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Sarajevo

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The Latin Bridge in Sarajevo is directly across the street from where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was killed by Gavrilo Princip, setting in motion the beginning of the first World War. A historical marker is located at the bridge entrance on the left side of this picture. Another marker is on the building adjacent to the spot where the assassination took place, across the street.

Sarajevo, is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its largest city, with 430,000 citizens. Most of the city is within the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but some parts are in the Republika Srpska. Sarajevo is very tourist friendly, especially in the Old Town in the center of the city.

Understand[edit]

History[edit]

Sarajevo is one of the most historically interesting and varied cities in Europe. It is a place where the Western & Eastern Roman Empire split; where the people of the Roman Catholic west, Eastern Orthodox east and the Ottoman south, met, lived and warred. It has been both an example of historical turbulence and the clash of civilizations, as well as a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance through multi-cultural integration. The city is historically famous for its traditional religious diversity, with adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisting there for centuries.

Some important historical events in Sarajevo are the 1914 assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which led to World War I, as well as the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Today, the city has physically recovered from most of the damage caused by the Yugoslav Wars of 1992-1995. Sarajevo is a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist that is a delight to visit. The people are very friendly, be they Bosniaks, Croats, Serb or other. There is relatively little crime, and the city ranks as one of the safest in South Eastern Europe.

Orientation[edit]

The city of Sarajevo stretches west-east along the river Miljacka; the main arterial road and tram routes tend to follow the west-east orientation. It is set in a narrow valley, surrounded by mountains on three sides.

Most tourists spend a lot of time in Old Town (Stari Grad). The eastern half of Old Town consists of the Ottoman-influenced Bascarsija (BAHS CHAR she ya), while the western half showcases an architecture and culture that arrived with Austria-Hungary, symbolically representing the city as a meeting place between East and West.

Get in[edit]

If you are not staying at a hotel (i.e. a private residence), you officially should register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival. Failure to register may result in a fine or possible removal, but most likely won't bother anyone.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Sarajevo Airport (Medjunarodni Aerodrom Sarajevo), Kurta Schorka 36, Sarajevo 71210. (IATA: SJJ) is located 6.1 km southwest of the railway station, in the suburb of Butmir.

The following airlines operate service to/from Sarajevo Airport: National Carrier B&H Airlines has the largest network (Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Istanbul-Atatürk, Zürich), Adria Airways (Ljubljana), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), Croatia Airlines (Zagreb), Germanwings (Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart, Berlin), Air Serbia (Belgrade), Lufthansa (Munich), Norwegian (Oslo-Rygge, Stockholm-Arlanda seasonal), and Pegasus (Istanbul-Sabiha Gocken, only certain days of the week), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk).

According to the airport information desk, there are no buses between the airport and the city anymore. However, you can walk 600 m to Dobrinja and take a trolley bus from there. Taxi fares to/from the airport are surprisingly expensive for the short distance. Taxi drivers use fake price lists for tourists. The real taxi price to the city is 16 KM. You can also walk 600 m to Dobrinja and take a metered taxi from there (~ 13 KM).

By train[edit]

  • 2 Railway Station Sarajevo (Nova željeznička stanica), Put života 2, Sarajevo 71000. There is information, ticket office, toilette and some bars inside.

From Croatia[edit]

The Zagreb-Bosnia train seems to have been cancelled since December 2016.

The only international train to Bosnia operates from Zagreb. The journey is quite picturesque, and the journey time is comparable to the bus. There is one daily train between Sarajevo and Zagreb in each direction. Tickets cost 59 KM one-way, 95 KM return. Trains are not air-conditioned, and the toilets aren't great, but otherwise the train is comfortable. Journey times are about 9 hours, but subject to lengthy delays for passport control on both sides of the border with Croatia. A train leaves Zagreb daily at 09:18 arriving in Sarajevo at 18:18. The return train to Zagreb via Zenica, Doboj and Banja Luka departs Sarajevo at 10:43 and arrives in Zagreb at 19:49. Schedule is available here. The train does not have a dining car on board, or any other food provision. Bring supplies beforehand.

There is no longer train connection from Ploče.

From Mostar[edit]

There are two trains from Čapljina to Sarajevo via Mostar (07:06 and 19:19). There are also two trains daily from Sarajevo to Čapljina via Mostar (07:15 and 18:57). Journey takes 2½ hours and costs 11 KM.

By car[edit]

Roads in Bosnia are often only a single lane in either direction, and due to the mountainous topography tend to be very windy and speed limits are lower (mostly 80 km/h). Beware of trucks and people dangerously overtaking on any road. There are many tunnels, and you must always drive with your lights ON (day or night). However, in recent years significant modernisation has taken place.

By private car or minibus[edit]

  • GEA Tours, Kneza Milosa 65, Belgrade, +381 11 2686, +381 635 2686, +381 622 2643, +381 840, +381 268 5043, e-mail: . Connections by mini-van or private cars between Sarajevo and Belgrade. It is essential to contact them by phone or email prior to departure. Journey takes about 5 hours and a half to 6 hours. €20 (one-way), €35 (return).
  • P-AIR Magyarország Kft., 1037 Budapest, Csillaghegyi út 19-21., +36 30 664 9355, e-mail: . Provides shuttle bus between Tuzla Airport (which is a Wizzair hub) and Sarajevo. Journey takes 2 hours. Reservation must be made before departure. €18 (one-way), €36 (return), €1 (administration fee).

By bus[edit]

There are two bus stations in Sarajevo. On all intercity buses you pay a fee for luggage. This fee of KM1 or €1 per piece of luggage is paid to the driver upon boarding. Some drivers are rather picky about being paid in exact change in the correct currency (sometimes a local currency, at other instances requesting to be paid in euros) and sometimes also refuse to be paid in too small coins. So keep some change ready.

  • 3 Main bus station (Autobuska stanica Sarajevo), Put života 8, Sarajevo 71000. This station is located right next to the train station, at the end of number 1 tram line that takes you to the Old Town (1.60 KM). This bus station serves both domestic and international destinations. It is advisable to buy international tickets in advance since these routes fill up quickly. International tickets can be bought online, at the station, or from the Eurolines office near the cathedral between the old bazaar. Information on bus routes can also be obtained from the tourist information offices.

    There are several buses a day to/from Mostar which also stop at Konjic and Jablanica along the way. These leave at 06:00, 07:00, 07:35, 08:00, 08:15, 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30 and up to 18:00, and journey time is ~2½ hours. Single tickets cost 13.50 KM, return tickets are 19 KM. There are also buses to Split (7-8 hours) and a daily bus to Dubrovnik which leaves at 07:00 and costs 40-160 KM.

