Are you planning to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina soon? Read below our tips on things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina with suggested tours!
It is easy to fall in love with Bosnia and Herzegovina. From the Olympic mountains surrounding the beautiful capital Sarajevo, the UNESCO sites and fantastic cuisine to cultural monuments where East and West meet, you will find an incredible history and uniquely hospitable locals. Let’s dive into the journey through Bosnia and Herzegovina.
List of Best Things to Do in Bosnia and Herzegovina
1. Sarajevo Old Town Tour
Sarajevo is the most vibrant and diverse city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With a cluster of crafts
shops, cobbled streets and some of the best dining options, Sarajevo’s Old Town, also known as Bascarsija, is a great attraction. During your Sarajevo tour, you can easily buy a souvenir made with the same technique used in the 15th century when Bascarsija was founded with the arrival of the Ottoman Empire. Keep in mind that the coffee culture in Sarajevo is quite strong and your Sarajevo trip is not complete until discovering the full coffee ritual.
2. Enjoy the Brave Divers diving from the Old Bridge in Mostar
Enjoy the sights of the Old Bridge in Mostar, cobblestone streets and the ramparts. Sitting in one of the local restaurants near the bridge will allow you to enjoy an unforgettable view of the turquoise Neretva River. If you’re visiting in July, keep an eye out for the Diving Off the Bridge event which features some notable divers. Like Sarajevo, Mostar’s Old Town offers the opportunity to travel back in time and find traces of Mostar’s ancient past.
3. Enjoy the peace on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje
The Shrine of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Herzegovina, is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Apparition Hill became famous on June 25, 1981 when the Virgin Mary appeared to six teenagers. Today it is an asylum for people seeking peace, faith and hope.
4. Visoko Pyramids
Drawn by the incredible energy, thousands of people visit one of the five pyramids in the
Valley: Pyramid of Sun, Pyramid of Moon, Pyramid of Love, Pyramid of Bosnian Dragon and the Temple of Mother Earth. The Pyramid of the Sun (Visocica) is the highest (it is even higher than the Pyramid of Cheops). Some say your eyes are fooling you, and there is nothing in front of you but a hill. This mystical site nevertheless offers much more than an archaeological wonder and is often said to have healing powers.
5. Mehmed Pasha Bridge and Andricgrad in Visegrad
This large Ottoman bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here you can visit Andricgrad, including the Ivo Andric’s Institute with the Center for Slavic Languages, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Town Hall, the Church of St. Lazar and the Renaissance Theater. It is a very nice tour and gives you the chance to discover different architectural styles and historical periods; the Byzantine, Ottoman, Renaissance and Classical styles.
6. Cow Waterfall
If you fancy a dip in cold water on a warm sunny day, Kravice waterfall will blow your mind. It’s literally tailor-made for adventurers and nature lovers, and it’s close to many other Herzegovina touristic gems, so it’s a highly recommended afternoon excursion from Sarajevo†
7. Enjoy the incredible history and tranquility of the Trebinje monasteries
Herzegovina wines and cheese are a real treat for gourmets. Trebinje wine cellars offer great wines from local producers and are a good place to start your tour of Trebinje. The old town of the city will definitely impress you, as will the 15th-century Orthodox Tvrdos Monastery, the Arslanagic Bridge, the Klobuk Fortress or the Hercegovacka Gracanica Monastery.
8. Skiing in the Olympic Mountains around Sarajevo
Put on your skis and enjoy the wealth of ski resorts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Olympic mountains that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics have something for everyone and great value for money. All three Olympic mountains – Bjelasnica, Igman and Jahorina are just a 30 minute drive from Sarajevo. Jahorina is suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced skiers. Bjelasnica and Igman are excellent ski areas for advanced skiers and offer some fantastic off piste skiing.
9. Explore Medieval Fortresses in Central Bosnia (Travnik and Jajce)
Discover an extensive collection of household items, tools and weapons housed in the well-maintained medieval fortresses in Jajce and Travnik. In addition to these historic buildings, you can enjoy an amazing waterfall that rises above the Jajce fortress. Jajce is also known as a royal city and the residence of Bosnian kings during the Middle Ages, while Travnik became the capital of Bosnia during the Ottoman period and the residence of viziers in 1699. The Bosnian visors were in Travnik for more than 150 years.
10. Go Rafting – Neretva, Una, Tara…
No trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina is complete without a rafting adventure. For a lifetime of breathtaking venture, Strbacki buk in Una National Park offers the ultimate adventure experience. On the other hand, the Neretva River is more suitable for family rafting.
Here are the possible things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina. So if you’re ready make it a fun and exciting journey, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and get ready for a wonderful adventure in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Fun facts about Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of the former Yugoslavia, was the first socialist country to host the Olympics
- The morning before the Winter Olympics, the slopes and streets of Sarajevo were snowless. It started snowing the night before the opening
- Bosnia and Herzegovina hosts the best film festival in Southeastern Europe – Sarajevo Film Festival in August
- The largest rainforest in Europe, Perucica, is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sutjeska National Park).