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Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, formerly one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, and today suffering geographical division of ethnic groups. The city was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the break up of then-Yugoslavia. At the beginning of the war, the city lost many important buildings and structures through air strikes; later, once the formerly-aligned forces turned into enemies, a thorough destruction of this old city began, including the destruction of Mostar's architectural (as well as cultural and spiritual) heart: The Old Bridge (Stari Most). Mostar has been most famous for this beautiful historic Ottoman-style bridge, which spanned the Neretva river in what is considered the historic center of the city. Through combined efforts with the international community, The Old Bridge has been rebuilt (completed in 2004, almost 11 years after its destruction), using some of its original pieces recovered from the Neretva river. A significant portion of the city has been rebuilt, but the visitor will easily notice the many remnants of Mostar's troubled recent history.

Other than the bridge there isn't much to see and do in Mostar for the tourist, other than take photos of war damaged buildings. Staying overnight is not essential.

Get in

The Bus and Train stations are adjacent and are located close to the heart of Mostar.

By bus

There are two bus stations in Mostar, one next to the train station and another not too far away, also in the north part of the city, in a mostly destroyed building.

Frequent buses run between Mostar and Sarajevo (2 hours, hourly), Ploče, Dubrovnik (2 per day, 27-37 KM, 3-4 hours), Split, Zagreb, Podgorica, Banja Luka, and most cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Timetables are available online [1].

Note that the stop in Mostar for the bus from Podgorica, which continues to Banja Luka, is several kilometres from the city centre on an expressway. A taxi from there costs 10 KM. Call Mostar Taxi Adis, (+387 61 652 149), although english is not well understood.

By train

Trains run between Mostar and Sarajevo (3 times daily), Zagreb (1 per day), and Ploče (1 per day, 90 minutes).

The scenery on the train ride between Mostar and Sarajevo is stunning, passing through rugged terrain with a series of tunnels, U-turns and aqueducts. It is therfore more picturesque as well as cheaper to make this journey by train rather than by bus. However, the facilities of the train stations and the trains are rather dated, and the bus provides a more comfortable journey.

By plane

Mostar International Airport (IATA: OMO) is located in the village of Ortješ, 7.4 km south southeast of Mostar's railway station. However, there are currently no commercial flights operating to/from this airport.

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Do

Buy

Both euros (should be at 1:2 rate with the Bosnian KM) and Croatian kuna (at a rip-off rate) are widely accepted in shops and restaurants in Mostar.

Eat

Budget


Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Many of nice lounge bars are located in the Old Town.


Sleep

Budget

Mid-range



Splurge

Get out


Related Information


Wikipedia:Mostar


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