Long overshadowed by stories of war, modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina shines. Its dramatic mountain countryside, cobbled streets, age-old cultures, minarets and temples entice you to turn another corner and keep exploring. Get back to nature, step back in time or back up onto the dance floor to party the night away with Sarajevo’s young and beautiful.
Bosnia & Herzegovina Tours & Travel
About Bosnia & Herzegovina
At a glance
|Capital city:||Sarajevo (population 411,000)|
|Language:||Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)|
Best time to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina
Summers in Bosnia and Herzegovina are hot and sunny. The country is at its sparkling best between May and September. In winter it can get bitterly cold. Don’t be surprised to see snow, especially in the hills where the white stuff can hang around until April.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Historic Sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina
1. Stari Most
When Mostar’s 16th-century bridge was rebuilt after the 90s conflict, it became a new symbol of unity and hope. The only turmoil here these days is the fast-flowing river, into which young Bosnians dive, from 24m up, to test their mettle.
Sarajevo’s Old Town is filled with mosques, artisan workshops, Jewish temples and bars that buzz all night long. Do as the locals do and down a cup of coffee, fill up on bosanski cevapi and start walking the cobbled streets.
Ilidza is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s longest continuously inhabited sites. Neolithic ruins have been found and the Romans and Ottomans both had their time here. Contemplate the history as you soak in the town’s famous thermal baths.
4. Tunnel Museum
During the war, a tunnel was used to smuggle food, fuel and injured soldiers between the city and the free zone. The 20 m of the tunnel which still exists has been turned into an emotional insight into life during war.
5. Jewish Museum
This fascinating museum is housed in a 16th-century synagogue. Its bare stone walls and timber floors breathe the history of Jews in Sarajevo over the past 400 years.
FAQs on Bosnia & Herzegovina
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 2 KM
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 2.5 KM
Simple lunch = 6 KM
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 10 KM
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas
Jan 14 Orthodox New Year
Jan 27 St Sava’s Day
Mar 1 Independence Day
Mar 29 Easter
May 1 Labour Day
Aug 15 Velika Gospa (Assumption)
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 25 Statehood Day
Dec 25 Christmas
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Bosnia & Herzegovina Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Bosnia & Herzegovina
1. Be considerate of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
|Goodbye Sarajevo||Atka Reid and Hana Schofield|
|Zlata's Diary||Zlata Filipović|
|The Bridge on the Drina||Ivo Andric|
|People of the Book||Geraldine Brooks|