Bosnia and Herzegovina, hidden in the shadow of more popular neighbors, particularly Croatia and Montenegro, has a lot to offer and is well worth your time and effort to visit.
While most tourists visit Sarajevo and Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina has many more intriguing attractions that you may not be aware of.
Get ready for our Top 15 recommendations is Bosnia-Herzegovina!
15. Una National Park
Begin your Bosnia trip to Una National Park (also known as Nacionalni Park Una), less than 90 minutes from the famed Plitvice Lakes National Park. The park, which was formed in 2008 to protect the Krka, Unac, and Upper Una rivers, as well as flora and fauna, waterfalls, and archaeological sites, is one of the most biodiverse places in the Balkans.
Stolac, surrounded by the grass-green and rugged slopes of the Herzegovina Humina, is widely regarded as the country’s most attractive town. The location blends layer after layer of unique architectural and cultural legacy, ranging from the crumbling remnants of Roman Diluntum that existed here in the 3rd century to the elegance of the Austro-Hungarian Baroque. There are also the frightening tombstones of the Radimlja necropolis on the outskirts of town to view, as well as the lovely riparian stretches of the Bregava River, complete with clicking wooden watermills and real-stone bridges.
Another interesting spot to visit in Bosnia is Blagaj, which is easily accessible from Mostar (by bus and car, and there are also organized tours). The old Dervish Monastery, built into a 200-meter-high rock, may be found by the Buna River’s spring. You may have seen this place on Instagram, and it is just as charming in person.
12. Mostar Old Bridge
Mostar’s iconic historic bridge is likely familiar to you, as it has established itself as a significant tourist attraction in Bosnia and Herzegovina, thanks in part to its proximity to neighboring Dubrovnik (Croatia) and accessibility as a day trip. Following standing for 427 years, the old bridge (Stari Most) was reconstructed after the 1990s conflict and has become famed for its diving competition every year at the end of July.
11. Kravica Waterfall
Kravica Waterfall is a natural wonder and a national reserve that is ideal for a summer vacation. The enormous tufa cascade on the Trebiat River has become a popular swimming and picnic site.
Local cafés, a picnic space, a rope swing, a tent, and grilled dishes are available during the high season.
Brcko is located on the borderlands with Croatia to the north, on the banks of the Sava River, and is home to Bosnia’s only significant port. While the town has a few elegant Hapsburg edifices and an endearing blue-collar vibe, the real reason to visit is because of its unique position as the country’s only self-governing city, where the various factions that were only decades ago embroiled in the Croat-Bosniak-Serb conflicts mix and forge their own unique enclave and personality on the edge of BiH Federation and the Republika Srpska alike.
Pocitelj is situated approximately 20 kilometers from Croatia and 30 kilometers from Mostar. The walled town of Poitelj emerged between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, and it is little – but it is one of the nicest sites to visit in Bosnia. While it is not well-known among western visitors, it is well-known with Turkish visitors, and buses transport huge groups of them to Pocitelj; thus, it can get crowded here.
Neum is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s only town on the peninsula having access to the Adriatic Sea, with only 20 kilometers of coastline. This makes Neum a popular tourist destination, yet due to its proximity to Croatia’s beach, it is frequently neglected by visitors to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
7. Moricha Khan Caravanserai
It was originally constructed for traders traveling to the Adriatic. They could stay here for a set period of time. It is now a popular tourist destination. In addition to souvenir shops, cafés serving national cuisine are appealing because anyone who comes from a previously foreign state is bound to want to familiarize themselves with the local cuisine. There is also a gallery that you can visit if you so like.
Bosnia’s road adventure continues with a magnificent walled city. Pliva Waterfall, which is delightfully nestled right in the center of Jajce, is a remarkable spectacle.
The torrent of water formed by the junction of two rivers smashed down with force into a turquoise, blue pool at the 17-meter-high Pliva Waterfall, which could rival Niagara Falls. This phenomenon is best witnessed when standing on the observation platform, but keep those precious cameras covered, as the spray will completely submerge you in water.
5. Bosnian Cultural Centre
Considered the historical and cultural center of Sarajevo. It bears the moniker of the capital’s main commercial square. It was constructed in 1462, the year the city was founded. Almost any part of Sarajevo is easily accessible from the square. The wooden fountain, ornamented in a pseudo-Moorish manner, is the main and most important piece. It is regarded as the city’s symbol. When considering where to travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the square should be at the top of the list. The clock tower and the mosque of Gazi Husrev-bey are two of the many attractions here. There is also a market where people can buy souvenirs to remember their journey.
Trebinje, a hidden treasure near Dubrovnik, is a delightful place to visit.
With a population of just more than 30,000 people, no one is in a hurry, and you can spend a delightful time just meandering around the old town with its Ottoman architecture or sitting in one of the cafés under the shadow of plane trees that Trebinje is famous for. For the best perspective of the town, go to the Nova Gracanica monastery (a replica of the same name monastery in Kosovo) – it’s positioned on a hill with a stunning view of Trebinje and its surrounds.
The mountain of Jahorina is one of the most popular skiing destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mount Trebevic, Sarajevo’s second-highest mountain, is part of the Dinaric Alps, with Sjeniste as its highest peak. The Jahorina ski resort, located on the slopes of Jahorina, hosted women’s alpine skiing during the 1984 Winter Olympics. The resort presently provides snowboarding, alpine skiing, sledding, and hiking.
Mostar is a legend and is most likely the most well-known city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The majority of us have seen photographs of the medieval Ottoman bridge suspended above the blue waters of the Neretva river. Unfortunately, Mostar was also a victim of the atrocities of the war, and the famous bridge, built in the 16th century, was destroyed on November 9, 1993. In 2005, the Old Bridge and its picturesque surroundings were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The area’s best view is from the minaret of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha’s Mosque – getting up can be a little scary, but the view is worth it!
Storied Sarajevo is the next stop on your Bosnia road trip, and its war-torn history makes it a fascinating place for history aficionados. More than two decades after the violent siege that shattered the former Yugoslavia, there is still evidence of the fights, like bullet holes in buildings and a sea of white crosses marking grave sites. Visit the Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide or the 800-meter-long Sarajevo War Tunnel, where supplies like food and medication were carried to desperate residents while the city was under assault.
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