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Sarajevo + BiH in winter

by NielsBE

Hi all,

I will be leaving for a 7-day visit to Sarajevo in the first place, but obviously some time to spend in the rest of the country. Nevertheless, this will be in winter (end of February), and thus roads are - as far as my Bradt travel guide concerns - to be avoided. I am an architecture student, and will without doubt be able to fill 4 days easily in Sarajevo. Yet, I'd also like to go to places like Potocari/Srebrenica, possibly Mostar and some other places around Sarajevo.

Are Potocari/Srebrenica easily accessible by public transport (bus, train)? Or should/could I rent a car and drive it without any risks anyway?

All help is more than welcome, and greatly appreciated!

Thanks a lot!

Re: Sarajevo + BiH in winter

by TheWanderingCamel

It takes 4 hours by bus from Sarajevo to Srebrenica. There's a bus from the main bus station at 07.10 (take bus 1 to get there) and another from the Eastern Sarajevo station at 08:40 (take trolleybus 103). The driver will let you off at Potocari if you ask him but you'll need to get a taxi after that to go on to Srebrenica . The buses return to Sarajevo at 14:30 for Eastern Sarajevo and 16:30 for main bus station.

You can easily get to Mostar by train from Sarajevo - there's one train a day, leaves Sarajevo at 0705 and gets to Mostar at about 0920. You can return the same day - the train goes at about 1830 and gets back to Sarajevo at about 2030 or stay the night (I would) and either get the train at 0730 next morning or spend another day and catch the evening train. Catching the later train would give you time to see more of Mostar or catch a bus to the beautiful village of Pocitelj

Single tickets from Sarajevo to Mostar cost 9.90KM (return: 14.10KM). An ISIC student card will get you a 30% discount.

The train journey is fantastic - one of the most scenic in Europe.

Re: Sarajevo + BiH in winter

by TheWanderingCamel

It takes 4 hours by bus from Sarajevo to Srebrenica. There's a bus from the main bus station at 07.10 (take bus 1 to get there) and another from the Eastern Sarajevo station at 08:40 (take trolleybus 103). The driver will let you off at Potocari if you ask him but you'll need to get a taxi after that to go on to Srebrenica . The buses return to Sarajevo at 14:30 for Eastern Sarajevo and 16:30 for main bus station.

You can easily get to Mostar by train from Sarajevo - there's one train a day, leaves Sarajevo at 0705 and gets to Mostar at about 0920. You can return the same day - the train goes at about 1830 and gets back to Sarajevo at about 2030 or stay the night (I would) and either get the train at 0730 next morning or spend another day and catch the evening train. Catching the later train would give you time to see more of Mostar or catch a bus to the beautiful village of Pocitelj

Single tickets from Sarajevo to Mostar cost 9.90KM (return: 14.10KM). An ISIC student card will get you a 30% discount.

The train journey is fantastic - one of the most scenic in Europe.

Re: Sarajevo + BiH in winter

by NielsBE

Thanks for your very valuable comment! I could not have wished for such a wonderful deal of information! Guess we will definitely visit Mostar then :)

Would you recommend going to Potocari and the monument? Or would you rather not?

Thanks for your help!

Re: Sarajevo + BiH in winter

by TheWanderingCamel

I can't say, I haven't been myself. The evidence of the war in Mostar, Sarajevo and Pocitelj was sobering enough. They are all beautiful places working their way towards recovery, that was what I wanted to see.

Travel Tips for Sarajevo

24hrs opened pharmacies

by adonai_2012

Well, this is a handy tip when going somewhere where you have not been fefore, or u have been but for a shorta while.

