Banja Luka Travel Guide

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    Alley of platan tree
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    Panorama of City from Banj brdo
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    Youth center Kastel
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Banja Luka Highlights

  • Pro
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     Culture and arts festival 

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     many prejudice about this City 

  • In a nutshell
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     City of youth 

Banja Luka Things to Do

  • Park Mladen Stojanovic

    Park Mladen Stojanović is largest park in Banja Luka. It is the best time to rest and do some recreation or sport on outdoor. Park is named after Dr Mladen Stojanović, national hero from WWII. During my study I like to spend time here. It is interesting that even is always full of children and sportsmen it is very peaceful. The summer and...

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  • Sculptures of Banja Luka III - MIR

    One of newest sculptures in City on Vrbas river is sculpture call Mir (Serbian: "Мир", meaning: "Peace"). It assumes to become one of new symbols of Banja Luka.Sculpture "Mir" is work of Milivoje Unković. It some kind of industial design and reminds me on a dove with widespread wings ready to fly. Sculpture "Mir" is relieved...

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  • Hotel Palace Banja Luka

    Hotel Palace in Banja Luka is one of their main attraction. It is located on main square in City - Square of Krajina. It was build in 1933. in time of Banja Luka prosperity during the governance of Ban Svetislav Tisa Milosavljević. Hotel is today protected as a monument of architectural heritage first category.The decades of experience in...

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Banja Luka Restaurants

  • Pizza with local twist

    Restaurant and pizza place call "Marcello" is located on in a separate space behind a row of stalls along the street along the pedestrian zone called "small park". It has a simply constructed enclosure and not particularly draws attention. At least not me, till I dint read and heard recommendation. It has a tradition of good food since 2005. New...

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  • World brand

    This is a first McDonald's in Republika Srpska and third in country (after Sarajevo and Mostar). It was open on 18th October 2012. This world famous brand located Bosnia and Herzegovina as its 118 country where you can find their products. Located in Gospodska street in center of Banja Luka is easy to find. It has a two floors and very familiar...

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  • Sweet dreams

    Belvedere is nice place for rest. It is in narrow area of downtown in Banja Luka but is not so easy to find. Placed on corner of residential complex and across of small park, there is no big public space or promotional sign. During summer there is small outdoor terrace and indoor narrow space next to windows wall. Besides ordering tasty fast food,...

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Banja Luka Nightlife

  • Irish Pub

    The only irish pub in BL. I was there for St Patrick's Day. I was not very much impressed by the place, not only because they played the Pogues CD for 2h but also the Guinness was crap. Perhaps is because I lived in Dublin 3 years and I am not very much objective. Local people likes it though. They told me that Wednesdays (?) is the only place to...

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  • 3 of 3

    011 was supposed to be the best place to be in March'06. Long stupid queue to get in on Saturday night... memebers got the preference, we had to wait but fanilly we got in and was good. Recommendable

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  • 1 of 3

    First of the three places you should be seen at that time. Saturdays is packed and Fridays not bad either.

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Banja Luka Transportation

  • Bicycle in Banja Luka

    Bicycle are very convenient means of transportation in Banja Luka. Banja Luka is about 8 km in length and about 6 km wide. About 75% of its territory is in a valley and is flat. If a person on a bicycle is secure in your ride and not afraid of traffic, within 15-20 minutes you can get from one end of the city, and most locations in the city center...

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  • Bicycle parking

    Bicycle parking can be a part of urban furniture like in City park Petar Kočić in very heart of Banja Luka. Sadly, this is still the only one bicycle parking build by city government in Banja Luka (2013). But, in Students campus there is new four new bicycle parking spaces with roof, capacity 80 spots.Number of cyclists in Banja Luka was...

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  • Hallo, Taxi!

    Banja Luka have developed road transport. Besides very effective (and only) public transporting services by bus there is today development taxi services. New taxi network system is sign of progress in individual public transportation and it is a good addition of bus services. I have some personal experience with taxi services here. I find it a very...

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Banja Luka Shopping

  • What you wish for?!

    Boska department store is well know building in the city center. Due to the years it transform in modern shopping mall. But the old-fashioned department store “Boska” still remained as City's most familiar landmark. The construction of Boska started after earthquake in 1969 and reopened for public on 5th December 1978. Boska was the last existing...

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  • Worlds brands in close up

    Mall Kastel is one of many big shopping area in capital of Republika Srpska. Placed in famous Gospodska ulica/street (Ulica Veselina Masleše) and square of Krayina is well known zone for exploration attractive equally for locals and visitors. It have a basement and four floor and it has very contemporary look. In basement is place you can find a...

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  • By gift for low price

    Rim is very popular boutique. After years of profitable business now the City have a three of them in the narrow of city center. There is offers of various clothes for women for lower price then in other shops. Every time i visit Banja Luka I go to one of three Rim shops at least to see their current offer. You can buy here everything except shoes,...

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Banja Luka Local Customs

  • New Year atmosphere in Banja Luka

    Period of winter holidays in Banja Luka are festive days but here it start about middle December till middle of January following year. Why? Since most of Banja Lukas inhabitants are Christian Orthodox and the Serbian Orthodox Church follow old Julian calendar. That means that all official holidays are 13 days later then official international...