    There are several buses a day from the main bus station to Banja Luka. These leave at 05:00, 07:55, 09:15, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30. Journey time is approximately 5 hours.

    There is a daily bus to Graz and Vienna, leaving from the main bus station at 08:00, reaching Graz at 19:45 and Vienna around 2 hours later. A one-way ticket costs €44. You will have to pay the driver 2 KM to transport luggage. There are frequent stops on the way, including for food and toilets. Do not rely on these "food stops" as they are basically just shops to buy coffee and you will need local currency to buy anything.

    Eurobusways operates direct service between Sarajevo and Budapest.

    Buses to Tuzla leave from the main bus station approximately every hour every day. The journey takes approximately 3 hours, and costs around 11 KM.

    There is a bus every day from Pristina in Kosovo at 18:30 from the main bus station. The bus is listed on the station schedule as travelling to Novi Pazar, Serbia. From there it travels on to Sarajevo. You can buy the ticket to Novi Pazar at the bus station, or from the controller on board the bus for the whole journey. You might have to change buses in Novi Pazar (which is surprisingly hassle-free). The price from Pristina to Novi Pazar is €7, from Novi Pazar to Sarajevo is €15, and payment is possible in Euros or Serbian dinars. The bus arrives in Novi Pazar around midnight, and Sarajevo around 06:00. Make sure you have the proper travel document to enter Serbia (see Kosovo Get in section) as the controller will not issue you tickets without seeing them first! Another possibility is to book a bus to Podgorica in Montenegro, and then travel from there to Pristina.

    There is one bus per day from the main station to Belgrade, at 06:00, costing 40 KM.

    Click here for main bus station time table

  • 4 East bus station (Autobuska stanica Istočno Sarajevo 'Lukavica'), Akademika Petra Mandića, Sarajevo. There is also another bus station in Eastern (Serb-dominated) Sarajevo on the outskirts of the city serving the Republika Srpska and destinations in both Serbia and Montenegro. GPS location 43.823681, 18.356529)

To get here, it is probably easiest to book/order a taxi (around 15 KM). If using public transport, take 103 or 107 bus/trolleybus, or the 31E, all from Trg Austria and exit at the last station, and ask people how to get to Lukavica bus station (buses and trolleybuses to the city centre depart from a terminal around 200 m from where the international buses arrive). Arriving at Istočno Sarajevo Bus Station, continue on the main road, having the bus station on your right - you will see the Dobrinja trolleybus stop to your right. Buy ticktes at the booth. If you need Bosnian currency there is a Visa/Mastercard cash machine (bankomat) in the nearby Tom shopping centre. To get there walk into the opposite direction of the trolleybus stop, having the bus station to your left. The shopping centre is at the next big traffic light. There are 2 cash machines (Unicredit and NLB) outside and you'll find a supermarket inside.

The Lukavica 'Eastern' station is actually to the West of the 'main' bus station, and is basically to the west of most of Sarajevo's suburbs.

The bus ride from Lukavica bus station to Podgorica (35 KM) in and Budva (40 KM) Montenegro takes 7 hours (35 KM) but is an absolutely amazing ride through some wonderful countryside on the route Lukavica-Trnovo-Rataj-Foca-Brod-Hum-Goransko-Niksic-Danilovgrad-Podgorica (sit on the right side of the bus for the best views). Buses leave at 08:15, 09:00, 14:00 and 22:30. Payment in euro is accepted.

Bus departure times for Lukavica - Belgrade are: 08:00, 09:45, 12:30, 15:00 and 22:00 daily. One way ticket cost 40 KM.

Click here for Lukavica bus station time table

Hitch hiking[edit]

From Mostar, hitching a ride through the beautiful mountains up the M-17 road to Sarajevo is quite easy. Make sure you have a sign though and a Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language phrasebook would be useful. If you have trouble getting out of Mostar, change the sign to Jablanica where traffic will branch of NW to Banja Luka and then hitch on to Sarajevo from Jablanica. Sarajevo is a long thin city so try to get a lift into the centre. If not, get one at least to the tram tracks that go there from the west of the city limits.

Get around[edit]

Sarajevo is a small, beautiful city with many landmarks. Getting lost is next to impossible if you have a map (although getting lost in Bascarsija's winding streets can also be part of the fun!) Very good and free maps can be obtained from the tourist information office, shopping centers, and hotels. A map app on your smartphone is fine too.

Asking Sarajevans for directions is an exercise in futility. People don't know the names of streets a block from the building they've lived in all their lives. However, they won't tell you this, and as a rule will point you in some direction, usually not the right direction. Taxi drivers can't be expected to find anything but the most obvious addresses unless you tell them where to go, in Bosnian—showing the driver on your map will come in handy.

By foot[edit]

In Sarajevo, street signs are few and far between, and small and on the sides of buildings too far away to see when you're standing on a street corner. Building numbers are more or less consecutive but don't follow the "hundreds" styles of the United States, e.g., 23 Bjestiva street may be blocks from 27 Bjestiva street.

By public transport[edit]

GRAS operates public transportation in Sarajevo.

The center of Sarajevo is served by a spinal tram network which makes a counter clockwise loop around the central district. This tram network opened in the mid-1870s and was the first in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tickets should be purchased in advance from kiosks labeled tisak on the street or from the driver, where they cost slightly more (around 1.80KM). Tickets should be validated upon boarding the vehicle and are valid for a one way trip only. Changing tram or bus means validating a new ticket. A day card valid for unlimited travel on all local public transport in Zone A is available for about 5 KM. Please note that inspectors board public transport very frequently: if you can't reach the validator machine because the tram is too crowded, then don't board the tram.

By taxi[edit]

Be careful taking taxis from the main train or bus station and the airport. Firstly, drivers are known to charge far more to tourists who have just arrived and do not know the area, so you can easily end up paying at least double the (usually very affordable) normal price. It is advisable to get an idea of the maximum cost of a taxi before you arrive (ask your hostel/hotel) and negotiating the price with the driver in advance. Should there be a problem when you arrive at your destination and the driver suddenly speaks less English, ask at your accommodation for help - they will be used to dealing with this scam. Secondly, the other well-known "taxi scam" operates in Sarajevo, where the unsuspecting tourist will be taken to a more expensive hotel than the one he or she has asked to be taken to, and the driver and receptionist will swear that the new arrival is in fact in the right place. Have a picture of where you are staying ready, or at least be familiar with its appearance. Many accommodation options will offer a pickup from wherever you arrive, and this is usually free or at a very minimal cost.

