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Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina


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This beautiful and historical city surrounded by green hills, split into two by the Vrbas river. Banja Luka is the second largest city, after the capital Sarajevo, of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the capital of the Republika Srpska entity. It has a rich mixture of preserved architecture combined with a rich culture that give Banja Luka a unique charm. It's one of Bosnia's most modern and up-and-coming cities. Medieval fortress Kastel is located here in Banja Luka. The fortress is situated on the site of previous fortifications going all the way back to Roman and even pre-Roman times. The fortress is well-preserved, and is one of Banja Luka's main attractions.


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Doboj - Known for fortress, historical center, museum

Dobrićevo (Dobricevo) - Known for orthodox monastery

Gradačac (Gradacac) - Known for architecture, castle, museum

Jablanica - Known for lake, landmark, monument, river

Jajce - Known for fortress, historical center, nature, park, river, waterfall; historical center is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

Ključ (Kljuc) - Known for fortress, medieval old town, park

Konjic - Known for bridge, river

Kraljeva Sutjeska - Known for historical center, museum, ruines, franciscan monastery

Kravica - Known for park, waterfall

Lukomir - Known for ethno village, viewpoint

Maglaj - Known for fortress, historical center, islam mosque

Međugorje (Medjugorje) - Known for catholic pilgrimage center

Mostar - Known for bridge, historical center, medieval old town; historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Neum - Known for coastal town, marina

Ostrovica - Known for castle

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Počitelj (Pocitelj) - Known for fortified town, fortress, medieval old town, viewpoint; medieval old town is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

Radimlja - Known for archaeological site; archaeological site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Srebrenik - Known for castle, fortress

Stolac - Known for archaeological site, fortress, medieval old town, viewpoint, waterfall; fortress is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

Tešanj (Tesanj) - Known for castle, fortress

Travnik - Known for architecture, fortress, historical center, river

Trebinje - Known for architecture, medieval old town, orthodox cathedral

Tuzla - Known for lake

Tvrdoš (Tvrdos) - Known for orthodox monastery

Velika Kladuša (Velika Kladusa) - Known for fortress

Vjetrenica - Known for cave; cave is a UNESCO Tentative List Site

Vranduk - Known for fortress, historical center

Zavala - Known for orthodox monastery





Last reviewed: 5 May 2020

Banja Luka description

Banja Luka is the administrative capital of the Republika Srpska, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and by far the largest city in the northwest. To protect the route Salona-Servitium the Romans built a fortress (Kastel Fortress) here (in the center of the city). When the Roman Empire collapsed, the Slavs took over. Once the Ottomans finally controlled the town, they gave it a distinct oriental style. During the Ottoman glory days were built bridges, mills and plenty of mosques.

In the course of the Ottoman centuries, Banja Luka was destroyed repeatedly by Ottoman-Austrian warfare (as well as earthquakes and plagues) until eventually the Austrian-Hungarian Empire absorbed Banja Luka in the 19th century. They rapidly modernized the town, building railroads connecting it to Vienna and other capital cities. The infrastructure appeared and developed, which led to a modern city factories.

The town expanded enormously in the 20th century. After World War I, Banja Luka became a province of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During World War II, it was part of the Independent State of Croatia. Finally, in the 1990s, the city underwent considerable changes when the Bosnian War broke out. Upon the declaration of Bosnian-Herzegovinian independence and the establishment of the Republika Srpska, Banja Luka became the center of the Republika Srpska politics.

Banja Luka has a continental climate, making it ideal for travel in the summer months. Warm weather and surrounding woodlands make it ideal for nature enthusiasts and hikers. The most notable mountains are Manjača (1,214 m), Čemernica (1,338 m), and Tisovac. These are all part of the Dinaric Alps mountain range.

The River Vrbas, a vibrant green river that flows through the heart of the city, is a key feature of Banja Luka’s natural surroundings. There are also a number of springs close by. The city straddles the banks of the river, which provides a relaxing zone to explore with picturesque natural beauty. The willow trees that line the river banks provide shade for peaceful walks alongside it. Away from the city, the river also offers opportunities to kayak, canoe, and hike along the river basin. Besides, the city is full of tree-lined avenues, boulevards, gardens and parks.

