The safest thing is that you have never considered Bosnia and Herzegovina As a vacation destination, but the truth is that this country has much more to offer the traveler than people think. In fact, any visit to the Balkans is a trip to the past that is worthwhile.
Although it will continue to be marked by the 1992 Civil War for a long time, Bosnia and Herzegovina is slowly recovering from the horrors of war, and today it is a booming tourist spot. Today in Hard Hobbit To Break we want you to know this country a little better and we are going to do it talking about its main cities. In this case we are not only going to talk to you about the most populated, but also the most touristy. Do you want to join us?
How could it be otherwise, let's start by talking about Sarajevo, the capital and the most populous city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and located next to the Miljacka River, it is one of the highest located cities in Europe. It is known for its religious diversity (Muslims, Orthodox, Catholics and Jews have lived here for centuries) and, in fact, it is known as the "Jerusalem of Europe". Among its main points of interest we highlight its large number of mosques, a picturesque Turkish bazaar and its beautiful squares.
Another important city in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Mostar, which is located on the banks of the Neretva River. In fact, it is one of the main tourist destinations in the country. Its old town stands out, where you can find its famous bridge rebuilt (it was destroyed during the war), its medieval streets and small craft shops.
The second most populous city in Bosnia is Banja Luka, which is located in the northwest of the country, on the banks of the Vrbas river. Much of the city was destroyed by the earthquake that shook the area in 1969, making its appearance fairly recent. Today, it has a large number of areas landscaped and wide tree-lined avenues.
6 kilometers from the border with Serbia and 40 kilometers from that of Croatia we find Bijeljina, a typically agricultural place. Among its main points of interest is the Tavna Monastery. On the other hand, we want to highlight the Semberija Folk Festival, Rhythm of Europe, which aims to promote the folklore and traditions from around the world.
We continue our tour of the most important cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tuzla, the fourth largest city in the country. Here is the only lake salty from Europe, which is visited every year by about 100,000 people.
We also want to talk about Zenica, a Bosnian industrial city that is mostly populated by Bosnian Muslims, although we also find 10% Croats and 6% Serbs. It is located in a lush valley on the banks of the Bosna River, and has, among other points of interest, the ruins of the fortress Vranduk and with a nice old town.
Another place in Bosnia and Herzegovina that we should highlight is Medjugorje, where it is said that the most recent ones are taking place appearances of the Virgin Mary. The city is located near the border with Croatia.
Finally, we want to talk about Visegrad, a city crossed by the Drina river known for the book "A bridge over the Drina" by Ivo Andrić, who was Nobel Prize winner for Literature. The main tourist attraction of the city is the Mehmed Paša Sokolovi Bridge, which inspired the author, and has been designated a World Heritage Site.
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