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Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its largest city, with 420,000 citizens in its urban area (2013). Sarajevo metropolitan area that has a population of 555,000 also includes some neighbourhoods of "East Sarajevo" that are a part of Republika Srpska. Sarajevo is very tourist friendly, especially pedestrian area in the Old Town in the centre of the city.


The Latin Bridge, close to where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, triggering World War I.



Sarajevo is one of the most historically interesting and diverse cities in this part of Europe. It is a place where the Western and Eastern Roman Empire split; where the people of the Roman Catholic west, Eastern Orthodox east and the Ottoman south, met, lived and warred. It is both an example of historical turbulence and the clash of civilizations, as well as a beacon of hope for peace through multicultural tolerance. The city is traditionally known for its religious diversity, with Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Jews coexisting here for centuries. Additionally, the city's vast historic diversity is strongly reflected in its architecture. Parts of the city have a very Central-European look, while other parts of the city, often blocks away, have a completely distinct Ottoman, some Soviet-like or Socialist modernism feel.

Some important events in Sarajevo's history include the 1914 assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which led to World War I; the 1984 Winter Olympics; and the 1992-1996 siege.

The city has physically recovered from most of the damage caused by the Yugoslav Wars of 1992–1995, although bullet holes can still be found in some buildings. Sarajevo is a cosmopolitan European capital with a unique Eastern twist that is a delight to explore. The people are very friendly, be they Bosniaks, Croats, Serbs or anyone else. There is little street crime, with the city ranking as one of the safest in Southeastern Europe.


View from the White Fortress

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; etymologically baš (head, main), čaršija (bazaar, trading area) in Turkish), 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.


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Sarajevo has a humid continental climate, since mountains surrounding the city greatly reduce the maritime influence of the Adriatic Sea. Summers are typically hot (record high of 41 °C in 2008) with an average of 46 days per year above 32 °C, while winters are snowy and cold with an average 4 days per year below -15 °C. Rain can be expected in every season, with an average of 75 days of precipitation per year, which in winter often falls as snow.

Get in

The region around Sarajevo

By plane


This is Bosnia's principal airport, hemmed in by mountains and fog-prone, so flight delays are common in winter. The only passenger terminal is Terminal B; it's closed overnight 23:00–05:00. In the groundside main hall (after customs on arrival, before security on departure) there are currency exchange booths, car rental desks, a bookshop that sells local SIM cards, and a fast food area upstairs; there's no luggage storage. Airside is small, with a cafe and duty free shops accepting major currencies. New terminal facilities are under construction, to open in 2021. About 1 km away, walkable by the route to the trolleybus (below) then keep straight on, is the East Bus Station for destinations in Republika Srpska.

The most important hub connections are from Frankfurt (by Lufthansa), Vienna (by Austrian), Istanbul (by Turkish Airlines), Dubai (by flydubai) and Doha (by Qatar Airways) as well as flights to neighbouring countries (Belgrade by Air Serbia and Zagreb by Croatia Airlines) amongst others. Service to London-Luton is operated by Wizz Air, and to London-Stansted from April to October.

While you're at the airport, consider visiting the Tunnel of Hope Museum (Tunel Spasa). This saves you a trip from city centre later on, though you'll probably have to drag your luggage along. The museum is southside of the runway (the terminal being north), which they tunnelled beneath in 1993 to create a lifeline to the besieged city.

Getting there and away:

  • By busCentrotrans bus runs daily between airport and Baščaršija in city centre. It runs roughly hourly 05:30-22:00, timed to connect with flights, taking 20-30 mins. A one-way ticket is 5 KM, return 8 KM, the first bag (up to 23 kg) per person is included and each extra bag is 5 KM. You pay on boarding the bus. It stops on request at central bus stops, which may not be specifically marked for the airport bus but they're usually next to tram stops.
  • By taxi – Taxis are notorious for scams! To the city centre should not exceed 20 KM, although some drivers try for double that from foreigners. Flagfall is 1.90 KM then it's 1.20 KM per km for 6–7 km; any "airport supplement" is bogus. Some drivers will refuse to use the meters; insist on them, and if they don't, then walk away. One scam is to wave a "fixed price list" at you, but it's just the product of a greedy imagination. Your hotel may offer an airport transfer, with rates varying from the competitive to the silly. A further option is to walk through Dobrinja as described below to pick up a taxi, though the saving on an honest fare is small.
  • By trolleybus – This involves a walk of 600 m through the nearby neighbourhood of Dobrinja to reach the stop on Bulevar Mimara Sinana. You might want a map or a compass: the general direction is northeast with the terminal directly behind you, but it involves a zigzag. You exit the airport at the main gate onto Kurta Schorka highway. Turn right (southeast) and walk 200 m, there's no sidewalk. Take the first left, Andreja Andrejevića, and cut through residential Dobrinja passing near Hotel Octagon. Emerge onto the main road and turn right (again southeast) along Bulevar Mimara Sinana. On the opposite side (with westbound traffic) after 200 m, before you reach Mercator Center, is the bus stop Dobrinja škola B. Trolleybus 103 runs every 6 – 7 minutes daytime to Trg Austrijski, in the centre on the south riverbank, taking 25 min; walk across the Latin Bridge to come into Old Town. (Don't take the 107 or 108 if you're aiming for Old Town.) The fare is 1.80 KM, pay the driver, and note there are frequent ticket inspectors.

Tuzla Airport is another way in, as it has budget flights by Wizz from across Germany and Scandinavia. The airport is 120 km north of Sarajevo. An airport bus runs direct from Sarajevo to meet the Wizz flights, taking 2 hours and costing €22 each way. Or you can travel via the frequent standard buses to Tuzla, taking a leisurely 3 hours.

By train

  • 2 Sarajevo Railway Station (Nova željeznička stanica), Put života 2 (near Avaz Twist Tower), +387 33 65 53 30. This communist-era station is in a dilapidated state, with few trains and lots of down-and-outs, though it's reasonably central in this strung-out city. The ticket office is cash only and they laboriously write out tickets by hand, so service is slow. There are toilets and cafes. Staff at the information desk speak good English and their stock reply to many enquiries is to try the bus station next door: this is good advice.

There are no international trains to Bosnia: Coming from the west, the work-around route is to travel first to Zagreb in Croatia. From Zagreb main station (Glavni Kol) take the local train at 09:00 to Hrvatska Kostajnica, arriving by 10:45: see Croatian Railways timetable. The fare's about €8. You're now 3 km from the Bosnian borderpost, either take a taxi, or walk south into town then east and cross the river by the first bridge. Once you've entered Bosnia, find a taxi to Banja Luka, 100 km southeast, costing around 100 KM and taking maybe 90 mins. You'll reach Banja Luka in plenty of time to catch the 15:49 local train to Sarajevo via Zenica, arriving by 20:41. The train is a modern Spanish Talgo and the fare is about 26 KM. When checking the Bosnian Railways website, use the timetable menu not the ticket menu, as the latter only offers the main towns and bookable trains.

For the reverse journey, be on the 10:15 train from Sarajevo to Banja Luka in order to make the 19:15 from Hrvatska Kostajnica and reach Zagreb at 21:00. And confirm that your taxi driver has agreed to take you to the correct Kostajnica on the Croatian border (ie north-west, a printed map may help), not accidentally-on-purpose to some other Kostajnica, e.g. the one 80 km east near Doboj.

The only other railway route you're likely to get in by is Čapljina - Mostar - Sarajevo, with only two trains a day, departing from Sarajevo at 07:15 and 16:49 and taking around 2 hours to reach Mostar. Since 2015 there are no passenger trains south of Čapljina into Croatia and the port of Ploče (which has transport to Dubrovnik, Split and the Adriatic islands), though the line is still open for freight.

If your accommodation is in the west of the city, e.g. the Ibis Styles Hotel, then coming from Banja Luka you could change at Zenica for the local train to Sarajevo, which also stops at 3 Alipašin Most on Safeta Zajke. But it doesn't save much time or effort. The trains from Čapljina and Mostar trundle through this station without stopping.

By bus


There are two bus stations in Sarajevo, Main Station for most long-distance services and East Station for Serbia and towns in Republika Srpska.

  • 4 Main Bus Station (Autobuska stanica Sarajevo) (at Put života 8 next to the railway station). It's at the terminus of Tram #1 to the Old Town, fare 1.60 KM. Direct international services include Belgrade (7 hr), Budapest (12 hr), Budva (9 hr), Zagreb (8 hr), Maribor (9 hr), Ljubljana (9 hr), Split (7–8 hours), Dubrovnik (6 hr), Graz (11 hr) and Vienna (14 hr). Pristina in Kosovo may involve a change in Novi Pazar, else travel via Podgorica in Montenegro. Flixbus is the main international operator. Tickets can be bought online from them or Centrotrans, from the bus station itself, or from a centrally-located travel agent such as Centrotrans on Ferhadija behind the cathedral. If you bought your ticket online, you will need to purchase an additional ticket to access the departure platform from staff in the ticket hall. Sarajevo bus station (Q72851370) on Wikidata

On all intercity buses you pay a fee for luggage, usually 1 KM or €1 per piece. The driver will insist on exact change in one or the other currency pretty much at random, and then get picky about the denomination of the exact change you give him.

Major bus routes within the country are to Tuzla (hourly, taking 3 hours, fare 11 KM), to Mostar via Konjic and Jablanica (hourly, taking 2 hours 30 min, fare 14 KM) and to Banja Luka via Zenica (every couple of hours, taking 3 hours, fare 11 KM.)

  • 5 East Bus Station (Autobuska stanica Istočno / Lukavica) (away west, thanks to the bitter geography and politics of this region). It's in East Sarajevo in Republika Srpska, and the route from central Sarajevo has to sweep west to get round the hills then approach south then eastwards near the airport. It has better connections to Serbia than Main Station; both stations have buses to Montenegro. The main services are to Belgrade, Novi Sad, Herceg Novi and Nis and also Zvornik for stop-over connection to Srebrenica. Routes within the country are to Bijeljina, Kalinovik and Trebinje not far from Dubrovnik.

