Mostar Bosnia-Herzegovina Guide - Travel East and Central Europe

Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

The historic city of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina is both charming and complicated; idyllic and evocative. The first sight of the centerpiece bridge makes visitors swoon. But seeking out lesser-visited corners of the city can result in an everlasting love.

Old Bridge Mostar

Mostar Old Bridge

Mostar Old Bridge

When you visit Mostar, crossing the historic Old Bridge that spans the viridian Neretva River is an essential experience. Built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, the high-arched, stone bridge was destroyed in the Croat-Bosnian War in 1993.

After the war, the Old Bridge was rebuilt to the same specifications of the original bridge – even using local Tenelia rock and the Ottoman method of construction.

Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque Mostar

Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque Mostar

Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque Mostar

Mostar is home to many mosques. Just look at the horizon and count the number of minarets piercing the sky. The 17th century Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque (built in 1617) is the second biggest mosque in the city. It's on the left bank of the Neretva, just upriver from the Old Bridge.

Visitors (not required to wear head coverings or remove shoes) are welcome inside the mosque and can climb the 88 stairs of the minaret for 360 degree views of Mostar. For those who fear heights and confined spaces, the views from the riverside beside the mosque are also lovely (but still need a ticket).

Peace Bell Tower Mostar

Peace Bell Tower Mostar

Peace Bell Tower Mostar

The church bell tower is the tallest structure in the city, standing at 352 feet. It dates from 2000 and there's some contention that the soaring height of the tower means to emphasize the Catholic church's presence in Mostar, fueling the dissonance still lingering from the Croat-Bosnian War. However, many locals in Mostar refer to the tower as the Tower of Peace, as the church assures peace and co-existence were the intention.

Next to the bell tower is the Franciscan Church of Saints Peter and Paul – also rebuilt in 2000. It resembles an airplane hangar more than a church and has a plain façade that is mimicked on the interior, as well. There's an elevator inside the bell tower that takes visitors to the height of 262 feet for views over the city.

Pocitelj village near Mostar

Pocitelj village near Mostar

Pocitelj village near Mostar

Located about 30 kilometers south of Mostar along the banks of the Neretva River is the village of Pocitelj. With high hills, the land has long-held strategic significance. Although many of the current structures – the mosque, religious school, bathhouse and houses – were damaged in the war and had to be reconstructed, the fortress at the top of the hill was left unscathed.

For stunning views over the village and river, climb to the top of the tower and peer through the windows.

Blagaj Dervish Monastery

Built in 1520, Blagaj Tekija (or Tekke)– a Dervish monastery – stands at the base of a high cliff at the mouth of the Buna River. The house, used by various orders over time, is a place to pray – although, today, it also functions as a tourist site. After touring Blagaj Tekija, find a place along the river to enjoy a Bosnian coffee or meal and enjoy the peacefulness.

Mostar Map and Local Weather

Weather in Mostar

Clear
Monday
08/13 10%
Clear
Lots of sunshine. High 96F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
High 96° / Low 66°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday
08/14 40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 94F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
High 94° / Low 66°
Thunderstorm
Wednesday
08/15 80%
Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms likely. High 89F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
High 89° / Low 69°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday
08/16 80%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Mostly sunny early. Increasing clouds with thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 91F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
High 91° / Low 65°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday
08/17 30%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunny in the morning with isolated thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 92F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
High 92° / Low 65°

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