One of the most underrated travel destinations in Europe, no trip to the Balkans is complete with a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. A country rich in history, culture and storytelling, Bosnia and Herzegovina has something for everyone.
I’ll never forget my visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina – so nostalgic, beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. It was my very first experience to see the remnants of war throughout my journey.
If you’re planning your trip to Bosnia and aren’t sure where to start, this guide will help you uncover the best parts of the country!
Here are the 10 best places in Bosnia and Herzegovina you must visit!
Bosnia’s capital and largest city, Sarajevo was founded by the Ottoman Empire and it is home to multi-religious nation often called as “Jerusalem of Europe”. Be transported to the 15th century as you step into the old town and Baščaršija. At one point in time, it was the largest trading hub in the Balkans!
Immerse yourself in the country’s culture as you get to the Sebilj Fountain, a wooden water fountain. Best of all, it is one of the iconic landmark of Sarajevo and you can actually drink the water yourself!
Did you know that there are more than 100 mosques in Sarajevo in the 16th century? That gives you plenty of options to do your prayers. If you’re unsure of how to choose, you can pray at the famous Gazi Husrev-Beg’s Mosque – Bosnia’s largest historical mosque and the Balkans’ most important Ottoman structure.
The other major landmarks in Sarajevo has got to be the historic Latin Bridge where it was the beginning of the World War I and Sarajevo Meeting of Culture Line where Ottoman architecture meets Austro-Hungarian architecture.
For other major landmarks in Sarajevo, check out my Incredible Things You Must Do in Sarajevo.
While strolling around with your loved ones will be an unforgettable moments, there is nothing that can compare to seeing Sarajevo with the guided tour. It’s perfect for learning the dynamic past and best attractions – book your guided tour with Klook!
#2 Stari Most, Mostar
Your visit to Bosnia would not be complete without visiting one of the Bosnia’s most popular attractions, Mostar! Mostar is famous for its UNESCO Old Stone Bridge also known as Stari Most. This fairytale bridge was built in the 16th century by the Ottomans over the Neretva River.
Beyond iconic, Mostar is so famous that they actually named the city after the bridge keepers, mostari. Since back to the medieval times, this bridge links the two parts of the old town together and it is considered an exemplary piece of Islamic architecture in the Balkans!
While people often just snap pics of the Mostar bridge, I’d recommend checking out the astonishing view while you’re on the bridge itself. You’ll see the gorgeous Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque on the north while Lucki Most on the south.
It is without a doubt that Mostar is one of the best places to watch the sunrise and sunset in Bosnia!
If you are in Sarajevo and want to visit Mostar but don’t know where to begin, I’d suggest taking a day trip tour from Sarajevo! Tours typically happen daily at 8:00 am and depart from Sarajevo Old Town.
You’ll visit Four Pearls of Herzegovina including Blagaj Tekija, Kravice Waterfalls, Počitelj, Konjic, together with Mostar along with learning the history of each spot.
For the best views of the Mostar bridge, you can go to Lucki Most that is another bridge just a few hundred meters south of Stari Most or go to Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque and climb up the minaret for a small fee – located a few hundred meters north of Stari Most.
#3 Blagaj Tekija
With elements of Ottoman architecture and Mediterranean style dating back to the 1520s, Blagaj might remind you of that Insta-famous traditional building across the river! One of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited, and it’s not hard to see why.
Blagaj Tekija is famous for its Dervish monastery surrounded by extremely high cliffs on the bank of some of the most turquoise-blue water I’ve ever seen. The village was named after its weather as “blaga” means “mild” in Bosnian, and is located at the spring of the Buna River.
Miraculously, Blagaj Tekija remain untouched during the Bosnian War!
Blagaj Tekija is a must-visit for anyone. With beautiful architecture, incredible crystal clear water and serene environment, it’s one of my favourite destinations in all of Bosnia. To get the most out of a trip here, sign up for a day tour!
The best view of the main tekija can be found across the river. Just follow the boat tour signage to get there.
#4 Kravice Waterfalls
After Blagaj Tekija, make your way to Kravice Waterfalls, one of the largest waterfalls in Herzegovina and located just 10 min away from Croatia border. With Balkan region is famous for its clearest water, the gorgeous crystal clear water scene in Kravice Waterfalls is no surprise.
Kravice Falls is a very well-known place for swimming and picnic. It’s a perfect destination in Bosnia during the summer. No matter how hot the weather though, the water is pretty icy all year round.
The water is absolutely freezing, but the scenery and crashing sounds of the falls make it all worth it!
