Doboj Off The Beaten Path

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    Goransko lake

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 12, 2014

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    Goransko lake (Serbian Cyrillic: Горанско језеро, read: Goransko jezero) is very popular vacation resort among locals especially during summer.

    Goransko Lake is situated at the Ozren mountain, around 7 km from Doboj. The lake is surrounded by the rich forest ecosystem of black pines and the cold and clear source of the Jošava rivulet. The infrastructure around artificial lake contain facilities that provides unique relaxation and entertainment during whole year. Besides swimming area with diving tower and beach there is a restaurant, campsite and children playground.

    During summer season the entrance is 2 KM or BAM (around 1 euro). There no bus transportation to the lake. Usually people drive to the lake or take a bike tour. It is not visibly from city. By walking it last about 40 minutes from train station and across nearby village Lipac. There is visible tracking trail all the way with interpretative maps.

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    Picnic at Tovira

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 12, 2014
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    Tovira is small area on prominent hill on complex Trebava easily accessible from main Doboj- Modriča road. Most significant sight on this hill is old Orthodox church and small arranged area close to the local cemetery.

    Note that this is not a touristic sight so there is not a shop or cafes. This is a perfect area for relaxation and picnic. Bring your food with you and here you can find a water in nice decorated faucet in front of church. Even is surround with houses this is very peaceful place.

    Besides time for services which is here on Sunday morning or during religious fest there no many people visiting here. So, it is a small hiding gem and off off beaten path area.

    I like set of wooden table and small chairs that are actually stumps. I think is best to bring your blanket. Church is very nice. There is also very interesting memorial faucet surrounded by benches. On it is description that Zoran Božić dedicated this faucet in memory on his late mother Krsta Božić born Lazić in 2001 on date of Spasovdan (on 24th May according to Serb Orthodox calendar).

    I come here with bike. It is very nice hike too. In one moment is very slope and you need to put more effort but take your time it worth it. I take about 15th minutes from road to up to hill.

    From Doboj to Modriča main road try to don't miss turn and touristic sign for church about 12 km from Doboj. It is between two villages: Grapska and Bušletić.

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    Explore the mounting massif Trebava

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 12, 2014

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    Ethnic-space entity called Trebava covers about 1500 km2. This unit is bordered to the west side with Bosnia River from Doboj and Posavina. To the south is separated from Ozren mountain with Spreča river. From east side Trebava is bordered by municipal centers: Gračanica and Gradačac. On the north side Trebava is Posavina and it is divided from that with town Modriča. East from Trebava is a mountain Majevica, and to the west are mountains Vučijak and Krnjin.

    I am personally very subjective here because my parents come from this area. I live some time here during troubled times in nineties.

    There is not yet comprehensive touristic offers like those regarding Ozren mounting. Mostly project is under lead of Modriča municipality.

    Most famous tourist attraction on Trebava is monastery complex Duga njiva and Day Celebration of St. Elias in Kožuhe on 2. August. But most famous sight here is nature itself.

    Popular places on Trebava are: Osječani, Kožuhe, Koprivna and Vranjak, there is many many more.
    But beauty don't come without price. Even is very populated especially parts along roads. There higher part of hills around military line hidden dangerous in shape of land mines. The locals is familiar with them. It is low possibility to across to them in every day walking and in populated places you don't have a reason for worry.

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    Explore the mounting massif Ozren

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 12, 2014

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    Forests on Ozren

    The highest peak of the mountain Ozren is Velika Ostrаvica (Serbian Cyrillic: Велика Острaвица, read: Velika Ostravica). Great Ostravica peak is 918 meters high.
    Other peaks that are also important are:
    1. Krstata plate (Serbian Cyrillic: Крстата плоча, read: Krstata plocha) is 893 meters high,
    2. Queen (Serbian Cyrillic: Краљица, read: Kraljica) is 883 meters high,
    3. Battleground (Serbian Cyrillic: Бојиште, read: Bojište) is 848 meters high,
    4. Kamenichki height (Serbian Cyrillic: Каменички вис, read: Kamenichki vis) is 816 meters high,
    5. the Great cams (Serbian Cyrillic: Велики Бријег, read: Veliki Brijeg) is 782 meters high,
    6. Gostilj (Serbian Cyrillic: Гостиљ, read: Gostilj) is 773 meters high,
    7. Horsetail - Grebić Hair (Serbian Cyrillic: Преслица - Гребић коса, read: Preslica - Grebich kosa) is 341 meters high.

