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Old Town mosque, Sarajevo
Old Town mosque, Sarajevo

Although it's best remembered for three-year conflict that saw the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90s - Bosnia-Herzegovina is today on its way to becoming reacquainted with the world as a top Eastern European travel destination.

Along with neighbors Croatia and Serbia, (with the Adriatic Sea lapping up against its 21 mile-long coast), Bosnia-Herzegovina has in fact built up one of the fastest growing tourism industries in the world.

Evolving from "Eastern Europe's best kept secret", millions of visitors each year now come to experience for themselves the natural beauty found in Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with its rich history and culture and friendly people, and plenty of opportunities for skiing, white water rafting, hiking, ecotourism, and adventure travel.

In larger cities like Sarajevo, college students and professionals can be heard speaking perfect English, but for the most part Serbian is the language most often used, so knowing at least a smattering of Serbian travel phrases (see below) will help make it easier navigating your way.

Sarajevo, the scene of the 1984 Winter Olympics, is where most first-time tourists are introduced to Bosnia and Herzegovina to drink up local culture in the capital city's cafes, visit its startling mix of churches, cathedrals and mosques, or tour the battle scars still seen from the Balkan conflict.

Serbian travel phrases

YES - Da (dah)
NO - Ne (neh)
PLEASE - Molim (mo-leem)
THANK YOU - Hvala Vam (hvah-lah vahm)
HELLO - Zdravo (zdrah-vo)
GOODBYE - Do videnja (do-vee-jehnyah)
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? Govorite li engleski? (go-vor-eeteh lee ehng-leh-skee)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? - Koliko kosta? (koh-lee-ko kosh-ta)

While here, also don't miss a trip up to the nearby Bjelašnica Mountain with its popular hiking trails in summer and world class winter downhill skiing trails.

Throughout the rest of the Sarajevo region, also take in Sutjeska National Park, one of the last primeval forests in Eastern Europe, or perhaps a whitewater rafting trip (bordering on a national obsession) on the pristine Tara River.

Must-sees throughout the rest of the country include the beautiful northwest region offering winding rivers and lush green countryside on a visit to the country's newest natural preserve, Una National Park.

In central Bosnia and Herzegovina, head directly for the old medieval city of Jajce, with its nearby picturesque views and a prize 'photo op' at the Jajce waterfall.


More about Bosnia and Herzegovina travel around the Web:

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Tourism - The official site, with information on major Bosnia and Herzegovina tourist destinations, a special guide to the Adriatic coast, with practical travel tips, photos, maps.

Bosnia and Herzegovina - UNESCO World Heritage Centre - Information, maps and photos detailing the country's two historical 'must-sees', Mehmed Paša Sokolovic Bridge in Višegrad and the Old Bridge Area of Mostar.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide - Wikitravel - Great overview for the first-time traveler with insider guides to the people and culture (including an extensive discussion on the country's cuisine) along with how to's on getting around and other practical travel information, safety tips.

Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel | Lonely Planet - Excellent overview of top attractions including special looks at Sarajevo, the Stari bridge, rafting in Bihac and an overview of Medugorje, site of the Virgin Mary apparitions, plus more on typical travel costs, hotel and restaurant reviews, photos galleries, maps.

Tourist Association of Sarajevo - The official site with information on must-see attractions, practical guides to getting around, restaurants and shopping, searchable hotel database, photos, maps.

 

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