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The 27 Best Things To Do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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The historic city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina is both charming and complicated; idyllic and evocative. The first sight of the centerpiece Stari Most Mostar Bridge makes visitors swoon – but seeking out alternative corners of the city reveals an intriguing past. When we visit Mostar, we like to dig into the history, venture into nature and connect with locals. Use our list of Things To Do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina to discover the best of the city!

 

The Best Things to do in Mostar

Our list of Mostar Thing To Do includes the city’s top attractions and sights. In addition to What To See in Mostar, we provide insider tips on top activities and off-the-beaten-path experiences. At the end of the post, we include pertinent information – like how to get there, where to stay, what to eat and our pick for the best tour guide in the city. 

 

#1 Stand at the Top of Stari Most: Old Mostar Bridge

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

Pro Tip: While landscape photos from the top of the bridge are stunning, photos of people standing at the top of the bridge don’t fare as well. To get the best photo up on the bridge, the person being photographed should stand on the south side of the bridge and the photographer should cross to the west and immediately turn left onto the small terrace to take the photo. 

 

#2 Climb the Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque Minaret

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 Mostar is the second biggest mosque in Mostar and is located on the left bank of the Neretva, just upriver from the Old Bridge. Visitors are invited inside the Mostar 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 behind the mosque are also lovely (but still require a ticket).

Pro Tip: The staff at the mosque are open and helpful. Don’t hesitate to ask questions – especially if this is your first visit to a mosque.

 

#3 Feast on Local Cuisine at Mostar Restaurants

Meat lovers rejoice: the cuisine in Mostar is meat-heavy…and delicious. At the restaurants in Mostar, visitors can feast (and we mean feast) on platters of cevapi (sausages), japrak (grape leaves filled with meat and rice) and shish kebabs (skewers of beef and lamb). For quick take-away, indulge in burek – a meat-filled pastry and Balkan specialty that is filling enough to be a complete meal all on its own. Popular for breakfast in Mostar, burek can be eaten for any meal of the day – even a late-night snack!

Pro Tip: Want to know where to eat in Mostar? Find our list of top restaurants in Mostar at the end of the post! 

 

#4 Visit The Franciscan Church and Peace Bell Tower

The church bell tower is the tallest structure in Mostar, standing at 352 feet. It was completed in 2000 and there is some contention that the soaring height of the tower is meant to emphasize the presence of the Catholic church in Mostar, fueling the dissonance still lingering from the Croat-Bosniak War. However, many locals in Mostar refer to the tower as the Tower of Peace; as the church assures peace and co-existence.

Next to the bell tower is the Franciscan Church of Saints Peter and Paul – also rebuilt in 2000 – which resembles an airplane hangar more than a church and has a plain facade that is mimicked on the interior, as well.

Pro Tip: Visitors can ride to the top of the bell tower via an elevator. From the height of 262 feet visitors can take in panoramic views over the city.

 

#5 View the Stari Most Mostar Bridge from Afar

While the views from the Old Bridge are phenomenal, views of the Old Bridge are perhaps even better. On the west bank of the river, wind your way through the Old Town down to the riverside, south of the stream. The embankment is a great spot to pose for a picture with the iconic bridge in the background.

Pro Tip: Want a view that encompasses the Stari Most Bridge and Old Town? Head south of the the lookout spot to the next bridge, Lucki Most, for an amazing landscape view. 

 

#6 Buy a Copper Souvenir

Both streets leading away from the Old Bridge are lined with tourist shops offering souvenirs. While magnets and scarves are for sale, we are often drawn to the one-of-a-kind Mostar momentos. Visitors can find war relics – such as artillery shells, gas masks and bits of Yugoslavia-era memorabilia. For authentic souvenirs that aren’t tinged with a heavy heart, we suggest seeking out homemade merchandise, like Bosnian coffee pots (called dzezva) or copper jewelry. Locally hand-crafted copper goods are a unique keepsake and make great gifts, too.

