Exploring Central Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a gem hidden among the green Balkan mountains. I’ve spent months in this country and now I want to share with you one of my favorite route.
- May 2020 -

DURATION:

3 DAYS

TYPE:

FRIENDS HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

CULTURAL

BUDGET:

€120

Sarajevo

Sarajevo

Sarajevo was kind of my base during exploring Bosnia. The city is placed almost in the middle of the country and it's quite easy to get to any point of it within a few hours.

But Sarajevo itself is worth visiting at least for a couple of days. The city has a big history and you literally may see it. Different parts of Sarajevo were built in different Empires so it feels like that city is a bridge between cultures and times.


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Sarajevo, Ferhadija Street

Sarajevo, Ferhadija Street

There are two city centres in Sarajevo: one is western and another one is oriental. The western part was built during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Yugoslavia. Ferhadija Street is going right through its heart. 

This centre is interesting for classic Austrian architecture, catholic and orthodox churches and for unique bars what you may find walking around.


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Sarajevo, Baščaršija

When Ferhadija Street was over I crossed a sign on the ground and appeared in another world. And it's not just poetic words. I literally felt like I crossed a bridge between the West and the East.

Baščaršija is the oriental heart of the city. It looks like a huge bazaar with dozens of cafes, hookah bars, souvenir and jewellers shops. One of the most important historic building of it is the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and the Clock Tower.


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Sarajevo, Latin Bridge

Sarajevo, Latin Bridge

Small Miljacka river flows near the centre of the city. It splits Sarajevo into two parts, which are connected by 35 bridges! And one of these bridges has changed the history of the Balkans forever.

Latin Bridge is the place where Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. It initiated political July Crisis among the major powers of Europe and led to the outbreak of World War I.


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Trebević

Trebević

Trebević is the mountain near Sarajevo. I got up there twice: first time by cable car and the second time by walk. Walking up there takes much longer but it’s good cardio and an opportunity to go through some authentic districts of real Sarajevo. 

There are some nice viewpoints up on the mountain where you can see the whole city from above. A good place to watch the sunset. But be careful, because the cable car stops operating before the sun goes down.


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Bobsleigh and Luge Track

Bobsleigh and Luge Track

The bobsleigh track is one of the major city attraction though it doesn’t look like it is. 

This massive construction was built on the hillside of the mountain for the 1984 Winter Olympics, but it had been operating only for 10 years before the Bosnian war started. 

During the time of the war, it was used to be fire point for artillery what had been besieged Sarajevo for almost four years.


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Travnik

Travnik

When I was sure that I explored everything in Sarajevo I checked towns around and I chose Travnik as the next point of my trip through Bosnia.

Travnik is a nice small town located north of the capital. It has a fortress and few historic buildings, and it's pretty famous in the country for travnički ćevapi. Good for one day stop.


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Jajce, Pliva Waterfall

Jajce, Pliva Waterfall

Jajce is a diamond in this treasure with the name “Bosnia”. This beautiful and not very famous town is located in the centre of the country and it can amaze even experienced travellers. 

The very first thing what visitor sees when he comes to Jajce is 12-meters waterfall right in the centre of the town. Isn’t it amazing? 


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Jajce, Fortress

Though the town isn’t very big, it has a few nice historic streets with good cafes and traditional food at pretty low prices. And in the very centre of the town huge medieval fortress is towering. If you want to see Jajce from above, you definitely gotta go up there.


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Plivsko Jezero

Plivsko Jezero

Third must-see point of Jajce is located 3 kilometres out of the city. I walked there but it’s also possible to take a taxi there.

Plivsko Jezero or Pliva lake is a big artificial lake surrounded by woods. It’s a nice place to walk around, breathe fresh air and just relax.


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Mlinčići

Mlinčići

Mlinčići itself is a complex of wooden medieval mills built right on a rapid of Pliva-river. 

It’s not famous at all and it’s even doesn’t look huge like usual attractions, but it has a great atmosphere where you feel like in Slavic fairytale. It’s my favourite places in Bosnia. Really! Though I know there are still a lot of outstanding places need to be revealed in this region. 


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