Mostar is located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, right along the Neretva River. It began as a tiny town on the trading route between central Bosnia and the Adriatic Coast. It is famous for its breathtaking reconstructed historic Ottoman-style arched bridge Stari Most (Old Bridge), which spans the Neretva river in the heart of the city. The nearby streets are lined with bustling market stalls and shops, and you can discover the bridge’s long history in the Old Bridge Museum. A narrow stairwell brings you to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque’s minaret for scenic city views.
Mostar is one of the most ethnically diverse locations in the country. Through community effort, The Old Bridge was rebuilt in 2004, nearly 11 years after it was destroyed during wartime. In fact, a large portion of Mostar has been restored, and travelers might note how this once war-torn city is now a vibrant, lively destination, especially around Old Town.
Known as a popular destination in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Mostar is home to cobblestone streets, historic stone buildings, and the stunning bridge traversing the scenic Neretva River. This town looks like it came straight from the pages of a fairytale.
Mostar attracts thousands of yearly visitors who come to visit the Old Bridge, but Mostar’s charms extend well beyond the span of its bridge. While Mostar can be seen at any time, the best time to come is April to October. Spring and Fall are pleasant during the day, although there is a high chance of rain at any time. The summer may be hot, but there is little chance of precipitation. Winters may not be as magical to visit, as they are often cold and wet, but fewer crowds!
Undoubtedly, the Old Bridge is likely the main highlight of a trip to Mostar. Visitors can walk across the bridge, take pictures, and appreciate the views of Old Town. Watch divers jump from the bridge straight into the river. There is more than one spot for the best view from the bridge.
Be aware that the bridge can be very slippery. The raised treads do a little to minimize slipping but know that you may fall, even if you wear shoes with good traction. Try to walk on the raised stones instead of the smooth, flat ones.
Beyond the stunning fairytale bridge, the cobblestone streets of Old Town are almost as picturesque as the bridge. The Old Town is not very large. It only has a few cobblestoned lanes on both sides of the Neretva River, and it doesn’t take long to walk the length of Old Town. There are many outdoor cafes to enjoy coffee and a local pastry, and there are souvenir shops to visit.
Located next to the Old Bridge, this museum showcases the history of the bridge, along with a panoramic view and a video recounting the reconstruction of the bridge.
Near the Karađoz Bey’s Mosque, this is considered the most spectacular house from the Ottoman period. The house is sectioned into different quarters for women and men. You can see the Mediterranean influence in the details.
This museum is home to a small collection of photographs detailing Mostar’s history.
This tiny but beautiful Ottoman mosque was built in 1618 and destroyed during the war before being rebuilt. Travelers can climb the minaret to enjoy a spectacular view of the town.
Can’t Miss: Join the daredevils who dive off the old bridge. Members of the Mostar Diving Club dive off the bridge into the jeweled green waters. However, do not try to do this yourself. The river is a consistent 12°C, and the shock of it can cause a heart attack, no matter how fit and healthy you are. The young men who dive know to hose themselves down first to lower their body temperature before they dive.
Insider Tip: Grab a seat at one of the restaurants along the river for spectacular views. They’re also a great place to listen when local Muslim community members are called to prayer. In fact, that’s one of Mostar’s biggest claims to fame: the Muslim call to prayer is said to be echoed five times a day along the entire stretch of the river.
Restaurants: Try Bella Vista and be sure to order the čevapi, a traditional Bosnian dish, while enjoying views of the city. The food at Bella Vista is incredible. All the waiters speak perfect English, and you can enjoy incredible views of the Old Bridge.