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What to see in Bihac

Nowhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina will you see more beauty than you will in the northwest region of Krajina with Bihac as the region’s most important city. Throughout this article, we will walk you through what to see in Bihac and its surrounding areas.

What to see in Bihac - Una river in Bihac

The article will consist of two separate parts. The first part will mainly focus on the natural beauties this region offers, whereas, the second part will be focused on cultural heritage and architecture.

What to see in Bihac

Part one: Natural beauty

Bihac and Krajina as a region offer an abundance of incredible, untouched and preserved nature. We’ve made a list of the most important natural sights that are worth visiting. Buckle up, and let’s start exploring this incredible city and all of the amazing sights it has to offer!

What to see in Bihac

1. Una National Park

Situated in the northwestern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Una National Park and the majority of the National Park Una is located in the area of Bihac municipality. It is the biggest National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an area of 350km2.

Biggest gem of the National Park Una is the river Una, hence the name National Park Una. It is by far, and without any discussion, the most beautiful river in the whole country. It is so special and unique for Bosnia and Herzegovina that this area was proclaimed a National Park with the main goal to preserve its uniqueness and untouched nature.

Should you be interested in learning more about Una National Park or any other National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, feel free to read our article regarding National Parks in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In case you are interested in visiting the Una National Park, we prepared a price list for the entrance. 

Beware that there are various types of entrances for various activities inside the Una National Park. 


Entrance fee for Strbacki Buk

ADULTS – INDIVIDUAL VISITS 7.00BAM/3.5€
CHILDREN 7 – 14 YEARS OLD – INDIVIDUAL VISITS 5,00 BAM/2.5€
ADULTS – AGENCY VISITS (FOR GROUPS OVER 25 VISITORS) * 6,00 BAM/3€
PUPIL AND STUDENT GROUPS (FOR GROUPS OVER 25 VISITORS) * 3,00 BAM/1.50€
RETIREES ** 2,00 BAM/1€
CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF 7 HAVE FREE ENTRANCE

* ORGANIZED GROUPS – MANDATORY PRIOR NOTICE.
** UPON REQUEST IT IS MANDATORY TO SHOW AN ID CARD AND VALID DOCUMENT WHICH PROVES THE STATUS OF THE RETIREE (B&H RESIDENTS ONLY).


Entrance fee for Martin Brod

ADULTS – INDIVIDUAL AND AGENCY VISIT 3,00 BAM/1.50€
CHILDREN 7 – 14 YEARS OLD (INDIVIDUAL VISITS); ORGANIZED PUPIL AND STUDENT GROUP VISITS 2,50 BAM/1.25€
RETIREES ** 1,50 BAM/0.75€
CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF 7 HAVE FREE ENTRANCE

** UPON REQUEST IT IS MANDATORY TO SHOW AN ID CARD AND VALID DOCUMENT WHICH PROVES THE STATUS OF THE RETIREE (B&H RESIDENTS ONLY).

Two of the most important spots on the stream of the river Una are two incredibly beautiful waterfalls which capture anyone’s attention. It is water in its most beautiful form. The first one is Strbacki buk and the second one is Martin brod.

What to see in Bihac - Una National Park
What to see in Bihac

2. Strbacki buk waterfall

Strbacki Buk waterfall, located 294 meters above sea level is a 24-meters high waterfall in the river Una, near the settlements of Kulen Vakuf and Orasac, and it is located near the country borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. It consists of several waterfalls which are really close to each other and it is a part of the National Park Una.

The captivating and mesmerizing Strbacki Buk waterfall is also a part of the Una Regatta, which is an international traditional tourist-sports-cultural manifestation. It includes the descent of kayaks, rafters and boats through the valley and canyon of the Una River and sleeping in camps on the river bank. 

What to see in Bihac | Strbacki Buk waterfall
What to see in Bihac

3. Martin Brod waterfall

The travertine area in Martin Brod includes numerous waterfalls, of which Jalacki, Srednji and Donji stand out, as well as Veliki Buk, which is the largest and most beautiful part of Martin Brod. This waterfall has a travertine barrier 54 meters high.

What to see in Bihac - Martin Brod waterfall
Julian Nyča, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
What to see in Bihac

4. Japodian Islands

Nature is sometimes really incredible, and Japodian Islands in Bihac are a true example of that. Heart-shaped river aits connected by five wooden bridges literally forming the heart of nature. The Japodian islands are a cultural and archaeological area, located in the village of Racic near Bihac, surrounded by greenery and probably one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, the Una River.

What to see in Bihac - Japodian Islands
What to see in Bihac

5. Osjecenica mountain

Besides this amazing nature in form of river Una and National Park Una, for those who prefer hiking and trekking, 50 kilometres from the centre of Bihac, you will reach Osjecenica Mountain.

