This beautiful town Banja Luka is surrounded by rolling green hills. It is split in two by the Vrbas, a very rough river that, just a short distance from Banja Luka, suddenly loses its waterfalls and cascades, and flows gently into town.

Banja Luka or Banjaluka is the administrative capital of the Republika Srpska, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and by far the largest city in the northwest.

The city lies on the Vrbas River, one of the most beautiful mountain rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is well-known as the city of greenery, namely it is full of tree-lined avenues, boulevards, gardens and parks. The tributary rivers of Suturlija, Crkvena, and Vrbanja flow into the Vrbas at Banja Luka. Banja Luka also has a number of springs close by. The area immediately around Banja Luka is woodland, although there are mountains a little further from the city. The city itself is built in the Banja Luka valley, which is located at the transition between high and low mountain areas. The most notable of these mountains are Manjaca, Cemernica and Tisovac – all part of the Dinaric Alps mountain range.

The town got connected to the world when the Roman trade route from Salona to Servitium passed through it. To protect this route (and to enjoy the healing water springs they had discovered in the area) the Romans built a fortress here, the walls of which encompassed an entire miniature town. When the Roman Empire collapsed, the Slavs took over. Once the Ottomans finally controlled the town, they gave it a distinct oriental flavor.

The Ottoman governor for Bosnia had his headquarters here for a while, building bridges and mills, and in its Ottoman glory days the town had some 40 mosques. In the course of the Ottoman centuries, Banja Luka was destroyed repeatedly by Ottoman-Austrian warfare (as well as earthquakes and plagues) until eventually the Austrian-Hungarian Empire absorbed Banja Luka peacefully in the 19th century. They rapidly modernized the town, building factories and connecting it to Vienna and other capital cities. The town expanded tremendously in the 20th century.

The name “Banja Luka” was first mentioned in a document dated February 06, 1494, but Banja Luka’s history dates back to ancient times. The area of Banja Luka was wholly in the Roman province of Illyricum, lying on important Roman roads between Dalmatia and Pannonia. Many traces of the Roman rule, which lasted for about 800 years, have been found in Banja Luka and its surroundings: roads, remains of settlements, money, buildings, mausoleums… A sacrificial altar dedicated to the god Jupiter in 1895 and a tombstone with two letters, D.M., are very important archeological discoveries. There is substantial evidence of a Roman presence in the region during the first few centuries AD, including an old fort “Kastel” in the center of the city.

The natural beauties of the surrounding area guarantee the city of Banja Luka a good position in tourism. The city and surrounding area have a number of popular tourist attractions. Among the most famous are the pools, thermal springs and spas in the region. The area is popular among nature lovers, while the city center is attractive to tourists due to its historical structures and many restaurants.

Other attractive sights of Banja Luka are the Banja Hill and a waterfall of the river Vrbas near Krupa. Rafting on the Vrbas is currently getting more appreciated among local tourists. There are also opportunities for fishing, rock climbing and hiking along the canyon of the Vrbas between Banja Luka and Jajce. Except from the north, Banja Luka is encircled by wooded hills with wildlife. There are hunting-grounds on Manjaca and Cemernica, bear refuges in forests in Kotor Varos, Maslovar and Siprag, and Bardaca is rich of marsh game. Forest in Trapisti is a well-known hunting area for pheasants and rabbits, which could be also found in the reservation in the area of Ivanjska.

Book-Now-Hotel in Banja Luka

Book-Now-Hotel in Banja Luka