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The bridge on Drina


The Bridge on the Drina is the Nobel Prize winning novel written by Ivo Andric, Yugoslavian writer. The story is about the life in a small town of Visegrad in Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The novel begins its story in sixteen century when the famous bridge was built by Turkish Grand Vizir Mehmet Pasha Sokolovic. The bridge turns the lives of the villagers upside down and becomes the centre of their community. The story is a fiction, but the historical facts are real and so is the bridge. I read the book twice and I always wanted to walk over the bridge. The bridge is magnificent as I expected. Its monumental structure, its age and its size make it very special even for the ones who haven’t read the book. Sadly the bridge witnessed many wars and tragic moments and I couldn’t get out of my mind the facts what happened here during the last conflict.


The arches and strong pillars are architectural masterpiece.


A view on the bridge from the right (Eastern) riverbank.


In the middle of the bridge is a memorial wall with two tablets from sixteen century.


A view on Visegrad town from the bridge.

If you are travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina it is worth to stop by at the bridge in Visegrad. The town lies in Republika Srpska entity and it is close to the border with Serbia. It takes around two and a half hours drive from Sarajevo. Apart from visitingthe bridge there is not much to do or see in Visegrad, but the way from Sarajevo to Visegrad is rewarding enough, especially the scenic route through Romanija (via Rogatica town). If you continue your way to Serbia, pay attention to Dobrun monastery close to the border.

Check out my other posts on Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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8 Comments

  1. Ana's Gravatar Ana
    July 1, 2009    

    Love #1!
    I haven’t been there yet, maybe in August? ;)

  2. July 1, 2009    

    Ana, we are going to take different route. But don’t worry – you will love it!

  3. February 2, 2010    

    River Drina is one of the most beautiful river in Europe. Very clean river with some amazing points: bridge in Visegrad, Canyon of river Drina and Perucac lake in Serbia. The best time for visit Drina is between May and September. During the summer you can enjoy in swimming in Perucac Lake.

  4. February 2, 2010    

    Mitar, I can only agree about Drina! I’ve been to Perucac lake and loved it. The only bad thing about it is huge quantities of garbage from the city of Visegrad that is floating on the river…

  5. Drina's Gravatar Drina
    February 2, 2010    

    I dont know, whene have you been. In the winter and spring, there is a lot of garbage. Before summer season (end of May and begin of June) Perucac lake become clear because of organized cleaning, but to the end of September a new plastic battles comes from Visegrad and lake become againn full with plastic bags and bottles.

  6. April 18, 2010    

    I am sure that i will come back to your site soon. Keep us posting

  7. September 6, 2010    
  8. January 22, 2011    

    Looks beautiful! I traveled around Bosnia a few years ago and had mixed feelings about the place, but my best memory was jumping off a bridge into a river similar to that one.

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