Pro Tip: If you hear a tinny hammering sound, it is likely a coppersmith making a new creation. Follow the sound and watch as they work!

 

#7 Visit the Historic Village of Pocitelj

Located about 30km 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 phenomenal views over the village and river, climb to the top of the tower and peer through the windows. 

Pro Tip: Pocitelj is often just one of many stops on day trips from Mostar. We offer our best tips and suggestions for Mostar tours at the end of the post!

 

#8 Cross Over Kriva Cuprija: Crooked Bridge Mostar

Crooked Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

While the famous Stari Most Bridge of Mostar garners the most attention, we think it is worth it to seek out Crooked Bridge as well. Resembling Stari Most, the Kriva Cuprija Crooked Bridge straddles the Rabobolja Creek and was built in the same style as the nearby mill houses (now restaurants, bars and boutique hotels). The original bridge was built in the mid-1500s by the Ottomans; however, a flood in 2000 washed the bridge away and it was rebuilt two years later.

Pro Tip: The two best Mostar craft beer bars – Black Dog Pub and Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze – are located just steps from the Crooked Bridge. More on Mostar craft beer in a minute! 

 

#9 See the Partisan’s Memorial Cemetery

Built in 1965 in remembrance of the Yugoslav Partisans soldiers from Mostar who died in World War II, the Partisan’s Memorial Cemetery (Partizansko Spomen-Groblje) is a somewhat hidden – and incredibly unique – monument. The multi-level tribute features puzzle-piece gravestones, fountains and an elaborate entry staircase. Unfortunately, the cemetery was heavily damaged during the Bosnian War and left in a derelict condition for years. Renovations were completed in 2005 and, in 2006, it was named as a national monument. While the area is still slightly run down (neither fountain had water in it during our visit), we think it’s one of the most fascinating places to visit in Mostar.

Pro Tip: On the far end of the second level, visitors can hop over the wall onto a trail that leads into the small forested Trimusa Park.

 

#10 Admire the Street Art at the Mostar Sniper Tower

The former high-rise bank building that was nicknamed the Sniper Tower during the Bosnian War, now stands as a concrete shell without windows or walls. Although the entrance is blocked, street artists have gained access to the interior and have ‘redecorated’ it with colorful and expressive street art. Graffiti decorates the outside of the building as well.

Pro Tip: Signs forbid entry, as the building is truly in a state of disrepair, but those who are curious can easily find a way inside (try the back). However, it is highly recommended to wear good shoes (there is glass everywhere) and bring a flashlight.

 

#11 Find the Bruce Lee Statue in Zrinjevac Park

Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Definitely one of the quirkiest Mostar attractions, a statue of Bruce Lee stands in the middle of Zrinjevac Park. The seemingly out of place Kung Fu fighter monument actually has a story…and it’s a good one.

Martial arts have long been a popular sport in the region; however, during the Yugoslavia era, residents could only access Bruce Lee movies via pirated video tapes. And, it seemed, everyone loved him. Fast-forward several years to post-war Mostar when the youth of the city were intent on reestablishing a unified city. They turned to long-time favorite Bruce Lee, who they saw as a symbol of loyalty, skill, friendship and universal justice. The statue, which depicts Bruce Lee ready to fight and holding nunchucks, faces north – a neutral-facing direction in a town that is still divided into east and west.

Pro Tip: Have a little fun! Strike your best imitation pose for a hilarious photo op.

 

#12 Enjoy Sunset from the Terasa Bar

Perched above the shops on Kujundziluk Street on the east side of the river is the small and simple Terasa Bar. The no-frills rooftop patio allows patrons a view of the Old Bridge, river, mountains and surrounding city. With drinks costing slightly more than in other cafes in Mostar, snagging a front row seat at sunset can’t be beat.

Tip: The patio tends to fill up right before the sun goes down. Get there early to get a good spot!

