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Why should you visit Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the heart shaped land that lies in the heart of southeast Europe. It is here that eastern and western civilizations met, sometimes clashed, but more often enriched and reinforced each other throughout its long and fascinating history. Perhaps what is most important for the visitor to know today, though, is that BiH is a stunningly beautiful country with a vast array of landscapes, cultures, traditions and people. And as the old cliche goes 'people make the place' – and BiH prides itself on its hospitality and treating our guests as if they were family members. And family we take to heart.

Places to visit

Baščaršija - Old Town (Sarajevo):
The Old Town ‘Baščaršija‘(Bashcharshiya) may be difficult to pronounce in the beginning but it is certainly one of the most impressive and charming old places in the country. Baščaršija souk has been a trading and a meeting place since the 15th century. European countries used to meet here to trade their wares.
Stari Most - Old Bridge (Mostar):
The old bridge is perhaps the finest example of the Ottoman ingenuity and Dalmatian masonry in the western Balkans. Not only does this precious stone structure bridge the east and west banks of the emerald Neretva River, it also symbolizes the crossroads of eastern and western civilizations.
The sunny Adriatic (Neum)
Although it’s only a tiny strip of the gorgeous Adriatic, Neum has become a major seaside resort. Ideally located between Split and Dubrovnik and just a short distance to Mostar and Medugorje, Neum is an inexpensive holiday spot for fun and the sun.
Waterfalls (Kravice):
The Trebizat River creates a wonderful green belt amidst the dry  landscape of western Herzegovina. This stunning waterfall runs over 100  meters long and drops an impressive 25 meters. Kravica is an ideal place  for a picnic or a swim and definitely provides one of the more  picturesque sceneries in Herzegovina.
Tekija (Blagaj):
This 16th century dervish order monastery epitomizes the harmonious  existence of man and nature. This stunning structure was built at the  mouth of the largest spring in Herzegovina which gushes from a cave at  the base of a 200 meter cliff.
Ski Mountains (Jahorina):
The XIV Winter Olympics are long gone, but the slopes still remain, and  so does olympic style skiing. Jahorina has made a great comeback as  southeast Europe’s best ski resort. Great skiing. Great accommodation.  Great fun. All just a short ride from the capital of Sarajevo.
Bjelašnica 'Biyelashnitsa' Mountain (Sarajevo):
This Olympic mountain is also making a steady comeback. It was the site  of the men’s slalom and has by far the most challenging ski trails in  the country. Off the beaten tracks are ideal spots for cross country and  tour skiing, as well as year round hiking, biking, and village tourism  in the ancient highland villages.
National Park (Sutjeska):
Locally famous for the great battle of WWII when the partisans defeated a  massive German army this park is also home to one of Europe’s last  remaining primeval forests in Perucica. Also home to Bosnia’s highest  peak (Maglic Mt. 2,386 m). A must see for hikers, walkers and nature  lovers.
Rafting (Neretva):
Neretva rafting offers a whole day of fun and adrenaline for anyone! Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you glide down the white water  rapids, through the canyons, caves and over the waterfalls. And if  rafting isn’t your thing, you can always do fishing instead.
Pliva Region (Jajce):
Jajce was the last stronghold of the Bosnian kings before it fell to the  invading Ottomans in 1528. Known for the massive waterfall that blesses  the heart of the city, Jajce represents multiple layers of this regions  long history – with traces of Illyrian and Roman finds as well as the  distinct Bosnian and Ottoman features. The Pliva Lake region offer world  class fly-fishing, as well as great water sports in the lake region.
Arslanagić bridge (Trebinje):
The underground river Trebišnjica and the city  have always been known for the enormous old mills. Although they are not  fully functional today, they remain a symbol of Herzegovina’s past when  everything was directly connected to the power of nature. That raw  power was clearly evident in Trebinje, before the new dam curtailed  it. A newlybuilt dam however, was bound to swallow the Arslanagic Bridge.
Međugorje Pilgrimage:
The story of Medugorje is well known to most Catholics. It  is estimated that over 15 million people have visited this tiny place.  Despite the controversy, Medjugorje has become one of the largest  Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.
Kraljeva Sutjeska:
Arriving in Kraljeva Sutjeska feels like stepping through a time warp. This tiny ancient village with its large Franciscan church and monastery one has well-kept houses, gardens in perfect shape and the sun reflecting off the water and white stones. Many of the older women still dress in traditional attire. One of the oldest mosques in Bosnia and Herzegovina is situated at the entrance of this village. The mosque and its wooden minaret are open to visitors.
Banja Luka is the administrative capital of the Republika Srpska, the  second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and by far the largest  city in the northwest. The town got connected to the world when the  Roman trade route from Salona to Servitium passed through it. The Romans built a fortress here, the walls of which encompassed an entire miniature town. When the Roman Empire collapsed, the Slavs took over.
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