A Day Trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina


View of Mostar
View of Mostar

Whilst staying in Dubrovnik I decided to take a day tour into Bosnia & Herzegovina with a couple of friends from my hostel.

Bosnia was never a place I felt a strong desire to visit and I knew absolutely nothing about it – apart from the fact they usually have terrible entries in the Eurovision Song Contest.

We left Dubrovnik early and got to see some of the Croatian countryside including the famous wall of Croatia, which I was amazed to find out is the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China.

Croatian countryside and wall

On the three hour drive to Bosnia we stopped off at various points along the way so we could try some local produce, including oysters and organic fruits, juices and jams.

Having our freshly caught oysters prepared for us
Organic fruit stand
Organic jams and oils

We were taken to Kravice waterfalls, which are an hour or so into Bosnia, where we spent most of the day.

Kravice waterfalls stretch over 120m across in the shape of a semi-circle and the water crashes down from a height of 25m. It is one of the largest collection of waterfalls that can be found in Herzegovina.

As well as waterfalls, there are natural pools and jacuzzis formed into the rocks and you were able to climb and jump wherever you wanted. Not the most safest of places I’ve ever been to.

Our tour guide was very excited and insisted that all of us climb extremely dangerous looking rocks so that he could organise us all into elaborate poses and positions. Even the girl with the dislocated shoulder wasn’t exempt from the climbing!

Kravice waterfalls

After getting us to scramble over the algae covered rocks, our guide instructed us to swim across to the other side of the park, and one by one we were told to sit on a rock with a huge waterfall pouring down on our heads. After he’d taken a few photos of us sat on the rock, he then instructed us to lean backwards so that we could have a “natural back massage”.

We were a tour group of all girls, and unsurprisingly most of our bikini tops were pulled down by the force of the water, much to the amusement of our guide.

I’m still waiting for him to email us the photos he took….

After getting a few beers, we moved onto a famous restaurant in Bosnia. There was a lamb being spit roasted outside that smelt amazing. When we got inside our guide informed us that it was famous because it was one of the few places where you could eat lamb’s cheese… As soon as the waiter put down the plate of cheese on the table, I could tell from the overpowering smell that this was not going to be pleasant.

It was STRONG. The lamb, however, was one of the best meals I’ve had on my trip so far.

Spit roasted lamb

After lunch we drove on to our final destination – Mostar, one of the largest cities in the Herzegovina region.

Mostar

We were visiting the old town part of Mostar, which has a large bazaar selling traditional Bosnian items. Most of the items were copper plates, cups and coffee pots, but they also had some cushions and hand made clothes. There were also some extremely bizarre items and I have no idea what they were.

Items for sale at the bazaar
Bosnian… thing?

We stopped off for some refreshments at a Bosnian coffee shop. The coffee was VERY strong, and was presented in a traditional Bosnian coffee pot. The coffee was accompanied with sweets similar to turkish delight.

The correct way to drink the coffee is to hold the sweet in one hand, and the cup in the other. You then take a lick of the sweet, followed by a mouthful of the coffee, and repeat this until you’ve drunk it all.

Bosnian coffee

The guy that ran the Bosnian coffee shop doubles up as well as a bridge jumper. Naturally.

While we were sitting there he handed us a book full of photographs of him jumping from bridges, and told us that if we paid him 10 euros each then he would jump off the 30 foot bridge outside his coffee shop for us.

Not wanting to pay that much ourselves we declined his offer and watched him go outside, chanting and trying to get money from the crowd of tourists. Ten minutes later he had collected enough, and we had the best view of his jump from his coffee house.

Bridge jumping

Bosnia was a lot more beautiful than I had expected it to be and even though I only spent a few hours there, it is one of my favourite places I’ve been to so far.

Saying goodbye to Mostar
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49 Comments

  1. ayan
    July 26, 2011
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    wow. thats a nice looking place.
    that bridge jumping looks awesome =)

    • Lauren
      July 26, 2011
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      Yeah, the bridge jumping was cool! Apparently a few people die doing it too every year.

      • Amer
        October 25, 2012
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        That is not true Lauren !

        • Lauren
          October 26, 2012
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          By few people I mean tourists – not the professional bridge jumpers.

