Near Sarajevo! Bijambare are one of the most beautiful caves in Bosnia and Herzegovina!

If you’re not already aware, Bosnia and Herzegovina is indeed a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Brimming with natural diversity and heritage, this country conceals numerous wonders within the region, and one such wonder is caves.

Caves also abound throughout the country, varying in size from large to small, popular and those hidden waiting to be discovered. Alongside Vjetrenica, the largest cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina, you’ll find other notable caves such as Orlovača cave, Luka’s cave, Govještica cave, Djevojačka cave, and the protected area of Bijambare caves. Each of them offers a unique opportunity to delve into the underground marvels of this captivating country.

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The Bijambare caves are arguably the most unique among them all. Located just outside the city of Sarajevo, the caves are approximately a 40-kilometer drive from the capital toward Tuzla, situated between the settlements of Nišići and Krivajevići, and are a perfect place to visit over the weekend.

 

 

 

The Protected Landscape of Bijambare covers an area of 497 hectares at 950 meters above sea level. It includes eight magnificent caves: Middle Cave, Upper Cave, Lower Cave, Đuriča Cave, Dimša Cave, Ice Cave, Glacier Cave, and New Cave. Additionally, you can explore one of the country’s medieval tombstone (stećci) necropolises within the area.

Out of all 8 caves, only two were adapted for the free maneuver of tourists, the Upper and the Middle caves, while others can only be visited by experienced speleologists.

 

 

Bijambare medieval tombstone (stećci), Photo: Zavičajac, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

The Upper (Gornja) Cave dates back to the Early Stone Age and shows signs of use by cavemen. Stone processing tools and remains of animals dating around 10,000 years were discovered within its 16-meter height and 12-meter width. The cave is renowned for its position and panoramic view.

The Middle (Srednja) Cave is indeed extraordinary, stretching 420 meters in a straight line with a lake and four halls. Abundant with stalactites and stalagmites, the fourth and largest hall possesses acoustic properties. As you walk along the marked trail, visitors may encounter various species, including bats.

 

 

 

What’s even more intriguing is that, apart from exploring the caves and embarking on a journey to prehistoric times, take a ride on the park’s train, hike along the marked trails, relax by Bjelila Lake, or indulge in the local cuisine at the nearby restaurant.

Bijambare, Photo: Pixabay

 

The entrance fee to the Protected Landscape Bijambare is 1 euro (2 KM) for adults, and to enter the caves, it is 1.5 euros (3 KM).

 

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