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A Complete Guide to Visiting Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Welcome to one of the most underrated countries in Europe- one that is characterized by a mix of landscapes and a blend of cultures. Bosnia & Herzegovina is a true hidden gem of a country, and so many cool places to offer.


We spent a week exploring the highlights of the country, from the breathtaking nature to the cute towns, and the delicious cuisine to a unique coffee culture.


In this guide we're going to go over our favorite places to visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina, the best ways to get around, and all the things you need to know before you go. So without further ado, let's jump right in to our Complete Guide of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Where is Bosnia & Herzegovina?

Bosnia & Herzegovina is located in the Balkans of Eastern Europe. The countries that border it include Croatia to its north and west, Serbia to its East, and Montenegro to its south.

Where is Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina is in the Balkans, between Croatia and Serbia.


How to Get to Bosnia & Herzegovina

Being in the center of the Balkans, there are a few ways that you can travel to Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Flying into Bosnia & Herzegovina

The main airports of Bosnia & Herzegovina are Sarajevo (the capital),  Banja Luka (the second biggest city). and Tuzla (the third largest city).


Cities that fly direct to Sarajevo include Abu Dhabi, Belgrade, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Konya, London, Vienna, and Zagreb.


Cities that fly direct to Banja Luka include Basel, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Dortmund, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Malmo, Memmingen, Milan, Mulhouse, Nuremberg,  Stockholm, and Vienna.


You can also fly direct to Tuzla via the cities of Basel, Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen, Gothenburg, Karlsruhe/Baden, Malmo, Memmingen, Nuremberg, Stockholm, and Vienna.

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Taking a Bus to Bosnia & Herzegovina

If you find yourself traveling to nearby countries of Bosnia & Herzegovina, the best way to visit may be by traveling there by bus. Check below for some of the most popular routes:


Taking a Day Trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina

My first time in Bosnia was actually on a day trip from Dubrovnik! The popular Croatian city is actually just minutes from the border, and only a couple of hours from Bosnia & Herzegovina's most beloved city, Mostar. Many of the tours include the highlights of the areas, which were truly some of our favorite spots in the whole country.


Want to book a tour to Bosnia & Herzegovina from Dubrovnik? Here are a few that you can choose from:

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Entry Requirements for Bosnia & Herzegovina

Whenever traveling somewhere new there are things you need to know before entering- whether it be related to visas or Covid. Here is what you need to know to enter the country of Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Visa Entry Requirements for Bosnia & Herzegovina

Most people do not require a visa to enter Bosnia & Herzegovina, and can stay for up to 30 days without any extra paperwork. You can check the official list to see whether if you need a visa or not, and the documentation necessary in order to apply for one if necessary. 


Covid Entry Requirements for Bosnia & Herzegovina

Like many other countries in the Balkans, the covid-relates restrictions weren't as strict as other areas of Europe. Covid tests and vaccines are no longer mandatory. Bosnia & Herzegovina is open without any restrictions due to Coronavirus.


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Local Adjustments for Bosnia & Herzegovina

When traveling there are things that you may forget about, that could be different from where you're coming from. Here are a few of the "local adjustments" to keep in mind when traveling to Bosnia & Herzegovina.


What Language Do They Speak in Bosnia & Herzegovina?

The official language in Bosnia & Herzegovina is Bosnian, which is almost identical to the surrounding countries that have Slavic languages.


Do They Speak English in Bosnia?

In bigger cities of Bosnia & Herzegovina there are plenty of people that speak English, so you shouldn't have any problem communicating if you don't know Bosnian. However, if you do go to smaller towns, it definitely helps to pick up some of the basics, or to have Google Translate handy.


What is the Official Currency of Bosnia & Herzegovina?

The currency used in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the Bosnian Mark. Currently (April 2023) the euro and the dollar are approximately double the value of the Bosnian mark, meaning every 1 USD/Euro is equal to about 2 Bosnian Marks.


Does Bosnia Use European Plugs?

Bosnia & Herzegovina does use the same outlets as the rest of Europe, which fit plug types C & F. The standard voltage in Bosnia & Herzegovina is 230 V with a standard frequency of 50 Hz.


