10 Things to do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Guide

10 Things to do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Guide


Welcome to Mostar! In today’s video we’re showing you around
one of the great gems of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar was one of the many stops of our travels
through the Balkans, but it ranked right at the very top! This city is as postcard-perfect as they come,
complete with Ottoman constructions, soaring minarets, and colourful buildings that overlook
the emerald waters of the Neretva River. Our time here was spent wandering through
the markets, sampling local dishes, and visiting a few mosques and museums along the way, so
come and join us in this travel guide as we show you around Mostar (Мостар) and
give you a few ideas for your own trip! Alright guys so we have walked into town from
our AirBNB and I think our first stop is going to be the main pedestrian road which I believe
is pronounced Brace Fejica. So there is like a lot of little different
shops and museums and mosques and attractions along the way. Um, so yeah we’ll show you that pedestrian
road first and then we’ll check out some of the sights along the way. This street is lined with restaurants, cafes,
and hotels, but as you approach the famed Old Bridge, it turns into a bit of a bazaar
with small shops that are bursting at the seams with all manner of souvenirs. There were copper earrings and beaded necklaces,
leather purses and Turkish lamps, hand woven tapestries and your classic fridge magnets. After browsing a few stores, Audrey settled
on a copper coffee set, but let’s get back to the sightseeing. Okay so it is time for our next attraction. Next up we’re going to be visiting the Koski
Mehmed Pasha Mosque (Koski Mehmed-pašina džamija). Um, it dates back to the 17th Century and
it is on the east side of the river. We just bought our tickets which look a little
something like this. And it is 3 Euros if you only want to visit
the mosque or 6 Euros if you want to visit the mosque and also climb the minaret. So we have paid our 6 Euros in we go. So we are now inside the mosque and look at
these colors. This is amazing. And it looks like there is another level. You just go up a set of stairs. I don’t know if maybe this is where women
pray separate from men. That would be my best guess. And now it is finally time to go up. Let’s do this. So super narrow spiraling staircase. I wonder if it is probably the same way up
as down. So I’m kind of glad we are the only ones here
right now because I couldn’t imagine a traffic jam. Oh. Okay Sam so we just finished visiting the
mosque and climbing the minaret. We sure did. Thoughts on this attraction? It is beautiful inside. Yeah. Absolutely stunning. Like it is so intricate and so colorful too. So colorful and just I mean the carpets and
the designs. Yeah. Everything like it is just it is beautiful
inside. Getting back on the pedestrian street, we
eventually reached Stari Most, also known as the Old Bridge, which is the city’s main
landmark. This 16th-century Ottoman bridge joins the
two parts of the city across the River Neretva. The original bridge was destroyed during the
Croat–Bosniak War, however, when the war ended, plans to rebuild the bridge were put
in motion. The rebuilding process called for Ottoman
construction techniques using the same materials and technology as the original bridge. I feel like we’ve crossed Stari Most a gazillion
times since we arrived in Mostar (Мостар) but now we have come down to the river’s edge
and in my opinion these are the best views of the bridge so check these out. Today, the main draw to Stari Most are the
divers known as mostari. This is a name that was formerly used for
the gate keepers of the bridge during medieval times, and it’s also where the city gets
its name from. There are some beautiful views to be had both
from the bridge looking upstream, and down by the river’s edge gazing up at Stari Most. Alright Sam, tell us about the brave bold
divers. Well the brave bold divers unfortunately we
just missed one this morning. Yeah. There was a huge commotion going on over on
the bridge but we were on the wrong side of it. Yeah. So we heard the big splash but we didn’t actually
see it happen. It was kind of loud and scary I have to say. Yeah. But we’ve watched YouTube videos and seen
what they do and it is high. Yeah. I mean it is a high jump and apparently these
divers kind of wait around and collect money from you know different spectators. Yep. And once they reach I think around the 25
Euros threshold that is when they’ll do their jump. But I mean it is the middle of November right
now so they’re obviously not doing too many at the moment. We haven’t seen any others today but uh if
we if I can catch that it will be a magic moment. It would. But now let’s take a quick break from the
sightseeing and talk about food, because once you’ve crossed the bridge over to the west
side, you’ll find some of our favourite restaurants in all of Mostar (Мостар). So we’ll introduce you to those, and also
show you a few traditional dishes you should definitely order! First up, breakfast, the most important meal
of the day. Our quest for a Bosnian breakfast lead us
to Divan, where we ordered fritters and a variety platter of meats and cheeses. It was our favourite breakfast in Mostar! Just look at this. So I’ll tell you what we ordered. Um, so we got uh a mixed platter. We did. With beef prosciutto, smoked sausages, travnic
cheese (Travnički), livno cheese, sach cheese, sour cream and local doughnuts (miške). Which are these over here. And I actually tried these a few days ago
yep we had them with cream cheese at another place. Yep. Um, they are really tasty. Yeah, it was really good. Another restaurant we really enjoyed was Konoba
Taurus. This restaurant caught our attention because
of its beautiful construction right by a small creek, so we knew we had to come back and
we brought our appetite. We ended up ordering a whole bunch of small
side dishes here, which were brought out on a massive platter fit for a king and queen. So I’m just going to grab a little bit of
everything and let’s start with the stuffed things. So stuffed vine leaf. I’ll take that. Stuffed pepper. I’ll take that. Haha. And for the stuffed cabbage that is ginormous
piece. So let’s cut it in half. Well I’m glad there is enough to go around
oh yeah because it sounds like you’d take everything. Haha. Let’s try this one. It feels like I’m going to have a bulging
belly by the time I leave this city. You know I’m totally okay with a bulging belly. Haha. Thank you Mostar (Мостар). Haha. Nothing was left on our plates and here’s
some evidence of Sam wiping the whole platter clean with his bread. This feast was followed by desserts, because
when in Mostar. Then there was Tima Irma, where we were wowed
with the size of the portions, the delicious food, and the friendly staff who always greeted
us with big smiles on their faces. Okay, so today we are eating at Ćevabdžinica