 

#13 Hike in the Mountains

The mountains surrounding Mostar are an ideal escape from the crush of tourists in the city. Trails cut through pine forests and lead to high peaks.

Hum Hill Millenium Cross

The cross that stands on Hum Hill to the southwest of the city center is part of the city landscape (although, it is a source of contention). Visitors who want to climb Hum Hill to the large cross can negotiate their way on a trail from the city center. We have yet to do this hike, but many hikers say it takes about two hours each way. 

Fortica and the Zipline

Rising to the east of the city is a rocky hill that was once topped with a fortress. On the hillside are the words, “BiH Volimo Te,” which means: Bosnia and Herzegovina, I Love You. The fort is long gone, however, there is a trail that zigzags to the top. From the viewpoint, hikers can see the Old Town and Stari Most Bridge. Visitors seeking a thrill can take a ride on the recently opened Fortica Zipline. 

Rujiste Mountain

However, to really get a good dose of nature, visitors should drive into the mountains and then hop on a trail outside of the city. Rujiste Mountain – which stands 5,587 feet – is known for its ski resort, but in the summer, there are hiking trails through the forest. After hiking Ruijiste Mountain, stop at Snjezna Kuca-Rujiste for a traditional Bosnian mountain meal.

Pro Tip: Not up for a hike? All three places can be reached by car! 

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#14 Wander Through a Cemetery

It’s difficult to believe that Mostar’s quaintly rebuilt Old Town could have been exposed to the ugliness of war. To better understand the war and reflect on the reality of it, wander into one of the many cemeteries in Mostar. You will find the majority of gravestones date to the early 1990s.

Pro Tip: Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the war that raged in Mostar? Join the popular Mostar War Tour, which is led by a local who shares personal stories. Visitors can also learn by at one of the city’s war museums – which we detail at the end of the post!

 

#15 Drink Locally Produced Craft Beer

 

Mostar is not missing out on the craft beer revolution, and there are a few local breweries making unique beers. The best place to taste what is brewing locally is Black Dog Pub and Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze. 

Black Dog Pub

Hanging over the Radobolja creek that flows into the Neretva, just upstream from the small Crooked Bridge, is the Black Dog Pub. Live music is regularly scheduled – and now Quiz Night has been added to the list of evening events at the pub. While the interior exudes the feel of a cozy bar, the outdoor riverside terraces are a relaxing retreat.

Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze

Just a few steps uphill from Black Dog is Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze, the tasting room for locally produced OldBridz beers. In addition to offering their brews on tap, they also feature beers from other small brewers in the region and have bottled beer to-go, as well. Guests can sit in the main bar or in the Beer Garden that overlooks the creek. 

Pro Tip: Calling all non-smokers: Craft Beer Garden Imaimoze is smoke-free! 

 

#16 Swim at Kravica Waterfalls

As fascinating as it is to learn about the history and culture of Mostar and the surrounding villages, it is equally enchanting to immerse yourself in the region’s natural wonders. At Kravica Waterfalls, the Trebizat River spills over tufa rocks, cascading 80 feet down into pools of glowing cerulean water. Visitors to the Kravica Waterfalls can wade right in for a swim next to the Bosnia waterfalls or stay dry on the shoreline and enjoy a beverage at one of the cafes. Taking a Kravice Falls tour from Mostar is one of the most popular day trips. 

Pro Tip: Follow the dirt trail along the flow of the river for a peaceful stroll or rent bikes from the cafe and ride to more waterfalls downstream.

 

#17 People-Watch from Caffe Stari Grad 

Find a seat at one of the outdoor tables at Caffe Stari Grad and watch the endless stream of people as they make their way to and from the Stari Most bridge. You’ll likely see tourists eating ice cream, couples strolling arm-in-arm, shopkeepers chatting and families assisting toddlers learning to walk on the slick stones.

Pro Tip: The cafe has Mostarska Pivo on tap – which is a mass-produced beer, but at least brewed locally!