Is Water Drinkable in Bosnia?

The water throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina is generally safe to consume. Therefore, you can drink straight from the tap if you'd like, as well as order tap water from restaurants.


Tipping in Bosnia & Herzegovina

The tipping culture in Bosnia & Herzegovina is very similar to other European countries. Although it is not mandatory, it's pretty standard for people to tip an average of 10% in sit-down restaurants.

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Places to Visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Now that you know the basics for visiting Bosnia & Herzegovina, here are the top places to visit throughout the country.

The Old Town of Sarajevo

The Old Town of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sarajevo

One of the best places to visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina is without a doubt the capital. Sarajevo has a sad past, but is full of charm and history. We spent two days enjoying the stunning architecture, large bazaar, and the delicious restaurants there. Stay tuned for a full article about Sarajevo coming soon!

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Sarajevo id the capital, and a must visit while in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Want to find a place to stay in Sarajevo? Just check the map below for the different accommodation options:

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Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina


Mostar

Mostar is hands down our favorite city in all of Bosnia & Herzegovina. This is definitely the most popular destination to visit, as it's an easy day trip from the famous city of Dubrovnik in Croatia. Mostar has the most beautiful old town, characterized by a grand bridge connecting through the center. 

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mostar is known for it's magnificent bridge.

We loved Mostar so much that we decided to write a full article about everything you need to know. Don't miss out!

Old Town of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Mostar Bazaar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Old Town of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mostar is one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Want to look for accommodation in Mostar? Just check the map below for the different options:

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Banja Luka

Located in the north of the country, Banja Luka is the second biggest city in Bosnia & Herzegovina. A beautiful blend of Christianity and Muslim, you can enjoy cathedrals, mosques, and fortresses alike here. There is also a large pedestrian street, market, and some colorful street art to check out while in town.


Want to look for a hotel in Banja Luka? Simply refer to the map below for the different options:

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Tuzla

Tuzla is the third largest city in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and also one of the most important industrial hubs in the country. This place dates back to the 16th century, and is known for its salt lake in the Central Park. The charming old city has plenty to offer from its color center to the large lakes that you can visit.


Looking for a place to stay in Tuzla? Just check the map below:

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Other Places to Visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Now that you know the top places to visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina,  here are some of the smaller places worth checking out.


Jajce

This is definitely one of the cutest towns in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and well worth a visit, especially to break up your trip if you're going from Banja Luka to Sarajevo. Jajce is a charming town perched in a hill, sitting above a giant waterfall.We came here for a couple of hours to climb up to the top, have a bite to eat, and of course to admire the gorgeous waterfall from down below.

Jajce, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Jajce is a small town on a hill over a giant waterfall.

Want to take a tour to Jajce? We've picked out a few for you to check out:

Jajce town, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Jajce town, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Jajce town, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Jajce is beautiful both from down below, and in the town.

Konjic

Konjic is perfectly located between Sarajevo and Mostar. The cute town is characterized by its picturesque bridge, and the beautiful mountains surrounding it. Located right on the river, there are plenty of fun activities to do here, and it was the closest city to spend the night before going to do the Outlaws Door hike (which we'll talk a bit more about later in the article).

Konji, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Konji, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Konjic is the perfect place to stay if you're going to Outlaws Door.

Want to spend a night in Konjic? Just refer to the map below for accommodation options:

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Lukomir

Lukomir was one of those spots that truly took our breath away in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Tucked away in the mountains, this tiny village will take you hundred of years back in time. The drive here alone made us feel like we were in a Balkan fairytale, and the views surrounding the village were just outstanding. 

Lukomir, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The drive to Lukomir is super scenic.

We highly suggest doing this as a tour if you can, as when we went it was completely empty. We would have loved to hear about the history here, and imagine that being led by a local definitely would've been the way to go.

sheep in Bosnia & Herzegovina
Lukomir, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Lukomir, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Lukomir, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Lukomir will make you feel like you've gone back in time.


