If there is a place on earth that blends nature and structural design perfectly, it’s Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located on the Balkan Peninsula. Croatia is north, west, and south. The Adriatic Sea is also south. Serbia is east. Montenegro is southeast.
The official languages are Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. Islam is the predominant religion, followed by Orthodox Christianity. Roman Catholics and Protestants are in minority.
The official currency is Bosnia and Herzegovina Konvertibilna Marka. The approximate exchange rate is KM1, 87 for US$1. Euros and US Dollar are rather easy to exchange. Also, some facilities accept Euro notes (but not coins) on a 2KM = 1 Euro basis. Top hotels, gift shops, and large restaurants generally accept credit cards. However, you always need to have cash on you, just in case. ATMs are appearing in Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka, but they are still not common.
The most popular way to explore the country is by car. The car rental service is available, but it is better to book online. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. However, you need to be careful. Road condition varies in different parts of the country. Also, in some regions mines are still present, so you should stick to the main arteries.
The electric sockets and plugs are of types C and F, as everywhere in Europe. The standard voltage is 230V.
In the central and eastern regions, the territory of the country is mountainous, in the northwest, it is hilly and in the northeast the land is flat. The inland is a large region with a continental climate, which brings hot summers and cold, snowy winters. The southern tip of the country has a Mediterranean climate with pleasant weather in both summer and winter.
Modern Bosnia and Herzegovina boasts of high life expectancy, literacy, and education level. It is also one of the most visited countries in the region. It is famous internationally for its historical and cultural heritage, natural beauty, cuisine, winter sports and summer activities, unique music, architecture and various festivals.
Major attractions abound. Visit the antique centers of both Sarajevo and Mostar. You’ll discover a Rendez-Vous between modern bars and reincarnated historical buildings. Travel by train or bus to experience as much of the country as possible. Beautiful architecture meets WiFi in relaxing cafes found scattered across the country. Thrill-seekers must experience Bosnia and Herzegovina’s excellent rafting adventures.
Expect to spend less on your travel here. The cost is lower here than in other European nations. Food lovers delight in the light, perfectly spiced dishes typical in the region. This cuisine is a unique combination of both Western and Eastern influences. Beef and lamb both feature prominently in a variety of recipes. Visit Kozara, a national park in the northwest perfect for both hiking and hunting. See Medjugorje, an inland town nestled in the mountains and also known for apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
The World Tourism Organization projects Bosnia and Herzegovina to have the third highest tourism growth rate by 2020. This increase is on a global scale! Be sure you see this amazing land, and you will discover why!
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