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Introduction

Train Stops at Banja Luka

Train Stops at Banja Luka

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Banja Luka is the administrative capital of the Srpska Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the second largest city in the country with around 200,000 inhabitants in the city itself, about 250,000 in the total metropolitan area. Banja Luka covers some 96.2 km2 along the Vrbas River.

Due to its long history, Banja Luka is rich in culture. There are several museums including the Museum of Bosanska Krajina, the Ethnographic Museum established in 1930, and the Museum of Modern Art of Republika Srpska which is also called MSURS the Museum of Contemporary Art. Banja Luka is also the home of the national theatre and library, both dating from the first half of the 20th century, and of numerous other theatres.

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Sights and Activities

  • Rafting on the river Vrbas (01 Feb 2013 - 30 Nov 2013) - Vrbas is mountain river and one of the most attractive rivers in Europe. The degree of difficulty ranges from 2 to 4 and river Vrbas is suitable for those looking for adventure and adrenalin, but also for family enjoyment and a peaceful day on the river. If you're in Banja Luka, you should definitely go rafting! That is something you don't want to miss! Address: www.banjalukatravel.com
  • Paintball (01 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2013) - If you're up for some paintball adventure with your friends you will have a lots of fun in Banja Luka. There are a lot of games of paintball you can choose, it's very cheap and you get full protection gear!

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Events and Festivals

Banja Luka Choir Gathering

Held during April or May, this annual gathering has a series of programs that features some of the most angelic voices in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Banja Luka Summer Games

Held in August, the Summer Games draw crowds from all over the world and Bosnia. Just like Summer on the Vrabas, this event takes place around the historic town of Kastel.

Night of Museums

Like the world's greatest centers the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Srpska raised the initiative in 2006 of organizing this event in the Republic of Srpska. The Republic of Srpska Museum celebrates the Night of Museums with a variety of cultural programs.

St. George’s festival

St. George's children's song festival has been held since 1994. Further, the preparation and implementation of the Festival involves a large number of composers, arrangers, songwriters, producers, set designers, costume designers, actors, and numerous television crews.

The Banja Luka Carnival

Period from 15 May to 15 June is the month of Carnival where many developments are taking place under the name of the Carnival events of the Banja Luka carnival, and the central event of the Carnival are the International children's carnival and the International Carnival Parade.

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Weather

Banja Luka has a continental climate, with relitavely cold winters and warm summers. Daytime temperatures from May to September are between 22 °C and 27 °C but can hit 40 °C sometimes. Nights are mostly between 10 °C and 15 °C. Winters from December to March see highs of 3 °C to 8 °C, with nights below zero. Snow and severe frost are possible as well though. The average annual precipitation is around 1,000 mm and is evenly distributed throughout the year, with some more severe thunderstorms possible in summer.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max3.7 °C6.8 °C12 °C17.2 °C22 °C25 °C27.2 °C26.9 °C23.3 °C17.4 °C10.8 °C5.2 °C
Avg Min-4.6 °C-2.3 °C0.7 °C4.7 °C9 °C12.4 °C13.7 °C13.3 °C10.1 °C5.7 °C1.6 °C-2.6 °C
Rainfall69 mm63 mm79 mm87 mm98 mm111 mm95 mm93 mm82 mm74 mm91 mm86 mm
Rain Days151414141514111110111315

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Getting There

By Plane

Banja Luka International Airport (BNX) offers flights with B&H Airlines to/from Sarajevo and Zürich.

By Train

Trains regularly travel to Zagreb, Sarajevo and Belgrade.

By Bus

There are many bus services throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and places outside the country, including many international services to central, western and northern Europe.

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Getting Around

By Bike

The tourist office owns fifteen rental bicycles, which are maintained by the above bike shop. Rental costs 1 KM per hour, or 15 KM per day.

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Eat

If you like meat, you'll love Banja Luka. Meat is a standard for any meal. However, there is still lots of interesting meals you can make do if you are a vegetarian.

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Drink

Rakia or Rakija is considered to be a national drink. Its alcohol content is normally 40%, but home-produced rakia can be a tongue burner, typically 50 to 60%! Frequently used as a common drink at all celebrations, birthdays, holy holidays, slava (Orthodox Christian custom of honoring a patron saint) and even funerals. Common flavors are slivovitz, traditionally made from plums and lozova, which is made from grapes. But, you can also distill from pears, peaches, apricots, apples, figs and cherries. Plum and grape rakia are sometimes mixed with other ingredients, such as herbs, honey, sour cherries and walnuts after distillation.

Nektar pivo is the local beer, brewed in Banja Luka.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostel Room Banja LukaKnjaza Miloša 118HOSTEL-
City Smile HostelSkendera Kulenovića 16, Banja LukaHOSTEL-
Hostel Banja LukaSrpskih ustanika 26HOSTEL-
Nana Hotel-Banja LukaIvana G. Kovacica br.211aHotel-
Merriot HotelKozarska br. 85Hotel-
Hotel Grand-Banja Lukaul. Suboticka 3HOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most cities and major towns have at least one internet café. Wifi is becoming more and more popular as well, especially in cities like Sarajevo and Mostar. Don't rely on it though, as outside the main tourist areas, there might be few options.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Bosnia and Herzegovina is 387. To make an international call from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the code is 00.

There are three mobile phone networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina: HT ERONET (Mostar), GSMBiH (Sarajevo) and m:tel (Republika Srpska, Banja Luka). You can buy a prepaid SIM card from any network at any kiosk for 10 KM or less. Be careful with roaming charges on your smartphone, as mobile internet when abroad is still extremely expensive.

Post

BH Posta offers postal services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prices and services are very reasonable and reliable. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 4:00 or 5:00pm during weekdays and also on Saturday mornings. The main post offices in big cities like Sarajevo might keep longer hours. For sending packages you might consider a private courier like FedEx, TNT, UPS or DHL.

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