If you have never been to this small European country full of cultural contradictions, people who wish you the warmest welcome, as well as the beautiful, untouched nature, then you should definitely pay a visit.
In case you’re still not convinced, here are five interesting facts about Bosnia and Herzegovina that will delight you.
- The name Bosna originates from the Indo-European word bosana which means water. Bosna is full of beautiful rivers, lakes and breathtaking waterfalls (one of which is over 300 meters high). Bosnia and Herzegovina also comes out on the Adriatic Sea. Name Herzegovina comes from the name of the ancient leader Herceg Stjepan.
- Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984. These games marked this period since that was the first time one socialist country hosts the Olympic Games.
- The first trams to be used in Europe were the ones in Sarajevo, in early 1885. Prior to trams, public transportation was conducted with animals, mostly horses, and sometimes even donkeys which used to ride in pairs. Eleven years later, Sarajevo was the first city in Europe to have completely electrical tram line.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina is on the 10th place in the world for consumption of coffee. Bosnian coffee is a part of Bosnian-Herzegovinian identity; it is a symbol of the country and a part of its tradition.
- The Clock Tower in Sarajevo is a historical heritage believed to be the only public clock in the world that counts lunar time.
- Perućica is one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe. It is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, near the border with Montenegro, and it is a part of the National park Sutjeska.
- In the town of Konjic, situated on the banks of the Neretva River, there is a nuclear bunker known as the Atomic War Command, built during the revolution in Yugoslavia and the rule of the president Josip Broz Tito.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina might have pyramids. Some archaeologists have been speculating since 2008 that the Pyramid of Sun is located in the town of Visoko.