From wine tasting to dark tourism, Bosnia and Herzegovina gives its visitors plenty to choose from for their private guided tours. Balkan Tales offers numerous locations within this country and you can easily include them in your tour.
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Local Currency: Bosnia-Herzegovina Marka
Population: 3.507 million
Religion: Islam 51%, Orthodox Christian 31%, Roman Catholic 15%
Language: Bosnian, along with Croatian and Serbian.
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Cities to stay
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a fascinating country with many unforgettable places to visit. Find below our suggestions for cities to stay overnight.
Sarajevo is the most advanced, most beautiful and most lively city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It’s picturesque position in the Bosnia valley is one of its main appeals.
If you ever wanted to visit the Balkans be sure Sarajevo isincluded in your itinerary.
You can start or finish your Balkan tour from the Bosnian capital, and we recommend to spend at least two days there.
Here you’ll dive in to the Balkan history, the Bosnian was and the collapse of former Yugoslavia. Together with that there are many activities you can do during all seasons. Some of them are listed bellow.
Things to do in Sarajevo
- Know more about the Bosnian history war by visiting one of the museums in Sarajevo
The Tunnel of Hope / Tunel Spasa
Galerija 11/07/95 that tells about Srebrenica
War Childhood Museum
Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide 1992-1995
History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Ask the locals about the “Sarajevo rose”
- Standing at the spot where World War 1 began (the Latin Bridge)
- Walk around the Bascarsia try the Bosnian coffee
- Ride the funicular in Ciglane
- Visit the Sarajevo’s Abandoned Bobsleigh Track
- Take a cable car to the Trebic mountain or climbing up to one of the viewpoints to see the city from above
- Ear some cevapi and burek in local buregdzinica
Mostar is the sunniest city in the country with an average of 2291 solar hours a year. The most recognizable part of Bosnia-Herzegovina famous with its old bridge (Stari Most). It is located between picturesque buildings, churches, a clock tower and a hamam. The city is not big and one day will be enough to visit all its landmarks but if you are interested to find out more about the landmarks nearby can stay few more days before continuing your Balkan tour.
Things to do in Mostar
- Walk in the old town
- Learn why the Stari most (Old bridge) is so important for the city
- Watch members of the local diving club plunge from the side of it to the freezing river below
- Join the Mostar War tour and visit the Museum Of War And Genocide Victims
- Have lunch in a restaurant with an Old Bridge View
- Nearby you can visit ancient town of Počitelj, dating from the 13th century, the Dervish Monastery in Blagaj Tekija, the Hutovo Blato nature park, and the famous Vjetrenica cave.
The capital of Republika Srpska is located in the west part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can include the city in your Balkan tour itinerary on the way to/from Zagreb, Croatia or the Plitvice Lakes National park. There you can spend a night or take only a short break on the way to your next destination.
Things to do in Banja Luca
- Visit the Republica Srpska museum and know more about its history
- Visit the Kastel Fortress
- Take a walk around the Krupa Waterfalls and Vrbas River
Places to visit
Visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be complete without visiting as many as possible of the sights in this list.
- The Mehmed Paša Sokolović bridge is a UNESCO site.
Travnik and Jajce
- Jajce is famous mostly because of its waterfalls.
- The residence for the kings of Bosnia is located here.
- Travnik is Ivo Andrić’s home town.
Drvengrad is the home of a movie festival that is being held here every year.
- Emir Kusturica came up with the idea of constructing this village.
- It is where he wanted to preserve cultural diversity in spite of globalization.
- Kusturica got an Philippe Rothier architecture award for the project.
Lukomir is the country’s finest example of a highland village.
- That is the most remote village you can reach in Bosnia, and it lies at the altitude of 1,495 meters.
- The Lukomir houses are built of stones and have wooden tiles covering the roofs.
As many other places in Bosnia, Lukomir has its ancient history. There are remains from the 14th and the 15th centuries. Among legends linked to the place is one in which a dragon lived in the canyon nearby, the canyon of the Rakitnica river.
