Visit the northeastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and you will find you the town of Srebrenik. It is also the country’s third largest city. You’ve probably never heard about this city before, you can call it the hidden jewel of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has a lot to offer from sports to history.

It is home to one of the best preserved mediaeval castles dating all the way back to 1333. It is nicely hidden in the outskirts of a town. Because the city of Srebrenik was occupied by the Ottomans just as the rest of the country was.

Srebrenik

The international festival of Sarajevo’s winter will start on the 7th of December it will be held until the 21st of March. The festival is nothing new because it’s been held since the 21st of December back in 1984. In the course of 29 years festival has become something that everyone looks forward to. The Festival has seen or more than 3 million visitors throughout the years. And believe it or not the Siege of Sarajevo did not stop the act from going on because even then the festival went on.

Since then it has become a symbol of freedom of creativity and play for diverse cultures and Civilizations to come together as one. As you may have noticed 1984 was a very special year for the city because even the 1984 Winter Olympics were held this year as soon as Sarajevo has become a very special City offering everything to those who seek it.

Almost every night that you were her but cultural events happening throughout the city in for example on the 9th of February you are going to have the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra playing in the National Theatre. Then something I will not be missing is on February 10th so you will have a performance called once you are not a stranger once again in the National Theatre. Sarajevo is a place to see different cultures emerged together as one it is a place that you have to feel because it has sold because of his love and because of his heart.

 

I know where I will be there this winter. What about you?

33 years ago Sarajevo was the center of the world. Sarajevo held the 1984 winter Olympics. And it was something unbelievable. My mom remembers the exact date when they announced that Sarajevo will host the winter Olympics.

February 8th 1984, marked the opening of the 1984 winter Olympics, thousands of people gathered in Sarajevo for this beautiful event.

A interesting fact, that I actually did not know was that the days leading to the Olympics Sarajevo had no snow what so ever and believe it or not the night before the opening ceremony, Sarajevo was covered in snow! How unbelievable is this?

Winter Olympics

Sarajevo has beautiful mountains surrounding it, they were home to the skiing games during the Olympics. Even today on Bjelašnica, Jahorina, Igman and Mt. Trebević, you can go and see the Olympic sites. Mt. Trebević is special because it is home to the Bobsleigh track and you can actually go and visit it today. It is a beauty!

The Olympics brought a lot to Sarajevo and to Yugoslavia at that time. A lot of investments were made at that time, which even exist today. That day Sarajevo was the center and you had to be here.

Here is a video of the opening ceremony:

 

 

It was my first trip discovering the northeastern part of Bosnia. To be more exact I was in the city of Bijeljina. The tour guide mentioned something about an ethno village, I was intrigued- ethno what? Village what? I want more details. He then told me that not too far from the city you can visit this beautiful ethno village. I had to see this- I thought to myself, Take me there! That’s exactly what happened. He drove us to the ethno village Stanišići.

It had been snowing the previous day- and as soon as we exited the car I stood there in amazement. It looked like a real winter wonderland. I didn’t know where to look and what to look at.

ethno village Stanišići

The tour guide told us that this village was founded in 2003. The founder was Boris Stanišić, hence the name Ethno Village Stanišić. He roamed all of Bosnia looking for older houses to remind him of his childhood. He then decided to create this beautiful village. The village is divided into two parts. One of the parts of the village shows secular life and contains many beautiful wooden houses and cottages. On the other side you have the more religious part of the village, full of medieval stone architecture. It has a few replicas of important historical and religious buildings.

We sat inside this restaurant for some traditional Bosnian food- I had to try the pizza because the pizza dough was made out of buckwheat flower and I must admit it was delicious! I walked around the ethno village for what seemed like hours, it has soul and it has something that not many places has- peace. I felt at ease and perfect here. If you’re ever in the mood to relax and leave all your problems aside then you definitely need to visit ethno village Stanišić. You will never regret it!