Presentation of the destination
Located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar is widely considered to be one of the most important and renowned cities within the Herzegovina region of the country. With a population of well over 100,000, Mostar successfully blends an intimate community atmosphere with a lively cultural scene that is typically found in larger cities. Visitors to Mostar will have the unique opportunity to experience both the past, present and future of this community, gaining enriching insight into the dynamic, ever-changing identity of Mostar in the process. Mostar is located within the UTC +1 time zone. The official currency of both Mostar and Bosnia and Herzegovina is the convertible mark. The primary languages found here are Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.
Points of interests / things to see
First opened in 2006, the Museum Of The Old Bridge was designed for the sole purpose of documenting and celebrating both the reconstruction of Mostar's historically significant Old Bridge as well as the legacy of the original construction and subsequent iterations that have been manifested here. Travelers visiting the Museum Of the Old Bridge will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a dynamic retelling of history, complete with physical artifacts, educational information and historic photographs. The relative important of the Old Bridge to Mostar's culture and infrastructure make this particular cultural institution a "must visit" location for travelers. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the spectacular panoramic view that can be obtained by ascending the tower of the bridge. As this museum is quite popular with tourists, visitors should expect substantial pedestrian traffic during peak visitation months. Additional information about the Museum Of The Old Bridge can be found at http://wwwext.comune.fi.it/mostar/en/see/museum.html. This attraction is open daily, excluding Mondays, between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM. Additional information about admission prices can be obtained by contained museum administrators directly via telephone at +387 (0)551 004. The physical address of the Museum Of The Old Bridge is Stari grad.b.b, Mostar.
This particular region of the world has undergone a variety of dynamic changes throughout recent history, and nowhere is this transformation better documented than at the Herzegovina Museum in Mostar. The Herzegovina Museum is located within the former house of the previous President of the Yugoslavian Government, Džemal Bijedić. The collection held by the Herzegovina museum includes an array of important documents and artifacts found and produced by the region's leading researchers. A number of well-preserved objects are on display that serve to better illustrate the lifestyles and practices of previous generations of residents who lived their lives in this region. Those particularly interested in the history and formation of Herzegovina will find this museum to be quite fascinating. That being said, as the collection is primarily oriented towards adults and teenagers, younger children may find this material to be inaccessible. The museum is typically open daily, excluding Sundays, from 10 AM to noon. Additional information about the museum can be found at http://wwwext.comune.fi.it/mostar/en/see/museum.html. Visitors who may have additional questions about the collection or admission procedures can contact administrators at the Herzegovina Museum directly at (0)36 551 602. The address of the Herzegovina Museum is: Bajatova 4, Mostar.
Although a visit to the Old Bridge Museum will, invariably, bring travelers into contact with this unique and fascinating historical monument, it's worth creating a distinction between the actual attraction and its related cultural institution in order to further explain the importance of this structure to the community of Mostar. The original Old Bridge was first built during the rule of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Soliman the Magnificent. The original bridge stood for well over four centuries until, tragically, it was destroyed during the military conflicts that enveloped this region of the world in the 1990s. Although the original structure was catastrophically damaged, an extensive restoration project was subsequently undertaken. It is of particular interest that the reconstruction of the Old Bridge was developed using the same construction techniques adopted by the original designers of this memorable structure. Visitors who find themselves at the Old Bridge will have the opportunity to experience a unique juxtaposition of "old" and "new", setting foot on a structure that is reflective of both historic efforts and modern attempts at preservation. The Old Bridge Museum can serve as an excellent complement to an already memorable experience here. Additional information about the Old Bridge can be found at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/946.
The array of cultural influences that have shaped and molded the current landscape of Mostar can be experienced through a variety of aesthetic and interactive mediums. One of the most enjoyable encounters that travelers can have with the lasting legacy of the Ottoman era is a visit to the public Turkish bath, also referred to as Ćejvan Ćehajin Hamam. Public bathing was a popular and practical tool for many residents of Mostar living during the reign of the Ottomans. Although many Turkish baths are lavish, resplendent buildings, this particular location is quite modest in design, providing a functional tool for those who called Mostar home. That being said, travelers visiting this location will have the unique opportunity to take an immersive step "back in time," engaging in an element of Mostar lifestyle that has been prevalent for centuries. The Ćejvan Ćehajin Hamam has since become a cultural institution and public event space, serving a much more "relevant" function within contemporary Mostar culture. Because of this, the Turkish bath is suitable for both adults and younger children. Additional information about this location can be found at http://wwwext.comune.fi.it/mostar/en/see/bath.html. Additional information about opening hours and exhibits / performances taking place here can be obtained by contacting administrators directly over telephone at +387 (0)36 558 845.
