Sarajevo Off The Beaten Path

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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.

    Ilidza: Velika Aleja Ilidza: Map of the region Ilidza: Velika Aleja Ilidza: Velika Aleja on a carriage Ilidza: Carriage at the beginning of Velika Aleja
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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.

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    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

    Jajce Barracks Jajce Barracks: Building detail Jajce Barracks: Warning sign
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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.

    Phone: Tel.: ++ 387 (0) 33 535 829

    Sunni on our tour
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    Muslim Cemetaries

    by mtncorg Written Aug 9, 2003

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    Cemetaries surround the city and offer different vantage points over it. Of course, not all of the dead are from the recent war - 12000 did die though, many being children. Some of the cemetaries date back centuries. One particularly beautiful cemetary is the Alifkovac Cemetary dating back to the 15th/16th cnetury. Normal Muslim headstones are modest affairs, but a couple of Turkish viziers are buried here under much grander panoplolies overlooking the city in which they once ruled.

    Sarajevo looms behind gravestones of Alifakovac
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    Former sites of Olympic Glory

    by mtncorg Written Aug 9, 2003

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    The ice skating venue at Skenerija is still being used as is the stadium at Kosevo, slightly north of the town center. This was the sit of opening and closing ceremonies. On the hill to the east, is the large Kosevo University medical schools and hospitals - an easy artillery target during the siege. To the SE of the city, Jahorina is open for skiing - see KristaB's pages for more information here. To the SW, out of town a few miles and also the scene of heavy fighting, are the ski jumping hills at Mt Igman - quickly taking on the air of an ancient Olympic site - and the ski hill at Bjelasnica, where Bill Johnson won his gold medal in the men's downhill. This is another popular ski hill with Sarajevans.

    Ski Jump hills at Mt Igman decaying into antiquity
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    Cemetaries II

    by mtncorg Written Aug 12, 2003

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    Mosque's have their own small cemetaries where associated people of piety are buried. Many, sadly, date from the early '90's as a result of the inhumanities foistered upon the city's inhabitants. These are best visited as you wander the many small alleys and backways of the city. Ponder them in silence, respect what was and could have been.

    Grave markers in a neighborhood mosque's grounds
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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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    Sniper Alley

    by american_tourister Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Most of the populace wants to forget the war and rebuild. Because of this there are hardly any plaques or signs where the fighting took place. Everyone has heard of sniper alley but there is nothing to show you where it was. This is an overhead view from during the war. I don't want my Bosnian friends to get upset with me for discussing the war in these pages but it is such a crucial part of thier recent history and is the reason that I am over here.

    A road of death in the early 1990s.
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  • The Goat's Bridge - the eastern gate to Sarajevo

    by BHgirl Written Jul 10, 2006

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    Numerous other famous bits of Sarajevo folklore survive representing many different eras of Sarajevo's history. One of the earliest is the story of the Goat's Bridge. As the story goes, an old herder was tending his goats by the river Miljacka when one of them started ferociously digging at a certain spot of the ground. Mystified, he walked over for a closer look only to find numerous sacks of gold. With the gold, he then built a great bridge over the river that would for years be the main crossing for travelers on their way to Istanbul.
    It’s assumed that the bridge was built by Romans.

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    Sarajevo National Library

    by Gokcecicek Written Apr 10, 2006

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    In the past, Sarajevo held several famous libraries. Notably Gazi Husrev-Beg's, and the national library. Unfortunately Serbian ultranationalists purposely fired upon the national library with incendiary shells and it was destroyed. An effort is underway to rebuild the library and replace what was lost. An impressive new modern "Gazi Husrev-Beg's" library is also being built.

    There is a marble plate at the entrance of the building: "On this place, Serbian criminals in the night of 25th-26th August 1992, set on fire national and university's library of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over 2 millions of books, periodicals and documents vanished in the flame. Do not forget, remember and warn!"

    National Library Entrance

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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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  • Hercegovina

    by Mina17 Written Jul 2, 2004

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    This is also a place where i've spent very little time. But the time i did spend here was really fun. It's in Hercegovina- can't remember where exactly. A small area (By the way u can tell you're in Hercegovina when u go through a long tunnel and once out of it u see a long beautiful and really green river- called the Neretva River- It's only in Hercegovina) But anyways like I was saying a nice and small area where u can have a picnic, go swimming and hang out.

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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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    The spring of the Bosna 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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    Tunnel Museum

    by kirmarsh Written Sep 26, 2007

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    During the siege this tunnel was built to provide a means of getting in and out of the city food, water, people, and weapons were all moved though this tunnel it was a life line for the city there was no other way of getting in or out of the city. It now a museum run by the owners of the house you watch a video, walk though a small section of the tunnel and listen to a talk about the experiences of those who lived though the siege. It gives a very personal perspective on the siege and the war it is incredibly moving and informative. And I would say a must for all visitors to the city.

    There are a number of ways to get to the museum. You can take one of the tours from the city centre they are about 12 euros or you can catch a tram to ilidza and then a taxi, you may be able to negotiate a fare with a taxi driver to take you there and back. If you are driving be warned it is really hard to find.

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