10 Best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina
These are the places that you must see if you are planning trip through Bosnia and Herzegovina
1. Sarajevo – Baščaršija
Baščaršija is the old part of Sarajevo. It’s important and ”must see” tourist attraction. It has some special ”Ottoman look” from mosques, shops, squares.. Baščarsija is the center of Sarajevo, and there is always lots of people. It’s very rich with important historical, cultural and religious buildings.
2. Old Bridge Mostar
Old Bridge in Mostar is one of the famous historical monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s the symbol of this town. It’s named as the one of the 20th most beautiful bridges all over the world.
Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (natively: mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva.
Today, it is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
3. The Waterfall in Jajce
The waterfall of the Pliva river is in the centre of Jajce and is one of the twelve most beautiful waterfalls in the world. This is also the only one that is situated in the middle of a town. The clean and clear Pliva river falls from 17 meter high into the river Vrbas in a magnificient way. This is a natural monument of beauty.
4. Bunar river
One of the finest remaining buildings from the Ottoman rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Dervish House (tekija) at the natural spring of the river Buna in Blagaj. (12 km from Mostar) It was built in the 16th century, and has special historical and religious value in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The famous natural spring of Buna River is the largest karst pring in Europe, with an average annual flow rate of 43 m³ per second. The spring is to be found under a 200 metre high rock and, very near it, stands the fascinating dervish Tekija monastery that, together with its surrounding landscape, creates a unique and unrepeatable scenery.
5. Una National Park
This area represents a unique natural complex in this part of Europe, very valuable for the conservation of the total landscape and biodiversity.
The area of the National Park is located on the extreme western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the municipality of Bihac. Famous Štrbački Buk and complex of the Una waterfalls at Martin Brod, along with the Unac River and its canyon, and the Una itself, are the main natural features of Una National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
6. The Watefalls of Kravice
Among the most fascinating naturalistic features of this region are the sparkling waterfalls of Kravice, about 40 km from Mostar
The waters of the Trebižat River branch out, cascading from the tuﬀ walls from a height of 30 metres, and they form a natural amphitheatre. Popular in the summer season above all with rafting enthusiasts and locals, it is the perfect place for all those who wish to relax and enjoy themselves in the midst of an uncontaminated atmosphere, accompanied by the constant sound of waterfalls in the background.
7. The Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
This is a historic bridge in Višegrad, over the Drina River in eastern Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was completed in 1577. by the Ottoman court architect Mimar Sinan on the order of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Paša Sokolović. UNESCO included the facility in its 2007 World Heritage List. The bridge is widely known because of the book ”The Bridge on the Drina” (1945) written by Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić, Nobel prize winning author.
8. Hutovo blato Natural park
Ducks, pheasants, hawks and many other birds can ﬁnd a safe and protected refuge here, before leavingfor North-Africa; there are also numerous examples of ﬁsh, coming from the Adriatic Sea, which come here to lay their eggs. The marshy area is formed by the Krupa and Matica Rivers which ﬂow into the Neretva River.
9. Vrelo Bosne (Spring of river Bosna)
Source of river Bosna is famous local place for picnic, rest and enjoy in nature. There is a long alley, where you can walk or you can take a carriage. Many visitors take a carriages, because they don’t want to walk and they want to experience drive through the beautiful alley.
The spring of river Bosna is natural park protected by law. The water is very clean. You can walk through the paths in the woods, where is quiet and peace. Many families come here with children to spend weekend.
On the Spring of river Bosna, very often you will see swans and other birds. It’s very nice place for enjoy and rest.
10. Tunel spasa (Tunnel of Hope)
”Tunnel of Hope” has become a symbol of the siege of Sarajevo during the last war (1992-1995).
It was built under the airport runway and became the hope for people in Sarajevo. Through the tunnel were coming supplies, remedies and food. Today, it is an unusual museum. Thousands of people from Bosnia and tourists visit tunnel every year.