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Exploring Bosnia

When most people think of Bosnia it brings to mind images of a war torn region riddled by bullets. Because of the conflicts of the early nineties, Bosnia has been off the radar of most tourists but the war has ended and what remain is a proud people with a long history. One of the best jewels of the country is the boundless natural wonders with more pristine primeval forests whose babbling rivers are so clean you drink straight out them. Exploring the ancient villages and cities as well as the spectacular natural gifts will make Bosnia one of the best un-tapped European wonders and will quickly become one of your favorite places to explore.


The capital city of Bosnia is no longer known for the war-torn, sad faces of its people but now is a city full of charming streets, shops and café with a deep tradition of hospitality and friendliness. Nestled amidst rolling hills and mountains, rivers and forests, Sarajevo is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is a unique blend of cultures, religions, and a tradition in a sort of east meets wests way of life. But one thing they all have in common and that is their love of family, friends, and enjoying the simple way of life.

Exploring the ancient old town is the best way to see the history and sites of Sarajevo. Through the cobblestone streets you will find the heart of the city that blends Roman Catholic with eastern Orthodox. Walk through the ancient Turkish Market as the sounds of the call to prayer ring through the air. Not far away, on the river is the famous Latin Bridge where in 1914 Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated sparking the beginning of World War I. See the Gazi Husrev-bey’s Mosque, built in 1531 or cross the Romeo and Juliet Bridge where a couple tried to cross during the height of the war in the early 90’s but were killed. It is a haunting reminder of Sarajevo’s past but one that shouldn’t be forgotten.

Other must-see sites include the Sarajevo History Museum and the Tunnel Museum where people survived during the war. The city is filled with historical buildings, houses, churches and mosques. Stop at a bustling café or climb up the hillside streets for spectacular views of the deep forests or picturesque city skyline.


The fifth largest city in Bosnia is another picturesque and charming city nestled in the forested hillsides near the border with Croatia. Set on the River Neretva the city of Mostar is centuries old and a perfectly quiet place to enjoy the unique Bosnian culture. A must-see here is the Stari Most, or the Old Mostar Bridge, which had stood for nearly 450 years until the war but has since been meticulously restored and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Old Bridge also provides fantastic panoramic views as well as a chance to see the famous bridge divers who jump off and plunge into the icy river each day for tourists. Stroll along the medieval streets and enjoy a sunny afternoon at a charming café. Explore the centuries Old Bazaar Kujundziluk near the river where you can find authentic food, crafts, and so much more. Musilbegovica House is another must-see and is a spectacular look at the grand architectural influence of the Ottomans.


This small city in central Bosnia is intimately connected to land and the water. By far the most spectacular sites to see here is simply by going outdoors and seeing the natural wonders. Here the river and waterfalls have made this area a popular place for humans for centuries. The city itself was first built in the 14th century much of which saw significant damage during the war though in recent years restoration has begun. Though it may be consider off the beaten track, the city of Jajce is incredibly beautiful and not just for the waterfalls but for the friendly people who happily welcome visitors. Don’t miss the ancient Jajce fortress and the Church of Saint Luke. There is a temple dedicated to the god Mithras as well as and old Mosque and even an underground church and catacombs. A spectacular site is certainly the very old water mills perched atop the rushing waters of the Pliva lakes.


This charming town on the river has more breathtaking natural beauty to enjoy. Here you can enjoy a quiet lunch at a café overlooking the river as you gaze up at the forested mountains. Canoe or even white water raft down the river to really enjoy a great view of the city. The historical sites of the city include the Kapetanova Tower and the Zvonik Church. To absorb the history of the town explore the Town Gallery and the Pounje Museum. Mostly however enjoy the natural wonders with a hike into pristine forests. The people here are incredibly ecologically conscious and take great pride in their city’s natural beauty and you should too as you explore all that Bosnia has to offer.

Christopher Walters