Throwing off the shackles of its recent tragic past, Bosnia-Herzegovina is increasingly a destination of choice in Eastern Europe, with extraordinary mountain landscapes, ancient history and comfortable accommodation.
Top Things about Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bosnia-Herzegovina is rapidly developing as a centre for adventure, with its mountains and rivers the setting for a wide range of outdoor sports. The little town of Bihac in the north west of the country is a case in point, with the rapids of the fast-flowing Una River making it an adventure playground for kayaking and rafting. Wooded valleys and medieval castles can be found in Travnik, in the centre of the country, and Jajce has medieval catacombs to explore. Viaducts, tunnels and switchbacks are all part of the thrilling train journey from Mostar to the capital, Sarajevo, in the centre. In Medugorje, near Mostar, pilgrims visit the site of the ‘miraculous apparition’ of the Virgin Mary.
Best Cities to Visit
Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia-Herzegovina and has a fascinating and chequered history. Emerging now from the turmoil of the breakup of Yugoslavia, Sarajevo is a place where east met west, the minarets of the mosques remembering its Ottoman history, and the cathedral and churches nodding towards its colonial past within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In Mostar, the Old Bridge across the Neretva River has been rebuilt, and the young men of the city amuse the tourists by plunging into the river from the bridge’s considerable height. The city’s old architecture, both eastern and western, provides a strong link to its compelling history.
Accommodation in Bosnia-Herzegovina encompasses very good quality four-star hotels and a wide range of other hotels that provide comfortable as well as budget accommodation. Guesthouses and bed and breakfasts can easily be found, and there is a variety of choices of apartments and private houses for those preferring the self-catering option.