 

#18 Tour the Dervish Monastery at Blagaj

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 karstic spring, Vrelo Bune. The house, which has been used by various orders, 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.

Pro Tip: For the best photos of Blagaj Tekija, cross the bridge to the opposite side of the river and follow the dirt path to the clearing.

 

#19 Drink a Bosnian Coffee

Bosnian coffee delivers a caffeine jolt that is steeped in tradition. Similar to Turkish coffee, the thick liquid is served in a dzezva – a small (usually copper) pot with a long handle. The drink is served with a tiny ceramic cup, two sugar cubes, a glass of water and a gummy, sweet Turkish delight – all of which is situated on a tray.

Pro Tip: If you have never had a Bosnian (or Turkish) coffee, how to consume it can appear a mystery at first. The waiter can help, but here are the basics: Scrape the foam from the top and stir it gently into the coffee, but be careful not to unsettle the grounds that sit in the bottom of the pot. Put one sugar cube in the ceramic cup and slowly pour the coffee over the sugar until it is covered. Use a spoon to help dissolve the sugar, then add more coffee without letting any grounds spill into your cup. Sip and enjoy…and finish with the Turkish delight! 

 

#20 Walk in the Marshlands at Hutovo Blato 

The Hutovo Blato Nature Park is a preserved wetlands area – which was once used as hunting grounds. Declared a nature reserve in 1995, the park covers 28 square miles and has one of the largest wintering bird populations in Europe. Some of the activities at the park include bird watching, fishing, biking and taking a boat ride through the marshy waters.

Pro Tip: The nature park is not far from Pocitelj and can easily be added to a customized day tour from Mostar. 

 

#21 Watch War Footage at the Bookstore

At the east end of the Old Bridge is a bookstore and souvenir shop, Old Bridge Gallery. In the back of the store, they play a short documentary on the Croat-Bosniak War – and, more specifically, on the destruction of the Old Bridge – on a continuous loop. (Fee: 2 euro per person)

Pro Tip: Although images and video of the war can be found on the internet for free, there is a profound impact of watching the film in the store and then moments later stepping onto the very bridge you just witnessed crumbling into the river.

 

#22 Explore the Streets Beyond the Old Town

Many tourists never leave the confines of the Old Town – and by doing so, they miss the neighborhoods where most locals live and work. Crisscross the bridges up and down the river or explore the lanes that crawl into the neighborhoods.

Walk a stretch of Bulevar, the front line that divided the opposing sides during the Croat-Bosniak War. On the parallel street to the east of Bulevar, seek out street art and abandoned buildings. Venture into the western suburbs, dominated by Croats. Notice the mix of new and old buildings – and a smattering of structures destroyed in the war that have been left with only a shell and are still waiting to be renovated.

Pro Tip: Be sure to pass through Spanish Square (Spanski trg), where the Mostar Gymnasium (Gimnazija) is located. The striking yellow building, which was rebuilt in 2009, houses Mostar’s only integrated school, which is attended by both Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats.

 

#23 Go to the Fortress of Herzog Stjepan

Dating to the 15th century, the crumbling remains of the medieval Fortress of Herzog Stjepan stand atop Buturovice Hill near the town of Ljubuski (southwest of Mostar). Built as a residence for Herzog Stjepan Vukcic Kosaca, the structure was later occupied by the Ottoman army. The fortress once marked the Croatian border; however, it was left abandoned in 1835. Easily accessible via an inclined path, visitors can freely explore the ruins and take in the landscape views.

Pro Tip: The 360 degree views are astounding – and especially stunning bathed in late-afternoon light. Time your visit to coincide with sunset for a particularly breathtaking scene. 

 

#24 Taste Local Wine

Many visitors may not realize that Mostar is in a wine-growing region, but just outside the city center the land is covered with vineyards. The two main grapes that are used to make wine in Bosnia and Herzegovina are Blatina (for red wine) and Zilavka (for white wine). Wineries that are close to the city – like Hercegovina Vino Mostar – offer tastings on-site. Visitors without a car can join a tour to explore nearby wineries (like this one!)

