Banja Luka is a picturesque city in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the administrative capital and the largest city of Republika Srpska, and the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Note: Charter flights do occur mostly in the summer season, BH Airlines, the airline of Bosnia and Herzegovina, do charter flights to Sarajevo, Zurich, Belgrade and Istanbul.
The train (and bus) station is located about 2 kms southeast of the center. Connections to: Sarajevo, Zagreb, Belgrade and Doboj.
There are many historic things to see in the city of Banja Luka.
- Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure Built in 1887, a 1969 earthquake leveled the church. The current cathedral was built in 1974.
- Banski Dvor (Governor’s Palace) in center of the city. Built in 1930's. A concert hall, gallery and restaurant. This is the main cultural center.
- Monastery of Gomionica from 16th century near Banja Luka. Monastery has the collection of ancient icons from 18th century.
- Ferhat-Pasha Mosque (Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian: Ferhat-pašina džamija), (also called Ferhadija mosque) This example of Islamic 16th century architecture was built during the time of the Ottoman occupation. Built in 1579 it has a central fountain called Shaderwan, stone and iron fence. It is built in the classical Ottoman style. Ferhadija was listed as a cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1950. Later it was protected by UNESCO until destroyed in 1993. The site and the remains of the mosque today are a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is now under erection, therefore remains are not easly visible.
- Kastel fortress with history up to Roman ages.
And contemporary things:
- Gospodska street Actually Veselin Masleša street, is the main street of city with shops, offices and cafes (on bottom) alongside. Recommended time to visit, because of its liveliness, is during day on Saturdays whole day, and between 12h and 14h on workdays. During evenings visit on Fridays and Sundays or each day in the case of nice weather.
Banja Luka is a city with the best nightlife in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The best place for night occasion is
Kruna club at the top of merchant building in Gospodska street. Others are Padrino in basement of hotel Bosna, caffe Focus in bottom of Gospodska street...
- Restoran Master, . Mexican Food.
- Restoran Ognjište, Josifa Pančića br.2, tel/fax: 00387 (0)51 436 333, . Ethno Food, Serbian Nacional Food, Ethno Shop.
- Restoran Borac, Vidovdanska 53 at Football stadium, tel: +387 51 328 530, .
- Restoran Lovacki Bar, Slatinska 37, .
- Restoran Obala,Jesenjinova 26 on the River Vrbas, tel: 051/219 652, .
- Kod Muje, grill near Kozara cinema, is by many, the place with best ćevapčići in city.
- Hotel Palace , Karadjordjevica 60, tel: 051 218 723.
- Hotel Bosna, Karađorđevića 97, tel: +387 51 215 775, .
- Hotel Grand, Subotička bb, tel: +387 51 380 105, .
- Hotel Talija, 9 Srpska Street, tel: +387 51 349 200, .
- Hotel Vidovic, Ul Jevrejska, +387 51 211 100, .
- Elit Motel Dragana, .