Sarajevo Off The Beaten Path

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    Kittens

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 12, 2015

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    OK, this isn't a tip, but isn't this little fellow just adorable. I love cats and find them so photogenic that I have to take pictures of them everywhere I go. There are many of them it would be a joy to adopt, too.

    Kitten in a mosque.
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    Prokos lake resort

    by Odiseya Written Dec 20, 2013

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    Situated high in mounting Vranica (1635 m) in municipality Fojnica Prokos lake (original name is Prokoško jezero) is for many off the beaten path. It is on 22 km far away from town Fojnica in central Bosnia and the road is not good, in fact it is a macadam road 20 m wide.

    The lake is a glacial type and it drained several streams with crystal clear spring water. I found some interesting fact about lake itself: It is on 1485 maters of altitude, 426 m long, 191 wide and it is about 13 m deep. It is also known for endemic specious call triton (triturus alpestris reiseri). Otmar Reiser from National museum in Sarajevo discover this specious in 1891. Many years later the Californian trout was introduced in lake and it disturb a population of tritons in it. Long time this magical place was know only for local shepards. Tourism have a many bud effects on eco sistem and it is recommended for visitors to pay attention to preserve nature.

    For lovers of hiking and mounting climbing this is a good place but whether is pretty bud whole year long. I visit lake on first weekend in July 2013 as field trip of Photo club Doboj where I am a member. Sadly, that time two things was "disturbing" our visit: fog (cloud in fact) and traditional fest (original name is "teferič").

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    The source spring of the Bosnia river

    by Odiseya Updated Aug 30, 2013

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    Vrelo Bosne is name of natural resort where is spring of Bosnia river. The source of the river Bosna is located on the outskirts of Sarajevo, at the foot of the mountain Igman. It is very popular among foreign tourists and local residents. It consists of several small islands connected by bridges and numerous small streams. The park is also home to ducks and swans. Park, located near the source of a lot of interesting sights, carriages and horses to travel around the alley of 5 km, restaurant, children's playground, and a place for excursions. Enjoy!

    Swan on the lake
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    Vrelo Bosne Park, Sarajevo, BAH

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 12, 2013

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    "Vrelo Bosne" is the spring of the River Bosna located in the central region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, southwest of Sarajevo. It is one of the country's top natural landmarks and is one of the most famous scenes of natural beauty in the region.

    The park is usually entered by foot or, for a reasonable price, by horse-carriage via the main avenue leading into it. The avenue itself contains traditional buildings from the Austro-Hungarian-era offering a peek into the luxuries of the past.

    The paths and roads inside the park are ideal for walks and give the visitors the opportunity to take a closer look at the bubbling streams and waterfalls. Outdoor cafés are available offering drinks and snacks but opening times vary from season to season. Typical animals are ducks and swans among others.

    During the Bosnian War the park was not maintained and trees were chopped and used for heating by the local citizens. In 2000 the park was restored to its former look by local youths led by an international ecological organization.

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    July in Sa-festival Bascarsijske noci/nites

    by adonai_2012 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    lasting the whole month: music, exhibitions, performances, poet nites etc etc
    always something good to choose;)

    u can take the program @ "Sarajevo art", Dalmatinska street no 2/I - downtown 2 min on foot from Bosnia hotel (everyone can tell u were this street is)

    enjoy :D

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    SarajevoFILMFest@second half of August

    by adonai_2012 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    International kind of a film fest, accented on regional cinema and authors (yet as being international-moovies from all over the globe do be projected, as well); recognized by FIAPF as a Competitive Specialized Festival. - A-ha :D Programme includes both, competitive and non-competitive movies. Filmmakers which compete do it in Feature, Short and Documentary film section.

    It usually lasts about 9 days, staring a bit after 15th, in August each year. Although me, myself,and I, ain't a real movie fan (I adore music), I can always find something interesting for my moovie taste.

    So, if you happen to be around during those times, you may wanna see a projection or two at least. ... You will see the whole city full of people from all over, some fansy, some sporty, some hard to desrcibe by anyting outstanding....They just snoop and wonder around......This fest brings a specific atmosphere to Sarajevo indeed :D. Me likes those vibes...:D

    For some projections tickets need to be reserved, for some not. So if you are a movie fan, check out the web site provided not to miss your fav!

    Good luck&enjoy

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    Take a city tour!

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I'm generally against guided tours, but after visiting Sarajevo the first time and not getting enough of the city, I figured that during my second trip I would find someone who knew what they were doing. So my mom and I gamely signed up for a ten person tour with a guide name Sunny. The tour company also rents out private rooms in a hostel-like setting. The tour, by the way, was fabulous. He was not only extremely full of information and trivia, but also shared a lot of his personal experiences with the city. My favorite part of the tour was the Tunnel Museum, but a very close second was the Jewish cemetary.

    Sunni on our tour
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    Sidetrip to Ilidza

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 25, 2010

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    We went on a sidetrip from Sarajevo to Ilidza by tram. The lovely spa town, which is nowadays even Sarajevo's main suburb is situated about 10 km south west of the city centre. The trip by tram #3 or #4 takes about 30 minutes.