It is 1795 metres high and it belongs to medium-high mountains. The top of the Osjecenica Mountain protrudes above the forest belt and has been cut off, hence the name of this mountain – Osjecenica.

What to see in Bihac - Osjecenica Mountain
Source: visitbihac.com
What to see in Bihac

Part two: Cultural heritage and architecture

In a relatively small area, you’ll be able to see various types of architecture, monuments and sculptures. Each and every one of them speaks its own unique story. It is an incredible mixture of stories and sights that will for sure keep your attention. 

What to see in Bihac

1. Ostrozac castle

Ostrozac, a fort of the Early Iron Age, a medieval fortress and a Turkish town. The fortress is located on a dominant hill above the left bank of the river Una and the settlement of the same name, 12 kilometres from Bihac towards Bosanska Krupa, at the fork in the road to Cazin.  The fortress is of an irregular circular shape with a capillary and a circular defensive tower next to which there is a well.

In case you are eager to learn more about Ostrozac castle, feel free to read our article specially dedicated to this amazing piece of history and culture.

What to see in Bihac

2. Captain's Tower

Located in the lower part of the city, on the left bank of the river Una, lies the Capitan’s tower. The specificity of the tower is the preserved urban structure within the city walls from the previous period. It is one one the most photogenic buildings in the city and hence, ideal for taking a picture.

The exact time of the construction is yet to be discovered, but according to the data available, the time of its construction can be placed at the beginning of the 18th century, and it is assumed that this was the divanhana (meeting area or in literal translation – a place to talk) of the Bihać captain, and hence the name, The Captain’s Tower. 

What to see in Bihac - Captain's tower
Source: By Julian Nyča - Vlastito djelo, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72989744
What to see in Bihac

3. Fethiye Mosque

The Fethiye Mosque in Bihac is originally built as a church of St. Anthony of Padua in 1266 in Gothic style and it is one of the few European Islamic places of worship in the Gothic architectural style.

Fethiye Mosque is considered to be the oldest Gothic building in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What to see in Bihac

4. Ostrovica

The old town of Ostrovica is a large mediaeval building located above the left bank of the Una river and the small village of Ostrovica near Kulen Vakuf. The fortress was in a strategic place that connected the northern and the southern part of the long Una valley.

It overlooks Kulen Vakuf and offers one of the best views where you can capture some amazing photos.

What to see in Bihac - Ostrovica Old Town
What to see in Bihac

5. Garavice Memorial Park

Memorial Park Garavice near Bihac is a memorial complex on Camica Hill. It consists of twelve sculptures arranged in a space with access paths. The monument is a feature of the horrific crime that the Ustasha forces committed against the citizens of the Bihac region in 1941, primarily Serbs and Jews.

Garavice Memorial Park was raised in 1981 and in 2011. it is declared a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What to see in Bihac - Garavice Memorial Park
By Julian Nyča - Vlastito djelo, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72913931
What to see in Bihac

6. The Museum of the First Assembly of the AVNOJ

AVNOJ Museum in Bihac is situated in the city centre. From 2nd until 4th November 1942, the People’s Liberation Army of Yugoslavia liberated Bihac and its surroundings and Bihac became the capital of the liberated territory.

The first assembly of the AVNOJ was held in the building that was the annexe of Kloster building which was the Monastery and School of the Sister Adorers of the Blood of the Christ.

What to see in Bihac - AVNOJ Museum
Autor: Sti2 - Vlastito djelo, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5008424
What to see in Bihac

7. The Girl from Una

Symbolically made of Bihacite stone, for over 30 years, on the rights bank of the Una river, stands the Girl from Una, a sculptural work by Vladimir Herljevic from Zagreb. The identity of the Girl from Una is unknown, which gives this statue added value.

It is believed that the Girl from Una was inspired by a photo portrait of a girl at Una.

What to see in Bihac - The Girl from Una
What to see in Bihac

FAQ

Where is Bihac?

Bihac is situated in the northwest region of Krajina and it’s the region’s most important city. The distance from Bihac to Sarajevo is 428 kilometres, while the distance from Bihac to Zagreb is 155 kilometres.

Is Bihac worth visiting?

Bihac is for sure worth visiting! Nowhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina will you see more beauty than you will in Bihac and Krajina. In our article, you will find all of the most important sights to visit in Bihac.

We hope that we managed to bring you closer to all the natural and cultural beauties that this special city in the northwest of our beloved Bosnia and Herzegovina has to offer and that our what to see in Bihac guide will have an impact on your travel future travel plans.

Every time you decide to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, make sure to read our “What to see in Bihac guide” and learn something new. We are continuously updating the information that is available. In this case entrance fees for the Una National Park and all other activities related to Bihac and its surroundings. 


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