    Major river valleys on mountain Ozren are valleys that is formed over rivers:
    1. Jadrina (Serbian Cyrillic: Јадрина, read: Jadrina) - created under the Queen peak and flow into the Sprecha river,
    2. Jablanica (Serbian Cyrillic: Јабланица, read: Jablanica) - springs in Upper Bukovica (Serbian Cyrillic: Велика Буковица, read: Velika Bukovica) and flow in Bosnia river (Serbian Cyrillic: Босна, read: Bosna) near Maglaj (Serbian Cyrillic: Маглај, read: Maglaj),
    3. Bukovica (Serbian Cyrillic: Буковица, read: Bukovica) - flows into the river Turija (Serbian Cyrillic: ријека Турија, read: rijeka Turija) that goes in Modrac lake (Serbian Cyrillic: језеро Модрац, read: jezero Modrac).

    But beauty don't come without price. Even is very populated especially parts along roads. There part around military lines and trenches hidden dangerous in shape of land mines. The locals is mostly familiar with them. Just keep the touristic signs and hiking trails and you are be fine.

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    Farm of fallow deers in Konopljište

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 12, 2014
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    Farm of fallow deer is located in small pictures village call Konopljište between small hills and in forest of Ozren mounting in Doboj surrounding. It is placed on 550 m above see level. To this place lead a not so good dirt road on the way from sport and recreation center "Preslica" on the Preslica hill and village Okolišta to the Gostilj peak and village Boljanić. The entrance in this private resort is from the main road.

    This is the first farm of fallow deer in Republika Srpska. Host property is Mr. Dragan Vasiljevic. He say that he got this idea by visiting his friends farm somewhere in Scandinavia. It took about two years to realize his idea. He found the perfect location for your venture on twenty acres land below the top Gostilj. It was his idea started several years ago, and now the property has all necessary infrastructure for breeding of wild animals. The deers was coming from Bugojno in central part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today farm have about 30 deers. In planning is building of accommodation complex for visitors.

    Tourism services including possibility of observing, photographing and feeding deer from a watchtower, then conversation with the employee about the creation of farms, lifestyle deer, their nutrition etc.
    I recommend to reserve this visit to the local tourism office if you don't know anyone locals.

    Note that if you wont to enter to farm you need to call the workers from simple gate. You will be first welcoming by large Saint Bernard called Barney. Do not fear him, he is very cuddly and gentle.

    I visit this place for the first time during photo outdoor camp in 2012 and this place is interesting photo safari.

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    Royal village Kotromanicevo

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 25, 2014

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    New touristic attraction of Doboj municipality is a Ethno resort "Royal village Kotromanicevo" (Serbian: "Краљевско село Котроманићево", read: "Kraljevsko selo Kotromanićevo").

    Inspired by architecture of 19 centuries with some modern twist of artistic presentation of the medieval Bosnian kingdom. You can see here that locals love ethnology. With a multitude of details collected in this area, replicas of medieval objects, with the use of natural materials in the construction, you have the impression that you're back in time.

    This is not a rare place in Bosnia and Herzegovina (including the Balkans) where you can enjoy modern amenities tailored quaint architecture. I mentioned several important buildings in the complex:
    - National Cuisine Restaurant "Royal Water" is located in the central entrance building with a donjon tower;
    - De Lux wooden houses in the old medieval form of a contemporary log cabin equipped with a capacity of 15 beds;
    - piazza with local handicrafts and local organic products;
    - children playground, mills and other entertainment facilities;
    - Lake with wooden bridge;
    - space design to attract artist on designed art colonies,
    - barbecue and camping place, etc.

    Special attraction is a river call Veličanka with rich fish stocks and many organized cultural events such as organization chivalrous tournaments and medieval dinner or catching up with the local hunting associations and gatherings. As well weddings, birthdays or holidays celebrations.

    The hosts took care to visitors and offers an attractive day trips and activities for the whole family. I would particularly mention trips to the pristine nature hilly regions Vučjak as well as visits to medieval fortresses in the environment (Doboj, Modrica, Maglaj, Tesanj, Slavonski Brod). The complex is almost photo-safari. And you can be photographed in costume princess and knights. Enabled services and providing relaxation massage in your room.
    The latest in their offer and boating on the river Velicanka.
    Within the complex are a small sports fields are ideal for football or volleyball.

    In main building - restaurant you can enjoy in flavors of traditional foods and drinks of Doboj area (gruel or traditional tzitzvara, honey brandy, corn bread, dry cottage cheese etc.). Menu is bilingual and you wouldn't have a problem to order. On the main entrance you are welcomed by local night and you enter in two part spacious room with wooden furniture with central fire place. Lots of ethnological items and artistic item inspired by local culture.

