A major attraction in the region due to its craggy countryside and fantastic culture, Bosnia and Herzegovina makes a fascinating part of Southeastern Europe to visit. Its location in the Balkan Peninsula has played a role in its historical formation as demarcations between East and West collided here, bringing over Ottoman influence with Austro-Hungarian histories.
These days, tourists will find out this country has a high literacy and life expectancy mixed with hospitality. It is also well known for its cuisine, winter sports, eclectic music, and festivals which are the largest and most frequented across the region. These, as well as the fashionable bars, medieval castles, and the occasional Socialist-era architecture make Bosnia and Herzegovina a place to check out for travellers in the region.
Where to go
All the people living in the country might be called Bosnians, but there is still the region of Herzegovina to check out. Its boundaries within the country may not be strictly defined, but it has a distinctive beauty shown off by barren mountain ridges and breathtaking river valleys. Fine wines and fruits are also specialised produce here, with a host of day trippers visiting Mostar, the most popular city in the region. The Stari Most, a pale and swooping stone arch, can be found here, which makes a most splendid sight at the golden glow of the sunset or well-placed lighting. From here, tourists can look for the Kajtaz House, a historic old house that once held the harem for a 16th-century Turkish judge. Those going here can view artefacts and the pretty, half-timbered structure. There is also the Trg Musala, which was once the centre of Austro-Hungarian influence in the region. The square, these days, is rather a square fronted by mix of various architectural styles, from the 1914 City Baths to the ruins of the 1892 Hotel Neretva.
Tourists who want to enjoy the delights of the countryside can turn to Banja Luka. It is a useful transport hub for those planning adventure sports in the surrounding area. Not as lovely as other parts of the country, Banja Luka has quite a tragic history during a 1969 earthquake and later on in the civil war. Those venturing here can check out the Orthodox Cathedral of Christ Saviour, with its gilded dome and brick bell tower. It is a relatively new structure, built around 2000 with layered yellow and crab-pink stones rising to the domes in an archetypal style. The Muzej Republike Srpske is also a landmark here, which features the local history, from the artefacts to exhibits on World War II.
Around three hours away from Sarajevo, Budapest makes a fine city to visit for its Art Nouveau architecture and romantic city views. It is also famous for its cuisine and wines, which can make one feel like staying longer to enjoy dishes of original goulash soups, hortobagyi pancake, or the slambuc. After enjoying a hearty lunch, tourists can check out the Memento Park, where statues of socialist figures such as Lenin and Bela Kun can be visited. There are also the replicated remains of Stalin's boots, which were the only parts left of the enormous statue toppled down during the 1956 uprising.
From here, there is the Great Synagogue to view, which is the second largest Jewish place of worship in the world. It was built in 1859 with Romantic and Moorish elements and now keeps various artefacts, including the Holocaust Memorial Room that commemorates the events from 1944-45. There is also the Thermae Maiores Baths Museum, which once served as Roman garrisons, complete with a gymnastics hall, sweat rooms, and hot and cold pools.
Kuwait, more than seven hours away from Sarajevo, is a small yet fascinating country to visit due to its cultural attractions. Its combed beaches and desert surroundings additionally serve intriguing delights to experience, especially for tourists eager for unique experiences. Those venturing here can start the sightseeing at Kuwait Towers with their distinctive blue-green sequins. Its largest tower stands up to 187 metres with a two-level revolving observation deck. The Tareq Rajab Museum can also be found here, which houses a private collection of Islamic art, inlaid musical instruments, Omani silver and Saudi gold, headdresses, and various costumes. There are also relics from different parts of the Asiatic region, making the museum an important place to visit.
How to get out
Tourists going out of the country can turn to Sarajevo International Airport for international trips. Airlines serving here include Adria Airways, Air Mediterranee, Air Serbia, Austrian Airlines, B&H Airlines, Corendon Airlines, Croatia Airlines, flydubai, Germanwings, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pegasus Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, and Turkish Airlines.
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