With 199,000 inhabitants and located at the river Vrbas, Banja Luka is the second city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is actually the capital of the Serbian part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Banja Luka was built in the Banja Luka Valley and has been referred to as the hidden gem of Europe.
History of Banja Luka
Banja Luka has a rich history that goes all the way back to the Stone Age. After being largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1969, the city was subsequently rebuilt in a more modern style. The oldest cultural heritage can be found on the banks of the river that dates back to Roman times. Since the year 1990, the city is mainly inhabited by Bosnian Serbs. Various countries and peoples conquered Banja Luka and have left their mark on the city’s history that can still be seen today.
Nature of Banja Luka
For true nature lovers, Banja Luka is the true mecca. The beautiful landscapes and hills are one of the most hidden places in Europe. Tectonic activities from the past have created beautiful colourful and special shapes in the landscape. The surrounding hills around the valley give you a beautiful view of the entire city and river. This paradisiacal city has numerous avenues, parks and green boulevards just like the surrounding hills.
Land marks in Banja Luka
Banja Luka is located on the border of the Eurasian fault line, which means that there are several sulfur sources that heat the water in a natural way. The Vrbas River has a number of springs with a temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius. These baths are definitely worth a visit. In the south of Banja Luka you will find the Krupa waterfalls on the river Vrbas. A tourist attraction, but wonderful to visit. The beauty and nice cooling on hot summer days characterize these waterfalls. If you are looking for more adventurous activities, Banja Luka also has plenty to offer. In Banja Luka you can perform various water sports such as rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Or undertake activities on the mainland such as; hiking and mountain bike tours or paragliding. Enough ingredients for an adventurous and pleasant stay in this beautiful city.
Flight tickets to Banja Luka
Wizz Air now offers flights from Eindhoven Airport directly to Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina.