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You’re here because you’re wandering why to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina. Well, where to begin!?

The history of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a complex blend of culture, religion, and an effortless beauty of lush greenery and colourful rooftops. While the masses of media focus on a turbulent past and ever-changing border lines, the Bosnia and Herzegovina that exists today has many more appealing layers beyond a turbulent history, and now presents travellers with a unique opportunity to visit one of the most underrated countries in Europe without hoards of tourists to fight your way through (yet!). So without further ado, here are 10 reasons why you should visit Bosnia and Herzegovina sooner rather than later…

10 Reasons: Why to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

Step back in time

This country has something that is hard to find and impossible to mimic – it offers tourists and travellers a time warped experience where you will feel as though you have stepped back in time (in a good way). People drive at a slower pace, vegetables and herbs grow in neighbourhood gardens, the air feels cleaner, everyone knows everyone, and it’s impossible not to immediately begin to appreciate the simpler things in life.

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Effortless beauty and epic landscapes

Bosnia and Herzegovina has it all – lush green landscapes, unspoiled nature, incredible views, and enchanting forests that are home to wolves and wild animals. In the south you will also find a small stretch of the coastline with crystal clear waters, but much of the country is home to some of Europe’s most scenic countryside that changes at almost every turn.

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Be welcomed into a family home as one of their own

One of the first things I noticed upon arriving into Blagaj, Herzegovina, was the warmest and most hospitable welcoming I have encountered in Europe. The guest house I had booked for my week long stay in this small fisherman’s village just 12kms from popular Mostar was run by a family of four who welcomed me with coffee and chocolate on arrival, a brief introduction to the area and surrounding towns, as well as a comfortably appointed guest room with a cooked breakfast daily. Throughout my stay I was also offered coffee and sweet treats in the afternoon, as well as assistance with my travel plans in the vicinity. 

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Get active

Whether you want to bike, hike, raft or swim…. You can do it all in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Activities are of course weather dependent, but all year round you can find something outdoorsy to partake in. My Spring visit was the perfect time to hike around the countryside and explore with absolutely no tourists around and almost perfect weather conditions.

It’s cheap… like, really cheap!

Budgeting can easily become one of the immediate downfalls to travel, but if you’re travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina you can forget the thought of constantly watching your budget, as it is incredibly cheap to get by with food and living costs (particularly when comparing to other European countries). You could easily get by here for around $30-$50 per day.

The food (!!!)

Not just will you find quality Bosnian food… but also quality produce and products used in the process of making said food. When I asked a local about ‘organic products’ I was greeted with a smile and reassurance that almost everything grown here is organic. You can expect juice oranges, luscious red tomatoes, and whatever else you can think of.

A central base to explore the nearby Balkans

My positioning just out of Mostar in Blagaj was the perfect base to see the nearby countries and towns. From here it was easy to access Mostar, Dubrovnik (Croatia), and Budva (Montenegro) – my three ‘must-sees’ during my visit.

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Diversity

The culture of Sarajevo, the nature in the countryside, the warm welcoming in the villages…. Everywhere you look in Bosnia and Herzegovina is so diverse and eclectic that it is difficult to pinpoint just one facet of the country that makes you fall in love with it so easily.

Tourism is still picking up here

The war that ended in 1995 has sadly had a lasting impact on the countries’ tourism industry. This was a devastating era in Bosnia’s history with over 100,000 people losing their lives during the war. Even today there are still prominent signs of the war throughout the country, with derelict buildings and bullet holes in walls. But to say this is reflective of the B&H of the present day is to severely misconstrue reality. Season by season, the country is seeing more and more visitors make their way here to discover the beauty on offer… so it’s just a matter of time before tourism really kicks into overdrive. Now is the perfect time to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina helps the future of the country

Bosnia and Herzegovina has had a turbulent past, which has proven to be a reputation that has been hard to shake. Visiting the country not only supports the economy, but will also boost tourism and the future prospects of the country. Without a doubt the country has re-opened its doors to tourism, which is constantly on the increase, but the country is still relatively undermined for all it has to offer. This creates a win-win for tourists and locals alike as the country continues to rebuild in the 21st Century.

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    Debug
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    Naza Dzambic Neal
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    amar
    July 31, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Im from bosnia is nice place to live

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    Mario
    July 21, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    For fun, excitment and sightseeing in south Bosnia and Herzegovina You can contact me, will be glad to help.

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  • edin@windowslive.com'
    Edin
    June 10, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Hello and thank you so much for this post.

    Can anyone tell me the exact place where this pictures are taken?
    looks like hotel where she styed while taking the pictures.

    I’d like go visit that place too.

    Greethings from Switzerland
    Edin

    • putovanjazasvakoga@gmail.com'
      Svjetski putnik
      February 2, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      At these photos are “Vrelo Bune” in Blagaj and Počitelj.