          There are signs on Mostar bridge warning people not to jump in – the shock from the temperature difference is enough to stop their hearts and a few of the residents told us that people die every year from doing it.

  2. Elle
    July 26, 2011
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    I had never heard anything positive about B&H so I never gave it a second thought.It wasn’t until this year that I started looking at Bosnia in a whole new light. I definitely wouldn’t pass on the opportunity to visit if arose, but it’s not high up on my priority list. Great pics though.

    • Lauren
      July 26, 2011
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      I probably wouldn’t have visited if my friends weren’t going and insisted I go with them! It was A LOT better than I was expecting!

  3. Nico
    July 26, 2011
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    I’m surprised the tour company didn’t mention anything about Mostar’s incredible and war-torn history – unless of course they did. In the 90s it was the flashpoint for aggression b/t the Bosniaks & Croats and evidence of the battles that took hundreds of lives and damaged or destroyed much of the city, is everywhere. That bridge, the Stari Most, one of the most important Ottoman Era structures in the region and by far the oldest and tallest in the country, was destroyed in nothing more than a ceremonial act of hatred between the two factions.

    It’s a harrowing yet very beautiful city. Highly recommended for a day trip in Bosnia. Thanks for calling attention to it. Sorry you didn’t get to stay longer.

    • Lauren
      July 27, 2011
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      It was just a tour that was run by the hostel, nothing official and fancy. It was briefly mentioned but the guy didn’t go into much detail. We saw lots of ruins, etc in Mostar from the bombs.

      I liked Bosnia lots, maybe I’ll go back one day.

  4. Melvin
    July 26, 2011
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    Pics look great! It’s these surprises that makes trips great. And I see that you’ve started with your food adventure. :) That roasted lamb looks yummy!

    • Lauren
      July 27, 2011
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      Hahaha, yes! The lamb was delicious, but the cheese not so much! :)

  5. William
    July 26, 2011
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    It looks really cool, very old world which is what I love about Europe anyway.

    • Lauren
      July 27, 2011
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      Yeah, it was awesome!

  6. Julia
    July 26, 2011
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    Great photos. That Mostar looks really pretty. Bosnia is never somewhere I’ve thought of going but I imagine it’s quite un-touristy which makes it even more attractive.

    • Lauren
      July 27, 2011
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      We pretty much didn’t run into anyone else who spoke english! Mostar was awesome!

  7. eGichomo
    July 27, 2011
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    That’s the smartest way to get a bikini off a girl, Hi5 to that tour guide! The correct way of drinking the Bosnian coffee is is kinda funny. Must be really strong. Your favorite food so far (Lamb) is among my favorite too, enjoy to the max.
    Oh! And that’s a crazy jump, brave guy!

    • Lauren
      July 27, 2011
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      Hahahaha I know right?! Smooth!

      I don’t drink coffee much anyway because I think it’s too strong, but this was INSANE!

  8. Sheryll
    July 28, 2011
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    oooh, pretty! I must admit, Bosnia & Herzegovina have never been on my list of places to go, but it does look lovely! The idea of natural jacuzzi’s sounds incredible!

    • Lauren
      August 1, 2011
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      Yeah, it wasn’t on my list either, but it’s been one of the highlights so far!

  9. Toni
    July 28, 2011
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    Great photos hun – think you’ve definitely managed to persuade people to put B&H on their bucket list =)

    • Lauren
      August 1, 2011
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      Awww thanks lovely! :)

  10. Sarah
    July 30, 2011
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    Bosnian souvenirs seem…interesting.

    Besides the beautiful landscape and strange coffee-drinking techniques, I think I would want to go to Bosnia just to buy a creepy stuffed owl with bulging eyes. I’m sold.

    • Lauren
      August 1, 2011
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      They’re a little unusual haha! I kinda wish I’d bought it!!!

    • isai
      March 24, 2013
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      there are a lot other waterfalls, among them strbacki buk

  11. Kris Koeller
    July 30, 2011
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    Looks like a great excursion. Beautiful photos!

    • Lauren
      August 1, 2011
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      Thank you! It was definitely one of my favourite days on my trip so far :)

  12. tom
    August 1, 2011
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    Great post ive always wanted to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina. They are some great places off that arent so busy in Eastern Europe. I remember my first trip to Slovenia 10 years ago it was so quiet although is stepping our of its neighbours shadows now!