The Lukomir name means “harbour of peace”. Indeed, that is a peaceful area. It belongs with the Dinaric Alps, a fascinating mountain range, the principal one for Bosnia, covered with verdant forests. The Via Dinarica route, a hiking trail with a length of almost 2,000 km, passing from Albania to Slovenia, is a rewarding choice for hikers.
Banja Luka is the second-biggest city in Bosnia.
- Several medieval fortresses dating from the 13th to the 15th century can be found in the area.
- In the the Trappist monastery nearby they have their own production of cheese and beer.
Tourists are pampered with thermal springs and spas and pools. Trips to the medieval fortresses and to the nearby waterfall on the Vrbas are a must. Activities like fishing, rafting, hiking and rock climbing in the river canyon are popular in the area.
The Tunnel of Hope in Sarajevo
Tunnel of Hope is the Sarajevo war tunnel that saved the city
The tunnel enabled people from lands under Bosnian rule to send humanitarian supplies. The entrances in the two Sarajevo neighborhoods were secret: in Dobrinja it was a garage, in Butimir it was a house, now a museum.
- Medjugorje is popular with Catholic pilgrims, who reported appearances of the Holy Mother on Apparition Hill.
- A special highlight is the Saint James church, with its spectacular outdoor altar, and the Jesus Leaving the Cross statue behind it.
Kravica is the ideal place for a picnic or a swim and definitely provides one of the most scenic landscapes in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- In Herzegovina’s heart, on karst ground, the Kravica waterfall is a must see cascade.
- The waterfall height is 25 meters.
- It owes its name to the mild climate; blaga is “mild” in Bosnian.
- The highlights include the spring of the Buna, and an old Dervish monastery with mixed architecture.
Tara River Canyon
Tara is the longest mountain river of Montenegro (144 km) and Europe’s biggest drinking water supply.
The length of the canyon is 144 km; of them, 104 are in Montenegro, and the remainder in Bosnia. The deepest part is 1,300 meters.
Things to do
What to do in B&H?
- Know more about the bosnian war
- Visit the Sarajevo museums in Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918
- Tunnel of Hope
- Try the Bosnian food
- Take the cabin lift to the Trebevic mountain for a panoramic view
- Walk the Bascarsia in Sarajevo
- Watch if someone is jumping from Mostar bridge
- Try the bosnian pastry and BBQ
- The country invites for hiking along great trails, with mountains, verdant forests and enjoying waterfalls and lakes.
- A great hiking destination is the Sutjeska Park, and another recommended one is the area of Durmitor mountains.
- You should summit the highest peak in this country Maglić, 2,386 meters, located on the border with Montenegro.
Durmitor national park is a UNESCO site, with the Tara river forming a beautiful canyon, with lakes and lush pine forests.
- Wine tours will reveal secrets of wine preparation and the delight of sampling local wines.
- Tvrdos Monastery is a highlight, with its history of wine making since the 15th century.
- You can go wine tasting in Vukoje winery, and buy a many local wines in Trebinje.
Tvrdos Monastery will leave an indelible mark with its two cellars. The barrels in the older one are very old, great for maturing wine. The new cellar is equipped with the latest technology. In the Vukoje winery wines have been produced since 1982, and aged in oak barrels in 8 meters deep cellars.
Rafting is a great activity in the Tara canyon.
Sarajevo is the highlight as a dark destination. Visit the War Tunnel and the museum, the assassination site that started WWI and the siege exhibition. In Srebrenica, the tale of the 1995 massacre will impress and sadden you, taking the toll of 8,000 people in the Bosnian War.
Festivals to visit
- International Sarajevo Winter Festival (February to March)
- Bascarsija Nights – the biggest cultural festival in Sarajevo (July)
- Summer on the Vrbas (July)
- Banja Luka Summer Games – the traditional sports and cultural event (August)
- The Color Festival
- Kozara ethno festival (June – July) …
- International Folklore Festival (July)
- Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad
- Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar
- Stećci Medieval Tombstone Graveyards
Bosnian Intangible Cultural Heritage
- 2017: Konjic woodcarving (RL)
- 2014: Zmijanje embroidery (RL)
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