10 Bosnia Top Destinations

The riverside in Bosanska krupa, Bosna and Herzegovina

Bosnia is an interesting and stunning country with beautiful wild mountains, steep canyons, crystal clear turquoise streams and fascinating cities divided between three distinct cultures (Bosniak, Serbian and Croat).

During our Balkan Peninsula by Thumb trip we managed to visit a fair amount of places. Below we present the list of what we consider the most interesting and worth visiting destinations in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Bosnia Top Destinations

Sarajevominimum 2 days

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (6) - Sebilj and Minaret of Old Bazaar mosque, Pidgeon SquareSarajevo is one the most historically interesting and varied cities in all of Europe and the crossroads where Roman Catholic west, Eastern Orthodox east and the Ottoman south collide. Simply walking through Sarajevo is a lesson in the rich tapestry of historical influence. Baščaršija, Sarajevo’s most central district, is a wonderful blend of minarets, grilled kebabs and the pervasive smell of ground coffee, reminiscent of Istanbul but with a Slavic twist. The most interesting monuments of Sarajevo include: Latin Bridge (Yes, it’s here where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, which helped to trigger the First World War), Baščaršija (Old Bazaar) and Žuta Tabija (Yellow Bastion). There is also plenty of things to do for FREE in Sarajevo.

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Mostar1 full day is enough

Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque and the Neretva River in Mostar old town, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia hitchhikingArchitecturally speaking, Mostar is the most beautiful city in Bosnia and one of the finest example of  Islamic art in the whole Balkan region. What attracts hoards of tourists every year are the well-preserved stone buildings, cobble-stoned narrow streets, soaring minarets and Stari Most (Old Bridge) – the Ottoman landmark of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the place where you can see local divers jump into the Neretva.

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③ – Jajce1 day is enough

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina with a big waterfall going through the centreJajce is a former royal town and a popular domestic travel destination due to its historical importance and the 17-metre waterfall right in the middle of the city. It’s most interesting monuments include: the waterfall, Jajce fortress, and catacombs and underground church. Furthermore, it’s surrounded by beautiful mountains and located near Pliva lake as well as the Vrbas and Pliva rivers.

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④ – Bosanska Krupa1 day is enough

The riverside in Bosanska krupa, Bosna and HerzegovinaBosanska Krupa is a town located between Bihać and Novi Gradin north-western Bosnia. It is set on the green Una river and its main monument is a medieval fortress dominating the town. We found it quite by accident as we got stuck there while hitchhiking but it was a very pleasant place to be stuck in with a really helpful tourist information office, cheap hotel (Stari Grad Ilma, Trg Alije Izetbegovica; 15€/person) and plenty of food & drink options. It’s not a touristy place in the slightest and this is where it’s charm lies.

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⑤ – Jablanica1 day is enough

Beautiful mountains sourrounding Jablanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina - smallJablanica is a town in central Bosnia, located on the Neretva river and Jablanica lake. It’s worth visiting for its stunning mountains if for nothing else and is another place where we got stuck while hitchhiking where the general lack of tourists makes it quite an interesting place. Every evening locals of Jablanica dress up (long dresses, jewellery, high heels, suits etc.) and walk up and down its central street. There are also two discos in the outskirts that play very cheesy music but if you’re into ‘local curiosities’, you will find it interesting. There is also a forgotten soviet hotel for you to explore and stay at. You can beat the price down to 15€/person)

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⑥ – Banja Luka1 day is enough

Banja Luka by night, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Cathedral of Saint BonaventureBanja Luka is the second largest city in BiH and the capital of Republika Srpska. It’s not an obvious tourist destination and many people were surprised we wanted to visit it. It’s a relatively big urban centre full of concrete apartment blocks and busy streets but it has its charms and if you’re after real life rather than polished-up touristy stuff, you’ll like it. Its top tourist attractions include: Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure and Banski Dvor (Governor’s Palace, built in 1930’s).

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⑦ – Međugorje1 full day is enough

The statue of Virgin Mary on the site of the apparition, Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina - photo by beforeyouretooold. In the BalkansMeđugorje is a popular pilgrimage town, whose importance in the Catholic religion is compared to Lourdes or Fatima, due to a reported apparition of the Virgin Mary. I guess, you may want to visit it for two reasons: you are either religious or you find this kind of religious devotion places fascinating and like to explore them with your anthropological eye. We didn’t feel the need to visit it but one of our contributors did and we recommend you read his story.