    The best time to come is probably at weekends as then the 3,5 km long tree lined avenue Velika Aleja, which is one of the main sights here, is served by carriages.

    Nevertheless we walked from the tram stop in Ilidza along several buildings from Austro Hungarian times and then along the Velika Aleja to Vrelo Bosne (source of the Bosna river) at the foot of the Mount Igman.

    Here we felt like we deserved a longer break in the green park area and therefore had dinner in the restaurant Labud. Please read my restaurant tips for more details about this.

    On the return way to the tram stop we decided to take a carriage. We negotiated a price of 15 KM for the about 3,5 km long trip.

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    Jajce Barracks

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 25, 2010

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    The Jajce Barracks (Jajce kasarna) were constructed for the Austro Hungarian army in 1914. Later a military hospital moved in the building complex.

    The buildings were severly damaged during the recent war and are nowadays abandoned. Due to its location above the city, the area around the former Jajce Barracks offer panoramic views of Sarajevo and are well worth a stroll.

    Directions:
    The building complex of the Jajce Baracks dominates the district Vratnik, which is situated on a hill just east of Sarajevo's historic old town (Bascarsija). From the right side of the river Miljacka it takes a 30 minutes uphill walk along the street Jekovak to get to the area

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    paths less visited

    by picek Written May 13, 2010

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    It takes a minute or two from Bascarsija and you're off the tourist stream. Views revealing reality, new houses growing together with old, one replacing other cohabiting, depends on economy. Trees grow from yards, yet they soften hard edges of the human habitat. Those luckier ones were able to to build new, or to rebuild walls and replace windows, others continue to go on with what was left, adding changes slowly ... houses built close together, one upon another as hill ascend.

    2 min from Bascarsija

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    visit the 'burbs

    by iaint Written Jul 31, 2009

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    As soon as you arrive you can see that much of the suburban part of the city is on the surrounding hillsides.

    One afternoon I decided to just go exploring the hillside behind my guest house. It was a long sweaty climb, and I was glad I'd brought a litre of cold water with me.

    Well worth it. Some fabulous views of the city and the surrounding country, plus a little glimpse into the way of life of the Sarajevo suburbanites. A lot of them seem to spend Sunday afternoon building/extending their own homes. Many have wonderful fruit & veg patches and orchards.

    Give it a try!

    PS - I've no reason to believe any of the bits I passed through might contain land mines, but I stuck to the road anyway.

    looking east of the city view down over the city part of the old city wall
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    Houses at the edge of the mountain

    by georeiser Written May 17, 2009

    The absolute top of the hills in Sarajevo is a kind off the beaten path. The area seams more dilapidated than the rest of Sarajevo. It's quite picturesque to see old houses almost at the edge of the mountain.

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    Sarac Hajdarova Dzamija

    by mikey_e Written Feb 3, 2009

    This is yet another mosque about which I know very little - except that it was likely built in the middle of the 16th century. Nevertheless, it's an interesting structure, one that is crowded in by the various houses of Mejtas and Bjelave. In addition to the old stone fountain outfront - the sebilj - what caught my fancy was the interesting minaret, which has a beautiful wooden balcony. Other than that, I don't know what else to say...

    Sarac Hajdarova Dzamija Detail of the stone fountain and the minaret
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    Mejtaš Park

    by mikey_e Written Feb 3, 2009

    I don't know the official name of this park, so please don't quote me on the name I've used as the title for my tip! On the other hand, if you do know the name, please e-mail so that I can change the title. I came upon this extremely interesting green space on my way from Kosevo to Bascarsija. It is along Marsala Tito, just before the bifurcation, and there is not a good view into the park from the street, which is why you might be forgiven passing it by. Nevertheless, what makes this park so interesting is that there is apparently an old Muslim cemetery along this hill. Unlike so many of the other cemeteries in Sarajevo, many of the graves here are quite old and deserve as much attention from those interested in Ottoman art as from those with an interest in the city's history. The park is also a favourite hang out of teenagers, so be prepared to be annoyed by the period shrieks and screaming, but the chance to see this side of the city's heritage is well worth the annoyance.

    The park in Mejtas Teenagers in the park Graves among the trees The more orderly graves
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    Seher-Cehajina cuprija

    by mikey_e Written Feb 3, 2009

    The Seher-Cehajina cuprija was built during the Ottoman period and is now a national monument. The current structure was built in 1620, although it is the third structure in this place: the first was a Slavic structure then replaced in the 1580s by the Ottomans. It was designed in the sort of classical Ottoman style of bridges, with its smooth, even arches. The story behind this bridge is that, in 1610, then Seher Cehaj of the city, Hadzi Husein Hodzic, had it built when his son left for Istanbul and vowed never to return to the city. Upon his father's death, however, the Hadzi's son returned and was declared Seher Cehaj.

    Seher-Cehajina cuprija Detail of the bridge
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