Want to check out tours that include a trip to Lukomir? We've found some for you listed down below:


Blagaj

Just 10-15 minutes outside of Mostar you can find one of our favorite spots in the area. Blagaj is a small village perched along the Neretva Canyon. One of the main highlights of visiting Blagaj is the Dervish House, which is now 600 years old. This historic Sufi monastery was built into the cliffs on the water, and has a mausoleum, as well as an old Turkish bath. In addition, it makes for one of the most Instagrammable spots in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Dervish House, Blagaj, day trips from Mostar

Another highlight of Blagaj is the fortress, which is a 45 minute hike to the top, and gives you beautiful views of the village and river down below.


Want to visit Blagaj on a tour? Here are a few that you can choose from from both Sarajevo and Mostar::


Pocitelj

Located just 30 minutes from Mostar, this ancient settlement has turned into a full open-air museum. Climb through this small town and each step you'll be able to really absorb the culture of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Pocitelj has cute souvenir shops, restaurants with authentic food, and a fort at the top with breathtaking views of the river and countryside below. This is one of our favorite day trips from Mostar, and can also be found as part of some of the day trips from Dubrovnik to Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Positelj Fortress, day trips from Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Pocitelj, day trips from Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Pocitelj, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Pocitelj is one of the most traditional villages in Bosnia & Herzegovina,

Want to take a tour from Mostar or Dubrovnik that includes Pocitelj? Here are a few options:


Una National Park

This is another area of the country where the nature will truly leave you speechless. Una National park is full of mountains, greenery, and some of the countries most beautiful waterfalls. You can visit here on a day trip from Banja Luka, or add it to your road trip if you are visiting Bosnia & Herzegovina from Plitvice Lakes, which is just over the border.


Tara Canyon

Tara Canyon is a spectacular place that can be admired from both Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. This canyon is the largest in Europe, and the second largest in the world after the Grand Canyon. While we visited here from Montenegro, and found some stunning viewpoints, we heard that you can also go rafting on the side of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Tara Canyon, Bosnia & Herzegovina

The view of Bosnia & Herzegovina from the Montenegrin side of Bosnia & Herzegovina,


Things to Do in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Now that you know all of the great places to visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina, here are some activities that you can check out.


Chase Waterfalls

One of our favorite things to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina was to visit its beautiful nature. This country has some of the most impressive waterfalls that we've witnessed in Europe, and there are definitely some for the bucket list.

Kravica Falls, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kravica Falls

This was our favorite part of all of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Kravica Falls is an enormous set of falls found in the south of the country, just by Croatia. It is taken care of very well, and has plenty of amenities for people to enjoy while they are there. You can swim, have a bite to eat, or simply relax and take in the beauty of the area.


Kravica Falls can be visited by car, or by tour from either Mostar or Dubrovnik.

Kravica Falls, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Kravica Falls, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Kravica Falls, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Kravica Falls is one of the most beautiful places in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Want to join a tour to Kravica Falls from Mostar? Here are a few options:

Want to join a tour from Dubrovnik to Kravica Falls? Here are a few that we've found:

Štrbački buk Bosnia

Earlier we mentioned Una National Park, and one of the best parts of the park are the waterfalls inside of it. Štrbački buk waterfalls are actually located right next to the border of Croatia, pretty close to the famous Plitvice Lakes. So it's no wonder that there lies so much beauty in the this area.


Martin Brod Waterfalls

Just down the river from the main waterfalls in Una National Park lie a few smaller falls. There are several that are dotted along the river, and are definitely something to check out while in the area.


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Hike Outlaws Door

If you're looking for one of the most amazing things to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina when it comes to nature, then this is it. Outlaws door is a full day hike, as it takes a few hours each way, and leads you to an incredibles round gate made of stones. We actually had incredibly bad luck with the weather, so after two attempts decided to leave this for a future trip.


However, we did tons of research, and spoke with a local about exactly how to get there, which we will share on our Google Maps document! (It is much trickier than we originally thought).


Stop by Arslanagic Bridge

Located all the way in the south of the country, is an adorable town to check out with a large picturesque bridge crossing the river. This is definitely something you can easily add to your itinerary as a quick stop if you're traveling by car between Mostar and Dubrovnik.

bridge in Bosnia & Herzegovina