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Vranduk in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a picturesque town best known for its medieval castle.

Located approximately 10km north of Zenica, numerous preserved travelogues and manuscripts describe Vranduk as one of the most interesting, the most intriguing and the most resilient parts of Bosnia.

An extensive history of Vranduk spans over two millennia. However, the history of modern Vranduk can be tracked to the beginning of the 15th century, at least according to numerous archives and views expressed in historical literature.

The medieval Vranduk Castle, or Vranduk Fortress as it is sometimes known, sits on a hill above the Bosna river and once served as the residence of King Stjepan Tomas, who ruled Bosnia in the mid-fifteenth century AD.

There are several other interesting attractions in the town including the Ottoman-period Fatih Sultan Mosque.


A Time travel: Once Upon a Time there was a King(dom) of Bosnia

Behind every successful man stands a woman, says the old proverb that is often considered more than just a phrase. At the end of the day, one could argue that Dorothea Bulgaria, the wife of the first Bosnian king, was both the most powerful woman and one of the most important historical figures of South Slavs. It was during the reign of her and her husband, Tvrtko I Kotromanić, that the Bosnian kingdom was established. Furthermore, the kingdom experienced its geographical, economic, cultural, and spiritual prosperity in the same period. All these made Bosnia one of the strongest South Slavic countries, and Tvrtko I, the greatest ruler in the history of medieval Bosnia.

Would it all have happened that way, if Tvrtko had not married Dorothea Bulgaria? With the help of Anita Barjaktaravic, Travel Manager and Coordinator at Red Africa, we looked for the answer to this question in the ancestry of the first Bosnian queen and the nature of her marriage to Tvrtko. She was a Bulgarian princess - the daughter of the Bulgarian emperor Ivan Alexander Stracimir Shishman and his wife Ana Slava of Wallachia. However, she did not live at the court of her parents. Her father was forced to leave her to live at the court of the Hungarian King Louis the Great, along with her sister. They were hostages of the Hungarian ruler, after he conquered the Bulgarian capital Vidin.

Bosnian Kingdom sign

Stracimir and his family spent four years in the Croatian fortress of Humnik in Bosiljevo, as prisoners of King Louis, and were forced to convert from Orthodoxy to Catholicism. Later on, after his pardon, Stracimir returned to the throne, but as a vassal of King Louis. Dorothea and her sister, whose name is still unknown, remained to live at the court of King Louis. That is how Dorothea came under the care of Louis' wife, Elizabeth of Bosnia!

This is where the puzzle starts coming together and the establishment of the Bosnian kingdom becomes clearer. Elizabeta Kotromanić (also known as Elizabeta Bosanska) was the wife of Louis the Great and the first cousin of Tvrtko I Kotromanić. Despite the fact that he had a turbulent past with her husband Louis, he accepted the Hungarian administration again due to the political turmoil in Bosnia. This move helped him gain the sympathy and affection of the Hungarian king that was later on the key to the establishment and prosperity of the Bosnian kingdom.

As Dorothea of Bulgaria was their favorite whom they perceived as their own daughter, Louis the Great and his wife Elizabeth of Bosnia decided to marry her to Tvrtko I Kotromanić, a young man who proved himself to be valuable even though he took the over the reign at the age of 15. This combination further strengthened Bosnian-Hungarian political and family ties. According to records from Dubrovnik, a large and solemn wedding occurred. Only three years later, Ban Tvrtko became King Tvrtko, and Dorothea of Bulgaria became the first Bosnian queen. The rest was history.

Vranduk Fortress

"Only a few local historians keep the legends of great men such as King Tvrtko I and his wife Dorothea from oblivion. This is why we continually try to remind of the important role they played in the history. The experience of a time travel you get taken to while visiting the remains of the royal Bosnia today is mindblowing. Medieval sites, such as the monastery of St. Luke, the monastery in Mili, or the Franciscan monastery in Jajce where the remains of the last Bosnian king Stjepan Toma&scaronević remain today, reveal many more of these stories that are usually neglected. On the locations, numerous pieces of evidence of medieval fortifications throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina are still preserved today. I dare to say these are some of the most significant gems in the history of medieval Europe. I believe that the time has come for the modern world to discover them,&rdquo said Anita for sarajevo.travel.

