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Old February 9th, 2007, 12:44 PM   #1
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Wink Bosnia and Herzegovina - Travel and Tourism

I think that this thread must be sticky becouase main idea is to guide potential visitors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to plaices worth/best to visit with pictures and information.

Also it will be good idea to made similar thread for Croatia and Slovenia.

So if anybody ask you what is worth to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, what will be your answer? I will answer with rafting on the cleanest river in Europe, Una River.

1. Rafting on the river Una in NW Bosnia and Herzegovina

Link - http://www.una-kiro-rafting.com/

UNA RC" organize mountbiking tours, climbing on an artificial rock,
Alpinism, excursions in the mountains, hikingand sports' climbing.

UNA RC KIRO-RAFTING is situated in Golubiću, 5 km upstream from Bihać. It ocupies 15.000 m2 along the Una River, and inckudes two guesthouses, autocamp, space arranged for picnic, table tennis and volleyball on the sandy playground. Content is complemented by fishing, kayak and canoe rides.

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2. Medjugorje Pilgrimage - Southern Herzegovina

Map: http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/mapoftheheart.wbsp?r=2&g=15

Link: http://www.bosnie-herzegovina.net/ve...medjugorje.jpg

The story of Medugorje is well known to most Catholics. In 1981 six teenagers were playing together in the hills between the villages of Medugorje and Bijakovici.

It was on this barren hillside that Mother Mary appeared and spoke to them. When the children told their parents the first reaction was skepticism. The apparitions, however, did not cease. She appeared again and again and soon made believers out of even the most vocal of critics. Since then it is estimated that over 15 million people have visited this tiny place. This sleepy Herzegovina village has become the second largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world.

There has been much controversy over the legitimacy of the visions, so much so that the Pope has not recognized it as an official pilgrimage site. Nonetheless, millions of faithful Catholics from all over the world visit this sacred spot, and the many amazing accounts suggest that miracles are a regular occurrence here - the Virgin Mary is said to still appear every day to one of the teenagers.





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Old September 16th, 2007, 12:10 PM   #4
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3. Sarajevo - discover the city

Link: http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/sarajevothecity.wbsp

Sarajevo is a city in which even strangers can feel at home. Neither geographically expansive nor characterised by large buildings, the city retains a particular, arresting charm with its abundance of busy café's and abiding tradition of hospitality.

The city's breathtaking backdrop of seemingly endless hills and towering mountains have in a sense always isolated the city, creating a timeless world, which despite its seclusion has always kept its doors open to the rest of the world. Although Sarajevo is a capital city typified by the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it also possesses a unique ambience that seeps into the soul.

This city epitomizes a partial centuries-old struggle against outside influences combined with the absorption of these influences into one of the most diverse cultures in Europe. Indeed, few places on earth feature an Orthodox and a Catholic church, a mosque and a synagogue within easy walking distance of each other. If there were any city in Europe that effortlessly straddles east and west, it is Sarajevo. Here the Byzantine and Ottoman empires of the east and the Roman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires of the west left an indelible mark through culture, traditions and religions.A walk through Sarajevo is a walk through its past. From the oriental Ottoman quarters lined with sweet shops, café's and handicraft workshops, to the administrative and cultural centre of Austro-Hungarian times, Sarajevo encompasses the very best of both worlds.

In Sarajevo, people have time for family and friends. It is often said that a man's wealth here is not measured in his material belongings but rather in his friendships







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Old September 16th, 2007, 12:16 PM   #5
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4. Mostar

Link: www.visitmostar.net

The city of Mostar is situated in a beautiful valley bedded between high mountains of Herzegovina. It is thanks to the river Neretva that Mostar was able to develop as a city in the desert-like landscape of Herzegovina. Neretva’s size turned Mostar very early in to a trading centre of the region. What makes this city known is it’s famous bridge. The Old Bridge was built by the Ottoman empire in 1565. It was the great architect Mimar Hajrudin who had succeded with the impossible mission to cross the Neretva river with a single span stone bridge.

Mostar got its name after that same Bridge, or more precisely after the bridge keepers. They used to guard the bridge and were called “Mostari”, thereby the city got its name. Mostar’s population in 2003 was 105,448. With its hot summers and mild winters, Mostar is also one of Europe’s sunniest cities.







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Prelijepa mjesta i još bolje fotke!

