The Bijambare Caves are a network of limestone caves located in central Bosnia & Herzegovina, near the town of Ilijaš. The caves are known for their stunning geological formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, and underground lakes.
The whole area is Protected Landscape and a haven of biodiversity, boasting a rich tapestry of over 800 species of vascular plants.
It’s a wildlife haven, home to a diverse array of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and more. Set within the stunning karst region, this area is a treasure trove of geological wonders, featuring karst sinkholes, sinkholes, and caves that will leave you in awe.
In the heart of this captivating landscape, you’ll discover the Bijambare Caves, a network of limestone caves that have been shaping and evolving for an astonishing 50 million years. These caves have been sculpted by the patient work of underground rivers, resulting in a mesmerizing world of geological formations. Stalactites, stalagmites, and enchanting underground lakes adorn these subterranean chambers.
While the Bijambare Caves hide several secrets beneath the surface, the Middle Cave is the only one open to the public.
Guided tours lead you through narrow passages and underground chambers, unveiling the mysteries of this ancient underground world. The Middle Cave, stretches for 500 meters and is composed of four grand halls. Visitors can easily explore it via a well-maintained asphalt path.
The Bijambare Caves offer more than just geological wonders.
The Upper Cave offers a panoramic view of the surrounding natural beauty and serves as an observation point.
Archaeological remains from the Stone Age were discovered in this cave, and they now find their home in the National Museum in Sarajevo.
Beyond the cave exploration, Bijamabre Protected Landscape invites you to savor its breathtaking landscapes, lush walking trails, and scenic cycling paths winding through evergreen and deciduous forests. Here, the beauty of nature transforms with each passing season, offering a unique experience year-round.
Immerse yourself in history as you encounter “stecci,” medieval tombstones…
… and find moments of tranquility at the hospitality center, complete with a kids playground for a well-deserved break.
For a leisurely tour of the area, hop on an electric train and let the landscape unfold before your eyes.
While you explore the Bijambare Caves and marvel at their delicate formations, remember to resist the temptation to touch the stalactites and stalagmites, for they are fragile and sensitive. The oils from your hands can hinder their natural growth.