The list of interesting places to be visited continues. Another one that keeps the feel of this period of history is in Bobovac, where Tvrtko I and his beloved Dorothea resided. In the same location Dorothea is buried today, while the remains of Tvrtko I remain at the Church of St. Nicholas, outside Visoko.

All these places remain mostly preserved and keep the memory of the Bosnian royal history awake while intriguing all of its visitors and inviting them to continue searching for the gems hidden in the history of the Bosnian Kingdom.


One of the most significant historical Monuments of Bosnia-Herzegovina demolished

The fortress in Vranduk, located about ten kilometers from Zenica, is one of the most significant cultural and historical monuments of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

On Saturday night, part of the wall on the south side of the fortress collapsed. The damage caused is great, and since the collapsed stones fell into the yard of a nearby house, just by luck, no human casualties occurred.

Shortly after the demolition, a patrol of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Zenica-Doboj Canton came to the field, conducting an inspection after which they fenced the place where a part of the wall fell.

Old town Vranduk was built in the late 14 th century, and until 1462 it was known as the royal town. Name Vranduk was first mentioned in 1410, and it served for the Bosnian kings as a place where they received their guests, signed contracts and issued muniments.

Today, Vranduk is a place gladly visited by the tourists, both foreign and domestic. It is perfect match of history, nature and beautiful views – which makes it one of the most visited places in our country.

A touch of history, peace and quiet – that is how they would briefly describe their time spent in Vranduk. Tourists were distracted from the sightseeing by rain accompanied by strong winds, but it did not stop them to photograph this important historical places and enjoy its forts.

Except for the history, in recent years Vranduk has often mentioned in regards to the construction of hydropower plants on Bosna River. Some associations for the protection of nature are considering that the construction of hydropower plants in Vranduk is wrong. Total investment for the construction of hydropower plants is, according to Elektroprivreda BiH, 127 million BAM, and it is financed by the funds of the Public Company Elektroprivreda BiH.


In the 10th century, Bosnia was mentioned as a state for a very first time. During the rule of King Tvrtko, Bosnia had the largest territory. Marks of King’s lifestyle still can be seen and are perfectly preserved and worth seeing. Remarkable architecture left in wild nature point, untamed rivers, breathtaking sightseeing will make You travel back through the time and feel the note of medieval life.

Old fortress in Tesanj, the biggest one in country, is left to us as national treasure, heritage, historical monument, the pearl of Bosnia toursim and you are strongly recommended this for a day trip! Vranduk fortress represents the second part of this medieval story. You will have complete image and great end of medieval Bosnia day! To this day this walled medieval village is still inhabited. With the newly completed restoration almost complete Vranduk has become one of BiH’s best preserved medieval fortress, with access to the main castle, information readily available and a café or two to serve you Bosnian coffee or a refreshing drink.


Visit the Vranduk Fortress and take journey to the Middle Ages

In a deep, thickly wooded valley, the River Bosna turns abruptly almost 180 degrees creating a sharp ridge on which this little 15th-century fortress sits in the midst of a tiny, charmingly coherent village.

It is situated on the Bosna River canyon, just downstream from town of Zenica, at the site called the Vranduk Pass.

Archaeological excavations to date on the site of the fort showed no signs of fortifications dating from the prehistoric period or antiquity, or prior to the medieval times. Village itself is one of the oldest and well preserved settlements of Bosnia and Herzegovina, dating back to 14th century and times of medieval bans and later kings of Bosnia. Vranduk village is established around medieval citadel of the same name, and together constitute protected architectural assembly, and as such a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a well preserved and maintained in good condition by local and state commissions for national monuments, and managed by local tourist organization. A small mosque was erected below citadel after Ottoman conquest of the Bosnian Kingdom, which still standing today in good condition. The mosque was dedicated to and named after Sultan Mehmed II El Fatih, conqueror of Bosnia, and is also referred to as the Imperial Mosque or Emperor’s Mosque.

