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Visit Bosnia: Mostar Bridge Jump

Mostar, Bosnia is a great day trip for anyone staying in the region! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a city that isn’t packed with tourists. It’s just a 2 1/2 hour drive from Sibenik or Dubrovnik, so rent a car and go watch the Mostar bridge jump!

The original Stari Most (also known as Mostar bridge) was destroyed during the Croat-Bosniak War. It was reconstructed in the late 1990s to early 2000s

What to Do in Mostar

The city is named for the bridge keepers (mostari), and you can see why! The Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva river is a remarkable piece of architecture.

The annual Stari Most diving competition occurs in July, but you can watch Mostar bridge jumpers almost any time of the year!

Built in the 1500s during the Ottoman Empire’s rule, Mostar Bridge stood for nearly 5 centuries until it was destroyed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Reconstruction completed in the early 2000s to replicate the original design as closely as possible.

explore a variety of architecture when you visit Mostar!

Today, the bridge connects the Eastern and Western parts of the city. And it’s also a bit metaphorical: the city’s population is almost half Bosnian Croats and half Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks).

It's not uncommon to see people jump in bathing suits off the Mostar bridge in Bosnia!

If you’re seeking a thrill, join the bridge jumpers (also called “divers”)! Depending on the water level, the Stari Most Mostar is approximately 20 meters high (65 feet). And if you visit in July, you can attend the annual Stari Most diving competition!

Explore the Mostar markets for all kinds of souvenirs, decor, and trinkets

But if jumping off bridges isn’t your thing, you can just enjoy the view. Or you can explore the market alleys and visit the shops.

What to Eat in Mostar

When you decide to sit down for lunch, we recommend trying the cevapi!

Cevapi is a traditional grilled meat sausage served with onions, bread, and yogurt in Mostar, Bosnia

You can find variations of these grilled meat sausages throughout Eastern Europe. In Mostar, locals eat them with sliced onions, yogurt sauce, and flat bread. Simple yet delicious!

And if you’re looking for a restaurant with a great view, stop by Terrace Lagero. Their patio overlooks the Neretva and the bridge.

Grab a seat at a cafe along the Neretva river for beautiful views! And if you're lucky, you can watch the Mostar bridge jumpers from your table

Ready for the Mostar Bridge Jump?

If you want to shake up your Croatian itinerary, spend a day in Mostar! You won’t regret visiting this gem of a city.

Prost! Enjoy a beer on the Neretva river in Mostar

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