Zdravo and Dobrodošli! Hello and Welcome to Banja Luka!
Banja Luka is everything you wished for if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful sojourn in the midst of amazing natural splendour. The city has so much going for it – a picture postcard countryside of hills, mountains and woodlands; a rich culture that is a fine blend of the East and the West; beautiful old monasteries, quaint Banja Luka hotels, and outstanding architecture; and splendid outdoor activities – and yet is not overrun by tourists. There are very few places like this left in the world!
Take the time to stroll along the picturesquely tree-lined avenues and breathe in the fresh air off the Vrbas River; Banja Luka is simply lovely!
The place has an interesting history that dates back to the Roman times. It was a military base for imports when under Ottoman occupation. This was followed by Austro-Hungarian rule before its stint with socialism as part of Yugoslavia. Banja Luka’s more recent history is, however, one of its bleakest periods because of the Bosnian war (1992–95) and the atrocities that happened.
Things, fortunately, are getting back to normal and Banja Luka even sports a youthful look and ambience these days. Cafes, bistros and bars line the streets, and are usually abuzz with activity. Music streams out late into the night at several of these places frequented by a young, hip crowd, many belonging to the sizable student community. There are also plenty of Banja Luka hotels available to cope with the increasing numbers of visitors journeying to discover the city.
A slew of new infrastructure projects have also played a part in the transformation of the city. Amidst all the new structures in downtown Banja Luka, the ancient Kastel fortress along with the amphitheatre – built originally by the Romans and later fortified by the Ottoman rulers – stands apart. This impressive cultural and historical heritage structure is a major Banja Luka tourist attraction. Other noteworthy buildings include the beautiful Banski Dvor Cultural Centre, the newly reconstructed Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church right in the centre of the city, and old monasteries and medieval forts around the outskirts. Take a look at the Banja Luka map to get a better idea of the city’s layout.
Banja Luka’s traditional cultural events and its growing reputation as an extreme sports destination attract many visitors every year. Summer season is usually busy with cultural events which include the Banja Luka Summer Games, the Neofest-International Summer Peace Festival, theatre festivals, film festivals, music festivals and the fashion week. For sports enthusiasts, the city offers exciting Banja Luka tours, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, mountain climbing, trekking, fishing and other activities for things to do in Banja Luka.
Several eco lodges, secluded resorts and health spas dot the countryside, offering guests all sorts of Banja Luka accommodation options. On top of all the pleasures, what thrills many travellers is that Banja Luka is so affordable and easy on the budget! There are heaps of locally owned Banja Luka hotels available to easily book online and Banja Luka tours ready to help you explore all that Banja Luka has to offer!
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3 days of Fly fishing for brown trout and grayling in the pristine, crystal clear Bosnian rivers.[more info]
From: EUR 38.35
Located in one of Banja Luka's most known and recognizable buildings, Hotel Palas is literally in the center of history. Situated in the main city square and Hotel Palas is protected as a national heritage site. Many tourist attractions are within walking distance, with the currency exchange office is 50 meters away, and tourist information centre is across the road.[more info]
From: EUR 25.56
Laktasi Spa and Hotel San is located in Laktasi City, small town 20 km North of Banja Luka. With spas dating back to the Roman period, Hotel San has attracted visitors for decades with its natural resources, idyllic atmosphere and cosy ambience.[more info]
From: EUR 61.53
The Talija Hotel is located in the heart of Banja Luka. Only 100 meters away is Christ the Saviour Church, a beautiful example of orthodox Christian architecture, Banski Dvori, Presidental Palace, Veselina Maslese Street ( Main walking area ) and two museums.[more info]
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History Lanes Tour takes you on Manjaca Mountain, which you will cross from monastery to monastery. It is a combination of hiking and cultural visits, all in one.[more info]
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Learn more about history of Banja Luka through this 1,5 hour tour. Find out why is Banja Luka famous for its tree lines and why it is called city of youth. Explore the old streets of this historic city stopping by the fortress Kastel, the presidental palace, the city parks and much more![more info]
Meet Zepter Passport Travel!
Greetings and welcome to Banja Luka! Here at Zepter Passport, we pride ourselves in local tours that both promote the local economy instead of larger ventures and protect the stunning wildlife of Bosnia-Herzegovina. I, Milena Pavlovic, started Zepter Passport in 1999 as part of my dream to promote sustainable, competitive tourism in my hometown of Banja Luka and we hope we can help you visit the most important cultural-historical centers and famed wild nature of Bosnia-Herzegovina!
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