Kad bi se to još samo malo sistematiziralo, BiH bi mogla ostvarivati lijepe prihode od turizma.
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Old September 16th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #8
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5. Hiking and trekking/ Sutjeska NP

Link: http://www.greenvisions.ba/gv/clanak.php?lang=2&ids=94

PERUCICA PRIMEVAL FOREST

Category: Green Hike
Total hiking hours: 6 hours
Price: 75 KM/38 EURO
Departure time: 08:00
Estimated time of return: 20:00

The drive to Sutjeska National Park will take us a little less than 2 hours. The park is a true gem in terms of the wildlife and large number of endemic plants. The park also includes Bosnia and Herzegovina's highest and impressive mountain, Maglic, named after the thick fog that often surround its rocky peak. We will leave our car behind at a viewpoint Dragos Sedlo with colorful view of the one of two remaining mediaeval forests in Europe - Perucica. Jumping out from eternity, we are graced by a lonely waterfall "Skakavac" plunging itself 75 meters down into the dark spruce and beech forest of Perucica.
Starting at the entrance of this ancient outdoor museum we disappear into the magical forest of beautiful 50 meter high spruce and beech trees. Our two-hour journey will be over before you know it. Impressions are bountiful, especially the cycle of life and death of 200 to 300 year old trees. We are small, young and the trip will humble all our aspirations and ambitions..... welcome to Perucica.
After a short break we slowly descend 600 meters through Black Pine forests before we arrive in Suha a beautiful closed corner in the heart of Sutjeska Canyon.
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BOSNIA’S HIGHEST PEAK
MAGLIC MOUNTAIN


Category: Green Hike
Total hiking hours:
Day 1 - 3/4 hours
Day 2 - 7 hours
Price: 220 KM/160 EURO
Departure time: 08:00
Estimated time of return: 20:00

Day 1: A a scenic two hour drive from Sarajevo towards the Montenegrin border to the southeast we arrive at the panoramic view of the rare, lush, virgin woodlands of Perucica Forest and 'Grasshopper' waterfall (85m.). The surrounding snow-capped mountains of Volujak tower around us as we head towards Prijevor Pass at 1,600m. From there the highest point in Bosnia, Maglic Mountain, jolts out from the east and greets us with jagged rock faces that peak at 2,386 meters. A comfortable 2.5 hour hike leads us to Trnovacko Lake where we will set camp before taking a dip. The surrounding valleys are great for wandering into the evening hours as you prepare for the ascent Bosnia’s highest peak in the morning.
Day 2: We start early up the steep slopes of Maglic’s southeastern face. The lake gets tinier and tinier as we traverse up the to the high ridge that will lead us to Maglic’s peak. It’s a good four hour ascent to the countries highest point. We’ll have lunch on top before scrambling down to the lake for a rest and to pack before we head back up the trail to our jeep. It’s a long and demanding day, but well worth the effort.
For the duration of the trip we may encounter the vast range of wildlife that roams this untamed land. Eagles, bears, wolves, snakes, and wild goats are not rare sightings in these parts.
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THE PYRAMID PEAKS
AND MYSTICAL LAKES OF ZELENGORA


Category: Green Hike
Total hiking hours:
Day 1 - 4+ hours
Day 2 - 4 hours
Price: 220 KM/160 EURO
Departure time: 08:00
Estimated time of return: 20:00

Day one: After a two-hour drive through eastern RS’ canyons and forests we’ll pass into BiH’s oldest National Park. Not far from there we’ll venture up a mountain dirt road to the heart of the park – Zelengora. At Donje Bara we’ll park the jeep take a short walk and leave our packs at the newly rebuilt mountain hut at Donje Bare. The lake of Donje Bare is lined with thick forest to one side and open mountain meadows to the other. We’ll pass her on our way to Planinicu Peak at 1780 m. It’s no coincidence that we’ve chosen the Pyramid Peak as our destination. From here the highest peak of BiH tower above…Maglic at 2,386 meters, Volujak’s rockface barrier, and the 1200-meter deep canyon of the Sutjeska River. We’ll return via Gornje Bare to the hut to complete the fantastic four-hour hike. After a rest and a few drinks we’ll take a nice 20-minute walk to watch the sunset in amongst the Bosnia’s highest peaks.
Day two: Day leads us once again towards Gornje Bare Lake but we’ll veer off from the previous days tour to Ugljesin Peak (1858 m.) where one of the best panoramic views of Zelengora peaks – Bregoc at 2,015 meters and Kozje Strane at 2,014 m. Below us sits quietly the serene waters of Gornje Bare’s Lake, which just recently shed from its long winter coat of ice. We’ll return via the same route…rest on her banks and head back to the hut to gather out things for the ride home. It’s an easier day than day 1 but still a hike of 3.5 hours. We’ll climb over 400 meters in total, perfect for a refreshing workout.