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    Janine
    May 26, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Thank you so much for visiting Bosnia and writing this article! I have been having a love affair with this country (and most of the region) for a couple years now. I needed this as encouragement to visit because many people think I am weird for wanting to visit this region before seeing other parts of the world. I’ve bookmarked it as a reference for when I finally book my flight (and so I can read your other amazing blog posts).

  • w.collins2020@gmail.com'
    William Collins
    May 14, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Hey there, stubbling cross your blog by accident while looking at places to visit in Bosnia. Great blog btw, but i couldnt help questioning, if you are considered as a “lone traveler”, then who takes all the photo?? was it all from the Camera Tri-pod? Im asking this because i am a lone traveler myself and its hard to get someshot when you are all by yourself and i would hate to pest other ppl to take a photo of me.. Thanks

  • Treoemail@yahoo.com'
    Emily
    April 26, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    @mehdi, nasty for having a heart and caring about animal welfare? It is not comforting that you are sweeping it under the rug, trying to deny all this is going on. It is very well documented, @mehdi. Anyone with half a brain can do a simple search on this topic and find loads of info. Based on your response, you are probably one of those sees no value in the strays’ lives. And consequently, I am wasting my breath of that be the case. You ARE the problem.

  • nestaleone@gmail.com'
    Nesta
    April 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    @ Emily – I wonder how much did you get paid for this nasty load of bullshit you spread here?

    • Treoemail@yahoo.com'
      Emily
      April 26, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      @nesta, paid?! Are you kidding? I’ve talked to Ariana about this topic and she can validate it and has even tried to help the situation there in Bosnia. So don’t even try to tell me it doesn’t exist. Maybe you have repressed this about your country but it is fully evident as a huge problem. Bosnia has some really good laws in place to protect the animals, but they are not enforced and instead, so much torture, mutilation, rape of poor animals is going on behind the scenes. Not to mention money laundering from illegal
      shelters being put up left and right. I pray you take your skepticism and go research your country a bit and become part of the solution versus trying to deny there are issues. I will be there this time next month and will be reporting what I find. I know I will find some great parts of Bosnia and that many of its people are wonderful, but I also will find the sad dark story of the stray animals. Bosnia needs to enforce its laws in this area. Plain and simple.

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  • dinsmore.chelsea@gmail.com'
    Chelsea Dinsmore
    April 10, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Thank you so much for this article. It has been wildly helpful in choosing which eastern european countries to visit. We plan to spend about 10-12 days in Bosnia this month and I am curious if you have a suggested itinerary or MUST see spots. You seem like the expert so i would love to know your thoughts.

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    ANDREI NEAMTU
    March 26, 2015 at 12:39 am

    HELLO. I WANT TO PRESENT YOU ALL A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT TO STAY TO MAKE A FUTURE INVESTMENT TO CLEAN YOUR BODY TO HEAL YOUR SELF AND TO RELAX IN ONE OF THE MOST NATURAL PLACES IN BOSNIA. THIS IS TRNOVO. IN THIS LOCATION YOU CAN BREATH OZONE IN THE AIR. BECAUSE OF THIS A COMPANY FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WILL INVEST 2.6 BILLIONS DIRHAMS( MORE THAN 700000000 DOLLARS). IN THIS PLACE WILL BE BUILD 2500 VILLAS 200 HOTELS ONE MALL AND ONE NEW HOSPITAL. HERE YOU WILL BE ALLOW TO BUY OR TO RENT PROPERTIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ME ON MY E-MAIL: uZzI_S_Star@yahoo.com. YOU WONT REGRET THIS.

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      ANDREI NEAMTU
      March 26, 2015 at 12:54 am

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    Charmaine
    March 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Is it possibly to stay at the place you stayed at here? Or do you have advice for similar places and where to find them?

    Thankyou,
    C

  • treoemail@yahoo.com'
    Emily
    March 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Hi, Emir. Yes, I solo travel all around the world….and while I have seen injustices, it never gets easier and it never is justified in my eyes and by my heart. I would even expect more out of Bosnians, having first hand known what it feels like to be homeless, starved, mutilated, and raped during the war. To me, it’s even worse when people should know better. Emir, this goes far beyond the hardship of the people and their not having enough money for shelters. This is cruel and sadistic behavior. have you ever read the science that says that people that sadistically abuse animals are very likely to create far worse crimes against humans at a later date? That is scientific fact and I hope that does not become the case. If you choose to ignore it, then that is your prerogative, but it IS there. I’ve also talked to several Bosnian journalists who have been threatened for speaking out about it. I think the movie Kinofil was even banned in Bosnia, but don’t quote me on that. It’s a political topic now….the government knows what is going on. Children are being taught it is ok to abuse these animals. I understand that the war caused many to lose the concept of humanity….but having been in those dark places, one would hope that it wouldn’t be carried out on defenseless animals. I don’t stand for ANY injustice in the world. But this situation with Bosnia desperately needs to be brought out into the light….and now that tourism has the potential of increasing there, I am hoping Bosnia catches on to more respectable behavior and practices besides stray animal torture. Again, it is very prevalent and quite a few Bosnians have told me the “real story.” Not the story that most “want you to hear.” I don’t feel guilty for anything I said, Emir. I wasn’t promoting boycotting the country. People can think for themselves and make that call. It’s not my decision to make and I am not encouraging it. I am speaking from MY heart and MY convictions….and what I have chosen to do personally. If I get there and I don’t see the abuse with my own eyes, that is great for my heart and I might can enjoy Bosnia a tiny bit more….but it doesn’t mean it is not happening. I see the daily videos of all the abuse that is going on there….and see the dogs that are urgently being adopted out to the UK and other parts of the world to get them out of Bosnia as quickly as possible. We are each entitled to our own “versions” of what is going on there. This is mine and I know it to be fact.

