Land of Bridges and Waterfalls: Bosnia and Herzegovina Four-Day Route

When you have all the time been impressed by the movies of Emir Kusturica, or you might be simply searching for uncommon locations for a vacationer journey, think about Bosnia and Herzegovina as an choice in your subsequent journey.

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Many individuals nonetheless affiliate the territory of the previous Yugoslavia with the preventing. However Bosnia and Herzegovina isn’t any extra harmful than any state in Western Europe. And definitely no much less stunning!

Learn how to get to Bosnia and Herzegovina

There are three giant airports within the nation – in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Tuzla, however none of them will be capable to get straight from Russia to any of them. You may fly with a switch in Istanbul, Budapest or by way of different European cities. The price of an air ticket with transfers from Moscow to Sarajevo and again begins from 25,000 rubles * per individual.

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The bus service is properly developed right here, however essentially the most handy option to journey round Bosnia is by automotive: renting a automotive in Sarajevo on will price 3000 rubles * per day. By the best way, you may also go to the nation by getting by automotive from Croatia or Montenegro – an ideal addition to your trip in these nations.

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Vacationers from Russia don’t want a visa to go to Bosnia and Herzegovina. You may enter the nation with a passport and keep for as much as 30 days. However to be able to discover the native sights intimately, three or 4 days are sufficient. On the border, they’ll solely ask for a PCR check that has handed no sooner than 48 hours earlier than the second of entry. Due to this fact, if you happen to arrive in Croatia or Montenegro with a Russian PCR check, go to Bosnia and Herzegovina within the first days.

What to see in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Within the south-west of the nation, close to the borders with Croatia and Montenegro, there are a number of essential vacationer spots.

Mostar

Within the 1990s, fierce and damaging inter-ethnic preventing came about on the streets of this small city. Immediately, nothing reminds of these horrible occasions: Mostar is well-groomed and delivered to a superb look. True, those that have traveled to the Balkans at the very least as soon as perceive that this area has its personal idea of grooming. In my view, Mostar is without doubt one of the most picturesque cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The central level of attraction for vacationers is Outdated bridge throughout the fast-flowing river Neretva. It’s, together, the primary attraction, a visiting card not solely of the area, however of the entire nation. One of the best view of it opens from the neighboring one, Lutsk bridge, which is situated barely downstream, or from the rocky financial institution of the Neretva.

Metropolis middle – and that is all of the house that straight adjoins the bridge – is often crammed to the brim with vacationers. Somebody involves the oriental bazaar, somebody – to take a seat in eating places and style the native Mostarsko beer or drink espresso in line with Bosnian traditions. Slender cobbled streets, memento retailers, bridges, mosques, Catholic church buildings – that is all Mostar. It was surprising to seek out right here a monument to Bruce Lee, which is situated in park Zrenjevac… The 2 essential mosques of Mostar – Karagyz-bekasituated close to the Outdated Bridge, and Bones Mehmed Pasha with a slender minaret in opposition to the background of mountains. It’s this constructing that’s the background of the Outdated Bridge on postcards.

Kravice waterfalls

An hour’s drive from Mostar, on the Trebizhat River, there’s a pure park with a cascade of picturesque waterfalls. Considerable, even within the drought season, streams of water speeding from a top of 15-28 meters type a semicircle with a diameter of about 150 meters – it isn’t for nothing that these waterfalls are referred to as a fan over the cliff. On the foot of the cascades, they stream right into a clear lake, on the banks of which locals and vacationers prefer to chill out. There are locations for sunbathing, a number of espresso retailers with very noisy and Balkan-style cheerful employees, small boats and kayaks can be found for hire. Even supposing the water not often warms up above 18 ℃, everybody right here willingly swims.

The doorway to the Kravice Waterfalls is paid – about 10 convertible marks * (Bosnian forex). The park is open all 12 months spherical, however it’s higher to verify the precise timetable on the web site.

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Just a little greater than half an hour will take the drive from Kravice waterfalls to Good… This serene place, the place lots of of birds scurry about close to a steep cliff above turquoise water, even earlier than the conquest by the Ottoman Empire, grew to become a haven for dervishes – Muslim hermit monks. Tekie has existed right here because the starting of the 16th century. The visitor home and the mausoleum, which whiten on the cliff, have been constructed in the midst of the 17th century and have survived to today virtually of their unique type. Immediately, contained in the advanced is a type of museum, a memento store and a espresso store with quirky tables. All vacationers can enter, not solely Muslims, however sneakers have to be left in entrance of the doorway.

The water cave on the foot of the tequia is nothing greater than karst spring Vrelo Bune, one of the vital highly effective sources of recent water in all of Europe. The size of the Bune river, which types this supply, on the floor of the earth is simply 9 km, after which it flows into the Neretva. Alongside its banks there are lots of particular espresso retailers the place you may drink Turkish espresso with Turkish delight and even strive grilled river trout, having fun with the variety of the encompassing panorama.

These three places are the primary ones for many who got here to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a couple of days. When you have the chance to remain, remember to go to three extra Bosnian cities.

Trebinje

Trebinje – the town of solar and wine – is situated simply a few tens of kilometers from the Croatian Dubrovnik and the border with Montenegro in a picturesque valley between hills lined with slender aircraft timber. In historic occasions, it was a part of the Roman Empire, and later was a part of the Kingdom of Serbia, the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary and Yugoslavia. Such a wealthy historic range of cultures has led to the distinctive taste of this place.

Trebishnica River divides the town into two components, and bridge Arslanagicha initially from the 16th century – connects. In Trebinje, the Outdated City of the occasions of Turkish rule has been preserved. Remember to go to the native grocery market and the Cinematic Café Pod Platanami, situated reverse. Scenes for European and American movies are usually filmed right here. Locals love to inform tales about filming and talk about which movies they’ve appeared in. On the whole, the entire metropolis appears to be like like a set for film. Strolling here’s a particular pleasure for many who are uninterested in the crowded and bustle of megacities.

Visegrad

Visegrad is a small and world well-known historic metropolis. It occupies a modest 450 sq. km among the many wooded mountains between the Drina and Rzava rivers. Three folks glorified this place. The primary is Sokollu Damat Mehmed Pasha, who ordered the development of a monumental, 11-span stone bridge in Visegrad. The second is Ivo Andric, a Yugoslav author whose novel “The Bridge on the Drina” was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The third is Emir Kusturica, who constructed the town of Andrichgrad, filled with literary, historic and cinematic mysteries, as a surroundings for his movie primarily based on Andrich’s e book.

If you end up within the metropolis throughout the vacationer season, take a ship experience alongside the Drina and respect the bridge from the water, which, by the best way, is a UNESCO World Heritage Website.

Egg

The town with the culinary identify Egg is definitely thought-about royal. The final monarch of the Kingdom of Bosnia was topped right here. Right here was his residence, and right here he was killed. If you’re not within the historical past of the nation, you’ll undoubtedly respect this small city primarily for its spectacular 25-meter waterfall, which types proper on the confluence of two rivers – Pliva and Vrbas.

After all, Egg has the whole lot that have to be in an historic metropolis: a well-preserved fortress wall, slender streets, catacombs, stone arches, destroyed cathedrals, clock towers … However the primary attraction remains to be a waterfall. There are few locations on the planet the place rivers merge collectively and rush down in a strong stream proper within the middle of the town. It appears to be like uncommon and spectacular. The Bosnian kings knew the place to arrange their residences! Nonetheless, the entire of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a miracle as stunning and makes you wish to come again and get to know higher.

* Costs are legitimate on the time of publication

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