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Top 10 Places to Visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Top 10 Places to Visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Do you wish to travel someplace with stunning scenery, rich history, multicultural ethnicity and hospitality like no other? Well in that case, welcome to Bosnia! 

Before we go any further with showing you the top 10 places to visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina, we’ll get you to get to know about our beautiful country a little more, so that you can see the bigger picture.

Before we go into that, here’s what you’ll learn in this article:

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Where is Bosnia & Herzegovina located?

Bordered southeast to Montenegro, east to Serbia and north, west and south to Croatia, lies a proud country of Bosnia & Herzegovina. The country has a population of about 3.3 million people and is home to a diverse range of cultures, including Bosniak, Croat, and Serbian communities.

Bosnia & Herzegovina location Europe Map

Rich cultural history of the country

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a rich and complex history that has been shaped by its location at the crossroads of Europe and its diverse cultural heritage. The region has been inhabited for thousands of years and has been influenced by a variety of different civilizations, including the ancient Illyrians, Romans, and Ottoman Turks.

Throughout its history, Bosnia and Herzegovina has often been a place of conflict, with various groups vying for control of the region. In the 20th century, the country was a part of Yugoslavia, but it declared independence in 1992, leading to a brutal civil war that lasted for several years. Today, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a sovereign country that is working to rebuild and move forward after the conflicts of the past.

Now when you read about historical wars and conflicts over the region, you might be wondering one thing.

Is it safe to visit and travel to Bosnia & Herzegovina?

Bosnia and Herzegovina is generally considered to be a safe country to visit, although, as with any destination, it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect your personal safety.

The crime rate in Bosnia and Herzegovina is generally low, and most visitors to the country do not experience any problems. However, as with any destination, there is always a risk of petty crime, such as pickpocketing and scams, so it is important to be vigilant and take steps to protect your belongings.

In terms of terrorism, the risk is considered to be low in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Overall, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a welcoming and hospitable country, and most visitors to the country have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Throughout our work with tourists from all over the world, we don’t have but beautiful, special memories made on our tours and travels across the country.

You might as well be a part of that great story too, perhaps.

Now that we covered pretty much the essential parts for those who didn’t know much about Bosnia & Herzegovina, let’s get back to why we’re here.

Our Top 10 places to visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina

1. Sarajevo – The Country’s Capital City

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is known for its rich history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty. Located in the heart of the Balkans, Sarajevo has been an important crossroads for centuries and has been influenced by a variety of different cultures and civilizations.

Some of the key things to see and do in Sarajevo include:

  • Visit the Old Town (Baščaršija): This is the historic heart of Sarajevo, with narrow streets, historic buildings, and a vibrant atmosphere. Here you can find the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, the Sebilj fountain, and the Eternal Flame memorial.
Sebilj at Baščaršija Sarajevo
Sebilj – Sarajevo Baščaršija (Old Town)
  • Explore the city’s museums: Sarajevo has a number of interesting museums, including the Museum of Sarajevo, which covers the city’s history, and the War Childhood Museum, which tells the stories of children who lived through the 1990s Bosnian War.
  • Take a stroll along the Miljacka River: The Miljacka River runs through the heart of Sarajevo, and the banks of the river are a popular place to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the scenery.
Miljacka river and Latin bridge
  • Visit the Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track: This track, built for the 1984 Winter Olympics, is now a popular tourist attraction, with visitors able to ride the track in a bobsled or luge.
Image source: Wikipedia
  • Try some local food: Sarajevo is known for its diverse cuisine, with influences from Turkish, Eastern European, and Mediterranean cooking. Be sure to try some local specialties such as ćevapi (grilled meat), burek (meat or cheese-filled pastry), and Bosnian coffee.
Local Bosnian food specialty Ćevapi
Local Bosnian food specialty -Ćevapi

As we already mentioned, the 1992-1996 war that struck the entire country has had a huge impact on the capital city of Sarajevo. 

Sarajevo was at siege for 4 years, the effects of the siege were long-lasting, and the city and its residents continue to deal with the aftermath of the conflict.

To completely live the story of Bosnia’s capital and its citizens, we suggest checking out our Sarajevo Siege Tour & War Tunnel.

The shocking facts and remaining evidence about the siege will leave you speechless.

Overall view of downtown Grbavica, a suburb of Sarajevo. March 1996 – Wikipedia

2. Mostar – The Beauty of Herzegovina

Mostar is a city located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is known for its rich history and cultural heritage. The city is located on the Neretva River and is known for its iconic Ottoman-style Stari Most (Old Bridge), which dates back to the 16th century and is a symbol of the city.

Here’s what you shouldn’t miss out in Mostar:

  • Visit the Stari Most: This iconic bridge, which spans the Neretva River, is the most famous landmark in Mostar. The original bridge was destroyed during the Bosnian War in 1993, but it has since been rebuilt and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Old Bridge in Mostar
The Old Bridge – Mostar (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Explore the old town: Mostar’s old town is located on the east bank of the Neretva River and is known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and vibrant atmosphere. Here you can find the Kriva Cuprija, a historic bridge, and the Muslibegović House, a beautifully preserved Ottoman-era house.
Muslibegovic House in Mostar
The Muslibegović House – Mostar
  • Visit the Museum of Herzegovina: Located in the old town, this museum covers the history and culture of the Herzegovina region.
  • Take a walk along the Neretva River: The banks of the Neretva River are a popular place to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the scenery.