    • e.begovic@hotmail.com'
      Emir
      March 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      The GOVERMENT knows what is going on…they dont care about the starving people yet alone the animals. Bosnia because of the Dayton agreement has to have a very complicated government and its well known how corrupt they are. Due to this agreement set after the war Bosnia has 3 rotating presidents at the state level and each mini state has its own president – that’s five presidents in all. There are 13 prime ministers in total, over 130 ministers, more than 760 lawmakers and 148 municipalities. Most of them dont care- as long as they are ok nothing matters.

      The people yes know what is happeneing, and in their way are trying to do their best to stop it. Just because they went through the war doesnt mean now every person should risk their lives to becaome a activist. They dont have the money nor the resources in Bosnia to stop it. I have seen alot worse crimes, to animals and humans, and i dont support any of it, but i dont judge a country but what others do. Take me for example. I left home at a young age, just my mother, grandmother and I. We lost everything and everyone else. Because of the war SERBS started. But i dont hate serbia, or serbians for what those monsters did to me. I just hate the monsters. The whole world watched for years, not helping us. The UN dutch soldiers declared srebrenica a safe zone yet did nothing when they came through and killed 8000 or so people, and raped all the women in front of their kids. No on did anything. Esp not the US. I dont hate them for that.

      Seeing your comment offended me as much as being labled as a terriorst just because im a muslim man. Not all muslims are bad. Not all of Bosnia or Europe or the whole world in fact is bad. So not its not a majority of Bosnia. Yes i know about the film, i have seen it a while ago on Youtube, and i know how there are people in Bosnia trying to help them. But you cant define a country because some people make it seem bad. Im sure everyone who visits bosnia would agree. All we can do is try help as much as we can, and i really hope you have a fantastic time in Bosnia. But i also hope you dont enourage people to not go because of people in this world who do harm. If i tthought that way i would have not let my girlfriend come with me on most places i visited. I dont normally go to tourist places. Alot of places in Africa, SOuth ameirca and eastern europe i have gone on mission trips to help the poor and needy. Im sure brooke and the rest of people who were born in bosnia or have been to bosnia have seen how amazing it is, how wonderful the locals are, and despite all the hardships this country has gone though they are doing their best. I will leave it at that, and like i said i really hope you have a great time and encourage more people to visit. I myself will be in Bosnia again in August for a few weeks, and hope to help the animals and poor people as i do every year.

      • treoemail@yahoo.com'
        Emily
        March 20, 2015 at 5:21 am

        Emir, I think you are missing my points. I’m not thinking anyone will become an activist. I am hoping that more Bosnians will just have a heart when it comes to the strays and not torture, mutilate, and rape their strays….out of boredom, frustration with their own situation in Bosnia, aftermath of the war…whatever evil is inside them that tells them to behave this way is ok. I’m not asking for everyone to start actively protesting. I just hope people can behave with normal and decent human behavior in their everyday lives. That’s all. Is that asking for too much from Bosnians that commit these atrocities? I’m sure there have been a few dog packs that have fought back due to starvation or protecting their pups here and there, but most of these animals are not hurting them. I just don’t feel this is asking a lot.

        I am so sorry for your loss and all your family experienced. I watched a 6.5 hour documentary on it, another 2 hour documentary, and a few 30 minute YouTube slips on the war. It was horrendous what the people there had to endure. It pains me to think of those that lived there. There is also a little “hole in the wall” Bosnian restaurant in my neighborhood that was started by a lady that had to flee 20 something years ago. Her eyes fill with tears every time she tells me a story or two, as do mine. So I understand (as much as an outsider can) the plight of the people and the aftermath it causes.

        When I said there came a point where I thought about not going and just staying in Croatia the whole time, that was an initial gut reaction based on how hard it is for me when I see injustices…..and for whatever reason, stuff with animals hits my heart HARD, as I personally believe dogs are God’s best creation…the epitome of unconditional love….defenseless creatures who just want to serve and make us happy. So I was wanting to protect my heart….and still do. Animals are my extreme weakness. I know the Muslim culture doesn’t view them as favorably as other cultures…so I’ve been told by many in various Muslim countries, at least…and kinda experienced (Turkey, for example). BUT….I knew I would go. However, I will highlight the animal abuse in my trip video blog, as it is something that needs to be highlighted and changed. I will also be going to India and Egypt this year. I know there are atrocities there. While I will most likely love my trips overall, I will highlight the not so great, as well. Oh, and when I said “the majority of Bosnians” in my initial post, I retract that. I do not think it’s the official “majority”, but I do know that it is a prevalent problem…enough for me to have concern over.

        I am happy that you help the poor, both human and creature. The world needs more like you. I am sure I will find the BiH people very wonderful…and all I can hope is that when I am talking to them, it’s not one that is abusive towards animals….I will have no way to know that, though. So I will just experience things in the moment and then feel what I feel in that moment. That’s all I can do. I’m trying my best to approach my time in BiH with a positive attitude, knowing what I do know.

    • medihteran@gmail.com'
      Mehdi
      April 26, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Emily, you are an extremely nasty person and SO full of shit.

  • e.begovic@hotmail.com'
    Emir
    March 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Emily have you ever been to eastern Europe? Or Africa? Have you seen the torture of dogs in Poland, Romania & bulgaria? Or human mutilation or sacrifices in Africa? I have. I see it all around the world. Even here in the US. But I will not stop traveling just because some people live that way. I was born in Bosnia. Close to Srebrenica where the worst mass massacre happened in the war. My father was killed along with my uncle and grandfather. I hated the serbs that did that to me and my country but I don’t hate serbia or those that haven’t done me wrong. I knew illegal dog catching existed yet in saw nothing but people feeding dogs and cats each time I go back. One lady I spoke to says she gets an average of 10 stray cats a day at her doorstep that she feeds. So this isn’t a majority of the country. The population there is around 4 million. Majority would mean 1-2 million are cruel to animals. Yes there are more humane ways to kill a stray or take care of them. But you have to remember this country suffered so much, they sometimes can’t afford to eat for days. They don’t have the money nor the resources to help fund a proper shelter.

    With all that being said I have been a lot of things in this world. I’m 29 years old and have been to 32 countries so far, the whole eastern Europe included. The majority don’t kill and love the strays. A small MINORITY However choose to live a different life. They will only have god to answer to in the end I believe.

    Like I said I lived in the states most of my adult life, and yes his is horrible and it happens everywhere but knowing cruel things happen everywhere will only stop you in the end. People will still go there and have great time. Choosing to not go only affects you. And please don’t promote boycotts to places. If I thought that way I wouldn’t have seen most of the world. Don’t do that for yourself or for others.

  • treoemail@yahoo.com'
    Emily
    March 19, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I was excited to visit Bosnia this upcoming May, but now I am not so much. I know it will be beautiful, but knowing the HUGE sadistic ways a majority of the Bosnians treat stray animals there, it is not so much being looked forward to anymore. Just google it or watch the movie made by a Bosnian animal rescue worker called “Kinofil” which can be found on YouTube. It’s horrific and even everyday ordinary people are taking part in the torture, rape, and mutilation of their strays. The government uses it as a money laundering scheme. Shelters are not humanely euthanizing strays…or sterilizing them as the laws have stated recently. It’s a vicious cycle and the animals are being literally tortured there. There are a handful of great rescue workers but they are being fined left and right for their efforts….or taken to court “for trying to stop the dogcatchers.” (who are doing things they are not supposed to be doing by law). Anyways, Bosnia is beautiful. Yes. However, have you ever met a really pretty person in life that became “not so pretty” when he or she opened his or her mouth….when you found out their hearts? Instead of canceling my trip there (I had considered it), I am going to use it as a platform to highlight what is going on there. it’s my only choice as I see it, or true change will never take place….and Bosnia will stay in the dark ages like Romania (actually even worse than Bosnia!) in this area. For what it’s worth…. Check out Animal Welfare of Bosnia or Saving Sarajevo Strays on Facebook, if you would like to help. There is also a website called “In Memory of Vucko”. Vucko’s story is beyond horrendous. I remember when it hit FB years ago….had forgotten or either it did not register that it took place in Bosnia….but now, figures….

    • treoemail@yahoo.com'
      Emily
      March 19, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Also, when I say I was considering canceling my trip, I just meant I was going to consider spending more of my time in Croatia and cancel the Bosnia portion of it. I was still going to travel but was jaded on wanting to give any of my money to this country where its people should know better having been through what they went through just 20 years ago. I have probably gone to more countries than you, Emir, so believe me, I am not naive. I know the horrors of the world…..but when I come across something that strikes me at my chord, I will speak up. And more people have to speak up if there is any hope for change in this world. And that is what I now plan on doing. I have a video blog for all my trips and will highlight it there, once I visit the country myself. I have friends here that will be willing to help groups like the ones I mentioned in any way they can.

