Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro is a magical mixture of European and near Eastern culture and have for centuries been a crossroad of prehistoric cultures.
From the pulsating cities of Kotor and Budva, to the Oriental influence of places such as Mostar and Sarajevo the diversity is very noticeable. It is comprehensible from the numerous small villages that the time-honored, serene way of life has remained unaffected for years.
Here we find exhilarating destinations with spectacular natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality. You will discover a unique fusion of traditions, religions and architecture. Small wooden mosques, secluded conformist monasteries, Catholic chapels and Jewish synagogues can be found within meters of each other.
The natural loveliness of this county is also beyond any doubt extremely dazzling, ancient forests, rugged peaks and the gorgeous waters of the Adriatic coastline, where we can see the sights of the splendid bay of Kotor and make a stop in the fantastic Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
For the average tourist Kljuc would be off the beaten path but in fact this is a old-fashioned little city that is being developed beautifully. Kljuc is located in the Northwestren part of Bosnia near the internal border separating the Croat-Muslim Federation from the Republic of Srpskaon. The main street is filled with character, bars, restaurants and an assortment of little stores. Atop the mountain that is overlooking the city of Kljuc are the ruins of an old castle. There is a good path up to the ruins from the town and it is safe to walk around the ruins. The large inner garden is decorated with modern stone statues. The main castle house is open and it is in a wonderful position, overlooking the Una river valley.
The Ostrozac castle is a remarkable, enormous, multifaceted castle that dates back to the 16th century, just before the Turks incursion. The outer walls are more than 2 mt thick and the castle is located in the metropolis of Cazin, about half way between Velika Kladusa and Bihac.
The Arslanagic bridge over the river Trebisnjica is one of the most eye-catching Turkish bridges in Bosnia and Hercegovina. It was erected in the second half of the 16th century.It has two large and two small semicircular arches. It is definitely something worth while to look at.
The shortest road from Sarajevo to Goradze passes through some natural mountain sceneries. At the pass between Renovica and Goradze there is a monument to honor war victims. Views are spectacular and youll meet many UN soldiers. Its more than 1000 mt above sea level, and it may be cold all year round. There are just a few small villages and the number of graveyards along the way which is quite impressive.
According to many tourists, the mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina are the most beautiful part of the country. Besides the extraordinary beauty of the landscapes, with no pollution at all, in the mountain villages youll meet friendly people. It is a kind of class you cannot meet in the urban areas; they are truthful, heartfelt and spontaneous, something that we miss in our day by day lives. A good place to view mountains in Bosnia would be the central region north of Sarajevo.
The River Buna springs from a giant cave. It is one of the biggest springs in Europe. Ahead of the source itself, the Buna runs underground for about 19km.Specialists have concluded that 43000 liters of water stream from it every second. You can hear the sound of rushing water well before you can see its source. It is believed by the villagers of Blagaj that those who visit the source of the Buna will have one wish fulfilled. It is believed that you make a wish, then to take a sip of water, and the wish will come true. The water is clear and clean so dont be afraid to taste it. There is nothing as refreshing as spring water.
The river city Mostar is the fifth-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has an fascinating history as well as a prominent layout. The famously divided city spans both sides of the Neretva River, with an energetic community of Bosniaks and Croats inhabiting both sides of this city. Connecting the two regions is the Old Mostar Bridge (Stari Most), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist attraction, which was completed in 1566 after 9 years of planning and building.
Take a leisurely walk in the Old Bazar Kujundziluk which is the oldest part of Mostar near the Neretva River and Old Mostar Bridge. Come to a standstill by the artisan’s tiny stalls as well as handicraft shops offering carpets, jewelry, traditional garments, scarves and pipes.
Go to the “Turkish House” to find delight in the architectural splendor of Mostar’s past. Don’t forget to give the city a donation when you visit other points of interest like mosques and historical structures.
Tito’s Palace is an empty and desolated building, but it serves as a one of the greatest reminders of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tumultuous past. If you like to walk, Mostar is ideal. Most points of significance are quite close to one another, making touring and site seeing around the city very easy.
The Great Pyramid of Bosnia at Visoko is a must see when you are a tourist in Bosnia. Visoko means “towering place” in Bosnian. The instant you visit this remarkable place, you’ll see where the name comes from. This town, located northwest of Sarajevo, is situated in a valley enclosed by green, rolling hills.
Visoko is believed to have been part of a Bosnian kingdom during the Medieval Period, and has several points of ancient significance concealed in the lush setting. The Visocica Hills, pyramid-like hill structures, rise 213 meters high and have been the recent focus of dispute. A Bosnian archaeologist, Semir Osmanagic, who specializes in pyramids around the world, was drawn to the remarkable appearance of the Visocica Hills. He has been studying the Visocica Hills since 2005. He considers the hills to have all the fundamentals of a true pyramid, together with an entrance, flat top, and precise pyramid-like angles.
While the city has preserved its calm appeal and charisma, it has become much easier to visit since the discovery of these strange pyramid-like mountains. In addition to visiting the pyramids of Visoko, you can also explore around this charming Bosnian town easily.
Something many people are not told is that Bosnia and Herzegovina is tremendously well suited for grape growing and wine making. One of the favorite wines is Mostar. Tuzlanski Pilsner is a local beer brewed in Tuzla. It is a normal tasting beer but it has a kick to it.
The food in Mostar is mouth-watering and out of the ordinary, with its heavy Middle Eastern influence. One imperative culinary tip while on the coast; eat fish, while inland; eat meat. It is easy to become addicted to Turska Kafa, or Turkish coffee in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Turska Kafa is thick, rich, black and loaded with sugar, served in a small cup.
There are numerous restaurants hovering on the rivers. Banja Luka is a typical example which floats on the river of Vrbas. You might be very pleasingly taken aback with the B&H cuisine. It is a kind of mixture of the Croatian, Serbian and Turkish cooking. Almost in every restaurant you can enjoy: - grilled mixed meat, broached lamb and more importantly, the meat is fresh and genuine. The most authentic and surely the best local dish is so called "Bosanski lonac", a cooked meat of three different kinds with vegetables.
The younger population of Bosnia is very much up to date with modern times. They are out there at the nightclubs, having fun, and moving on. It is very admirable. Bosnian woman are very good-looking and yet more conservative than your average Western European Country. Be mighty careful o