Bosnian Voyager offers two main tours that include a visit to beautiful city of Mostar, and those are:

Be sure to check them out and get to know what’s included. 

3. Kravice Waterfalls – The ‘’Niagaras’’ of Herzegovina

Kravice Waterfalls in Herzegovina
Kravice Waterfalls

Kravice Waterfalls are located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and are a popular destination for swimming and picnicking in the summer months. The waterfalls are located on the Trebižat River and are known for their picturesque setting and beautiful turquoise waters.

The waterfalls are located in a natural park, and there are several hiking trails that lead to the falls and offer beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. In the summer, the falls are a popular spot for swimming, and there are several platforms where visitors can jump into the water.

There are also several restaurants and cafes located near the falls, where visitors can enjoy local food and drink. In the summer, the Kravice Waterfalls are a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and are a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

4. Blagaj – The Dervish Village

Blagaj is a small village located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is known for its beautiful Dervish monastery and its natural surroundings. The village is located on the Buna River and is known for its stunning setting in a green valley, surrounded by mountains.

Blagaj Tekke Dervish Monastery
Blagaj Tekke – Dervish Monastery

The main attraction in Blagaj is the Blagaj Tekke, a Dervish monastery that dates back to the 16th century. The monastery is located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Buna River, and is known for its stunning architecture and its peaceful atmosphere.

In addition to the Blagaj Tekke, there are several other things to see and do in the village, including visiting the nearby Buna Spring, which is one of the largest and most beautiful springs in Europe, and exploring the village’s historic old town.

Blagaj is a peaceful and picturesque village, and is a popular destination for visitors who want to escape the crowds and enjoy the beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s natural surroundings.

If you’re visiting Blagaj, don’t miss out on these:

  • Visit the Blagaj Tekke: The Blagaj Tekke is a Dervish monastery located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Buna River. The monastery is a stunning example of Ottoman-era architecture and is known for its peaceful atmosphere.
  • Explore the village’s old town: Blagaj’s old town is located in the center of the village and is known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and traditional atmosphere. Here you can find the clock tower, the city hall, and several other historic landmarks.
  • Visit the Buna Spring: Located near Blagaj, the Buna Spring is one of the largest and most beautiful springs in Europe. The spring is surrounded by a beautiful park, and is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking.

You can get to see this beautiful place on our Full-Day 5 Cities Tour From Sarajevo to Herzegovina

Make sure to check it out.

5. Travnik – Historical City of Central Bosnia

Travnik is a historic city located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is known for its beautiful setting in the Lasva River valley and its rich cultural heritage. The city has a population of about 40,000 people and is an important cultural and economic center in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

City of Travnik - Central Bosnia
Travnik – Central Bosnia

Travnik has a long and varied history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic period. The city has been influenced by a variety of different civilizations, including the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottoman Turks.

Travnik is known for its cultural diversity, with Bosniak, Croat, and Serbian communities living in the city. The city has a long tradition of religious tolerance, with a number of different religious buildings, including mosques, churches, and synagogues.

Don’t miss these out when visiting Travnik:

  • Visit Travnik Castle: This castle, which dates back to the 14th century, is located on a hill overlooking the city and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The castle is now a museum, and visitors can explore the castle’s history and see exhibits on the city’s past.
Travnik Castle
Travnik Castle
  • Explore the old town: Travnik’s old town is located in the center of the city and is known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and vibrant atmosphere. Here you can find the clock tower, the city hall, and the 16th-century mosque.
  • Visit the Museum of Travnik: Located in the city center, this museum covers the history and culture of Travnik and the surrounding region.

You can visit this marvelous city during our Full Day Tour From Sarajevo to Travnik and Jajce.

Be sure to check it out and see what’s included.

By the way, we’re half way down our list of top 10 places to visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina, half more to go!

6. Jajce – The Medieval Jewel

Jajce is a historic city located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is known for its beautiful setting in the Pliva River valley and its rich cultural heritage.

These are the must-visit places in Jajce:

  • Visit the Jajce Fortress: This fortress, which dates back to the 14th century, is located on a hill overlooking the city and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The fortress is now a museum, and visitors can explore the castle’s history and see exhibits on the city’s past.
Jajce Fortress
Jajce Fortress – Image source: BIHY
  • Explore the old town: Jajce’s old town is located in the center of the city and is known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and vibrant atmosphere. Here you can find the clock tower, the city hall, and the 16th-century mosque.
Jajce Watermills
Jajce Watermills
  • Visit the Pliva Waterfall: Located in the center of the city, the Pliva Waterfall is one of the most famous landmarks in Jajce. The waterfall is surrounded by a beautiful park, and is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking.
Pliva River Waterfall in Jajce
Pliva River Waterfall

As we already mentioned, during our Full Day Tour From Sarajevo to Travnik and Jajce, you get to see this medieval jewel of Bosnia in its full glory.