  • t.kouba@gmail.com'
    Tom
    March 10, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Hi,

    I absolutelly agree that Bosnia is a hidden gem of Europe. Some people are still unreasonably afraid of the past but they miss the beautiful and yet still rising presence. For anyone that would like to visit BiH, I wrote a 10 day trip plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina based on my 2 trips in past years: http://www.neretvarafting.com/travel-bosnia-trip-plan/. Map and pro tips included 😉

    Enjoy Bosnia for there’s much to love!

    Tom

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    AT
    February 11, 2015 at 10:11 am

    … Outstanding work. Let’s not forget another jewel in the north western part of the country, Banja Luka ( aka Banjaluka).

    • treoemail@yahoo.com'
      Emily
      March 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Will you tell me what I should see in Banja Luka? Thank you!

  • thebosnianaussie@hotmail.com'
    Ariana
    February 7, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Shared this post on my blogs facebook! This was the post that led me to you blog last year and your blog was the inspiration to start my own. To try encourage more people to visit this great land i was born in.

  • angkisland@gmail.com'
    angki
    February 7, 2015 at 10:45 am

    wow very nice place mrs… cool and love it your travel…

  • thebosnianaussie@hotmail.com'
    Ariana (The Bosnian Aussie)
    January 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Even though australia is my home, my heart always remains in Bosnia, my birthplace. Sadly the war took the opportunity to grow up in this beautiful land but i am thankful for people like you, who show light on this beautiful place. It was you who inspired me to start my own blog, to continue sowing people all around the world how beautiful Bosnia & Hercegovina (part where im from) is and why they should add it to their bucket lists. Ive done 3 separate trips back home in just 14 months and plan on going every year to re discover my roots. And its helped my bosnian language skills alot, as i mostly speak english at home. I HIGH RECOMMEND anyone traveling to Europe to add BOSNIA to their list. You wont regret it, and it will keep you coming back for more!

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    susan
    December 28, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I visited Bosnia in May 14 and it’s breathtakingly beautiful. Sarajevo, though still filled with reminders of past war, is now peaceful and lovely place to visit. Mostar, Bihac, Medugorje are all charming and River Una is amazing! The locals are friendly and the food is mouth watering. Definitely recommended country to visit.

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  • adis.gana@gmail.com'
    MasterVita
    November 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Vrelo Bune stari grad——> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpafinbEEHA

    Old bridge Mostar——> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMt4iCC6S5Y

    Rams lake ——-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su8NpU083zQ

    Sarajevo ——-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPGGA_sMJf8

  • eli-champagne@hotmail.com'
    élisabeth
    November 10, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Hi,

    My friend and I will be in Bosnia in a month and a half from now. We would like to know what is the guest house you had booked in the small fisherman’s village12km far from Mostar?

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    Élisabeth and Laurence

  • snijeg2@gmail.com'
    Pridorac
    November 10, 2014 at 5:31 am

    VISIT ====> Prijedor City in NW part of Bosnia.
    http://www.visitprijedor.com/

    Virtual tour: http://www.prijedorgrad.org/Virtuelni_obilazak/index.htm ;

    http://www.npkozara.com/index.php?lang=en ;

    And also visit: Sanski Most, Ključ, Banja Luka, Bihać, Kozara National park.

  • thetravelixir@gmail.com'
    Raza
    November 3, 2014 at 6:44 am

    What a great post! I’m a Bosnian/American who couldn’t agree more with everything outlined in this post.

    If anyone would like to check out my “Road Trip Through Bosnia” series where I take you city to city, check out my website: http://www.thetravelixir.com

    Thank you so much, Brooke, for all your kind comments on Bosnia & Herzegovina!

  • info@oknoworld.com'
    Edina
    September 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for this nice article about Bosnia, I come from this country and I have the same feeling, feels so good that somebody coming from somewhere else has the same feeling as a bosnian. Wish you the best !!! XOXOXO

  • kimmie_torfs@hotmail.com'
    Kim
    September 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    We took a trip with some friends a few years ago through the Balkan countries. It was the most impressive travel experience in my life so far! We flew to Zagreb for a couple of days, traveled by train to Belgrade and from there on, we rented a minivan to visit Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnic. The cultures! The landscape! The history! The scars of the war are still very visible today, with lots of damaged houses and other buildings, making it feel like it all just happened a few weeks ago. I will always keep Sarajevo in my heart and will remember it as the place where all religious cultures seem to live side by side in a peaceful way, a proof that it is not an impossible dream to have people believe in ‘other’ Gods but share their city, their life and their homes.

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  • mAriedennis81@gmail.com'
    Marie
    August 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I just got back from my trip through Dalmatia in Croatia and we added two days to drive to Mostar and Blagaj. We even had time to visit a huge cave and go on a canoe safari on the Trebizant river. I loved Bosnia and want to return next year, the scenery, people, prices, etc were excellent, nothing like what I expected.

