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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 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 .... "

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 Nov 6, 2015
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  • 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.

  • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Your local customs pages of Banja Luka are fascinating. I hope you got my ratings ok as the VT server doesn't seem to be up and running at the moment

  • Muscovite's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2015 at 4:26 AM

    Unusual colours

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Sep 9, 2015 at 7:17 AM

      Yes, it was old paintings on wall near Youth center. I just love art and it seems properly for now. Even my page is go beyond of presentation of city arts and become more practical guide. So, it might changes main photo but I will keep this one somewhere.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2015 at 5:03 AM

    Very good and informative page.
    I am heading to Banja Luka in a few days and your tips are very helpful.

  • SallyM's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    Fascinating and very comprehensive page.

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      Aug 1, 2015 at 2:44 AM

      Thank you! I am glad you liked! I put lots of effort in page about my favorite city!

  • TravellerMel's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Very interesting page. I recently watched an episode of "The West Wing" where a poet, played by Laura Dern, describes her visit to Banja Luka...

    • Odiseya's Profile Photo
      May 14, 2015 at 5:57 AM

      I am glad you liked my page! Thank you for recommendation! I will find it.

  • 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!

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