Bascarsija
Address: Obala Kulina Bana 40
Telephone: +387 33 272-300

Novo Sarajevo
Address: Zmaja od Bosne 51
Telephone: +387 33 713-830

Dobrinja
Address: Salke Lagumdzije 15
Telephone: +387 33 766-381

Ilidza
Address: Emira Boguniæa-Èarlija 3
Telephone: +387 33 762-181

ps. psychiatric drugs, antibiotics and heavy aenesthetics cannot be gotten in our pharmacie without a valid dr prescribtion-so take care of this issue This post of mine does not reffer to the fond memories, yet can help for the memories of our visiors to be fond indeed:)

BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Telephone...

by nishat

BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Telephone area codes
The international direct dialling (IDD) code for Bosnia is +387 followed by area code (33 for Sarajevo, 36 for Mostar, 35 for Tuzla, 37 for Bihac, 32 for Zenica), followed by subscriber's number.
The IDD code for Republika Srpska (RS) is +381 followed by area code (51 for Banja Luka, 57 for Pale), followed by subscriber's number.

Useful telephone numbers
Emergency hospital, Koldovorska Street, Sarajevo (English spoken): 611-111.

Chambers of Commerce
Chamber of Economy of Bosnia- Hercegovina, Mis. Irbina, 71000 Sarajevo (tel: 211-777; internet site: http:// www.komorabih.com/welcome.htm).
Chamber of Commerce, Zenica. (A bilingual contact list of local companies seeking to export can be obtained from the Chamber.)

Banking
Aurobanka, Mostar (tel: 444-444, 444-445, 444-456; fax: 444-400; internet site: http://www.aurobanka.com; e-mail: aurobanka.com).
Gospodarska Banka, International Division, Ferhadija 11/III, 71000 Sarajevo (tel: 208-907, 667-688; fax: 444-605).
Hercegovacka banka, Kneza Domagoja Street, Sarajevo (tel: 320-555; fax: 324-771; internet site: http://www.hercegovacka-banka.com; e-mail: herbank@hercegovacka- banka.com).
Hrvatska Banka, Kardinala Stepinca bb, 88000 Mostar (tel: 312-112; fax: 312-121).
Hrvatska Postanska Banka, Kneza Domagoja, Mostar (tel/fax: 316-020; e-mail: hpb-hb@int.tel.hr).
Investment Bank of the Federation of BiH, Paromlinska bb, Sarajevo (tel: 230-127; fax: 668-952; e-mail: info@ibf-bih.com).
Komercijalna Banka, Dzafer mahala 65/67, 75000 Tuzla (tel/fax: 259-000, 252-630; internet site: http:// www.kombanka.com.ba; e-mail: kombanka@kombanka.com.ba).
Privredna Banka Sarajevo, Obala Vojvode Stepe 19, 71000 Sarajevo (tel: 213-144).
National Bank of Bosnia-Hercegovina, Marsala Tita 25, 71999 Sarajevo (tel: 33-326).
Universal Banka, Branilaca sarajeva 20/V, 71000 Sarajevo (tel: 664-139; fax: 668-239; internet site: http:// www.universalbanka.ba; e-mail: uniba@bih.net.ba).

Travel information
Air Bosnia, Sarajevo office No 1 (tel: 610-000; fax: 667-954); Sarajevo office No 2 (tel: 203-330; fax: 209-350).
Air Commerce, Sarajevo (tel: 663-396; fax: 663-395).
Avio Express, Sarajevo (tel/fax: 653-179).

Ministries
Ministry of External Trade and International Communication, 9 Musala St, 71000 Sarajevo (tel: 664-831; fax: 655-060).