Pro Tip: Visitors who want to just get a taste of local Mostar wine without leaving the city center should go to Leroy Wine Shop. At the small, classy wine shop, where they offer local wine by-the-glass, in the bottle and can even accommodate pre-arranged tastings.

 

#25 Watch a Diver: Mostar Bridge Jump

For more than 400 years, divers have been leaping from the Old Bridge into the swift waters of the Neretva River. The plunge from the bridge – the Mostar bridge height is 24 meters (78 feet) – used to be a rite of passage, but more recently, the divers of the Mostar Diving Club have become entrepreneurial. Now members of the club only dive from the bridge when enticed by tips from tourists (we’ve seen them earn up to 100 euros for one dive).

In 2015, the inaugural Cliff Diving World Series sponsored by Red Bull took place on the Old Bridge. The event included a diving competition and other stunts – and due to popularity, it has become an annual occurrence.

Pro Tip: The best place to watch the divers is from below the bridge…but be patient. They tease the crowd by standing on the edge of the bridge, but don’t jump until they’ve agreed on a price.

 

#26 Meet and Mingle with Locals

To get a real feel for Mostar, strike up a conversation with a local. English is well-spoken – especially by the younger generation and those in the tourist industry. The people tend to be open and honest – and conversations can cover a wide range of subjects from Yugoslavia to the war to bridge jumping to current politics.

Top Tip: Be sensitive when asking questions about the war. Anyone over the age of 30 most likely has firsthand memories of the fighting…and anyone younger surely grew up hearing personal stories about the war.

 

#27 Stroll through Old Town Mostar at Night

After the sun sets and the shops close their doors, take a stroll through the quiet streets of the Old Town at night. Without the buzz of activity, the streets transform into a place of peacefulness. The stones on the Old Town streets, polished by thousands of footsteps, glow under street lamps and the sounds of the babbling river rise on a light breeze. For those who are early-to-bed-and-early-to-rise, the stillness of the Old Town can also be experienced at dawn.

Pro Tip: Nightlife in Mostar isn’t nearly as lively as it is in Sarajevo and other Balkan cities, but visitors looking for a unique club experience should check out Ali Baba Cave Disco Club. 


 

More Things To Do Mostar

Our list of things to do in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina includes our favorite city sights and activities. There are, however, more to see and do!

 

Visit Mostar Museums

Visitors can gain a much better understanding of the city, people and culture by visiting one of the many museums in Mostar.

Museum of War and Genocide

Learn about the brutal war that took place in Bosnia at this highly rated museum. 

Mostar War Photos Museum

At the west end of the Stari Most Bridge is a small museum that features Mostar photos from the war. The harrowing pictures of Mostar provide a glimpse into what the city looked like in the 1990s.

Museum Stari Most

At the east end of the Old Bridge, visitors can learn more about the bridge construction and collapse in the Stari Most Museum.

Muslibegovic House

Listed as a national monument, the Muslibegovic House doubles as a museum and a hotel. Once the residence of a noble family, the Ottoman house has been preserved with original details and furnishings.

Turkish House Mostar – Biscevic House and Kajtaz House

Both Biscevic and Kajtaz were typical residences during the Ottoman period. The Ottoman houses are open for visitors who want to learn more about that time in Mostar.

Turkish Hamam Museum

The Turkish bathhouse dates to the 1500s, although it is no longer used as a public bath. Instead, it has been renovated and transformed into a museum.

 

Mostar Rafting on the Neretva River

Watching the Mostar Diving Team plunge into the water from the Old Bridge isn’t the only way to have fun on the Neretva River. Adrenaline-fueled travelers can go white water rafting down the Neretva on a full day trip from Mostar. Find out more!

