Banja Luka Travel Guide

  • Trg srpskih vladara
    Trg srpskih vladara
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  • Alley of platan tree
    Alley of platan tree
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  • Happy holiday, Banja Luka!
    Happy holiday, Banja Luka!
    by Odiseya

Banja Luka Things to Do

  • Christ the Savior Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I loved this church built in Neo-Byzantine style (also known as Byzantine Revival) at first sight, more than anything else in Banja Luka, and had the opportunity to visit it inside where many faithfull people were assisting to a Mass service. The atmosphere was so intimate that I, in spite of being Catholic, also participated in the religious...

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  • Imperial road

    Twelve babies monument is located in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska. The monument was unveiled on 22. Deceber 2008 to commemorate the death of 12 babies Banja Luka, in honor of Banja Luka 12 babies who have died due to lack of oxygen in the spring 1992nd year. The sculpture, called "Life", author is conceptual design of...

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  • Fortress Kastel

    Stone house is special exhibit space on fortress complex. On 19th April 2016 this space is officially reopened after major reconstruction works on one part of fortress complex. It was one of events dedicated to Day of Banja Luka (22 April). I visit exhibit call "На путевима...

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Banja Luka Hotels

  • Cezar Hotel

    It looked nice but did not stay there to sleep, bacause I was short of money. Instead I travelled to...

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  • Hotel Bosna

    Must be god, but I did not stay, I was in a hurry and slept that night in Zagreb Good, it looks very...

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  • Hotel Palas

    It was near the Kastel. I am sure it is a good hotel, although I did not staty there and left to...

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Banja Luka Restaurants

  • Kazamat

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I finally went to famous Kazamat restaurant on famous Kastel fortress. It is popular attraction of fortress complex. It have very unique and distinctive charm. It is one of oldest restaurant in Banja Luka. It had very interesting decor interior that is correspond with restaurants theme. Still have only coffee and tea here.

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  • Kod Muje

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic location, core of downtown but yet secluded. I like design of restaurant and its outdoor space. It is very famous restaurant. It promote special type of cevapcici, Banja Luka type since 1923. Usually is crowded and it is hard to find a place. I have lucky enough to find one table at the time of my visit. Atmosphere is calm. The look of...

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  • Hotel Villa Vrbas

    4 out of 5 stars

    Restaurant is in a very small hotel of the same name right on the Vrbas River across from the Fortress. Very family oriented with lots of locals. Good variety of food and portions that are absolutely HUGE. Neither my wife nor I could finish ours, delicious though it was. Apparently, they are used to this as the waiter offered a take-away box. They...

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Banja Luka Nightlife

  • Maraton

    Pub with strange inscription "Pantelija is not dead" is very known to every true Yugoslavian cinematography experts or fan. This pub is also cult here with almost two decade tradition. Suburban cafe/pub with unique theme - cult film "Maratonci trče počasni krug" (The Marathoners Family Running the Honor Lap) or simple title "The...

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  • Mac Tire 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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  • Pantelija is not dead

    Pub with strange inscription "Pantelija is not dead" is very known to every true Yugoslavian cinematography experts or fan. This pub is also cult here with almost two decade tradition. Suburban cafe/pub with unique theme - cult film "Maratonci trče počasni krug" (The Marathoners Family Running the Honor Lap) or simple title "The Marathon...

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Banja Luka Transportation

  • Public Transportation

    Banja Luka is not big city but when you in hurry there is very effective public transportation by bus. Within the city there is a urban and suburban bus lines. Banja Luka have two traffic start point for orientation. First traffic start point is next to train station, but I don't think about main bus station because they serve for intercity and...

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  • Trains

    Train station Incel is not official train station only stop and you cannot buy train ticket here even you can find a conductor. It is named after industrial zone Incel where it is located. It is best choice if you need to go to Banja Luka University campus (so call "Students city") or Aquana recreation center. It is easy to walk up to the city...

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  • How to Get There

    If you come from Belgrade or any other place from east the easiest way is to drove first on famous highway E70 (Belgrade-Zagreb). Drove first west toward Zagreb. In place Okučani in Croatia (about 300 km far from Belgrade) turn right on road E661. You need to go to border place (Bosanska) Gradiška, 11 km far on south. Follow the same road to...

