Visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, What to See and When to Go

Part of the former Yugoslavia , Bosnia and Herzegovina or simply called Bosnia, is a country which is not in the list of any traveler, but yet a country with plenty of tourists during high season, a country which for most will be somewhere else but not on their interest to discover, a country which lies lost somewhere between the west and the east, but not in any of the sides, a country located in the “lost” or unknown side of Europe. This is Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Is a country which came late on my list, but definitely a very fascinated country for me. A country full of a rich history, a challenged country, with challenged people. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country where the scars of the recent war are visible everywhere from the bullets holes all over the buildings, back in time transportation, rough face expression of the people, bombed building and war refuge.

As obvious at it will sound, the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina is made out of 2 regions: Bosnia (the north which occupies four fifths of the country), and Herzegovina (the south which extends on one fifth of the article).

Bosnia:

  • is the northern part of the the country, near the borders with Croatia and Serbia and about 50% of it is covered with forests
  • Sarajevo, the capital, is surnamed the Jerusalem of Europe because of the wide variety of Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims, Jews
  • Recommended places: Sarajevo, and near by there are the Bosnian pyramids and Vrelo Bosne; Tuzla, Brčko, the mountains of Bjelasnica, Jahorina and Vlasic
  • How to get there: You can land on Sarajevo and from there take buses all around the country. Even if you have to connect, everything around Bosnia is about few hours away. You can also start your tour from Mostar and go up north.
  • When to go there: April to October

Herzegovina:

  • On the south part of the country, it is has plenty of crystal clear and turquoise rivers
  • Recommended places: Mostar and its famous Stari Most (old bridge), Blagaj for the turquoise river, Kravice Waterfalls
  • When to go there: April to October

Recommended routes:

Mostar:

  • as incredible as it may sound, most of the tourists just see Mostar and that is all about Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • What you can do:
    • jump from Stari Most bridge
    • water rafting
    • enjoy a turkish coffee with a great view

Mostar and Sarajevo:

  • Most of the tourists do Sarajevo and Mostar
  • What you can do:
    • walk around the cities
    • water rafting
    • enjoy a turkish coffee with a great view
    • Sarajevo Tunnel
    • hike the Bosnian pyramids
    • Ski in the mountains of Bjelasnica, Jahorina or Vlasic
    • take a visit on Vrelo Bosne

Bosnia and Herzegovina, the complete tour:

  • few tourists get to discover the complete tour of this former Yugoslavian territory
  • What you can do:
    • walk around the cities
    • water rafting
    • enjoy the bosnian traditional dishes with a great view
    • hike the Bosnian pyramids
    • Ski in the mountains of Bjelasnica, Jahorina or Vlasic
    • Sarajevo Tunnel
    • take a visit on Vrelo Bosne
    • visit the Kravice Waterfalls

Some things to consider before visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina has not been easy in general, if you want to discover the beauty of the country, go with your open heart and eager to discover real life war stories
  • Try to discover the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It may be a bit too tough, but definetely interesting
  • Get in touch with people, hear their stories, their lives, couch surf, let them share with you their lives
  • Bosnia is a safe country overall, but keep yourself away of wild places and ruins, they may hold active grenades from the war

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