Tima-Irma and it is one of the top rated restaurants here in Mostar so I’m pretty excited and they
specialize in something Sam has been wanting to have for a while now. Yep. The Ćevapi. The ćevapčići. Right here. So we’ve ordered that and then we also ordered
a mixed meat platter for one. Yeah. I have a feeling it is going to be enough
meat for the two of us actually. It looks a little something like this. Yep. So yeah that is what we’re having for dinner
tonight. Sam is having beer. I’ve got mineral water and let’s wait for
it to arrive. We ate here a few times and it was amazing. We even managed to squeeze in some dessert! Šadrvan is another very well-known restaurant
in Mostar (Мостар) that we visited multiple times. And again, I couldn’t seem to stay away
from their stuffed peppers with cream, this is a dish I ordered almost on the daily, along
with bosnian cookies which are really minced meat patties, and all sorts of other stuffed
vegetables. This one is dolma baked in cream. Yep. So you’ve got like the little peppers stuffed
with rice, stuffed with minced meat. You’ve got some chopped carrots um so yeah
it is really good and it comes with cream in the middle and there were six pieces. There is a lot of cream in the middle. There were 6 pieces once upon a time. Once upon a time. Sam was taking so long filming that I was
like I’ve gotta eat man. Audrey Audrey is not very patient when food
is in front of her. I’m like Audrey please just wait let me he
took way too long. Let me photograph it and then I’ve been too
much of that lately I’m so hungry. Forget about it. Forget about it. They also had some nice desserts on the menu
like tufahija, which is an apple stuffed with walnuts. And aside from food, one drink that we couldn’t
forget to mention is Bosnian coffee (bosanska kafa). I’ll take it from here. so I’m very excited to be trying Bosnian coffee. Oh yeah. This is my very 1st time to try it. Apparently it is very similar to Turkish coffee. Super strong. It is supposed to be very strong. The grounds apparently are uh the coffee grounds
are still at the very bottom. Yeah, so they’re not filtered. They are not filtered out of the water so
you have to let them yep settle before you pour yourself a cup. Exactly but anyways let’s talk about the process. So first up yes they gave you that little
sweet treat. They gave us a sweet treat so and the waiter
said that first. It is time to try a bite of that. That looks so good. It kind of it looks a bit like a it looks
like something like a honey like a big chunk of honey. Let’s try that. Let’s see what that is all about. Oh, yeah. Is it like honey or Turkish Delight? It reminds me of something like exactly in
between. So now that you’ve eaten that you are supposed
to take a little bite of the sugar and then sip on the coffee. Yes. And apparently you can dip your sugar in the
coffee to soften it. Pick that up. Dip the sugar. I’m going to dip it in. Yeah. Look at that. And then you take a little bite of the sugar. Mmmhmm. And you’re going to sip coffee right away. Or so I’ve been told. Oh woah. Okay. So obviously the first thing you taste is
the sugar and then that is one potent coffee I must say. Yeah. Oh yeah. It is nice and strong. Are you going to be jittery all day? Just the way. Yeah probably. I’ve already had like two cups of coffee at
home and this is my third so. Going back to the sightseeing, another bridge
we encountered while walking around the Old Town is the Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija). This stone bridge closely resembles Stari
Most as it was built as a test run before tackling the larger bridge. The streets that we’re walking on I’ve never
seen streets like this anywhere before. They are basically like they are not cobbled
but they are like these rounded stones so as you’re walking around your feet almost
get like this weird massage. So now we’re making our way to our next attraction
and we’re going to be visiting the Hamam Museum which I’m super interested in. After having traveled quite a bit in Istanbul
but always being too chicken to go to a Hamam. The Hamam Museum is set in a former Turkish
bath house, which also happens to be the only preserved hamam in Mostar. The museum deals with customs surrounding
bathhouses. It’s a small museum so you likely won’t
spend too long here, but it’s worth the visit. Plus, on the way out, they have a cool souvenir
shop where you can pick up soaps, loofahs, and towels to use in your own bath at home,
or for a public bath visit – if you dare. And this right here is our entrance ticket
to the Turkish House (Kajtaz). It is 2 postal cards. They stamped it on the back to show we each
paid 2 Euros. So yeah that makes for a nice little souvenir. What a great idea. And check out the color of these carpets. The Turkish House is a small museum where
you can get a glimpse of life during the Ottoman days. After paying our admission fee, we took our
time wandering through the house, which was filled with traditional furniture, colourful
carpets, household items, and a mix of old photographs and paintings. There’s even a chest with traditional clothing
if you’re looking to dress up for photos, but the views are what make this house really
special. I’ve gotta say when we were first going in
I was kind of thinking this place looks Korean. Especially because of the entrance. Those doors you really see it in old um Hanok
buildings all over Korea not just in Seoul. So that is what it reminded me of. But yeah, it was super cool and inside you
can just see kind of like the layout of what a Turkish home would have been like. Um, the carpets, the pillows, the furniture. So yeah, it is a cool little spot here in
Mostar. I would recommend it. Lastly, if you feel like you’ve covered
Mostar, there’s a relatively easy half-day trip to Blagaj. This town is known for its dervish monastery
(Tekke Blagaj Tekija) which is set at the foot of a cliff and next to a river with emerald
green waters. It’s about a half-hour ride by public bus
or you can take an organized tour. While we weren’t blown away by the interior
of the monastery, we can appreciate that it’s a photogenic place with plenty of natural
beauty all around, so it’s a place to consider if you have some time to spare. And that’s a wrap for Mostar! We can honestly say this was one of our favourite
destinations of the entire year. With its Ottoman architectural wonders, delicious
dishes served in heaping platters, and warm locals who take hospitality to a whole new
level, there’s a lot to love about the city! Mostar is strikingly beautiful, but it’s
the people who give the place its soul. Yes, the city’s been through a lot, and
it still bears the scars of a horrible war fought in the 90s, but Mostar has picked itself
up and is showing visitors all it has to offer. We hope you enjoyed getting to experience
this city through our eyes on this travel guide, and as always, if you have any other
suggestions of things to do in Mostar, feel free to share your tips with travellers in
the comments below. In the meantime, wishing you happy travels
and until next time!