  • juliehorsley01@gmail.com'
    Julie
    August 24, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    My husband & I visited Croatia & Slovenia this past March. While commuting around Croatia we passed through Bosnia a couple of times. My husband was quite nervous when he found out we’d cross the border but our fears were quickly put to rest. This STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL country boasted such warm & welcoming people. It was apparent that were grateful for any tourism after the unrest of the 90s. I was completely taken aback at the gorgeous scenery of Bosnia (& equally impressed with the food- yum!). I’d love to return for an actual stay one day. I was glad to see this post spreading the good word!

  • Tzookey@comcast.net'
    Teri
    August 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Great website! I visited B&H in 2012 and again in 2014 and loved it. My sister and brother-in-law have lived in Sarajevo for 14 years. Beautiful country and warm people. Thank you for spreading the word!

  • essacip@gmail.com'
    Essa
    August 18, 2014 at 6:21 am

    In love with Bosnia..
    Visited Bosnia 5 times.. And still not satisfied and will never be,.

    I opened twitter and Instagram accounts to present Bosnia to the Arab world.. @bosniaxar

  • mersad18@gmail.com'
    Mersad
    July 28, 2014 at 3:34 am

    I am so glad you enjoyed my home country. There really is so much to explore, and as you said the people are very friendly and everything is quite affordable.

    There is a lot of untouched nature and landscapes to explore, and the cities (like Mostar and Sarajevo) offer so much to tourists.

  • listofwonders@gmail.com'
    peter
    July 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Bosnia is really a nice place:)

  • Patarayner@gmail.com'
    Bmpermie
    July 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    You are so right. I visited Sarajevo and Mostar last year but would have liked to have stayed longer. I went by train from Zargreb to Sarejevo, long interesting journey with terrific young woman from Canada who was a refugee from Sarajevo after the Seige. Then by train to Mostar, one of the great train trips.

  • annarice23@gmail.com'
    Anna @ The Blonde Banana
    May 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful photos…. now I want to go!

  • DamirC20@gmail.com'
    Sarajlija1985
    May 7, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I am from Sarajevo, BiH and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart foryour articalsi read them with tears in my eyes. I have not being my home for 8 years and I miss it evry second of it. There is alot of beatifull place’s inthe world but BiH is easily the most beatifull of em all. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!

    I sve dok je tvojih sinova bit ces lijepa i prkosna zemljo ljiljana!!!

  • almir.salkanovic@hotmail.com'
    Tuzla Bihać Mostar Sarajevo Neum...
    April 25, 2014 at 4:25 am

    if you are coming to BiH, travel to this cities : Tuzla, Bihać, Mostar, Neum, and Sarajevo,so the other, and you will not be disapointed quarantied 😉

  • theprinceza23@hotmail.com'
    herzegovina
    April 23, 2014 at 3:04 am

    *is

  • theprinceza23@hotmail.com'
    herzegovina
    April 23, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I have read in these comments that some of you only wrote Bosnia. It is not Bosnia. It is Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar iz in Herzegovina , Počitelj is in Herzegovina. Please do not forget that. IT IS BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA or shorten it B&H. Thank you !

  • jon_a@gmail.com'
    Jonatan
    April 18, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Bosnia by nature scenery is among the three most beautiful countries in Europe. Food, for heaven sake, it is so cheap and good, but cevapi (Bosnian national food) in Sarajevo is extraordinary. Worth to visit? Hell yes. I recommend visits in spring, winter if you a fan of the skiing and surfing (Bjelasnica or Vlasic mountains near Sarajevo and in central Bosnia), plus summer. High mountains, valleys, crystal clear rivers and lakes, slopes, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  • emiina.s@hotmail.com'
    EmiiNa
    April 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I am happy to see how people enjoy our sweet country. I’m a Bosnian, and I’m not a fan of it because I am one, it’s because you can actually see the culture,beauty and amazing people at the smallest places.
    Thank you again, Brooke. Hope you visit us again!!

    As for Osman. Žao mi je što postoje takvi ljudi koji mrze svoje. Ne razumijem vas, a i ne želim. Sretno u potražnji nečega ljepšeg, ugodnijeg i nečega za što ćete moći reći: ”Ovo je moj prelijepi dom!’.. Ne vjerujem da hoćete, ali ipak. 😉

  • selma.schilter@hotmail.com'
    selma
    April 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Osmane,

    Stvarno si kreten. Ljudi stranci sve odusevljeni, a ti tako o nasoj Bosni, ponosnoj i jedinoj nama tolikima. Sram te bilo.

    Slazem se sa Fijorom I Damirom. Nek ste mu rekli.

  • c_snezana@hotmail.com'
    italia
    April 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Visit Banja Luka and Krajina region. It’s beautiful.