If you still would like to order a taxi, try 033 663 555.

See[edit]

There are several free walking tours that that give visitors the chance to see the city from a local's perspective.

  • 1 Baščaršija (the eastern half of the Old Town, spreading eastward from the street Gazi Husrev-begova). The cobbled streets, mosques and Oriental style shops at the heart the city are a world away from Europe, and when the call-to-prayer starts, one could be forgiven for thinking that they were actually in the Middle East. You could actually be walking by a Catholic church, Orthodox church and a Synagogue and hear the Islamic call to prayer at the same time. In this old bazaar you can find dozens of shops selling handmade copperware, woodwork, and sweets. Baščaršija on Wikipedia
    • 2 Sebilj (Fountain), Bascarsija (a few steps south of the "Bascarsija" tram stop). A wooden fountain in the middle of an open square. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebilj_in_Sarajevo on Wikipedia
    • 3 Sacred Heart Cathedral (Katedrala Srca Isusova), Trg Fra Grge Martića 2, +387 33 210 281. Ornate, 19th-century Gothic-style Catholic church with a marble altar, murals and stained glass.
    • 4 Morica Han (Morica Inn), Saraci, Bascarsija. The only preserved Ottoman Inn in Sarajevo. The first floor used to contain 43 rooms for travellers, mostly traders, houses nowadays a carpet shop and a traditional restaurant with engravings of Rubaiyat of Umer Khayam, the famous 12th century Persian poet.
    • 5 Old Clock Tower (Sahat-kula), Mudželeti veliki, +387 62 626 626. Historic landmark in the old town.
  • 6 Latin Bridge (Latinska ćuprija), Obala Kulina Bana. 24/7. This bridge was the location of the 28 June 1914 assassination of Archduke of the Austrian Hungarian empire Franz Ferdinand, the event that sparked the beginning of World War I. A plaque commemorates the event. On the Bridge itself was a memorial to the assassin Gavrilo Princip, but this was removed during the 1992-1995 War. Free. Latin Bridge on Wikipedia
View from a hill in Sarajevo
  • 7 Views from Surrounding Hills. Sarajevo's surrounding hills offer fantastic views over the city, but some landmines from the war still exist on some of them. To be safe, stick to paved roads and sidewalks and do not walk into fields, grass, or wooded areas. Also be alert for stray (and possibly rabid) dogs when venturing out of the city. The hills also offer a taste of suburban Bosnian life, including some of the surviving wooden mosques from before the war.
  • 8 Yellow Fortress (Žuta tabija) (Walk through the war cemetery at the eastern end of Bascarsija. Another way is to follow the river upstream; where the road forks, take the right fork (the left fork goes into a short tunnel); follow it past Hotel Sara and up to the fortress.). Yellow Fortress (or Yellow Bastion) is a cannon fortress at Jekovac. It was built close to the Jajce Barracks and the Jekovac water reservoir. It served as one of the defense points against the Austro-Hungarian troops in 1878. The fortress was damaged and rebuilt several times. The most recent renovation took place in 1998. Offers a great view over the city. Vratnik (Sarajevo) on Wikipedia
  • 9 White Fortress (Bijela tabija). White Fortres is a cannon bastion/fortress which also served to accommodate soldiers, and it is a part of the Old Town "Vratnik”. It is assumed to have been built at the site of a small medieval town "Hodidjed” (central fortress of the Vrhbosna Parish). The fortress overlooks Sarajevo with the panoramic views of the eastern entrance to Sarajevo, the Miljacka River canyon and the city itself. The White Fortress was renovated and expanded several times. The present-day structure dates back to the Austro-Hungarian period. It served as a dungeon, barrack, munitions storage, a treasury, as well as the protection against the raid of Prince Eugene of Savoy in 1697, and defense fortress in battle against occupation by the Austro-Hungarian ruler in 1878. An esteemed local architect, Zlatko Ugljen has developed a conceptual reconstruction project. According to his idea where the site would be used as a theatre/music stage in the summer season. Some reports date the fortress to be built as far back as 1550. Offers an amazing view over the city. Bijela Tabija on Wikipedia
Islamic cemetery in Sarajevo
  • 10 Cemeteries. With white marble grave stones for those who gave their lives at their 20s during the war, these cemeteries are a reminder of the tragedy that the city went through less than two decades ago.
  • 11 Markale Market (Gradska Tržnica) (It is a big yellow building; The main entrance is located on Ferhadija and backs onto Mula Mustafe Baseskije where there is a plaque on the wall with victims' names on it.). 07:00­–17:00. Marked the start of NATO intervention and thereby end of the war after a bombing which took the life of some 40 people. Markale was bombed two times: first in Feb 1994 (which is important in terms of casualties) and second in Aug 1995 (which initiated NATO military intervention). Today the market is repaired and home to local meat, cheese, and vegetable merchants. Free. Markale massacres on Wikipedia
  • 12 Vrelo Bosne (25 minute drive west of Old Town, 3km beyond the suburb of Ilidža). The beginning of the river Bosna, where the pure and ice cold water surges out of the mountains. Here you can walk in large, well-kept park, picnic, and spend the whole day without getting bored. May 1 festival is held here. 2 KM park admission, 2 KM/hour parking, 30 KM for a horse-and-carriage ride.
  • 13 Vijecnica (City Hall), Obala Kulina Bana. Iconic Moorish-style building on the river. Contains a very good photo exhibit of the past 100 years of Sarajevo's history, including many photos from the peaceful and wealthy times before the wars. 5 KM. Vijećnica on Wikipedia
  • 14 Trebevic bobsled track, Apelova Cesta (You can walk here [6 km from center, but very steep slope] or ask a taxi to drop you off at Hotel Pino [8 km from center, pay approximately 12–15 KM] then cross the road from the hotel.). Place where bobsled competition takes place during 1984 Olympic Games. Partially destroyed during war. Amazing place for people who like to see ruins. This is also great place for risk takers: you can rent a bike in city and ride down in concrete bobsled path (or hike down if you don't have a bike). Do not leave main paths: mines may still be hidden in the forest! Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track on Wikipedia
  • 15 Former ski lift top station (Close to beginning of Trebevic bobsled track). Destroyed during war top station of former ski lift, it is great view point for the whole city. The prospect of rebuilding the cable car has been promised by politicians for years, but hasn't happened yet. Do not leave main paths: mines may still be hidden in the forest!
  • 16 Eternal Flame (Vječna vatra), Ferhadija (at the end of Marsala Tita street and beginning of Ferhadija street). 24/7. Memorial site honoring the victims of World War II with an eternal flame and inscription. Free.
  • 17 Tašlihan, Zelenih beretki. 24/7. Archaeological site in the center of the old city. Free.
  • 18 Sniper Alley (Snajperska aleja), Zmaja od Bosne. 24/7. Sniper Alley was the informal name primarily for streets Zmaja od Bosne Street (Dragon of Bosnia Street) and Meša Selimović Boulevard, the main boulevard in Sarajevo which during the Bosnian War was lined with snipers' posts, and became infamous as a dangerous place for civilians to traverse. The road connects the industrial part of the city (and further on, Sarajevo Airport) to the Old Town's cultural and historic sites. The boulevard itself has many high-rise buildings giving sniper shooters extensive fields of fire. Signs reading "Pazi – Snajper!" ("Watch out – Sniper!") became common. People would either run fast across the street or would wait for United Nations armored vehicles and walk behind them, using them as shields. According to data gathered in 1995, the snipers wounded 1,030 people and killed 225 - 60 of whom were children. Free. Sniper Alley on Wikipedia

