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Bosnia is more than likely not even on your radar of places to visit in this lifetime, which is a crying shame.
This beautiful little country may be war-torn, but it is safe, secure, and surely more beautiful than many over-visited tourist countries in Western Europe.
Whether its a forgein city you want to explore, or rivers, mountains, and nature, Bosnia has more to offer than you ever knew.
Read on below to learn everything you need to know about visiting Bosnia!
What You Need To Know Before Visiting Bosnia?
Bosnians Enjoy All Four Seasons (and so can you!)
Bosnia is located near the Adriatic sea, which is a part of the Mediterranean sea. The Dinarides Mountains series runs along its coast. Both of them made a diversified climate for Bosnia.
There are hot areas near the Adriatic coast, where summers scorch at 40°C. You will be fine in winters as the temperature remains above 5°C.
But don’t head towards Dinarides in wintertime while visiting Bosnia as you will be frozen. The temperature is below 0°C for nine months. If you love snow, then you are most welcomed. Otherwise, it has a better atmosphere in summer.
There is also an area where you will neither fired nor frozen. The moderate areas like Teslic or Doboj have the average condition. Summer is pleasant below 35°C, and Winter remains above 5°C.
Bosnia Has Some Different Perks
If you visit Bosnia soon, you should convert your currency to Bosnian Mark (KM). You cannot use dollars, euros, or pounds. And there are also very few places that accept credit cards; most of them just work with cash.
If you don’t want to look for an exchange in the bakery, convert your currency to KM beforehand.
You will also find it hard to communicate as the majority of people don’t know English. People have suffered from the Bosnian war (more on that below). Hence, their education was disturbed for several years.
The young generation can speak some English due to the reinforcing education system, so you will find a translator while visiting Bosnia if you need one. But older people speak only Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian.
Keep Checking Your Belongings
As of 2019, more than 3.3 million people are living in Bosnia. They are well known for their hospitality. You will mix up with them pretty quickly. But there are also pickpockets. As Bosnia is a tourist attraction, so a lot of people visit it every year. Most of their income is generated by tourism.
So when you visit a place famous for its tourism, you should also be alert of pickpockets. Although the crime rate is too low, and the chance of stealing is relatively low. But it is better to be careful.
Learn more about staying safe and traveling smart.
Pork Is Prohibited
Bosnia is now a Muslim-rich country. More than 50-percent of the population is Muslim. So you won’t find many bacon or pork-related food while visiting Bosnia. also, don’t ask someone in the street for any restaurant for pork items, because you never know who you might offend.
However, there are still some places where Orthodox and Catholics sell bacon, as they collectively make 45-percent (30-percent former and 15-percent later of the population). But you need to search for them. Even McDonalds is not giving any haram food.
Have A Beer
You will find Bosnia secular in terms of alcohol consumption. Most of the community is Muslim, but they are not too strict about alcohol intake.
Some of them don’t consume it but do not forbid others. Some of them drink too. You will find them quite open-minded in terms of alcohol.
Beware Of Bosnian War’s After Effects
Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered a war from 1992 to 1995. This war continued for three years and eight months. Many people were killed, and a lot of collateral damage was done. But what do you have to do with this information?
During wartime, by 1996, more than 2 million landmines were placed over the territories, nearly 5% area of the country. Some of these landmines are still active.
From 1996 to 2019, the government and many NGOs, along with the help of NATO, started deactivating them. But still, some areas are contaminated with around 32,000 active landmines today.
These areas are marked with giant boards of landmines area ahead, so stay away from stepping into that region. Many tourist guides warm them about contaminated areas so that you can take their help too.
FAQs About Travelling To Bosnia
Is Bosnia Safe For Travellers?
Bosnia is entirely safe for travelers generally speaking. The crime rate is very low compared to other regions. Pickpockets are a bit irritating, but their operating ratio is negligible. If you’re used to crime in big cities, Bosnia will seem like a village with no crime.
As far as landmines are concerned, the areas are marked with prominent warning signs. You cannot miss them, so don’t step into those areas. Other than that, you will have a great and safe time in this beautiful country.
What Are The Best Locations For Visitors?
There are a lot of places in Bosnia that are worth watching. Una national park is top of the list. The spotlight of this park is 25 meters high waterfall. Street Godpodska in Banja Luka has colorful umbrellas hung over the head.
If you want to take a closer look at the wartime of 1995, then head towards The War Tunnel Museum in Sarajevo. Mostar has magnificent museums where paintings, drawings, and jewelry of Ottoman and Turkish eras are stored.
Then comes the medieval Fort of Blagaj, Travnik Castle, and Tešanj Castle, which has preserved the history of Bosnia. In short, Bosnia is a great place for visitors to enjoy their time to the fullest.
Is Bosnia Great For Hiking?
Bosnia is excellent for hiking purposes. Many tourists visit this country for its charming hiking hills. For a delightful green hike, you have Prenj Mountain Range and its highest peak Zelena Gleva (2155m). You can view wild horses on climbing Čabulja Mountain.
Then you have Maglić Mountain in Mostar, the highest peak of Bosnia. It is 2386 meters high and requires two days for hiking. Apart from these significant climbs, you have Velež Mountain and Čvrsnica Mountain range.
Is Bosnia Expensive?
Bosnia isn’t expensive at all, but it is also not so cheap. It is advised to have a budget of 100-107 KM ($60-65) per day. Visitors have spent 42 KM ($25) per day on meals. The estimated cost is 753 KM ($450) per week for a person.
What Is The Average Hotels’ Cost Per Day?
The average hotel cost is 46 KM ($27.5) for a single person. The cost increases to 93 KM ($55.5) for two people.
Thanks for reading! Have a great time visiting Bosnia!
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