The Telegraph: 10 Fascinating Facts About Bosnia and Herzegovina Latest news from BiH...
The acclaimed British national "newspaper of record", The Telegraph, commemorated the quarter-century mark of modern Bosnian independence by listing 10 fasciating facts about Bosnia and Herzegovina. Namely, Bosnia is still widely perceived as a sight of dark tourism in relation to the assasination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the spark that set of World War I, and with regard to the horrors of the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare - the siege of Sarajevo. However, there is much more to our beautiful heart-shaped land and that is precisely what the following truths aim to show.
1. The age of the modern Bosnian state
The decomposition of Yugoslavia caused the emergence of independent "baby" Balkan states such as Montenegro in the 21st century. Be that as it may, Bosnia and Herzegovina is not quite as young! The winter of 1992 actually marks the beginning of the modern Bosnian independent state.
2. Withal, 14th century maps show a Kingdom of Bosnia
Post the King of Hungary and pre Ottoman Empire rule, the Kingdom of Bosnia existed from 1377 to 1463. A persona of paramount importance to this era is King Tvrtko I, who ruled from 1377 to 1391. He founded Herceg Novi, expanded Bosnian territory and broadened its influence.
3. Herzegovina is the smaller of the two
Given the fact it only makes up 20% of the landmass, Herzegovina is a great deal smaller than Bosnia.
4. Bosnia has a seaside resort town of its own
Bosnia and Herzegovina has 20 kilometers/12 miles of coastline! The country's only contact with the Adriatic Sea is the beuatiful town Neum.
5. The largest river of the eastern part of the Adriatic basin flows through Bosnia
The Neretva, a.k.a. Narenta, is one of the main waterways of the Balkans and out of its 143 miles - 129 are in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is notable among rivers of the Dinaric Alps, powerful enough to support 4 hydro-electric power plants, it is home to diverse ecosystems, flora and fauna, as well important for its cultural and historic legacy. Neretva Rafting is one of the top tourist attractions Bosnia offers, and certainly a must-try!
6. The artistic ressurection of Sarajevo
Bosnia's capital was utterly destroyed throughout the siege in the 1990s, but has since then risen from its ashes and embraced the modernity of the 21st century. A paragon of this is the Avaz Twist Tower - a 176 meter/577 feet skyscraper built between 2006 and 2008. The architectural dexterity and superb design have since been subject of praise.
7. Homage to the struggles in the past
The scars of the siege of Sarajevo, which lasted for 1425 days and is the longest siege of a capital in the history of modern armed conflict, have not been forgotten. The terrors of the 90s are remembered at the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum, which preserves part of the underground passage to the airport. This passage was one of the only ways of slipping food and supplies to the starved residents. Out of 800 meters, only 25 meters are accessible. Nevertheless, they suffice.
8. Bosnian wine needs no bush
Those with a taste for good wine should head to the southerly city of Trebinje, home of many vineyards and independent wineries.
9. A mildly indirect journey is still often the case
Although one cannot fly directly from the UK to Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is possible to fly via Vienna, Zagreb or Munich.
10. No shortage of tours!
If you wish to experience Bosnia, there are many tours and offers which can make this possible - particularly since Bosnia is an increasingly popular destination. Entrust your Feel Bosnia team with this task, and let us make your trip to Bosnia an unforgettable one!
P.S. Perhaps one can rename the 10 facts above into the top 10 reasons why you should visit Bosnia!