Nowdays, Vranduk is a place where you have a possibility to be introduced with the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina visiting a museum collection set up in a great tower, where you can taste some traditional Bosnian meals (natural food without genetic modification), where you can spend your time hiking on the nearby hills that offer you view of the scenary, and to rest and relieve your soul and senses on the nearby creeks and water-mills.


Vranduk

Vranduk (v srbské cyrilici Врандук) je název pro vesnici, která se nachází v Bosně a Hercegovině, v blízkosti města Zenica (k ní také administrativně spadá). Vznikla na skalním ostrohu nad řekou Bosnou.

Dobře bránitelná vesnice na strategickém místě (tzv. Vranducká soutěska) byla ideální lokalitou pro zbudování středověkého hradu, který se zde i nachází. Poprvé je hrad zmiňován dne 23. března 1410 v písemné stížnosti dubrovničanů králi Zikmundu Lucemburskému. Ώ] Okolní vesnice se rozvinula nejspíše okolo pevnosti. Po obsazení Turky v roce 1463 Ώ] zde byla vybudována v 16. století mešita. Vranduk byl také sídlem tzv. Vranducké kapetanie, regionální sídelní jednotky.

Dnes jsou obě stavby (hrad i mešita) památkově chráněné. Ve vesnici se také nachází muzeum Vranduku.

Moderní dopravní komunikace, které sledují údolí řeky Bosny, vedou tunelem v blízkosti samotné obce. Jedná se o železnici (Železniční trať Bosanski Šamac – Sarajevo, tunel Vranduk kde se v roce 1974 odehrálo závažné železniční neštěstí a tunel silniční).


Vranduk (tubud sa Krowatiya)

Tubud ang Vranduk sa Krowatiya. Ώ] Nahimutang ni sa lalawigan sa Splitsko-Dalmatinska Županija, sa habagatan-sidlakang bahin sa nasod, 220 km sa habagatan sa Zagreb ang ulohan sa nasod. 1,097 metros ibabaw sa dagat kahaboga ang nahimutangan sa Vranduk. Ώ]

Ang yuta palibot sa Vranduk kabungtoran sa habagatang-kasadpan, apan sa amihang-sidlakan nga kini mao ang kabukiran. [saysay 1] Kinahabogang dapit sa palibot ang Stinovi Umac, 1,290 ka metros ni kahaboga ibabaw sa dagat, 1.3 km sa amihanan-sidlakan sa Vranduk. [saysay 2] Dunay mga 8 ka tawo kada kilometro kwadrado sa palibot sa Vranduk may gamay nga populasyon. Α] Ang kinadul-ang mas dakong lungsod mao ang Sinj, 18.7 km sa habagatan sa Vranduk. Hapit nalukop sa kaumahan ang palibot sa Vranduk. Β] Sa rehiyon palibot sa Vranduk, mga bungtod, mga langub, ug mga walog talagsaon komon. [saysay 3]

Ang klima kasarangan. Ang kasarangang giiniton 10 °C. Ang kinainitan nga bulan Hulyo, sa 22 °C, ug ang kinabugnawan Disyembre, sa −2 °C. Γ] Ang kasarangang pag-ulan 1,682 milimetro matag tuig. Ang kinabasaan nga bulan Pebrero, sa 204 milimetro nga ulan, ug ang kinaugahan Agosto, sa 42 milimetro. Δ]


All seasons 15 days Bosnia discovery non-touristy cultural tour from Sarajevo. Off the beaten path travel to Medieval land of Bosnia.

All seasons 15 days Bosnia discovery non-touristy cultural tour from Sarajevo. Private tour in minivan by Monterrasol Travel. Off the beaten path travel to Medieval land of Bosnia.

All seasons 15 days in-depth cultural discovery tour over Bosnia-Herzegovina from Sarajevo. Visit this medieval land and see old towns, fortresses and monasteries. Think on this tour as good example off the beaten path travel, out of touristy areas but in-depth cultural, and safer to take in current situation.

During this tour we going to visit medieval old town Jajce and its fortress, historical center of town Mostar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and stay on famous Mostar bridge, will walk in medieval fortresses Vranduk, Maglaj, Doboj, Srebrenik, Gradacac and Tesanj, see the ethno museum of Bosnia village life, meet the capital of Republica Serbska entity the city Banja Luka and its fortress and cathedral, visit calm sunny town Trebinje and taste real Herzegovina wine from family running winery, silent Tvrdos monastery and Zavala monastery, refresh in Vjetrenica natural cave, archaeological site Radimlja with carved gravestones (UNESCO World Heritage Site), walk in streets of fortified town Pocitelj served as open-air museum, enjoy Stolac hilly fortress, wonder on beauty of Kravica waterfalls, visit Medjugorje pilgrimage center, walk the territory of real Roman villa Rustica, established as agricultural estate in 4th century AD. And all days of this tour we will wonder on the beauty of Bosnia-Herzegovina nature.

The tour will start and finish in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and will take 15 days (14 nights). During this tour you will visit Bosnian Pyramids, Zenica, Vranduk, Maglaj, Doboj, Srebrenik, Gradačac, Tešanj, Banja Luka, Ključ, Jajce, Šćit, Mostar, Blagaj, Počitelj, Mogorjelo, Međugorje, Kravica, Radimlja, Stolac, Vjetrenica, Zavala, Tvrdoš, Trebinje, Dobrićevo located in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We will pick you up at any hotel or place, in or around Sarajevo. Drop off is the same as pick up, or upon request in another place.

Overall, with this tour you will visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites and 5 sites from the UNESCO Tentative List (sites that were submitted to the World Heritage Committee, and are awaiting to consider for nomination, and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List).

This page describes details of the multi-day private car tour #202 offered by Monterrasol Travel. We, Monterrasol Travel, are an independent tour operator specialized in cultural and destination tourism. This sightseeing tour has been developed by Monterrasol Travel for private travelers based on our own experiences and belongs to the group of car tours with pre-designed itineraries. If you like this tour but you would like to change something, please do not hesitate to contact us and mention the ID number of this tour: #202. The custom itinerary will cost you nothing, it's free from our side.

We, at Monterrasol Travel, practice the Slow Tourism philosophy. That means that we work our tours at a pace that allows to our clients have a more authentic experience and a true exploring of each destination that features in our itineraries.

This tour can be booked by solo traveler as exclusive solo tour (the tour will be for you only, without other travelers in the vehicle). The price for 1 person reflects it.

Border crossing for this trip

This tour does not require border crossing.

Money and payments

In each country of your trip you can use main credit and debit cards. You can use ATM to withdrawal cash or pay at purchase point with card. More information on currencies, payments, and use cards you can read on this our page: On the trip: currencies, payments, card use.

