Bosnia and Herzegovina is full of fortress, ruins and other real statements of undefined past. That is good and I love to find it. But usually I find it that is just - objects. Usually they are famous photo object, top touristic attraction and familiar sight but without any tour guide or any services (any kind) it could be a bit disappointment. Plus, it could be badly damaging by recent visitors and poorly maintenance. They are great photo objects and usually great viewpoint but some of them are hardly reachable. No good clear signs, directions or paths. Mostly there are lots of flora and connected fauna (snakes mostly). Sadly, even mines sometimes.
Sadly, this touristic potential is not enough exploited. Is not enough to put it photos on postcard or even in guide books. I hope it will change soon!
Unique Suggestions: Take photo of it and if it possible photo of panorama from it.
Fun Alternatives: Still take the photo with in. Keep low expectation and your need to hedonism and take your trash with you!Related to:
- Historical Travel
The castles and fortress
There are many remnants of the castles and fortress all over B&H. Most of them have been destroyed in the past centuries, likewise in the recently passed war. When visiting them, take good care if you see the sign PAZI MINE, it is warning for the mines. The best is if acompaigned by the locals, they know how to save you from possible troubles.Related to:
- Family Travel
Passport/Border Crossing Croatia
This is not a tourist trap but rather a friendly reminder: As many combine a Bosnia trip with a vist to Croatia/Damatia, keep in mind that the Dalamtian coastline is interrupted by a tiny piece of Bosnia, the sea resort Neum. So when you travel Mostar via Neum to Dubrovnik, you will have multiple border crossings and passport controls - keep your passport always at hand and not in your luggage.
In many countries the taxi mafia is active,
If they see a tourist they see the dollars and try to cheat you.
So don't be naiv, Get a feeling for the right price by asking other people.
Always ask for the price before you get off.
Always look what the driver does if he uses the taxameter.
If you drive by day be sure that he doesn't use the night tarif.
Be careful that the taxameter is not tuned.
Unique Suggestions: Pay and try to do better next time!
Fun Alternatives: Use publc transport!Related to:
- Budget Travel
I know there's lots of warnings about this. Buth there are bombed out villages all over the country. Don't be tempted to explore until you are sure the landmines have been cleared.
You can only hope that the occupants got away firstRelated to:
- Historical Travel
If you don't have KM (Konvertible Mark) the people will take EURO without problems.
But be careful. Some want more from you.
Unique Suggestions: Don't get in. Say the price you want to pay.
Fun Alternatives: In all Banks. The EURO is accepted and they will give you the fixed rate
1 € = 1,95583 KM.
Medjugorje...Religious Shrine or Tourist Trap?
In the 1980's six children saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the small town of Medjugorje. Now every year hundreds of thousands of Catholics make the pilgrimage to this location, even though the Catholic Church has not sanctioned the apparitions. I am Catholic and was very moved when I visited Fatama (in Portugal) so I had to visit Medjugorje. It was an interesting place I am glad I went, but well…I wanted to believe but some of the facts are disturbing….
First of all, about 85% of the people in Bosnia are Serbian Orthodox or Muslim. Bosnia has a long history of ethnic cleansing based on religion.
Before the Apparitions Medjugorje was a very isolated small town located in the Western Part of Bosnia, next to the Catholic Country of Croatia…in an area that many of the Croatians feel is their own. Croatians say that this area is the “stomach” of Croatia and should be returned.
Since the Apparitions the economy of Medjugorje is thriving and its position as a Catholic area seems very secure. The “visionaries” will meet with you, allow you to stay in their home and even speak to the Virgin Mary in front of you.
Unique Suggestions: Keep your mind open when you visit...maybe your experience will be different than mine.
I do know people who went to Medjugorje on a religious pilgrimage had life altering experience. So maybe the difference is that I went as a tourist and was unable to find the right people or group to join in with.
For those of you who do go be sure to bring a good pair of hiking boots and your rosary beads and hike up the hill doing the stations of the cross. This is the only area where I really felt a special presence. It was amazing to watch women hiking up a hill filled with sharp rock in their bear feet. The amount of devotion that must take is awe inspiring.
Fun Alternatives: I found Fatama Portugal to be much more inspiring
We found on more tahn on occasion we had to change our route due to rock falls or collapsed roads so take care. The main road from sarajevo to Mostar & Croatia is absolutely fine.Related to:
- Road Trip
War is over but...
Don't be surprised seeing many destroyed, burnt out and empty houses and many burnt out cars by the road. And don't be afraid like me haha - it's over.
MORE: in my travelogue War.
The worst traps are those...
The worst traps are those mined ones (see: dangers). Generally - do not expect too much. And always (in hotels, private accomodation) make sure about the price in advance.
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