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Old Bridge of Mostar: A Must-Visit Icon In Bosnia!

Looking for a great trip to Mostar in Bosnia and curious about the old bridge of Mostar?

The old bridge of Mostar, also known as Stari Most, is a beautiful piece of building in the Bosnian city of Mostar. This city is one of the most favorite places of my wife in the Balkans!

Not only is it a beautiful building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it also stands as a symbol of how different cultures and religions in the area can work together and live together peacefully.

It’s good to know that this beautiful bridge is not just a building. It is also an important historical place that has been around for hundreds of years. A true Bosnian icon!

Let’s dive in!

Why should you visit the old bridge in Mostar?

When you walk across the iconic bridge, it really feels like going back in time. The bridge, the old town, and the Neretva river below make for a scene that is so beautiful it almost looks like it is from another planet. It’s really unique!

The design of the bridge is just beautiful, and the old town’s cobblestone streets will also take you back to a different time. In addition to being beautiful, the bridge is a strong symbol of strength and hope.

Old bridge of Mostar
The Mostar bridge

It was destroyed during the Bosnian War in the 1990s, but it was carefully rebuilt and reopened in 2004. This shows how important it is to the history and culture of the area.

When visiting Mostar, it’s a great idea to do a tour with a local expert to get the maximum out of your stay. I really recommend the Private Walking Tour:

Book your private walking tour in Mostar here!

What is the story of the Old Bridge of Mostar?

The story of the bridge in Mostar goes back hundreds of years and experienced both triumph and tragedy. The bridge was built by the Ottomans in the 1600s. At the time, it surely was an amazing feat of engineering!

It stood as a strong symbol of the city for more than 400 years and was praised for its beautiful design. But in 1993, during the Bosnian War, the bridge was destroyed in a planned attack. This was a huge loss for the area and for the rest of the world.

The bridge’s destruction meant not only the loss of a historical landmark, but also a loss of cultural heritage and a blow to the city’s character. In the years after the war, the bridge was rebuilt, and in 2004, it was opened to the public again.

The rebuilding of the bridge was a big deal because it not only meant the rebuilding of an icon, but also of a community and a sign of hope for the future.

Today, the bridge is a symbol of hope, reconciliation, and the will to move on from a terrible past. It is a sign of how strong the people of Mostar are.

How much of Mostar was destroyed?

So, during the Bosnian War, about 70% of the city of Mostar, including many of its most important buildings and sites, was destroyed. One of the most famous buildings that was destroyed during the war was the old bridge.

Not only was the bridge destroyed, but many other buildings, like homes, schools, and places of worship, were also damaged or destroyed. The damage was widespread, and it had a big effect on the city and its people.

The town of Mostar
The town of Mostar

After the war, people tried to rebuild the city, and with help from the rest of the world, many of the buildings that had been destroyed were fixed up. But it took a long time and was hard to rebuild, and there are still some signs of the war in the city today.

Even though there were serious problems, the people of Mostar worked hard to rebuild their city and their lives. Today, Mostar is a lively and beautiful city that has mostly recovered from the damage caused by the war.

Why is Mostar Old Bridge famous?

The Mostar old Bridge is well-known for its beautiful design, its place in history, and its role as a symbol of peace and hope. It is also a famous place for bridge diving, which has been done there for more than 400 years!

Not only is the bridge an important piece of history, but it is also a lively part of the local culture that brings people from all over the world.

Mostar bridge diving

Divers have been jumping off the Mostar bridge for more than 400 years. Locals and sometimes tourists jump off the old Bridge into the water below. Divers jump from a bridge that is 24 metres high into the cold water of the Neretva River.

This is a very exciting thing to see. But it is also very dangerous, so only people who know how to dive should try it. Divers need to have a lot of skill to do the dive right and stay safe. They usually try to collect some money before they jump.

Bridge jumping
Bridge jumping

Bridge diving has become a rite of passage for many young men in Mostar over the years, and it is also a popular tourist draw. Divers from Mostar and other parts of the country often come to participate in competitions during the summer months.

This event is one of the best things to do in Mostar during the summer. Even though it’s fun to watch the divers, it’s important to remember that the dive is dangerous and that you shouldn’t try it unless you are a trained and experienced diver!

Getting to Mostar Bridge

I can tell you that Mostar is well connected to other big cities in the area, making it easy to get to the Mostar Bridge. Here are your four best options to get to the Mostar Bridge:

  • By Car: If you’re coming from a big city like Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, or Split, it’s easy to get to Mostar by car. Most of the roads are in good shape, and the drive gives you great views of the scenery.
  • By Bus: Many cities in the area offer daily bus service to Mostar. The bus stop in Mostar is a little bit outside of the city center. To get to the old Bridge, you can take a short taxi ride or walk for about 20 minutes.
  • By Train: You can get from Sarajevo to Mostar on a train that is known for its beautiful views. Mostar’s train stop is near the city center, and it takes about 15 minutes to walk to the old Bridge from there.
  • By Plane: Mostar has a small international airport about 7 kilometers from the city center. It’s called the Mostar International Airport. Some towns in Europe have flights to Mostar. You can take a taxi or a bus from the airport to the city center.

