The town of Jajce is located on the banks of rivers Vrbas and Pliva, 164 km north-west of Sarajevo. Built in the 14th century, Jajce at the time was the capital of the Bosnian Kingdom. The kingdom fell to the Ottomans in 1463, but was retaken the following year by Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus. Eventually in 1527, Jajce became the last Bosnian town to fall to the Ottoman Empire.
From Sarajevo, the town of Jajce is about a 4 hour bus ride,and costs 37 marks return (19€) You can buy the ticket either at the main bus station or book them in the Centrotrans office in Ferhadija street, Sarajevo. Please note that when buying return you have to reserve the ticket to book yourself a seat on the bus ride back to Sarajevo. I did this as soon as I got into Jajce and only cost me 0.50 marks. I recommend taking the 7.30am bus that goes to Bihac and then just get off at Jajce, which should arrive around 11.30am. The bus back to Sarajevo is at 5.35pm leaving you 6 hours to explore the old town and waterfalls.
Jacje attractions pass
For 6 marks ( 3€) you can get the 3 day pass to all 5 cultural/historical attractions. Otherwise they are 2 marks each. You are required to show the ticket to the authorized person as they need to date it.
The fortress in Jajce was built around the 14th century by Hrvoje Vukčić Hrvatinić, the founder of the town and has been repaired and rebuilt over the centuries.
The fortress was built on a “egg shaped” hill, with an area of over 11,000m2 and high wall with a length of 1300 meters. Pliva and Vrbas rivers naturally protected the fortress, but the town was conquered when the Jajce fortress was the last one to fall to the Ottomans in 1527.
Walking around the walls, seeing the beautiful mountain scenery- it is easy to see why the people of Jajce fought so hard to defend this city.
The Catacombs in Jajce are hollowed out underground in solid rock, and were built in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. The Duke during this period, Hrvoje Vukčić Hrvatinić wanted this to be the final resting place for his family.
The tombs were much cooler than the heat outside and is only lit up by small lamps. I was lucky to come on a quiet day and had the place all to myself to explore, but also was creepy knowing I was alone in a place where there were 500 year old tombs.
The museum displays the customs and traditions, and the cultural & historical heritage of Jajce.The exhibits in the main part of the museum are related to the customs and traditions of life in Jajce and has a mini set up of a traditional Bosnian room from the Ottoman Era. So much detail went into everything from the smallest of things such as pots & cup and the hand crochet seating to the larger items like tables, shelves and rugs- and everything was handmade back in those days.
Upstairs in the museum, there is a rock and mineral collection from Jajce. It is amazing to see just how much can be found underground in a small place as Jajce.
I left the best for last as you can get pretty wet if you go up close the the waterfalls. You can view the falls from the top of the road, then follow the sign down to the waterfall where the guys will stamp your ticket.
Now part of the UNESCO, the Jajce waterfall is the heart of the town and is one of the most unique waterfalls in the world. The magnificent 17 meter high waterfall is situated at the place where the river Pliva flows into the river Vrbas. It was once 30 meters high, but an earthquake during the 90’s war and attacks on the power plant up the river caused the area to flood and thus making it smaller.
Jajce waterfall is one of the many beautiful ones B&H has to offer. Have you been to this wonderful waterfall, or any other ones around the world? I want to hear your stories!