Museums[edit]

Sarajevo's museums are in disrepair, due to disputes over which arm of the government is responsible for funding them. However, they are still worth visiting.

  • 19 Bosnian Historical Museum (100 m from the Holiday Inn, just past the turn off to the Central Train Station on the left). Closes Saturday and Sunday at 14:00. The moving display on the siege of Sarajevo is a must-see - if you are able to cope with the pictures of the maimed citizens after shelling of markets. Wonder at the photos of an ineffective UN providing armored vehicles citizens could wait behind before risking sniper fire to cross the street. And you will be heartbroken by the pictures drawn by children. 4 KM.
  • 20 National Museum (in a large classical building across the road from the Holiday Inn, about 2 km west of the Old Town, take any tram). Tu-Su. Static displays of the natural and human history of Bosnia and Herzegovina - including an exhibition of traditional Turkish style homes of Sarajevo prevalent in the nineteenth century, an extensive collection of insects and stuffed mammals and a large geology section with samples from around the world and a number of meteorites. 5 KM.
  • 21 Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum (taxi from the centre city costs ~17 KM one way. Take the #3 tram to the end of the line from the city centre. Then get a taxi to the Tunnel Museum and walk back to the tram station if it's a nice day (takes about half an hour). Alternatively, the tourist office in the city centre and Sarajevo Funky Tours offers tunnel tours for €12, with transportation to and from the city centre included. After seeing the tunnel, they also take you on a drive through the part of the city that is in the Republika Srpska, which you can't get to via the tram.). daily 09:00-17:00. This museum houses the tunnel which was used to access the airport area during the siege and ferry supplies into the city. The tunnel is in the garden of a house so don't be worried if you think you're headed into suburbia. 5 KM.
  • 22 Sarajevo City Museum (Brusa Bezistan), Abadžiluk 10 (in Bascarsija), +387 33 239-590. M–Sa 10:00–16:00. Newly opened, the museum traces Sarajevo's development from pre-historical times through the Roman, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and modern times. This is a tiny museum but the cost of 2 KM (2011) is worth it. The entire time spent in here will probably be less than half an hour. This is in the centre of the Old Town and an unknown (non-alcoholic) 'traditional drink' is included with the minor price of admission. The centrepiece of the museum is a model of the Old Town.
  • 23 Svrzina kuca (Svrzo house), Glođina ulica 8 (200 m north of the old town). A beautiful old Ottoman house built in the 18th century shows how Svrzo family lived there. 3 KM.
  • 24 Sarajevo Art Gallery (On the third floor of the building south of the Orthodox Cathedral (entrance is down a side street next to the municipal government building, look for the number 8 above the door)). Small but pleasing gallery. Free.
  • 25 Bosniak Institute (Bošnjački institut), Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 21, +387 33 279 800. 8AM-4.30PM. The institute is a cultural center focusing on Bosniak culture. It was established by former Bosnian Vice President Adil Zulfikarpašić. The institute is housed in a renovated sixteenth century Turkish bath and includes a library and an art center. Bosniak Institute on Wikipedia
  • 26 The Academy of Fine Arts (Akademija scenskih umjentosti Sarajevo), Obala Maka Dizdara 3, +387 33 210 369. The Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo is a faculty within the University of Sarajevo in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, dedicated to the performing arts. It was officially opened in 1981 with the inaugural Department of Acting. In 2010, it was announced that the Sarajevo Canton and the Cantonal Development Institute would be funding the construction of a 10 million KM building and center for the Academy of Performing Arts, primarily because working conditions for students and faculty have been poor for the past decade. Construction on the new 4,600 m² (49,514 sq ft) center began in mid-2010 in the Centar Municipality. Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo on Wikipedia

Religious buildings[edit]