Last reviewed: 8 April 2021

Tour itinerary

Tour starts in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

day 1: travel to Sarajevo, visit Sarajevo historical center, travel to Bosnian Pyramid to see Bosnian Pyramid landmark, travel to Visoko and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Visoko accommodation in Visoko
day 2: travel to Zenica, visit Zenica museum, travel to Vranduk to see Vranduk fortress, travel to Cardaci to see Cardaci ethno village, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Cardaci accommodation in Cardaci
day 3: travel to Maglaj, visit Maglaj fortress, travel to Doboj to see Doboj fortress, visit Doboj historical center, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Doboj accommodation in Doboj
day 4: travel to Srebrenik, visit Srebrenik fortress, travel to Gradacac to see Gradacac castle, travel to Doboj and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Doboj accommodation in Doboj
day 5: visit Doboj museum, travel to Tesanj to see Tesanj castle, travel to Banja Luka and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Banja Luka accommodation in Banja Luka
day 6: visit Banja Luka fortress, visit Banja Luka cathedral, visit Banja Luka historical center, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Banja Luka accommodation in Banja Luka
day 7: travel to Etno Muzej Ljubacke Doline, visit Etno Muzej Ljubacke Doline ethno village, travel to Kljuc and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Kljuc accommodation in Kljuc
day 8: visit Kljuc fortress, travel to Jajce to see Jajce historical center (UNESCO Tentative List Site), visit Jajce park, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Jajce accommodation in Jajce
day 9: visit Jajce fortress, visit Jajce waterfall, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Jajce accommodation in Jajce
day 10: travel to Scit, visit Scit monastery, travel to Mostar to see Mostar historical center (UNESCO World Heritage Site), for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Mostar accommodation in Mostar
day 11: travel to Blagaj, visit Blagaj monastery (UNESCO Tentative List Site), travel to Pocitelj to see Pocitelj medieval old town (UNESCO Tentative List Site), travel to Mogorjelo to see Mogorjelo ancient settlement, travel to Mostar and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Mostar accommodation in Mostar
day 12: travel to Medjugorje, visit Medjugorje pilgrimage center, travel to Kravica to see Kravica waterfall, travel to Mostar and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Mostar accommodation in Mostar
day 13: travel to Radimlja, visit Radimlja archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage Site), travel to Stolac to see Stolac fortress (UNESCO Tentative List Site), travel to Vjetrenica to see Vjetrenica cave (UNESCO Tentative List Site), travel to Zavala to see Zavala monastery, travel to Trebinje and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Trebinje accommodation in Trebinje
day 14: travel to Tvrdos, visit Tvrdos monastery, travel to Trebinje to see Trebinje cathedral, visit Trebinje winery, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Trebinje accommodation in Trebinje
day 15: travel to Dobricevo, visit Dobricevo monastery, travel to Sarajevo to see Sarajevo fortress return to Sarajevo

Tour finishes in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Planned distance of this tour: 1317 km.

If you like this private tour and itinerary but you would like to change something, please do not hesitate to contact us and mention the ID number of this tour: #202. We do not charge for development a custom car tour itinerary, it will cost you nothing. We will be glad to discuss with you the details of your future trip and plan it following your ideas and wishes.

Places on the route

Bosnian Pyramids, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for ancient settlement, landmark, museum, nature, park

The Bosnian pyramids complex is a pseudoarchaeological notion to explain the formation of a cluster of natural hills in the area of Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2005, Semir Osmanagic, also known as Sam Osmanagic, a Bosnian American businessman now based in Houston, Texas, has claimed that these hills are the largest human-made ancient pyramids on Earth. His claims have been overwhelmingly refuted by scientists but he has proceeded to promote the area as a tourist attraction.

Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for historical center, museum, viewpoint

Vranduk, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for fortress, historical center

The Vranduk fortress was built in late 14th century, and it is located approximately 14 kilometers from the town of Zenica. It was built on a rock above the river Bosnia, and represents one of many medieval towns with rich history. In the Middle Ages Vranduk was one of the several royal cities, and was a capital to many Bosnian kings at the time. For six centuries Vranduk fortress was known as the gate of Bosnia.

Maglaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for fortress, historical center, islam mosque

Maglaj is a town in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, originated in the 14th century, has an old town with mosques, traditional houses dating back from the Ottoman Empire, and a fortress that stands as a symbol of Maglaj.

Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for fortress, historical center, museum

Doboj It is one of the oldest cities in the country and the most important urban center in northern Republika Srpska. The area had been inhabited ever since the early Stone Age, and the Roman Empire had an army camp and a settlement in the vicinity of the town dating from the first century AD. Doboj Fortress, a magnificent object, was considered to be a royal property, now with Gothic structure, served as the focal point guarding the entry into Bosnia proper as it overlooks Doboj valley.

Srebrenik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for castle, fortress

Srebrenik fortress is located near the town of Srebrenik, on the territory of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Currently, Srebrenik fortress is country's best-preserved medieval castle. Earliest records date back to 1333.

Gradačac (Gradacac), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for architecture, castle, museum

Gradačac castle was constructed with 2 main parts: a fort with 18 meters high walls, and a watchtower 22 meters high, all built in by Bosnian hero Husein-kapetan Gradaščević.

