Bosnia and Herzegovina
Situated directly on southeast Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to an abundance of quaint medieval villages, beautiful scenic rivers and lakes, and the dramatically craggy Dinaric Alps. The capital city of Sarajevo boasts a well-preserved Old Quarter and many stunning examples of fine landmark architecture. Visit the 15th century Baščaršija to soak up the atmosphere of the old bazaar, and to admire the historic and cultural hub of the city. As a contrast, there are also more modern attractions including those that are associated with the 1990s civil war. The Galerija 11/07/95 features a permanent display of photography, video and audio testimonies that create a powerful memorial to the infamous Srebrenica massacre.
Bosnia and Herzegovina proudly showcases the stunning cities of Sarajevo and Mostar, which feature distinctive Turkish-era architecture, traditional style restaurants, quirky bars and a vibrant arts scene. The country’s rural hinterland boasts magnificent medieval castles, majestic cascading waterfalls, beautiful mountains, and rivers that offer an ample selection of water-based recreational activities. Visit the iconic Stari Most in Mostar’s Old Town, and take a leisurely stroll along its historic swooping arch structure. For a unique experience, visit the quaint town of Medjugorje, which is famous for the sighting of a Virgin Mary apparition.
Take advantage of the country’s stunning mountainous landscapes and winding rivers. Admire the impressive Kravica Waterfall that plummets 25m into a gorgeous emerald coloured pool. The idyllic beauty spot is the perfect location to enjoy timeout from the vibrant cities. If you’re feeling active, you can join a river rafting expedition. History and culture lovers can learn all about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rich heritage at the Ostrožac Fortress. The photogenic castle flaunts genuine Gothic architecture, and ramparts and towers that you can explore. There is also a manor house situated in the grounds.
Bosnia At A Glance
How to get there: An easy daytrip from Dubrovnik or Split by car – call our travel experts for more information
Population of Bosnia & Herzegovina: 3.5 million
What to See in Bosnia: Stari Most or ‘Old Bridge’ in picturesque Mostar which straddles the Neretva River, Kravica Waterfall, Počitelj tower
Towns or islands to visit in Bosnia: Sarajevo, Montenegro, Mostar
Things to do in Bosnia
Explore The Charming City Of Mostar
The most heavily bombed Bosnian city, during the Civil War, Mostar is proud of its rich history and heritage. The charming city’s iconic Ottoman-style Old Bridge was completely destroyed in 1993. Through combined efforts, and with the aid of the international community, the landmark attraction was rebuilt in 2004, featuring original pieces recovered from the Neretva River that it spans. To get a real feel for the city, take a walk around the Old Town.
Go Shopping In The Capital City
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city Sarajevo sits on the Miljacka River surrounded by the dramatic Dinaric Alps. Commonly known as the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’ due to multi-faith and ethnic presence, the cultural hub also boasts the historic Baščaršija market. Colourful stalls selling rugs and coffee sets compete for your attention alongside the modern shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Once you’ve enjoyed some retail therapy, head for the Avaz Twist Tower, to enjoy spectacular views.
Visit A Pilgrimage Town
The mountain-shrouded town of Medjugorje has been an unofficial place of pilgrimage since 1981. On what is now commonly known as Apparition Hill, a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to six local children. Since that day, millions of devoted Catholic pilgrims visit the sacred site every year. A beautiful ‘Queen of Peace’ statue marks the site of the apparition. The town also features other religious monuments that are dedicated to the religious event.
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