 

Walking Tour Mostar

Mostar is a city that is easy to explore using your own two feet. Rambling through the city without a specific destination can reveal parts of Mostar that are less-often seen by tourists. For a more engaging and educational walk through the city, however, join a local for a Mostar Old Town Walking Tour

Pro Tip: Use our guide of Mostar Things To See and create your own Free Walking Tour Mostar!

 

Day Trips from Mostar

Some of our recommended Things To Do in Mostar require taking a trip outside of the city center. Not all sites are reachable via public transportation and will require a car or organized tour.

In our list of Things To Do in Mostar, we included a few top day trip destinations – like Blagaj Tekija, Kravice Waterfalls and Pocitelj village. However, there is one place to visit near Mostar that we didn’t include: Medjugorje.

Medjugorje and the Herceg Ethno Village

We have yet to visit Medjugorje, but it is one of the top destinations in the region. The city is a popular Catholic pilgrimage site after local girls witnessed the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1981. A tour from Mostar to Medjugorje can be combined with a visit to Etno Herceg, a resort complex featuring traditional style stone homes, handicraft shops, a restaurant and so much more!

 

Mostar Day Tour with Guide

While it is possible to explore the sights on your own (as long as you have a car!), we think it is beneficial to go with a local Mostar tour guide. Tours from Mostar can easily be organized for individuals and small groups. Because of the close proximity of many of the destinations, day tours from Mostar can include multiple stops for a full day adventure.

Recommended Mostar Tour Guide

We have taken multiple day trips from Mostar with Tarik, owner of Happy Apartments. He can customize any tour (at prices that are more affordable than big group, pre-planned tours) – and he offers excellent insight to his country. Visitors can contact him direct by email.


 

Mostar Info

Now that you know what to do in Mostar, we have some practical information and a few more tips for your Bosnia trip!

Mostar Population

The population of Mostar is 113,000 (as of 2013).

Mostar Currency

The currency in Mostar is the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) Check current rates.

Weather in Mostar

The temperature in Mostar varies by season. Summers are typically hot, with average temps in the 80s Fahrenheit. The wettest month is November. Check the current weather for Mostar on Weather.com before your trip!

Shopping in Mostar

Mepas is the most popular Mostar shopping mall – complete with name-brand retailers, a bowling alley, restaurants and the CineStar Cinema Mostar. The Piramida Shopping Center Mostar is another city mall, but it doesn’t have as many shops. 

Tourist Information Mostar

The Office of Tourist Info Mostar has limited hours – open only from May to October in the mornings from 9am to 12noon. Map

There are many tourist agencies in Mostar that can offer advice, but we depend on Tour Guide Mostar as a central source of reliable information. Their website has a wealth of tips and recommendations – direct from Mostar locals – that can enhance your trip to Mostar.

Mostar Travel Guide

While our list of Things To See in Mostar is comprehensive, we always think it is a good idea to travel with a guide book. The Rick Steves’ Croatia and Slovenia guide book includes a section on Bosnia and Herzegovina that travelers might find helpful.


 

How To Get To Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Travelers who want to visit Mostar can arrive via car, bus, train or plane. Visitors in nearby destinations – like Sarajevo, Dubrovnik or Split – can visit on their own or join a Mostar day trip excursion. Below, we detail all of the options for getting to Mostar.

 

Day Trip to Mostar

We don’t think one day in Mostar is enough…but visitors short on time should make the most of it! While it is possible to create your own Mostar itinerary, we recommend that visitors coming from nearby destinations join an organized Mostar day trip – or coordinate with a local guide, like Tarik, to make the most of the day.

Sarajevo to Mostar Day Tour

Discover more of Bosnia and Herzegovina on a full day trip from Sarajevo that includes multiple stops. Highlights include Konjic, Pocitelj, Blagaj and Mostar. Find out more!