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6. Blagaj - Buna

Link: http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/whattose...bf_mjesto=;25;

Blagaj's old town is worth taking a walk through. This lazy Herzegovinian town moves at a slow pace and many of its old structures are reminiscent of Ottoman days.

A newly built heritage trail around the town is a rather pleasant 30-45 minute walk starting at the Tekija-Dervish House. The Velagic House was built in 17th century and is a beautiful example of Ottoman stone masonry. In the vicinity are also old flourmills that the strong Buna powered. Just a short walk from the Tekija house is the Norfish restaurant. Here you can handpick your choice of fresh trout from the cold waters of the Buna (it maintains a constant temperature of 10°C).

The food is excellent and they serve traditional meat dishes as well as trout. With wine, a hearty meal will cost around 20KM or less. Pass the restaurant back towards town in the old carsija, and you'll see the Sultan Sulejman Mosque from 1520 and the beautiful Ottoman Karadoz-begova cuprija built in 1570 over the Buna River. The well kept paved trail then follows the Buna back to its source on the other side and to great spots for photographing the spring and the Tekija House.

If you are in for a bit of hiking, you could walk to the fortress of Herceg Stjepan, who ruled Hum (present-day Herzegovina) in the Middle Ages. This fort was originally an Illyrian tribe settlement that was later reinforced by the Roman invaders, further fortified by the ruling Bosnian state and significantly expanded with the arrival of the Ottomans. Atop the high cliffs, this fort is accessible by a winding trail that takes about an hour to walk. It has not been conserved but many of its high walls are still intact. It is a great place for a view of the Neretva Valley and an ideal picnic spot. The trail is not marked but easy to find. There are no guides or entrance fees to the fort.

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7. Gradacac, Northeastern BiH

Link: http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/gradacac.wbsp

This is certainly one of the places to see when you visit the northeast of Bosnia. On the River Gradisnica, between the mountains of Majevica and Trebava, lies the beautiful town of Gradacac.

This town holds great historical significance for Bosnians. Husein Kapetan Gradascevic was a ruling beg during Ottoman times. He was a warrior and leader, highly respected and feared throughout the region, who posed such a tangible threat to Ottoman authority that he could bargain for more autonomy, self-rule and land rights. There are several versions of history but the common one is that he and his army were able to defend the territories of the northeastern frontier when the Ottomans could not.

He was greatly feared by the Ottomans, and when the rebellious Dragon of Bosnia (as he was called) decided to confront the Ottomans, he marched his army all the way to Kosovo in 1831. The Dragon's army defeated the Ottomans and further destabilised the empire's hold on Bosnia. This rebellious spirit proved contagious among the local pashas and ruling families, and sparked many more rebellions. Gradascevic was later betrayed and forced to flee across the Sava to Austria. The numerous buildings bearing his name attest to his role in the history of the town.

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uhhh, una, to fkt morate prozivjeti, svima kojima treba pomoc oko stavke 1 nek se jave meni
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great thread. nice pics. i'll have to read thru all of that when i get back from work.
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I think that nature in Bosnia is far more attractive than Sarajevo or Mostar.

Well done, nice guide, beautiful pictures
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8. Bjelasnica, Igman ski center

Link: http://www.sarajevo-tourism.com/eng/bjelasnica.wbsp

Only 25 km from Sarajevo there is a natural wonder to be found in the mountains of Bjelasnica and Igman. It was here that the greater parts of the XIV Winter Olympic Games competitions (Alpine and Nordic events, and ski jumping) were held.

Hotel capacities in the area of the Bjelasnica and Igman mountains can be observed integrally due to the complementary nature of the hotel facilities and the various sporting activities offered, both in winter and in summer.The reconstruction will be focused on the destroyed hotel capacities and will aim at improving on its previous status, since they had originally been built in order to meet the specific requirements of the Winter Olympic Games.






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9. Neum at the sea

Link: http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/neum.wbsp

The Adriatic Sea from Split to Dubrovnik is gorgeous, very clean, and includes 22km of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The closed bay at Neum is protected from the strong open sea winds by the Peljesac Peninsula, and wonderfully calm.

During Yugoslav times it was an isolated retreat for the communist elite. Tourism has returned to this place and scuba-diving, parasailing, boating and jet skiing can all readily be arranged in any of the major hotels. It all costs a little less than what it costs in Croatia. During the season, it is wise to book in advance.




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You should post this thread in Travel & Geography section. BiH is very beautiful country. Show it to the world.
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Thanks for that link KHS! I'll add some more attractions and then post it there
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