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  • Day of Banja Luka

    Banja Luka have a many official holidays and celebration but one date have a special attention of local government, locals and visitors. That date is 22th April. On that date in 1945 Banja Luka was completely liberated after occupation in WWII. During World War II, Banja Luka was the 1941st occupied by the German army, and he entered into the...

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  • Cyrillic alphabet

    Serbian Cyrillic alphabet is officially in use in Republika Srpska. That often confuse many visitors of city. Good news is that all official sign are written in Serbian Cyrillic and English Latin.

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Banja Luka Warnings and Dangers

  • Taxi hazards

    I personally find a very convenient but risk taking a taxi in Banja Luka. It is expensive then public transport by bus. I have opportunity to drove one day on suburban area and I have in hurry but not sure where is street and I was surprising that and driver don't know where is it (2011). Short story telling, at the end of 10ish minutes drive with...

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  • Parking lots hazards

    Find a available parking lots in Banja Luka can be a quite challenge, especially if you visiting the city for the first time.Get a local currency in small change because automatic parking meters do not give you a change. On information board you can find a useful information starting from a larger coin denomination that is inserted on the meter....

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  • Cyrillic alphabet and communication

    The road sign and all kind information in Republika Srpska is on Cyrillic and on Serbian language. But road sings and interpretative maps are also and on English and on Latin. Official internet sites City, organizations or institutions in Republika Srpska usually have a three options ЋИРИЛИЦА...

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Banja Luka Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Trap Dont Exist

    There is not here a tourist trap, as I know about it. But there is something that foreigners can think as deception. People are very friendly, but I found that many of them (us) find difficult to answer on question: "Can you help me, where is..." even if you use a Serbian language. Usually, they offer to walk with you to that place instead to...

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  • Tourist traps don't exist

    The one thing you can be absolutely sure about in Banja Luka is that there is no possibility of getting caught in a tourist trap. They hardly know what a tourist is. The city does see a high proportion of visitors associated with NGOs, charities, etc, but Bosnian traditions and culture seem to be little diluted by foreign influence.English and...

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  • Credit cards are not widely...

    Credit cards are not widely accpeted at stores, and there is only one ATM set in the city. However, you can get cash advance with your credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro) at any of these banks: Zagrebacka banka, Raiffaisen bank, and Nova banka.

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Banja Luka What to Pack

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    the rainbow

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: When I was visiting the town, the weather was typical for the late spring, a slice of sun was followed by the rain. I was lucky to take the rainbow on the outskirts of the town on my way back to home.

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Banja Luka Off The Beaten Path

  • Eko zona Zelenkovac

    Eco zona Zelenkovac is unique place of social harmony, creativity and good vibration.I never visit similar place. This is oldest resort of this kind on Balkan. It is similar to well known Drven grad on Mokra Gora in Serbia. It is placed under mountain Lisina, surrounded by vibrant pine forest and it is great place to "hide" during hot summer days....

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  • Springs of Sana river

    Trip to springs of Sana river cannot be just touristic things-to-do. It is about deep respecting of nature. The Sana river is cristal clear and beautiful mountain river. It have even three springs. The Sana river springs up near Medna in Ribnik municipality. It is 146 km long and it flows into the river Una in the town called Novi Grad...

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  • Banj brdo

    Banj Hill (formerly Šehitluci) is a well-known resort of Banja Luka, from which one can see almost the entire city. At the top of the hill (431 m above sea level) is a monument to the fallen fighters in the National Liberation War (1941-1945). The monument was mausoleum (high 13 and 24 m long). Author was Yugoslav sculptor and master memorial...

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Banja Luka Sports & Outdoors

  • Promenade along the river

    Promenade along the river Vrbas is very popular spot especially during summer. It is perfect recreational space, especially those between City bridge "Venice" (original name "Venecija") and City bridge "Rebrovac" (original name "Rebrovački most"). Here is a long path suitable for running or recreational walking and ride a bike or skates....

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  • Dajak

    I suppose that word "dayak" (Cyrillic: дајак, Latin: dajak) for many people doesn't mean nothing or look very weird. It is actually a river boat, special kind and characteristic for Vrbas and City on it. Dayak is precisely name of piece of wood that serves to push the boat. That wood is used for relatively small depth...

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  • Banja Luka City Stadium

    Banja Luka City Stadium (Serbian Cyrillic: Градски стадион Бања Лука, read: Gradski stadion Banja Luka) is a multi-purpose stadium. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Footbal...

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Banja Luka Favorites

  • City of culture

    Banja Luka is a official capital of Republika Srpska and it has a extensively cultural offers and many cultural manifestations with long tradition. I like to visit Museum of contemporary art of Republika Srpska. The last exhibit I visit is actually the performance of my school friend Mladen Miljanović. It call it "Vrt uživanja" (original...

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  • City on Vrbas river

    Vrbas river is symbol of Banja Luka and Banja Luka is biggest city on river Vrbas. Vrbas is beautiful, usually green, river that flow forcefully and fearlessly and yet so gentle and carefully flow into Banja Luka valley. It was a inspiration for many poets and musician. Famous for its beautiful, hydro potential and possibility for adventures water...

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  • Panorama of Banja Luka

    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 put a little effort and climb the hill to...

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