10 of the Best Places to Visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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TRAVEL GUIDE: Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a popular tourist destination for its century-old historical towns, breathtaking nature, thrilling destinations, and diverse religious culture. If you are looking for the best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we got you covered.

Here are the top 10 best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina to add up to your list.

1. Travnik

Travnik Castle, Travnik, Bosna and Hercegovina by Dzenis Hasanica via Unsplash
Travnik Castle, Travnik, Bosna and Hercegovina by Dzenis Hasanica via Unsplash

Situated at the Lašva valley is the pre-15th century town and municipality of Travnik. It is popular with tourists for its well-preserved Ottoman period structures of several mosques, traditional residences, and the only town with two clock towers known as Sahat Kula.

Since Travnik is situated at one of the highest peaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mt. Vlasic Has become its major tourist attraction, perfect for activities such as hiking, sledding, and skiing.

2. Sarajevo

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Milana Jovanov via Unsplash
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Milana Jovanov via Unsplash

Often called the “Jerusalem of Europe, Sarajevo is the capital and the biggest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city was a 15th-century Ottoman citadel that developed into a modern city involved in entertainment, fashion, and arts.

Established in the 1450s during the Ottoman period, Sarajevo is famous for its cultural, religious, historical, and winter sports. Some of the popular tourist destinations include the Roman Bridge, Sarajevo Cathedral, and Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

3. Pocitelj, Capljina

Pocitelj, Capljina via Pixabay
Pocitelj, Capljina via Pixabay

For an off-the-beaten path, head to the historic village of Pocitelj at the municipality of Capljina. The village was estimated to be established as early as 1383 as a fortified town and has become a famous destination for tourists who are into hiking.

Hike the stairs to reach the top and enjoy the scenic view of the village and Neretva River. Pocitelj historical sites include the Kula, Sahat Kula, Hajji Alija, and Gavrankapetanovic house.

4. Jahorina

Jahorina by Vlado Sestan via Unsplash
Jahorina by Vlado Sestan via Unsplash

The mountain of Jahorina is one of the most visited spots in Bosnia and Herzegovina for tourist who loves to go skiing. Jahorina is part of the Dinaric Alps and has the second-highest mountain in Sarajevo, Mount Trebevic with Sjeniste as its highest peak.

Located at the slopes of Jahorina, the Jahorina ski resort (rates) was the site of women’s alpine skiing for the 1984 Winter Olympics. Today, the resort offers snowboarding, alpine skiing, sledding, and hiking.

5. Banja Luka

Orthodox Church in Banja Luka via Pixabay
Orthodox Church in Banja Luka via Pixabay

A charming green city is known for its trees, gardens, parks, boulevards, and Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman architecture; the Banja Luka is the second-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Banja Luka is located at the Vrbas River and also the largest city of Republika Srpska.

Some of the famous tourist spots in Banja Luka include Gospodska Street, Kastel Fortress, and the Temple of Christ the Saviour.

6. Kravica Waterfall

Kravica Waterfall via Pixabay
Kravica Waterfall via Pixabay

Kravica Waterfall is an enchanting gem of nature and a national reserve perfect for a summer destination. Situated on the Trebižat River, the massive tufa cascade has become a popular spot for swimming and picnic.

There are local cafes, a picnic area, a rope swing, campsite, and it offers grilled dishes during the high season.

7. Jajce

Jajce in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jajce in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The town of Jajce is known to tourists for its 2nd century AD temple, the Jajce Mithraeum, as one of the well-preserved ancient structures in Europe. The temple is also considered a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where tourists can see through protective glass walls and can be seen up close by reaching thru the Ethnological Museum of Jajce.

Some of the must-visit spots in Jajce include the AVNOJ Museum, Ruins of the Orthodox Monastery, and the 22-meter waterfall.

8. Mostar

Mostar Bridge via Pixabay
Mostar Bridge via Pixabay

It is famous for its 16th century Ottoman bridge known as the Mostar Bridge or Old Bridge, located at the Neretva River, the 5th largest city. Mostar is famous for its Bosnian history. Established in 1452, the historic city of Mostar has been previously occupied by the Romans, Ottoman Empire, and Austrian-Hungarian.

Some of the must-visit spots in Mostar include the Bishop’s Ordinariate, Hamam, Sahat-kula, Tara, and Halebija Towers.

9. Una National Park

Strbacki buk - one of the best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Strbacki buk – one of the best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Another enchanting nature reserve that tourists can enjoy in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Una National Park. If you are up for a nature-tripping adventure, the stunning waterfall and turquoise clear water of Martin Brod and Una’s largest waterfall, the Strbacki Buk, are a must-see.

The site is the largest national park of Bosnia and Herzegovina, offering various activities to visitors such as hiking, camping, fishing, rafting, and jumping off from the city bridges.

10. Blidinje Nature Park

Blidinje Lake photo via Pixabay
Blidinje Lake photo via Pixabay

Located at the center of Dinaric Alps at the Blidinje plateau, the Blidinje Nature Park has a breathtaking nature capturing the heart of tourists. To explore Herzegovina as it was centuries ago, tourists can go cycling or hike through the valley with a lake, surrounded by mountain peaks.

Some of the famous spots in the nature park include Blidinje Lake, Masna Luka, and Hajducka vrata.

References

  • Top 10 Places to Visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cultural Places
  • 12 Places in Bosnia and Herzegovina you must visit, World of Wanderlust

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