnian kings before it fell to the invading Ottomans in 1528. Known for the massive waterfall, Jajce represents multiple layers of this regions long history – with traces of Illyrian and Roman finds as well as the distinct Bosnian and Ottoman features.
Arslanagić Bridge (Trebinje)
The underground river Trebišnjica and the city have always been known for the enormous old mills, today, they remain a symbol of Herzegovina’s past, when everything was directly connected to the power of nature. That power was clearly evident in Trebinje.
Kraljeva Sutjeska (Kakanj)
This tiny ancient village with its large Franciscan church and monastery one has well-kept houses, gardens in perfect shape and the sun reflecting off the water and white stones. One of the oldest mosques in Bosnia and Herzegovina is situated at the entrance of this village.