A country nestled within the Balkan region, Bosnia & Herzegovina is one of Europe’s most visually impressive corners. The places to visit in Bosnia are a delightful fusion of the East and West, modern and historic, unspoiled natural gems and likeable attractions. Here is where you can see the minarets and domes imprinting the skyline or the ancient woodland covering the gamut of glorious reds and gold, find traces of the past in the artisan workshops, gape in awe at the turquoise waterfalls, lakes and rivers and hear the church bells while you move along the shepherds still tending their flocks on steep hills. Feel the lively city vibes at the quirky bars of Sarajevo, wander through the colourful bazaars of Mostar or see its famous Old Bridge, hike up to the Dinaric Alps, enjoy the beauty of unspoiled natural parks or go down the deepest canyon in Europe. For every right reason, the beautiful country of Bosnia gives visitors the real taste of Europe and once you head out to explore the incredible Bosnia Tourist Attractions, you will be lured to discover more!
Most of the travellers prefer to invest their quality holiday time in the country’s major drawcard which is its capital city Sarajevo. It is noteworthy how the city has risen from being a centre of warfare to becoming Europe’s most likeable and best value capital today and it further continues to remodel itself as the symbolic city of cultures and modernity, a city of festivals and a city of hope and happiness. The arresting charm of Sarajevo is depicted with its abundance of busy cafés serving the Bosnian coffee in an old-school way and not to forget the abiding tradition of hospitality; however, the breathtaking backdrop of seemingly endless hills, towering mountains and its ancient Ottoman-era wonders are what seep into the soul. Of all, the most visited and remarkable Sarajevo Attractions include Baščaršija which is not just the historic and cultural centre of the city but also its beating heart and also the Tunnel of Hope which truly brings you back in time. Go and explore Sarajevo now before the crowds get there.
Looking to discover the real treasures of Bosnia? Here, you will find the Best Bosnia Attractions with a list of unmissable places to visit in Sarajevo that will surely help you plan your perfect vacation!
Top Places to Visit in Bosnia and Sarajevo:
Sarajevo International Airport
Sarajevo is a city that has seen its fair share of historical events; it witnesses the outbreak of WWI, communist rule and its own civil war in the early 1990s. Some of Sarajevo is Latin Bridge, Bascarsija, Sarajevo City Hall, Sarajevo Cable Car, National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunnel of Hope, Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sacred Heart Cathedral and many more.
It’s a famous UNESCO world heritage site and a frequent tourist attraction for its beauty, architecture and the Stari Most. The Bosnia sights are full of mosques, market stalls, traditional restaurants and a landscape to be explored. Some of the things to do and see in Mostar are Stari Most, Blagaj Monsatery, and the ‘Don’t Forget’ Stone, Čaršija, Bridge Diving, Kravice Falls and many others.
Blagaj is a small village town situated at the Spring of Buna River and was built around 1520. The earliest settlement was located the Blagaj Fort. As there was more of agricultural activity, there was less of modernization. It has elements of Mediterranean and Ottoman architecture style. Few things to do and see in Blagaj are Blagaj Tekke, Restoran Vrelo and Stjepan Grad.
Travnik was a former Ottoman Empire which has many claims to fame, making it an interesting place to visit. It is the birthplace of famous Bosnians and best known for its sheep’s cheese. Skiing and hiking are favourite activities of the people in this village. This is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina tourist attractions for its many coloured mosques, Old town fortress, Viziers' graves, Hadji Ali-bey mosque, and Plava Voda.
Pocitelj is a historic village cum open-air museum located in the municipality of Capljina. In the middle ages, it was the centre of governance of Dubrava County. In 1471, it was conquered by the Ottoman and remains under its rule up to 1878. The main feature of this place is its 16th-century Islamic structures, including Hadzi Alija mosque, madrasa, tower, fortress, bathhouse and a fortress. Pocitelj is one of the places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina as it UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trebinje is located beside a gently flowing river in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s wine county. Around the 18thcentury, the town was established. The old town is the banks of Trebisnjica River which flows into the heart of the city. These are some of the few things to see and do in Trebinje such as Hercegovacka Gracanica, Arslanagica Bridge, Tvrdos Monastery, Trebinje Old City, Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Cathedral, Fort Strac (Tvrdava Strac), Monument to the Soldiers Killed in the Defense of the City.
