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Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Information


Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: Bosna i Hercegovina) is a country located in southeastern Europe. It shares borders with Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia and is completely landlocked except for a short coast on the Adriatic Sea near the town of Neum. The country is subdivided into two governing entities, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. Additionally, the Brčko District (based around the town of Brčko) is a neutral self-governing unit which is formally part of both governing entities.

As of 2009, the population of the country was estimated as 4,613,414. The capital and largest city of the country was is Sarajevo which has a population of over 300,000, and more than than 100,000 additional people living in the city's metropolitan area. Other important towns and cities in the country include Banja Luka, Bihać, Bijeljina, Brčko, Doboj, Mostar, Prijedor, Tuzla, and Zenica.

Bosnia was devasted by war between 1992 and 1995. The precise number of casualties in the war will probabl never been known, but it has been stated by the Bosnian government that 200,000 people were killed, and more than 2 million people were forced to flee their homes.

Today Bosnia faces a number of challenges, including completing the transition from the Communist-era economy, reconstruction after the war (which caused GDP to fall by 75%), and fighting corruption. GDP has however been growing in recent years (with the exception of 2009), no doubt help by the introduction of a new currency in 1998, the konvertibilna marka, which is pegged to the euro.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Country Details


Country Name Bosnia

Also Known As

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southeastern Europe
Principal Languages
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Serbian
  • Capital Sarajevo
    Major Towns/Cities
  • Banja Luka
  • Bihać
  • Bijeljina
  • Brčko
  • Doboj
  • Mostar
  • Prijedor
  • Sarajevo (Capital)
  • Tuzla
  • Zenica


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    Bosnia & Herzegovina (Bradt Travel Guide)
    By Tim Clancy

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    A new edition of the only comprehensive English language guide to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Herzegovina has emerged from the ashes of war to become one of the most exotic destinations of southeast Europe, an ancient crossroads where east meets west. The updated guide takes you through mountains, thick forests, deep river canyons, medieval villages and cities. It has something for everyone, from mountain biking, rafting and world class hiking to festivals, pilgrimages and a cosmopolitan café culture.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bradt Travel Guide Bosnia & Herzegovina)
    By Tim Clancy

    Bradt Travel Guides
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    From an expert author who has lived andworked in the region for over two decades, Bradt's Bosnia and Herzegovina isthe most comprehensive English-language guidebook available to the mountainousheart of the Western Balkans. It covers the country's diverse Mediterraneanlandscapes, from the southern Herzegovina cities of Mostar and Trebinje to thelush and green Alpine regions of Sarajevo and Banja Luka, plus second-to-nonecoverage of the capital city Sarajevo. Now in its fifth edition, not only doesthe guide feature smaller towns and villages off the beaten track, but it alsogoes into greater depth than its competitors, with more detail on the history,culture and sights, and more opinionated and entertaining reviews of hotels andrestaurants. For this new updated edition the Sarajevo chapter has been fullyoverhauled and a complete run-down of all of the Herzegovina wineries has beenincluded. There is also new coverage on the Via Dinarica regional mega trailthat carves its way through the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Dinaric Alpsand is chock full of activities and adventure for families and pros alike. Newmaps for the country's national parks are included, plus walking routes thatyou'll find in no other book. Also included are details of rural accommodationand farm stays within reach of some of the major hubs, plus an expanded chapteron Mostar and Trebinje. Two decades after the conflict that ravaged the region,Bosnia and Herzegovina has emerged as a unique, dynamic tourism destination.Whether you go in search of bears in the primeval Sutjeska National Park,wander the winding streets of Sarajevo's Turkish quarter or put your feet up inMostar with a glass of chilled ilavka, you are guaranteed to be charmed by thecountry's rich natural and cultural heritage.




    Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge, Peter Dragicevich, Tom Masters & Anja Mutic

    Brand: Lonely Planet
    Paperback (656 pages)

    Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the castles and mountains of Transylvania, walk the walls of Dubrovnik's picturesque old town and relax on the beaches of southern Turkey, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Southeastern Europe and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Southeastern Europe Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - covering history, popular culture, food & drink, literature, wildlife and landscapes
    • Over 80 maps
    • Useful features - including Itineraries, Month by Month (annual festival calendar) and extensive Language section
    • Coverage of Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

    • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out the relevant Lonely Planet Travel Guides, our most comprehensive guides that both cover the top sights and take the roads less travelled, or Lonely Planet's Discover Guides, which are photo-rich guides to those destinations' most popular attractions.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Marika McAdam, Alexis Averbuck, James Bainbridge, Mark Baker, Chris Deliso, Peter Dragicevich, Mark Elliott, Tom Masters, Craig McLachlan, Anja Mutic, Tamara Sheward

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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    Bosnia and Herzegovina in Your Hands: All You Need to Explore Bosnia and Herzegovina ('In Your Hands' Travel Guide)
    By Jorg Heeskens

    Komshe Travel Guide
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    This is the first edition of the Komshe travel guidebook to Bosnia and Herzegovina, written and published by travel specialists from South Eastern Europe. The guide is divided into sections based on 5 regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina (including the capital, Sarajevo), and covering over 100 tourist destinations. The book includes regional and town maps, accommodation tips as well as other practical information. With this guide you can embark upon a journey of discovery through Bosnia and Herzegovina's history, culture, landscapes and cuisine while gaining an understanding of customs, manners and more! Other information and useful facts include: visa info, health and security, transport, currency, adventure holidays, hiking and mountaineering, winter sports and other important tips for travellers. There are hundreds of colour photos showing you what to expect or to inspire you to go. Of special note are places rarely visited by most tourists - ancient castles, monasteries, national parks and relics of the many civilizations that have crossed or settled in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The guide includes insider recommendations for food, drink, festivals and nightlife.
    Bosnia & Herzegovina - Culture Smart: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
    By Elizabeth Hammond

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    Bosnia & Herzegovina - Culture Smart: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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    Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include: * customs, values, and traditions * historical, religious, and political background * life at home * leisure, social, and cultural life * eating and drinking * dos, don'ts, and taboos * business practices * communication, spoken and unspoken
    Slovenia/Croatia/Serbia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Montenegro/Macedonia
    By Freytag-Berndt und Artaria

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    Explore the former Yugoslavia with this Freytag&Berndt double-sided road map. The best way to plan your trip, prepare your itinerary, and to travel independently in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and FYROM.

    This double-sided map contains a place name index and shows inset maps (Belgrad, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Sarajevo) in a booklet. Touristic information: places of interest, airports, monuments, archaeological sites, camp-grounds.

    The legend is in English, Serbo-Croatian, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Slovak, Hungarian, and Czech.
    The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return
    By Kenan Trebincevic

    Penguin Books
    Released: 2014-02-25
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    The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return
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    A young survivor of the Bosnian War returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family

    At age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. Pero - Kenan's beloved karate coach - showed up at his door with an AK-47 - screaming: "You have one hour to leave or be killed!" Kenan’s only crime: he was Muslim. This poignant, searing memoir chronicles Kenan’s miraculous escape from the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia. After two decades in the United States, Kenan honors his father’s wish to visit their homeland, making a list of what he wants to do there. Kenan decides to confront the former next door neighbor who stole from his mother, see the concentration camp where his Dad and brother were imprisoned and stand on the grave of his first betrayer to make sure he’s really dead. Back in the land of his birth, Kenan finds something more powerful—and shocking—than revenge.

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