I have not visited the tunnel in the airport, but influenced by a documentary movie The Sarajevo tunnel, i feel i have to suggest visiting the tunnel. It is probably the most precious thing in Sarajevo, which is beyond price. Three men made a project and a group of volunteers secretly digged the tunnel under the runway. The whole city was encircled during the war and the only way how to get to or from the city was across the runway. But still soldiers were everywhere and there were killed a lot of people. Then these men got an idea of a tunnel.
It served as a connection with outside world, food, medicine and other stuff could have go to people in need in the city. Just according to the movie, noone from the government has ever thanked the men.
Even if the tunnel saved one life (and it saved more), the men deserve much more than just a thank you. Thats why i think it belongs to Sarajevo more than any other sights. It gave people a hope.
It's already confirmed that we'll arrive on 24 May 2010 and leave on 26 May 2010. On 25 May 2010 we will visit University of Sarajevo and a school. We are free in the afternoon. Maybe we tour around Sarajevo. I hope you can give us advice.
Hope to see you in Sarajevo.
The old part of Sarajevo is called Bascarsija. It is a small, but lovely area, where the architecture brings you to the time of Ottoman Empire * . Ottoman Empire was one of the biggest and long-lasting empires in Medditerean area, originally from Turkey. In 15. century became Bosnia and Herzegovina the western province of Ottoman Empire.
Recently, the architecture is seen at every corner: many kuca's (old houses), mosques and bazaars connected by narrow streets and lanes. The shops are usually wooden and low, the only thing which is different than in a bazaar in Middle East is, that here nobody makes you to buy. That is the strict and sober influence of Europe.
Walking around the center, there are a lot of cosy restaurants serving cevapi or cevapcici * , the local speciality. Further some bosnian specialities are burek, pilef or dolma. Bosnian cuisine is also influenced by East (Turkey) and West.
Fondest memory: Walking around and watching local people and how the city is living its life, because in Sarajevo, there are not many tourists. The city is absolutely "untouched" by tourism.
Fondest memory: 17000 people were killed in the 1990's war in Sarajevo. Even though the population lived together as neighbours. I was there in 2008, but could still see and feel the aftermath of the war. Some people I spoke with said the other part was crazy, but others were forgivable. The muslim taxi driver who drove from the city center to the eastern Serb-dominated busstation called Lukavica, showed me some buildings close to the Grbavica football stadium with bulletholes in the facade. Further on the road to the busstation he showed me another place where he said his father was killed by a grenade. He was surprisingly one of the most forgivable persons I met there.
There's not much choice when it comes to guidebooks on Bosnia and Hercegovina, and I could find nothing in English that was Sarajevo-specific. We used Tim Clancy's "Bosnia & Sarajevo" (pub: Bradt - latest edition 2007)) which wasn't bad, though it doesn't give opening times and other specifics and has only one, rather inadequate, map of the city included. I wish I had found this free download guide to the city before we set off. Be aware though that Sarajevo is growing fast and changing rapidly and this guide was put out in 2004, so there will be some things that are out of date, as is the case in any guide.
The Tourist Information Office on Zelheni Beretki (the street between pedestrian Ferhadija and riverside Obala Kulina Bala) has a sheet of current opening times for the museums, churches, etc, which is very handy, especially if your time in the city is limited. They also have a nice little booklet titled "A Day Through Sarajevo" which is free, has a basic map (they will sell you a better one) and fairly general information about the main sights. You can book tours here but not accommodation.
If you want to take the siege tour, you should go to see them as soon as you can on your arrival, numbers are limited to 12 and there's only one tour a day. You don't need to take a tour to visit the Tunnel Museum.
Below the links very helped me during my BIH tour.
http://www.navigator.ba/maps/sarajevo/index.php best map for sarajevo
Hope u won't need this, yet - better have this piece of info :)
Address: Grbavicka street 74
tel: 033 661 840
sat: 09.00 - 14.00
Dugme is Button in Turkish.When I heard "Lipe Cvatu "song When I was 15 year old.I liked this group and found their albums.They were the group from Modern Jugoslavija.Strong,big and stable in Balkans.After Tito ,Bijelo Dugme gone like JUGOSLAVIJA.
Bijelo dugme ("White Button") were a highly influential rock band stationed in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, originally when in Yugoslavia. Active between 1974 and 1989, they are considered to have been the most popular band ever to exist in the former Yugoslavia and one of the most important acts of the Yugoslav Pop and Rock scene.
Bijelo dugme was founded by Goran Bregoviæ who was born in Vukovar, who spent much of his childhood in Music School, studying violin, from which he was expelled for "lack of talent". Soon after his expulsion, his mother bought him a guitar, and thus, Bijelo dugme was born. Goran Bregoviæ often admitted that his main motivation for forming the band was because "girls were more receptive to musicians". Bregoviæ was the band's sole composer and wrote most of the lyrics, although some of the most popular Bijelo dugme songs weren't written by Bregoviæ, for example: Ima neka tajna veza, Glavni junak jedne knjige, Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu, Pristao sam biæu sve što hoæe were written by Duško Trifunoviæ, Da sam pekar, Selma were written by Vlado Dijak, Loše vino by Arsen Dediæ etc.
After recruiting the band's first line up, Bijelo dugme under the name Jutro (translation: "Morning") were turned down by Sarajevo based record company Diskoton, but another record company, Jugoton, signed them up to record a single. The first single was named Kad bi' bio bijelo dugme (translation: "If I were a white button"). After the single was released, the band's manager talked Bregoviæ into changing the band's name to Bijelo dugme.
