The Kastel Fortress in Banja Luka is medieval but is situated on the site of previous fortifications going all the way back to Roman and even pre-Roman times. The fortress is relatively well-preserved, and is one of Banja Luka's main attractions, situated on the left bank of the Vrbas river in the very center of town. 

The site has been fortified since Roman times, but the current walls and architecture were made mainly in 1490s by Ottoman reign.


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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Nell Nikitina (8 months ago)
Half the place was closed on Sunday, which was upsetting for we came from far away to have a look. The part that is open was partially in ruins and littered. The garbage was everywhere around the entrance, looked like there was some kind of a party of festival the day before and there was nobody to clean the mess. It’s actually best to look at the fortress from the riverside, you can seat at the bank and enjoy. Or just cross the bridge and go to the restaurant
veljaivanovic76 (9 months ago)
Unique symbol of the town. Best place for festive manifestation's and exhibit of the arts
Dorina Leigh (10 months ago)
Such a gorgeous place. I felt so calm & relaxed there. Beautiful old trees, an old fortress. The only thing lacking is some garden with flowers.
Post Indie rock (2 years ago)
I think it has potential, hopefully they finish repairs soon so more of the fort can open up. Overall, a good time in the center of the city with pretty views. Maybe put a guard rail up at some parts of the fort to prevent people from possibly falling.
Lena Alexandra Karalic (3 years ago)
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