Bosnia and Herzegovina is a beautiful country which is still quite undiscovered. It offers magnificent and diverse places. There are mountains, waterfalls, historical sites, magnificent cities and much more! In this post I’ll talk about 10 places to visit when traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Of course the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot be missed in the list. The city really fascinated me, as it has two sides: an atmospheric old town with nice palaces but also the scars of its past. From 1992 until 1995, the Bosnian War was going on. There are several places in Sarajevo where you can still see the rests of the war; but there are also beautiful and impressive museums which shows the story of the Bosnian War.
There is a diverse range of places in and around Sarajevo which are worth a visit. Would you like to read more about the city? I’ve written a city guide which you can find by clicking here.
Mostar is a historical city with a beautiful center. You can find here small streets, atmospheric restaurants, the famous Stari Most bridge, but also magnificent street art. It’s not without a reason that this historical city is popular for travelers.
I’ve written an extensive Mostar guide with 10 things to do in and around the city. You can find it by clicking here.
Neum is acutally the only seaside town of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although the Bosnian coastline is small (around six kilometres) and Neum isn’t the most beautiful seaside town, it’s definitely worth as visit if you would like to enjoy the Adriatic Sea. Neum isn’t quite popular yet, so the advantage of this town is the peaceful atmosphere.
The Blagaj Dervish House is located not that far from Mostar. This Dervish monastery is around 600 years old and has an unique location. It’s situated at the base of a cliff, next to the source of the river Buna. This makes, next to the beautiful architecture of course, the building very photogenic.
If you’d like to go into the Dervish monastery, you need to pay a small entrance fee. All around the building, you can find several restaurants and stalls where locals are selling souvenirs and more. Keep in mind that you also need to pay a small fee for a parking place. You can also make a small boat trip into the cave, near the Tekke.
5. Trebević Hill
In the winter of 1984, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics. The bobsleigh and luge track still stands at the top of Mount Trebević (near Sarajevo), but is not in use anymore. However, it’s nice to pay a visit to this abandoned bobsleigh track, as it’s now full of graffiti and therefor a fantastic place to photograph! You can walk through the track as far as you’d like.
In 2018, a cable car has been built in the city of Sarajevo which takes you to the top of Mount Trebević. Besides paying a visit to the bobsleigh track, it’s also a really nice environment to spend the day hiking.
Visoko is a town, located in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The town is well-known for the Bosnian Pyramids, which are claimed to be even older than the Egyptian pyramids. You can hike towards the top of the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun: the hike isn’t that easy, but it’s worth it as the top provides some magnificent views!
If you’re planning on going to the Western side of Bosnia and Herzegovina, don’t skip Jajce! This is a beautiful and historical town which is well-known for the impressive, large waterfall. Where the rivers the Pliva and the Vrba come together, the water pours around 20 meters downwards. The small town is located just above the river and the waterfall, what makes the image of the town a beautiful look.
8. Kravice Waterfalls
The Kravice Waterfalls are magnificent and are located in an unique environment. The waterfalls are easy to reach by rental car, but there are also tours offered to the waterfalls (mostly from Mostar). By entering the ‘park’, you need to pay a small entrance fee of around € 5,- per person.
The waterfalls are absolutely stunning! I just couldn’t stop making pictures during my visit. Despite the fact that it was August and quite warm, it wasn’t crowded at all! Some people swam in the lake in front of the waterfalls. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my bathing suit, otherwise I would have loved to swim for a bit as well! Besides the waterfalls and the lake, you can walk around the area and stop at one of the (very basic) eateries. If you’d like to make a boat trip: this is also possible! You can even go kayaking around the lake. It’s not that big, but it can definitely be fun.
9. Sutjeska National Park
The Sutjeska National Park is absolutely a must visit for travelers who are nature lovers and who are into hiking. The park is the oldest and biggest national park in Bosnia and Herzegovina and also one of the last ancient forests of Europe. The highest peak in the park is the Maglic Mountain, with a height of 2386 meters.
Sutjeska National Park is perfect for hiking. There are several hiking trails (short and long). However, the park also is ideal for biking and rafting. If you’re planning a visit to the park, you should go to Tjentište as you can find the main entrance here.
This charming, small village features beautiful, stone houses which are surrounded by stone walls. Above Počitelj, you can find the medieval stone castle. An important regional castle for the Ottomans. Počitelj also has some nice places where from you can make some magnificient photographs of the village.
Have you ever traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina yourself? Do you miss a place on this list? Let me know in the comment section below!