Major Tourist Attractions: Osmanagic Pyramid Hypothesis, Stari Most, Jahorina, Kravice, Sebilj, Sarajevo Tunnel
News buffs know that the 1990's were not kind to Bosnia & Herzegovina. The signs of civil war, sniper rifles, and ethnic cleansing that stemmed from the country's fight for independence are still readily apparent even today. Don't be deterred: Bosnia has a beauty and charm that outshines the bombed out buildings and pockmarked sidewalks. It is now safe and welcoming to visitors and well worth taking a chance on.
Modern Bosnia is a country that is fast rebuilding to become the elegant mix between East and West. This is particularly evident in the capital city, Sarajevo, where Ottoman, Turkish, and Austio-Hungarian influences all blend together. Large cemeteries surround the city, making it hard to ignore the extreme losses the population suffered recently. Yet the streets are bubbling with shops, tragically hip young people, and the occasional Muslim call to prayer.
Visitors to Bosnia will discover a very affordable country, with interesting sights and a welcoming population. It's still developing it's tourist infrastructure and the bus is still the primary means of travel, although the rail lines are becoming more reliable. In a few years it may be a major tourist destination like Croatia, but right now it is still a mostly undiscovered treasure.
Some of the many unique activities found only in Bosnia include:
- Drink thick sticky Bosnian coffee out of a traditional metal vessel.
- Cross the beautiful, recently rebuilt Stari Most bridge in Mostar.
- Ski in the mountains that surround Sarajevo.
- Visit the capital of the separatist region, Republika Srpska, Banja Luka.
- Make a pilgrimage to Medugorje, one of the biggest Christian tourism sites in the world.
- Stand on the bridge where the archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, sparking World War One.
- Go extreme canyoning in Rakitnica, Bjela or Svrakava.
Address: 1 Robert C. Frasure Street
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Phone: (+387 33)704-000