Bosnia and Herzegovina lies at the cultural crossroads of east and west. It was here where the Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations met the Roman and Austro-Hungarian ones, creating one of the richest and most diverse cultural heritage regions of southern Europe. It is also the only place in the world where you can find Orthodox and Catholic churches, a mosque and a synagogue side by side in the same square. Despite the image of Bosnia and Herzegovina's past, it is actually one of the safest places in Europe.
Roads and Riding
Much of the country is covered by mountainous terrain, which together with good roads makes a great riding destination. This tiny country is tailor made for adventure and has a taste of the wild that is long gone in Western Europe.
Climate and Environment, When to Go
Bosnia has a mild and consistent central European climate. The best time to visit is from May to September. Bosnia is not a heavily touristed country, so does not get super crowded in the summer. Any time is a good time to visit Bosnia.
Sights, People, Food and Drink
As the crossroads of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman civilizations, Sarajevo and Mostar are beautifully preserved medieval cities, the former with an excellent Turkish bazaar, the latter with a stone arch bridge as the centerpiece of a medieval old town. Though they tend to live in separate areas of the country, Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks (Muslims) are all of the same ethnic stock and physically indistinguishable. The people, especially in Sarajevo and Mostar, are working very hard to renew and show off the treasures their cities are and are most welcoming and appreciative of visitors. Bosnia’s Turkish heritage means that grilled meats are popular, try cevapcici (minced lamb or beef) or burek, a meat or cheese baked into a flakey pastry.
Facts For The Traveler
|Land area:||51.129 sq km|
|Official language:||Croatian, Serbian (both very similar)|
|National currency:||Convertible Mark (KM), EUR is widely excepted|
|Religion:||Muslim (44%), Orthodox Christian (32%), Roman Catholic (17%)|
|Time zone:||Central European Time (GMT+1)
|International dialing number:||+387|
|Visa:||Tourists from most countries (EU, USA, etc) do not need visa. A valid passport is required only.|
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