10 things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Are you planning a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the near future? Read our tips below on things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina with suggested tours!

It is easy to fall in love with Bosnia and Herzegovina. From the Olympic Mountains that surround its magnificent capital Sarajevo, UNESCO sites and fantastic cuisine to cultural monuments where East meets West, you’ll find incredible history and uniquely hospitable locals. Let’s dive into a journey through Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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List of the best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina

1. Tour of the Old City in Sarajevo

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Sarajevo is the most vibrant and diverse city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With crafts cluster
shops, cobbled streets and some of the best eateries, Sarajevo’s Old Town, also known as Bascarsija, is a big attraction. During your tour of Sarajevo, you can easily buy a souvenir made using the same technique used in the 15th century when Bashkarsia was founded with the advent of the Ottoman Empire. Keep in mind that Sarajevo’s coffee culture is quite strong and your trip to Sarajevo will only be completed after experiencing the full coffee ritual.

2. Enjoy daring divers diving from the Old Bridge in Mostar.

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Admire Mostar’s Old Bridge, cobbled streets and ramparts If you sit in one of the local restaurants near the bridge, you can enjoy an unforgettable view of the turquoise Neretva River. If you come in July, keep an eye out for the Diving Off the Bridge event with amazing divers. Like Sarajevo, Mostar’s Old Town offers the opportunity to travel back in time and find traces of Mostar’s ancient past.

3. Experience peace at the Apparition Hill in Medjugorje.

The Shrine of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Herzegovina is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Apparition Hill became famous on June 25, 1981, when the Virgin Mary appeared to six teenagers. Today it is a refuge for those who seek peace, faith and hope.

4. Pyramids of Visoko

Attracted by the incredible energy, thousands of people visit one of the five pyramids in the world.
Valley: Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, Pyramid of Love, Pyramid of the Bosnian Dragon and Temple of Mother Earth. The Pyramid of the Sun (Visochica) is the highest (it is even higher than the Pyramid of Cheops). Some say that your eyes are deceiving you and that there is nothing but a hill in front of you. This mystical site, however, offers much more than an archaeological wonder and is often said to have healing powers.

5. Mehmed Pasha Bridge and Andricgrad in Visegrad

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This great Ottoman bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here you can visit Andrikgrad, including the Ivo Andrić Institute with the Center for Slavonic Languages, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Town Hall, the Church of St. Lazarus and the Renaissance Theatre. This is a very enjoyable tour that gives you the opportunity to experience several architectural styles and historical periods; Byzantine, Ottoman, Renaissance and classical styles.

6. Cow Falls

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If you want to take a dip in cold water on a hot sunny day, the Kravice waterfall will amaze you. It’s literally made for adventurers and nature lovers, and it’s close to many of Herzegovina’s other tourist gems, so a day trip from Sarajevo is highly recommended.

7. Enjoy the incredible history and tranquility of the Trebinje monasteries

The wines and cheeses of Herzegovina are a real delicacy for gourmets. The wine cellars of Trebinje, offering excellent wines from local producers, are a good place to start your tour of Trebinje. The old town of the city will make an absolute impression on you, as will the 15th century Orthodox Tvrdosh Monastery, the Arslanagic Bridge, the Klobuk Fortress or the Hercegovacka Gracanica Monastery.

8. Skiing in the Olympic mountains surrounding Sarajevo.

Put on your skis and enjoy the variety of ski resorts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Olympic Mountains, which hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, have something for every taste, and they are also of great value. All three Olympic mountains – Belasnitsa, Igman and Jahorina are only 30 minutes drive from Sarajevo. Jahorina is suitable for everyone, from beginners to advanced skiers. Belasnitsa and Igman are excellent ski resorts for advanced skiers, offering amazing off-piste opportunities.

9. Explore medieval fortresses in Central Bosnia (Travnik and Jajce).

Discover an extensive collection of household items, tools and weapons kept in well-maintained medieval fortresses in Jajca and Travnik. In addition to these historical buildings, you can enjoy the magnificent waterfall overlooking the Jajce Fortress. Jajce is also known as a royal city and seat of the Bosnian kings during the Middle Ages, while Travnik became the capital of Bosnia during the Ottoman period, and in 1699 the residence of the viziers. Bosnian viziers ruled over Travnik for over 150 years.

10. Go rafting – Neretva, Una, Tara…

A trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina is not complete without rafting. For the ultimate adventure of a lifetime, Strbacki buk in Una National Park offers an unforgettable adventure. On the other hand, the Neretva River is more suitable for family rafting.

These are the possible things you can do in Bosnia and Herzegovina. So if you’re ready Have a good and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and get ready for a wonderful adventure in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Interesting facts about Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, part of the former Yugoslavia, became the first socialist country to host the Olympic Games.
  • On the morning before the Winter Olympics, the slopes and streets of Sarajevo were snowless. It snowed the night before the opening.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina hosts the best film festival in Southeast Europe, the Sarajevo Film Festival, which takes place in August.
  • Europe’s largest tropical forest, Perucica, is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sutjeska National Park).

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