Dubrovnik to Mostar Day Trip

A Mostar day trip from Dubrovnik is a great way to get an introduction to the region. Visit top sights, including the Mostar Old Town, Pocitelj and Kravice Waterfalls, on a full day of exploration. Get the details for a highly-rated Mostar tour from Dubrovnik! 

Split to Mostar Day Trip

Travel from Split into BiH and spend the day seeing top sights! Tour the Mostar Old Town and visit the famous mosque in Mostar and the Biscevica Turkish House, then head to the Kravica Waterfalls – one of the most beautiful natural spots in the country! Book it now!

 

How To Get To Mostar by Public Transport

Mostar can be reached by plane, train, bus or car. That said, flights are extremely seasonal and limited – and the train only connects Mostar to Sarajevo. Every time we have visited Mostar, we have taken a bus.

Mostar Bus Station

There are two Mostar bus stations: East and West. Some long-haul buses make stops at both terminals, but not all. Bus Station Mostar East is located on Marsala Tita (map). Bus Terminal Mostar West is located north of the Piramida Shopping Centar (map). For a Mostar bus timetable, travelers can begin a search on GetByBus.com, but we recommend confirming schedules and purchasing tickets at the actual bus station.  

 

Dubrovnik to Mostar

Getting to Mostar from Dubrovnik is fairly simple using the bus. There are multiple Mostar-Dubrovnik buses that depart daily. Travel from Dubrovnik to Mostar takes at least 3 hours (but, depending on route, can be up to 3 hours and 45 minutes). Remember to keep your passport handy, because the trip includes a border crossing.

 

Split to Mostar  

How to get from Split to Mostar is nearly as easy as from Dubrovnik…except that it takes a little bit longer. The Split to Mostar bus takes about 4 hours (sometimes 4.5 hours) and there are mutliple daily departures. Just don’t forget your passport! Note: There was once a Split to Mostar train, but the route is not currently available. 

Top Tip: Travelers can plan a trip from Split to Dubrovnik via Mostar using a private driver. Book it here! 

 

Sarajevo to Mostar

The Sarajevo-Mostar bus is an efficient way to get between the two cities. There are several daily departures and the ride takes just about 2.5 hours.

Train Sarajevo to Mostar

However, using the Train Sarajevo-Mostar is a more unique and scenic way to travel. The train takes about 2 hours. Find out more here.

Top Tip: Going on to Dubrovnik from Sarajevo? Book private transport from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik with a stop in Mostar! Find out more!

Deciding between Sarajevo or Mostar? Sarajevo and Mostar are both historic and evocative. If you have to choose between visiting one or the other, we recommend making your decision based on your interests. In Sarajevo, there is a more history about the war – specifically the Siege of Sarajevo – and a vibrant nightlife. While in Mostar, the highlights are the beautiful Old Town and stunning nature.

 

Kotor to Mostar

It is possible to travel to Mostar from Kotor on public transport. The Kotor to Mostar bus takes about 6 hours and there are multiple daily departures.

 

Flights to Mostar

Travelers who want to fly to Mostar have a few options (but not many!). Commercial flights are possible from Zagreb (year round, but only on select days) and from Dusseldorf and Stuttgart (seasonal). Start your search for a flight to Mostar on SkyScanner.


 

Where To Stay in Mostar

There are so many things to do around Mostar that visitors can easily spend at least 2 days in Mostar…which means, you will need to find a place to stay. When searching for accommodation in Mostar, there are several options – from holiday apartments to hotels to hostels.

During our visits to Mostar, we have always stayed in Happy Apartments owned by the Super Host, Tarik. Not only are his apartments clean, comfortable, well-decorated and very close to the Old Town, he goes a step further and organizes tours for his guests – like the full-day tour mentioned above. We highly recommend booking with Tarik!

(Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!

