There’s no doubt Bosnia / Herzegovina has had a rough past. The remnants of war are still very present throughout the capital, Sarajevo, and the large southern city of Mostar.

Regardless, this area and its people are strong and stunning. There is no shortage of history, character, and beauty. I absolutely loved my time backpacking through and getting to chat with some of the locals.

2 Days in Sarajevo

Where to Stay

Stay at the Franz Ferdinand Hostel. It’s central, very clean, offers private rooms, and has nightly events.

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What to Do

Take in the View from the Yellow Bastian

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Inat Kuća, or “House of Spite”, was originally on the other side of the river in old town Sarajevo. When it was going to be demolished so a new city hall could be built, the owner moved it brick by brick just to the opposite side.

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Where to Eat & Drink

Barhana – Traditional Bosnian cuisine

Sarajevo Brewery – Come here to enjoy an afternoon brew after a long day of sight seeing

Kino Bosna – A old theatre turned bar, this nighttime hangout offers live traditional music and dancing, a buzzing atmosphere, and plenty of local drink.DSC_0395

3 Days in Mostar

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Mostar, in the Herzegovina region, has easily been one of my favorites, primarily because of the people who add so much charm to the city. “Stari Most” (The Old Bridge) stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. It was rebuilt in 2004 and is the focal point of the quaint city.

Stari Most (Old Bridge)

If you’re craving an adrenaline rush, you can join some of the locals who jump daily off the 29 meter landmark! If not, opt for some of the smaller platforms along the river for a leap. You may even get lucky and catch a RedBull world cliff jumping competition!

*A Warning: We swam in the river upstream with the bridge and noticed a subtle smell of sewage, so we didn’t stay long… swim at your own risk.DSC_0488

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Red Bull has taken over the Mostar bridge for the World Cliff Jumping Championships!

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Where to Eat & Drink

Šadrvan – Traditional and delicious kebab platters

Ali Baba – This cave club is the spot to drink and dance the night away

Day Trip to Blagaj

This short local bus ride from Mostar was a fantastic day trip! It’s home to just a couple monasteries tucked against a cove with pristine blue waters running into a cave… Pretty much a fantasy. There are a handful of decent eateries along the water, great for a drink and rest under the trees but nothing to write home about.

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