100 thoughts on “10 Things to do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Guide

  1. How can you guys have enough money and time for travelling all year long!? That's amazing!! Wish I could do the same…?

  2. Aaaaaaaaand its me again the part of Mostar which you show here its only old town so there is much more to Mostar than only this however its the most interesting part indeed but really there is much more to it so as i mentioned it before feel free to contact me for full tour if you are ever in town again.
    P.S. you will be surprised 😀
    Dario

  3. Wow. The drone shots…guys, nailed it. All the rest of the video is super cool too… and with the drone shot under the bridge…. I am out of words. 🙂 (Thank you!!!)

  4. Hi! Thank u very much for ur lovely video about beautiful city Mostar so i wonder how many days worth to stay in Mostar in order to explore all of these tours?

  5. Just watched a 4 year old video from the channel and its amazing to see how your videos improved over time, not only the technical quality but also your charisma. Congrats guys. Keep up the good work.

  6. Thanks for you the both and especially you madam for respecting our religion and wearing those clothes when you entered the mosque and the other house where there is coran 🙂

  7. Yee this army was horrible. How can they do sutch a terrible act against humanity!? But the most devastating was the serbs in balkan occupation. The serbs this probably the worst crime on civilian in Bosnia. Serbs went in with machetas and cut of heads of of men cut out children from pregnant womes belly. The prison people all over the Bosnia and torture them in the worst scenario. Now This happen in 1990 -1995. This is in modern time and serbs this this cruel action. Serbs killed over 300 000 civilian in Bosnia thrue etnic clining. The sort out muslims and catolics from village and the torture them to deats. Now The area have not recover from this abuse. The chetniks never get any panish for the war crime and today the serbian people honor those soldier who did this crime.
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  8. Immensely helpful. I didn't know how interestingly cool Bosnia and Herzegovina is until watching this video. Thanks a lot for giving us more options to vacation.

