Banja Luka – Geheimtipp für Südosteuropa
Banja Luka – Geheimtipp für Südosteuropa

Banja Luka

Insider Tip for Southeast Europe 

Published: 28 April 2023, 10:00

Banja Luka

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a real insider tip among the holiday destinations in Southeast Europe. The relatively unknown travel destination is easily discovered from Banja Luka, which is well connected to the capital region of Berlin-Brandenburg by direct flight from BER Airport. With around 225,000 inhabitants, Banja Luka is the largest city and seat of government in the Republic of Srpska, which is considered an independent entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Located on both banks of the Vrbas River, Banja Luka is often referred to as the “Green Pearl of Bosnia”. This is due to the many pretty parks, gardens and tree-lined avenues that give the small town a charming appeal. The second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina is known for its history and heritage, and in particular for its rich mix of cultural sites and monuments. Worth seeing are the fort, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Ferhadija Mosque. 

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What Is There to Discover?

Around Banja Luka – Unspoilt Nature

Nature lovers with a thirst for exercise and adventure will enjoy the area around Banja Luka. If you are looking for peace and relaxation, this is the place for you. In the fairytale-like forests and extensive landscapes, you can relax and recharge your batteries on walks and hikes. Those looking for a little more adventure can get an adrenaline rush with rafting on the popular Vrbas River. The area around Krupa na Vrbasu is a little bit of heaven on Earth. Its waterfalls and wooden houses will transport you back in time.

Figures, dates, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Inhabitants: 200,000
  • Official languages: Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian
  • Currency: convertible mark

Banja Luka from BER

With Ryanair to Banja Luka (BNX)

Five Travel Tips …

  • Try the original Banjalučki ćevap (local speciality Ćevapčići)
  • Have a Bosanski Lonac (Bosnian stew) for lunch
  • Buy fresh fruit and vegetables at one of the markets (e.g. Gradska Tržnica).
  • Those with a sweet tooth will love the sweet rahat lokum
  • Have a mojito in one of the stylish bars and hit the nightlife

  • Walk along the Vrbas River bank at sunset  
  • Have a picnic in the park of the Kastel Fortress
  • Buy small souvenirs on Gospodarska Ulica (Men's Street).
  • Take a ride on the Dayak on the river (a kind of gondola)
  • Listen to the sounds of water in Krupa na Vrbasu

  • Visit the Trappist Monastery by bike
  • Join a rafting tour on the Vrbas
  • Take a hike on the Cherry Trail
  • Try cave diving and mountain bike tours in Una National Park
  • Jump into the cool water at the Krupa Waterfalls 

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