Mostar Tourism

While we agree that Mostar might not be the first place that comes to your mind when sorting through the destinations for your next long awaited travel trip, it isdefinitely a place you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Why, you may ask? Well, simply because the place is an absolute wonder. It is an old historic city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, situated over the beautiful Neretva river and speaks of the long journey it has spanned through the dynamic days of Ottoman rising, Bosnian War and courageous re-establishment. A cultural hub created by numerous ethnicities coming together, it is most famous for its beautiful historic Ottoman-style bridge ‘Stari Most’ that is now considered to the most important landmarks and an exemplary form of Islamic architecture in the country. The liveliness and spark that the city radiates coupled with years long history makes it’s a perfect place for tourist to see the different phases of mankind and witness the true meaning of perseverance and strength that can be seen among the vivacious masses of Mostar.

The city came into existence during 15 and 16 centuries as Ottoman Frontier town. There is an interesting story behind the city being called Mostar. It is said that Mostar got its name from ‘Mustari’, the bridge keepers responsible for guarding The Old Bridge in the medieval times. The history of Mostar that is often spoken about is a daring journey marked with determination and grit. Among all the other Bosnian cities, Mostar was the one that wasmost heavily bombed and woundedduring the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many buildings were destroyed in the war including Mostar’s pride and spiritual icon- Stari Most, The Old Bridge. The bridge was later rebuilt by the combined efforts of the international community and government in 2004 after 11 years of its destruction. Though the sign of the troubled past is still visible in the architecture and buildings of this war-torn city, a traveler must not feel surprised after seeing the zest and charm that the place and its people possess. After all, it is a city that has built itself from debris.

Mostar is an example of quintessential Ottoman culture which is visible in its architecture and historic buildings. That, along with countless number of traditional restaurants, market stalls, mosques make it one of the most visited destinations in Bosnia. A traveler visiting the Mostar will find himself stunned by the outstanding beauty it is surrounded with. Mostar has been home to numerous poets and scholars that has influenced it thoroughly. The Coppersmith’s bazaar of Mostar today is one of the most frequented tourist attractions among others. Take time out of your schedule to add this place to your bucket list and relish everything that the place has to offer considering the best time to visit.

Essential travel information and Mostar tips for your visit

General Info:

  • Time zone: UTC 01:00
  • Electricity and Internet: Internet and electricity are available in the city. The voltage for Mostar is 220-240 volt. For non-frequent internet users, various internet booths are also available which they can use during their trip.
  • Languages: Croatian, Bosnian, and Serbian.

Security:

  • 112: General Emergency
  • 122: Police
  • 121: Civil Protection
  • 124: Ambulance
  • 123: Fire Department

Tourist Traps:

  • While travelling the city with car, ensure that it has been parked safely. It is hard to find a decent parking in the city and car being broken into is nothing uncommon.
  • While shopping through bazaars make sure you have checking every shop before buying something so that you don’t feel cheated. Often the prices in shops vary significantly.
  • While hailing taxis, it is advised to be careful. Taxi drivers are known to charge more as tourists are often ignorant of the places. A little homework might help.

Tipping: 

  • Tourists can park their car in the square where there are attendants who keep an eye on it for a very small price.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Mostar

  • Know the pollution level of Mostar before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 20.83 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20.83 (Low)
  • How safe is Mostar for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Mostar.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.38 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.69 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 48.44 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 92.19 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 57.81 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 60.94 (High)
    • Attacks 32.81 (Low)
    • Drug offense 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.94 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 39.06 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 57.81 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 59.38 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Mostar is 171.05 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 52.59 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 85.06 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 20.11 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 15.5 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 35.92 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 76.85 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 51.04 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Mostar

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.35 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.58 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 72.97 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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