  9. I adored Mostar, the Bosnian people are so welcoming. (same in Sarajevo too) .  I stayed in Majda's Hostel and would be happy to recommend it

  10. So great to have nice people like two of you in our beautiful country. And especially with such great videos done with passion and a lot of great effort. I'm quite often in Mostar, but I really enjoyed watching this. Thanks for that.

  11. i am from mostar and all people which visit it go sleep in west croatian mostar,,in east muslim side people are from stone age.

  12. You are amazing and I like the most that you learned so much about this town and showed it in the video! Welcome again in Bosnia!

  13. Guys, your videos are great and you bring it with such a great energy, but…I have a tiny advice for you.

    Maybe you should connect with locals when you coming in places like this. I am from Mostar and you missed lot of good places and especially you missed best food places and real local food.

  14. Great video but you should visit Mostar in spring or summer because there are many places in Mostar and around you can visit

  15. Can i know about the public transport in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Is it easy to find them cause i wanna Bosnia alone for my balkan trip.

  16. My wife and I will be in Croatia next month and are planning a side trip from Slip to Mostar (with overnight stay). Please advise on transportation to and from Mostar, do we need a guide, where to consider staying overnight. From your video I just finished watching, it appears you stayed at an Air BnB just outside of the town (???). Thanks in advance

  17. Wonderful video! I'm about to head out there, so this is super helpful. Even more excited than before. Thanks, you two!

  18. This is an awesome video! We'd love for you to enter it into our travel video competition for your chance to win a $10,000 AUD prize. The competition closes 3 September 2018 so don't miss out. Check out all the info here: http://bit.ly/2M7DPEY 🙂 – Sonia

  19. You are an amazing tourist couple from Canada. I always watch your creative videos around the world. I wish I could meet you both in my coming soon exploration trip to Canada. Greetings from Qatar ??

  20. The Bosnaseum is very special. You can see a film about the time before the war and during the war and the new bridge. It has many old pictures and clothes and furnitures of the old time. We also saw the blue uns red see which is not far from Mostar and a wonderful cave where are found bones of a bear und humans.. Wir waren noch im Bosnaseum wo man zuerst einen Film sehen kann von der Zeit vor und während des Krieges und man sieht wie die Brücke einstürzt und wie die neue Brücke eingeweiht wird. Dort sind alte Trachten ausgestellt und es ist eine Art Heimatmuseum. Es gibt nicht nur Moscheen sondern auch eine Synagoge und mehrere Kirchen. Dann waren wir noch in einer Tropfsteinhöhle , wo man auch Bärenkochen und Menschenknochen gefunden hat mit einem sehr netten Führer ( englisch ). In der Umgebung ist noch der rote und der blaue See, die sehr tief in einer Art Krater liegen. Mehrere Burgen sind auch in der Nähe, von denen man eine gute Aussicht hat.Das Hamam hatte leider zu als wir da waren. Wir waren vorher noch an den Plitvice Wasserfällen und Rastoke, ein altes Dorf in Kroatien, auch mit wundervollen Wasserfällen.

  21. Your videos are a pleasure to watch. My family and I are looking to rent a house for a month in the Balkans and see it next year. We live in Oregon currently and spent most of our life in California.

  22. yes, the free foot massage…I ditched my sneakers for platforms so fast! lol. Too bad when I was in Mostar I was so broke I was only living on burek from a local bakery and hostel breakfast because all the food looks amazing. But I got to eat a lot in Sarajevo, so it's fine I guess. The Slovan cap:')

  23. Can anyone tell me how much expensive it is to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina for a few days as a back-packer? Is it cheaper than Macedonia and Albania? How about as compared to Montenegro and Croatia?

  24. How really I miss Bosnian food I miss Kajmak with jestepci and everything over there, Thank you so much ( Hvala ti puno ) guys for that video ?

