Bosnia and Herzegovina is slowly and successfully emerging out of a decade long civil strife and conflicts with a new found energy and zest for creativity and quality of life exemplified by a thriving art and culture scene, delectable cuisine, rapid reconstruction of war torn cities and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The newly emerging tourism infrastructure is propelling Bosnia and Herzegovina as an emerging travel destination in Europe. There are plenty of things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina, important cultural heritage centres and some fascinating new tourism sites. Check out the top things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina!
Things to do in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Shop in Bascarsija, Sarajevo’s old bazaar area
Bascarsija is Sarajevo’s old bazaar area and the historical cultural centre which has an Ottoman look and feel. The old market was established in the 15th century and continues to be a key hotspot in Sarajevo. The area is replete with old mosques, shops, squares and restaurants. Bascarsija is one of the must see places in Bosnia.
Visit Tunel Spasa – The Tunnel of Hope
Tunes Spasa, also known as “Tunnel of Hope” has a deep emotional and historical significance in Sarajevo. It became the symbol of hope during the siege of Sarajevo in the Balkan War of 1990s. During the siege of Sarajevo, the tunnel which was built under the airport runway, helped the besieged people of Sarajevo by ensuring continued flow of supplies, medicines, food and other essential needs. Today, it is one of the most important places to visit in Bosnia.
Have a picnic with your family in Vrelo Bosne
Vrelo Bosne is the source of River Bosna and a highly popular picnic spot surrounded by unspoilt nature. The spring of River Bosne is a natural park and is located at the foothills of the Mount Igman on the outskirts of Sarajevo.
Must see attraction in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Indulge in photography at Stari Most
Old Bridge in the city of Mostar is one of the most recognised and photographed monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This beautiful bridge over Neretva River was constructed in the 16th century by the Ottomans. The bridge connects the two parts of Mostar and stood in its place for 427 years before getting destroyed during the Croat-Bosniak War in the 1990s. It was reconstructed in 2004 and is one of the top places to see in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Top Attraction in Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Visit the historic Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge
This historic bridge in Visegrad over the Drina River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This Ottoman bridge was constructed by renowned Turkish architecture, Mimar Sinan on the order of the Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic. This amazing bridge is well known because of the famous book, “The Bridge of the Drina”, written by Ivo Andric, a famous Nobel Prize winning author.
Waterfalls and rivers of Bosnia and herzegovina
Revel in the beauty of the Pliva Waterfall
The beautiful waterfall of the Pliva Rive lies in the centre of Jajce city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the middle of the town and falls from a height of 17 metres into the Vrbas River in a magnificent setting surrounded by lush green vegetation. Its previous height was reduced due to an earthquake and damages suffered during the Bosnian War. Pliva Waterfall is certainly among the top Bosnia attractions.
Get mesmerised by the beauty of Kravice waterfall
Kravice waterfall is located on the Trebizat River with a fall of 25 metres. This beautiful waterfall is located at distance of 10 kilometres of Ljubuski and 40 kilometres of Mostar. The waters fall into a beautiful lake and form a beautiful natural pool perfect for picnics, swimming and chilling out in the lap of pristine nature.
Admire the splendour of Blagaj – Bunar River
Blagaj is a picturesque village which lies at the source of the natural spring of Buna River and has a strong Ottoman flavour including heritage buildings. See the Dervish House at the natural spring of Buna River and the dervish Tekija Monastery surrounded by rocky outcrop and turquoise waters of the Buna River. Blagaj is a popular tourist attraction in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
National parks of Bosnia and Herzegovina
A family retreat in the Una National Park
Una National Park is among the latest national parks established in Bosnia and Herzegovina to protect the Una and Unac Rivers and the surrounding nature. The national park is renowned for its Strbacki Buk waterfalls and complex of Una waterfalls at Martin Brod. The region is a key bio-diversity and conservation area of Europe and a must visit destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Observe migratory birds in the Hutovo Blato Natural Park
Hutovo Blato is a nature reserve and bird park which is home to over 240 migratory birds. The region is marshy in nature, formed by the Krupa, Matica and Neretva Rivers. It also has two beautiful lakes, Deransko and Svitavsko. The nature reserve is a heaven for nature lovers and hikers and is one of the best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mountains and Ski Resorts of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Go skiing in Jahorina
Jahorina is a mountain and a popular ski resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The mountain is located near Pale in the Dinaric Alps and has a summit elevation of 1,916 metres, making it the second highest mountain after Bjelasnica. Mount Jahorina also hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics and is the most popular winter destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Scale Bjelasnica – The highest peak in Bosnia
Bjelasnica is the highest mountain in the country and a highly popular ski resort. Mount Bjelasnica is located southwest of Sarajevo and has an elevation of 2067 metres. Landmines were laid heavily around the area during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s, however, extensive demining activity have made it safer for skiers, hikers and mountaineers now. Bjelasnica is one of the best places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Igman – A popular winter resort
Igman is a mountain plateau, part of Dinaric Alps and located in the central Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a popular winter resort and hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984 along with Jahorina and Bjelasnica. It was also the site of a major fighting during the Siege of Sarajevo and is now one of the most popular winter destinations of Bosnia and Herzegovina.