As you can see, you’ll have plenty of great options to reach the city of Mostar and the iconic bridge!

Is it worth visiting Mostar?

Definitely, you should go to Mostar! Mostar is a city with a long and interesting past, beautiful buildings, and a lively culture. The Stari Most is a must-see landmark, and the old town around it is full of charming streets, shops, and restaurants.

The city also has a lot of beautiful mosques and churches, which show how many different cultures live there. Mostar has a lot of historical sites, but it also has a lively atmosphere, nice people, very tasty food, and a wide range of outdoor activities.

The Mosque in Mostar
The Mosque in Mostar

Mostar has worked hard to get back on its feet after the Bosnian War destroyed it. Visiting Mostar is a great way to help the local community and learn about the past of the area.

Mostar is a fascinating place to visit because it has a unique mix of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Where to stay in Mostar?

Mostar has a wide range of places to stay for people with different budgets. In the city, there are a lot of hotels, guesthouses, and hostels.

It is best to stay in or close to the old town so you can easily walk around the city. Many places to stay have amazing views of the bridge and the area around it.

So if you’re planning to stay in the old town, I would really recommend the apartment called Lovely Bosnian Home. It’s only a 5-minute walk from the bridge and you’ll sleep alongside the magical Neretva river.

Book your stay at the Lovely Bosnian Home here!

How long should I spend in Mostar?

To me, Mostar is a place that you should spend at least one full day exploring. There’s so much to see and do, and it’s a great place to learn about the city’s history and culture.

This will give you enough time to see the main sights of the city, like the old bridge, the old town, and some of the mosques and churches.

View from the other side of Mostar
View from the other side of Mostar

But if you have more time, spending two days in Mostar would give you more time to explore the city at your own pace and see some sights that aren’t as well known.

You could also visit nearby places like the Kravice Waterfalls or the mediaeval town of Počitelj for a day. Even though you can see the most important sights in one day, spending two days in Mostar will give you a more in-depth and relaxed experience.

Old bridge in Mostar: FAQs

The information is related to the iconic bridge in Mostar and will give you some more great insights about this fascinating city!

What is better Mostar or Sarajevo?

Both Mostar and Sarajevo have their own special attractions and charm, so it’s hard to say which one is better. Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is known for its rich history, diverse culture, and lively atmosphere.

I’ll try to be unbiased here as I lived for over a year in Sarajevo and had a fantastic time there.

But Mostar is known for its beautiful old bridge and old town. Sarajevo has more museums, galleries, and cultural events, while Mostar is more relaxed and has beautiful natural surroundings.

Both towns have great food, friendly people, and historical sites that are really worth seeing. In the end, it all depends on what you want from a place. Sarajevo might be a better place for you if you like history, culture, and being in a busy city.

Mostar might be more your style if you like a smaller, more laid-back city with beautiful nature surroundings. If you have time, it’s best to go to both towns because they offer different but complementary things to do.

How far is Mostar from Dubrovnik old town?

Dubrovnik is located in Croatia and it’s about 130 kilometres from Dubrovnik to Mostar. Driving from Dubrovnik to Mostar will take you about 2,5 to 3 hours.

Buses go back and forth between the two cities quite often. The trip between Dubrovnik and Mostar very is nice with beautiful views of the countryside.

Can I use euros in Mostar?

The Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) is the official currency used in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Even though some places in Mostar may take euros, it’s best to use the local cash.

In the city, there are many ATMs and exchange places where you can get cash or change money. It’s always best to have some cash at hand if you want to buy some souvenirs.

Can you drink alcohol in Mostar?

Yes, if you want to, you can buy and drink alcohol in Mostar. You can get a drink at many bars and places in the city. Bosnia and Herzegovina is known for its great wines, which you can give a try in Mostar!

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    The Wrap-Up: old bridge of Mostar

    In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mostar’s bridge is a must-see landmark. It is a special place to visit because of its beautiful design, important history, and role as a symbol of hope and peace.

    Mostar has a lot to offer, whether you are interested in history, culture, or just want to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    A trip to Mostar is a worthwhile experience that is unique to any other place in Europe. Especially in the evening, when you enjoy a drink or some great dinner, the city really becomes a magical place.

    If you want to visit another historical town in Bosnia, check out my post about the town of Srebrenica.

    Your restless voyager,

    Dustin

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