Type: Around Sarajevo
Sutjeska National Park lies about 100 kilometers southeast of Sarajevo.
It is the oldest and largest national park in BiH and is known for having the most diverse ecosystem in Southeastern Europe.
Sutjeska is also an important historical site, for it was here that one of the bloodiest battles of WWII was fought. Tito’s Partisans suffered heavy losses, but they managed to break through enemy lines and to elude the fascist troops that outnumbered them.
In 1971 an imposing monument designed by Miodrag Živković was raised in honor of this battle, as a symbol of Tjentište.
Tjentište was an important tourist destination back in the time of Yugoslavia. Most of the attractions were destroyed during the last war but the entire location has been enjoying a recent revival.
There are now many sports fields, a large outdoor swimming pool, paths for hiking and biking, an info center, hotel, youth camp….
Every year, visitors descend upon this spot to pay their respects to those who died during the Battle of Sutjeska.
Sutjeska NP is also known for its wild and pristine nature. The highest mountain in BiH, Maglić (2,386 m); the Perućica Rainforest with its waterfall, Skakavac (70 m), Mt. Zelengora and many lovely lakes are just some of the attractions Sutjeska has to offer.
The music festival, OK Fest is organised here during the summer.
For more information: NP Sutjeska, www.npsutjeska.info, +387 (0)58 233 102
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