Sutjeska National Park is a protected area located in the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was established in 1962 and covers an area of more than 200 square kilometers. The park is named after the Sutjeska river that flows through it.
Sutjeska National Park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Some of the species found in the park include bears, wolves, lynx, chamois, and many species of birds and plants. The park is also home to the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglić, which stands at over 2,386 meters above sea level.
One of the most popular attractions in Sutjeska National Park is the Perucica forest. This forest is one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe and is home to a number of rare and endangered species. Visitors to the park can explore the forest on a number of hiking trails, or take a guided tour to learn more about the unique flora and fauna of the area.
Another popular attraction in the park is the Skakavac waterfall, which is one of the highest waterfalls in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The waterfall is located in a steep, rugged valley and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Visitors can also enjoy picnicking and camping in the park.
In addition to its natural beauty, Sutjeska National Park is also rich in cultural and historical significance. The park was the site of the famous Battle of Sutjeska during World War II, in which Yugoslav partisan forces fought against the German army. Today, visitors can visit the Tjentište memorial complex, which commemorates the battle and the fallen soldiers.
Overall, Sutjeska National Park is a beautiful and diverse natural area that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in exploring the park’s abundant flora and fauna, enjoying its natural scenery, or learning about its rich history, Sutjeska National Park is a must-see destination in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Things to to at NP Sutjeska
People mostly visit Sutjeska because they want to experience the beautiful nature this park offers, so it is obvious there are numerous marked paths intended for hikers so they could fully explore the park.
Total of nine hiking trails, of which the longest and the hardest is 22 kilometres long and it is usually passed in 8 hours using moderate tempo of walking and without resting
Longer trails demand caution, physical fitness and appropriate footwear so if you are not up to them try shorter ones
Although one of the shortest (only 2 km), trail VI Prijevor – Maglić is categorized as hard because it is actually an alpine trail. To climb up, you should have appropriate technical equipment, a helmet, harness, crampons and an ice ax.
For those who like to explore on bike, there is one trail just for cyclists. The trail starts at Tjentiste (by the Information Centre) where you have the option of renting bicycles if you don’t have your own.
The trail is 48 km long and it ends at lake Orlovac where the hunting lodge and camp are located.
Adrenaline addicts can experience rafting on the Tara river in the Sutjeska canyon. Tourists who decide to ‘ride’ the Tara river will get the following rafting equipment: neoprene suit and boots, life jacket, helmet and paddle, and in case of rain, a raincoat.
They will be trained by a professional skipper, who controls the boat. Rafting on Tara is also possible in the neighbouring NP Durmitor, only 2 hour drive from Sutjeska.
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