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The translation of Krajina is frontier. 'Kraj' literally means: end. It was this 'end' of the Ottoman front that was for centuries the frontier land against the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Krajina, just over the border to the west, was at one time crucial to the
Ottoman conquest and was used by the Ottomans as a defence line. As the
empire began to decline the frontier slipped back into Bosnia and the
entire northwest part of the country became known as the Bosanska Krajina,
the Bosnian Frontier.
What is most striking about the Krajina is the
beautiful interconnected rivers and the lush, green
countryside. The sheer quantity of crystal-clear rivers in this region is
phenomenal. The Vrbas, Una, Sana, Sanica and Unac rivers are only a few of
the pure water sources that flow into the Sava River. The Bosnian
Krajina's greatest tourist attractions all revolve around its natural
resources. Just about anywhere in the Krajina one can find beautiful
places to hike, walk, bike, fish, hunt or just enjoy a lazy day in the