Prijedor is a town, municipality, and settlement located in the western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the banks of the Sana River. The Prijedor municipality is the second-largest in the Republic of Srpska and sixth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city of Prijedor became known as a shopping center thanks to the accelerated development of the city after the construction of a railway road connecting Banja Luka and Zagreb in 1873.
Archaeological research has proven that the area of Prijedor was inhabited almost 5,000 years ago. Although Prijedor is one of the youngest cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the tribe of Mezeia was inhabited here in the pre-Roman and Roman era. Over the next few centuries, many nations ruled this area, and from the sixteenth century onwards, the Turks imprinted their seal. The name Prijedor for the first time appeared in 1696 during the Turkish-Austrian War, in the Latin written text of a certain Count Baćani. From the second half of the 18th century, Prijedor began to develop rapidly. The greatest achievement was the construction of the first railway in the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1873. Prijedor shared the fate of many cities and fell under the grief of plague and cholera, and in 1882, almost the entire city burned in a fire. During the Austro-Hungarian rule, Prijedor took on the characteristics of a modern Central European city. At that time in Prijedor, there was a printing press, a town reading room, a communal school, a soccer club, first tennis, football and handball clubs. After the Second World War, great losses and destruction, the city continued to develop rapidly, especially thanks to Ljubija iron ore and the pulp mill.
Mountain Kozara is located in the north-western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is known to the people as “the beauty of Krajina”. The Kozara Mountain is abounded with thick complexes of deciduous and coniferous forests, spring, clean and fresh air and water. It boasts rich fauna and flora, picturesque landscapes and has a very positive impact on the psychophysical condition. Those who visit Kozara in search of an adventure can make their stay complete with hiking, biking, sports climbing and skiing. In order to preserve and protect cultural and historical and natural values, the central part of the Kozara Mountains, which is 3,907.54 ha, was declared a national park in 1967.
The eco-center Ljekarice is 30 kilometers away from Prijedor, and it is a very popular tourist destination. All visitors can expect refreshments during hot summer days with swimming and sports activities on the water. Within the center, there are many improvised sports fields, as well as arranged terrains for setting up camping trailers and tents. The natural environment along the lakes, springs and rivers in the vicinity of the coniferous forest, is a real oasis of peace and escape from everyday life and noise.
Kozarska Gora represents an ideal setting for a variety of activities such as hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, canyoning, sports climbing, and skiing.
At Mrakovica, there is an arranged ski trail, 800 meters long, as well as ski-lifts for adults and children.
In Prijedor, all visitors can enjoy various specialties, both domestic and international cuisine. Prijedor is a city known for cultivating rural tourism. Most of the households who live in the village, in addition to private accommodation, give visitors a chance to enjoy the traditional home-grown dinners with the glee of healthy domestic food. All the village hosts gladly prepare the culinary specialties of Kozara and Potkozar, and they cherish the tradition of their people.
The nightlife in Prijedor is very diverse and provides something for everyone who wants a good time. Some cafes and bars host live gigs of diverse music content, and you can also find parties where DJs are filling the dancefloors.