Banja Luka is one of Bosnia most modern and cosmopolitan cities, perfect for shopping.

Banja Luka related tours

We at Monterrasol Travel welcome you to see Banja Luka during multi-day private car tour. Contact us if you would like to customize your tour to Banja Luka.

We have developed several private tours that visiting beautiful Banja Luka. But, if you have a special conditions or any from these tours fit you, please do not hesitate to contact us, we can organize a tour exactly as you would like. We charge nothing for develop a custom itinerary. And remember, we have no problems to take you from almost any place where you stay, hotel or private accommodation.


Balkans castles tour 13 days. Visit 17 castles & fortresses in Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia. All seasons cultural tour across 3 countries.

tour starts in: Budapest, Hungary

tour finishes in: Budapest, Hungary

tour duration: 13 days (12 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary

tour destinations: Banja Luka, Bory, Doboj, Dubovac, Gradačac, Keszthely, Ključ, Medvedgrad, Ostrovica, Ostrožac, Ozora, Siklós, Srebrenik, Szigliget, Sümeg, Tešanj, Trakošćan, Varaždin, Velika Kladuša, Veliki Tabor, Zagreb

Balkans castles tour in 13 days. With this tour we going to visit 5 castles located in Hungary, 5 castles located in Croatia, together with historical center of Zagreb, and 3 castles and 4 fortresses in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Most of the sites are national monuments in own countries. Most of them dated back to 15-16 centuries and everyone have rich history.

all seasons tour

13 days

Price from € 1,692

 



All seasons 15 days Bosnia discovery non-touristy cultural tour from Sarajevo. Off the beaten path travel to Medieval land of Bosnia.

tour starts in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour finishes in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour duration: 15 days (14 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour destinations: Banja Luka, Blagaj, Bosnian Pyramids, Doboj, Dobrićevo, Gradačac, Jajce, Ključ, Kravica, Maglaj, Međugorje, Mogorjelo, Mostar, Počitelj, Radimlja, Srebrenik, Stolac, Tešanj, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Vjetrenica, Vranduk, Zavala, Zenica, Šćit

All seasons 15 days in-depth cultural discovery tour over Bosnia-Herzegovina from Sarajevo. Visit this medieval land and see old towns, fortresses and monasteries. Think on this tour as good example off the beaten path travel, out of touristy areas but in-depth cultural, and safer to take in current situation. During this tour we going to visit medieval old town Jajce and its fortress, historical center of town Mostar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and stay on famous Mostar bridge, will walk in medieval fortresses Vranduk, Maglaj, Doboj, Srebrenik, Gradacac and Tesanj, see the ethno museum of Bosnia village life, meet the capital of Republica Serbska entity the city Banja Luka and its fortress and cathedral, visit calm sunny town Trebinje and taste real Herzegovina wine from family running winery, silent Tvrdos monastery and Zavala monastery, refresh in Vjetrenica natural cave, archaeological site Radimlja with carved gravestones (UNESCO World Heritage Site), walk in streets of fortified town Pocitelj served as open-air museum, enjoy Stolac hilly fortress, wonder on beauty of Kravica waterfalls, visit Medjugorje pilgrimage center, walk the territory of real Roman villa Rustica, established as agricultural estate in 4th century AD. And all days of this tour we will wonder on the beauty of Bosnia-Herzegovina nature.

all seasons tour

15 days

Price from € 1,441

 



All seasons 17 days Bosnia discovery non-touristy places tour from Tuzla. Explore Medieval land of Bosnia by off the beaten path travel.

tour starts in: Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour finishes in: Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour duration: 17 days (16 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour destinations: Banja Luka, Blagaj, Bobovac, Doboj, Jajce, Ključ, Kraljeva Sutjeska, Kravica, Maglaj, Međugorje, Mostar, Počitelj, Radimlja, Sarajevo, Srebrenik, Stolac, Tešanj, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Vjetrenica, Vranduk, Zavala, Zenica

