The Heart-Shaped Land of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been through a lot, from war to massacre to natural disaster. But the Balkan country with so much history and breathtaking natural beauty is slowly gaining popularity among travellers. From snow-kissed summits of Dinaric Alp to cities filled with historic landmarks to beautiful villages to the breathtaking Una River and Neretva river, Bosnia and Herzegovina a great country to visit. You will find architectures influenced by Slavic, Balkan, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman styles and interesting culture with friendly people and delicious cuisine. So, if you are heading out for this magical country, here are the 10 Most Beautiful Places In Bosnia and Herzegovina you should visit.
Sarajevo has a heartbreaking but the capital city has grown out of that stronger and prettier. Situated on Miljacka River and surrounded by the Dinaric Alps, Sarajevo has many museums and galleries to explore, including Sarajevo Memorial for Children Killed during Siege, Museum of the Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina, War Childhood Museum, Gallery 11/07/95, Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide, Svrzo’s House and others. Zuta Tabija or the Yellow Fortress is a cannon fortress which served as one of the defence points against the Austro-Hungarian troops. The Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Ferhadija Mosque & Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, Vrelo Bosne, Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track, Sarajevo Tunnel, Vijećnica & The Eternal Flame are some of its major attractions. Also, one should explore Baščaršija, the old bazaar of the capital city. You can also explore the city Ilidza located nearby.
One of the most photographed cities in Bosnia, Mostar straddling the Neretva River is famous for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge). The historical arched bridge is one of the iconic structure in the country. The Old Bridge Museum, the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque, the Crooked Bridge, the Museum Of War And Genocide Victims and the Old Town are the most popular attractions in the city. The Ljubljanska Banka Tower is a reminder of the city’s past and a must-visit, also, taste the delicious cuisine of the country in Mostar.
3. Blagaj – Pocitelj – Stolac:
Blagaj & Pocitelj are two of the most picturesque villages to visit in Bosnia. Located in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, both of these villages are unique in their own way. Blagaj is known for the Buna river coming directly out of the rock and the Dervish monastery situated next to it. Pocitelj is another beautiful historic village and an open-air museum. The stunning village is situated on a hill featuring stone buildings and lush green vegetation. You can find ruins of the medieval and Ottoman architecture, houses, mosque and the fortress.
Stolac is a laid-back town on the banks of the Begrava River. The Čaršija Mosque, situated in the centre of town along with most of Stolac’s historical buildings are must-visit places. The Ćuprija bridge, Vidoška Fortress, Radimlja Necropolis, Badanj Cave and Ljubinje are some places you can travel from here.
4. Trebinje & Visegrad:
Situated on the banks of Trebišnjica river, Trebinje is the southernmost city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city with a small-town vibe is a pleasure to visit. The old town featuring Ottoman architecture and walking alongside the plane trees are some things to do in the city. The Nova Gracanica, Tvrdoš Monastery, Hercegovačka Gračanica, and Arslanagica Bridge are a popular attraction in the city.
Resting at the confluence of the Drina and the Rzav river, Visegrad is another beautiful small town to visit in the country. The Ottoman bridge over the Drina river, lush hills, and Andricgrad are the biggest attraction of the town.
5. Travnik & Jajce:
Travnik & Jajce two more picturesque cities to visit in Bosnia located closeby. Travnik is known for its historic presence and its landmarks such as the fortress surrounded by Ottoman architecture and offering pleasant views of the city. Its two clock towers and colourful mosque are a must-see.
Home to the stunning Pliva Waterfall, Jajce is another laid-back town but a picturesque town. At the centre, surrounded by walls, the citadel offers a great view of the city.
6. Una National Park :
Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to four national parks and the Una National Park/Nacionalni park Una is the largest and youngest of them. The park is known for protecting the unspoiled Una river and its tributaries Krka and Unac, ancient forests and karst formations and a variety of wildlife. From natural gems to archaeological sites to religious buildings, you can find a lot of surprising and interesting places in the park. The collection of waterfalls and cascades, Štrbački Buk is a highlight of this park.
7. Tara Canyon:
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tara Canyon is shared between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. One of the longest and deepest canyons in the world, the Tara Canyon is best experienced from the Tara river. Clear blue water, dense forest, sheer cliffs and waterfalls can be found along the river.
Famed for the apparition of the Virgin Mary, Medjugorje has become a city from a small village. It attracts thousands of Catholic pilgrims every year. The church at the centre of the town, the Apparition Hill, Statue of the Risen Christ, its many Virgin Mary statues makes Medjugorje is a must-visit.
The highest inhabited settlement in Bosnia, Lukomir is located in the mountains above Sarajevo. The pretty village with unique stone homes with cherry-wood roof tiles is the most isolated in the country. Visiting the ancient medieval stecci gravestones, climbing the ridges, seeing the Rakitnica Canyon are some famous things to do here.
10. Prokoško Lake:
One of the most popular attractions in the country, Prokoško Lake is a small lake situated in the heart of the mountain. The Mt. Vranica overlooking the lake creates one of the most photogenic places in the country. It has been declared a national monument by the state. The most beautiful “mountain eye” is a must-visit gem in the country.