If you haven’t rented a car during your trip to Bosnia, many guided tours visiting Mostar will also include a side trip to Kravice Falls on the way. This might be an easier option if you’re not keen on driving yourself.
Pocitelj is a stunning small old medieval town about 30 min away from Mostar. Be transported back in time to the Ottoman days, with medieval fortress and cobblestone streets very well maintained over the years.
Keep in mind that going around this town requires a lot of climbing and walking! Climbing up to the fort and mosque on the top is something tourists typically do and there’s a reason for it – the view you get up there is absolutely mesmerising.
The best part when you hike the stairs to the top, you’ll see panoramic view of the city and incredible view of Neretva river.
This is definitely an experience you will never forget! Plus, you can easily incorporate a visit to Pocitelj with your day trip to Blagaj Tekija, Kravice Waterfalls, Konjic and Mostar by joining a day tour.
Wear proper and comfortable shoe in case you are planning to climb up.
#6 Pliva Waterfalls & Pliva Lakes
I wouldn’t be a true avid nature lover if I didn’t include the Pliva Waterfalls and Pliva Lakes on this list! Located in Jajce, it’s one of the most popular destination in Bosnia. Pliva Waterfalls is where two rivers meets.
Located in the heart of Jajce town, this gorgeous waterfall leads right up to 17-meter drop of crashing water. You have to be at the official viewing platform and feel the misty spray, but be sure to bring your raincoat!
Whether you are standing beneath it or looking down from above, the Pliva Waterfalls creates a spectacular view from any angle!
When you’re done taking in the waterfalls, head to the Pliva Lakes where you can see old watermills. Built in the Middle Ages, these 20 little huts was once served as watermills for local farmers. It is more beautiful in person than I’d ever imagined!
Travnik is an easy day trip from Sarajevo (it’s 1.5 hours away), and home to a best-preserved Ottoman castles in the country. Travnik was once the capital of the Bosnian Kingdom for over 150 years and is called the European Istanbul.
While in Travnik, you’ll want to stop at the 15th century Travnik Castle. It’s also known as Stari Grad Castle, is where the fortress located. Travnik also famous for its colourful mosque, Sulejmanija Mosque built in 16th century by the Ottomans and is the only mosque in the world with a market at its base.
For good eats, get the best čevapi in the country at Cevabdzinica Hari Restaurant, just a short walk away from the old town. For more information on where to find the best food and restaurants in Bosnia, check out my Muslim Friendly Bosnia Halal Food Guide.
Views from the fortress are nothing short of spectacular.
Along the way from Sarajevo to Mostar, stop to see an iconic sight of Old Stone Bridge in Konjic. It is the best preserved Ottoman bridge in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Did you know that it’s also a National Monument?
Built in the 16th century by Ottomans, this historic bridge was destroyed by the Germans in 1945 and then reconstructed in 2009. Pull over to take some photos of the bridge, stop by for a coffee and to do your prayer at the nearest mosque.
Take your time to explore the narrow streets but remember to keep your voice down – many of these homes are still inhabited by local residents!
#9 Tunnel of Hope or Tunnel Museum
A stay in Bosnia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Tunnel of Hope. It is a hand dug tunnel, here’s where you can experience a little slice of war realities with a brief walk through the public part of the tunnel.
Depending on where you want to start the museum tour, you may want to begin with watching a 20 minute documentary showing the siege of Sarajevo. Then walk through the tunnel, it is tiny and cramped when you imagine big guy carrying heavy weapons and foods through such a small space that was over 800 meters long as seen from the documentary.
It is a humbling experience and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to living in Sarajevo during the war.
#10 Vrelo Bosne
Vrelo Bosne is one of Bosnia’s best-known attractions, and the naturally crystal clear water here provide a spectacular backdrop to relax with friends and family. Located only 30 min away from Sarajevo, it’s frequently visited by the locals to cool off on a hot summer day.
What is so fascinating about this park is that you can ride the horse carriages, an experience you will remember all your life. We finished the tour after learning that it’s home to some endemic species of flora and fauna at Vrelo Bosne.
It’s a place so serene where you can see beautiful water was flowing everywhere you look!
If you are looking for historical sites, breathtaking scenery and inspiration, look no further than Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia totally changed my perceptions, my life challenges is nothing compared to these people facing greater challenges with so much resilient! I’ve never felt as immersed in a country and culture, thanks to the people I met. Truth be told, I left Bosnia with the thinking on how can I help them? And this is why I encourage everyone to visit Bosnia so it could help them to rebuild their country. You will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina don’t you? 🙂
What are your favourite places to visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your recs!