With its charismatic vocalist Željko Bebek, the band soon reached superstardom in the former Yugoslavia, and, as one newspaper put it, sold more records than there were record players in the country. The pinnacle of the band's career was 1979's Bitanga i princeza, an album often heralded as their most mature with vocalist Željko Bebek. They were often referred to as the Yugoslav Beatles.
The turn of the decade brought the rise of numerous Yugoslav New Wave artists, including Azra, and Bijelo dugme soon found their popularity sinking, to which they reacted by reinventing themselves for their 1980 release Doživjeti stotu, featuring a much more New Wave sound. The chorus of their ska song "Ha, Ha, Ha" was used as the title of a compilation album by various artists Svi marš na ples! which was released by Jugoton in 1981.
1984 brought the departure of Željko Bebek to pursue a solo career and Mladen Vojièiæ - Tifa was recruited to replace him for their 1984 self-titled release. He in turn left the band because of inner conflicts and was replaced by Alen Islamoviæ, formerly vocalist of the heavy metal band Divlje jagode for their last two folk-inspired records.
The band disbanded in 1989 after Alen Islamoviæ checked into hospital for chest pains during their last tour, without telling anyone he was ill. The real reasons have never been elaborated, but most people suspect the dissolution of Yugoslavia caused the breakup of the band, because the band was often seen as a symbol of unity among the peoples of Yugoslavia.
Alen Islamovic, "Ðici" Jankelic, Milic Vukašinovic, Goran Bregovic, Željko Bebek, Zoran Redžiæ and Vlado Pravdic.Bijelo dugme's biggest hits were: Lipe cvatu, A i ti me iznevjeri, Ðurðevdan, Ne spavaj mala moja muzika dok svira, Ipak poželim neko pismo, Ima neka tajna veza, Pristao sam biæu sve što hoæe, Selma, Loše vino, Jer kad ostariš, Lažeš, Kad zaboraviš juli, Hajdemo u planine, Napile se ulice, Ružica si bila, sada više nisi, Bitanga i princeza, Pljuni i zapjevaj moja Jugoslavijo, Sanjao sam noæas da te nemam, Te noæi kad umrem, Nakon svih ovih godina...
The band reunited for three concerts in Sarajevo, Zagreb and Belgrade in 2005 with all three vocalists, but without the drummer Goran "Ipe" Ivandiæ who died in Belgrade, Serbia in 1994.
The band released their new album in November of 2007
For over four hundred years, mosques, synagogues, Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches have been built and have stood side by side here.
Citizens of different nationalities and religious orientations live and work together, developing their city and their own style of togetherness.And when you visit Sarajevo try one of domestic specialties Čevapčići.
Local delicacy which consists of stuffing filo pastry with meat, spinach, cheese and potato
Buredzike (burek with sour cream or yogurt)
They are really tasty and make a great snack at any time during the day and are sold everywhere. And great for veggies. A total must!!
Favorite thing: If it's a really hot summer day in Sarajevo, I suggest walking around the Miljacka- over by Grbavica. I'd have to say to me it's the only spot in the city that'll give you some shade, plus you get a nice view of the Miljacka, and there are a few cafe's and restaurants that you can stop in, everythings pretty much right there.
Well, this is a handy tip when going somewhere where you have not been fefore, or u have been but for a shorta while.
Address: Obala Kulina Bana 40
Telephone: +387 33 272-300
Address: Zmaja od Bosne 51
Telephone: +387 33 713-830
Address: Salke Lagumdzije 15
Telephone: +387 33 766-381
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
Fondest memory: This post of mine does not reffer to the fond memories, yet can help for the memories of our visiors to be fond indeed:)
The Siege of Sarajevo lasted from April 1992 to October 1995.
During this time the city was surrounded by the Yugoslav People's Army and Bosnian Serb forces who bombed the city from the hills around. Along with the tanks on the hills the snipers arrived in the city so whenever somebody wanted to go from A to B it had to be quick in order not to be targeted and shot. An estimate of more than 12,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded during this time. 85% of them civilians.
The people who stayed in Sarajevo didn't have food or water. In the winter they heated their houses with fire made from windowframes of bombed out houses. The electricity would only work seldomly. So did telephones and postal services. On the black market, however, you could get almost everything - for many many Deutschmarks. Not the freedom though! There was no way out.
It's hard to imagine how the people of Sarajevo could survive this terrible time. It's hard to imagine why nobody could help them. And for me it's hard to imagine why I didn't do anything back then. It makes me sad thinking about how this war was so close yet so difficult and thus far away from us in the 1990s... Sorry Sarajevo!
When Sarajevo was an Olympic City in 1984 I was 11 so they were the first Olympics I really followed. Actually I was glued to the television. This hasn't changed until today, I still watch lots of telly when the Olympics are on and I am dreaming of going to the Games one day.
Vucko, a little wolf, was the mascot of the Olympics and he was my first love ;) I absolutely loved the cartoons including him and the way he howled "Sarajevooooooo" everytime I switched on the telly. I started drawing him and that's what I did all the time during and after the Olympics which lasted from 8-19 February 1984. They were the first and only Winter Olympics which were hosted by a communist country.
You can read more about these Olympic Games here: http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=2&OLGY=1984
When we were in Sarajevo in 2007 a lot has changed in the city since its Olympics days. The war in the 1990s destroyed a lot of buildings in the city including most Olympic sites. I started my quest for Olympic memorabilia and came home with a Vucko T-Shirt and a little Vucko statue and was so happy about it.
Favorite thing: Don’t forget to eat the traditional Bosnian dishes of cevapi and burek. Cevapi consists of small beef kebabs on some very tasty grilled bread. Burek is filo pastry filled with meat, cheese and potato. Bosnian cuisine is very good and available mainly in the old town.