Bosnia And Herzegovina Travel Guides for Backpackers

What to Do and See in Former War-Torn Bosnia and Herzegovina

One of the benefits of studying abroad in a European country is how easy it is to travel to other European countries. Sometimes, it can be way less expensive than traveling to other states in the United States! When looking at cheap flights I could take during the weekend, I was happy to find a $35 flight through Wizzair! However, it was to a country I had only heard about in my ninth grade history class – Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was hesitant booking the flight at first since it was such an unconventional country to travel to. Instantly, I […]
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Top 10 places to visit in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also the largest city of Federation which has a very long history of cultures and also rich religious history. Because of that Sarajevo is also sometimes known as the „Jerusalem of Europe“ or „Jerusalem of the Balkans“.  Another interesting thing is that Sarajevo is also known as the only big city in Europe which has a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue in the same quarter. When you are walking throw Sarajevo you will have a feeling like there is a mix of present and past all around you. […]
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Travnik, the city of history, nature and peace

Going to Travnik from Sarajevo It was the morning I've decided I needed to see and do something different than what I do every day. There’s one Montenegrin song called “First-morning train” that could completely describe the feeling I had. The need for a change of a place was strong inside of me, so I decided I need to visit some place I’ve never been to before. There was a sudden urge to be active, to go somewhere near and be able to easily come back, and yet for a moment forget the present. I needed to forget who I […]
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7 Reasons why you should visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

Somewhere on the edge of Southeastern Europe sleeps one magical country named Bosnia and Herzegovina. This small country is filled with 3.8 million people that are dreamingly flowing through the beauty under the sun. It covers the ground of, more or less, 51.2 square kilometers, but there's a lot more to that country than numbers are showing. There's a lot more than meets the eye. Everything in this country is doubled or tripled, everything is divided but magically, it all comes together. Somehow, everything is simply forming one coexisting unity of beauty, differences, and love. Without realizing, like a puzzle, this country […]
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Land of Beauty – Sutjeska National Park

A noise from a steps of a man walking on a crushed stone road woke up me and my friend that morning, as I rushed out of a tent, still half asleep, to check if everything is ok with our two wheel rides, an old man was speaking to me “go back, go back to sleep”, but it was too late now. After a night spent almost literally on a roof of gas station it was time to go. As we packed we were enjoying our final view on beautiful city of Foca, grateful for its hospitality and tasty plentiful […]
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My homeland Jošanica in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Position and natural geographical features of Jošanica I would like to begin with the words told by the great Bosnian poet Mak Dizdar, who once said: “Bosnia, forgive, there is a land, both barren and barefoot, forgive, both cold and hungry, and even more, forgive, defiant by a dream.”    In these verses it can be seen how Bosnia is rich in nature and it is difficult to describe it. Thus, it is also difficult to describe and tell about the place where I live, Jošanica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jošanica was established only in 2012, deriving from Donje Snagovo […]
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Nevesinje : Gem of Eastern Herzegovina

PACK YOUR BAGS Wandering on the roads across the Balkans, I finally came to Nevesinje, a small town located in eastern Herzegovina, which is the southern part of a state named Bosnia and Herzegovina. My girlfriend told me about it as a very nice place, so I decided to visit it. Nevesinje is located above fertile valley of Neretva,  and it is hidden from the warm and hot Mediterranean climate. For example, town of Mostar, which is just 20 km away, has its own climate, so different from Nevesinje. UNIQUE LANDSCAPE Grebak hill with log church Entire area has harsh […]
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina – a city of bridges

The city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is known as the city of bridges, but none have made such an indelible mark on the city as the Old Bridge. The city's name itself comes from the word mostari – the keepers of the bridge spanning the cold waters of the emerald river Neretva. History In 1557, Bosnia and Herzegovina was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, and the city of Mostar was in great need of a bridge to connect the two sides of the city, the east and the west. The bridge that was in use at that time was […]
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Welcome to Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the largest and in the same time capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this city you feel that connection like when you first meet that person you fall in love with, it's full of energy and it's active 247. Rich culture and long history are just few of things that you need a long time to learn about, but when you do, than you discover the true beauty of this city. Sarajevo is located almost in the center of country, it has 270.000 residents and it's divided in three city municipalities.  1.Old city Old city or in Bosnian […]
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Burning down the bridges: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bridges, what do they mean to you? What did they ever mean to me? I have passed bridges that connect two continents like in İstanbul, or seen bridges that have vivid details like in Ponte Vecciho. Arriving to Bosnia and Herzegovina after our Serbia trip, I found myself rethinking about the symbol of bridges. Which feelings do I have connected with the Golden Bridge?  What about the Tower Bridge? Does a river divide a civilization, or give life to it? Can a bridge alone be able to connect different views? The Bridge on the Drina, the award winning historical novel […]
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo is city that touches hearts

  Panoramic view on Sarajevo Among all majestic cities in Europe, there is one hidden between mountains in the middle of the Balkan. It is Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This country used to be part of Yugoslavia until the 90s happened.  But now we'll leave history behind us. Let's talk about this beautiful city. It is still not so popular among tourists so it is possible to feel the real everyday life of Sarajevans. A city that we know today was founded in the 1940s during Ottoman Empire.  Baščaršija is the old part […]
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Sarajevo, meeting of cultures

City of Sarajevo is the largest city and the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and  also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Southeastern Europe. If you still have not visit this beautifull city i would advice you to make it a part of your plans for future trips. The great story about history, tradition, and culture is waiting for you. The old town consists of two parts from two different periods and its a  place where the East meets the West and the West meets the East. City where the first shot of World War I is fired.The […]
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Banja Luka – the adventure begins!

So lets start from the beginning I am originally from Croatia and before I came to live in Banja Luka at the age of 12, I came here only twice to visit relatives. Although I’ve been living in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1992 and have visited most of it due to work related trips, I didn’t get to choose the places I visit or to really explore them. So I've decided to correct that and take on a quest to discover Bosnia and Herzegovina, starting with Banja Luka, as a traveler, and write about these experiences. How to get here or […]
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Top seven things to do in Sarajevo

Anyone visiting the Balkans has learned how welcoming and happy this region of Europe actually is. In contrary to many misinformation, the Balkan peoples are amazing hosts, which ever so often even become a traveler's friend. The small country this article will tell you of is Bosnia and Herzegovina. It lies in the center of the Balkan peninsula and has it all: lush green fields, steep mountains, vibrant cities, and many other things a traveler would seek. Hiking on Bjelašnica mountain, one hour by car away from Sarajevo Bosnia is the continental part of this heart-shaped […]
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Tuzla – city of unity, love and heroism

  This is Tuzla, a small city placed in Northern Bosnia and Herzegovina , it's my hometown and love of my life. Like a family member Tuzla raises you into a person that you think you could never be. When I was younger I thought that I'm gonna work for UN and help people in Africa, but my mom said that I would be homesick in no time, and I'm pretty sure she was right. I could never be objective when it comes to this city, when you speak or write about the place without racism or nationalism you just can't […]
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European crossroads: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Distant impressions You will hear nothing about Bosnia if you come from other continents. And you will hear a lot of things about Bosnia if you happen to spend a bit of time in the neighboring countries. I will never forget people in Hungary telling me to be extremely careful in Balkans, and telling me how much crime there is and how I should trust no one there. And then I arrived in Serbia and spent some time with locals. I had a great time, and I simply felt like Belgrade, the capital, was as vivid as most European capitals, […]
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