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Bosnia and Herzegovina Popular Places to Visit

Kraljeva Sutjeska

The small medieval town Kraljeva Sutjeska is located in the valley of the river Trstionica. A paved road leads from Kakanj and the highway Sarajevo-Zenica towards southeast to Kraljeva Sutjeska. At the very end of the town, at the foot of Teševo hill, there is a Franciscan monastery with a church. The monastery has been a spiritual and cultural center of that area for almost six and a half centuries. The original monastery was probably built in the first half of the 14th century.

It was mentioned for the first time in the chronicle of the Franciscan chronicler Bartol Pizanski in 1385/90. The monastery was probably destroyed in 1463, at the same time when the Ottomans razed to the ground the royal castle in Sutjeska. However, the monastery is mentioned in a Turkish census already in 1469, which means that it was rebuilt soon.

The current church, which belongs to the basilica type in Neo-Renaissance style, was built in the period 1906-1908 based on the design of the architect Josip Vancaš. Together with its two tall bell towers, it belongs to beautiful architectural achievements. Marco Antonini painted the inside in 1908. Since the church is devoted to St. John the Baptist, the central painting of Antonini, Jordan River Baptism, was put in the semi domes of the apse. The church crypt contains a stone sarcophagus from the 15th century, which until recently had been believed to contain the mortal remains of the penultimate Bosnian king.

In the convict next to the church there is one of the oldest museums on the Balkans, with one of the bigest world collection of incunabula - hand written books from 15th century.

 In front of the church, there is a monument of Bosnian Queen Katarina that died in 1478 in exile in Rome.

Kraljeva Sutjeska is also home to one of the oldest mosques in Bosnia.

Zenica, Bosnia And Herzegovina


Mostar is the largest city in the southern part of the country, and if one of the most visited tourist destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The attractive charm of the old town, especially the part along Neretva, captivates you for several hours in a single location while you are enjoying the view and absorbing the sounds. As opposed to other world's cities, here nobody will ask you to leave, even if you have been sitting there for hours and having Bosnian coffee.

The Old Bridge was completed in 1566, when it was proclaimed the greatest architectural achievement built during the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans. No matter how many times you crossed the Old Bridge, every crossing is an exciting experience. This single-arch stone bridge was built according to the design of Hajrudin, disciple of one of the greatest Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan. The length of the arch is 28.7 meters, or 21 m above the level of Neretva river. Two towers, Halebija and Tara, were built for the guards of the bridge and were used as weapons storage rooms during the Ottoman Empire.

However the oldest arch bridge in Mostar is Kriva Ćuprija on Radobolja river. This bridge was built by the Ottoman architect Ćejvan Ketoda in 1558, and it is believed that this bridge was built as a test bridge prior to construction of the Old Bridge.

Mostar, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Radimlja Stećci Necropolis

Radimlja necropolis is the best known site in Bosnia and Herzegovina containing stećci, the medieval tomb stones. It is located 3 km west of Stolac, along the Stolac – Čapljina road, in Vidovo polje, near Paprati village.

The Stećci, are monumental medieval tombstones that lie scattered across  Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the border parts of Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, although almost exclusively following the borders of medieval Bosnian state. An estimated 60,000 are found within the borders of modern Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rest of 10,000 are found in the adjacent countries. Appearing in the 11th century, the Stećci reached their peak in the 14th and 15th century, before slowly disappearing during the Ottoman Empire. Stećci - tombstones belonging to the medieval Kingdom of Bosnia and the Bosnian Church (Bosnian heretics), which was part of the European rebellion against the Vatican. The Epitaph on the Stećci tombstones are written in old Bosnian Alphabet(the so called "Bosančica" ) .

The Stećci have been nominated to the UNESCO Heritage List,

The Radimlja necropolis is among the most valuable monuments of the medieval period in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The characteristics underlining its value are: large number of samples, variety and representativeness of all basic forms, relatively high artistic quality of work, variety of plastic ornaments, reliefs and titles mentioning historical personalities, as well as its availability and location.