  • dinoisbesic@gmail.com'
    Dino
    April 9, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I have lived in Norway my whole life, but my family is brom Bosnia and we wisit your hometown evere sinle summer since i was born. This has really put a smile on my face! you have promotet pretty much everything Bosnia has to offer! but still there is many other places to visit i bosnia to. Like pyramids in visoko, there is a big diving competition i mostar(on the big bridge) and i reallt hop you tried or tasted Cevapi and burek! that is my two favourite meals when i am in Bosnia. I know that norway also has one of the most beautifull landskapes in the world and every norwegian agrees. but i still think that bosnia is the most beautifull country i have ever been to. I have been to maaaany places. (Norway, Sweeden, Denmark, Germany, Polen, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy, Kroatia, Bosnia, Spain, Egypt and Tyrkey.

  • fikretspaha@aol.com'
    FIKA
    April 9, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I am originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina for 19 years I live in America, which means half of my life to compare America and Bosnia is impossible on both sides have their own beauty and charms but in my heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Lhadzajlic@lansingmi.gov'
    Lana
    April 9, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I was born and raised in the city of Mostar. This is a very nicely written article. I currently live in Michigan and last year was the first time I managed to talk my friend to join me in the last leg of my trip . She loved it. She did not expect this urban and European feel to it. That is what she got and it makes sense as this country has endured so many different culture influences over centuries. If you wish to travel through BH you need to hook up with local people who know in and outs of the mini van travel. Bus ticket from Mostar to Sarajevo was 20 km which is a BH currency and a company Geatours had pricing for 25 euros from Sarajevo to Belgrade. I do want to stress the following: when you travel to Europe you can easily think that things are not expensive because by the time you turn dollars into euros and them kms it might not look like a lot. However, be careful because some things are way more cheaper here than there, yet as Someone on here said you will notice that everything taste and feels so much different and in a good way. Good luck and you will not regret it.

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  • merlejen@gmail.com'
    Merle
    April 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I’m an American, but I’ve been living here for 14 years and I love this place and the people. I spend a lot of time in the outdoors rafting, climbing and flying my Hang glider and there is so much more to do. The fast food is cheap and very good. Transportation is easy and inexpensive. Many people speak English and love to help you. Dodite i Uzivajte!!!

  • zappe_46@hotmail.com'
    Addo
    April 8, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Tack så hemskt mycket för detta!

  • Arniplayer@yahoo.com'
    Aa
    April 8, 2014 at 4:38 am

    A must see this country is truly amazing and

  • joker_me_@live.com'
    Samed
    April 8, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I’m from B&H and I’m so proud of it..we should never combine politics and landscapes in the same way…politics is one thing that is bad like almost in every other…but landscapes and one of the most clean rivers in the entire world is something that we should point in out..Simplicity of life is our nature.We are very happy people,love music,dance,drink coffe and talk to each other.Thanks to all of you people who comment in a very positive way our Bosnia.So proud right now 😀

  • suada_imamovic@hotmail.com'
    Suada
    April 8, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Thank you so much for this review. I am Bosnian but unfortunately most of people living here do NOT know about about most things you have written.
    It’s not Paris, New York , actually here you can relax and enjoy yourself for bargain prices. 😀
    Bosnia and Herzegovina is shaped like the heart of Europe and that actually is, at the crossroads of West and East .

  • mas.lina@hotmail.com'
    David
    April 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Seems nice…Got a go there…

  • Docline@earthlink.net'
    DOC
    April 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    The waterfalls at Kravice (spelling?) – near Mostar – are amazing as well. Love BiH!

  • amra_23halilovic@hotmail.com'
    Amra
    April 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    So glad that you enjoyed your stay in BiH. For next time I recommend you to visit Tuzla, Bihać or Visoko ,,,because every city is unique and offers a new experience,,, and if you seek a beauty you shall see a beauty in everything ,,, good luck and hope you shall visit us again.

  • inked.in.blood@live.com'
    Styx
    April 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    And about the living costs – you can eat well here for only 15$ maybe a day. Smokers will like this place too, since the cost of buying ciggaretes here is more than double lower then in most EU countries (you can smoke almost anywhere you want, for that matter). There are many cheap apartments that offer really low cost accomodations (you can get a night for 10 € or something like that). If you’re alcohol drinker I’d suggest you try our strong beverage called “rakija”, it is hardcorishly strong.

  • inked.in.blood@live.com'
    Styx
    April 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I am from Tuzla, Bosnia.

    I like the article, if you’re hill lover you’ll like it here, if you love flatlands, skyscrapers and shopping malls I’d suggest you to go somewhere else. There are meny places to go fishing or camping, food is good (there are GMOs but usually in supermarkets), people are somewhat polite but there are some loud tards like in every country I guess.

    Crime rate is not high here, so the chance you’ll get robbed is low, but I suggest you to watch your luggage and especially cellphones with a weary eye when you come here.

  • melly.91@hotmail.com'
    mel
    April 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    u all are welcome in our country Bosnia and Herzegovina <3

  • damirbajramovic@hotmail.com'
    damir
    April 7, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    e moj osmane jesi glup glupane nad glupanima.

