Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country born from war, still struggling to find its place in Europe, but no less beautiful as a result. This nation is full of culture, historic towns and rugged mountains. The capital, Sarajevo, is a heady mix of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Soviet architecture with a thriving cafe culture and wonderful museums, all surround by the majestic Dinaric Alps. Historic Mostar and its 16th-century bridge is an icon of the region, famous for its divers, who plunge from 24 metres into the icy waters of the Neretva river to the delight of applauding tourists and locals alike.
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Currency Bosnian convertible marka
Flying time from London 2.25 hours
Official language(s) Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian
Time difference +1 GMT
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Known for being the highest and most isolated village in the country, it can only be visited by car for just six months of the year due to the weather conditions.
View the site of Archduke Ferdinand’s shooting in Sarajevo
The starting point of a conflict which killed or wounded over 40 million people, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrillo Princip sparked the world’s first global war. You can view the exact spot of the assassination.
The Sarajevo Roses
The siege of Sarajevo lasted nearly four years, making it one of the longest in modern history. Dotted around the city are shell holes from the siege which have been painted red to signify the blood split during the conflict. These have been called ‘Sarajevo Roses’.
Located on the left bank of the River Neratva, the fortress village of Pocitelj has some excellent examples of Ottoman architecture with a labyrinth of steep stairways, bastions and fortified walls.
Watch the divers at Stari Most, Mostar
Probably the most popular tourist attraction in the country, one of the best times to visit and view the bridge is when a member of the local diving club dives into the river below.
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