10 Things to Do in Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Fatima Turla May 20th, 2022 Posted in Destination, Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina soon? Read our tips below on the 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 its gorgeous capital Sarajevo, the UNESCO sites, and fantastic cuisine to cultural monuments where East meets West, you will find incredible history and uniquely hospitable locals. Let’s dive into the journey across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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List of Best Things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina

1. Old Town Tour in Sarajevo

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Sarajevo is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most vibrant and diverse city. With a cluster of crafts
shops, cobbled streets, and some of the best eateries, 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 established with the arrival of the Ottoman Empire. Bear in mind that the coffee culture is quite strong in Sarajevo and your Sarajevo journey is only complete with discovering the full coffee ritual.

2. Enjoy the Brave Divers diving off the Old Bridge in Mostar

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Take in the sights of the Old Bridge in Mostar, cobbled streets, and the ramparts. If you sit in one of the local restaurants close to the Bridge, you can enjoy unforgettable views of the turquoise Neretva River. If you are visiting in July, keep an eye out for the Diving Off the Bridge event featuring some remarkable divers. Similar to Sarajevo, Mostar’s Old Town offers the opportunity to travel back in time and find traces of Mostar’s ancient past.

3. Soak in the Peace at the Apparition Hill in Medjugorje

The Shrine of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Herzegovina, is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. The Apparition Hill became famous on 25th June 1981 when Virgin Mary appeared before six teenagers. Today, it is an asylum for those 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 tricking you, and that in front of you is nothing but a hill. This mystical place nevertheless offers much more than an archaeological miracle and is often said to have healing powers.

5. Mehmed Pasha Bridge and Andricgrad in Visegrad

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This great Ottoman bridge is a UNESCO world heritage site. From here you can visit Andricgrad including the Ivo Andric’s Institute with the Centre for Slavic languages, Fine Arts Academy, Town Hall, Church of St Lazar, and Renaissance Theatre. It is a very nice tour and gives you an opportunity to explore several architectural styles and historical periods; the Byzantine, Ottoman, Renaissance, and Classical styles.

6. Kravice Waterfall

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If you fancy a cold water swim on a hot sunny day, Kravice Waterfall will amaze you. It is literarily tailor-made for adventurers and nature lovers, and it is close to many other Herzegovina tourist gems so it is 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 gourmand souls. Offering great wines from local producers, Trebinje wine cellars are a good place to start your tour of Trebinje. The City’s old town will absolutely impress you, and so will the 15th- century Orthodox Tvrdos Monastery, the Arslanagic Bridge, Klobuk Fortress, or the Hercegovacka Gracanica Monastery.

8. Skiing in the Olympic Mountains surrounding Sarajevo

Put on your skies and enjoy the wealth of skiing areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Olympic mountains which hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1984, have got something to suit every taste plus they offer great value. All three Olympic mountains – Bjelasnica, Igman, and Jahorina are only a 30-minute ride from Sarajevo. Jahorina is suitable for everyone, from beginners to seasoned skiers. Bjelasnica and Igman are excellent ski resorts for advanced skiers and offer some amazing off-piste skiing.

9. Explore Medieval Fortresses in Central Bosnia (Travnik and Jajce)

Discover a vast collection of household items, tools, and weapons, housed in the well-kept medieval fortresses in Jajce and Travnik. In addition to these historic edifices, you can enjoy a great Waterfall rising above the Jajce fortress. Jajce is also known as a royal town, and the residence of Bosnian kings during the medieval period, whereas Travnik became the capital of Bosnia during the Ottoman period, and in 1699 the residence of viziers. The Bosnian viziers presided in Travnik for over 150 years.

10. Go Rafting – Neretva, Una, Tara…

A trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina isn’t complete without a rafting adventure. For a lifetime breathtaking venture, Strbacki buk in the Una National Park offers the ultimate adventure experience. On the other hand, Neretva River is more suitable for family rafting experiences.

These are the possible things you can do in Bosnia and Herzegovina. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Fun Facts About Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a part of Former Yugoslavia, was the first socialist country to host the Olympic Games
  • The morning before the Winter Olympics, Sarajevo’s slopes and streets were snowless. On the night before the opening, the snow started falling
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina hosts the best film festival in SE Europe – Sarajevo Film Festival held in August
  • Europe’s largest rainforest, Perucica, is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina (National Park Sutjeska).

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.