All seasons 17 days discovery tour over Bosnia-Herzegovina from Tuzla. Visit Bosnia-Herzegovina medieval land and see old towns, fortresses and monasteries. Think on this tour as good example off the beaten path travel, out of touristy areas, and safer to take in current situation. During this tour we going to visit medieval old town Jajce and its fortress, historical center of town Mostar (UNESCO site) and stay on famous Mostar bridge, will walk in medieval fortresses Vranduk, Maglaj, Doboj and Tesanj, visit calm sunny town Trebinje, silent Tvrdos monastery and Zavala monastery, refresh in Vjetrenica natural cave, walk in streets of fortified town Pocitelj, enjoy Stolac hilly fortress, wonder on beauty of Kravica waterfalls and pass the beauty of Bosnia-Herzegovina nature all days. And of course walk streets of multicultural Sarajevo.

all seasons tour

17 days

Price from € 1,655

 



Bosnia medieval land discovery 17 days all seasons off the beaten path tour. Non-touristy medieval towns, castles, monasteries, UNESCO places cultural tour from Sarajevo.

tour starts in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour finishes in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour duration: 17 days (16 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour destinations: Banja Luka, Blagaj, Bobovac, Doboj, Gradačac, Jajce, Ključ, Kraljeva Sutjeska, Kravica, Maglaj, Međugorje, Mostar, Ostrožac, Počitelj, Radimlja, Srebrenik, Stolac, Tešanj, Travnik, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Velika Kladuša, Vjetrenica, Vranduk, Zavala, Zenica

We welcome you to discover medieval land of Bosnia-Herzegovina, country in Balkans region of Europe. This cultural all seasons 17 days tour will start in the capital of the country, multicultural city Sarajevo. During this tour we will visit medieval towns, castles and fortresses of kings, ancient monasteries and UNESCO places. This tour should be considered as Balkans cultural tour visited non-touristy places and is great example European off the beaten path travel. During this tour we going to visit these notable places: medieval old town Jajce and its fortress, historical center of town Mostar (UNESCO site) and stay on famous Mostar bridge, will walk in medieval fortresses Vranduk, Maglaj, Doboj, Tesanj, Velika Kladusa, Travnik, Gradacac and Srebrenik, visit calm sunny town Trebinje, stay silent in Tvrdos monastery and Zavala monastery, refresh in Vjetrenica natural cave, walk streets of fortified town Pocitelj, enjoy Stolac hilly fortress, wonder on beauty of Kravica waterfalls and pass the beauty of Bosnia-Herzegovina nature all days.

all seasons tour

17 days

Price from € 1,669

 



Explore Bosnia+Montenegro in all seasons 20 days tour from Sarajevo. UNESCO sites, fortresses and medieval towns of two Balkans countries.

tour starts in: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

tour finishes in: Tivat, Montenegro

tour duration: 20 days (19 nights)

tour countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro

tour destinations: Banja Luka, Bar, Blagaj, Bobovac, Bosnian Pyramids, Budva, Dajbabe, Doboj, Gradačac, Jajce, Ključ, Kotor, Kraljeva Sutjeska, Kravica, Ljubačke Doline, Maglaj, Međugorje, Mogorjelo, Mostar, Nikšić, Perast, Podgorica, Počitelj, Radimlja, Risan, Srebrenik, Stolac, Tešanj, Trebinje, Tvrdoš, Vjetrenica, Vranduk, Zavala, Zenica, Šćit

We welcome you to explore 2 Balkans countries, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro, with our all seasons 20 days tour from Sarajevo. In both countries, with this tour we will visit all the most important attractions. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, we will see are of Bosnian Pyramids, medieval fortresses Vranduk, Doboj, Srebrenik, Gradacac, Kljuc, Maglaj, Tesanj, Jajce. We will be in few museums, visit an ethno village, walks historical centers of medieval towns, visit monasteries in Zavala, Tvrdos and Scit, see cathedrals in Banja Luka and Trebinje, spend evening in winery, walks in parks and see waterfalls. We will see UNESCO World Heritage site town Mostar and UNESCO World Heritage site archaeological site Radimlja. In Montenegro, we going to see cave monastery Dajbabe, Venetian towns Budva and Kotor (UNESCO World Heritage site), picturesque coastal village Perast, mosaic in Risan, abandoned medieval town in Bar.

all seasons tour

20 days

Price from € 2,235

 



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