Lifestyle and legacy are important elements of a visit to this particular region of the world, due in large part to the aforementioned prevalence of diverse cultural influences and historical powers that have imparted their own belief structures and aesthetic tastes on communities like Mostar. Three of the most striking Ottoman estates, the Bišćevic, Kajtaz and Muslibegović homes, provide visitors with a fascinating glimpse into a cultural paradigm that simply has to be seen to be believed. Travelers have the invaluable opportunity to tour each of these homes at their leisure, exploring the simple facets of daily life that provide such telling commentary on the demographics of a population whose presence has been significantly felt here. Further information about the Muslibegović home can be obtained via the official online platform of the estate, www.muslibegovichouse.com. Depending upon the particular home being visited, hours of operation will vary slightly. A comprehensive overview of these homes can be found at http://wwwext.comune.fi.it/mostar/en/see/residence.html. Although a visit to these locations is quite an immersive experience, the somewhat "historic" nature of the attractions may prove to be more compatible with adults and teenagers as opposed to younger children. Nevertheless, a visit to these homes can easily be integrated into a more extensive day tour of Mostar.
For nature enthusiasts, a visit to the Boračko and Blidinje Lakes is the perfect opportunity to engage in leisurely activity that is both relaxing and enjoyable for single individuals and families. Thanks to the relatively hot summers and mild winters experienced in Mostar, visitors can partake in the amazing natural beauty of these two attractions throughout the year. Additional information about the Boračko and Blidinje Lakes can be found at http://wwwext.comune.fi.it/mostar/en/discover/index.html. Visitors who may be interested in exploring these lakes further can embark on one of several hiking and trekking paths found in this particular area of Herzegovinia.
Visitors who may be interested in immersive nature tourism experiences will relish the opportunity to explore the scenic Velež and Prenj mountains that form the quaint valley in which Mostar is nestled. The untamed beauty of these two prominent geographical landmarks can provide days of fascinating and fulfilling hiking and trekking adventures. Thanks to their relatively close proximity to Mostar, visitors can plan day trips into these mountain ranges and return to their accommodations in the evening. Additional information about these peaks and other similar mountainous areas in close proximity to Mostar can be found at http://wwwext.comune.fi.it/mostar/en/discover/index.html
The streets of Mostar provide visitors with an array of enjoyable opportunities for entertainment, shopping, dining and cultural enrichment. For those who are interested in the religious history and development of the region, the numerous churches, mosques and synagogues found within the confines of this relatively small community offer a fascinating glimpse into the startling diversity that exists within what would appear to be a relatively isolated community. Thanks to a favorable exchange rate, travelers can spend ample time exploring the sights and sounds of Mostar in a budget-friendly and highly economical fashion. More information about Mostar's religious history can be found at http://wwwext.comune.fi.it/mostar/en/see/church.html.
It is no surprise that a community such as Mostar has, on many levels, been developed around the natural terrain it calls "home." The Neretva River runs directly through Mostar, and is particularly relevant when viewed in relation to the development of the Old Bridge. Visitors can wander through the streets of Mostar and follow the Neretva River as it makes its way to the Adriatic Sea. In many ways, the Neretva River serves as a lifeline throughout the area, connecting several communities that would otherwise be isolated. Additional information about the Neretva River, including rafting adventures available here, can be found at http://wwwext.comune.fi.it/mostar/en/discover/rafting.html.
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How to get there ?
For those interested in traveling to Mostar, plans must first be made to arrive in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Depending upon the initial point of origin, one of the most easily accessible and affordable travel options is international rail service. That being said, some individuals may find air travel to be a more viable option, as a number of major air carriers offer travel to larger cities in the region, such as Sarajevo. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that airline fares tend to increase drastically as peak tourism months approach, regardless of travel destination or original location. Once a traveler has arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina, rail service is widely considered to be one of the most reliable methods for transportation here. Travelers who are capable and comfortable driving in Bosnia and Herzegovina may be interested in renting an automobile. The scenic nature of the surrounding countryside will make any road trip a worthwhile endeavor. Although automobile travel is typically an economically advantageous option, travelers should first ensure that they are comfortable (and legally capable) of operating a motor vehicle in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Travelers are advised to book their travel arrangements well in advance in order to ensure that the most affordable rates can be obtained.
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