Emperor's Mosque
  • 27 Bey's mosque (Begova dzamija), Saraci 8 (in the center of Bascarsija), +387 33 573 151. 09:00-19:00. This medieval Ottoman architecture's pearl is a lovely place to visit. It is open to Muslims and non-Muslims, but a visiting woman needs to cover her hair and wear long skirt or dress within the mosque. It is one of the biggest mosques in the region and, for many, the most beautiful one. Bey's mosque is a few hundreds years old and it is the greatest and most important project of the waqf of a Bey that is buried in the mosque's courtyard. The clocktower next to the site (across Mudželiti Veliki street) shows 12:00 at sunset, and was used to synchronize the calls to prayer for all the city's mosques. Free. Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque on Wikipedia
  • 28 Emperor's Mosque (Careva dzamija), Obala Isa bega ishakovica (on the south bank of the river). This is the oldest mosque in Sarajevo. There's an adjacent cemetery and café inside the walls. The mosque is open both to Muslims and non-Muslims, but a visiting woman needs to cover her hair and wear long skirt or dress within the mosque. Emperor's Mosque on Wikipedia
  • 29 St. Anthony´s Church (Crkva Sv. Ante), Franjevacka. Modern Catholic church with beautiful stained glass windows
  • 30 Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Saborna Crkva Rođenja Presvete Bogorodice), Zelenih beretki 1, +387 33 269 261. The Cathedral is the largest Serbian Orthodox church in Sarajevo and one of the largest in the Balkans. It is dedicated to the nativity of the Theotokos, and erected at the request of the Orthodox parish of Sarajevo, with construction taking place between 1863 and 1868. The church is constructed as a three-section basilica inscribed in a cross-shaped plan, and has five domes. The domes are built on the beams; the central one is much larger than the other four side domes. The church is arched by round elements. The small gilded baroque-style belfry is built in front of the entrance. The interior walls are decorated by painted ornaments. In the lower zones of the walls the painted ornaments are simulating the marble stone construction look. Arches and vaults are decorated in ornaments only. In 1898, the Orthodox Metropolitan Palace was built near the cathedral. Serbian_Orthodox_Cathedral_in_Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 31 Old Orthodox Church (crkva sv. Arhanđela Mihaila i Gavrila), Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 59, +387 33 571 065. Also known as the Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel (Cyrillic: црква св. Арханђела Михаила и Гаврила) is a Serbian Orthodox church. It was first mentioned in Ottoman sources dating to 1539, the Church was, however, built on older foundations. Old Orthodox Church in Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 32 Ali Pasha Mosque (Alipašina džamija), Hamze Hume. The mosque was constructed during 1560–61 as a vakıf (legacy or perpetual endowment) of Sofu Hadım Ali Pasha, the Ottoman former governor of the Bosnia Eyalet of the Ottoman Empire, after his death in September 1560. It was built according to the classical Istanbul architectural style. The dome covers the prayer area and three small domes cover the cloister. Because of its noble proportions it stands at the top of the scale of all sub-dome mosques that have been constructed in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the framework of the complex there is a domed burial site (turbe) with two sarcophagus of Avdo Sumbul (d.1915) and Behdžet Mutevelić (d.1915), Gajret activists who died in the dungeons of Arad. The mosque was heavily damaged by Serbian forces during the conflict of the early 1990s, especially the dome. The most recent renovation of the mosque occurred in 2004 and in January 2005, the Commission to Preserve National Monuments issued a decision to add the Ali Pasha Mosque to the list of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ali Pasha Mosque (Sarajevo) on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • 1 Fox in a Box, Sime Milutinovica 15/I, +38 761 10 10 07, e-mail: . 9:30 AM - 10:30 PM. Escape room style games in Sarajevo, offering 2 rooms: Mr. Fox's Secret Study and The Bank Job. Located on walking distance from the historic city center.
  • 2 Sarajevo Football Club (Željezničar Football Club) (Olympic Stadium). Although the football quality is low, it is interesting to follow a match in a stadium which hosted the opening ceremony of 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games peacefully just a few years before war broke out.
  • 3 Avaz Twist Tower, Tesanjska 24a, +387 33 281 350. 07:00-23:00. One of the tallest buildings of the city, offering an observation deck with a magnificent view over the city. 1 KM.

Events[edit]

Sarajevo is a vibrant city that lives all year long. Sonar compiles the city's regular calendar of events to make it easier to plan your visit.

  • Sarajevo Film Festival. annually in July or August. One of the best film festivals in Europe and the largest of its kind in Southeastern Europe. Sarajevo Film Festival on Wikipedia Sarajevo Film Festival (Q935127) on Wikidata
  • Sarajevo Jazz Festival. during first week of November. A very eclectic festival, and the largest of its kind in the Balkans.

Winter sports[edit]

Sarajevo offers excellent possibilities for winter sports, with two nearby Olympic grade mountains

  • 4 Bjelašnica. Ski resort about 35 km (1 hour drive) away from Sarajevo, with 14 km slopes in all difficulty levels. A day pass (9:00-16:00 costs 25 KM for children and 35 KM for adults. Night skiing is also possible in season, for an additional 18 KM.
  • 5 Jahorina. Roughly as far away from Sarajevo as Bjelašnica, the ski resort of Jahorina is on the border of the Federation of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska, the town itself on the Republika Srpska side of the mountain. The resort offers 25 km of slopes in all difficulty levels and 11 lifts, and gained fame as the location for the Women's Alpine competitions in the 1984 Olympic Games. A day ticket costs 29 KM for children and 39 KM for adults. .

Water sports[edit]

  • 6 RaftKor (Neretva river rafting), Varda 40, Konjic, +387 61 474 507, e-mail: . White water rafting on the Neretva, starting points in Konjic or Mostar, about 75 minutes from Sarajevo. A shuttle bus is provided for an additional 50 KM. from 70 KM.
  • 7 Canyoning Rakitnica river (Visit Konjic), Donje Polje bb, poslovni prostor 2, 88400 Konjic, +387 61 072 027, e-mail: . The best of the best, Rakitnica canyon takes canyoning to the ultimate level. It is the second deepest canyon in Europe. Rakitnica is physically demanding and technical canyon with high adrenaline factor, full of new surprises in the untouched nature. Between Bjelasnica and Visocica mountains, Rakitnica runs with a unique altitude difference of 800 m (source and estuary). Canyoning tour starts off with a road drive from Konjic to the village of Dubučani. The entire length of the canyoning tour the crystal clear mountain water is drinkable. 160 KM.
  • 8 Canoeing Neretva river (Visit Konjic), Donje Polje bb, poslovni prostor 2, 88400 Konjic, +387 61 072 027, e-mail: . Canoeing on the Neretva river is less wild than rafting, allowing more time to appreciate the exceptional beauty of nature. Starting at 90 KM per person, the price includes transport to the starting point and pick-up afterwards, including dry towels. 90 KM.
  • 9 Džajica buk (Neretva river rafting), Džajići, +387 61 482 400, e-mail: . A more elaborate package for rafting on the Neretva river, including an overnight stay in the town of Džajići, and an animation program.
  • 10 Extreme Rafting (Neretva river rafting), Polje Bijela bb, 88400 Konjic, +387 61 62 85 73. One day rafting down the upper course of the Neretva river without staying overnight. The upper course is in length of 18 km. Starting point just below Bjelimici village and track ends just before Glavaticevo village. The best water level is in April and June, depending on amount of rain during the season. Rapids on this part are up to level 4 and they for sure offer the most adrenaline on Bosnian rivers. Extreme rafting is based on full board, including breakfast, snack and a lunch. The price also includes all taxes, insurance, skipper services, transportation (along the course), equipment and all similar expenses.
  • 11 TudupRaft (Rakitnica river canyoning), Polje Bijela b.b, Konjic, +387 61 628 573. Rakitnica river canyon is one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe. On this river, around 28 km in length, canyoning tours are available from one up to three days. The one day adventure is 8 km in length through the lower course of the river from Dubrocani village till the firth to the Neretva river.
  • 12 Rafting Tara (Tara river rafting), Vuka Karadžića 14, Foča, +387 65 721 218, e-mail: . A category 4 white water river, the Tara is a real challenge for adventurers and nature lovers. In March, April and May, high water levels are to be expected. A very demanding tour requiring physical preparation. Water temperatures vary between 5°C to 7°C. In June and July is the water calmer, allowing a medium-sized tour, so that children can go to rafting along. Physical preparation and experience are not necessary in the summer months. Water temperature ranges from 10°C to 12°C. In August, September and October, the water level are lowest. The tear of Europe, as they call the Tara Canyon, with a depth of 1.3 kilometers occupies the second place on the world list right behind the Grand Canyon. Crystal clear water and a rich flora and fauna along the 145-kilometer Tara River were placed on the list of protected areas of UNESCO. The water is drinkable, with a sapphire color perfectly embedded in the 100 km long canyon that created it.
  • 13 White Water Rafting Europe (Neretva river rafting), Kolonija 16, 88400 Konjic, +387 61 817 209, e-mail: . Rafting tours on the Neretva river, with pick-up and return to Sarajevo. Child friendly service.
  • 14 SarajevoFunkyTours (Neretva river rafting), Besarina čikma 5, +387 62 910 546, e-mail: . 8:00-18:00. Neretva white water rafting day begins with departure from Sarajevo at 09:00, with arrival to Konjic around 10:00. From there, the journey heads towards the rafting starting point, located around 45 min uphill drive. On the way there views over Boračko Lake and upper flow of Neretva river and canyon are simply outstanding. Neretva offers astonishing slopes, canyons, clean and fresh drinkable water, untouched nature, great beaches, fish, birds, and even more. There is time for a break with swimming, sun-bathing, diving or other activities. The tour will end a few kilometers away from Konjic, where transport will wait to take you to the local way made lunch/dinner. Departure to Sarajevo around 17:00, arrival in Sarajevo at 18:00.

