Sarajevo Travel Guide

  • Sarajevo
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  • Baščaršija ulica
    Baščaršija ulica
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  • Bascarsija in the morning
    Bascarsija in the morning
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Sarajevo Highlights

  • Pro
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    HORSCHECK says…

     Wide range of architectural styles; friendly people; yummy cevapi. 

  • Con
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    Gokcecicek says…

     The war destroyed the city and left terrible memories to the people. 

  • In a nutshell
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     the most interesting capital in the Balkans, must see if you're in the ex-YU area 

Sarajevo Things to Do

  • Bascarsija

    In the middle of Baščaršija is Sebilj, the symbol of Sarajevo. In Arabic it means "a road", the term can also refer to a fountain, from which an attendant would draw a water for the thirsty free of charge. It was built in 1754 by the Bosnian Vizier Mehmet Paša Kukavica and rebuilt after its destruction in a fire.

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  • Assassination Site - Latin Bridge

    The Latin Bridge was in a bit of a sorry state during our visit. The cobble stones across it were being relaid and the bridge was covered in tarpaulin and partially closed. From the state of the stones on the non-repaired side, I would have to say the repairs were essential. This bridge is, of course, famous as the place where Archduke Franz...

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  • The Cathedral

    Sarajevo's cathedral is a very attractive building set on a pretty square with restaurants and a museum about Sebrinica. Unfortunately the cathedral was closed during our visit so we could not go inside. The cathedral is beautifully lit up at night. The cathedral is known as the Sacred Heart Cathedral and is modelled on Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Sarajevo Restaurants

  • Take care not to eat your fingers!

    perfect place for meet dishes lovers without a difference, all are my favouriteI am always hungry when I see or smell it

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  • Original taste of the Bosnian cousine

    Inat kuća is a name for the house made on the left bank of the river Miljacka, across the bridge ( Šeher Ćehajine ćuprije) near Vijećnica( townhall). Inat means a caprice, because the house stood on the place where today is Vijećnica, built by order of Austro-Hungarian governement. The owner didn't wanted to move from it...

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  • Bosnian fast-food

    Sometimes it is the best in Sarajevo, sometimes not, obviously they don't have the quality standard.I choose such kind of place because in our modern flats we cannot make pita under sač( baking lid). The taste of this pita is like from our grandmother's time, much better than we usually get in our electric oven. all kinds of pita:1kg of...

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Sarajevo Nightlife

  • The hidden club: Sloga

    This place is fun, packed, cheap, and hosts some great Bosnian rock bands.In attempts to find Sloga a friend and I finally found this place the 4th time. The easiest way to get there is to get a cab and say Sloga. We made the error in trying to walk to this place. It's on a quiet alley and even when you walk into the building (attempt #2) you can't...

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  • movies are gone. now there's club

    When we came it was still quite early on Saturday night but the place was almost full by 10 pm. It seems they mostly reserve tables before they come out... and all were reserved already (and/or full). The lights are red, the music goes very loud in the second storey, some people are standing and dancing a bit, mostly just talking and drinking.They...

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  • Bascarsija by night - it doesn't get too...

    We randomly entered a few bars and places in very Bascarsija quarters which were open late, and remained opened until very late, don't know when they were to close - we left at four in the morning but people still hanged out, maybe because it was weekend.What a great two nights out :)Local young and older men and women, they know how to relax and...

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Sarajevo Transportation

  • Sarajevo tram

    It is a historical fact that Sarajevo had electric tram while in Buda, Pest, Vienna, Paris and Rome drove the so-called horse-drawn trams.The first tram was horse- drawn on January 1st 1885, and on May 1st 1895 there was already an electric tram in use.GRAS company owns all tram lines: 1 Railway Station – Baščaršija 2 Čengić Vila –...

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  • Good for all times

    First Central Train Station in Sarajevo was built in 1882. In 1950-es it was renovated. The process of renovation lasted too many years that people remember famous Tito's words: It is beautiful, but don't ever take too many years to built any station like this one.There is connection to Ploče at the Adriatic Sea to the south, towards north to...

