Višegrad

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Not to be confused with Visegrád, Hungary.
Bridge over the Drina

Višegrad is a city on the banks of the river Drina in Sarajevo Region, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The town is well known for its UNESCO site, Mehmed paša Sokolović Bridge, and the poet Ivo Andrić, nobel prize winner in 1961 for the novel The Bridge over the Drina.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Daily bus departures from Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Trebinje, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Užice.

From Sarajevo, Višegrad can be reached by the M5 road after 120 km. There are a few daily buses from Sarajevo to Višegrad. All buses go from the Eastern Sarajevo-Lukavica station. To get there catch a city trolley from Skenderija centre to Dobrinja and get off at the last station. From there, it is 150 meters to the Istocno Sarajevo bus station. The trolley ticket was €0.90 in summer 2009, and the bus ticket from Sarajevo to Višegrad is around €8.

From Belgrade, Višegrad can be reached by the road M5 via Čačak and Uzice, after 280 km in total. Daily buses during the whole day.

Užice to Višegrad 470 Serbian Dinars (€4.70) (2010).

If your bus terminates in Višegrad, try to get off somewhere in the town centre, otherwise you will end up at the terminus on the south edge of town by the sports field, (passing through a tunnel). If this happens it is just a 0.5Km walk downhill to the town, 1km to the old bridge.

By train[edit]

The nearest railway station in BiH is located in Sarajevo, which is 120 km from Višegrad.

By plane[edit]

The nearest international airport in BiH is located in Sarajevo 120 km away.

Get around[edit]

Walk! It is a small-enough, compact town best explored on foot.

See[edit]

  • Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge (Na Drini ćuprija). From 1577.
  • Ivo Andric Monument (Spomenik Ivi Andriću).
  • Ivo Andric House (Kuća Ive Andrića). Can be seen only from the outside.
  • Lotus Hotel Building (Lotikin Hotel). The former Lotus Hotel described in the novel Bridge on the Drina, can be seen only from the outside.
  • Marko Kraljevic Tower (Kula Kraljevića Marka). Old medieval stone tower.
  • Town Art Gallery (Gradska Galerija). Exhibition of pictures and sculptures.
  • Ivo Andric Memorial Classroom (Spomen učionica Ive Andrića).
  • Virgin Mary ChurchCrkva uspenja presvete Bogorodice. Ortodox church from 1884.
  • Dobrun Monastery (Manastir Dobrun) (12 kilometers from town). 14th century monastery, with frescoes from 15th century, Art gallery, Museum of the First Serbian Uprising, Museum of the Dabrobosnian Metropolitan.

Do[edit]

Tourist Information Office opposite Visegrad Hotel is very friendly and helpful.

Visegrad spa Višegradska banja Vilina Vlas 5 kilometers from town, old turkish bath from 16 . century, one hour rent available, Hotel Vilina vlas with closed swimming pool with warm mineral water, St. Jovan church, summer terrace in spa

Boat ride on Drina river, a few of tourist boats available info about boat ride at Hotel Visegrad reception

Town tour, alone or with the local tourist guide, additional info here[1]

Cruising the Drina river canyon, additional info here [2]

Fishing on Drina river

Swimming, boat drive, kayaking and other water sports (Jaz beach)

Dinner in one of the Višegrad restaurants

Night life- live local music on Fridays and Saturdays

Visit of the Visegrad spa description at[3] or info at the official web site of the Hotel Vilina vlas [4]

Visit of the Dobrun monastery

Visit Mokra Gora in Serbia, by bus (take your passport!). It is possible to explore Drvengrad ("Wooden town") - the film set for Kusturica's film "Life is a Miracle" - and take a trip on the Sargan-8 narrow gauge mountain railway, and get back to Visegrad in one day. Catch the Uzice-bound bus at approx 09:45, and ask to get off at Mokra Gora station (not the village). The 13:25 train takes you up in the mountains and is due back at 15:48, just in time to miss a bus back to Visegrad! Next bus is approx 18:15-18:30 but check with the owner of the station restaurant, who seems to have the most reliable information.

The narrow guage railway all the way from Visegrad to Mokra Gora is being restored. It was not open June 2010 but was expected to be open by the end of the year. This should be a major tourist attraction when it is fully operational.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Kruna restaurantKralja Petra bb + 387 65 626 561. 07-23. Etno restaurant Kruna, one of the best restaurants in Višegrad, national cuisine
  • Hotel Višegrad restaurantTrg palih boraca bb + 387 58 631 051. 07-23. This restaurant has a best position in the town,only 50 meters from the old bridge, it looks directly on the old bridge, it also has summer terrace which is opened during the summer season.

Big variety of local food.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Hotel Višegrad, south end of the old bridge. Easy to find, bright yellow and pink building! Recently modernised, clean. €43 for double room with breakfast (2010)

Connect[edit]

The Višegrad Tourism Bureau has an English website with many phone numbers and links helping visitors to the area. [5]

Go next[edit]

Buses out of town go from various places, depending on route and company, though many stop at the north end of the old bridge. Timings can also be a bit approximate if the bus has come a long way - Tourist Information Office at the south end of the bridge is the best source of reliable information.


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