Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

MIR’s Private Journeys Specialist Lisa Peterson loves the Balkans and considers this region her “home away from home.”  She found these travel gems on her latest trip to Bosnia.

When she's back in the Balkans, Lisa Peterson's quite at home speaking Croatian, Macedonian, and Bosnian <br>Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

When she’s back in the Balkans, Lisa Peterson’s quite at home speaking Croatian, Macedonian, and Bosnian
Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Bosnian HistoryThere’s so much more to Bosnia than just the recent war in the 1990s. If you can see beyond the war, you can see into this area’s history, nature, and literature. See into food, too!

IIt's like old times again in Sarajevo's old town, Bašcaršija – easy to enjoy the nightlife <br>Photo credit: BH Tourism

It’s like old times again in Sarajevo’s old town, Bašcaršija – easy to enjoy the nightlife
Photo credit: BH Tourism

For starters, I suggest visiting Jajce and its World War II AVNOJ Museum, where Josip Broz Tito hid out with his partisans as they worked together to forge a new country, Yugoslavia, with Tito as its leader. While in the area, visit the 14th century citadel of Bobovac, where the last Bosnian queen held out until the Ottomans conquered Bosnia.

Unchanged since November 1943, this darkened hall in AVNOJ Museum is where Tito created Yugoslavia <br>Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Unchanged since November 1943, this darkened hall in the AVNOJ Museum is where Tito created Yugoslavia
Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

This tiny chapel near Bobovac still preserves the history of its last Bosnian queen, Katarina Kotromanić<br>Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

This tiny chapel near Bobovac still preserves the history of its last Bosnian queen, Katarina Kotromanić
Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Bosnian NatureNature is always high on my travel list, with Bosnian forests, flower-dotted meadows, and the Dinaric Alps all around. It’s always a good time to visit, but spring is one of my favorite seasons with springtime colors and massive waterfalls everywhere.

You don't have to hike far to Jajce Waterfalls: it's in the center of this Bosnian town <br>Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

You don’t have to hike far to Jajce Waterfalls: it’s in the center of this Bosnian town
Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Hikers head to Hajdučka Vrata on Čvrsnica Mountain; rings of rocks are created by wind and erosion  <br>Photo credit: BH Tourism

Hikers head to Hajdučka Vrata on Čvrsnica Mountain; rings of rocks are created by wind and erosion
Photo credit: BH Tourism

Bosnian LiteratureDelving into literature, I suggest stopping at the Ivo Andrić Museum in Travnik, where rare editions of the Bosnian writer’s works are on display, including his Nobel Prize-winning novel, “The Bridge On the Drina.” The book tells the story of the town of Visegrad, and the bridge that plays a unifying and central role. It’s a small museum – Andric’s house – but the curator is so enthusiastic, and really brings Ivo Andrić  to life.

Ivo Andrić lived here; the writer donated his Nobel Prize money for libraries in Bosnia and Hercegovina <br /> Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Ivo Andrić lived here; the writer donated his Nobel Prize money for libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Bosnia’s Best: Cevapi!And of course, you just can’t beat Bosnian cevapi, a favorite dish of grilled meat and onions. Truly, it’s the best!

Ćevapi is a the national dish of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with ingredients varying from town to town <br>Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Ćevapi is a the national dish of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with ingredients varying from town to town
Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

Travel to Bosnia & Herzegovina with MIRYou can learn more about this fascinating and complex region on MIR tours to the Balkans including Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can also book a custom, private journey that focuses on your own unique interests, like my favorite travel gems in the backwaters of Bosnia. For details, contact one of MIR’s Private Journey Specialists – including me – for details.

(Top photo credit: BH Tourism. The photo is a wooden house built at the highest altitude and most remote place in Bosnia, near Lukomir. )

PUBLISHED: July 8, 2014

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