Pannonian Lakes in the center of Tuzla are a unique complex throughout Europe. The only salt lakes on the Old Continent are only a few minutes walk from the city center. This unusual story began in 2003 by making the first lake, which is the largest today. Five years later, another lake was built, and immediately after it, waterfalls, which represent a unique open air inhalation center. The third Pannonian Lake was opened on September 1, 2012, with capacity of the complex being rounded up to the current 17,000 visitors.
In 16 years of existence, more than four million people visited salty lakes in Tuzla, and there are up to 15,000 bathers on a daily basis.
-From the ugliest part of the city, which was ruined by the sinking of the soil, the most beautiful one has been created. It is a complex consisting of three lakes, waterfalls, stilt settlement, geological setting, sports and recreation center, children’s amusement park, and accompanying facilities such as restaurants and cafes – says Edin Jahić, director of the Tourism Association of the City of Tuzla, for the magazine Visit B&H.
In addition, there are also concerts, as well as other cultural and entertainment events in the Pannonian Lakes.
Thanks to this unique phenomenon, Tuzla becomes a mandatory tourist destination for people from all over BiH, but also those beyond our borders.
-Lakes are constantly filled with visitors from BiH, but also from neighboring countries. Moreover, thanks to the Tuzla Airport, which has excellent connections with Europe, there are more and more visitors from European countries, as well as Scandinavia. Visitors no longer come here for a one-day excursions, but with families on an annual leave, says Jahić.
-In order to improve availability and visibility of the tourist offer, the Tourism Association of the City of Tuzla launched the project on the website tztz.ba. This is a virtual walk around the city “cityguide360“. All visitors to the website can enjoy the virtual shadow through the city and find all the most important information, from cultural and historical monuments, tourist destinations, restaurants, hotels … Every location, besides photographs, is covered by a textual part, in three languages.