Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegowina
Impressions of Banja Luka
Banja Luka, with a population of 225,000, is the second largest city of Bosnia-Herzegowina. It is situated on both sides of the river Vrbas, which originates from a charming rock canyon and flows down into the Pannonic Plains. The entire city area is full of tree-lined avenues, gardens and parks and resembles a green watercolour painting. The natural beauties of the surrounding area guarantee the city of Banja Luka an important position in tourism. The current name of the city was first mentioned in a document in 1494. An important event in the history of Banja Luka was the great earthquake of October 1969, which destroyed the city and its surrounding area.