The necropolis includes 133 stećci,  many with valuable ornamets on them. The characteristic motives of stećci of this necropolis are: architectural ornaments on all four sides of stećci, stylized crosses, human and animal figures, grapevine, hunting and weapon motives. The characteristic feature of this necropolis is a male figure with a raised arm and relatively big hand and fingers, as if indicating to the traveler that he or she will find welcoming and friendly people in this harsh and karstic Herzegovinian area.

Stolac, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Kozara National Park

Kozara National Park  is a national park in Bosnia, that was proclaimed a protected national forest in 1967 by the Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito. It is situated between the rivers Una, Sana, Sava and Vrbas. These 3494.5 ha of protected area with dense forest and hilly meadows have earned the nickname 'Green Beauty of Krajina region.

Kozara is also a popular hunting ground, with a large 180 square kilometers area of the park open to regulated hunting of deer, pheasants, foxes, boars, hares and ducks.

One part of the park is designated for nature lovers.Walking, hiking, biking and herb picking are among the many activities in Kozara.

The site of the National Park Kozara was also a former battleground during World War II. The Partisans intimate knowledge of Bosnia's rough terrain gave them an advantage over the newly occupying Nazi Germans.

In the center of the park today you can find the memorial site of the WW2 event with a museum.

Prijedor, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Una National Park

National Park Una is spread through the valley of the upper stream of the river Una as well as through the valley of the river Unac, right tributary of Una, all the way to the river Krka in the west. This area represents a unique natural complex in this part of Europe, very valuable for the conservation of the total landscape and biodiversity.

In terms of cultural and historical area, this area abounds with a rich heritage of archaeological sites and historical monuments, and the special position of the area on the transit line to the sea led it under the influences of many cultures in the past, from where the rich archaeological sites date, remains of medieval fortresses and religious buildings of different faiths and cultures.

The specificity of the river Una is its excessive length of "travertine" flow, with a range of associated phenomena (caves of tufa, travertine islands, barriers and waterfalls), and with extreme forms of pits (Martin Brod, Kulen Vakuf, Klisa, Lohovo) and the cliffs of a canyon-type, upstream and downstream of Martin Brod and downstream of Štrbački buk.

River Unac has a characteristic shape of its karst flow, especially in its lower part, where it sinks and rises more times at the passage through the canyon, and at the end at the Black well, which by its characteristics and beauty belongs to a particular natural phenomenon. 

National Park ''Una'' covers the area of 19. 800 ha and is the "youngest" National Park in our country.

Bihać, Bosnia And Herzegovina


In desire to really know, see and feel the unfortunate Bosnian genocide, there is no better way but to visit Srebrenica. Today Srebrenica is a symbol of sorrow and injustice around the world.

Those poor people were left all alone, when they were supposed to be protected by UN, and given into the slaughtering hands of serbian army! So in a way this tour can help understand what Srebrenica is today, what it had been yesterday, but most of all what Srebrenica can become with your help and help of others.

Life may be returning to normal in Srebrenica, but the women and children who survived will continue to live their lives without their brothers, fathers, husbands and friends.

Despite its tragic past, the beautiful dense forests that line the hillside or the plethora of bears and wolves that roam the wilderness to the southeast of town are certainly a site to see.
There are nice places to see in and around Srebrenica. The natural thermal springs, the stunning pine covered hills, and lovely villages that dot the countryside.

Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina


Međugorje has been a place dedicated to Peace since Mary's first aparition. These were the first divine words:„Children! Pray for Peace“. This is why Međugorje Mary is the „Queen of Peace“.

The story of Medugorje is well known to most Catholics. In 1981 six teenagers were playing together in the hills between the villages of Medugorje and Bijakovici.

