Points of Interest: Where to Go and Places to Visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a real gem of the Balkan. Everything about the country is beautiful. From the breathtaking Una River to snow-kissed summits of Dinaric Alp – the beauty of nature is aplenty.
Looking into the personal impression, tucked into the ancient streets of the country are open orgies of Slavic, Balkan, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman styles. The heaps of surprises this country holds are the reasons why scores of tourists from across the world flock in this country to learn about the glorious empires of the past that once left an impression on the country’s soul.
The omnipresent Nature is always there to cast her magic on everyone who visits this country. This list of places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina given here in no sense is complete because creating such an exhaustive list is next to impossible.
But before starting off with the list, a quick run through some fun facts about the country would be nice:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina has a nickname – ‘Heart Shaped Land.’ This name comes from the close resemblance of the land with the human heart.
- Bosnia part of the name is derived from the word Bosana, which is an Indo-European word that means ‘water.’
- The country is made up of two distinct entities – the Republic Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- The country won the Gold Medal in 2004’s Summer Paralympics in volleyball championship. The players lost their limbs during the Bosnian war.
- After the Ottomans executed Stjepan Tomasevic – the last king of Bosnia, the Bosnian Christians were converted into Islam in masses.
- A pseudoarchaeological notion was once propagated that the country is home to the most massive ancient human-made pyramids in the world. It turned out that the this was just a hoax.
While this list of facts can continue, it makes sense to revert focus on the list of best Bosnia and Herzegovina tourist attractions because that is what was intended in the first place.
Here’s the list of the top places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina
It makes sense to start the list of tourist attractions in Bosnia and Herzegovina with Travnik only because it was once the stronghold and capital of this sub-region of Ottoman Empire.
While the relics of the Ottoman era still stand tall, this town that is bisected by rambling Lasva River is as of today, a primary attraction for the outdoorsy types.
The town is splattered with monuments and edifices of eastern style and a couple of Ottoman clock towers. The town heart shows off the 15th-century architecture.
Travnik sits on slopes of Vlasic Mountains, which has gained fame for being Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most preferred hiking, Nordic walking and skiing destinations. Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina remains incomplete for the adrenaline enthusiasts until they make their way into this town.
Bosnia and Herzegovina travel fails to make any sense with a trip to the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is something to be experienced and not read about.
Once ravaged and torn apart by cacophonic and riotous conflicts of the 1990s, Sarajevo is today on a collision course with what we call modern age. On the one hand, when the spoils of war still fringe the districts, newfound reckless courage flows through the nerves of the city as the Bosnians define the atrocities that years of war brought.
Arched bridges made of stone, enchanting city parks, museums of modern art, thumping jazz – everything stands in stark contrast to the looming mosques and the remnants of war-torn Bosnia. And best of all, the sinfully delicious food from Turkish restaurants coupled with alfresco beer are something to die for.
Piercing through the dense forests, and free-falling over the edge of cliffs, the series of waterfalls plunging 25 meters down into a lake is one of the most beautiful sights to behold in the country. A perfect destination for the outdoorsy types and the adrenaline enthusiasts, Kravice Falls, is a popular hiking destination.
And for those who love fish, this place is cut out from heaven and installed right here on earth. The grilled fish is so sinfully delicious that one can happily ditch everything else in favor of it.
Swimming in the lake’s shimmering water in the backdrop of frothy white waterfalls is yet another activity that makes the Kravice Falls one of the top tourist attractions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Of all the ski fields that are found in Bosnia, Jahorina is by far the best of all. Nestled in Dinaric Alps’ upper levels and spotted by pines, Jahorina once had the honor of playing host for the Winter Olympics.
During the summers, this place is a haven for hikers, and during the winters, it is a skiers’ paradise. 30 kilometers of snow-groomed pistes served both the rookies and the experts alike.
For those who have an unusual affection for history, Orlovaca cave system at a stone’s throw is a place where some pre-historic wonders await.
Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina rewards the tourists with a rare gem that nothing else in the whole of Balkan Peninsula can match. Yes, Mostar – a small town that screams history from every brick of Ottoman facades, from every crevice of Slavic architecture and every crack in Byzantine ruins.
The most iconic of all is the arched Old Bridge belittling the majestic Neretva that flows right through the heart of Mostar.
The bridge we see today is a reconstruction after the destruction brought down on it by Bosniak-Croat conflict. The bridge is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Roaming through the streets, one comes across the Franciscan churches, mosques with arabesque decorations and plenty of Oriental designs and Dalmatian builds.
And who could decline the thrill of drinking beer on open terraces overlooking the blue waters of the Neretva? In short, Mostar takes Bosnia and Herzegovina tourism to a whole new level.
For those who embark of Bosnia and Herzegovina travel, Blagaj is an absolute must on their bucket list. Sitting in the depths of Mostar Basin’s rocky gorges, Blagaj takes the spot right next to the point from where Buna River ruptures out into existence from the subterranean depths. The very mouth of the source of Buna is Blagaj’s most famous tourist spot.
For those who want to explore a bit more, they are blessed with visuals of the impressive Ottoman mansions overlooking the Byzantine-style arched bridges and more.
It is more of a cozy town with timber terraces that tuck in the tired travelers in a place of solitude. While it may be a possibility for the daring hero types to plunge deep into the subterranean Buna, it is not recommended.
But yes, the mystery is something that makes people wonder about the actual source of Buna. What makes Blagaj one of the best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Buna Spring: it is whole of Europe’s mightiest spring with super cold water that dances right through the hearts of many villages, etching a surreal image that soothes even the most violent of all souls.
Blidinje Nature Park
An offbeat natural gem of the country, the Blidinje Nature Park is one of the least-trodden areas that retain the pre-Ottoman Orthodox traditions that Bosnia once had.
The national park is a wide plateau that is responsible for joining Vran and Cvrsnica peaks located at Bosnia and Herzegovina’s south-western edge. The park is famous for the Bosnian pines’ enormous trunks. The place is also known for its thick evergreen forests with whitebarks.
This natural park, which is one of the top Bosnia and Herzegovina points of interest, has meandering cobweb of marked hiking trails that the outdoorsy types and adrenalin junkies prefer most.
Of all the listed places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, perhaps the most enchanting, most pristine, the most mystic, the most ethereal is the Prokoško Lake. No one should ever end his or her travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina without visiting this lake.
Sitting at the height of 1,600 meters above mean sea level, the Prokoško Lake is a “mountain eye.” Pastoral huts dotting the lush green stretches around the lake and numerous peaks of Vranica Mountains guarding the lake as hooded sentinels – this place is heaven in its way.
Come summer, and the golden sun rays kiss the green grass grazed upon by the bleating sheep and come winter – it switches into something stunning, something that can be rightly called as the enchanting winter fairytale.
This is just an otherworldly place that commands respect and spells love.
In a winter night, sit at the doorstep of a dimly lit mountain hut and look up at the sky dazzled by the stars, there couldn’t be possibly anything more beautiful that you can yearn for.
Located in the southern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this beautiful town is only about 30km away from one of the recently popular Dubrovnik or Split. Not only it makes a perfect day trip from Croatia tackling and hitting one bird with one stone tackling two countries in one trip, Trebinje is a must not miss destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Lined with stunning mountains reflecting its beauty on the calm Trebinjsko Lake overlooking the beautiful town of Trebinje. You’ll find few wine tasting courses, a Serbian Orthodox Church, and Old Town vibe houses.
For about 30km ride from Mostar, you’ll find yourself in this small village in the municipality of Čapljina and located by the bank of river Neretva. This Ottoman-era fortress village is one of the most underrated but must visit towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina especially if you’re visiting Mostar as it is an easier access than from the Capital, Sarajevo.
Other than that, visit its most iconic building, Gavrakapetan Tower and climb its towers for a beautiful panoramic view of the town.
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