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

Maglić is a beautiful mountain, but it is also a special one as well. It is the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maglić is the highest peak at an elevation of 2,386 meters (7,828 ft). Maglić is situated in an amazing surrounding, it borders Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. It also lies within the Sutjeska National Park, which was established in 1962. The park is drained by the Sutjeska River, resulting with the watershed of the river you have the canyon part of the Maglić Mountain.

Maglić consists of two peaks, the Veliki Maglić (in translation the Big Maglić), which is in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the second peak is Crnogorski Maglić (Montenegrin Maglić in translation) which is in Montenegro. The rich forests on the mountainside consist of the Perućica forest, a protected reserve within the Sutjeska National Park, which is the oldest and one of the two last remaining primeval forests in Europe.

This beautiful mountain definitely has so much to offer. I went there a few weeks ago, and damn! I was amazed by the beautiful nature that you can find all around. I actually spent two days hiking around the National Park and the beautiful Mountain. Unfortunately, I didn’t hike all the way up but it is a goal of mine! What are you waiting for?

Buna River – the hidden diamond below the cliff.

Let’s go and swim a little bit.

Did you know that the source of the Buna is one of the largest and most beautiful in Europe?!

This is the finest example of an underground karst river. The underground river flows out of a 200 meter cliff wall and forms the Buna River. There is no surprise that the Ottoman sultan was impressed, and ordered a tekke (tekija – Dervish monastery) to be built right next to it.

This house/monastery from 16th century  was built for the Dervish cults and is still one of the most mystical places in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is open to visitors all year round and you can enjoy cold drinks, tea and tTurkish coffee in a beautiful garden overlooking the mouth of the Buna River.

Meanwhile Blagaj is a nearby village-town (kasaba) in the south-eastern region of the Mostar basin, in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Above the village towers the old Blagaj fort (Stjepan grad) which is the birthplace of Bosnian queen Katarina Kosača-Kotromanić. Unlike other fortifications serving as residences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Blagaj fortress is located on a natural level area above steep cliffs to the south, west and north. The walls have survived for much of their length to a height of 12 or 14 m. The interior defended area is relatively small, similar to that of the fortress in Jajce.

Well guys in this post we bring you some old stories about The Old City of Ključ (Key).

The Old City of Ključ, in historical documents is known as Ključ on Sana is mentioned for the first time in 1322 in a property of an aristocratic family of Hrvatinic, more precisely Vukosav Hrvatinic, an uncle of the famous Herceg Hrvoje who built the royal town Jajce.
The Old city of Ključ is known as the last refuge of the Bosnian king Stjepan Kotromanic under the invasion of Turks led by Sultan Mehmed el-Fatih, so due to that “last emission“ of the Bosnian kingdom, Ključ is known as a royal city today.

“The Old City of Ključ actually consists of three parts: the guard tower Lubica, the entrance part-plateau, which is from an Ottoman period and is called Tabor towers, while the third part is much larger and intertwined in the cliffs of the gorge, and dates back to 13th century, and it is actually a medieval city- Ključ on the Sana river“, explains Fuad Alibegovic, a history professor from Ključ.
The old city of Ključ was declared as a national monument in 1951. After the war, the municipality of Ključ renovated the Tabor towers, the Ottoman part of the old town, with the Institute for maintenance of cultural and historical heritage, but the medieval city of Ključ on Sana remained intact, and is covered with dense vegetation, thick ivy and was ingrown in rocks rising vertically above today’s Ključ.

The Old City of Ključ

The Old City of Ključ is located within a pine forest, which is kept as a natural and healthy environment, with particular emphasis on the preservation of the environment of the Old Town.  Plans for the future include the lighting of the plateau and the walls of the Old City, and their placement in the hospitality and tourism purposes. With its towers on top of the high bare rock the Old City of Ključ is reminiscent of the castles of fairy tales, and it in a sense is, as it holds many secrets and tales like an eternal fairy tale and a mystery to all its visitors.

