Doboj is at a pivotal point on the
rivers Usora and Bosna. It is one of those Bosnian towns
where you can find mosques and Catholic and Orthodox
churches close to each other.
is also the town where the Rabbi for Bosnia and Herzegovina
lives. Doboj's Jewish Cultural Centre, destroyed in
the Second World War, was restored only recently. Although
life here has been traced back to the Stone Age, the first
recorded settlement was in the 1st century when the Romans
conquered these territories and built the Kastrum and the
small settlement of Kanube.
Kastrum is now the main fortress in the centre of the
town and was enhanced by the Bosnian aristocracy and the
Ottomans when they arrived in Doboj in the 16th century.
Much of it is still intact and the view from the fortress's
hilltop position is worth the climb. One of the attractive
spots nearby is Mount Ozren, the mountain right next
to Doboj. There are a few 13th century monasteries
(St. Nichola’s Monastery near Petrovo being the most interesting
For more leisurely entertainment, there is the small,
natural and very clean Eagle's Lake ('Orlovo Jezero').
If you want to swim and eat, you could go to Goransko
Jezero , some 5 km from
downtown Doboj. It is clean and surrounded by forests – and it
has a restaurant. These lakes
now have to compete with Dzungla, a
sophisticated swimming complex that opened a couple of years
ago (address: Nikola Pasica bb). Doboj was one the most important railway
knots in pre-war Yugoslavia, and it is still possible to
take the train from here to Zagreb, Ljubljana, Belgrade,
Budapest and Sarajevo. It is a town you have to go through
to get from Sarajevo to most places in the northeast.