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Mostar is a small medieval town in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
If you’re in Mostar and want to have a cool view of the city, head to this cross. The one you see in the featured photo of this article. The one you can see from almost any place in the city.
Right from the moment we arrived to Mostar, when I saw this hill, I knew. I want to hike the Hum hill.
At that moment I didn’t yet know how that hill is called, and if it’s even possible to get to the top of it. Or to any of the nearby hills. I just saw a cross – the Millenium Cross, and that made me think.
If there’s a cross, then it should be possible to get there.
It is possible.
Hiking in Mostar: The Hum Hill Hike
Before I go into details, remember this – follow the road!
DON’T just hike up the mountain. It might be seriously dangerous.
There are still a lot of landmines left from the war in Bosnia. You don’t want to step on one. The same unfortunately applies to many places in Bosnia.
If you’re hiking in Mostar, follow the road instead!
There are still a lot of landmines left from the war in Bosnia.
You can walk all the way up or you can take a taxi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 4 miles / 6.4 km (from the Mostar Old Bridge);
TIME: 60 – 90 minutes to walk down, about 2 hours to walk up.
1. How to Get to the Millenium Cross in Mostar
You have two options.
You can either walk or you can take a taxi.
Or you can do like we did – take a taxi to the top and walk back down.
A taxi ride from the old town costs around 10 BAM. Taxis use meters, so you don’t have to haggle about the price.
If you’ll be walking, simply follow the Google Maps.
At first you are walking in the city.
Then for about one third of the way you are walking on a road with traffic.
And the last third – on a road used only by those going to the Millenium Cross (Križ na Humu).
2. Mostar Cross Hike: Our Experience
It was the first day it was sunny during our trip to Bosnia.
So we decided to take a taxi to the top, while it’s sunny. To enjoy the views and the area. And then to walk down on our own. That turned out to be a great idea. As soon the sky started getting more and more cloudy by minute.
Walking down is very straight forward.
You just follow the road.
Except for one thing.
There is a shortcut, which can help you to save some 20 minutes.
And you don’t have to walk on a busy road for too long.
That’s after you get on the “busy road.”
The shortcut – you can walk through Groblje Šoinovac cemetery.
You’ll see the entrance from the road.
It’s right next to the road.
And it looks like this:
If you’re walking from the town, it’s harder to notice it.
3. How to Get to Mostar
Mostar ir a super cute town in Bosnia, a popular tourist destination.
It’s a small town you also go on a day trip to.
Sarajevo to Mostar
The best way to travel from Sarajevo to Mostar is by train.
Mostar to sarajevo train leaves every day, several times a day.
Book your ticket online at www.zfbh.ba/en/. You’ll have to go to the information counter at the train station to get the ticket printed out. Don’t forget your passport or ID.
Dubrovnik to Mostar
The best and easiest way to travel between the two is by bus.
Since they are only a 2-hour ride away, you can go on a day trip to mostar from Dubrovnik. Or you can book a full day Dubrovnik – Mostar trip and not bother about the transportation.
Have you been in Mostar? Did you do the Hum Hill Hike? Did you go to the Millenium Cross?
Book Your Trip Like a PRO
1. Book Your Flight
2. Book Your Accommodation
Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!
3. Buy Your Travel Insurance
World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.