    If you wont to enjoy in complex ethnological outdoor exhibit and spend some quiet time or if you are just curious then, I believe, this is a place for you.

    The complex is for sure a off beaten path for many locals too. It is located on M17 main road from (Bosanski) Brod on way to Sarajevo via Doboj. It is about 20 km from Doboj and 45 km from Croatian border.

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    SRC Jezero "Jelen" - Jelah

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    Sport and recreation center Jezero "Jelen" (English: Lake "Dear") is new sports center and it covers area about 20 hectares.
    One of new resort near Doboj is situated in little town Jelah on main road Doboj-Sarajevo, about 20 minutes driving from Doboj center. It still under construction. Still, several years here is a small zoo. Mostly consist dears (from their it derive name of this park), small animals like bunnies, poultry and pigeons, and horses.

    There is places for barbecue and lodging and two artificial lakes.

    Enter is free.

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    Sports and Recreation Centre "Preslica"

    by Odiseya Written Nov 16, 2013

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    Sports and Recreation Centre "Preslica" s very popular resort in Doboj surrounding. It is about 7 km from center of Doboj. Turn right on road from train station Doboj.
    It is visited trough whole year long but specially in spring and summer.
    Even it has a good road from Doboj is not accessible by public transport services only for car or bike and it is a long way to walk. It is connected with Goransko lake with uphill recreation path trough forest call Jošavka trail.
    It is best place for camping, relaxation and sport. Popular for school visitors and for spending of quality time with your family. On one part is a monument to defenders from WWII.
    It has many camping grounds with tables and for lunch and it cost 10 KM (5 Euros). Here is a restaurant with open terrace, simple but enough for relaxation. Special attraction is a small zoo. for seminars here is a wooden house by entrance call "European house".
    Here is and sports terrain and polygon for paintball.

    Preslica resort is situated 376 m above the sea level and it covers the nice area of 30 hectares. The forest on Preslica resort is under special protection because it has fragrant coniferous trees and grey alder, and that only can be found here in all of the northern Bosnia region.

    At Preslica, a limestone memorial was built to commemorate the event of 23 August 1941 when the people of Doboj, Maglaj and Gracanica municipalities organized in war as freedom defenders.

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    Usora in Doboj

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 11, 2013

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    I like walking trails and walking around in towns and take the photos is my hobby even it is my town.

    New place for me in old Doboj is Usora. For all of you who read this tip and who is familiar with medieval state Usora - I am not mean about travel trough time. Doboj municipality and many other in North Bosnia was long time ago part of big region call Usora. Today the name is for river, municipality in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and part of Doboj.

    So, there is one part of Doboj that I recently re-discover on foot. It is not particularly recreation or historical travel, even it is both. Usora today is brand new suburb with many houses and many big concrete socialistic fabrics, mostly empty. There is a new idea about developing this area as touristic walking trail and local touristic organization (among many others) is support local project of inhabitants of Usora, Miljkovac and Makljenovac. In fact, on Saturday 28th September 2013 it was official open a Walking trail "Liješanj", named after creek along the trail. Still is lot to do but BRAVO for good work!

    For my opinion, best part of this walking tour is visiting of narrow bridge, across main road. It is a old railway bridge and now is nice reconstructed path across Bosnia river. Now it have and some industrial purpose but it is nice. I dint go on other side of river yet, I mean not find some reason to across the bridge and take photos. Bridge itself, its construction and view is now enough for me. Industrial block now empty are depressing and it look sometimes like ghost town from western movies.

    I take my camera and waking away.

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    Gostilj peak on mounting Ozren

    by Odiseya Updated Oct 27, 2012

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    Gostilj peak on Ozren

    Gostilj is name of one of peak on mounting massif Ozren and is 773 meters high. This peak have a distinguish "look" with wooden orthodox cross and that is seeing from far away. It is very popular natural and vacation resort not only for people that do hiking or biking.
    On 11th September of each year this peak is known after the festival entitled "Days of tea", which is traditionally held on the Gostilj. This festival is dedicated to picking grass Iva for which there is a belief that it has the largest medicinal properties. The event had and special cultural program. According to the customs of the region, visitors will encourage to eat the famous tea grass. It is because locals belief - "the grass Iva - from dead makes a live person" (Serbian Cyrillic: Трава Ива - од мртва прави жива, read: Trava Iva - od mrtva pravi zhiva).

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    The Tower of the Fortress

    by goga4444 Updated Nov 22, 2003

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    Doboj , Fortress

    If you ever get to Doboj be sure not to miss the Fortress . It is free to go in , there is no guide or booklet on it ... But the view on Doboj is so great , that you should not miss it :)

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