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Banja Luka Shopping

  • Market

    Banja Luka have two big produce markets: central market in downtown (I already wrote about it) and this new produce market at outskirts of city. This second market is conveniently located across main bus and train station. It will be one of few sights you will see here whatever you walk or travel by local bus to the downtown. It is short break...

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  • Books

    This is biggest bookstore in Banja Luka but also and popular brand. As result of good work all this years they open more stores: one more in Banja Luka and store in Tuzla and Sarajevo. It have two floors: ground floor with books and schools supply and basement with gift program.

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  • Gospodska street

    Gospodska street is well known shopping area. In late 19th century in Gospodska street (official name - Ulica Veselin Masleše) raised a number of low neo-renaissance building, and later buildings with elements of Art Nouveau style, intended for commerce and housing. A large number of those objects is still present and making official pedestrian...

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Banja Luka Local Customs

  • Banja Luka Cevapi

    ?evapi or ?evap?i?i is popular national fast food and up to now I think that it even doesn't need special presentation. In country there are two characteristic ?evapi: one is popular Sarajevo ?evapi and another local treat is Banja Luka ?evapi. Differences is type of meat and shape of meat. You will recognized Banja Luka ?evapi because they are 4...

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  • the Vrbas river

    Vrbas is main river in Banja Luka. It is widely known for its sport and recreational potential. Canyon Tijesno is famous as place of wild rafting, canyoning and night rafting. This part of river is venues for biggest sport competition in rafting and canyoning. Ljeto na Vrbasu (meaning: Summer on the Vrbas ) is one of most recognizable...

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  • Banjaluka cevapi

    ?evapi or ?evap?i?i is popular national fast food and up to now I think that it even doesn't need special presentation. In country there are two characteristic ?evapi: one is popular Sarajevo ?evapi and another local treat is Banja Luka ?evapi. Differences is type of meat and shape of meat. You will recognized Banja Luka ?evapi because they are 4...

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Banja Luka Warnings and Dangers

  • Money

    Yes, that kind of problem. But it is not about prices. Banja Luka is budget friendly. But you must have enough cash of local money to start your Banja Luka journey. There no cash machine near bus and train station. In fact, you must go to the downtown for that. Also, can't buy local bus tickets with your cards. You could recreate this scene...

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  • Parking

    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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  • Taxis

    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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Banja Luka Tourist Traps

  • Tourist Traps 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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  • McDonalds

    NOTE: Since 15th February 2015 only McDonalds in Banja Luka (and Republika Srpska) was officially closed! I was previous wrote a review about restaurant and now I am delete it from my page! Why?! It is closed now! Still you will find some information online and even on maps indicate that McDonald's still exist and it is open. See here -...

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  • McDonald's: "CLOSED!"

    NOTE: Since 15th February 2015 only McDonalds in Banja Luka (and Republika Srpska) was officially closed! I was previous wrote a review about restaurant and now I am delete it from my page! Why?! It is closed now!Still you will find some information online and even on maps indicate that McDonald's still exist and it is open. See here - McDonald's...

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Banja Luka What to Pack

  • Paking list

    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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  • Packing List

    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 Hotels

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Banja Luka Off The Beaten Path

  • Downtown

    New hidden gem of heart of downtown in Banja Luka is new but still unfinished Greek-catholic Ukrainian church. It is very beautiful. It call it church of Christ the Czar(original name: Crkva Hrista Carja). It meant to be one of pillar of culture of Ukrainians of Banja Luka and one of its religious centers. Banja Luka greek catholic parish is...

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  • Jajce

    If you arrive to Banja Luka by car, take one afternoon and go to Jajce, 70km to the south, the scenery is amazing, mountains and the river. Watch the stones in the middle of the road, specially after the rain!

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  • Day Trips

    Laktasi is small town next to Banja Luka. Laktaši is center of municipality Laktaši. It is located near Banja Luka (about 20 km on south) and about 40 km from Croatian border. It have good premises for great transport connection with surrounding municipalities and abroad. It is very nice spa town. Next to this town is another spa - Slatina spa and...

