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Vrelo Bosne (Spring of Bosna) is a spring and a green park at the source of the River Bosna, central Bosnia and Herzegovina, twelve kilometers southwest of Sarajevo, one of the country's top natural landmarks.

Vrelo Bosne is found on the outskirts of Sarajevo, near the suburb of Ilidža. One of the most famous scenes of natural beauty in the region, it is ironically located in Sarajevo's metro area.

If you don't have a car, it's best reached by taxi and can be combined with a visit to the War Tunnel Museum. The approach to the park down a long allée of tall trees is spectacular. Fancy houses from the Austro-Hungarian period line the allée, offering a peek into the luxuries of the past.

The park itself is a network of paths and bridges over bubbling streams and waterfalls and still pools reflecting the leafy surroundings. It's filled with shade and perfect for a warm summer's day. It's also one of the greenest places on earth. Nearby is the Roman Bridge, also worth looking at. The park has outdoor cafés, which can get crowded on summer weekends, but stray from the beaten track a bit, and it's hard to imagine a more peaceful oasis. There are also numerous minor attractions in the park, horse and carriage rides are also offered if you're more inclined to ride in and picnic sites. If you're spending any length of time in Sarajevo, Vrelo Bosne is a welcome break from the bustle of the city. A number of animals are kept in the park as well, such as ducks and swans.

After lack of maintenance during much of the 1990s, a giant revitalization project was launched in the year 2000. Local teenagers were led by international ecological organizations in the clean-up. By the end of the year, Vrelo Bosne was back to its former glory.

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