Tuzla

24 Hours in Tuzla

24 Feb 2020
Tuzla is too special a city to get only 24 hours of your time, but we are more aware than most of the restraints of the modern world. Can’t be everywhere at all times, right? Well, at least you’re giving Tuzla 24 hours of your time, even if it should be at least 24 years. If you’re in a rush, this is your guide to your perfect day in Tuzla.

Morning

You’re in Bosnia & Herzegovina, so your day is going to start with coffee. Tuzla has caffeine options aplenty, but we recommend nipping out of the immediate centre and heading to Coffee Zone, a charming little cafe just a short walk from Trg Slobode. If you happen to be there in summer, the garden is a real delight.

Now, it might seem silly to start such a rushed day by charging 3km out of the town centre, but every now and then we come across a museum that demand such attention. Tuzla’s Museum of Salt is a curious one — a poor location, a dilapidated building and no English suggest a missable spot — but there is a charm about it that we fell in love with almost immediately. The history of Tuzla and salt, from the Neolithic to the present day. Artefacts, photographs, blueprints and more; this museum will surprise you.

Head back to the centre for a little bit of wandering, ambling around the old centre taking in the gorgeous architecture and unbeatable atmosphere of this delightful town. Stop at the Kapija to pay your respects before moving towards the statues of Meša Selimović and Ismet Mujezinović, taking a picture before heading on to the Turalibeg Mosque, after which is a great chance to stop for coffee. Don’t be put off by the modern hint of Hashtag Author's name — this is a great spot for a refill. Move on to Limenka for lunch, where you can taste the best of the best when it comes to Bosnian food.

Afternoon

It all depends on the weather of course, but an afternoon by the Pannonian Salt Lakes is a must during the Tuzla summer. Tuzla is home to Europe’s only salt lake and the water offers all sorts of respite during the burning heat of the summer. Almost all of the area seems to head this way for a swim, a drink and something to eat. It doesn’t get much better than this.

After a short spell by the water, head to the flora. The area behind the lakes is a gorgeous little park with a number of sombre monuments dotted throughout. The memorials to those lost during the Bosnian War and World War II are as poignant and sombre as they should be, and the entire park is wrapped in an elegance that really delights. Keep an eye on the Kuća Plamena Mira — you never know what might be going on.

Evening

A whole day of sightseeing means you deserve a drink or three, so round the day off with a trip to the Tuzlansko brewery. The dominance of international lagers means the domestic brew isn’t largely available throughout the city centre, but where better to sample than it than from the brewery itself? The Pivnica Taverna is a great place for an evening of beer, enhanced by some seriously good pub food as well. It can get quite rowdy in here, but we really expect nothing less when it comes to an old tavern. If you’re still after a little more, the St James Irish Pub is nearby, arguably the best pub in town and one of the finest Irish pubs in the country. What better way to end the day?

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