Bosnia & Herzegovina is an exceptionally beautiful heart shaped land that lies in the middle of southeast Europe. It is here that eastern and western civilisations met and sometimes clashed, but more often enriched and reinforced each other’s long and fascinating history and culture.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Facts & Tips

Capital
Capital — Sarajevo
Population
Population — 3.5 million
Language
Language — Bosnian, Serbian & Croatian
Religion
Religion — Muslim & Orthodox Catholic
Time Zone
Time Zone — 8.5 hours behind AEST
Currency
Currency — The Convertible Mark
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina is made up of two entities… the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic Srpska! There is also an international supervised district, the Brcko District.
  • Much of Bosnia & Herzegovina is mountainous with areas of karst (limestone).
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina is nicknamed ‘the heart shaped land’ due to its shape.
  • The name Bosnia comes from an Indo-European word ‘bosana’ which means water.
  • An unusual religious monument seen throughout the countryside is the stecak, a medieval tombstone.
  • The highest peak is Maglic Mountain at 2,386 metres above sea level. Maglic Mountain is located in the oldest national park in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sutjeska National Park.
  • It has a currency that can’t be exchanged anywhere else in the world! You can only exchange your currency on arrival and either change it back on departure or keep it as a souvenir.
  • The name of the city of Tuzla is derived from the word ’tuz’, the Turkish for salt. Tuzla's salt comes from its salt water springs.
  • Jews were given refuge in Bosnia & Herzegovina by the Ottomans when they were expelled from Spain and Portugal at the end of the fifteenth century.

Australian passport holders travelling to Bosnia & Herzegovina do not need a visa at this time.

We require that your passport is valid for travel for at least six months from the date you are planning to return to Australia. Your passport must be valid to travel internationally and must be machine-readable. You also need to carry a valid return ticket on you.

Whether travelling on an Australian passport or the passport of another country, all travellers require visas for a number of countries, and it is your responsibility to secure what may be required before departing Australia. You can consult with your travel agent, but it is also recommended that you check the foreign embassy website for your respective destination as it can also provide you with useful information.

The Australian Embassy in Austria is responsible for Bosnia & Herzegovina:

The Icon, Gertrude-Fröhlich-Sandner-Str. 2
A1100 Vienna
Ph. +43 1 506 740
Fax. +43 1 506 74185

The Australian Honorary Consulate in Bosnia & Herzegovina:

Strossmayerova 1/1
71000 Sarajevo
Ph: +387 33 209 202
Fax: +387 33 214 634

The official currency of Bosnia & Herzegovina is the Convertible Mark. Notes come in denominations of km200, 100, 50, 20 and 10.

 

The recommended currency to take to Bosnia & Herzegovina is the Euro. Once there, you can exchange your Euro for the Convertible Mark. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.

Advise your bank of your travel plans so that they can make a note of it, otherwise they may cancel your credit card as a safety measure due to the overseas transactions. Also make a note of the 24-hour emergency contact number of the bank or building society which issued your credit card in the unlikely event that your card is lost or stolen.

Whenever possible use ATMs when the banks are open (Mon – Fri) so that if a machine ‘eats’ your card you can then deal with it straight away. It is always advisable to carry a supply of cash in addition to your credit card.

If you don’t have Euro’s with you on arrival, we advise you to exchange some money into the local currency at the airport even if the exchange rate is not the best, this way you’ll have money to get a drink, snack or give a tip during those first few hours of arrival. Your guide will be able to advise you on the best places to exchange money.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many places outside of Australia.

  • The price of a cappuccino in Savajevo is approximately €2.50.
  • The price of an inexpensive lunch is approximately €8.
  • The price dinner in a moderate restaurant is approximately €20.
  • The price of a beer in a local pub is approximately €4.50 - €5.

The cuisine of Bosnia & Herzegovina has been influenced by its Balkan neighbours. Traditional food includes bread, soups, stews, kebabs, cevapcici (minced meat sausages), stuffed leaves (dolma and sarma) and stuffed peppers. Pie is also a favourite dish and is generally filled with meat, or cheese and spinach. Side dishes, such as sour cabbage, tomato and onion salad and yoghurt, are often served. Desserts are usually fruit, pancakes, cakes and pastries.

Important: When dining at buffets (i.e. breakfast) please refrain from taking food away with you to ‘save’ for later! If you feel that you’ll need snacks between meals, pack some dried fruit, nuts, muesli bars etc.

If you have specific food allergies and/or preferences, we highly recommend you take every precaution before your tour, including carrying a small card with your food allergy listed in each language of every country you are travelling to show to table staff when ordering. Whilst we take all dietary requirements seriously, due to the serious nature of potential allergic reactions, it is your responsibility to be as prepared as possible.

Bosnia & Herzegovina has a climate that is as variable as the rest of the former Yugoslav federation, with moderate continental conditions generally the norm (very cold winters and hot summers).

Want to get out and explore on your own?

Walking is one of the best ways to explore Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

When catching taxis, have small change on you and choose one with a meter, if it doesn’t have one then negotiate the price before getting in. Also, ask your guide or hotel staff the names of reputable taxi companies.

