Coming up with a place to go to for a vacation on your own or with friends can be challenging enough. However, finding the perfect spot for families can be much tougher, as you will need activities that will keep everyone happy for the whole break. If you have children and want to take them to somewhere new, you’re in luck, as we happen to know a place just for the occasion.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has everything you need for a fun time in a populated area as well as near nature. Tours are available for a variety of places that make you feel like you’re traveling back in time and viewing beautiful structures. And since this country falls into our list of cheapest but safe countries to visit, you can save some money while on your trip!
If you’ve got kids, it’s important to take care in planning your next vacation. To get the most out of your vacation, you’ll need to find something great for the whole family. If you’re looking for family-friendly activities to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina on your next vacation, we’ve got you covered. Below, we list five of the best activities for kids and families. By adding these activities to your itinerary, you can be sure to have a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina that your whole family will enjoy.
Here are best things you should do alone, as a couple, or as a family with your kids in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1. Stop by the Old Bridge
Views are among the most enjoyable experiences on a vacation, and they are much better when you have different environments close together. Bosnia and Herzegovina have no shortage of views thanks to the Old Bridge, a.k.a. Stari Most, in Mostar. You can take your kids to the middle of the bridge and look down to check out the Neretva River, which always has a clear appearance no matter the time of day. The greenery outside the buildings by the river add to the scenery, especially if you’re stopping by in the spring or summer.
The bridge itself makes a great addition to your photo collection if you’re taking a shot from either end. There are plenty of shops on both sides, so you can use the bridge for easy access to different stores that have clothes and souvenirs that your kids can take home to show off to their friends at school. You can take photos with your family from different angles and include the mountains and buildings down the river in the background. This popular tourist destination is one of the most talked about in the area. Located in the city, this bridge serves as a place where both Christians and Muslims in the area live together peacefully. The view of the Old Bridge alone gives Bosnia and Herzegovina a worthy place on our list of ten cheapest countries to visit in Europe this year!
2. Visit Bihac
Do you want your kids to feel like they’re exploring beautiful structures like the ones they see in their favorite fantasy movies and TV shows? We advise taking them to Bihac for an afternoon. This city is home to Ostrozac Castle, which comes with different structures and areas that your kids can explore. The views from the top of the castle will allow you and your family to check out the rest of the town, as well as the mountains in the background.
You can also check out Fethija Mosque, which is the oldest gothic building in the country and has winds, structures and other forms of architecture that are works of art. The kids may also get a kick out of City mosque, which is put together with more modern technology and provide just as many beautiful views as traditional alternatives. Sokolacka Kula is another traditional, castle-like place that your gang will enjoy because of the views, and Gradaski Park will serve as a nice break from the traveling so that you can sit down on a bench and enjoy the sun setting over the hills and river.
3. Take a Trip to Una National Park
If you’re in need of another great family-friendly activity, consider a trip to Una National Park. This great park takes you through some of the area’s untouched and unaltered scenery. If your kids are bigger fans of the wildlife and want to find their inner outdoorsmen, then spending a day at Una National Park should be at the top of your to-do list. One spot you need to check out is Strbacki buk, which features waterfalls on top of waterfalls surrounded by woods. There’s also the Great Una Waterfalls, which are a little higher and present clear, clean water for tourists to check out. While we advise being careful, it helps to stand as close to the falls as possible if you want great photos.
The hiking trails in Lohovo and Kulen Vakuf provide for a great workout so that whatever huge dinners you have at the end of the day are well earned. The views of the area at the top of the mountains are also a great reward for the trip. Some spots in the park include bridges so that you can get safer views of the falls and wildlife that may be in the area, Tufa is the perfect blend of all of these environments and make for a great spot for relaxation. Perfect for nature lovers and explorers alike, Una National Park provides an educational experience for the whole family.
4. Spend Time In Sarajevo
Visiting a place you’ve never been to before provides you an opportunity to understand other cultures. One spot you need to explore for this purpose is Sarajevo, which includes enough remains from the Bosnian War of the 1990s to show people the struggles that people went through 20 years ago. This will be a more engaging education lesson for your kids than reading textbooks in class.
Areas in town that can provide such lessons include Sarajevo Tunnel, Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and Bascarsija. The latter is full of shops that make sure that you end the day taking something home. Subilj Brunnen in the middle of the town makes for a beautiful fountain for you to stop by for a break during tours and take photos of. If you’re looking for large structures to check out, then we recommend Vijecnica and the Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel.
5. Walk around Banja Luka
Some parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina are better suited for nice walks around town and going out for a bite with friends and family. That’s where Banja Luka comes in, as this spot will serve as a nice break from the mountain climbing and castle tour that you and the kids have done throughout the week. There are areas such as Kastel and Vrbas canyons that make for great attractions, but they are small enough to require minimal walking.
Green hills are positioned throughout the town so that visitors get a balance of the city life and nature, making for great sites that may be hard for your kids to come by back at home. Banja Luka is also home to a variety of festivals, such as Demofest, Fresh Wave Festival and Kastel Rock Fest. We recommend timing your break so that your family will get to enjoy new forms of entertainment while you enjoy a nice meal.
6. Take a Trip to Hercegovacka Gracanica
Hercegovacka Gracanica is a famed orthodox church sitting atop a beautiful hilltop. A popular tourist destination, this church looks out over a wide swath of the area’s natural landscape, providing a view unlike any other. But it’s not just the view that’s sure to catch your eye. This beautiful church boasts an incredible exterior and interior, making it perfect for those who want to snap a few photos of their vacation.
What’s more, the area comes outfitted with a restaurant and a souvenir shop. Stop and enjoy some of its great-tasting food while admiring the view and be sure to get some souvenirs before you leave. This peaceful area is great for kids and adults of all ages, making it one of the best places to go with kids on your next trip.
7. Visit Kravice Falls
This beautiful waterfall is perfect for the whole family. Great for those who like taking selfies and family photos, Kravice Falls boasts some of the best scenery in the area. What’s more, you’ll be able to take a guided tour of the waterfall and surrounding lake. This guided tour will ensure that you don’t miss out on anything Kravice Falls has to offer.
Even better, you’ll have time to stop and take a swim in the lake—and even play at the base of the waterfall. This incredible experience will be unlike any other that you have on the island. Best of all, it’s one that you and your kids are sure to enjoy—no matter their age. By adding a trip to Kravice Falls to your list, you can ensure that your trip will be one that you’ll remember for quite some time.
8) Visit Bascarsija
Bascarsija is a popular local tourist plaza. Here, you’ll find numerous shopping and leisure activities perfect for the whole family. What’s more, it’s also a perfect place to go on a date—that is, if you have someone to watch your kids, of course. Come out later to see everything that the plaza has to offer. You’ll find that it’s popular with both tourists and locals alike.