Friday, January 30, 2015

10 Places to Visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina

I recently took it upon myself to list the 5 Best Places to Visit in Herzegovina (a post that is still trending today), but ever since then I wanted to go back and do a list of amazing destinations from the whole country, not just the southern part which is called Herzegovina. 

The list here is written in anticipation for the upcoming tourist season, and I hope it will be a useful tool for visitors. To all the others, who will not be venturing out to Bosnia and Herzegovina this year, I hope it will still be an enjoyable exploration of the beauty this country has to offer.

Of course no Top 10 list could ever encompass all of the locations that can be visited, so I'm sure to miss a lot here. But these are the essentials, as well as places that you can visit conveniently on a road trip, weather you are driving north to south through the country or otherwise.


10 Places to Visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina


1. Bascarsija in Sarajevo



Bascarsija is the old town center of Sarajevo, and a place that is always filled with tourists, that are exploring the various narrow streets that cut through the old houses, bazaars, mosques and many many restaurants and sweet shops. On Bascarsija there are several important historic buildings, such as the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and sahat-kula. Today it's the major tourist attraction of Sarajevo. You can see more from Sarajevo and the Bascarsija in my three part travel series.


2. The Old Town of Blagaj



The old town of Blagaj is a small town, only a couple of miles south from Mostar. Blagaj is situated at the spring of the Buna river. It's a spot that enchants emidiately, beginning with the cliffs that bend over the place and the fresh river spring all the way to the many restaurants and cafes that offer food and a calming place to rest. More from Blagaj here.


3. The Fortress in Jajce

The fortress was built in the 14th century, by the founder of the city Jajce. It was the seat of the kings, who engraved their coat of arms on the castle. A part of the wall was found by the Hungarian King and the Ottomans made the powder magazine. It's often an overlooked place, since it's a little bit out of the way from any other tourist spot, but it's definitely a place that will enchant you.


4. King Herceg-Stjepan Fortress in Blagaj


This fortress is a must see spot in Herzegovina. While the outer walls remain almost untouched the inside of the Herceg-Stjepan fortress is almost all but gone. The medieval building – also known as Stjepan city, is situated on the late antique fort above Blagaj, and was actually a city palace enclosed by hard walls with jagged peaks, that are still visible today. The views from up here are amazing. If you want to read more about it click here for my three-part travel series.


5. The Old Bridge in Mostar


I have written a lot about The Old Bridge and Old Town of Mostar, but the list simply wouldn't be complete without including it here again. You can find lots of accommodations in the old town center and explore some of the places in this list from there (like Blagaj, Herceg-Stjepan Fortress, Pocitelj and Kravice waterfalls). It's a great base center that offers much to see by itself.


6. Mountains: Bjelasnica, Jahorina and Vlasic

Bjelasnica

Jahorina

Vlasic

Bosnia and Herzegovina offers up many beautiful mountains for a daily or weekend visit. I only listed 3 here, but there are many more to see. These three here are the most popular ones, and they are even worth a visit when there is no snow.


7. Nature Resort Hutovo Blato


Hutovo Blato is a nature and bird reserve located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The reserve is on the list of BirdLife International's Important Bird Areas. It is the largest reserve of its kind in the region, in terms of both size and diversity. For a daily trip here, make sure to get lunch in the motel located at the north entrance of the resort. My full trip to Hutovo Blato can be found here.


8. The Old Town of Pocitelj


Pocitelj presents one of few urban ensembles in Bosnia and Herzegovina preserved in their integrity to the present time developed through the several phases of the history, beginning with the medieval period. It's not far from Mostar, and surely worth a day visit. Best spot: the Tower of Pocitelj, situated above the town.


9. Kravice Waterfalls



Kravice are a well known summer tourist spot here in southern Herzegovina. These waterfalls are located a couple of miles west from Capljina. Kravice is a popular swimming and picnic area and, during the summer, it is frequently visited by tourists from Mostar, Medjugorje and Dubrovnik.


