About 14 km north of Zenica is the small fortress of Vranduk. What it may lack in size, it makes up for in location being situated high above a gorge in a loop of the River Bosna. The fortress was first mentioned in the early 15th century, (although the site may be older). The village around it has some characteristics of the original housing style and opposite the fortress is a restored mosque, the Sultan Mehmeda Fatihova džamija, (which may well be open).
The village and fortress do not seem to get large numbers of visitors. There is a small exhibition within the fortress and a souvenir stall nearby sells some interesting locally made items. The pictures do not really do the position of the fortress justice. Try to imagine blue skies and a river that isn't brown with mud after days of heavy rain. (The weather was abnormally bad!)
- Historical Travel
A couple of interesting buildings
Zenica is primarily an industrial city which, as can be seen from other "things to do", has a small and colourful "stara čaršija" area with cafes and restaurants. In addition to the new museum, not far away is also the Hadžimazić House, a large traditional style house from around 1840. A little further away in ul. Jevrejska (and signposted) is the synagogue from 1906, (which used to house the museum).
Very wise city planners decided to keep a huge park along the Bosna river in the center of the town. After the last war a Turkish battalion was stationed here and instead of just patrolling the countryside and going to cafes they excelled in brushing up Kamberovice Polje, as this park is called. Walking paths along the Bosna were built, trees were planted, 2 playgrounds are being sponsored, a fountain was built and rather modern looking watch tower has been installed. All in all a very good way to spend a military budget.
- Arts and Culture
Go to the local museum
The museum is new and located downtown next to the pedestrian area. It offers a wide range of well presented exhibits from Roman times, to the Ottoman period, Austrian rule up to the Partisan struggle and the breakup of Yugoslavia. Sometimes gives you the feeling this place has more history than a normal person can handle. Previously this museum was in the defunct Synagogue, but this building is much better suited. The complex also includes a cafe and hosts the occasional art exhibition.
- Museum Visits
Bakery and internet cafe
From left to right this is my favorite bakery, Salcinovic, check out the kifle (rolls) and the internet klub. The internet place has a nice oriental/historical flair to it, unless you have too many kids around you, that are shooting each other over the internet. In front of both establishments seated at the tables is the complete personnel of both places when this picture was taken. Both are located right in the pedestrian zone, which at this point is one big cluster of cafes and bars with a mostly younger audience.
- Food and Dining
- Arts and Culture
Partisan monument overlooking the town
Many monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina commerating the Partisan struggle in World War II are very well kept. This one overlooks the city from Smetovi mountain, at an elevation of 1000 m and about 10 km from the city center. It is located next to a well kept picnic area with water fountains and walking paths.
- Hiking and Walking
Best buy in the market
As I mentioned in the introduction, a lot of the food you get at the market is top notch and dirt cheap. If these bell peppers or tomatoes could reach the EU than a lot of farmers in Spain and Italy would face serious problems. Fruit is amazing and a lot of it is from Herzegovina in the south. For those who are looking for more than groceries: check out the DVD and CD booths. If the one your are looking for is not there, then tell them, they will burn one for you until the next day.
Where the in crowd hangs out
This bar is located right on the river Bosna with a great view of the town and the lush green hills that surround it. The place is run by Bato, a famed guitar player and amiable host. Apart from drinks of all kinds and the occasional barbacue party they now sport a badminton court, brandnew beach volleyball facilities, a disco and new stuff seems to be added every year. They usually play rock music, so if you want hear folk music go the restaurants next door.
- Budget Travel
A short video on medieval Vranduk Fortress some 15 km north of Zenica.
Cafes and walking
Once you get tired of sitting in one just get up and go to the next one :D
Plus everything is really cheap.
Just hanging out
Zenica has some nice places where you can just ride a bike or play some sports or somethings and you get a view of the river as well.
Of course there's cafes everywhere as well...it's fun just to sit there and hang out without and worries about anything. That's what I love about them.
The of course there's the market place...a very popular area!...this is where everyone is...to shop, to eat, and to meet up with friends
A little Stand
There are these little stands all around town that you can buy all the little things you need such as gum, candy,pop, bus tickets (tranvaj) and if you smoke..some cigarets.
Touring the city is a must if u plan to go. The cafes are great, so is the food, and the locals are really friendly :)
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