7. Konjic – The Cultural Heritage Town

Konjic is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is known for its beautiful setting in the Neretva River valley and its rich cultural heritage.

the city of Konjic
The City of Konjic – Image source: konjictourism

Here’s what you should go and see while visiting Konjic:

  • Visit the Tito’s bunker: The Tito’s bunker is a historic underground bunker that was used by Josip Broz Tito, the leader of Yugoslavia, during the Second World War. The bunker is located in a remote, wooded area and is hidden underground, with only a small entrance visible on the surface. Visitors can take guided tours of the bunker and learn about its history and function.
Tito's secret Bunker in Konjic
Tito’s Secret Bunker – Image source: Opcina Konjic
  • Explore the old town: Konjic’s old town is located in the center of the town and is known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and traditional atmosphere. Here you can find the clock tower, the city hall, and several other historic landmarks.
  • Visit the Neretva Bridge: The Neretva Bridge is a beautiful bridge located in Konjic, which spans the Neretva River. The bridge is a popular spot for walking and picnicking, and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

Our Full-Day 5 Cities Tour from Sarajevo to Herzegovina (Mostar) includes a visit to Konjic.

8. Jablanica – The Battle of Neretva

Jablanica is a town located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is known for the historical battle that took place during the 2nd. World War, The Battle of Neretva.

Jablanica city
Jablanica – Photo: Dzenad Dzino Photography

Make sure to check these out if you plan to visit this beauty:

  • Visit the Museum of the Battle of the Neretva: This museum, which is located in the town center, covers the history of the Battle of the Neretva, which took place during the Second World War. The museum has a number of exhibits on the battle, including artifacts, photographs, and documents.
  • Explore the old town: Jablanica’s old town is located in the center of the town and is known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and traditional atmosphere. Here you can find the clock tower, the city hall, and several other historic landmarks.
  • Visit the Jablanica Dam: Located a short distance from the town, the Jablanica Dam is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking in the summer months. The dam is surrounded by a beautiful park, and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Explore Jablanica Lake: Jablanicko Lake is a lake located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Jablanica municipality in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. It is a man-made lake, created in the 1960s by the construction of the Jablanica Dam on the Neretva River. The lake is a popular recreational area, known for its clear, turquoise waters and its surrounding natural beauty. It is a popular spot for swimming, boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The lake is also home to a number of rare and endangered species of fish and plants.
Jablanica Lake
Jablanica Lake – Photo: Itinari

The visit to Jablanica is also included in our Full-Day 5 Cities Tour from Sarajevo to Herzegovina (Mostar)

9. Počitelj – Our Hidden Gem

Počitelj is a small town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is known for its beautiful setting on the banks of the Neretva River and its rich cultural heritage.

Pocitelj old town
Počitelj – Photo: Dimitri Gasulla – BiH 2012 – Pocitelj 

Here are some key things to see and do in Počitelj:

  • Explore the old town: Počitelj’s old town is located on a hill overlooking the Neretva River and is known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and traditional atmosphere. Here you can find the Počitelj Fortress, which dates back to the 14th century, and the Sahat-Kula, a clock tower that was built in the 17th century.
  • Visit the Počitelj Gallery: This gallery, which is located in the old town, showcases the work of local artists and features a number of exhibitions throughout the year.
  • Visit the Počitelj Cultural Center: This cultural center, which is located in the old town, hosts a variety of concerts, exhibitions, and other events throughout the year.
  • Take a hike in the surrounding countryside: The area around Počitelj is known for its beautiful natural surroundings.

You can visit this hidden gem and cultural heritage town during our Full-Day 5 Cities Tour from Sarajevo to Herzegovina (Mostar)

We’ve come to the very end of our top 10 places to visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina list.

Last, but not least..

10. Prokoško Lake – The All Season Must Visit

Prokoško Lake is a glacial lake located in the central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the region known as the Central Bosnia Canton. The lake is located at an altitude of 1,450 meters above sea level and is surrounded by mountain peaks and forests.

Prokoško Lake
Prokoško Lake – Image source: Itinari

The lake is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, and hiking. There are several hiking trails that lead to the lake, and the surrounding area is a popular spot for picnicking and enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings.

Prokoško Lake – Image source: Wevotravel

In the winter, the lake is a popular destination for ice skating and cross-country skiing. There are also several ski resorts located in the area, which offer skiing and snowboarding facilities.

In addition to its natural beauty, Prokoško Lake is also known for its cultural and historical significance. The lake is located near the site of the Battle of Kupres, which took place during the Bosnian War in 1992-1995, and there is a memorial located near the lake to honor those who lost their lives in the conflict.

If you wish to visit this remarkable natural lake, we can make it happen for you.

If you’re in Sarajevo and want to go down to Fojnica to visit Prokoško lake, we have an organized transfer at a very reasonable price.

All private and professional, you can check it out HERE.

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