The park covers an area of 17,250 ha, more than half of which is covered by forests, while the other part consists of pastures, barren land and mountain lakes.
From the east, it is surrounded by Mount Pivska (1,775 m) and the River Piva down to Šćepan field, and further from the Drina River to the mouth of the Sutjeska River, to the west is Mount Zelengora (2,014 m) connected with Mount Lelija (2,032 m), in the southeast there are Mount Maglić (2,386 m), Mount Volujak (2,337 m) and Mount Bioč (2.397m) in Montenegro. The River Sutjeska flows thorugh this aera together with several tributaries. The most attractive park area is Perućica primeval forest (1.291 ha), unique in Europe.
It was proclaimed a national park in 1962. Particularly interesting are beautiful mountain lakes of glacial origin, also known as “mountain eyes”, which because of its beauty and attractiveness are the outstanding tourist site of the region. .
Sutjeska National Park manages a rich hunting ground of 53 240 ha in area.
In this exceptional area, besides natural beauties, there are numerous material and historical evidences presenting the history, lifestyle and traditions of the region in a specific way.
The great wealth that dates back to 700 years ago are the stećak tombstones, which will tell you their own story with symbols carved on them.
The people of this area were involved in livestock breeding, as evidenced by katuni – summer herders’ settlements. Even today, herders of the region, according to the centuries-old tradition, take their livestock to pastures during summer.
From the recent history, there is a distinctive monument from the World War II, which tells the story of Battle of Sutjeska and witness the suffering of the people of this region. The monument is located in the Tjentište memorial complex, where visitors can visit the “Battle of Sutjeska” (1943) memorial room, whose interior is decorated with wall frescoes.
Sutjeska National Park can be reached by the main road route Belgrade-Višegrad and Foča-Tjentište-Trebinje-Dubrovnik. The central part of the park is about 20 km away from Foča.
Places to visit:
– Tara River Canyon (the first in depth in Europe, second in the world)
– Skakavac Waterfall (75 m)- – – –
– Lakes ‘Mountain Eyes’
– Mount Maglić, the highest peak in BiH (2386 m)
– Perućica primeval forest
– Earth pyramids
Culture and events
The stećak tombstones are a great value that dates back 700 years age, as well as katuni – summer cattle pastures. Even today, herders of the region, according to the centuries-old tradition, take their livestock to pastures during summer.
– Vidovdan climb on Mount Maglić and Mount Zelengora lakes
– Europark’s Day celebration
– The Battle of Sutjeska’s Day commemoration
– Mount Zelengora lakes
– Sutjeska rally
Flora and fauna
– over 2,600 species of vascular herbs with a high percentage of endemic and rare species
– 100 species of edible mushrooms, and a large number of species from the Red list, ie. rare, endangered and sensitive ones
– 114 bird species.
– Hotel Mladost