Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to medieval villages, rivers and lakes, plus the craggy Dinaric Alps. Capital Sarajevo has a well-preserved old quarter, Baščaršija, with landmarks like 16th-century Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque. Ottoman-era Latin Bridge is the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which ignited World War I. Most intriguing for its East-meets-West atmosphere born of blended Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian histories. Several attractions focus on the horrors of the war in the 1990’s but today, visitors will likely remember the country for its deep, unassuming human warmth, its beautiful mountains and its numerous medieval castle ruins, cascading rafting rivers, waterfalls in its mostly mountainous landscapes.
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
Discover the small town of Mostar
The city was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of Yugoslavia. The Old Bridge, a symbol of Mostar was utterly destroyed in 1993. This beautiful historic Ottoman-style bridge, which spanned the Neretva river in what is considered the historic center of the city. Through combined efforts with the international community, rebuilding of The Old Bridge was completed in 2004, using some of its original pieces recovered from the Neretva river. The city is now a lively and beautiful destination once again, particularly the area within and around the old town.
Visit Sarajevo the beautiful capital of Bosnia
Sarajevo is a compact city on the Miljacka River, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. Its center has museums commemorating local history. Landmarks of the old quarter, Baščaršija, include the Ottoman-era Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque. Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, Judaism and Islam all have strong, long-standing presences in the city-earning it the nickname “Jerusalem of Europe”. In the stone-paved streets of Stari Grad (Old Town), shops and stalls selling rugs and coffee sets sit next to cafes, bars and nightclubs. There are sweeping city views from the 36th-floor observatory of Avaz Twist Tower, with its distinctive glass facade. Outside the city are the parklands of the Ilidža suburb.
Visit a religious place Medugorje
A Catholic pilgrimage town in the mould of Lourdes (France) or Fatima (Portugal). In 1981, six local children in the little mountain-shrouded town of Medjugorje were reportedly blessed with an apparition of the Virgin Mary. It’s said she appeared to the group on the rocky hill of Crnica, which rises just above the center of the town, close to the Croatian border. Millions of Catholic pilgrims a year now flock to the spot where the ethereal figure is thought to have appeared, and there are professional Medjugorje tour guides dedicated to telling the mysterious tale of the religious event.
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