High peaks, green rivers and various types of small villages hidden in the midst of mountains and numerous forests.
These typical characteristics of Bosnia and Herzegovina are complemented by its versatile architecture, which is due to the country’s history under several empires.
About Bosnia and Herzegovina
The most popular destinations are cities in the southern and central parts of the country. By far the most visited destination is the capital of the country, Sarajevo.
Mostar is the center of the area of Herzegovina. The Old Town and the old bridge of Mostar belong to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Mostar is a popular day trip destination from, for example, Croatia, as it is situated just 45 kilometers from the Croatian border. Near Mostar and the Croatian border, there are also the fantastic Kravica Waterfalls, which you should definitely include in your itinerary, if you have a car at your disposal.
The central parts of the country are covered by mountains and forest. There are also rivers with clear water and small, partially fortified towns to be discovered. For example, Jajce is a versatile destination with fortresses, catacombs and lakes.
The lush city of Banja Luka in the north is the second largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The country also has a short shoreline by the Adriatic Sea dividing the country into two parts. This strip has only one town, Neum, which has a couple of pebble beaches.
|Population||Approx. 3.5 m.|
|Language||Bosnian, serbian and croatian|
|Plug type||C (European model)|
|Currency||Bosnian mark (BAM)|
The landscape of Bosnia and Herzegovina changes a lot, and a part of the country is on the coast. Therefore the weather is different in different parts of the country.
The most popular destinations, Sarajevo and Mostar, are at their finest in spring and summer, as the number of sunny hours is the highest. The spring weather is somewhat unpredictable; the daily highs could just as well be above 20°C or below 10°C. In June, the daytime weather becomes warm, but nights remain cool at times.
July and August are hot months with daytime temperatures often above 30°C. In Sarajevo, there are no tropical nights; instead, it is typical that nighttime temperatures drop below 20°C even in mid-Summer.
According to a survey by Eurostat in 2018, Bosnia and Herzegovina was among the cheapest European countries regarding hotels, food and drinks. Only the cost of clothes and shoes are around the average European level.
Well-known clothing brands cost just as much as in Sarajevo as they do in Central Europe, but with regard to food and drinks, Bosnia and Herzegovina was the fifth cheapest. With regard to alcohol and tobacco products, there’s only one country in all of Europe that is cheaper that Bosnia and Herzegovina: North Macedonia.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is mainly a safe country for tourists. Criminal activities targeted at tourists are rare. There are some pickpocket thefts and overcharging taxis, and therefore general guidelines of safety should be remembered.
Outside of city areas in unpaved roads, nature, desolate houses or villages, do bear in mind that there are plenty of bombs from the Bosnian war remaining to be unfused. The danger of hitting one does exist.
Destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The capital, Sarajevo, is a combination of mosques and architecture of the Ottoman empire, the western construction style of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and other more modern buildings. Sarajevo is a well-suited destination, if you’re looking for something different among European capitals.
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