Buy[edit]

Bascarsija has plenty of carpets and local copperware on sale. Over a century ago, each street in this area hawked a specific ware: for example, one street had all the coppersmiths, shoes were on another, jewelry on yet another. While in Bascarsija, don't miss the underground souk that stretches along the west side of Gazi Husrev-begova street (open 08:00–20:00).

For other items:

  • 1 Maloprodaja, Saraci 21 in Bascarsija. There are cool t-shirts for 20 KM.
  • 2 Sahinpasic, 38d Titova. Has a solid collection of historical literature.

Eat[edit]

For information on typical Bosnian foods, see Bosnia#Eat.

Budget[edit]

Sarajevo has countless shops selling burek (meat pie, sold in layers by weight or by piece), ćevapi, and pizza. Pita (burek, sirnica, krompirusa, tikvenica, zeljanica etc.) is a filo type pasty pie generally offered in several varieties: meat (meso), cheese (sirnica, Bosnian cheese called "young cheese" similar to ricotta and never aged), cheese and spinach (zeljanica), pumpkin (tikvenica), and spicy potato (krompirusa). It is usually served with a traditional yogurt sauce that resembles sour cream. Most ćevapi places do not serve alcohol.

  • 1 Pizzeria Ago, Mula Mustafe Baseskije 17, +387 33 203-900. 08:00-23:00. Good value pizzas, and pancakes for dessert at only 1 KM, which are a boon for the budget travellers with a sweet tooth.
  • 2 Petica, Bravadžiluk 29, in Bascarsija, +387 33 537-555. 08:00–23:00. A popular but spacious restuarant serving the freshest all-beef ćevapi and creamiest kajmak in Bascarsija. The waitresses wear traditional Bosnian dresses. 3.50 KM for ćevapi.
  • 3 Ascinica ASDž, Ćurčiluk mali 3 in Bascarsija, +387 33 238-500. 08:00–19:00. When you get sick of greasy meats, ASDž serves Bosnian-home-cooking, vegetable-centered dishes (but don't expect 100% vegetarian, as many are still flavored with a bit of meat). Order cafeteria-style at the counter: you pay by the plate and can mix-and-match different foods into the same dish.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 4 Bambus, #32, Ferhadija bb 557-190, +387 62 726 031. An amazing jewel of a restaurant in the central shopping district. You have to go down a small staircase and push a button to be buzzed in to the restaurant but once you are there you will be happy you took the time to find it. It is very classy, quiet, clean, English menu and the waiters speak English. Very good food at good prices. The food is cooked with pride and for the prices charged, it really is a good deal.
  • 5 Bosnian House (Bosanska Kuca), Bravadziluk 3, Bascarsija. 24/7. Steak house. Seats inside and out in the heart of the Old Town with a wide range of traditional Bosnian food at reasonable prices. You can sit outside against the warm wall of the oven if it's chilly. Muckalica, a veal broth, is delicious and good value at 10KM.
  • 6 Cappuccino, Grbavica (near river Miljacka in green area.). Delicious Bosnian meals and the best pasta and pizza in the region.
  • 7 Hacienda, Bazardzani 3, +387 33 441 918. 10:00-03:00. Mexican food, cocktails. Large portions with very fresh ingredients and a pleasant atmosphere. DJs are playing House and Techno Music. Comparing to some other similar places, Hacienda is more expensive but still with good atmosphere. 8-12 KM for a main course.
  • 8 House of Spite (Inat Kuca), Veliki Alifakovac 1, Bascarsija, +387 33 447-867. 11:00-23:00. An old Turkish house by the river converted to a lovely restaurant selling hearty stew-like meals.
  • 9 Karuzo, Dženetića Čikma bb, +387 62 347 456, e-mail: . 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-23:00. While it doesn't serve traditional Bosnian food, this restaurant features a vegetarian/fish based menu, with a mostly Italian influence (although sushi is also available). The pasta dishes are also highly recommended. It's a very intimate restaurant seating only 18 at a time, the chef takes your order prepares the food and serves it himself. Do be aware that you probably do need to have a good deal of time to spare - it can take a couple of hours before you leave.
  • 10 Mrkva, Bravadžiluk 13, +387 33 532-519. 08:30-23:00. Traditional Bosnian food, a local favorite. A small chain with 5 restaurants spread out over the Sarajevo metropolitan area.
  • 11 Park Princeva (مطعم الملوك), Iza Hrida br. 7, +387 61 222 708, toll-free: +387 33 532 403, e-mail: . 08:00-23:00. Slightly more expensive than Inat Kuca, also serving Bosnian food. Located on one of the hills of the city, you have fantastic view, especially around sunset, when you can hear the prayers from the mosques around the valley.
  • 12 Zeljo, Kundurdžiluk 19, +387 33 441-200. 08:00-23:00. Traditional Bosnian food, a local favorite. A small chain with 4 different locations spread over the city. A good venue to visit with kids.

