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Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Guide


Overview

Located in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula, Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of six areas making up Yugoslavia, and it become independent during the 1990's Yugoslav Wars. With the horrendous war now over, Bosnia and Herzegovina is surprising tourists for all it has to offer: rocky forested mountains, sweeping countryside, and in the south, a gorgeous Mediterranean climate. As for the culture, it's steeped in a rich history. For 500 years, this land was dominated by the Turks who left behind their religion and distinctive architecture, and for a shorter time after that, it was dominated by the Austro-Hungarians who left their own particular mark.

Its biggest and most famous city, Sarajevo, despite its recent suffering, is full of vitality, its skyline full of onion shaped church domes, cathedrals, mosques, and government buildings constructed by the Austro-Hungarians and Ottoman Turks. The infamous bridge where World War One began remains intact, as do many reminders of much more recent history — the bullet-laden library for example. The Bascarsija Bazaar in the center of town is an ancient Ottoman market still in operation today, replete with cafes, bars, souvenir shops, and artisan workshops selling their wares. As you get away from the center of town and head west, traces of the Ottoman Empire recede to make way for the Austro-Hungarian side of the city with its regal white architecture. It's easy to walk around Sarajevo but there’s also excellent public transport, such as the circular tram.

For those set on outdoor adventure, head to the northeast part of the country to a small town called Bihac. The attraction here are the mighty rapids of the beautiful Una River. Kayaking and rafting companies offer a number of packages at varying prices. There's even a regatta in July celebrating the glory of the river where boats of all manner make a run down the rapids while people crowd along the river to cheer.

If you're looking for adventure of a different kind, such as the tacky-religious-tourist kind, go to Medugorje. This is where six teenagers in the summer of 1981 claimed to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Overnight, this dirt poor village had found its cash cow as Catholic tourists began flooding in. Tour buses, souvenir shops, guided tours of the supposed sacred site where the teens saw the apparition — it's all there as you'd expect. Apparently, the Catholic Church is supposed to 'officially acknowledge' these sightings, as they did in Fatima, Portugal and in Lourdes, France. For whatever reason — probably the obvious one that it was a town hoax to bring in tourists, and the fact that, well, perhaps the teens had too much to drink that afternoon? — whatever the reason, the Catholic Church hasn't officially recognized this sighting. It doesn't stop the tourists from coming, however, so it's not a problem for the town. As for the teens — now full-grown adults in their 40s — three of them say they still see the Virgin Mary on a daily basis, while the other three say they just see her on 'special days'.


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