10. Lukomir

Lukomir is an old village located high up in the Bjelasnica mountain. Why not escape from summer to a 1,495 m/4900 ft elevation? But don't be fooled by the altitude, summer can be very warm here as well. Lukomir offers authentic sights into the past. As you drive along the mountain roads you can't help but wonder how people can survive in the harshest conditions. Yes, summer and early autumn here are wonderful, but as soon as the first snow clouds roll in, people have to leave as the roads are cut off until spring arrives.





For more destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina you can visit my "Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Guide"

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76 comments:

  1. Thanks, for the pyramids and a wonderful look round.

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  2. I'd love to visit all of them!

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  3. I would jump on a plane this instant - what amazing places!

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  4. Hello Mersad, lovely images. I would love to visit all of these places.. Happy Friday!

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  5. Thank you for this great list, I shall come back to it when the time arrives!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
    Merisi

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    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. I hope you get to visit one day.

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  6. You live in a beautiful Country. Thank You for your wonderful pictures.
    Greetings from switzerland Erika

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    1. Danke Erika für deinen Besuch!

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  7. I would like to visit these places someday! :) Beautiful photos!

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  8. Certainly a lot of beauty there.Keep on sharing the photos,as I for one,will likely never get to see them in person,so this is one way I get to 'travel'.

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    1. Thanks Ruth. I'm glad you are enjoying them.

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  9. the fortresses are awesome. those pyramid hills are, too!

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  10. What incredible places and, oh, how I would love to visit all of them! Your captures are the next best thing, Mersad!! Thank you for sharing!! Awesome places they are indeed!!

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  11. These beautiful captures would draw anyone to your wonderful country. There are so many interesting and gorgeous places to see..

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  12. Mir ist das ja langsam schon wirklichwirklich peinlich wie oft ich dir schreibe, wie großartig ich deine Bilder finde. Klingt so langweilig und als fiele mir nichts anderes ein! Aber was soll ich machen? Es ist doch so ;-D! Supersupersuper Mersad! Dieses mal wieder mal besonders! GlG Anne

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    1. Muss Dir nicht peinlich sein. Komplimente höre ich immer gerne :D Spa bei Seite, ich finde es immer toll von Dir zu hören und mag dienen Blog auch sehr gerne!

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  13. What a beautiful country! I am enamored by the pyramids! Very cool!

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  14. They are all beautiful--picturesque! :)

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  15. Very informative post! Love those waterfalls.

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  16. the one that draws me the most and would be my first visit is Stjepan Fortress.. i love old forts and that is a beauty. next i would want the night scenes in Bascarsija in Sarajevo

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  17. I would love to visit the fortress, the pyramids and Pocitelj. Lovely countryside and the waterfalls are beautiful.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

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  18. Divna mjesta! Bilo bi lijepo vidjeti jos BiH gradovakroz tvoj objektiv . Brcko na primjer ;-)

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  19. Mersad, you make your country seem so appealing. I would like to visit most of these places. You should be in touch with the national tourist agency. They would probably love to use these images and your explanations.

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  20. Beautiful photos. You have posted pictures from some of these before, but not the same pictures. Now you make me want to travel.

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  21. fabulous images. love the old bridge in Mostar

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  22. Also mich würden alle deine Vorschläge anziehen. Sie machen so richtig Lust auf Urlaub, und wenn ich mal wieder dort hinkommen würde, dann würde ich mir deine Vorschläge sicherlich auf die List setzen.

    Wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende und sende herzliche Grüsse

    N☼va

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  23. You should be in the travel business, Mersad. Your pictures would sell each place for me - making it difficult to choose where to visit.

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  24. Love the light colors of the Old Town.

    Oh, and catching up a bit from my blogging hiatus, I must say I fell in love with Beni's winter pose in your previous post.

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  25. Wow! What an experience you are having ~ Beautiful photography!

    Happy Weekend,
    artmusedog and carol

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  26. Many interesting places here. I know the story about the famous bridge.

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  27. How do I choose! The old town and pyramids definitely look appealing to me.

