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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.

For everyone who would like to see more they should watch touristic video - Banja Luka from air

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 Gradi?a 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 .... "

author unknown

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: Aug 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Some nice updates here. It's always nice when Modern architecture is made beautiful rather than ugly. So many modern buildings have nothing appealing about them. while modern that Ukrainian church looks very good.

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Jun 4, 2016 at 1:15 AM

      I am glad you liked. I agree, Ukrainian church looks very nice.

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Lovely page. Looks like an interesting place to visit. Hope all is well with you. Irene

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      May 26, 2016 at 3:21 AM

      Thank you! I am glad you liked! It is small city but it is my favorite.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Some nice additions you have made recently in your page.

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Apr 12, 2016 at 1:38 AM

      Thank you! I am glad you liked! I planing to write more soon.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    60 great tips under "must see places", thanks for sharing Alexandra, I will be back for more !

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Feb 23, 2016 at 11:48 PM

      Thank you for your interest! I am glad you liked!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Thanks for posting such a detailed and complete page on Banja Luka.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2016 at 3:09 AM

    This time I came back to have a look at your detailed and informative Transportation tips.

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Jan 2, 2016 at 8:58 AM

      Thank you for interesting! I like Banja Luka very much and those tips are my favorite.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Interesting legends and useful information on your "Local Customs" tips.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    I enjoyed reading your Favorite tips on this City of Youth and City of Women. And City of Culture. And City of Adventures and Festivals and Sport and Art.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    This must have been a very interesting place to study.

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Nov 25, 2015 at 2:34 AM

      It is, nice place for living at least I think like that.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2015 at 6:06 AM

    Hello, Aleksandra! Thanks for your detailed page with a lot of useful and interesting advice!

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Nov 8, 2015 at 4:17 AM

      Thank you for visiting! I am glad you liked! Banja Luka is always inspiration for me.

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