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Banja Luka, the main city in the Republika Srpska, feels very different to Sarajevo and Mostar. Original Ottoman buildings were lost to time and rebuilt into a modern European-style by the Austro-Hungarians in the late 19th century. Strolling through the leafy suburbs of the central pedestrian zone, VeselinMaslesa Street, you’ll get a sense you’ve long left Bosnia.
Although not a singular entity, , formerly GospodskaStreet, deserves mentioning. Colourful European-style buildings with lavish neo-renaissance façades line Banja Luka’s main pedestrian street. Decorations and carvings cover the windows and doors of the shops and cafes below. Take a stroll and marvel at some of the older, more elegant Austrian styles in Banja Luka.