  • inna_bk@hotmail.com'
    Jasmina
    April 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Well you just make me cry:) It`s so nice to read this,to see my country with your eyes,in media they are allways talking of war and hate,but that is not that what this beautiful country is.Thanks for visiting us,I hope next time u will visit west side,our beauty Una river and her waterfalls,rafting and fishing. We are proud of that what we have so next time you can stay at my home:)))) Greetings from Bosnia:))

  • mija44_@hotmail.com'
    traveler
    April 7, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    As a Bosnian, I love this! Thanks! I hope more people make Bosnia one of their travel destinations, it truly is a beautiful place!

  • harriet.kessler@gmail.com'
    Harriet Kessler
    April 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I visited Bosnia in 1998 and will never forget the beauty of its landscape and the warmth of its people

  • mujcic1984@charter.net'
    Dina
    April 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Bosnia is beautiful going there In May. BEN I will be in Tuzla most of my time when I go to Bosnia beautiful place to stay. I wish I can meet some of ppl.

  • fijora_m@live.com'
    Fijora
    April 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Osmane jedi govna ko nevoli svoje nece nigdje ni da uziva, neznas ljepotu prirode i cari Bosne svoje onda se idi i objesi dzubre

  • nermaad@yahoo.com.au'
    Nermina
    April 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Bosnia is the most beautiful place ever made. People make you feel right at home, they are very friendly and welcoming, and for those who have nothing nice to say about this incredible country it is better not to say anything ! Proud Bosnian

  • dedic.emir@yahoo.com'
    emir dedic
    April 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

    One and Only… Our Bosnia

  • dadnot@gmail.com'
    osman
    April 7, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Jebla vas bosna, ima milion drugih mjesta sto bi prije posjetio.

  • enidahuremovic@yahoo.com'
    Amy
    April 7, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I love this review, it really shows the hospitality of the people. For any future travelers, I suggest you venture out to some of the smaller cities of Bosnia, you won’t be disappointed. Also make sure to visit the Pyramids in Visoko which is pretty close to the capital city of Sarajevo. Primary mode of transportation is the bus, and taxi, enjoy!

  • ss.ahmetovic@live.co.uk'
    Selmedina
    April 7, 2014 at 7:12 am

    This is the most beautiful place ever made. People make you feel right at home, very friendly and welcoming.

  • ben.barnett@hotmail.co.uk'
    Ben
    April 7, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Hi Brooke, great to hear of someone else discovering how amazing B&H is. I spent a couple of weeks there last summer – Sarajevo (twice) and Mostar – and loved the atmosphere, food and beauty of the countryside. I’m headed for Tuzla in June and can’t wait to return. Happy travels.

  • ajla11@ymail.com'
    Traveler
    April 7, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Or in August, really not sure!

  • ajla11@ymail.com'
    Traveler
    April 7, 2014 at 5:20 am

    It has calmed down 19 years ago. Media might not always show it, but Bosnia is beautiful country with plenty hidden treasures, rich and interesting history and culture. It is a real melting pot since it’s located between east and west so you can really see both; western and eastern influence in life-style and architecture. For those who love nature and hiking B&H has a lot to offer, with such lovely mountains and rivers any nature lover will fall in love with it. Sarajevo Film Festival is also something you shouldn’t miss if you find yourself there in July. It’s worth visiting!!!

  • drwise.marwan@gmail.com'
    Marwan
    April 7, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Bosnia is heaven on earth, have been to lovely Bosnia in 2006, 2008 & 2012, would love to go there for another 3 times

  • Senkajubo@gmail.com'
    Senka Birmingham
    April 7, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Thank you for this! I’m Bosnian and currently living in the states. It is an amazing country with so much to offer if only people would take the time and forget the past troubles and apprichate the country for what it currently stands for.

  • Nermisa_o@yahoo.ca'
    Nermisa
    April 7, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Love this.

    Bosnia is beautiful, it’s definitely worth visiting.

  • le@mail-mg.dk'
    Lea
    April 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    It is the most beautiful place on Earth – so calm and filled with history, especially Mostar and Sarajevo 🙂

  • Ashleynitransky@hotmail.com'
    Ashley
    April 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    This region of the world is high on my bucket list! Just wondering what mode of transportation you used to travel betwee Bosnia, Montenegro, and Croatia?
    Thanks!

  • kaivakatrinna@gmail.com'
    Kai
    April 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Where did you stay? it looks so beautiful, I’m traveling october/november by eurail around europe and this is now on my list!!
    xx

  • mgabbett@yahoo.com'
    Matthew Fine
    April 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Wow, that landscape is so beautiful. Since it has calmed down Bosnia would be such a beautiful travel destination. Such a rich culture and such beautiful scenery to absorb

    • worldofwanderlust
      April 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      It has been such a surprise – incredible country! Also wrong that the mass media continues to hang onto Bosnia’s turbulent past…. ironic since this is the one place I have felt truly at peace this year!