http://davidsbeenhere.com In this episode David takes us around to discover what to do in Banja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this episode we’ll show you what to see and where to eat in Banja Luka should you ever make it to the central northern region of this fascinating country.
David opens up with a brief history of the city from the banks of the Vrbas River near the Kastel, where he explains all the different cultures that have resided Banja Luka throughout the centuries. The first stop on David’s Banja Luka tour is Gospodska Street, the city’s main pedestrian boulevard lined with neo-Rennaissance and art nouveau buildings. Along Gospodska Street there are shops, banks, sidewalk cafes and restaurants.
Next is the Church of Christ the Savior, a Serbian Orthodox church in downtown Banja Luka. What stands today is a reconstruction of the original church built in 1929 and destroyed during WWII. This one was built in 2004 and features a beautiful bell/ clock tower and golden domes that are typical of eastern orthodox churches. If you come to Banja Luka don’t miss visiting the Central Market, a covered market where vendors sell everything from vegetables and clothing, to specialty cheeses and household items. Everything is so fresh and organic! The Central Market open every day and is free to enter. The best time to come is in the morning to avoid the midday heat.
If you’ve been traveling in Bosnia for a while, you may have tried Ćevapčići (pronounced che-vap-chee-chee). These oblong-shaped grilled minced meatballs are the undisputed kings of Bosnian fast foods. You can find them throughout the Balkans; an influence left behind by the Ottomans. In Banja Luka Ćevapčići are made a little differently than the rest of the country – they are patties instead of shaped like sausages. A great place to try them is Kod Muje restaurant. From the outside, Kod Muje looks like a wooden cabin. Sit outside in the shaded terrace under one of the umbrellas like David did to enjoy the fresh air with your meal. This is a cheap and very satisfying meal.
The next restaurant David visits is the only restaurant in the Kastel fortress, Kazamat Restaurant. It has a beautiful setting along the Vrbas River, which is why reserving a table outside is highly recommended! For the last 30 years they’ve specialized in traditional Serbian food like fresh salads and grilled meats. The inside of Kazamat Restaurant is a little dark, but decorated with medieval memorabilia that’s worth having a look. One of David’s top restaurant picks for Bosnia!
According to everyone we spoke with, Mala Stanica is the best restaurant in Banja Luka, so David knew he had to try it! What makes Mala Stanica special is its location within the 19th century train station. This historically and architecturally significant building is a cultural icon of Banja Luka. Mala Stanica specializes in gourmet fusion cuisine, and they believe in slow cooking their foods to optimize the flavors. David enjoyed a memorable tasting menu of the house specialties with sampling from the extensive wine list (100+ wines!) You cannot leave until you’ve had the chocolate soufflé, their most popular dessert. TO-DIE-FOR!
http://davidsbeenhere.com/ Join David’s Been Here as they travel all around Bosnia and Herzegovina in search of the coolest destinations and best day trips. In this travel short, David brings us 1-1.5 hours south of Banja Luka to the Medieval Ottoman town of Jajce. One of the ancient capitals of the Bosnian Kingdom (dating back to the 14th century) this city was captured by both the Ottomans and Hungarians, with some incredible historic sites to show for it. If you’re taking this unique day trip from Banja Luka, make sure you wander the medieval town, visit the city wall and castle… but don’t miss the Jajce Waterfall- it’s by far the coolest attraction in the region! If you’re looking for a quick visit in Bosnia & Herzegovina that combines rich history, local culture and beautiful landscapes/surroundings, a trip to Jajce is the perfect outing!
David’s Been Here is traveling all over Bosnia & Herzegovina in search of the best destinations and coolest day trips. In this travel short, David heads to one of the best preserved Ottoman towns in Bosnia: Travnik. An old Bosnian capital city (dating back to the 17th and 19th centuries), this historic locale is home to an incredible Ottoman castle (one of the best preserved in the country), beautiful mosques, delicious cevapi and some outrageously good sheep’s cheese (a specialty of the region). Take a stroll through this iconic town in a quick day trip from Sarajevo, and make sure you stop into Travnicki Sir where you can sample a wide variety of different sheep’s cheese- too good to pass up!
http://davidsbeenhere.com David’s Been Here is traveling all over Bosnia & Herzegovina in search of the best destinations and most interesting day trips. In this short clip, David brings us about 15 minutes outside of Mostar to Blagaj Tekija. The first spot for the Ottomans to settle and colonize Herzegovina, this historic corner of the country is home to some beautiful manmade & natural sites. Pay a visit to the 15th century Dervish House Museum, where Muslim missionaries (Dervishes) first settled to help spread the word of Islam. Just outside you can visit the source of the Buna River, which pumps out 600,000 liters of water per second (the most in Europe!) An easy and worthwhile day trip from Mostar, take the quick drive out to Blagaj Tekija for some landmark sites, great history and beautiful outdoor attractions!
http://davidsbeenhere.com David’s Been Here is traveling through Bosnia and Herzegovina in search of the country’s top destinations and best attractions. In this video, David brings us about 30 minutes south of the city of Mostar to the Kravice Waterfalls. Created by the Trebizat River, these gorgeous falls are comprised of 6 individual cascades spanning 120 meters across. Surrounded by lush green forests and emptying out into a beautiful lake at the base, Kravice Waterfalls are a great visit for anyone touring this picturesque corner of the Herzegovina region.
Visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina in the summer? Make sure to plan a day trip to the Kravice Waterfalls, a great way to cool down when thetemperatures start to rise!