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  • SJJ - the airport

    SJJ is a small airport with two boarding bridges and two gates where they bus you to your plane. Turkish had two flights a day when I wrote this going to Istanbul (1 am and 1 pm flight) with A321 a/c. One word of caution - the airport sits in a valley and the morning we left it was fogged in so our 9 am departure to IST did not leave till 2-3 hours...

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Sarajevo Shopping

  • Bosnian shoes and slippers

    In the Baščaršija Quarter there are many handcraft shops, selling also shoes of good quality, oriental type of slippers, mostly for women.They are beautifully decorated and nice to wear on streets or at homes. Price is resonable. You can buy it also as a very nice gift for you dearests.

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  • Yesterday Sarajka

    Before the war on this place was a werehouse called Sarajka, important and expensive then and today. There are a lot of various shops, mostly clothes to buy in this building.Opened:Monday - Saturday: shopping from 09.00a.m. - 10.00p.m., gastro from 08.00 a.m.- 11.00p.m., supermarket from 08.00a.m. - 10.00p.m.Sunday: shopping from 12.00a.m. -...

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  • Drink of Centenarians

    Kefir is a dairy beverage and originates from the Caucasus and Tibet , and because of its benevolent action of the human health known as the " drink of centenarians ."It is produced by fermentation of milk with the addition of Lactobacillus acidophilus, acetic acid bacteria and yeast ( Saccharomyces). Kefir grains are in principle symbiosis of...

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Sarajevo Local Customs

  • The Legend of the Seven Brothers'...

    At the beginning of the street Širokača in Bistrik is situated well-known Turbe sedam braće. The old name is Jedilersko turbe after seven graves (in Turkish yedi is seven), the nearby mosque and a whole quarter got the name Jedileri.It was built by order of Sulejman Paša Skopljak in 1815.There are not buried brothers by blood, as many...

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  • Memorial to the Youngest Victims

    This monument made of green glass symbolises about 1300 children victims of the last genocide in occupied Sarajevo. The monument was built in 2009 by the Bosnian sculptor Mensud Kečo. It symbolizes crystal, unfinished tower in the sand, the ones that kids love to build. Symbolism of the interrupted life is complemented by a bronze ring with...

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  • Graffiti in Sarajevo

    I am a great fan of graffiti - and everywhere I visit I try and capture some of the local styles. I was given a wide array of graffiti to photograph in Sarajevo. it was reasonably good and was on all the appropriate locations and walls. There did not appear to be any vandalism of official buildings and statues.

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Sarajevo Warnings and Dangers

  • Sarajevo.Watch out for pickpockets in...

    You have to be sensible and careful both in all major cities, but somehow visiting Sarajevo left me with ambiguous emotions.This was one of the few times I travelled with a group, a package tour. In the group there were several elderly ladies who may not have had huge travelling experience. Sure, the guide could have warned them to remove the...

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  • take paths used by locals

    1. Better to repeat it more often than too little times: do take it seriously if local advise you where not to go - mines were not cleared everywhere in BiH, especially so in rural areas. Within Sarajevo and cities you will be fine: but do observe if some areas are to be avoided. Always ask if you're not sure for particular area. People do go to...

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  • drive carefully in Bosnia

    Since I was driver most of time on visits to Bosnia I will say this: pay attention to traffic all the time. You might know how to drive safely and slow enough, but many local drivers don't. We had almost two serious crashes because one guy was overtaking uphill (Tuzla- Sarajevo road) while we were approaching (I drove slowlier because of rain and...

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Sarajevo Tourist Traps

  • taxi's from SJJ airport

    the company 'sarajevo taxi' is the only company whose cars can wait for fares at the airport - they are gangsters and will invariably overcharge (my favorite is when one tried to charge me €30. i thought the meter looked funny . . . turns out, he'd covered the meter an was pointing to the radio!). from the airport to downtown it costs less than...

