Travnik is situated in the valley of the Lasva River and bordered by Vlasic Mountain to the north and Mount Vilenica to the south. Like many Bosnian towns, Travnik’s tourism is based largely on its history and geography. Nearby Mt. Vlašić is one of the tallest peaks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and an excellent spot for skiing, hiking, and sledding. Numerous structures dating to the Ottoman era have survived in near perfect condition, such as numerous mosques, oriental homes, two clock towers (sahat kula; Travnik is the only city in Bosnia and Herzegovina to have two clock towers), and fountains. The city’s old town dates back to the early 15th century, making it one of the most popular widely accessible sites from that time.Once the seat of Bosnia’s Turkish viziers (Ottoman governors), the castle town of Travnik is now best known for its sheep’s cheese, and as the birthplace of Nobel Prize–winning author Ivo Andrić, who set his classic Bosnian Chronicle here.
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