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⑧ – Blagaj Tekke 1 full day is enough

Blagaj Tekke in Bosnia and Herzegovina - photo by beforeyouretooold. In the Balkans“Built around one of the largest karstic springs in Europe, Blagaj Tekke is a sixteenth century monastery which is tucked precariously between a steep cliff and a labyrinth of underground limestone caves. The icy waters that are released from the womb of the mountain are turquoise and translucent, designing a picturesque foreground to the monastery.” (by beforeyouretooold, read the full story here). It’s on the UNESCO tentative list and it really looks fabulous. It’s located only 13 km from Mostar and can be visited on a day trip.

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⑨ – Višegrad 1 day is enough

Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge, Višegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina - by WikipediaVišegrad is a city in the Sarajevo region, on the banks of the river Drina, which is famous for its Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and as the birthplace of Ivo Andrić, a nobel prize winner for his novel The Bridge over the Drina. The bridge was build in the 16th century and is a fine example of Ottoman monumental architecture and civil engineering.

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– And what would you recommend?

Bosnia map with a question mark.

What should be our number 10 in your opinion? We are very curious to hear where you’ve been and what you liked, so please share your knowledge and experience in the comments!

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Image credits:

– Međugorje & Blagaj Tekke – beforeyouretooold.wordpress.com

– Višegrad – Wikipedia

written by: Ania

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24 comments

  • Great post – of course Bosnia is under some serious water right now and I hope that everyone there is safe. Bosnians are some of the most interesting people I’ve met whilst travelling. I think Međugorje is a must, it’s really one of the strangest experiences you can have when travelling because the story that makes the place so popular is, to be honest, a little odd, and I hope I don’t offend people, but I think a little ‘boy who cried wolf’. Mostar is nice, and a good base for both Medjugorje and Blagaj Tekke, which make nice day (or half day) trips. As for a number ten,. well, you’ve covered everything that I saw. and more. But it’s a worth a couple of weeks for sure and is a very different place to visit in Europe, I really had a great time in Bosnia.

  • Bosanska Krupa looks absolutely amazing to me and the fact it can be easily explored in one day makes it my favourite place in Bosnia !

  • I always wanted to visit Bosnia because I heard that it has many amazing places to visit. Probably next year I will visit this amazing country.

  • Very informative article my friend! Thank you :)

  • Nice selection, bringing some some really vivid memories… :) Bosnia is a marvellous country with amazing people! I remember so many fantastic encounters, interesting people and incredible hospitality! And the question “What the ***k are you doing here??” from quite a few young people… :D
    Sarajevo and especially Mostar are not to be missed and I personally would question that one day in Mostar is enough, but opinions differ. If there’s only one place I would add to the list it probably would be Travnik. Otherwise, great piece!

    • Glad you liked our article, Oliver and thanks a lot for your recommendation! Why do you like Travnik? We haven’t been there and would like to know more about it! Thanks!

      • I was pretty much following the footsteps of a book and its author and Travnik is said to be quite an alternative bunch of people. Unfortunately I weren’t able to visit back then popular pub “Kaleidoskop”, but I remember a fabulous night in its successor “The Porch”. I intended to sip a beer and write my travel journal and ended up with a group of young Bosnian people, drinking and playing dart all night while really having to be persistent to pay at least something at the end of the night…
        And don’t get me wrong, I’m not a party animal at all, to the contrary… :)
        Take care and thanks again for bringing back some wonderful memories!

        • Travnik was also the capital of Bosnian province after Sarajevo was destroyed by Austrian troops in 1699 for the next one and a half century, so there is a lot of Muslim architecture there – beatiful mosques and castle with really good view on the town.

          It (not Višegrad!) is also the birthplace of Ivo Andrić and you can still see his house there.

  • Kravice Waterfalls for number 10! One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Thanks for inspiring me to go back to Bosnia! It’s nice to see that I’ve been to a few of these (Sarajevo, Blagaj, Mostar, Banja Luka) but you’ve given me some more ideas for my return. Great post!

  • Great recap of what Bosnia & Herzegovina offer. I loved Mostar in Herzegovina.

  • I would love to visit Bosnia. Thanks for the great tips! The Blagaj Tekke looks especially awesome.

  • I’ve been to Bosnia only once and only to Sarajevo and Mostar but I loved it big time and I’m hoping to return this year! now I know which places I should visit there :)

  • Number 10 should be something from this list:

    Una national park or
    Pocitelj or
    Kravice waterfalls

    All 3 must see places in Bosnia and Herzegovina.For me much higher on list than places like Bosanska Krupa and Jablanica.