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I studied here and I have good memories.

Banja Luka is a City with long tradition.
Banja Luka is first mentioned in 1494. in the charter of Hungarian King Vladislav II Jagiellon and it was issued in Buda in Latin, although there was a indication that the town existed before. Prehistoric archaeological sites and objects that are found in them provide evidence of the existence of human communities in this region since the epoch musterien from 50,000 to 35,000 years BC.

Today is administrative, cultural, economic center and a de facto capital of Republika Srpska, one of two entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

There is still lots of interesting stories in and out Banja Luka yet unwritten and lot of side not yet recorded.

Why you should visit Banja Luka

Bosnia and Herzegovina is touristic enigma outside of Sarajevo and Mostar bridge.

Situated among gentle hills in off the beaten region of off the beaten country Banja Luka is welcoming place trough whole year thanks to its mild clime and picturesque scenery.
Without any queue in front of cultural institution Banja Luka offer very divers and creative list of inspirational manifestations and events and most of them is free of charge.
Safety in city is not even question here with good nightlife that starts very early and last in the early morning. Hospitable and friendly Southern Slavs with Mediterranean temperaments would be great company.
English language is part of our everyday life and even without words there won’t be big language barriers. Streets signs are bilinguals with fare touristic information offices where you can find necessary for your independent exploration of city. TV is subtitle and you won’t be limited for your favorite TV show or interesting movie predominately on English.
Gastronomic treat on unbelievably low prices. Join locals in numerous cafes in tradition of doing-nothing for almost nothing to pay.
Banja Luka is center of adventurist sports in region and you can here enjoy in water, land and air.
Off-the-beaten-paths in off-the-beaten-place – there are plenty ethnographic resources in country side.
Enjoy in scenic train ride from Central Europe or challenging bus rides from all over Europe. For real adventurist task is to find few of flights to Banja Luka.
Shopping here is stress-free and budget-friendly.
Architecture mix of city is very interesting and one of downside (or maybe advantage for someone) is that Banja Luka is smoking paradise. I am also thankful that there are limitation of that in shops and cultural institution and during summer relaxes on Vrbas riverbanks or outdoor cafes are not risk for our health.

The Legend of Banjalukan - author unknown

"Long ago, even while they walked the earth giants and dwarfs, Vrbas stole a silver flake with dragon wings, thirsty guards imagination and great treasures in the hills, while one year coming down from his hiding place to the stone banks of the river to drink green water.

Exactly at that time, on a hill near the present town he lived such a giant with his infant son. Since it was time to land our people God sent a great pool, a hill on which the giant lived decides to turn into a volcano to burn all that water is not swallowed. Yet before the end of the world and his life, the old giant premonition of disaster and make the boat put a newborn male.
Son called his name BANJALUKAN.

Then he called an eagle, and said that it takes away some place safe. Eagle obeyed boat with a child transfers to a high ridge where the water is not submerged, and below which will sprout many centuries later a big city.

Water is withdrawn, the volcano ceased, Banjalukan grow and settlement basis, with people engendering a boat that made ​​him the father of the ridge the Ottoman conquerors of whom would later call mans, put on the Vrbas.

For each of the memory remains at something. Volcanic Mountain people named Tutnjevac, settlement Bajalukanovo-Banja Luka, and the boats that Gradiša on the Vrbas looks like first VRBASKA boat gigantic child. Spitz boat had aquiline beak shape in honor of the bird that saved the child from the flood. Human descendants of Banjalukan who drove the boats had a stocky build and with giant force, Vrbas is not feared, time and knew him well so that this love runs today .... "

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Culture and arts festival
  • Cons:many prejudice about this City
  • In a nutshell:Open your mind for open heart of Krajina.
  • Last visit to Banja Luka: Dec 2014
  • Intro Updated Mar 10, 2015
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  • Chinggis_n_Borte's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Fantastic and interesting page.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Back again to read more about your city!

  • arturowan's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    Very thorough guide to Banja Luka, & no tourist traps, for its benefit!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    Thanks for the thorough description of Banja Luka. I didn't know anything about this city, now I know heaps.

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Nov 6, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      One of my favorite cities! That makes VT so great!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    You have written a very interesting and informative collection of Things-to-Do tips about the city where you studied.

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Jun 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Thank you for your support! I will try to write more.

  • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Your comment about life not being a race is one I've always used. Thankfully I'm not alone. It's good that we can find out about places like Banja Luka through your pages Aleksandra. Thank you

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Lots of good shopping tips with much needed information!

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Feb 27, 2014 at 6:28 AM

      Thank you! Shopping is one of good reasons to visit city.

  • Avieira67's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Very interesting tips about Banja Luka. And about the islamic culture in the city? How is the rebuilt of Ferhadija Mosque?

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      I planning to put all my pages under permanently construction as I think it would be for many things in all over region and in this process we will grow by increasing our knowledge, healing our wounds and it will put peace in our souls.

    • Avieira67's Profile Photo
      Jun 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Thank you very much. I will follow your page about Banja Luka.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Great tips

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Apr 1, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      Thank you! I am glad you liked! I still have many stories to share!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    An excellent introduction to your country. Will come back and read more. I find it so hard to read the Cyrillic language, especially if it is written in capital letters.

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Jan 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Thank you! I am glad you liked!
      I try to always add and "official name of institution on local language" (on every my pages!) to help potential visitors.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jan 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Yes, that is a good idea, I do the same if the name is in Icelandic.

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