Author: Adnan Bubalo
10 Most Beautiful Mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Europe's Wild Side
 

10 Most Beautiful Mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Europe's ...

Author: Adnan Bubalo
Nov 06. 2016.
Sport & Adventure,   Via Dinarica,   Nature's Way,   Hiking
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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If you decide to go hiking on Bosnia's mountains, be assured that you will not be at all disappointed,  nor will your general impression remain incomplete. The trails will connect you with a warm and hospitable people, allowing you to explore the food, the music and the old-world heritage that still exists in this corner of Europe.

Being situated in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, Bosnia and Herzegovina and its mountains have been situated throughout history on the crossroads of different civilizations that have left their characteristics. The most striking remnants of the past  are necropola known as Stećak - [stetɕak] - monumental medieval tombstones from the Middle Ages that can be found even at altitudes near 2,000 m AMSL (above mean sea level).  

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The following are the highest and most beautiful mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with their many high peaks forming part of the Dinarides that stretches northwest - southeast.

  1. Maglić is the highest peak of Bosnia and Herzegoina  at an elevation of 2,386m AMSL. At a height of 2,000m on a site known as Carev Do there is a spring of water which is a rarity at this altitude.

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Within Sutjeska National Park, below Maglić, lies a very spesial place: Perućica - one of the last rainforests in Europe. It is full of beautiful untouched nature scenes, and one of them is Skakavac, a 70 metre high waterfall located in the heart of the rainforest.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mostly hilly country, and, in terms of tourism, its mountains are still considered to be an undiscovered pearl of this part of Europe. Bosnia's mountains are rich in thermal springs and mineral deposits, and the isolation of certain areas has led to the development and preservation of endemic species of flora and fauna. Bearing in mind that four fifths of the country is mountainous, we can conclude that life in these areas is centered around the mountains and as such it is fully subject to the conditions, primarily climate, which defines the mountain itself.

  1. Volujak is a mountain with a long ridge, situated on the border between Bosnia and Montenegro, with its numerous crests over 2,000m AMSL.  Its highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Studenac at a height of  2,294m AMSL.

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  1. Zelengora - This mountain is located within Sutjeska National Park, and is best known for its large number of glacial lakes, of which the most famous are Kotlaničko Lake, Orlovačko Lake, Štirinsko Lake, Jugovo Lake, Donjer Bare, Gornje Bare and others.

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  1. Treskavica -  An unusual characteristic of  this rugged mountain is its  wealth of sources, some of which lie beneath the highest peaks. At 2,088 meters, the highest peak of Treskavica is truly impressive. When visibility is good and the weather is sunny and clear, the view from Treskavica extends all the way to Montenegro and the Adriatic Sea.

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  1. Bjelašnica – This mountain hosted competitions that  took place during the 14th Winter Olympic Games in 1984. The highest peak (2,067m AMSL) boasts an important meteorological station, this also being the highest continuously inhabited point in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On Bjelašnica mountain there is another curiosity; the village of Lukomir, which, at 1,498 AMSL, is the highest and the most remote village in the entire country.

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  1. Jahorina – another Olympic mountain, whose terrain configuration, good quality snow, suitable climate, 20 miles of trails for alpine skiing and gentle slopes (Rajska dolina = Paradise Valley), has secured its rank among the most beautiful and famous ski centers.

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  1. Visočica –  located south of Bjelasnica, the highest peak is called Džamija, located at 1,967m AMSL. Its northern part is mainly made out of mountain pastures, while the southern part is covered by forest. Here you can find the Poljice necropolis with 49 stećak, which has been declared a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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  1. Prenj – A mountain massif in Herzegovina, located in the central part of the Dinarides. Hikers often call it the "Bosnian Himalayas" and without a shadow of a doubt it is one of the most beautiful and attractive, but also the most brutal, of all of Bosnia and Herzegovinaćs mountains.

 

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  1. Čvrsnica – the third highest mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in the northern part of Herzegovina. Its peak Pločno at 2,228m ASML is the highest point in Herzegovina.

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  1. Vranica - It is a gentle and rich mountain in central Bosnia, with many pastures and surface waters, plenty of sources, waterfalls, and endemic plants. Its Prokoško Lake is considered to be one of the most beautiful in this part of Europe.

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All mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina, except in the winter time when they are under a thick layer of snow, are relatively easy to visit. A useful website is  http://trail.viadinarica.com, where you can find not only all relevant information about different tours, accommodation and sights to visit along the Dinaric Alps, but also information related to the ongoing development of long distance trails that connect the most attractive locations in this region.

The Via Dinarica trail, which in its central part passes through Bosnia and Herzegovina, was named "The Best New Hiking Trail," by Outside magazine, one of the Wanderlust picks by travel magazine "Where to travel in 2016," and has been referred to as 'a Top 10 European adventure holiday' by The Guardian. Is there any better reason to check out why this is so?

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In conclusion, you should certainly trust me that it is beyond any debate: The beautiful mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina will neither disappoint you nor leave you indifferent. And I'm saying this out of personal experience as I keep returning to them over and over again...


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