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  • Taxi Drivers at the airport

    The taxi drivers try to charge you more than they should by using any means. They are like a monopoly there. They charged extra fee for our luggages. If we would not accept this condition, we did not know how to reach the city center. The taxi driver knew a lot about Istanbul, he was friendly on the road to the hotel. But this extra charging issue...

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  • Ottoman Gravestones

    Everywhere around Sarajevo, especially across the hilly neighborhoods, you can see numerous ottoman gravestones that are hundreds of years old. It gives a special value to the particular beauty of my hometown.

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Sarajevo What to Pack

  • Navigator Sarajevo

    You don't have to take with anything specially to visit Bosnia, it is the same like in any European country. This pamphlet you can find here when you arrive at the airport, or in the main Sarajevo streets.It's written in English and explains everything about the city.

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  • Travel Guides - Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Bosnia and Herzegovina is a rapidly developing country, therefore an up to date guide book for independent travellers is highly recommended. I must admit that it was quite difficult to find any guide books about the country. In our accomodation in Sarajevo we found the Bradt travel guide - Bosnia and Herzegovina which covers all sorts of...

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  • In Your Pocket Guide

    I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" guides. They are usually an excellent resource for information about travels to Eastern or Central European cities. When we went to Sarajevo in September 2008 there was only a so called essential mini guide of "In Your Pocket" available on their website. Still it was very helpful for our...

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Sarajevo Off The Beaten Path

  • Kad ja podjoh na Bembašu

    Bembaša( bent in Persian means a dam) is a quarter of Sarajevo on the top of the river Miljacka. At the time of the foundation of the city here were Isabeg's mills and inns and later the Omer Paša Latas' wooden bridge, built in 1793. During the Austro-Hungarian rule in this area was built a pool Da Riva in 1884. The Sarajevan women washed clothes...

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  • Vilsonovo šetalište- the Youth Promenade

    This fitness area is located behind the shopping center Importanne( across the USA Embassy) by the River Miljacka. It is a great place to have a walk, jogging, rollerblading, relaxation and to have fun- It is one of the most beautiful parts of the city perfect for summer evening.

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  • Skenderija sportski centar

    Skenderija( Mirza Delibašić Hall) is an indoor sporting arena, opened in 1969. It is home to Bosna Sarajevo basketball team and is named after former team legend Mirza Delibašić .

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Sarajevo Sports & Outdoors

  • Four young men are going from Trebevic

    Trebević( 1627 m) was once a paradise mountain resort in the Sarajevo municipality. It is an oasis of peace in the vicinity of Sarajevo, an important tourist and recreational center, both in summer and winter. Due to the ideal terrain here was built combined bobsled track and for sledding, and there were held competitions in these disciplines...

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  • Olympic sites

    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...

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  • FK Sarajevo: The office of the club

    Here is the headquarter office of FK Sarajevo. Sarajevo was the leading team in Bosnia during Yugoslav period having been established in 1946. After the break-up of Yugoslavia they are not the strongest, but one of the good teams. In fact, probably in 2006/2007 season, they will be the champion.

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Sarajevo Favorites

  • The University of Sarajevo Faculty of...

    Pravni fakultet Univerziteta u Sarajevu is located close to the main postoffice. This imposing building was built in 1850s. It the same building is the seat of UNSA( Rektorat) and the faculty.The University of Sarajevo dates back to the 16th century, as the Ottoman Madrasah of Sarajevo, a religious school teaching Islamic Law( Sharia Law )...

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  • Academy of Fine Arts

    This is the first and only Evangelical Church from the Austro-Hungarian period. It was built in 1899 in Romanesque-Byzantine style. The building was declared a historical site and is on the list of protected objects of the Institute for Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage. It has a fascinating beauty and with its architecture and position...

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  • Japanese Exhibition in the Bella Vida...

    The month of Japanese culture organized by the Embassy of Japan in B&H, from September 12th, showing 75 Japanese dolls from various historical periods.This exhibition will be presented only in five countries: Luxembourg, Benin, New Zealand, Kyrgizstan and B&H. During the month of Japanese culture in BiH, there will be held: a lecture on Japanese...

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