So, you’d love to bring home a special souvenir from Bosnia & Herzegovina…

Traditional purchases include woodcarvings, brass coffee-pots, ceramics, handmade carpets, woolen goods, wines, folk-art, tapestries, embroidery and leather boxes.

Smoking is acceptable almost everywhere.

If entering a church or mosque both sexes should cover shoulders and legs. In a mosque, women will most likely be asked to cover their hair with a scarf (usually provided).

Generally speaking, Bosnians are willing enough to talk about the recent war and what has changed since then, however, we recommend listening without giving your political opinion.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has many events and festivals happening in regions all over the country throughout the year, including the Folklore Festival, the Sarajevo Film Festival and Summer on the Vrbas and Bascarsija Nights Festival all taking place during the warmer months of July and August. It’s a great time to be out and about!

Other national public holidays to be aware of include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Bosnian Independence Day (March 1st)
  • Easter Friday and Easter Monday
  • Labour Day (May 1st)
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Bosnia and Herzegovina Highlights

Europe Destinations

Armenia

Walk along Sharambeyan street in Dilijan, marvel at some of the oldest Greek, Persian and Arabic manuscripts in Yerevan, and witness the historic cave monastery of Geghard.

Austria

From the spectacular snow-covered Alps and picture-perfect panoramas, to the quintessential elegance of its larger cities, Austria is a fascinating country to explore

Azerbaijan

A relatively untouched country, there is so much to see in Azerbaijan including the Baku Fire Temple, Burning Mountain and the Palace of Shirvanshahs.

Croatia

With its magnificent coastline, 1,185 islands, islets and reefs, Roman ruins and picturesque medieval villages, Croatia is alluring for lovers of fun, sun and fascinating history.

Denmark

From its picturesque capital, Copenhagen, to its windswept coastline and everything in between, Denmark will lure you in with its warmth and welcoming hospitality.

Finland

Watch the northern lights dance across the sky, relax and unwind in a Finnish sauna, cruise Lake Inari and visit Suomenlinna, an 18th-century sea fortress steeped in history.

France

A popular destination with all travellers, you can soak up the glamour of the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles or sip on a coffee and watch the world go by.

Georgia

Positioned between Europe and Asia, the country of Georgia has one of the most unique cultures in the world.

Germany

Infused with a rich history, Germany offers a fascinating mix of picture-perfect towns, lively festivals, modern, urban cities and beautiful rolling countryside.

Greece

Discover ancient sites like the Acropolis and the Agora in Athens, Delphi on the Greek mainland and delicious Greek cuisine in the glamorous Greek islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete.

Hungary

Hungary’s location in the centre of Europe, along with its hospitable attitude, makes it an inviting destination, proudly upholding its Magyar traditions, culture and arts whilst incorporating a fascinating mix of history and the present-day.

Italy

Land of la dolce vita, it is little wonder that Italy is one of the world’s most-loved destinations with two-thirds of the world’s historical, artistic heritage coming from Italy.

Malta

Otherwise known as the jewel of the Mediterranean, Malta is an island located off the Italian coast packed with stunning scenery and a rich culture.

Monaco

Experience jaw-dropping coastal views of the Mediterranean Sea, try your luck at the Casino Monte-Carlo or explore the botanical world of Jardin Exotique.

Montenegro

Discover surreal views and charming villages across the Bay of Kotor, explore the old town of Kotor surrounded with ancient medieval architecture and enjoy some local Montenegrin cuisine.

Morocco

Morocco’s dazzling mosaic of Arab and Berber cultures, with a dash of African and European influence, is at once strange and romantic, alluring and surprising.

Netherlands

From fields of colourful tulips and beautiful canal-lined cities to historic architecture and iconic windmills, the Netherlands is a wonderland for any kind of traveller.

Norway

Known as ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun’ Norway is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy stunning scenery, while history buffs can immerse themselves in Norway's rich cultural heritage.

Portugal

Portugal has it all; the sun-drenched beaches of the Algarve, exclusive golf resorts, medieval hilltop towns, colourful fishing villages, a cosmopolitan capital, the vine-filled valley of the Douro and wild remote mountains.

Slovenia

Slovenia is packed with unusual and often unique experiences, from primeval forests, Karst limestone caves and thermal springs to the lively and architecturally beautiful city of Ljubljana.

Spain

Fall in love with Spain’s intriguing history, marvel at the architectural wonders of Barcelona, enjoy a traditional Spanish tapas dinner and people-watch at a terrace café in Madrid.

Sweden

Snowbound winters, meatballs, herring, Vikings and Volvos, IKEA, ABBA and the Hives - whatever your pre-existing notions about Sweden, a visit to this multifaceted country is bound to both confirm and confound them.

Switzerland

With its snow-capped Alps, emerald green forests, fairy-tale castles and shimmering lakes, it’s easy to see why Switzerland has been one of the world’s top tourist destinations for the past two centuries.

Turkey

With its covered bazaars, whirling dervishes, sultans’ treasures and Byzantine mosaics, Turkey is both a cosmopolitan and exotic destination.

Vatican City

Vatican City is the world’s smallest, fully independent city-state and country in the world, surrounded entirely by Rome.

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