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!

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?

This month throughout our blog we will give you a few stories about the beautiful mountains that are situated in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first mountain I will tell you guys about is Jahorina. Jahorina belongs to the Dinaric mountain system.  Bosnia is abundant with many mountains, each and every one special in its own way. Jahorina borders with another Olympic mountain: Mount Trebević.

Jahorina’s highest peak is Ogorjelica, standing tall at 1,916meters (or 6,286ft). This makes it the second highest of Sarajevo’s mountains. Jahorina is only 30km from Sarajevo. A great thing about Jahorina is that no matter what the season be, you can always visit it. During the summer the mountain is covered with grass and is a great place to go for a family trip or for a picnic.

jahorina-mountain jahorina

Jahorina has 20 miles of trails for alpine skiing and gentle slopes, it is one of the best places to go and ski in Bosnia. During the 14th winter Olympics that were held in 1984 in Bosnia, Jahorina hosted the ski disciples for women. It is a beautiful mountain that is suited for any of your needs. Just think about it you don’t need to go west to ski, you’ve got it all here-in Sarajevo, in Bosnia.