Bosnia and Herzegovina is slowly creeping back to normality after a decade-long strife in the 1990s. This war torn country is in the process of reconstruction while Bosnia tourism is seeing a new dawn with every passing day. Bosnia may still take some time to achieve the fame of the glamorous sun kissed, deep blue beaches of its neighbour Croatia or the stunning nightlife and entertainment centre that Serbia is, yet, in a way, it’s the best time to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina as the country still has its old antiquated feel and less touristy infrastructure and commercialisation. Among the places to visit, capital Sarajevo and Mostar top the list of best cities to visit in Bosnia.
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Best Places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina has a unique mix of traditional charms and modern influences. The city and its population suffered grave humanitarian crisis during the ‘Siege of Sarajevo’ for three difficult years during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Today, the bullet holes are covered and debris have disappeared and instead cafes, restaurants, lodges, guest houses and art galleries have sprung up amidst the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian heritage buildings. The city is often credited as being the flash point of starting the devastating World War I.
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One of the most popular destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar is a city located in the southern parts of the country. It is famous for its medieval bridge Stari Most, one of the most photographed monuments of the city. The bridge was destroyed during the Croat – Bosniak War of the 1990s and was recreated and inaugurated in 2004.
3. Banja Luka
The second largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is also the provincial capital of Republic Sprska, an autonomous administrative territory with the country. The town has ancient Roman ruins, historic remains of Ottoman Empire and cultural heritages of the Austro-Hungarian Empire as well.
Located in the central parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jajce was established in the 14th century and served as the capital of the Kingdom of Bosnia during that period. Jajce is also renowned for its famous waterfalls and unique historic and cultural heritages.
Travnik is a small town in central Bosnia and Herzegovina and is one of the fortunate settlements in the country which escaped widespread destruction during the Bosnian war. Travnik has a rich Ottoman heritage along with several cultural sites of the Austro-Hungarian era.
Bihac is a city which lies on the River Una in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city suffered intensive damage during the Bosnian War of Independence, however, the city has successfully maintained its charm and heritage due to intensive reconstruction efforts.
Pocitelj is a beautiful village located in the Capljina municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pocitelj is one of the few urban settlements in the country which has preserved its characteristic despite several layers of history and widespread destruction during the Bosnian War of Independence.
Blagaj is a beautiful village-town located in the south eastern region of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is a very popular tourism destination. Blagaj has plenty of Ottoman era monasteries and heritage buildings and lies close to the source of the Buna River also known as Vrelo Bosne.
Visegrad is a town located in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina on the banks of the Drina River in the Republic Sprska region. The town is also famous for its Ottoman era Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site designed by the renowned Ottoman era architect, Mimar Sinan and immortalised by Nobel Prize winning author Ivo Andric’s novel, The Bridge of the Drina and is easily one of the many places you must see in Bosnia.
It is a town located in the Herzegovina region and is renowned for being a highly revered Catholic pilgrimage centre. The town rose to prominence after reports of the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local Catholics was reported and it eventually became a popular site.
Stolac is a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina with plenty of historical ruins dating back to the pre-historic era. The town has rich Ottoman influence and boasts of producing several intellectuals, artists, poets and leaders. Stolac still has its old European charm and after surviving destruction during the Bosnian War of the 1990s.
Neum is the only town located on the coastline of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the only access point of the country towards the Adriatic Sea. Neum has steep hills, sandy beaches and several tourist hotels and resorts. It sees plenty of tourists from neighbouring Croatia.
Tuzla is an important city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the economic, scientific, cultural, educational, and health centre of the country. Tuzla has a multicultural character with the presence of Bosniaks, Serbs, Croats and small minority of Bosnian Jews.
Gorazde is a city located in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina on the banks of Drina River. Gorazde has featured in several literary books and has several layers of history including cultural and historical heritages of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Yugoslavian period.