Tešanj (Tesanj), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for castle, fortress

Tešanj castle is located in the town Tešanj, on the territory of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Tešanj castle was built in the center of Tešanj, on a steep and rocky hill, along the river, and known as a medieval and Ottoman fortress. Currently, Tešanj Castle is one of the most significant and biggest castles in Bosnia, with an area of 6,296 square meters.

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for fortress, museum, river, orthodox cathedral, islam mosque

This beautiful and historical city surrounded by green hills, split into two by the Vrbas river. Banja Luka is the second largest city, after the capital Sarajevo, of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the capital of the Republika Srpska entity. It has a rich mixture of preserved architecture combined with a rich culture that give Banja Luka a unique charm. It's one of Bosnia's most modern and up-and-coming cities. Medieval fortress Kastel is located here in Banja Luka. The fortress is situated on the site of previous fortifications going all the way back to Roman and even pre-Roman times. The fortress is well-preserved, and is one of Banja Luka's main attractions.

Ključ (Kljuc), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for fortress, medieval old town, park

The Old Town Kljuc is the pearl of our medieval heritage and architecture and represents an invaluable cultural asset of great historical value. He played a significant role in the history and politics of the medieval Bosnian state, and his masters were powerful nobles from the river valley of the Sana. The first fortifications of the medieval town Kljuc dates back to the 13th century. The first written mention of Kljuc is from 1322.

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for fortress, historical center, nature, park, river, waterfall historical center is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

The Bosnian pyramids complex is a pseudoarchaeological notion to explain the formation of a cluster of natural hills in the area of Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2005, Semir Osmanagic, also known as Sam Osmanagic, a Bosnian American businessman now based in Houston, Texas, has claimed that these hills are the largest human-made ancient pyramids on Earth. His claims have been overwhelmingly refuted by scientists but he has proceeded to promote the area as a tourist attraction.

Šćit (Scit), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for museum, peninsula, franciscan monastery

Scit is small village located in central area of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The village location is notable because it's fully placed on the peninsula located in the middle of artificial lake. Scit is famous for Franciscan monastery built in the 15th century and very specific locality.

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for bridge, historical center, medieval old town historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Bosnian pyramids complex is a pseudoarchaeological notion to explain the formation of a cluster of natural hills in the area of Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2005, Semir Osmanagic, also known as Sam Osmanagic, a Bosnian American businessman now based in Houston, Texas, has claimed that these hills are the largest human-made ancient pyramids on Earth. His claims have been overwhelmingly refuted by scientists but he has proceeded to promote the area as a tourist attraction.

Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for ancient settlement, castle, landmark, museum, nature, river, islam monastery monastery is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

The Bosnian pyramids complex is a pseudoarchaeological notion to explain the formation of a cluster of natural hills in the area of Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2005, Semir Osmanagic, also known as Sam Osmanagic, a Bosnian American businessman now based in Houston, Texas, has claimed that these hills are the largest human-made ancient pyramids on Earth. His claims have been overwhelmingly refuted by scientists but he has proceeded to promote the area as a tourist attraction.

Počitelj (Pocitelj), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for medieval old town medieval old town is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

The Bosnian pyramids complex is a pseudoarchaeological notion to explain the formation of a cluster of natural hills in the area of Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2005, Semir Osmanagic, also known as Sam Osmanagic, a Bosnian American businessman now based in Houston, Texas, has claimed that these hills are the largest human-made ancient pyramids on Earth. His claims have been overwhelmingly refuted by scientists but he has proceeded to promote the area as a tourist attraction.

Mogorjelo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for ancient settlement, archaeological site, nature

Mogorjelo is site and location of a Roman villa rustica that dates from the early fourth century. The villa area is surrounded by a park. The site is protected by the state and is a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Međugorje (Medjugorje), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for catholic pilgrimage center

Medjugorje, with special vibe and a mild Mediterranean climate, is the largest tourist and pilgrimage site in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a popular pilgrim's destination. There are a number of religious significance places that you should visit if you are there.

