Favorite thing: As far as I know this is the only remaining palace from the Otoman's period of Banja Luka. It is situated in the heart of the city, on the bank of the river Vrbas and opposite to the Kastel. Unfortunately, the palace is in a very bad conditions now.
The Episcopal Court is situated opposite to the church and makes untilled complex with it.
Banja Luka is multiconfesional town, right next to the ortodhox church there is catholic church. During the war, 1992-1995, the mosque was pulled down. The empty space and few left stones reminds on it nowadays. Too bad because it was one of the oldest and very attractive sights of the town.
Favorite thing: Kastel (the castle) is situated in the heart of Banja Luka, built in roman times first(Castellum), it was later fortified by the Ottomans during their occupation of the town and Bosnia aswell. It is the main attraction of the city and its oldest historic sight.
Favorite thing: When visiting town of Banja Luka, the orthodox church of Svete Trojice is a must see. It is situated in the middle of the town's park, just a foot from the bank of the river Vrbas. Architectualy, it reminds alot on Serbian monasteries, such as Ravanica, Manasija etc.
Favorite thing: See the main entrance into the church of St. Ciril and Method. The bell-tower stands next to the church but it is connected to it by the kind of arch. The whole complex is beautifuly coloured by red and yellow stripes and it makes is very attractive.
Banja Luka is in the Republic of Serbska within Bosnia and Herzegovina. There is no visible border - but the road signs suddenly become cyrillic. And the graffiti.
From what I saw of it it seems prosperous and undamaged.
For instance, I saw a United Colours of Bennetton shop in a charming winding street of shops - and that franchise doesn't open shops where they don't confidently expect sales.
The sunshine was warm, the air, like everywhere in B & H, was crisp and clean.
The meal I had in a wonderful restaurant under the walls of the old castle? fort? - was truly excellent. And the wine. I'm not sure if it was expensive - I was being paid for - but it was really tasty. And the wait staff were most pleasant.
We left at midnight and the city streets were relatively quiet - but it seemed very safe. Just enough traffic around so you didn't get the wind up - but no drunken gangs of youths, or seedy looking characters lurking about.
The whole town was very very clean and spruce.
Banja Luka is located in a vast valley that on his way to the north crosses the river Vrbas. It is surrounded by gentle hills and knolls that passers offer magnificent views of the city. The most recognizable panoramic postcard is it that the human eye sees from the highest point of the hill mans.
But if a man is a little effort and climb the hill to the other, the experience is no less beautiful. Let see what kind of "look" Banja Luka have from Banj brdo (hill)?! Walk with me and found out! Or see my photos...
On new location of University of Banja Luka, poplar call "Campus", you can enjoy in long walking trough official monument of nature call "Alley of plane trees". Provides an avenue of plane trees from the main gate of the campus to the Rectory building in an east-west length of 270 we make it 81 tree. trees are located on both sides of the pedestrian crossing and two rows. Trees are over a hundred years old and under the protection of the state.
Thank to students of Agriculture and related faculty, every three in campus have a small plaque on it with name of three on Latin and Serbian language.
Fondest memory: I study in this campus and often relax by walking trough this alley.
Banja Luka was located in beautiful valley of Vrbas river and surrounded by many hills and mountain. Even new modernization of City dint "spoil" connection between City and nature.
Banja Luka is now known by a number of green spaces (several parks and their numerous alleys), which is reason why is known as "City of greenery". The most common city tree is wild chestnut, linden tree, plane trees, spruce and many types of ornamental wood.
But tidy avenues are little more than a century character of Banja Luka. With Austrian-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka change his look. With idea and great energy by FM St. Freiherr von Joelsen, division commandant in the early eighties (1880) start to grow first official avenue of Banja Luka. By his order on both sides of the wide road with wide and deep ditches and wild fruit trees, planted seedlings, mostly lime from nearby Kozara mountain. At first, the new seedlings had to keep soldiers, since some dissenters, the removal of fruit trees, broken up seedlings.
This was on road on the part of the building of the Archives of Bosnian Krajina, to tank Military Academy "Petar Drapšin". This first line tree avenue (Alley of duke Živojin Mišić - Serbian general and national hero from WWI or Alley of Yugoslavian Army - JNA) is inspire others and city change his appearance. Even today is present alley trough main street (former "Imperial road").
Fondest memory: I like exploring Banja Luka by foot and alleys are my favorite walking route.
Favorite thing: Banja Luka recently celebrated 400 years of it's existance...very interesting history as all places in Balkan...
Favorite thing: Population are mostly Serbian,and I have to say tht my grandfather was born in a village near Banja luka,actually my forefathers were from there originally
Banja Luka carrie many attributes: