Upon the hosts invitation from the National Park Sutjeska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), tourism journalists and tour operators from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Russia, visited this outstanding destination, characteristic for its landscape beauty and diversity, other than the relation to history, whatever its current interpretation may be. At 380 km from Belgrade and 93 km from Sarajevo, in the mountain area in the Southeast part of the Republic of Srpska, at the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, quiet valleys, dense forest complexes, pastures and mountain peaks replace each other - the National Park Sutjeska, the oldest and biggest National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, becoming increasingly interesting for tourism, includes the Sutjeska area with the Nature Reserve Perućica, parts of the mountains Maglić (the highest mountain peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina), Volujak, Vučevo and Zelengora, the canyons of the rivers Sutjeska, Hrčavka and Jabučnica, Skakavac waterfall, as well as 8 mountain lakes of glacial origin - 'The Mountain Eyes". The Park takes the area of 17,250 ha and its most attractive part is the Rain Forest PERUĆICA (1,291 ha), the best known European rain forest, where any human intervention is strictly prohibited. Ms. Mirjana Radović, Manager of the Sector for Development and Advancement of the National Park Sutjeska, says "Declared as a National Park in 1962, the National Park Sutjeska is the most diverse complex environment system in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most diverse ones in the Southeast Europe. It is rich in flora and fauna and the species among which many of them are endemic". We find out the National Park Sutjeska also manages the Zelengora Hunting Ground (53,240 ha), full of bears, chamoises, does, grouses and wild boars.
However, nature is not the only attraction of this region. An important place is taken by history, as well. There are also tombstones - Stećci there, some of them even more than 700 years old. Interesting are also Katuni (shepherds' log cabins) reminding the people of this region always raised cattle. Thus, modern and comfortable versions of this accommodation type were built for tourists. Recent history was marked by the monument from the Second World War, which tells its story about the Battle on the Sutjeska and disaster of the people from this region. So many years passed after the Fifth Offensive, the generations know less and less about it, the interpretations are increasingly different, but the Monument in the Memorial Complex Tjentište, with the Memorial Room the Battle on the Sutjeska (1943) and the wall frescoes is however, a reminder of a time being for many the motive for a tourism or pilgrimage visit to this destination.
Once, Gear Patrol magazine included the National Park Sutjeska among 25 best global destinations that should be visited, calling it Yosemite of the Balkans, by one of the best visited parks in California. Therefore Mr. Dejan Pavlović, CEO of the NP Sutjeska, says "The NP Sutjeska place is on the top of the global elite destinations. We renewed the accommodation capacities, we have got exclusive villas, our food are the organic products bought from the local inhabitants. Although this used to be the meeting point of the youth, now the focus is on the international guests bringing, not only from Europe, but also from other continents. We are a natural oasis with a medical/tourism center we shall initiate. We alsp plan the construction of a new ski track with the chair lift, for the winter tourism reviving".
All in all, the National Park Sutjeska - Tjentište is really a travel destination to be recommended. The offer is contributed also by the Sport & Recreation Center with the grounds for almost all sport types, as well as the outdoor swimming pool (16,000 sq. m.). Plus history, with or without the former times sentiment. And, in the opinion of the Internet Serbia Travel News Team, this is the winning combination.