Banja Luka is located on the highway M16 with the international label E661 that is withal the most important highway in this region. This itinerary connects Central Europe and Eastern Europe with the Adriatic coast, which was used by ancient Romans for the purpose of connecting Dalmatia and Pannonia. Banjaluka is the intersection of regional itineraries on the east-west direction as well as the southeast- southwest direction that connect the Town with Prijedor, Doboj, Derventa, Teslić, Ključ and other places. In addition, the whole region is intersected by concrete roads of local importance.
Zagreb is around 167 kilometres away from Banja Luka. If you come to Banja Luka from Zagreb enter the motorway E70 to east and Belgrade. On the kilometre 106, from Zagreb, in the place Okučani come out of the motorway and turn right to the road E661 and drive south to border crossing of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Gradiška (11kilometers). From Gradiška you continue via the same road (E661) to south and Banja Luka (50kilometers).
Beograd is 350 kilometres away from Banja Luka. If you come to Banja Luka from Belgrade, enter the highway E70 to west and Zagreb. On the kilometre 300 in the place Okučani come out from the highway and turn right to the road E661 and drive south to border crossing of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Gradiška (11kilometers). From Gradiška you continue via the same road (E661)to south and Banja Luka (50kilometers).
Sarajevo is around 250 kilometres away from Banja Luka. If you come to Banja Luka from Sarajevo go to southwest to the place Kakanj and highway E-73 and on that road and the sixtieth kilometre you have two different roads that lead to Banja Luka. The first, better and longer, continues via the road E73 to north and places Zenica and Maglaj, and on the seventeenth kilometre from Doboj turn left and continue the trip towards Derventa, Prnjavor and Klašnice. In Klašnice you turn left and enter the highway M16 (E661) and continue driving 16 kilometre south for Banjaluka. The second, shorter and much more interesting road will get you to the desired destination if you turn right and enter the highway E661 to Vitez, Travnik, Jajce and further to Banja Luka.
Banja Luka has always been “a paradise valley” with a lot of greenery, water and fruit as described by many travel writers who have visited Banja Luka. Banja Luka is now known for a large number of green areas (parks and tree-lined roads) because of which is called “a city of greenery”.
The most common tree in the urban green space is a horse chestnut tree, but there are also linden, plane tree, spruce and many other species of ornamental woody plants. In the city and its vicinity there are three spas (Srpske toplice, Slatina and Laktaši) with mineral water, whose healing properties were used even in the ancient times.
An interesting nature reserve is connected with mineral water sources in Srpske toplice. It is a word about the population of maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus veneris L.), which is a Tertiary relic, very rear in the continental part of Europe. An especially important nature reserve is the Vrbas River which represents the main watercourse in Banja Luka. Vrbas, with his blue-green colour and landscapes that creates on its way from the mountain Zec to the River Sava, is one of the most beautiful river in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its tributaries Pliva, Ugar, Krupa, Rekavica, Švrakava, Suturlija and Vrbanja give special beauty to Vrbas.
Cutting its way through the rocks, from Jajce do Banja Luka, Vrbas has created a fantastic canyon where you will find a series of natural rarities. Rapids, waterfalls, cascades, beaches, surrounding rocks, and the wealth of flora and fauna make this region specific. The Vrbas Canyon is the habitat of numerous relict and endemic plant and animal species that represent the specific ecosystem of the canyon. Vrbas leaves the canyon in the city and from the mountain flow and starts its flow through the valley. This river is characterized by rare and precious species of fish in the salmon family, such as brown trout, grayling and salmon, which indicates a very high quality of water and specific fish stocks. In Vrbas, especially in the lower reaches, can be found cyprinid fish species such as chub, carp, barbel, carp, and there are also catfish, bass, perch and bullhead.
Many events and sports competitions are held on the river Vrbas. Special attractions are water sports for which this river provides excellent conditions. Vrbas is a host to many national and European kayak/canoe sport competitions on wild rivers, rafting and fly-fishing. The specificity of the river is also the boat dajak which is named after the pole which serves for pushing of the boat.