Kravica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Among the most fascinating natural features of this region are the sparkling waterfalls of Kravica, tucked away in the trees, on the Trebižat River, in the karstic heartland of Herzegovina in Bosnia and Herzegovina, about 40 km from Mostar. These beautiful falls are well worth the visit and just perfect for a day trip.

Radimlja, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for archaeological site archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Bosnian pyramids complex is a pseudoarchaeological notion to explain the formation of a cluster of natural hills in the area of Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2005, Semir Osmanagic, also known as Sam Osmanagic, a Bosnian American businessman now based in Houston, Texas, has claimed that these hills are the largest human-made ancient pyramids on Earth. His claims have been overwhelmingly refuted by scientists but he has proceeded to promote the area as a tourist attraction.

Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for archaeological site, fortress, medieval old town, viewpoint, waterfall fortress is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

The Bosnian pyramids complex is a pseudoarchaeological notion to explain the formation of a cluster of natural hills in the area of Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2005, Semir Osmanagic, also known as Sam Osmanagic, a Bosnian American businessman now based in Houston, Texas, has claimed that these hills are the largest human-made ancient pyramids on Earth. His claims have been overwhelmingly refuted by scientists but he has proceeded to promote the area as a tourist attraction.

Vjetrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for cave cave is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

The Bosnian pyramids complex is a pseudoarchaeological notion to explain the formation of a cluster of natural hills in the area of Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2005, Semir Osmanagic, also known as Sam Osmanagic, a Bosnian American businessman now based in Houston, Texas, has claimed that these hills are the largest human-made ancient pyramids on Earth. His claims have been overwhelmingly refuted by scientists but he has proceeded to promote the area as a tourist attraction.

Zavala, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for orthodox monastery

An important and historical Serbian Orthodox monastery located in the village of Zavala, approximately 50 km from Trebinje (Republika Srpska). Along with Zitomislic (located near Mostar) and Tvrdos (near the city of Trebinje), Zavala is one of the most prominent monasteries in East Herzegovina.

Tvrdoš (Tvrdos), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for orthodox monastery

The famous Monastery Tvrdos, located about four kilometers from Trebinje, dates back to the Middle Ages and it is believed that it was founded by the Czar, Saint Constantine, and his mother Saint Helen.

Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for architecture, medieval old town, orthodox cathedral

Trebinje, one of the most beautiful cities in the country, is the economic and cultural center of the region of Eastern Herzegovina. Its Ottoman walled Old Town together with the Arslanagic Bridge (which is one of the most attractive Ottoman-era bridges in Bosnia and Herzegovina) are the most visited tourist attraction in Trebinje. Besides, there are a lot of sights and more nearby.

Dobrićevo (Dobricevo), Bosnia and Herzegovina

Known for orthodox monastery

Dobricevo, Serbian Orthodox Monastery, built in the first half of the 13th century, suffered and damaged many times.

Tour map

Tour starts in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

day 1: Sarajevo historical center, Bosnian Pyramid landmark, Visoko free time accommodation in Visoko
day 2: Zenica museum, Vranduk fortress, Cardaci ethno village, Cardaci free time accommodation in Cardaci
day 3: Maglaj fortress, Doboj fortress, Doboj historical center, Doboj free time accommodation in Doboj
day 4: Srebrenik fortress, Gradacac castle, Doboj free time accommodation in Doboj
day 5: Doboj museum, Tesanj castle, Banja Luka free time accommodation in Banja Luka
day 6: Banja Luka fortress, Banja Luka cathedral, Banja Luka historical center, Banja Luka free time accommodation in Banja Luka
day 7: Etno Muzej Ljubacke Doline ethno village, Kljuc free time accommodation in Kljuc
day 8: Kljuc fortress, Jajce historical center, Jajce park, Jajce free time accommodation in Jajce
day 9: Jajce fortress, Jajce waterfall, Jajce free time accommodation in Jajce
day 10: Scit monastery, Mostar historical center, Mostar free time accommodation in Mostar
day 11: Blagaj monastery, Pocitelj medieval old town, Mogorjelo ancient settlement, Mostar free time accommodation in Mostar
day 12: Medjugorje pilgrimage center, Kravica waterfall, Mostar free time accommodation in Mostar
day 13: Radimlja archaeological site, Stolac fortress, Vjetrenica cave, Zavala monastery accommodation in Trebinje
day 14: Tvrdos monastery, Trebinje cathedral, Trebinje winery, Trebinje free time accommodation in Trebinje
day 15: Dobricevo monastery, Sarajevo fortress return to Sarajevo


