Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina
If you search for images of Bosnia and Herzegovina online you will often see the iconic image of the famous Old Bridge (Stari Most) over a stunning turquoise coloured river. This is Mostar, and this scene of beauty is why you should not miss a trip to this beautiful town.
The bridge was tragically destroyed in the 1990s Yugoslavia conflict along with much of the old town. Such is the importance of the bridge to the people of Mostar that it was said when the bridge was destroyed it was as though the heart of the town and of the people had been shattered. Thankfully the bridge and much of the old town have now been replaced and restored to their former glory and the Old Bridge is now not only once again the focal point of Mostar but is also a symbol of reconciliation and of the peaceful coexistence of the diverse communities within this town.
There are a number of restaurants around the bridge where you can sit outdoors and enjoy the enchanting scene of the sunset over the river. If you are lucky you may well spot a person diving from the bridge – locals do this for entertainment if they are able to raise enough money from onlookers. Go in July and you can see the annual bridge-diving competition! If you are a person who enjoys this sort of thing then for a fee you can dive from the bridge yourself – ask at the Bridge-Divers’ Clubhouse beside the bridge’s western end for further details.
The Old Bridge may now be fully restored but other areas have not been so lucky. A visit to Spanski Trg will prove a poignant one as this area was the worst hit during the conflict and although more and more buildings are being restored there are still many in ruins providing a cruel reminder of the harsh reality of war.
For a less haunting but still historically interesting visit, take a trip to Muslibegovica House, which is open for visitors from mid-April to mid-October and which, at around 300 years old, is considered the most beautiful house from Ottoman period in the Balkans. Visitors cannot only enjoy the museum exhibition within the house but are able to take traditional beverages and snacks and can even spend a night here!
It is possible to fly directly to Mostar from Italy, but otherwise your best bet is to travel by bus from a variety of locations in Croatia as well as from Montenegro, Serbia and of course other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Another option is to take a train from Sarajevo. Less comfortable than the buses, the scenery along the train journey more than makes up for it. Indeed this journey is so incredibly picturesque that it almost seems a pity to come to this town any other way!
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