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Banja Luka Sports & Outdoors

  • Outdoor activity

    Park call Mladen Stojanović is biggest park in Banja Luka. This is place for many locals and visitors of all generation who like sport. First of all, there are several tennis courts, big bocce court (an Italian game similar to lawn bowling but played on a shorter, narrower green), ping pong tables, outdoor gym, lots of trekking paths,...

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  • Skydiving

    Banja Luka have a long tradition in skydiving and aviation in region. In fact, first skydiving jump in Bosnia and Herzegovina was on 15th January 1948th in our club at the airport Zalužani in Banja Luka. Since then, skydiving was become tradition here and many records makes here. Parachute Club "Banja Luka" was hosted parachute European...

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  • The Vrbas River

    Vrbas is ideal for aquatic adventures such as kayaking, rafting, also for other kind adventures such as hiking, walking through the woods, camping, fishing. On this river are held numerous events and sports competitions. Discover why Banja Luka hosted European Rafting Championship 2005, World Rafting Championship in 2009 and European Championship...

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Banja Luka General

  • City of Banja Luka

    It is not secrete that I love trains and always choose them if I had that option and I love to explore places on foot. Banja Luka is contrary of rest of country big enough that buses is inevitable in some point. I remember when I visited city for the first time in 1994 and especially later since 1997 I travel always by local buses and it was all...

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  • The Orthodox church

    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.

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  • Banja Luka experience

    Autumn and late summer is time for start of cultural season in Banja Luka. When is warm in autumn Banja Luka looks like big colorful park. Due to hot summer this season is probably best to choose as your time for visit to city. In late spring there is more rain in latest years then usually in autumn. Anyways, if it rain you can choose one of many...

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  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    July, 12 - 19 2015 - "Summer at Vrbas", riverbanks

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    Jul 14, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    July, 13 - 17 2015 - VEZENI MOST (Embroidered Bridge) - traditional meetings of Banjaluka people, various location trough city

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    Jul 14, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    July, 12 - 15 2015 - First art colony "Banja Luka 2015", Hotel Fortuna

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    Jul 2, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    July, 5 2015 - free transport (5 buses) to Kozara on the day of marking 73 years since the Battle of Kozara. Departure is in 8 am the old bus station from Vidovdan street (behind Museum of Conterporary Art of Republika Srpska), arriving - late afternoon same day.

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    Jul 2, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    June, 21 - 26 2015 - promotion of football (soccer) - manifestation call "Fudbalski grad" (City of football), square of Krayina

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    Jun 21, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    July, 16 2015 - DEMOFEST, Kastel fortress

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    Jun 21, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    June, 25 - 28 2015 - “ Banja Luka Days of Beer” festival, plateau in front of Kastel fortress

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    Jun 21, 2015 at 5:58 AM

    Jun, 3 - 4 2015 - International "Kozara ethno" festival that was held in Piskavica village in foot of Kozara mounting and on June, 6 on Trg srpskih vladara (in front of Christ the Savior Church) in Banja Luka.

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    Jun 21, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    June, 22 - August, 16 2015 - Summer scheduled for bus public system.

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      Jun 21, 2015 at 5:52 AM

      That mean less buses on Banja Luka streets and reduced connections with its suburbs and villages.

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    May 28, 2015 at 3:51 AM

    Jun, 3 - 7 2015 - ECA Wildwater Canoeing Senior European Championships

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      May 29, 2015 at 2:28 AM

      On the main road M16 Banja Luka - Jajce, the site of the canyon Tijesno will be changed mode of traffic:
      - alternating one-way leak vehicles with a length of 2000 m - from 1 to 4 June in time from 10:00 to 16:00 h and on June 5, from 10:00 to 14:00 h;
      - complete suspension of traffic for all vehicles except for buses - on June 6 and 7, in the time between 8.00 and 16.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs to midnight.

      Note - During the complete suspension of the vehicle traffic will be diverted to an alternative route Banja Luka - Čađavica - Mrkonjic Grad.

 
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