Jajce is a small city, central not only geographically but also culturally. It’s a historical gem and one of the best preserved fortified capitals in the Kingdom of Bosnia and has been the home of Ottoman governors, medieval kings and communist strongholds. It is well-known for its waterfall which is in the middle of the town between the Pliva and Vrbas River. While you are here, you can visit Pliva Falls, Jajce Fortress, Jajce Catacombs, Pliva Lakes, AVNOJ Museum, Stroll around the Old Town.
Stolac is one of the oldest towns in Bosnia where the area has been settled for at least 15,000 years. The town has produced a rich array of artists, intellectuals, poets and leaders. Today, Stolac is seen almost like a ghost town, where the marks of all ruins from the war are visible everywhere. However, it’s one of the places to visit in Bosnia to stroll around, drink tasty wine, eat figs or explore the region by bike.
Drina River forms a large portion of the border between Bosnia and Serbia. In the middle of the river rests a little house on its rocky perch since the year 1969. It’s been more than 40 years and the nameless cabin is spared by falling of waters and annual rising. The curiosity of this cabin has attracted many visitors to the river after it was listed as ‘photo of the day’ by National Geographic.
Una National Park
The Una National Park was established in the year 2008 and it is one of the third national parks in BiH. It covers the upper canyon of the Una River, and along its course, there are a large number of waterfalls, and unique ecological and hydrological phenomena. The tufa cascades id the main value of the Una River, while the others are Strbacki Buk, Martin Brod and Troslap.
Tuzla is the third largest city in the country and centre for cultural, economic, health, education of northeast Bosnia. The unlikely serendipity of this city has given the opportunity to many adventurous travellers. The city was never affected by war, and therefore it offers many attractions for visitors such as The Old Town, Turalibeg’s Mosque, The National Theatre, Kapija, Orthodox Cathedral, The Lakes, Saints Peter and Paul Franciscan Monastery and many others.
Kupres is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina tourist attractions as it’s famous for its ski resorts. It is also an ideal vacation destination for hunting, paragliding or hiking. The culture of Bosnia Croat culture also happens in the tiny town between Livno and Bugojono. The people of this town celebrate their biggest festivals on the first Sunday of every July where old methods of farming are done.
Medjugorje is a small town located in Herzegovina and closes to the border of Croatia. The name also has its own meaning which means “between mountains.” It has always been a popular and famous pilgrimage site due to the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The theory behind the apparition started in 1981 when six children have seen the visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary which has made the place an unapproved Catholic pilgrimage destination.
Ilidza is located in Sarajevo Canton, and it is known to have attractive geography. Though the city is surrounded by mountains yet it is built on a ground level. The biggest mountain in the city is Mt. Igman which sits above the city, and on the mountains, you will find the Lily family grown here. There has been a number of archaeological finds in the Bmir area. The modern town of Ilidza was found during the Ottoman rule of the country.
Konjic is a small mountainous, heavily wooded town located in northern Herzegovina. It’s one of the oldest permanent settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The natural beauty that surrounds the town makes the town attractive to many tourists. Kamena cuprija, is one of the best attractions to visit the town, destroyed during world war II but rebuilt in 2009.
Kravica Waterfall, also known as Kravice is a large tufa cascade located in the centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The falls are surrounded by forest all around it, but it has an area with a little cafe, picnic area, a rope swing and a camping area. The best time to visit the falls is during springtime, the landscape turns bright green at its fullest.
Jahorina is a mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina with its Ogorjelica as its highest peak. The peak has an elevation of 1,916mts, making it the second-highest mountains in Sarajevo. This place is of strategic importance during the Bosnia War, and some of the areas of the mountain and near the resort still contain landmines.