It was on this barren hillside that Mother Mary appeared and spoke to them. When the children told their parents the first reaction was scepticism. The apparitions, however, did not cease. She appeared again and again and soon made believers out of even the most vocal of critics. Since then it is estimated that over 15 million people have visited this tiny place. Medjugorje has become the one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. 

There has been much controversy over the legitimacy of the visions, so much so that the Pope has not recognized it as an official pilgrimage site. Nonetheless, millions of faithful Catholics from all over the world visit this sacred spot, and the many amazing accounts suggest that miracles are a regular occurrence here - the Virgin Mary is said to still appear every day to three of the teenagers and once a year to the other three.

Citluk is the centre of the Brotnjo Hill located on the right bank of the Neretva River. Brotnjo region is famous for its excellent wine and tobacco products. There are many wineries which are enlisted as the project “Vinske ceste” (vine roads of Herzegovina) where you can taste and buy some of the popular local wines (Zilavka and Blatina).

Međugorje, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Lukomir Village

If you want to behold the beauty of Bosnian mountains then you  should visit the village of Lukomir. You will see there is still a place where people live their life by the rules of nature in the same way as our ancestors lived hundreds of years ago.

The men and women of these small village on mt. Bjelašnica live the life of their ancestors and use only what they by themselves produce in their gardens and houses.


There is an old story that goes; when Slavic tribes inhabited these places they named the village of Lukomir connecting two Slavic words valley and peace. If you visit this beautiful gorstac village you will realize why the old bogumils named it "the valley of peace".

Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina


If you are visiting Bosnia, you have to see Mehmed Pasha Bridge in Visegrad!

It became worldwide known thanks to Ivo Andric, a Bosnian novelist, who has written the novel „Bridge over Drina“ and got a Nobel prize for it.

Ivo Andric and his book remains the most translated book and author in general from these parts of the world.

The bridge over Drina is a magnificent work of art spanning the river with 11 large arch and several smaller ones. It is one out of the total number of three UNESCO heritage bridge monuments around the world - of which two are in Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Take a drive with the old Steam engine train - popularly called Čiro, and enjoy some of the breathtaking views!

On your way to Visegrad be sure to make a photo stop in one of the most serene places in the country – the Romanija mt plateau.

If we are lucky we might see some of Bosnian mountain wild horses on the way to and back from Visegrad.

Did you know that Bosnia has the highest number of wild horses in Europe?

Višegrad, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Vjetrenica Cave

Vjetrenica (which means "wind cave" or "blowhole") is the largest and most important cave in Bosnia, and one of the most important caves in the Dinaric Alps mountain range, which is famous worldwide for its karstic and speleological riches. Vjetrenica cave is situated in the southwestern part of Herzegovina in the stunning valley of Popovo Polje.

Near the small town of Ravno and the medieval orthodox monastery of Zavala is the largest cave system discovered in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vjetrenica Caves. This extensive cave system has in total over 6,7 kilometres of passages. The stunning main passage stretches on 2,50 kilometers.
, geologists have predicted that Vjetrenica cave could stretch right to the Adriatic Sea in the outskirts of Dubrovnik some 20 km away from its entrance.

Amongst the many archaeological discoveries are the ancient cave bears and leopards, cave drawings that are estimated to be over 10,000 years old. The Cave is also home to many small lakes and endemic types of shellfish only found in deep underground aquifer systems.

Vjetrenica is the richest cave in the world in terms of subterranean biodiversity: among more than two hundred different species are registered in it, almost hundred are troglophiles, a great number of them are narrow endemic, 15 are stenoendemic, and about 37 were discovered and described in Vjetrenica for the first time. This cave is also home to the endemic Olm - the so called "human fish" , which is the largest dweller of the cave system.

Vjetrenica is now on the list for UNESCO protected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cave has recently been re-opened after extensive research and improvements to the infrastructure. Well marked road signs are visible throughout the main Popovo Polje road from Stolac to Trebinje and from the main coastal road in Croatia towards Ravno.

Neum, Bosnia And Herzegovina