Rainy Day in the Mysterious Vranduk

Old town Vranduk was built in the late 14 th century, and until 1462 it was known as the royal town. Name Vranduk was first mentioned in 1410, and it served for the Bosnian kings as a place where they received their guests, signed contracts and issued muniments.

Today, Vranduk is a place gladly visited by the tourists, both foreign and domestic. It is perfect match of history, nature and beautiful views – which makes it one of the most visited places in our country.

A touch of history, peace and quiet – that is how they would briefly describe their time spent in Vranduk. Tourists were distracted from the sightseeing by rain accompanied by strong winds, but it did not stop them to photograph this important historical places and enjoy its forts.

Except for the history, in recent years Vranduk has often mentioned in regards to the construction of hydropower plants on Bosna River. Some associations for the protection of nature are considering that the construction of hydropower plants in Vranduk is wrong. Total investment for the construction of hydropower plants is, according to Elektroprivreda BiH, 127 million BAM, and it is financed by the funds of the Public Company Elektroprivreda BiH.


If you wish to meet a man, look over his threshold. Probably we all heard of this expression even tho we never asked ourself about the meaning. Very often the things we present in front of our homes is not a mirror of what is really happening. The same is with people, the outside look, the smile, the joy. All that does not reflect the inside of the soul. Even thought, there is always a nice smelling flowers inside the weeds. Wondering inside the box of memories, old stories and cartoons from The Bosnia and Herzegovina history and culture we feel the smell of the flowers in the old Bosnian room.

The Bosnian room consists of the shirt sofas that are usually put on the edges of the room, and the bedside that are under the windows, so the one who is sitting on the sofa can look over the window and see his yard. The curtains on the the window are always homemade. Very ofter they are brought in the home as inheritance of the bride. Those curtains are the most beautiful details thats stands out in the room. In the middle of the room there is usually a wooden coffee table, and somewhere in the corner there is a metal table usually used to serve the food.

On the other side there is a wooden cabinet where you usually would keep the sheets and blankets. This room would transform itself very quickly from a dining room to a bedroom. The plates to serve the food in the Bosnian room would usually be from coper, aluminium or wood. The unique details are for sure the woodcraft parts of the furniture, the craftwork that even today represent a form of art that is on the UNESCO lis of cultural heritage.

The Bosnian room is a very important segment of the history, as well as the present of our people, our existing and being. All that it contains has an extraordinary meaning fo the architectonical puzzle of our County. Before it was used for rest, enjoying the day from morning till night. Its is really a pleasure to drink the Bosnian coffee, too eat our traditional sweets and talk till the dawn knocks on the windows. For real the Bosnian room brings with itself out of ordinary stories in an ordinary place. Unfortunately, beside the museum examples and the exhibit in the Bosnian Institute they are really rare the places where you can have that kind of experience, and the opportunity to enjoy the Bosnian room. If you go lil bit deeper in thinking of the Bosnian room and remember out sofas, homemade curtains, coper plates and all those symbols, do you remember something. When I close my eyes and think of the Bosnian room i remember Bascarsija. For me Bascarsija is a Bosnian room in four walls, and for you? If you are not sure and you cant connect with your thoughts, the best thing is to go visit the Bosnian room in the Bosnian Institute. Experience it as it was before, full of pleasure so you can walk with Bascarsija in four walls.


Watch the video: Garden of Dreams pres. Vranduk Fortress Bonjasky b2b b2b Fedja Knajdl (May 2022).