If you’re entering Bosnia and Herzegovina through its Croatian border with Dubrovnik, there isn’t much that will prepare you for its beauty. The country’s charm catches you off guard. As soon as your heart sinks at the sight of bullet marks still visible in some buildings or at the concrete walls of housing estates marking the war and post war-period, Bosnia and Herzegovina surprises you with a sight so stunning that it makes you look twice, wishing that you wouldn’t have to leave. Emerald rivers, waterfalls, rolling hills overlooking the country’s many lakes, the ottoman heritage which makes you feel as if you suddenly found yourself in Turkey… Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mosaic of natural beauty and fascinating culture. The best thing about it? It’s still very much a road less travelled amongst Europe’s popular routes which means that you can have a piece of this green paradise (almost) all to yourself. Without further ado, let’s find out what makes this charming little country so unique and why you should visit this summer, I am yet to visit a country in Europe where every river is emerald in colour and so crystal clear that it’s practically see-through. From the charming Vrelo Bosne park in Sarajevo, the mirror-like riverside in Republika Srpska’s Trebinje to Kravice waterfalls, the list of BiH’s natural wonders seems to have no end.
Architectural walk through the history of Sarajevo: Ottoman, Austro-Habsburg and socialist influences in the city
If you choose for the architecture themed city trip we take you back in time, some five hundred years ago, to the most beautiful pieces of the Ottoman architecture and the legacy of the Moors. Through narrow alleyways we will reach the Svrzina house – a good example of typical residential architecture from the eighteenth century. We will also pass the Despica house. This monument is a beautiful home of the wealthy and famous Orthodox Despic family from the seventeenth century. At that time Ottoman architecture had a few unwritten rules: human proportion, unobstructed views, geometry, open and flexible spaces, simple furniture, close to nature and the use of local building methods.