  25. I love Mostar and I lived on there. Your video-film is nice and embracing a couple of things but you should not to explain what to buy or what is on display – just SHOW it and everyone has their own eyes to see it! There is a lot of deeper history and cultural traditions so judging only on what you see – is a childish and superficial way to present it before the world's eyes. Mostar suffered so much through its long history and even more during the last war in 90-ties in Bosnia. I find hypocritical showing only the streets trade and museums or restaurants without showing these old, beautiful houses full of gun holes, which suffered such a bombing, fire and terrible division of bearded wire' walls behind which Mostar's inhabitants had to see how their beloved jewell of city was becoming a smoke…old building of the very well known symphony orchestra has had a library over 20 thousands of score volumes and all it was burnt in hours be very civilised people who, actually provoked this war! Now in this building is iranian embassy but musicians & orchestra lost their own from ages place…and whole the world KNEW about bosnian war but only very few realised that every day were dying kids, elderly and hundreds of civilians…so showing now few streets full of its copper or fabrics display – is just silly as shallow way to present this heroic city still full of wonderful, helpful, fantastic people! God bless Mostar and their survivors!

  26. I prefer certainly, a man speaking through this video as it is more balanced way, earth- down settled – than when a girl – her jumping intonation is actually very distracting and at some point – even annoying. Anyway – thank you for all the pics and effort to make this video.I'd suggest as well some more convenient (may be just balcanic ?)regional music than the noise of nothing you placed into. Mostar is and always was a MAGIC place on the whole world and I think it deserves all the best ww can do for them!

  27. There are NOT any doughnuts, kids – there are savoury crumpets called uštipci (ooshteeptzee) which are used be eaten still hot and with spreading on the top a cheese, lovely, greasy cheese kaimak which melts on hot crumpets, very, veery tasty!

  28. Kids, if you intended to give some tips to another travellers ( which will be worthwhile!) You should place a subtitles of restaurants or places you visited as your pronouncing is totally lost (no one word is actually to save from all you told – as some reference – because your bosnian is still very american, hahaha!).
    And will be good thing to save some key names. The best Mostar restaurant (and the most picturesque!) is the ŠADRVAN ( Shadyrvan) and old cobbled main street is called KUJUNDŽILUK (Kooyoondgeelook) – analogy of Sarajevo 's Bašćaršija – at its ottoman old quarter….

  29. Nothing what you say, dear…ratluk – is a rahatlukum – honey with broken almonds + roses water, an typical turkish delight used with coffee INSTEAD of sugar…I guess you could explore it a bit more – before recommending and – skating on?…

  30. You can't go to Mostar without hitting up Black Dog Pub. It's right across the Crooked Bridge from Konoba Taurus. Grab a drink on their patio, and enjoy one of the best evening views.

  31. Thank you so much for visiting Mostar and making such an amazing video about it. Most people don't do the city justice, but I can say that you did an amazing job. It is one of my favorite cities in my country.

  32. Great video guys!!! We also went to Mostar in November exactly a year after you guys 🙂 I was tempted to fly my drone under the bridge like you but I chickened out the last min when I noticed a diver on the bridge. He did jump but didn't catch it with the drone but caught another attempt with my camera. 🙂 How long were you in Mostar for?

  33. toooo much talking and you are always in the middle of the frame… not good for a video which is supposed to show the city

  34. I cannot ignore how perfect your pronounciation is. I'm not sure if I'd be able to detect you guys weren't locals based on what you said in Bosnian. Good job guys. ?

  35. Hi! Thank you for this nice and very informative video. I will visit Sarajevo, Mostar, Blagaj between 30th May-3rd June. Do you recommend to use only Euro to pay anything there or exchange to Bosniak km? Secondly, have you ever visited Travnik? It seems a very nice village with beautiful mosques but I couldn't find any public transformation to Travnik. I'll be very glad if you help or give any suggestion. Thank you again!

  36. I had just watched your video before my trip last October, so the food part was easy. Thanks for the recommendations. While I was there I visited the very bleak Genocide Museum. I think for anybody who hasn´t lived through a war, it is must have. I couldn't really speak after I left it. But the message was clear: no more wars! In the towers on one side of the Old Bridge, there is also a photographic exhibition with pictures taken during the war. It´s a small space but worth visiting. The city is so pretty, whether it's the churches, the mosques or just the cobbled streets!! Go, if you can! Thanks for your video Audrey and Samuel.

  37. I just came back to Sydney from Mostar one week ago. I have done a fair bit of traveling since I retired a couple of years ago. When I thought nothing would interest me any more, I was mesmerized by Mostar. I went to the Museum of War and Genocide Victims and saw footage of how the Mostar Bridge was shelled. I saw footage of the Bosniaks trying to find some sort of normalcy in life amidst the horror of war. I went to Blagaj and found inner peace. I then realized why Mostar deeply moved me.

  38. Great vlog guys as always. I’ve one day spare at the end of my Croatian holiday and it’s a choice between Mostar or Kotor. Which one would you recommend?

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