The mineral-water springs at Slana
Banja and Kiseljak are amongst the greatest natural
resources in Tuzla. The underground exploitation of raw
materials, however, has created such large sinkholes that a
good part of the old town has caved in.
recent years much effort has been put into a planned
revitalization of the area. What remains of the old town
is still charming and while strolling through the centre
you forget the industrial zone on the far side of the city.
Tuzla is a university and educational centre, so there are
always plenty of café's and clubs to visit for younger
travellers. The National Theatre
(Pozorisna st. 4) was built in 1898 during
Austro-Hungarian rule and is the oldest in the country.
Local productions are held regularly and although it's a
rarity to have plays or concerts in English, they do have
some excellent shows.
The Portrait Gallery (Ratka Vokica
st.) has continuous exhibitions of work by local and
international artists. Ismet Mujezinovic's Gallery
(Klosterska st. 17) is mainly dedicated to Mr
Mujezinovic himself. He was a painter from Tuzla, famous
enough to have a gallery established in his name and a
monument erected in his honour. The Eastern Bosnia Museum
(Dindic mahala st. on number 21, tel: + 387 35 318 320.) exhibits
historical and artistic pieces
and artifacts from the whole region. The Museum is open
Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Apart from Tuzla's many beautiful mosques, there is
also the Orthodox church that went untouched
throughout the war. The Franciscan monastery in town is
still very active and the Catholic community in Tuzla is
Just out of town in the village of Breska is a
200-year-old Catholic church. Being so far from the
sea and not having a Neretva or Una River nearby, the administrations of the northeast have embarked on a mission
to create large artificial lakes.
Panonika Lake, created near the saltwater wells in
the centre of town, was visited by 100,000 people in less
than two months when it first opened. A fifth of the lake is
saltwater which acts as a natural cleanser. The complex has
recently been enriched with another artificial lake. For
more information see:
www.panonika.ba. Entry fee is approximately 1,5 KM.
The town has
several other attractive picnic locations: Ilincica
is the closest to town; Lake Modrac, a massive lake
lined with beaches, restaurants and bed and breakfasts,
attracts the biggest crowds; Konjuh Mountain is the
best area if you're looking to do some hiking