Splurge[edit]

  • 13 Dveri, Prote Bakovića 12, +387 33 537-020, e-mail: . 09:00-23:00. Homestyle restaurant in heart of old Sarajevo. Very cozy feel, with strands of garlic, lots of delicious warm bread, hearty soups, meats, etc.
  • 14 Moja Mala Kuhinja, Tina Ujevića 13, +387 61 144 741, e-mail: . 10:00-23:00. A small restaurant owned by Bosnian celebrity Chef Muamer Kurtagic who has hosted cooking shows on national TV stations. The idea is that the whole cooking process is open for public, and customers can enjoy the cooking the food whilst also being educated. His menu changes daily according to the availability of the ingredients. Most dishes prepared by the chef are inspired by some of the best restaurant in Germany where he worked for a number of years. The restaurant can only serve around 15 guests at a time.
  • 15 Sarajevo Brewery (Sarajevska pivara), Franjevačka 15, +387 33 491-100. 10:00-18:00. A large bar and restaurant near the Latin Bridge with lovely atmosphere and professional staff. Serves 'western' food, accompanied by a variety of beers brewed on the premises. Place is more expensive than most of the places in Sarajevo.
  • 16 Restoran Brajlovic, Samira Ćatovića Kobre 6, Ilidža, +387 33 626-226. 07:00-23:00. At the water front of the Zeljeznica, Brajlovic offers an up scale selection of Bosnian specialties. Their cevapcici is widely known to attract tourists and locals alike.

Drink[edit]

Sarajevo has vibrant night life with a plenty small thematic bars. Clubs are usually opened until early morning. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are hot days to hang out despite the rest of the week offers quite good night life.

Cafes[edit]

  • 2 Opera Bar/Café, B Sarajeva 25 (opposite the city's Opera house), +387 33 831-647. 7:00-12:00. Fast WiFi connection, but the waitstaff are often unfriendly and inattentive. It attracts the acting and musical community among the regulars, though this isn't an exclusive kind of place. A bit smoky. Espresso: 2 KM.

Bars[edit]

  • 3 Café de Paris, Hamdije Kreševljakovića 61 (South end of Ćumurija bridge, in the green-and-yellow building.), +387 33 211-609. 07:00–22:00. You might not have expected to find an IPA in the Balkans, but Café de Paris serves a selection of craft beers from Sarajevo microbreweries. They also have a line of very smooth local rakijas (try the quince). Riverside, outdoor seating looks out upon impressive architecture from the Austro-Hungarian times. Craft beer 3–4 KM.
  • 4 Central Cafe, Štrosmajerova 1, Bascarsija. Cocktail bar with great music. Get there early or call to reserve a table. The place is very busy until midnight when people leave to hit the various nightclubs around town. The street is a whole promenade with many other cafes around.
  • 5 Tre Bicchieri Wine Store & Tasting Bar, Cobanija 3, +387 33 223-230. Long list of Italian wines. Very cozy and comfortable place. Good music & relaxing atmosphere.

Clubs[edit]

  • 6 Baghdad Cafe, Bazardzani 4 (across from Hacienda in Bascarsija). Danceclub/hookah bar in one of the most crowded areas of the Old Town for nightlife.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

If you arrive late at night, the weather is right and you have a tent with you, you can camp quite undisturbedly in the park next to the Miljacka river. Chances are that there already some more tents put up. Follow the road on the west side of town, stay close to the river and end up around. In summer there is a public toilet. This is wild camping, and there is no guard or services.

It is also easy to find a room in the house of a local.

  • 1 The Doctor's House Hostel, Pehlivanuša 67 (Straight up the hill from the Cathedral), +387 62 293 876, e-mail: . Smallish hostel managed by a well-traveled American woman in a cozy house on the hillside who goes out of her way to help her guests out. Dorm beds with privacy curtain, reading light, and charging station, big lockers, well-equipped kitchen, great views from the balconies. Free WiFi. From 20 KM.
  • 2 Haris Youth Hostel, Vratnik Mejdan 29, +387 33 23 25 63. The owner, a young chap named Haris, also owns a tourism agency right near the pigeon square at Kovaci 1 and can take you on tours around the city, annotated with his own personal experiences from the war. Although you must walk uphill for about ten minutes from the main square to get there, it is worth the walk for the beautiful view and hospitable, warm atmosphere.
  • 4 Hostel City Centre Sarajevo, Saliha Hadzihuseinovica Muvekita No. 2/3 (Between Ferhadija and Zelenih beretki streets), +387 33 203 213 (24h). Check-out: 10:00. Renovated and located in the heart of Sarajevo. Very clean and tidy place to stay with kitchen facilities, 2 large living and common rooms, cable TV, free internet and wifi. They have 4,5,6 and 10 bed mixed dorms plus 2,3 and 4 bed private rooms. In April 2012, bed in 10 bed dorm was 25 KM. Dorm bed: €15, Dbl room €20.
  • 5 Motel Jasmin, Kupreska 26 (in the heart of Bascarsija), +387 33 71 61 55. Singles, doubles, triples with separate bathrooms and TV. From 30 KM including breakfast.
  • 6 Hostel Ljubičica, Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 65 (in the Old Town, just next to the Bascarsija tram stop), +387 33 53 58 29. Note that the room offered might be a dormitory located in one of several places - it might be along Mule Mustafa ulica, or else up the hill to the east of town. If you are visiting for the first time, you can make arrangements online or by phone, and also arrange with them to be picked up at the train station, or the two bus stations in the city. The owner of this hostel has a small scam going in that she charges people for a 'daily registration' of 3 KM, despite the authorities only requiring that a person be registered once when initially entering the country at no charge. Also, the rooms and hostel are not very clean. 23 KM/dorm.
  • 7 Hostel Posillipo, Besarina Cikma 5 (almost directly opposite the fountain), +387 62 910546. Staff is very friendly and informative on everything from good restaurants to tales of the nineties conflict. 30 KM.
  • 8 Hostel/Prenociste Kod Keme, Mali Ćurčiluk 15 (in the heart of Bascarsija), +387 33 531-140. Single: 30 KM.
  • 9 Pansion Sebilj, Bravadžiluk bb (Obala Kulina baba between Careve cuprija and Novi most at the Miljacka riverside), +387 33 573-500. Most of the staff speaks English fluently. An internet-cafe is downstairs in the same house, a restaurant in the atrium. The restaurants in the Old Town, groceries and a pharmacy are all in walking distance. Dealing with the sleeping areas only - good things: Location, friendly staff, hot water, clean. Bad things: No internet, walls are paper thin - you can hear someone cough (or scream) in the next room easily as well as the loud music from downstairs until about midnight, uncomfortable slat beds. Unisex showers (only 2) and bathroom. No way to lock bathroom or shower area when inside. No laundry service, no kitchen. No lockers for gear. 30 KM.
  • 11 Hotel Hayat, Abdesthana 27 (A less than 5 minute walk northeast from the Kovači Square, near Bascarsija), +387 33 570-370. US$70.
  • 12 Hotel & Hostel Kan Sarajevo, Brace Begic 35 (near the bus station), +387 33 220 531. Single to quadruple bed- bedrooms as well as apartments. Restaurant on site and personal assistance with sight seeing. From 40 KM.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 13 Garni Hotel Konak, Mula Mustafe Başeskije 54 (Take the number 1 tram from the train station to Pigeon Square. Follow the tram tracks west for two blocks, and it will be on your left, look for a red and white sign.), +387 33 476 900, e-mail: . Built in 1962 and completely renovated in 2008. Staff are friendly, speak English, and in the off season can be persuaded to negotiate. Hotel amenities include breakfast, Ensuite bathrooms and internet connected computers, while the hostel rooms are double bed privates with satellite television which share a bathroom among three rooms. Single: €50-60; Double: €70-80.
  • 15 Motel Sokak, Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 24 (Just down the road from the Bascarsija tram stop.), +387 33 570-355, e-mail: . It's small clean, quiet, friendly and comfortable, in an old building but modern inside. Double: US$100.
  • 16 Pansion Čobanija, Čobanija 29, +387 33 227-001. Private bathrooms and satellite television. The rooms are clean and well-kept, and a continental breakfast is provided. €50.

