The river of Vrbas, is probably a river you’ve never heard before, but trust me it is a beauty! The Vrbas is a hidden jewel in Bosnia- just waiting to be explored.

The Vrbas is a long river that stretches to the length of 235 kilometers in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The banks of this river are located in the beautiful city of Banja Luka. It is a right tributary of the river Sava. The Vrbas river appears at the southern slope of the Vranica mountain near the town of Gornji Vakuf, at around 1,530 meters above sea level. Another cool fact is that the word, Vrbas, in Bosnian is a hollow tree.

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If you are on your way to visit this great river, make sure to make a detour and visit the city of Donji Vakuf, it is home to a little village called Semesnica. It offers a beautiful get away and it is located right by the river Vrbas.

The Vrbas River is also a great place to go rafting. In 2005, the Vrbas River was home to the 2005 European Whitewater Rafting Championship. The canyon of Vrbas is great for hiking, walking, camping and even fishing.

Oh the great Neretva. Neretva is trully one of my favorite rivers, when I think about it I don ’t know  where to start. I believe the one thing that blows everyone away is the color of this beautiful river- it offers a unique turquoise blue-green color.

The Neretva is the largest river of the eastern part of the Adriatic basin. It is home to four HE power-plants and enormous dams (in order to provide the citizens with flood protection, power and water shortage and water shortage).

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The Neretva flows through Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and is the largest karst river in the Dinaric Alps in the eastern part of the Adriatic basin/watershed. The total length for this river is around 230 kilometers. The Neretva flows two countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

The Neretva is home to many fish! Mostly Trout! But Oh my! The trout is soooo delicious, especially if you have dinner in Herzegovina at a restaurant that serves fresh trout-yum! I’m already sooo hungry.

The Neretva is a very cold river although it is an amazing site for rafting during the summer. I’ve done it a few times and trust me, I still haven’t had enough! The river Neretva runs through Herzegovina, and it is located under the beautiful old bridge in Mostar. If you get a chance the river Neretva must be on your bucket list!

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country that is abundant with beautiful rivers. Throughout this month I will give you a look at four of Bosnia’s beautiful rivers. This blog’s river is the river Drina, probably one of the most famous rivers in all of Bosnia.

Before going into greater detail about this beautiful review, let me give you the facts that you should know. The drink is a 346 kilometer long river, it forms a large part of the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The Drina is formed by the confluence of two other rivers: the Tara and the Piva (interesting that these two rivers flow through the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro). The origin of this beautiful river is located between the slopes of the Maglić and Pivska mountains.

The Drina runs through many Bosnian cities, lets name a few: Foča, Goražde, Višegrad, Srebrenica, Bratunac, Zvornik and Janja.

The city of Višegrad, is famous for it’s beautiful stone bridge (as shown on the first photo), this bridge was originally built from 1571-1577, as a , a foundation of Mehmet Paša Sokolovic, the Ottoman Grand Vizier, a son of Bosnia. The bridge is built with eleven arches on the so-called Istanbul road that connects Bosnia with Istanbul. It represents one of the most monumental works of architecture and it is a national monument of Bosnia. Together with the area of the Old Bridge in Mostar and stecak, a original Bosnian tombstone, the Old Bridge in Višegrad is also in list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Rafting, kayaking and fishing are the most attractive sports on it. Drina Regatta is the event that takes place in the second Saturday of July each year.

The river Drina is also famous for the great historical novel that was writted by Ivo Andrić- The Bridge on the Drina. (The book talks about the Drina River and stands as a silent witness to history from its construction by the Ottomans in the mid-16th century until its partial destruction during World War I. The story spans about four centuries and covers the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian occupations of the region, with a particular emphasis on the lives, destinies and relations of the local inhabitants). Many people will agree that the river Drina is bloody, unfortunately it has witnessed a lot of wars and many people were thrown into their death.

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The river Drina is mentioned in a traditional Bosnian saying: ‘You can not set straight the curvy Drina’- in translation this means you can not try to correct something that can’t be corrected.

Well guys in this post we bring you story about beautiful bosnian city, Tuzla.

The settlement of Tuzla has always been closely tied to its salt resources. It goes from Greece, when Greeks were aware of the region’s salt.  Tuzla received its name much later. The present-day name is derived from the Turkish word Tuz, meaning salt. The first Ottoman document recording the exploitation of Tuzla’s saltwater springs dates from 1548.

When the Ottomans came in 1460, production increased fivefold and the settlement greatly gained in importance. Due to vast reforms in the 17th-century Ottoman administration, a freer development of the town economy occurred. With the introduction of modern crafts, Tuzla developed into the administrative centre of the Zvornik sandzak and became an important communications, military, trade and cultural centre in northeast Bosnia.

In the end of Ottoman’s rule Tuzla had approximately 5,000 inhabitants, making it one of the largest towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many buildings from Ottoman times remain in Tuzla. Turalibeg’s Mosque, with a typical stone minaret, was built in the 16th century and still stands today. The Austro-Hungarians introduced more modern methods for salt and coal exploitation, and Tuzla became an integral part of the empire’s economy. The city continued to play an important economic role in Yugoslavia.

City is the economic, scientific, cultural, educational, health and tourist centre of northeast Bosnia.