We stopped by an information office, which was actually more a tour office, and the map they handed us had an ad for a free walking tour that started at their office at 4:30pm every day. Our guide was a young man, so young that he said that he really didn't remember the Bosnian War. Still he gave us a nice tour of the city and showed us a few sites that we hadn't wandered across in our own exploration of the city.
Free tours in most cities work on tips so I was a little disappointed to see our fellow group members shuffling off without giving him a tip or scrounging for a few coins. After all, our guide had given us an hour and 45 minutes of his time, if they hadn't been enjoying it, then they should have left the tour. We handed him a $20 dollar bill as we hadn't changed all that much money, be generous if you can afford it.
Sarajevo's surrounding hills offer fantastic views over the city.
Just have a walk and climb uphill, get a nice cup of coffee for you and enjoy the beautiful sights and the view ... :)
To be safe, stick to paved roads and sidewalks and do not walk into fields, grass, or wooded areas. Also be alert for stray dogs when venturing out of the city. The hills also offer a taste of suburban Bosnian life, some of the surviving wooden mosques from before the war.
Enjoy ... :)
walk up one of the roads leading to the hills for a fantastic view of the countryside and city. please stick to known routes as there are still dangers of land mines from the war! but if you stick to a marked path you will be fine. try to be up there for the call to prayer, the sound from each mosque echoes off the hills and it is a great experience, especially if you can be there at dusk!
If you've pounded the streets of the Bascarsija and the Austro-Hungarian quarters and you have an urge to learn more then hire a local tour guide for a few hours. I used Sarajevo Discovery and was quite happy with them. You pay by the group not per person. I think our group of 3 paid 20Euro (total) for a 2.5 hr tour. On top of learning something new, it's a great opportunity to ask questions and here a local's perspective on what life was like during the war.
From the Bascarcje or the old town you may take a walk along the river passing through its many bridges, riverside walkways, neighbourhood and markets, apartment blocks and finally the only proper supermarket in Sarajevo 'Robot Commerce'. As you leave the old centre and get outside town, you can also see the bullet scars on walls and buildings. It may take an hour to walk up there. While coming back you can get a tram. The water depth in the river would be hardly five inch. but constructing bar on the river bed all the way down made it mak sound and look wide. Some of the bridges are beautiful and can give some ideal Kodak moments.
walking down the ulica marsala tita at 39 (where starts the walking-street) it s great. The very center of the city, you can walk across the catholica cathedral, a greek-gift to Bosnia: an orthodox church, or mosques.
Sarajevo is surrounded by hills. If you’re feeling fit enough, walk up the steep hillside where you can gain GREAT VIEWS over the city.
The ottoman area is quite small, simply walk around, get a feel for this strange place, see the mosques and the cobbled alleys and strange artefacts, carpets and restaurants on offer.