Splurge[edit]

  • 17 Hotel Bristol Sarajevo, Fra Filipa Lastrića 2 (15 minutes by car from airport, 5 min walk to Parliament, 5 min by car to Old Town), +387 33 705 000, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Reopened early 2011 after being completely renovated. Great rooms and comfortable beds. Friendly staff, three restaurants. No alcohol served. Held in regard now as one of the best large hotels in the city. Superior room from 160 KM.
  • 18 Hotel Central, Ćumurija 8 (right across the popular Strossmayerova pedestrian street), +387 33 561 800, e-mail: . One of the oldest hotels in the city historically renowned for its spa, it is now considered one of the prime boutique hotels after its recent renovation. Also the spa is excellent.
  • 19 Hotel Europe, Vladislava Skarića 5 (right next to the old Turkish bazaar, Bezistan), +387 33 580 570, +387 33 580 444, e-mail: . Built in 1882 right next to medieval ruins, it was recently renovated, elevating it to five-star premier boutique status. Home to many celebrities who come to work or visit the city, such as John Travolta, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The in-house Viennese Café is great, offering many Central European as well as local specialties.
  • 20 Holiday Inn, Zmaja od Bosne 4 (5 minute walk the train and bus station, and about 10 minutes' walk from the town centre.), +387 33 288-200, e-mail: . Clean, safe, nice private rooms with private bathroom and shower, well-maintained. Friendly staff speaks English. Credit cards accepted. The restaurant on the third floor is great. €118.
  • 21 Radon Plaza, Džemala Bijedića 185 (at the bottom of Avaz tower, next to the BMW showroom), +387 33 752 900, e-mail: . It is named after the last name of its owner, who is also the owner of Avaz newspaper and one of the city's wealthiest people. US$138.

Connect[edit]

There are 3 mobile operators active in Sarajevo: BH Telecom, m:tel and Eronet. There is no 4G/LTE coverage, but 3G is widely available. Since Bosnia and Herzegovina is not part of the EU, nor the EEA, where from June 2017 new international roaming rules are enforced, the roaming rates are not capped or regulated in the country and can be much higher. Instead, Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of an own Balkan roaming zone with Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia where international data roaming is capped at €0.20 per MB from July 2017. It is advised to buy a local SIM card, from any of the operators, which can be purchased in one of the many kiosks around the city. BH Telecomo and m:tel have special offers aimed towards tourists, starting from 20 KM for 5 GB.

  • 5 Central Post Office (BH Pošta), +387 33 252 834. Central post office. The building was heavily damaged during the Bosnian War, but restored under guidance of Croatian architect Josip Vancaš.

Stay safe[edit]

There are still many minefields and unexploded ordnances in the Sarajevo area and its surrounding suburbs. Never go into damaged buildings (which are really rarely seen) and always stick to paved surfaces avoiding grassy hills that surround the city . Areas that are not cleared are marked by yellow tape or signs, but still not all minefields have been identified due to the lack of resources and the lack of International help. Paved roads are always safe. Crime against foreigners is very rare and the city is safe to visit. (As with any country in former Yugoslavia, be careful not to get into sensitive discussions about politics with people you do not know, but even those can be very educational when you come across a person who's willing to discuss it.) Be aware of pick pockets who usually operate on public transportation vehicles.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has double the traffic fatality rate as Europe as a whole, and Sarajevo has recently seen a few high-profile accidents with pedestrians. Be alert whether driving or crossing the street.

Sarajevo has instituted nighttime water restrictions between 00:00 and 05:00. This is to limit water lost from the city's old and deteriorating leaky pipes. Consider filling up a water bottle in the evening. (Rest assured Sarajevo has safe—indeed extremely high quality—tap water, when it's running.)

A final point on health and safety is that the air in Sarajevo can be noticeably thick with pollution, so that asthmatics or those with other chest problems may find themselves short of breath a lot of the time, particularly at night. Ensure you have ample medication, just in case.

Cope[edit]

Children[edit]

The Sarajevo City Center mall features a large play area for children. BBI Centar also has one, but it's smaller. Both malls are slightly west of the downtown on the main road.

Embassies[edit]

France France, Mehmed bega Kapetanović Ljubušaka 18,, +387 33 282 050, e-mail: .

Greece [dead link]Greece, Obala Maka Dizdara 1, +387 33 211 794, fax: +387 33 211 756, e-mail: .

Macedonia [dead link]Macedonia, Splitska 57, +387 33 810 760, e-mail: .

United Kingdom United Kingdom, 11 Petrakijina St, +387 33 282 200, fax: +387 33 282 203, e-mail: .

United States United States, Alipasina 43, +387 33 445 700, fax: +387 33 221 837.

Go next[edit]

  • Konjic is on the Neretva river, 43 km southwest of Sarajevo, where in 2011 the Tito bunker and Bijenale contemporary art exhibition were opened to the public.


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