    Bosnia and Albania are both on my list at the moment :)

    • Lauren
      August 1, 2011
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      I’m heading to Slovenia next week! :)

  13. Emm
    September 27, 2011
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    Lovely post! I didn’t realise that Mostar was a mere day trip away from Dubrovnik which is great, because I really want to visit Mostar but wouldn’t want to spend the whole holiday in Bosnia.

    • Lauren
      November 26, 2011
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      Yes, those were exactly my thoughts! It was really easy to get to from Dubrovnik.

      • Emm
        November 26, 2011
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        Hi Lauren, thanks for your reply! I think I will head out to Dubrovnik then, take a one or two day trip to Mostar and Sarajevo and then spend the rest of the time in Hvar. History for me and beaches for my other half!

  14. Sabina
    December 13, 2011
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    When I saw your photo entitled Bosnian…thing, I jumped up and ran into my room make sure I was seeing correctly and ran back out with my – believe it or not – donkey identical to the one in your photo! Can you believe it? It was given to me by a guy named Sherif in Dahab, Egypt about five weeks ago. It has a pink little tassle thing on the top of its head instead of the red that yours has, and two white sacks throw across its sides rather than blankets piled on the top of its saddle like yours. Other than that, it’s identical to yours – fits in the palm of my hand, grey with black bridle and red blanket around its middle. I wonder where these things were manufactured! Small world, huh? :)

  15. Nicola
    January 25, 2012
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    Hi Lauren, this looks like a really good idea, for a day trip. Was it just through your hostel? How much was it and which hostel ran it?
    Thanks

  16. Ed Rex
    January 31, 2012
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    Mostar never fails to disappoint! I’ve yet to got here but everyone raves about it.

  17. pablomad
    March 14, 2012
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    I’ve just found this and I’ll definitely go to Bosnia! I’m living right now in Ljubljana and it’s not far. It’s worth it.
    Any other recommendation near Slovenia? thanks!

  18. Chris
    October 9, 2012
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    You just singlehandedly put Bosnia on my to-see list. That lamb and the waterfalls look amazing! Did you see a lot of other tourists while you were there?

  19. strbacki buk
    May 27, 2013
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    If you get to trip to Bosnia you should visit National park “Una” or at least parts of it like Strbacki buk

    its amassing peace of art created by nature

    • Lauren
      May 30, 2013
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      Thanks for the recommendation! I did return to Bosnia a year later but only visited Sarajevo unfortunately. Next time!

  20. Aoife
    March 10, 2014
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    what was the tour company called that you did this with? it sounds amazing!!

    • Lauren
      March 11, 2014
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      It was organised through my hostel — Dubrovnik Backpackers Club :-)

  21. Ariana
    June 14, 2015
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    When i was in Mostar with my fiance last year we had coffee in the same little white house (Čardak). A good friend of mine is one of the boys who jump. They make it look so easy but in fact tourists dont know how dangerous it can be, even the local jumpers get injuries. Cant wait to spend my summer here starting end of this month :)

    • Lauren
      June 14, 2015
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      Yes! I heard a few people say that some of the cliff jumpers can even get hypothermia because the water is so cold.

  22. Jus
    June 15, 2015
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    Looks incredible! Am hoping to do this same trip in July. I just wondered if you remembered timings of the trip? many thanks

    • Lauren
      June 30, 2015
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      Answer in another comment!

  23. Justina
    June 16, 2015
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    Sounds like an incredible trip! Hoping to do the same this July. Just wondered what the rough timings were when you left/arrived back? Many thanks

    • Lauren
      June 30, 2015
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      Ah, I did this trip back in 2011, so four years ago, so I’m not really sure. I think I left at around 7am, and got back around sunset (in August).

  24. Bronwyn
    June 24, 2015
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    Hi there I’m just wondering which company you did this tour with, it sounds awesome!

    • Lauren
      June 24, 2015
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      It was organised through my hostel.

  25. Shuttle
    January 4, 2017
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    Thanks for nice article. Have you tried to jump from the bridge? =)

    • Lauren
      January 5, 2017
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      Nope! I was told that several tourists die every year jumping from it.

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