Other useful addresses
Agency for Privatisation in Federation of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Alipasina 41, Sarajevo (tel: 218-550; fax: 218-552; e-mail: apftbiro@bih.net.ba).
Bosnian Embassy (USA), 2109 E Street NW, Washington DC 20037 (tel: 337-1500; fax: 337-1502; e-mail: info@bosnianembassy.org).
British Embassy, BFPO 543, 8 Tina Ujevica, Sarajevo (tel: 444-429; fax: 666-131; e-mail: britemba@bih.net.ba).
British Embassy Commercial Department, Petrakijina 22, Sarajevo (tel: 204-781, 204-782, 679-635; fax: 204-780).
Communications and Regulatory agency (CRA), Vilsonovo Setaliste 10, 71000 Sarajevo.
Directorate for Reconstruction and Development, Saravejo (tel: 650-563).
Elektrodistribucija (Power Distribution Company), Sarajevo (tel: 472-462).
Elektroprivreda Bosne I Hercegovine, Vilsonovo setaliste 20, 71000 Sarajevo (tel:651-722; fax: 653-004; internet site: http://www.elektroprivreda.ba).
Gras (Public Transport Company), Sarajevo (tel: 664-624).
Institute for City Development Planning, Saravejo (tel: 664-638).
Institute for City Construction, Saravejo (tel: 663-901).
Institute for Information and Statistics, Saravejo (tel: 664-450).
PTT (Post/Telegraph/Telephone), Sarajevo (tel: 664-813).
Sarajevo City Council, Reisa Dz Causevica Street No 3, Sarajevo (tel: 664-773; fax: 648-016).
Sarajevogas (Gas Company), Sarajevo (tel: 467-713).
Sarajevostan (Housing Company), Saravejo (tel: 663-522).
Sarajevski Sajam (trade fairs), Terezije bb, 71 000 Sarajevo (tel: 664-163, 201-208, 445-156; fax: 201-178, 201-208)
World Bank Resident Mission, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Hidrogradnja Building, 5th Florr, Hamdije Kresevljakovica 19, 71000 Sarajevo (tel: 440-293; fax: 440-108).

Internet sites
Bosnia Link: http://www.dtic.mil/bosnia
Parliament of the Federation: http://www.fbihvlada.gov.ba
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mvp.gov.ba/eng.htm
Privatisation homepage: http://www.reprivatizacija.com/english/
Republika Srpska Government: http://www.srpska.org
United States Bosnian Embassy: http://www.bosnianembassy.org
World Bank Resident Mission: http://www.worldbank.org.ba

Open Air Market in the Bascarsija

by mtncorg

On the north side of the Bascarsija area, along Mula Mustafe Basekije, you can find a large covered open-air market where you have lots of different vegetables, fruits and flowers being sold. In the back and up a short flight of stairs, you will find a sort of flea market where all variety of sundries can be bought as well.

The market was also the site for one of the more heinous episodes of the Siege of Sarajevo when Serb artillery locked in here killing scores of people.

Olympic sites

by HORSCHECK

In 1984 Sarajevo hosted the XIV Olympic Winter Games.The opening ceremony was held in the Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium, which at that time was named Olympic Stadium (see my previous tip).

In the vicinity of the stadium stands the Olympic Tower with the characteristic Olympic rings and the orange logo of the games.

The official mascot was Vucko, a cute little wolf, who is very popular for all kinds of souvenirs. You can still find him near most Olympic sites.

Bistrik

by mikey_e

Bistrik is one of the historic neighbourhoods of the Old City of Sarajevo, separated from the Bascarsija district by the Miljecka. It was, allegedly, once the Catholic section of the city, and this is, indeed, where the Franciscan church is found. However, this is also where you will find the Emperor’s Mosque (Careva Dzamija), so it cannot have been a staunchly Catholic area. Nevertheless, Bistrik doesn’t challenge Bascarsija and the connected Austro-Hungarian parts of the Old City in terms of the variety historic monuments to attact visitors. It appears to have benefitted considerably less from the reconstruction monies donated by both Western and Arab donors, and many of the streets are in poor shape. Still, it is a fun place to visit, if only because you really get to see how average people in Sarajevo live and, best of all, there are some great views into the Old City if you feel up to the hike. The people of Bistrik (Bistrikci?) are fairly friendly too – although a postman felt the need to tell me that I was sweating like a Serbian pig (I think it was a joke).

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