Top Things To Do In Bosnia and Herzegovina

There aren’t many European countries in which you can learn more about the history of the continent than Bosnia and Herzegovina. You will see precisely how the world’s different cultures and influences molded the small nations and vice versa. While Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians, Romans, and other world forces shaped the amazing combination of architecture, culture, and customs, the small Balkan country was the initial spark for WWI through the assassination of the Austrian archduke. And while museums, churches, and mosques might be the highlights of the trip, nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy the Kravica waterfall and the beautiful setting of Blagaj Tekija monastery. So read ahead for our top things to see in Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Visit the Blagaj Monastery

Found just 12kn from Mostar is one of Bosnia’s best-hidden gems, Blagaj Tekija. Built at the base of a cliff, next to the source of the river Buna is a beautifully preserved Dervish monastery that’s nearly 600 years old. The Tekija was first founded during the height of the Ottoman empire and has served many Dervish orders over its long history. Today you can take a Monastery tour around and learn all about the fascinating history of this unique and beautiful Monastery. The picturesque series of buildings look even better in person than it does in pictures so we definitely recommend a stop off here on your journey around Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Take a stroll over the famous Mostar Old Bridge

A wander over Stari Most, otherwise known as Mostar Bridge is simply a must when you are visiting Bosnia. The bridge is one of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s most recognizable symbols, and it, along with the adjoining area, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2005. In the 1990s conflict, however, most of the historic town and the Old Bridge, designed by the renowned architect Sinan, were destroyed. The Old Bridge was recently rebuilt and many of the edifices in the Old Town have been restored or rebuilt with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area, with its pre-Ottoman, eastern Ottoman, Mediterranean, and western European architecture, is an outstanding example of a multicultural urban settlement. The reconstructed Old Bridge and Old City of Mostar is a symbol of reconciliation, international cooperation, and the coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious communities. I was taken aback by the beauty of this historic town when I first visited, the contrast of the turquoise blue waters against the old stone buildings is simply stunning and a memory I hold close.

Cool off at Kravica Waterfall

Drank a little too much Rakija the night before and not feeling 100%? There’s no better way to freshen up and shake off the Bosnian hangover than with a dip in the cooling emerald pools at Kravica falls! There’s a slightly unreal Disney-esque quality to this outstanding natural attraction, where the Trebižat River plummets in a broad 25m-high arc into an emerald pool. In spring, this gorgeous mini-Niagara pounds itself into a dramatic, steamy fury. In summer it’s a more gentle cascade, but the basin offers an idyllic respite from the sweltering heat for hundreds of locals and tourists. In terms of natural beauty, this is among the best Bosnia, and Herzegovina has to offer. Here you can enjoy lots of outdoor activities, such as swimming, walking, climbing, and even kayaking.

Learn about Sarajevo’s fascinating history

I’ve always been drawn to Bosnia. If I’d known what lay in wait, I would certainly of visited sooner. Stunning landscapes, beautiful and tranquil towns, and a truly unique mix of Ottoman and European influences. Nowhere is this more evident than in the country’s capital, Situation inside a long thin valley, with forested mountains on each side, this vibrant city of delicious food, inclusive and friendly people, a mix of architectural influences, and fascinating recent and old history is simply a must-visit. With such a rich historical past it’s no wonder the local tourist board calls Sarajevo an outdoor museum. Here you can visit a mosque, Catholic church, Eastern Orthodox church, and synagogue all within the same neighborhood!

Walk through the Tunnel of Salvation Museum

Best visited on arrival in Sarajevo as it’s by the airport as you enter the city, the Tunnel of Salvation acts as a stark and sobering reminder of the horrors the city endured from 1992 to 1995. With the city surrounded, the secret 800m tunnel, stretching under the Nato control airport linked Sarajevo to the rest of Bosnian-held territory and was integral to the survival of the city. The tunnel was constructed to link the neighborhoods of Butmir and Dobrinja and passed underneath the Serbian-controlled aircraft runway. The tunnel was hand-dug under challenging circumstances. Though the actual tunnel ran underground for about 960m/3,150ft, visitors can experience a small section of it, all while learning about the events that surrounded this historic site. It’s a truly fascinating experience. Please note more or less everything is written in Bosnian. The English tour is through a 45-minute audio app, along with free wi-fi, so you’ll need your headphones and mobile to utilise this.

Explore the Abandoned Bobsleigh

Sarajevo was host to the Winter Olympics in 1984, and its massive bobsleigh track was famed, with a staggering 13 turns. Fast forward almost a decade and the bobsleigh and luge track was used as an artillery position for the Bosnian Serbians to bomb Sarajevo. Since the war took place, the bobsleigh track fell into disrepair, and mother nature reclaimed the course. It’s as eerie, with its graffitied bullet-ridden track, as it is pretty with its beautiful surrounding forest and panoramic views of Sarajevo, the surrounding hills, and mountains.

Discover Lukomir Ethno Village

Get out of the city and discover the last traditional Bosnian village of Lukomir. Found on the Bjelašnica mountain, at 1472m above sea level, it is the highest settlement in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This ethno-style village is visited by many tourists who enjoy its authenticity and untouched nature. Tombs originating from the 14th and 15th exist in the village and suggest that it was inhabited for hundreds of years. It is unique for its old stone houses, which are about 200 years old and covered with cherry wood shingles, as well as its traditional clothes. This magnificent place is an absolute haven for those who are into intact nature and outdoor activities.

 If you’re interested in visiting Bosnia for yourself then check out our 4-night Mini Bosnia Experience and for any quieries about any other experiences please don’t hesitate to get in contact at info@untravelledpaths.com.

Written by Lucy Kaufmann