Bosnia and Herzegovina - the heart of Balkan
Bosnia and Herzegovina is becoming a very attractive area for the people who want an active vacation with cultural, historical, natural and environmental content. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the meeting point of Eastern and Western culture, Mediterranean and continental climate, Christianity and Islam, where you can find all the cultures gathered in one region. In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina has excellent geographic position. It is situated in the central region of Balkan Peninsula and it is an ideal place for the organization of your region visit. In this country the increasing number of tourists is noticed and the local population recognized this as a huge opportunity for tourism development. On the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina there is the tradition of guests’ reception and organization of events which gather an enormous number of people. We have to remember the 14th Olympic games – which according to many interviewed were one of the best organized ever. The reception of guests and service trade in Bosnia and Herzegovina will continue to be DMC BALKAN mission for the future.
Sarajevo is the leading political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its region-wide influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts contribute to its status as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s biggest and most important economic center. The city is famous for its traditional cultural and religious diversity, with adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisting there for centuries. Due to this long and rich history of religious and cultural varieties, Sarajevo is sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe” or “Jerusalem of the Balkans”.
Mostar is a city and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina and with 113,169 inhabitants one of the most important cities in the Herzegovina region, its cultural capital and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation. Mostar is situated on the Neretva river and is the fifth largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (natively:mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
Blagaj has always been a place visited for its beauty, fascinating nature and history that can be felt at any moment. Unique atmosphere at the source of the river Buna, the peace of the Dervish House and the fresh waters of Buna make it a truly special place.
Is the natural and architectural ensemble at the Buna river spring near Blagaj kasaba (village-town) and a part of the wider “Townscape ensemble of the town of Blagaj – Historical and Natural Heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, southeast of Mostar. The source of the Buna river is of the largest and most beautiful springs in Europe, producing approx. 30 m3/sec with extremely cold and clean water.
The architectural ensemble of the Blagaj Tekke (a Sufi monastery) stands by the source of the Buna river, not far from the centre of Blagaj. The musafirhana (guest house) and türbe (mausoleum) are tucked into the natural surroundings, constituting a single entity with the cliffs, source of the Buna river and mills.
Međugorje is a marian shrine and a world-famous pilgrimage site often times compared to Lourdes and Fatima. Some 20 million pilgrims have visited Medjugorje in the first 20 years and each year more and more people come testifying that it is precisely here, in the heart of Herzegovina, that they have finally found peace and faith.
The place of the first apparitions of Our Lady, several hundreds meters above the Bijakovići hamlet called Podbrdo, is today called Apparition Hill. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the six children for the first time on June 24, 1981. According to the unanimous testimony of the seers, Virgin Mary conveys through them to all believers messages of peace, love, faith, fasting, prayer and promises.
Travnik is a city and municipality in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, 90 km west of Sarajevo. The first time Travnik has been mentioned was in 1244 years, when Hungarian King Bela IV bestowed this area to one of the local aristocrats. In the recent history, Travnik is known as the hometown of one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Nobel Prize winners, writer Ivo Andric. The experts have claimed that Travnik forth has been built between 14th and the 15th century, which indicates that it was built in the period of Bosnian king Tvrtko II Kotromanić.
Jajce is a city and municipality located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was built in the 14th century, and was the capital of the Bosnian kingdom at that time. The city has gates as fortifications and walls around the city leading to the various entrances to the city. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls and mills, as well as the catacombs dating back to Roman times.
Bihać is a city and municipality on the river Una in the north- eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the region of Bosnian Krajina. The name of Bihać was first mentioned as early as 1260, as a property of a church in Topusko, Croatia, in a document by the Hungarian- Croatian king Béla IV, and became a free city in 1262. Bihać was the temporary capital of the Croatian Kingdom. It lost its civic status in the 14th century following dynastic struggles in the kingdom, and became a property of the Frankopan nobles.
Banja Luka is the largest and de facto capital city of the Republic of Srpska and second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Traditionally, it has been the center of the region of Bosnian Krajina, located in the north-western part of the country. It is home of the University of Banja Luka, as well as numerous state and entity institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city lies on the Vrbas River and is well known in the countries of the Former Yugoslavia for being full of tree-lined avenues, boulevards, gardens, and parks.
Sarajevo market place (Baščaršija) is one of the most significant and most visited tourist attractions in BiH. It seems that time has stopped in this small part of the city which was built during Ottoman occupation of country. Hundreds of small shops and craft workshops are operating today the same way they did centuries ago, which helped Sarajevo to keep old spirit and traditional authenticity, and that’s one of the reasons Sarajevo is one of the most visited destinations in region. Besides famous gastronomy, which includes famous Sarajevo „ćevapčići“ and other traditional dishes, besides authentic Sarajevo hand crafts, which are surviving despite industralization and globalization, Baščaršija is one of the rare places in the world where one can visit four religious temples of four major world religions: muslim mosque, jewish sinagogue, ortodox church and catholic chatedral, walking distance one from each other.
Springs of river Bosnia
The most famous picnic ground of Sarajevo residents, even from old times, is this green oasis at the bottom of the Igman mountain – Vrelo Bosne (River Bosna Springs). There is a beautiful 4 km long alley that takes you from Ilidza to Vrelo Bosne, planted more than hundred years ago, during Austro-Hungarian occupation of the country (1878-1918). You can choose wheter you will walk or take a ride in old fashioned carriage pulled by horses. With more than 40 springs, tens of wooden bridges and several lakes, Vrelo Bosne is truly one of the most beautiful nature parks in the country. Today, it is protected nature area, and it has a special regime of maintenance.
Skakavac waterfall is one of the most interesting nature attractions in Sarajevo surroundings. Located just 15 km from the center of the city, with 98 meters height, this waterfall is one of the „must see“ attractions for all those nature-lovers who come to visit Sarajevo. Whole area around waterfall is protected nature park, and microlocation of waterfall itself represents truly natural treasure, with many endemic animals and plants spieces existing here.
There is a good reason that Sarajevo was honored to be the host of 14th Olympic games in 1984. The fact that this city has four mountains, due to which it is capable of hosting big winter sports events, speaks for itself. Mountains Trebević, Jahorina, Bjelašnica and Igman, each in its own way, draws the attention of visitors and set your body and soul. Whether you choose skiing on Jahorina, hiking through forest paths on Igman or Trebević, or visiting some of the beautiful villages on Bjelašnica, every one of this activities will stay with you as a perfect memory.
War tunnel / Tunnel of Hope
War museum „Tunnel of Hope“ is one of the most visited attractions in Sarajevo Canton. It represents memory of siege of Sarajevo, that happened in period 1992-1995, when Sarajevo was attacked for four years from surrounding hills and mountains. For a long period of time this tunnel was the only connection of the city with outside world, and it has many incredible and, very often, shocking stories and destinies of people who passed through it.