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Mostar is a city in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina, best known for its distinctive Old Bridge (also known as the Stari Most). The bridge and surrounding neighbourhood are on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
During the Bosnian War, Mostar became the site of a bloody siege, resulting in the deaths of thousands of the local Bosniak population. Much of the town, including the Stari Most, was destroyed.
Since the end of the war, and especially since 2000, there has been a major emphasis on restoring and rebuilding Mostar.
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Old Bridge (Stari Most) is the key attraction in Mostar. Built in 1566 while the area was under Ottoman rule, Stari Most was considered a symbol of the friendship between the diverse nations and ethnicities inhabiting the area. Understood in this context, it's not hard to see why its restoration after the Bosnian War was considered an important task. The bridge that is there today was built according to the original design and opened again in 2004.
Though much of it was destroyed during the Bosnian War, Mostar Old Town has been restored to a great extent. Some sights worth checking out include:
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Every summer, there is a diving competition for people (mostly young men) to dive off the Old Bridge.
Mostar has a mix of Meditarranean and continental climate with generally warm to hot summers (June to September) and also mild to warm spring and fall. Winters on the other hand can be relatively mild, but sometimes cold air and snow arrives and nights can be bitterly cold during some weeks.
Some planes fly in to Mostar Airport but not many. There are seasonal flights (summer) to/from Bergamo, Turin, Naples, Catania, Bari, Rome and Pescara. The more common way of getting to Mostar is by flying to Sarajevo, Split or Dubrovnik and making the rest of the way to Mostar from there, either by bus, train or car.
Buses from Mostar go to many places in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Croatia and further beyond. Regular services include Sarajevo (2.5 hours), Dubrovnik) (4 hours) and [[Split (4.5 hours). There are also services to other cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, like Jajce, Tuzla and Banja Luka, as well as to many smaller regional towns like Blagaj and Pocitelj.
Mostar is easily explored on foot in half a day.
Dozens of restaurants line the main shopping street and along the river, many with excellent views of the Old Bridge.
|Apartment Neretva||Trg Ivana Krndelja bb||Apartment||-|
|Apartments Gardens||Brace Knezica 4||hostel||-|
|Apartments Konak||Maršala Tita broj 125||Apartment||-|
|Bristol Hotel Mostar||Mostarskog Bataljona bb||Hotel||-|
|Guest House Taso||Mostar||Guesthouse||97|
|Hostel & Apartments Zdrava Hrana||Alikalfica street number 5||Apartment||91|
|Hostel Dino||Mladena Balorde 1 (Musala Square)||Hostel||93|
|Hostel Magdalena-Lena||Trk Ivana Krndelja br.16||Hostel||91|
|Hostel Majdas (former Majdas Rooms)||Franje Milicevica 39||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Miran||Pere Lazetica 13 (Carina)||Hostel||93|
|Hostel Miturno||Brace Fejica 67||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Nina||Celebica 18||Hostel||92|
|Hotel Bevanda-Mostar||Stara Ilicka bb,||Hotel||-|
|Marshall Apartments||Rade Bitange 8, Old Town||apartment||-|
|Mostar-inn||Gojka Vukovica 70||Guesthouse||-|
|Motel Aura||Bisce Polje b.b.||hotel||-|
|Motel Deny||Kapetanovina 1 Šemovac||hotel||92|
|Pansion Aldi||H. Zahirovic Laca 69A||Guesthouse||97|
|Pansion Cardak||Jusovina br. 3||Guesthouse||93|
|Pansion Lombrelle||Trg 1 Maja, br:1||Hostel||-|
|Pansion Rose||Bulevar bb||Guesthouse||-|
|Pansioni Aura||Bisce Polje b.b.||Guesthouse||-|
|Rooms Denino||Trg Ivana Krndelja 11F||guesthouse||-|
|Rooms Deny||Celebica 5||hostel||93|
|Vila Park||Lacina 3||Guesthouse||89|
|Vila Sara||Sasarogina br.4||Hostel||-|
|Vila VEZIC||Zalik b.b.||Hostel||-|
|Villa Anri Mostar||Brace Dukica 4||Guesthouse||92|
|Villa Mostar||Lacina 19 a 88000 Mostar||Guesthouse||93|
|Villa Vienna||Kapetanovina 4||apartment||-|
|Pansion Nadin||Gojka Vukovica 102b Bulevar Donja Mahala||Guesthouse||-|
|Snjezna kuca||Nature Park Rujiste b.b.||Guesthouse||-|
|Mike Guesthouse||Tutina 15||Hostel||-|
|Don Apartment||Mladena Balorde 37||Apartment||-|
|iHouse - Apartment Bridge||Onescukova bb||Apartment||-|
|Hostel DACA||Brace Fejica 69||Hostel||94|
|Elite Guesthouse||Kljunova 6||Guesthouse||96|
|Lejla B&B||Bore radana 3||Guesthouse||-|
|Guesthouse Aksoj||Marsala Tita 226||Guesthouse||-|
|Pansion Nur||Jusovina 8b||Guesthouse||92|
|Oasis Apartmani||Bisce polje bb||Apartment||-|
|Pansion Palace||M. Tita 169 Mostar BiH||Guesthouse||-|
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.
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.
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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