Best things to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina

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updated 31.01.2024

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country that has something for everyone. The country has a rich history and culture that can be experienced in its many beautiful cities, natural wonders, and stunning landscapes. Whether you're a history buff or an adventure seeker, there's something for everyone in this beautiful country. Here are the best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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1. Visit Una National Park

One of the most beautiful natural parks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Una National Park is a haven for nature lovers. The park boasts crystal-clear rivers, waterfalls, and lush forests that are home to various species of flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming, rafting, kayaking, and fishing in the park. The park is located in the northwest of the country and covers an area of over 190 square kilometres..

2. Spend time at the Blagaj Monastery

Blagaj Monastery is an ancient Islamic monastery located near the city of Mostar. The monastery was built in the 15th century and is situated on the bank of the Buna River. The monastery is known for its stunning architecture and beautiful natural surroundings. Visitors can explore the monastery, take a boat ride on the river, or enjoy a traditional Bosnian meal at one of the nearby restaurants.

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3. Go rafting in Bihac

Bihac is a small town located in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, known for its stunning natural beauty and historical significance. The town is situated on the banks of the Una River and is surrounded by lush forests, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Bosnia’s Bihać is the ultimate rafting spot in Herzegovina, with the crystal-clear River Una offering the best experience upstream.


Extreme rafting is one of the best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina © Veronika Kovalenko/Shutterstock

4. See the mosques of Banja Luka

Banja Luka is the second-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is known for its charming blend of traditional and modern culture. The city is home to numerous historical sites, including the medieval Kastel Fortress and the Ferhat Pasha Mosque. Visitors can also explore the city's vibrant markets and sample local cuisine at one of the many restaurants and cafes. Exploring Banja Luka is one of the best things to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina — and one of the best things to do in Europe.

5. Marvel at the architecture of Mostar

Mostar may seem underwhelming at first, but as you descend into the Old Town, you'll find a special place with rushing streams, steep cobblestoned streets, and the turquoise-blue Neretva River with its Old Bridge.

Most tourists visit on a day trip, but staying the night is recommended to avoid crowds, and the best times to visit are early morning or early evening. Visiting this lovely town is one of the best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Visiting Mostar is one of the best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina © Shutterstock

6. See the waterfalls of Jajce

Jajce is a charming town, known for its adorable name and picturesque setting. The town is home to the stunning Pliva Waterfall and the 14th-century Jajce Castle, which was once the seat of Bosnian kings. The town also boasts impressive 21m-high waterfalls. This is a great place to explore while on your trip through Eastern Europe.


The beautiful waterfalls of Jajce © Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock

7. Explore the Dinaric Alps

The southernmost region of the Dinaric Alps extends from Albania to Slovenia and encompasses these remote mountains. To best explore this range, trekking around Valbona Valley is recommended. Although the journey from the capital is lengthy, involving a ferry crossing on Lake Koman, the breathtaking mountain scenery makes it entirely worthwhile.

8. Experience the spectacular views of Tara Canyon

Tara Canyon is a stunning natural wonder located in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The canyon is home to the Tara River, which is considered one of the cleanest rivers in Europe. Visitors can enjoy rafting, kayaking, hiking, and fishing in the canyon.

9. Discover the capital city of Sarajevo

Sarajevo is often compared to a Slavic mini-Istanbul due to its mosques, bazaars, and kebab restaurants in the Old Town's Baščaršija. It is also often considered one of the coolest cities in the Balkans. The scars of the 1990s war can still be seen in burnt-out buildings. However, Sarajevans are resilient and welcoming, often offering coffee and making new friends.

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and vibrant nightlife.


Seeing Sarajevo is one of the best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina © Shutterstock

10. Hike at the Kravice Falls

Kravice Falls is a series of waterfalls located near the city of Ljubuski. The falls are surrounded by lush greenery and are a popular spot for swimming and picnicking. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the nearby caves and canyons.

The nearby village of Pocitelj is known for its traditional feel and fifteenth-century remnants, including a citadel and a mosque. Visiting this area is one of the best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

11. Get amazed by the Rakitnica Canyon

Rakitnica Canyon is a stunning natural wonder located in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The canyon is home to numerous waterfalls, caves, and rock formations that are popular with hikers and adventure seekers. The canyon is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including bears, wolves, and eagles.

12. Visit beautiful town of Trebinje

Trebinje, nestled in Herzegovina's southern tip, is Republika Srpska's most attractive town and an ideal starting or ending point for exploring the region. It is best known for the Arslanagić Bridge, a sixteenth-century stone bridge located just a ten-minute walk from the town centre. The Old Town is charming with its winding streets and plenty of cafes.

Visitors should also take time to explore the hilltop monasteries, including the fourteenth-century Tvrdoš, which offers stunning views of the surroundings.


One of the many iconic bridges of Bosnia and Herzegovina © Mykhailo Brodskyi/Shutterstock

13. Try local cuisine

Bosnia and Herzegovina's cuisine is heavily influenced by centuries of Ottoman rule. Local food joints sell čevapčići, grilled meat rissoles served with somun and chopped onion, and burek, greasy pastries filled with meat, spinach, cheese, pumpkin, or potato. Sarajevo is famous for its burek. Soups, vegetables stuffed with mincemeat, salads, and sweets such as baklava and tufahije are also widely available.

This list could truly go on. There are countless fantastic things to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Ready to start planning your trip? Check out the Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget.

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Top image: Old town of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Stari Most bridge, Neretva river and old mosques © Boris Stroujko/Shutterstock

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updated 31.01.2024

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