In this post we bring you a story about one of the longest rivers of the Balkans – the river Tara. The canyon of the Tara river is a unique phenomenon with a depth of 1000 and 1300 meters in some places. It ranks just behind the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the United States. It is the longest river of Montenegro with its course of 150 km and at the rivers end with a small part of it flowing through Bosnia & Herzegovina. Tara later flows into the Drina river.

During its whole flow the Tara river gets large amount of water from numerous springs and tributaries. On the left side Tara has tributaries Ljutica and Sušica and the most important tributaries are Vaskovaška River and River Draga. The most important spring is spring of River Bajlovica, which is located on the left side of the River Tara in the cave Bučavica. It yields several hundred liters of water per second and it falls to Tara River from 30 meter during its length of 150 metres. This is the scene which is hard to imagine and needs to be experienced. The Tara River has a lot of special places, but the most valuable ones are its cascades. The most famous ones are: Djavolje laži (Devil’s lies), Sokovina, Bijeli kamen (White stone), Gornji and Donji tepački Buk (Upper and Lower Tepački cascade).

Rafting on the Tara River

Aside from different activities such as fishing or hiking, the Tara River offers most one of the most challenging rafting adventures in Europe. It is rated on the scale from 3-5 as it attracts great numbers of adrenaline junkies. Rafting agencies have developed several starting points and routes for rafting experience. Most of them start from Foča. These agencies offer full package for one or more days, which includes equipment, a skipper, breakfast, lunch, etc.

In the valleys of Tara certain species from the ice age can be found. Beside these special species the flora of the Tara River is characterized by different types of forests: oak, ash, beech and birch.

Buško Lake often called Buško blato (blato means mud) is a natural continuation of Livno’s field. It is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 716 m above sea level. The surface area of Buško Lake is the largest artificial lake – reservoir in Europe. Up until the 1970 the area of Buško Lake was farmlands and was converted into an accumulation lake. Before the lake was created the surrounding river wells released water into the fields and left the lowest levels drenched – hence Buško Mud (Blato). The artificial reservoir was formed to create energy for the Dalmatian coast. The maximum amount of water is 800 million cubic meters and the largest depth is 15 meters.

Buško Lake before 1970
Buško Lake before 1970

Buško Lake consists of a rich and wide assortment of fish (carp, trout, carp, chub, catfish). The interesting history of this region left numerous archaeological sites, numerous ruins to ancient times, many artifacts and necropolis with a large number of stečci. In addition to historical attractions the area offers the opportunity to practice almost all sports, particularly water sports. In the summer the water of the lake is very warm and pleasant for swimming. The lake is also suitable for all sports that need wind. The hills and mountains surrounding the lake offer hikers amazing climbing holidays and sights in the mountain lodges.
Apart from the above mentioned, the lake is very attractive for fishermen and attracts a great deal of professionals. The area of today’s lake before the construction of the water dams was made up of meadows and pastures, which provided hay for livestock, while arable land was closer to the settlements which was cultivated for a variety of grains and vegetables. During the big autumn and winter rains the field was largely flooded in winter and frozen. When the ice would melt with the coming of spring so much mud would appear in this area and the field got its name Buško Mud.

 

Check out the scenery of Buško Lake:

In this post we bring you great story about Bosnian Medieval Royal Fortress Bobovac – Kraljevska Sutjeska Relicts of Bosnian throne fortress Bobovac and burial chapell of Bosnian Kings.
Old Bobovac is the most well known and fortified city of medieval Bosnia & Herzegovina. It is located near today’s small place, Vareš.
The city was built during the reign of ban Stephen II Kotromanic and was first mentioned in a document dating from 1349. It shared the role of seat of the rulers of Bosnia with Kraljeva Sutjeska, however Bobovac was much better fortified.
Bobovac contained the crown jewels of Bosnia as well as being the burial site for a few of the kings of Bosnia. These were Stjepan Ostojic, Tvrtko II Kotromanic & Stjepan Tomas. Bobovac is hidden froma main touristic routes in Bosnia, it lies in a untouched nature. As many others, medieval town Bobovac was neglected for many years,  now is a protected cultural site.

 

The most interesting fact about Bobovac is that it was a place where royal crown was being kept.