Brcko is a town located in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina on the banks of Sava River. It’s a seat of Brcko District and a beacon of multi-ethnicity. It has many spots to see and visit with an interesting political history. The town is Bosnia’s fourth region and the only free city in Europe.
Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and lies on the Vrbas River. The name is interpreted as ‘Ban’s meadow’, though there are different interpretations made in regards to its interpretation. In the early 1990s, its economy was badly affected by the Bosnia war, but in recent years it’s got a stagnant economy. While at Banja Luka, you can visit Vrbas River, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Banja Luka, Krupa Water Falls, Ferhadija Mosque.
Blidinje Nature Park
The nature park was established on 30th April 1995, represents an important hydrological and natural preserving in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It consists of major mountain ranges of plateau Dugopolje, Dinaric Alps range, and Blidinje Lake and Grabovica valley. Its only an hour’s drive away from the sea, the atmosphere attracts tourist during all seasons.
Lukomir Mountain Village
It is often called “the last Bosnian village” which sits above sea level on the Bjelasnica Mountain. If you are looking for things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the mountain village is a popular tourist destination for travellers seeing outdoor activities. It is easily accessible by car, but roads are closed during the winter season, so you might have to walk or ski to reach this place.
Sutjeska National Park
The national park was established in 1962, and it’s Bosnia and Herzegovina's oldest national park. The Maglic is the highest peak at over 2.386 m in height. The splendid national park is ideal for hiking, trekking etc. The largest lakes in the park are Piva and Drina, and the main basin is formed by the Sutjeska River. The park’s vegetation comprises of mountain pastures, thick forests and rocky ground.
The Prokoško Lake is also called “mountain eye”, not far from a small town called Fojnica. Prokoško Lake has been declared the national monument due to its exceptional position in the centre of the mountain. The lake is protected by state of Bosnia and Herzegovina; it hugs a lot of mountain peaks which are higher than 2000m. The view from Hrid cliff shows the hidden beauty of the place.
Tara River Canyon
The canyon is one of Bosnia tourist attractions for its turquoise blue river fed by the mountains of Durmitor National Park in Montenegro. Around its convert deep, that’s where it lies the deepest, and it’s this feature which makes it the deepest river canyon in Europe and the world. The river is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is protected as a part of the DNP.
Lukomir is a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it consists of two settlements called the Gornji and Donji Lukomir. It is a well-known heritage site and one of the most remote villages in the country. It sits on the Bjelasnica Mountain at an altitude of 1,49m. Amongst all, it is one of the villages that survived the war and thus considered a national monument.
Volujak is a huge mountain massif on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. It one of the beautiful mountains ranges in Montenegro with an untouchable divine nature. Its summit offers the climbers to admire the magical beauty of Maglic, Durmitor, Trnovacki and Bioc. The hiker should know that the area is relatively wild and a remote place, so you should be prepared for what’s worth.
Vjetrenica Cave is one of the largest cave and Bosnia and Herzegovina tourist attractions to see and visit. There are many streams, lakes along the stream which are about 180m long. It is also one of the richest biodiversity caves in the world. About eight fossil animals have been found in this cave of the leopard and cave bear. The cave has also been a place of interest for many types of research which may be traced back to the 16th century.
The Latin bridge is of significant importance in the historical events of Sarajevo, located over the river Miljacka. This is the site where Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in 1914. It was after this incident that sparked World War I. Today, you can walk across the bridge and see where the historical event happened. Its one of the Sarajevo sights to visit and see during a city tour.
The old Bazaar is the historical and cultural centre of the city, a preserved example of oriental architecture in the Balkans. The market is in a maze structure where craftsmen make and sell their products in small shops. At one time, each of these streets was dedicated to different kinds of crafts such as jewellery, metalwork, pottery and many others. But, now most of them have been converted into cafes and souvenir shops.