 

Hotels in Mostar, Bosnia and Heregovina

Visitors who prefer staying in traditional accommodations can find a hotel in Mostar. There are many hotels in Mostar that are in – or close to – the Old Town. Check out these top-rated hotels for your upcoming trip:

Start your search for the best hotels in Mostar on Booking.com

 

Mostar Hostels

Budget travelers looking for less expensive accommodations can book a room (or bed) at a Mostar hostel. Two that are highly rated by fellow travelers are Mostar Downtown Hostel and Hostel Backpackers


 

Mostar Restaurants

There are so many amazing restaurants in Mostar! And, not only is the food in Mostar incredibly delicious, it is also very affordable. 

Best Restaurants in Mostar

While it is difficult to pick a favorite Mostar restaurant, we have a few recommendations based on our personal experiences. 

Cevabdzinica Tima Irma

Popular with both tourists and locals, Tima Irma specializes in preparing local cuisine. Their most iconic dish is their meat platter, which comes piled high with a variety of grilled meats and roasted vegetables. Believe us: two people can easily share a Meat Platter for One! 

Urban Grill

The menu at Urban Grill features classic Bosnian fare (try the cevapi!), but the real treat is the outdoor terrace that overlooks the Stari Most bridge. 

Konoba Taurus

Situated on the creek near Crooked Bridge, Konoba Taurus has a cozy and inviting atmosphere. There are tables overlooking the creek, but we opted to eat inside by the fireplace. Try the japrak! 

Buregdzinica Musala: Fast Food Mostar

Burek is a must-eat when in the Balkans – and the burek at Buregdzinica Musala is amazing (and amazingly affordable). Guests can sit inside, outside or take it to go!

Megi 

Need a break from traditional Bosnian fare? We recommend dining at Megi – an Italian restaurant with a Bosnian influence that is heavily favored by locals.


 

What To Pack for your Mostar Trip

When preparing for your Mostar trip, be sure to pack these essential items!

Walking Shoes

The Mostar Old Town is paved with small, smooth rocks…which are beautiful, but can be difficult to walk on! We recommend wearing comfortable city walking shoes – like these Columbia shoes for women or these Merrell shoes for men. 

Camera

The city of Mostar is a stunning sight! Rather than relying on your phone camera to capture the beauty of the city, upgrade to a real camera for your trip. We use a Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens, which takes incredible photos. However, we also us a smaller Canon Powershot – which is less expensive, small enough to fit in a pocket and takes great pictures, too!

Map and Guidebook

We already mentioned that it’s a good idea to carry a regional guidebook, but it’s also important to have a paper map (especially if you intend to drive!). 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a necessity for travelers – not only can it help with trip delays, cancellations or lost luggage, but also with unexpected illnesses or injuries abroad! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.

 

Start planning your trip! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!

 

We want to know: Is there anything you would add to our list of things to do in Mostar? Tell us your favorite Mostar things to do, see and eat in the comments below! 


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10 thoughts on “The 27 Best Things To Do in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1. Glenda F

    The owner of the Black Dog Pub always has great entertainment and will make you feel at home no matter where you’re from. As a once world traveler, he’ll love to hear your stories and share some of his own experiences. He has also done custom motorcycle building. So if that is your thing, make sure he shows you some pictures of what he’s created while you sip on some drinks.

  2. Wow! Absolutely amazing! Stunning photos and very interesting blog post, thank you! Didn’t really know about Mostar before but now will add it to my bucket list! When did you go there? Was it very busy and touristy?
    Thanks

    • We’ve always visited in the off-season, but there are still plenty of tour groups that come through. The Old Town is the busiest with tourists, but there are plenty of spots in the city that are less frequented by crowds and just as beautiful. Hope you make it to Mostar 😉

  3. Irfan Colakovic

    Excellent. I am the owner of the bookstore on the east side of the Old Bridge in Mostar. I am the author of the war movie. Also there are 20 pictures gallery of war in the bookstore and movie. Old Bridge Gallery – Mostar there is the page on facebook.
    Irfan Colakovic – owner of the Old Bridge Gallery – Mostar

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