This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Jajce. To help you make friends with Jajce before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Jajce is a small town in the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina, not far from Zenica, Banja Luka, and Sarajevo. It is situated on the Vrbas River and its population is about twenty-five thousand. There is also another river -- Pliva -- that is close to the town; although Pliva is not a big river, the nature around it is very picturesque and offers great opportunities for fishing. Tourists can have a rest from the big city as the atmosphere near the Pliva River is very relaxing, the views are amazing, and the waterfalls can stun even experienced travelers and nature lovers.
The place has been populated since the Stone Age and curious guests can visit the ruins not far from the city. There are also Bronze Age and Iron Age ruins, but the town was first mentioned in modern history in the late fourteenth century when Hravoe Vuksic Harvatinich was named Earl of Jajce. During the Middle Ages, the town developed quickly and was among the largest settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the fifteenth century, it was an important economic center and at the dawn of the Bosnian state, it became the seat of the Bosnian rulers. The last Bosnian king was crowned in Jajce and lived there for two years before dying there in the mid-fifteenth century. In fact, the city was shortly even a capital before the country was conquered by the Ottoman Empire. During World War II, Jajce was a center of the anti-fascist movement in Yugoslavia and it has monuments commemorating this fact.
Jajce is not a famous backpacker destination and there are not so many hostels in Jajce. However, the Jajce hostels offer great conditions, which are above the average for Bosnia and Herzegovina. A big advantage is that prices are quite low for any standards and staying in the town is more than affordable.
Written by local enthusiast for Jajce hostelsGeorge Traveller