Banja Luka is a capital of Republika Srpska and a city with long and rich history. Banja Luka has never been considered a popular tourist destination as this is a large industrial center, but the city has become very popular recently. The reasons for that lay in mild climate and picturesque nature.
The capital is unmatched with any other city in the region in terms of the number of boulevards and parks. The main entertainment of tourists is walks or bicycle rides along tennis valleys and watching wonderful flowered beds and greenery. A huge part of the city’s historical heritage was destroyed during the tragic incident in 1993, when Serbian citizen soldiers destroyed 16 ancient mosques – the main architectural value of Banja Luka.
Now the main sight of Banja Luka is an ancient fortress built on the shore of Vrbas. The Temple of Christ the Savior has been opened after renovation not long ago, the same applies to the President Palace.
However, architectural buildings are not the only value of this resort. It is famous by its natural sulfurous springs, around which are built modern balneological centers that are so popular among tourists from Europe. Despite the fact there are not so many hotels in Banja Luka and so the choice is not so wide, vast majority of hotels are very comfortable and cozy. Each one has restaurants on its territory, where people can try dishes from national and other European cuisines. Each year the city celebrates Winter Festival on February 21. This is a grand celebration, during which visitors can see colorful parades and concerts. The festival ends on March 7 and this period is known as the best time to visit Banja Luka.