The heart-shaped country is trying hard to put aside the remnants of war and devastation that ended many years ago and turn heads to a gorgeous country dotted with magnificent landscapes, mountains, rivers and their canyons, waterfalls, traditional rural areas and a fast developing capital of Sarajevo. It is not exaggeration to say that the country is one of Europe’s wildest and most beautiful travel destinations.
Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar and Mehmed Pasha Sokolovic Bridge in Visegrad; three national parks: Sutjeska, Kozara, and Una; and three nature parks: Hutovo Blato, Blidinje and Bardaca will provide food for your soul.
The richest heritage of the country lies in the mixture of histories, religions and traditions that have co-existed in the area for centuries and that can clearly be seen in architecture and still living customs of the people. It is nearly impossible to decipher the multitude mystical influences that have merged within this tiny Balkan country.
What is known is that man has settled these pristine lands for over 10,000 years, from the indigenous pagan Illyrian and Thracian tribes, to Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, and later Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian invaders. All of these cultures have left a remarkable piece of their beliefs and rituals that formed this country into one of the most religiously diverse nations in Europe.
|January 1||New Year’s Day|
|January 2||New Year’s Day 2|
|March 1||Independence Day|
|May 1||International Worker’s Day|
|May 2||International Worker’s Day 2|
|May 9||Victory Day|
|November 25||Statehood Day|
|January 7||Orthodox Christmas|
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|---||End of Ramadan|
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|November 1||All Saints’ Day|
|November 21||Dayton Peace Agreement Day|
|December 25||Christmas Day|