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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Uncover Enigmatic Charms

by Andy Khong

  1. Sarajevo*: The capital city is a melting pot of cultures, where you can stroll through the historic Bascarsija district, visit the iconic Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, and learn about the city’s turbulent past at the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum.

Bascarsija District. Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque in background.
Sarajevo War Tunnel.

2. Mostar: Known for its stunning Stari Most (Old Bridge), this city offers a glimpse into the Ottoman era. Don’t miss the mesmerizing divers who plunge into the Neretva River from the bridge.

Stari Most

3. Medjugorje: A renowned Catholic pilgrimage site, where it is believed that the Virgin Mary has been appearing to local children since 1981.


4. Banja Luka: The largest city in Republika Srpska, known for its charming architecture, vibrant nightlife, and the stunning Kastel Fortress.

Banja Luka.

5. Sutjeska National Park: Home to the Perucica primeval forest, this park offers hiking, wildlife watching, and the chance to explore the beautiful Tara River Canyon.

Sutjeska National Park.

6. Kravice Waterfalls: A hidden gem in the Herzegovina region, these waterfalls are a perfect spot for cooling off on a hot summer’s day.

Kravice Waterfalls.

7. Jajce: Known for its picturesque waterfall in the town centre and its historical significance as the former capital of the Kingdom of Bosnia.

Jajce Waterfall.

8. Pocitelj: A well-preserved medieval village with a striking fortress, offering panoramic views of the Neretva River valley.


9. Trebinje: A charming town known for its Orthodox monasteries, vineyards, and the serene Trebisnjica River.


Bosnia and Herzegovina’s blend of history, culture, and natural beauty makes it an enchanting destination for travellers seeking unique experiences. Whether you’re interested in exploring centuries-old architecture, immersing yourself in religious diversity, or simply taking in the stunning landscapes, this Balkan gem has something for everyone. So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to discover the captivating allure of Bosnia and Herzegovina – a country waiting to be explored and cherished.

[* World War 1, one of the most devastating conflicts in human history, had its spark in the unassuming city of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The event that ignited this global catastrophe is famously known as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife, Sophie, on 28 June 1914.

The Archduke’s visit to Sarajevo was part of a broader political context. At the time, Bosnia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a multinational entity facing growing tensions and nationalist movements across its territories. These tensions were exacerbated by the assassination, as the perpetrators were members of a Bosnian Serb nationalist organization, the Black Hand.

As the Archduke and his wife were traveling through Sarajevo, a young Bosnian Serb named Gavrilo Princip fired two fatal shots, killing them both. This shocking event set off a chain reaction of diplomatic and military actions. Austria-Hungary, seeking retribution, issued an ultimatum to Serbia, believing the Serbian government had supported the assassins.

Serbia’s response did not fully satisfy Austria-Hungary, leading to the declaration of war on Serbia on 28th July, 1914. This declaration triggered a series of alliances and mobilizations among European powers, with Russia supporting Serbia and Germany supporting Austria-Hungary. Soon, France, the United Kingdom, and other nations became involved, and the world found itself plunged into the cataclysmic conflict that would become World War I.

The assassination in Sarajevo served as the spark that set off a powder keg of political tensions, alliances, and grievances that had been building in Europe for years. It ultimately led to the mobilization of armies, declarations of war, and a four-year-long global conflict that reshaped the course of history. Sarajevo’s name became forever etched in the annals of history as the place where the fuse was lit for the Great War, making it a site of historical significance that visitors to Bosnia and Herzegovina can explore and reflect upon today].

Lane where the Archduke of Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated, which sparked World War 1.

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