The 10 Best Things to Do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

October 20, 2017 Roger Rusk

Mostar (Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [mǒstaːr]) is a city and municipality in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inhabited by 105,797 people, it is the most important city in the Herzegovina region, its cultural capital, and the center of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation. Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
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1. Old Bridge (Stari Most)

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina +387 63 834 179
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Old Bridge (Stari Most)

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Reviewed By GoranWembley

This is why you ventured this deep into Herzegovina. The architecture is spectacular and its recent history sad. It’s beautiful from whichever side is approached, but most impressive from below at the banks of the Neretva River. Dusk being my favourite time of the day to descent down there.

2. Kravice Falls

Neretva valley, Mostar 88300, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Kravice Falls

Reviewed By Branko B

Kravice Falls is situated in between Ljubuški, Međugorje and Mostar. The beauty and serenity of the place is so surprising as it lays hidden close to major motorways. There is a small village house type of restaurant next to the lake that the falls supply water to. A must see place!

3. Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar

Reviewed By PhilfromCheshire - Cheshire

I visited Mostar as one of my day trips when i was in Croatia.
I was picked up from the hotel by shuttle bus and changed to a coach in Dubrovnik.
On this trip i had to take my passport as we were going through the border.
We passed some lovely countryside along the way and had a short stop in a place called Kravica which had some stalls selling refreshments,gifts and souvenirs.
I then got back onto the coach and went through to Mostar.
As soon as the coach parked up,we could see obvious signs from the 1990"s war as there were several buildings with mortar shots through them.
We meet up with a tour guide who led us into the city and was telling us about the history of the war and the buildings in the city.
We were taken into a mosque and onto the famous Mostar bridge which had been rebuilt after the damage it had.You have to take care when walking along the little streets and also the bridge as they are cobbled and can be slippery.
After a hour with the tour guide,i could go off on my own for a couple of hours.
I had food/drink in a cafe and sat outside for a while.The girl in the cafe was very friendly and spoke good English.
The shops sold the same type of things such as gifts and souvenirs to do with Mostar.
Most of the people were friendly even though they did not speak English,but there were a couple who did not like their photograph being taken and you would not get a smile if you spoke to them.
If you enjoy photography,you will get some lovely pictures in Mostar,the bridge is very popular for taking photographs of.
On my return to the coach i visited Mostar Peace Bell Tower and church and continued to take more photographs along the way.
Mostar is well worth a visit but i think if i were to visit again i would stay there as you cannot get to see everything in a day trip.

4. Neretva River

Pla, Mostar 88400, Bosnia and Herzegovina +387 61 577 000
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4.5 based on 420 reviews

Neretva River

Reviewed By Ba0zi - Leipzig, Germany

The water is nice and clean, you may see fish in there and I really found it astonishing to see the steep drops directly from the shore. Quite a draft and fast pace the water goes down

5. Blagaj tekija

Blagaj village | Localita Blagaj, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina +387 36 572-551
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4.5 based on 686 reviews

Blagaj tekija

Reviewed By JudyGraham - Main Beach, Australia

What a stunning location for this Dervish monastery, we walked across the other side, there is a bridge in winter, and took some great shots on the monastery which looks like it's been built into the Rock, against a flowing river If you can allow yourself the time to have lunch here, there are many restaurants listed along the river

6. Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija)

over Radoblja River, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 based on 178 reviews

Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija)

Reviewed By NorbertW - Melbourne

The bridge is in the old quarter near the old bridge itself and spans a creek flowing into the Neretva. It is surrounded by old buildings which are mostly used as restaurants, pubs or hotels.

7. Old Bazar Kujundziluk

Kujundzije | in the centre of town, near the Neretva river and Stari Most - the famous bridge, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 based on 386 reviews

Old Bazar Kujundziluk

It is the car-free area of Muslim Mostar where the Turkish shops are located. In this part of town you can find many artisans selling their traditional handicrafts from little shops by the side of the street: there are several interesting copper items and beautiful carpets, as well as clothes, scarves, jewelry, pipes and nargilehs. It's also the oldest - and luckily most intact - part of town.

Reviewed By JnVSydney - Sydney

Once we looked at the old bridge taking many piccies it was nice to walk along the bazaar/market place, there is so much to see as well as the standard magnets and post cards, copper gifts which is synonymous with the area. there are many cafes and restaurants, we had lunch at urban grill (see review), good food amazing views.

8. Turkish House (Kajtaz)

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina +387 61 483 640
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4 based on 217 reviews

Turkish House (Kajtaz)

Reviewed By Mmeyernos - Jackson, Wyoming

Dating from the mid 1600 hundreds, the Turkish House has a spectacular location overlooking the Neretva River. You enter a lovely courtyard with an interesting Fountain and then can tour the two story house that illustrates the life of a rich family hundreds of years ago.

9. Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque

on the Neretva River, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 based on 350 reviews

Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque

Reviewed By hajnalka78 - Turda, Romania

Entered from a gated courtyard, the rebuilt 1618 Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque lacks a certain finesse in its interior, but you can climb the claustrophobic minaret for sweeping town views.
Completed in 1618, this mosque is the second biggest in Mostar. It is placed just 150 meters north of the Old bridge on the very edge of the river bank. That position gives an unforgettable view over the Old town from the mosque’s minaret. This mosque too was almost destroyed in the recent war but is now rebuilt.
It is worthwhile to climb to the top of the minaret, the view is breathtaking.

10. War Photo Exhibition

Stari Most, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

War Photo Exhibition

Reviewed By Colin Boyd S

I was very disappointed in this exhibition (I rarely write critical reviews on here). After seeing a few museums and Exhibitions in Sarajevo, this felt like a tourist trap. I think many people applaud this exhibition because it does cover such an important topic, not because it is good. It was 3 Euros to enter and the space/ location is great...however the prints and panels look weathered, damaged and captions are non-existent. The money being collected (a fraction) should go into maintaining and updating this collection. If I was Wade Goddard (the photographer) I would feel like this does not do my work or the incredibly important topic it covers Justice.

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