Sarajevo City Hall
Sarajevo City Hall, also known as Vijecnica is located in the city of Sarajevo. It was designed by Karel Parik, a Czech architect but he stopped working on the project. The building was reopened in 2014 and served as a city hall. The interiors are well intricated with a stained glass ceiling. In the basement, you will find an exhibition which explains about histories of the various 20th centuries, insights into culture, fashion and even revelations about the love life of Francis Ferdinand.
Sarajevo Cable Car
The cable car can accommodate a total of 1,200 people. It has 33 cabins and the ride takes about 7 minutes. One cabin can take 10 people i.e. a maximum of 750 kg. The distance between each of this cabin is about 150 metres and is supported by 10 columns. The price of the tickets varies for citizens of different countries. And, all the cabin are pet-friendly. When you’re up in the cable care, you will see a panoramic view of the city.
Tunnel of Hope
It is one of Sarajevo tourist places as it is of historical significance. When Sarajevo was under the siege of Bosnia Serbs forces, the tunnel was the only way to go to the outside world. It is a tunnel which stands between two houses at a length of 800m and 1.6m in height. And, the tunnel saves the life of many people as it was the way to regain access to food, supplies, communication and electricity. After, the war it became a museum which exhibits the item from the time of the Siege of Sarajevo.
Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The history museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina was founded on the 13th of November, 1945. And, ever since, the museum was built for a purpose. The Museum has had its name changed many times and it’s was in 1949, it was named Museum of National Revolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The museum has more than 400,000 historical artifacts.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
The cathedral, commonly known as Sarajevo Cathedral is a seat of the Archbishop of Vrhbosna. It is located in the old town of the city and a centre of worship for the Catholics. During the war, the building was damaged but not completely in ruins and since then it has been repaired. The design on the door is part of the flag and seal of Sarajevo Canton.
The Yellow Fortress
The Yellow Fortress, also known as Jekovac Fortress is one of the main fortifications that make up the defensive wall of Vratnik. It is located on Jekovac cliff. It’s only 15 mins walk away from Bascarsija which gives you the best view of the old town and the sites along with it. It quite a long walk, but it's worth once you see the amazing city hall Vijecnica shining so bright.
Avaz Twist Tower
If you want to see Sarajevo tourist places, the Avaz Twist Tower is one of the sights you should keep on your list. The view is amazing from the 36th floor, and on the 25th floor, you can have some snacks or coffee and still enjoy the view. It is a 176m tall skyscraper which is known for its twisted facade. The tower has fast paranomic elevators giving all visitors a chance to peek into every nook and corner of the city.
Old Sarajevo Clock Tower
The Old Sarajevo Clock Tower is one of the largest clock towers in the country and its located next to the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque. Once a week the time is set manually by the caretaker, and the clock shows a lunar time. Since it on lunar time for the religious purpose, most tourists think that the clock tower is keeping a bad time. Even the locals are unaware of the strange timepiece, yet it fails to rest despite what anyone thinks!.
The fountain is always bustling with people as it’s a landmark of the old city. Many visitors come here as they stumble upon it at some point or the other. It’s an Ottoman wooden style fountain built in 1753. There are many replicas to this museum; one is a landmark in Birmingham, St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States and city of Rožaje, Montenegro.
Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque
The Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque is the largest mosque in the city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since the time it was built till today, it is the main congregation mosque in the city. It also attracts many visitors as its one of the main architectural monuments in the town. During the siege of Sarajevo, this mosque was also a target like any others, but it's one of the largest and best-known targets.
The Jewish Museum is one of the oldest synagogues in the city which is well adored by many visitors for its elegant and pure, and a bit of rustic shape. The exhibition is on the ground floor and there are parts of some inheritance of prominent artist, scientist and social activist.
The Eternal Flame is a memorial of the Second World War military and civilian victims. It was dedicated to them in the year 1946, during the liberation from Nazi Germany. The inscription talks about the courage and blood that was sacrificed by the people of the country. And, the flames never ever stop burning here at Eternal Flame.
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