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).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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...