City Sightseeing – Banja Luka
Sightseeing – Centre (walking route)
Duration: 90 minutes
Routes: Kastel Fortress – Ferhadija Mosque – Safikada’s grave (the temple of love) – Tržnica city market – Museum of RS – Krajina Square – Gospodska Street – Banski dvori – Presidential Palace – National Theatre of RS – Holy Trinity Church – Diocese of Banja Luka – RS Government building – Monument dedicated to the fallen soldier in the National Liberation War- Bosna Hotel – old railway station – Petar Kočić Park
Map in attachment.
Sightseeing of the city (Bus route)
Duration: 120 minutes
Rote: Bosna Hotel – National Assembly building – Carski drum – tobacco factory – Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure – Government building – Mala stanica – Mladen Stojanović Park- industrial zone – University town – Aqua park – Sports centre Borik – Holy Trinity Church and Orthodox Metropolitan Palace – Carska kuća – National Theatre of the Republic of Srpska – City Administration and Banski dvor – Christ the Saviour Church – Presidential Palace – Museum of Modern Art- Petar Kočić park – Tržnica city market – Ferhadija Mosque – Kastel Fortress – City bridge – Mala čaršija – seismological station – Banj Hill – complex of monuments dedicated to the fallen soldiers from Krajina in the National Liberation War (panoramic sightseeing).
Sightseeing (by bus and on foot)
Duration: 180 minutes
Rote: Bosna Hotel – National Assembly building – Carski drum – tobacco factory – Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure – Government building – Mala stanica – Mladen Stojanović Park- industrial zone – University town – Aqua park – Sports centre Borik – Holy Trinity Church and Orthodox Metropolitan Palace – Carska kuća – National Theatre of the Republic of Srpska – old railway station building – Petar Kočić Park- Ferhadija mosque – City Bridge – Mala čaršija – seismological station – Banj Hill – complex of monuments dedicated to the fallen soldiers from Krajina in the National Liberation War (panoramic sightseeing) – Safikada’s grave (the temple of love) – Kastel Fortress – the Vrbas River – Tržnica city market – Krajina Square – Gospodska street – City Administration and Banski dvor – Christ the Saviour Church – Presidential Palace
Map in attachment.
Motives of the sightseeing route of the city:
• RS Museum of Modern Art
• Bosna Hotel
• Government building and National Assembly Building
• carski drum (protected ambient)
• RS National theatre
• RS Archive
• Banja Luka Diocese (the blessed Ivan Merc)
• Banja Luka Metropolis and Holy Trinity Church
• Bork Sports Centre
• Industrial city and Trapisti excursion centre (Maria Stern Monastery, Banja Luka Brewery, old hydroelectric power plants…)
• University city
• Vrbas and the specific boat dajak
• Banj Hill (monument excursion site, geographical position, rest)
• Srpske toplice (thermo-mineral sources, old part of the city)
• Kastel Fortress (Roman and Ottoman period)
• Children’s theatre
• the Republic of Srpska Museum
• Krajina Square
• Monument of Petar Kočić (City Park)
• Palace Hotel
• Gospodska Street
• A little part (Parkić) (Banski dvor, the building of the Administrative Service of the city of Banja Luka , Christ the Saviour Church, old Hipotekarna banka, monument of Ban Milosavljević)
Price for a guide’s service up to 2 hours is 80 BAM, and from 2 to 4 hours 100 BAM. The starting and end point of the route is scheduled for every group separately.
The basis for development of adventure tourism product as an integral city of Banja Luka is a specific natural circumstances that enabled the development of adventures on land, air and adventures in the land of adventure. A high level of attractiveness as an adventure tourism product as the town of Banja Luka has favorable natural and built motives for the development and promotion of this form of tourism.
The set of all forms of adventure in a small geographic area represents Banja Luka a great advantage compared to similar destinations avaturističkog tourism in the region. The formation and development of adventure invested a lot of resources from the European Commission, national and local institutions, resulting in infrastructure, which in many respects surpasses other elements of the tourism product. From specially constructed facilities is necessary to highlight the infrastructure that allows night rafting, rafting because the path is lighted curio and the world’s long-term development planning as well as adventure tourism products.
Adventure on the water can be divided into partial tourist products and rafting, canoeing and kayaking, and Dayak.
Adventures on land in the form of free climbing, mountain biking, hiking and driving kvadovima.
Air adventure and can be presented in the form of paragliding and tandem jumps.