Jajce (Bosnia)

To really see Bosnia and Hercegovina, a road trip is the best way. Roads in general are in good condition, especially between all the larger cities.

The city of Jajce (Literally Jajce means Egg – who know’s why they named a city that way.)

The first stop was the city of Jajce, which lies in central BIH (Bosnia and Hercegovina). It’s not a big city, but for visitors from other countries of ex Yugoslavia it has a certain nostalgic note to it. Namely the second  session of the Anti-fasist council for the national liberation of Yugoslavia was held here in 1943 and it was sort of a beginning of communistic Yugoslavia. Many people (all ages) from all parts of ex Yugoslavia came to this meeting by foot – as a pilgrimage. For example: the shortest way from Slovenia’s  capital Ljubljana to Jajce is 361 km and Google maps says it would take 76 hours of (non-stop) walking. (And since Google knows these things pretty well, we should believe it to.)

However you feel about political past of ex Yugoslavia – it’s still a part of our history and it put the city of Jajce on the map. Otherwise you would hardly think of a good reason to stop here, even though it’s quite a nice little town.

The main attraction these days is a waterfall in the city center. You can actually walk all the way to the edge of the waterfall and stand right over the point where the water breaks and falls about 20m down. It’s called the Pliva waterfall, because here the river Pliva joins the river Vrbas.

The Pliva waterfall


The old part of town offers a nice walk. Beside the waterfall, there is a giant rock formation and some local businesses (a flowershop, cafe,..) are carved right into the rock – only their entrances are on the outside of the rock.

Standing on the edge of the breaking waterfall

We took a short walk through the town’s picturesque streets and ended the tour with an absolute Bosnian must. Burek – or the most typical (and signature) food of all Yugoslavia, especially Bosnia. Burek is a meet or cottage cheese pie (very greasy and absolutely delicious) which was brought to Bosnia by the Turks in the middle ages. For inventing such a masterpiece as burek, the Turks shouldn’t get a Michellin star for culinary achievements – they deserve a Michellin solar system. Honestly, I have never met anyone who didn’t like it.

You can get many different types of burek through all ex Yugoslavia (meet, cottage cheese, potato, zucchini, spinach..) and they will probably upgrade the variety even more.

Enough said about burek – if you go to BIH you must try it.

About 3 km west from Jajce lies a lake (Pliva lake) with a special treat for all history fans. There are several water mills on the lake, dating back to the middle ages. They are all shaped like little wooden houses with no windows. Beside the site seeing, the lake offers lots of sports activities and camping.

Bosnian landscape – You shouldn’t sleep in the car – you would miss the fantastic landscape passing by.


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