    Karen

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  28. Oh, this was WONDERFUL to see!! Thank you so much for sharing. This really was a heart-grabber for me! Bless you for all you've done.

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    1. I'm really happy you liked the post. Thanks for visiting.

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  29. The cities and towns would attract me the most. Beautiful!

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  30. A brilliant collection. Makes me want to visit.

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  31. Fabulous series here Mersad, if I had to make a choice I think I'd like to visit the old bridge in Mostar and of course the pyramids would be fascinating

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I'm sure you would enjoy both!

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  32. Too many choices, they all look exciting. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  33. Mostar bridge indeed is magnificent looking. Great choice today.

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  34. Stunning, absolutely stunning. Everyone beautiful but the pics of Blagaj are amazing. The place hardly looks real as if out of Tolkien.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures.
    Traci

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    1. Blagaj is indeed an amazing place, as well as a popular tourist destination.

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  35. Yup, stunning is the only word I can come up with to describe to much gorgeousness. I am particularly taken with the waterfalls.

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  36. Those pyramid hills are intriguing.

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  37. So much country to see...so little money to see it all with.

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    1. Actually all these places are not too far apart from each other and travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina is very affordable. So I'm pretty sure you could visit most of these together on a budget.

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  38. Gorgeous places to visit.

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  39. I especially like the photo of old town Sarajevo at night.

    Barricade Shadows

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  40. Lovely places, Nice pictures see you!
    Have a nice week.
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  41. I've seen some of these places in other posts by you and others are new to me. Nice selection of places and pictures!

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  42. Odlična lista i fotografije. :) Ja bih tu još eventualno uglavio rafting na Tari i nacionalni park Sutjeska (prašuma Perućica).

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  43. These photos are all stunning. What a beautiful place to visit. My favorite photo is the one of the river running past the restaurants in Blagai. That one takes my breath away.

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  44. Was für wunderschöne Orte! Deine Fotos sind großartig! Blagai fasziniert mich sehr aber auch Mostar und ... im Grunde würde ich überall gern mal hinfahren! :)

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  45. They all look like amazing places. I would love to visit Sarajevo.

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  46. Oh wow, I love them all but if I have to choose one, I say the Kravice Waterfalls :)

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  47. I love it all, Mersad and truly wish I could be one of 2015's visitors! The bridge in Mostar (along with other photos you have shared in the past) put it high on my list! The waterfalls, the snow-covered mountains, the fortresses....and oh my, the pyramid! I would LOVE to know more about that pyramid as I am really "into" prehistory! What a great resource for those who can make the trip. For the rest of us, pure eye-candy!

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  48. Mersad! I’m going to call you the Bosnia Guy!  Really, you have done justice to the beauty and magnificence Bosnia is blessed with. I can see that these stunning places and mind blowing landscapes have received an opulent share of your talent that has added more elegance overall. The Fort and the Vlasic mountains are my favorite.

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  49. I really liked this part of the article, with a nice and interesting topics have helped a lot of people who do not challenge things people should know. you need more publicize this so many people who know about it are rare for people to know this. success for you !!!

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  50. Your love to this beautiful country is showing to every picture you show in this great post !
    Thanks so much for this list.

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  51. Wow!! Your country is absolutely beautiful!! I'm definitly referring to this when we visit eastern Europe and hopefully to Bosnia and Herzegovina!! Can't wait to read more about where you live!

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  57. I visited your beautiful country twice in the Summer and was in Sarajevo, Jajce, Visoko, Vlasic and many more but not Mostar so far. So, you might understand your pictures of Mostar draw me in, definitely.
    Thanks for sharing your stunning pictures.

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    1. That's great that you got to visit and that you enjoyed it.

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  60. Hi Mersad,

    I created a top 15 as well: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-places-visit-bosnia-herzegovina/

    Hope you like it:)

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  61. such great place woow i liked them all .
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  62. Absolutely gorgeous shots, Mersad. My favorite is and always will be that incredibly beautiful bridge. I would love to see it one day. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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