To reach East Station, take trolleybus 103 from Austrijski Trg to the end and then walk for 400 meters, or a taxi for around 15 KM. There are no controls to cross into Republika Srpska, it's just like crossing any internal border. There's not much at the station except a ticket counter and the obligatory cafe/grill. Travellers reported harassments by a drunk guy hanging around at the east bus station (see e.g. Google Maps Reviews).

Sarajevo East Station asks you to pay a station tax which is 1 KM per person (for online tickets). Insist on your receipt that indicates the 1 KM as the staff usually tries to scam tourists and keep the money for themselves or asks for twice the price.

East Sarajevo has cafes, shops and ATMs, e.g. in TOM shopping centre 200 m southwest along Radomira Putnika.

By car


The main route from the west is past Zagreb east on E70, then south on E661 to enter Bosnia and towards Banja Luka thence Sarajevo via the A1 highway from Zenica. You can also reach the city from the East via the suburbs of Ilidža or from the north via M18/A1 from the direction of Tuzla.

By thumb


Hitching is easy to moderate, though make sure your sign is in the local language. Sarajevo is a long, thin city: if you can't get a lift into the centre, at least get yourself dropped by the tram tracks.

Get around


Sarajevo is a medium-sized, beautiful city with many landmarks. Getting lost is always possible, but much less so if you have a map; however, getting lost in Bascarsija's winding streets can be part of the fun, and may reveal some interesting surprises.

Very good free maps can be obtained from the tourist information office, shopping centres and hotels. Some bookshops may also sell printed maps of the city. Map apps on a smartphone are particularly useful.

Asking Sarajevans for directions is an exercise in futility. People might not know the names of streets a block from the building they've lived in all their lives. Taxi drivers can't be expected to find anything other than the most obvious addresses unless you tell them where to go, in Bosnian; showing the driver on your map may be necessary.

Avoid driving in the Old Town. The steep and narrow streets, with a one way system, means you are likely to get lost and possibly damage your car. Also, it is next to impossible to find a parking spot.

Otherwise, a car might be invaluable to reach the sights farther away from the city center, especially East Sarajevo which belongs to Republika Srpska.

On foot

Dariva promenade through the Miljacka valley

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. The city is mostly walkable, especially the city centre and the part of the city which is built on the slopes of Mt. Trebević.

By public transport


By tram


Sarajevo's tram network operated by KJKP GRAS[dead link] is among the oldest in Europe, and it looks it. A single line runs east from Ilidža passing within 2 km of the airport: an extension to the airport has been planned and intermittently constructed since the 1990s. It runs up the middle of the main highway into the city, with a spur north (Trams 1 & 4) to the main railway and bus stations. At Marijin Dvor it divides into an anti-clockwise loop, same direction as the traffic flow. All trams go east along Hiseta and the riverbank through Baščaršija (Old Town) as far as City Hall. Here they loop to return west along Mula Mustafe Bašeskije (a few blocks north of the river) and Maršala Tita to Marijin Dvor. Only Tram 3 runs the entire line out to Ilidža, the others go part route, e.g. the 1 & 4 terminate at the railway station. The length of the route is around 12 km. Old trams from Amsterdam were donated to Sarajevo and can still be seen touring the city, with the Dutch stickers still on it.

Buy tickets in advance from kiosks labeled tisak, duhanpromet, inovine on the street (1.60 KM) or from the driver, where they cost slightly more (1.80 KM, paid in cash). Validate your ticket immediately on boarding: it's only good for one trip, with no transfers. A day card for unlimited travel on all local public transport in Zone A costs 5 KM. There are frequent ticket inspections: if you can't reach the validator because the tram is too crowded, then don't board. If you are caught without a valid ticket, you will be escorted off and fined 26.50 KM.

By bus


You would only use these for the few sights or accommodation well off the tram route, e.g. the airport and nearby Tunel Spasa, (see "Get in"), Sarajevo East bus station or Vratnik district east of the centre, Buses 51, 52 or 55.

Bus tickets are always bought at the driver for 1.40 KM. You can not use pre-bought tram tickets in busses.

The planned departures of busses and trams can be found in the Moovit app (iOS, Android).

By bicycle


Only for seasoned urban cyclists: Sarajevo traffic is as hostile to cyclists as it is to fellow-motorists, only with worse results.

Nextbike has a bike rental scheme here and in Tuzla. First you need to register and pay a 20 km deposit, easiest done online. It may take 24 hours to activate but if you're already registered with them in another country, you should be good to go. There are 14 pick-up / docking stations all along the tram lines out to Dobrinja near the airport, their map shows real-time availability. The first 30 mins per day are free, a further 30 mins cost 1.50 KM.

By taxi


Taxi scams are common especially at the main train & bus stations and the airport. Try to avoid using taxis when possible, as even supposedly legitimate operators can scam. Know roughly what the honest fare should be, and insist on them using the meter. All legitimate taxis have a "TAXI" sign on top, licence plates with "TA", and have a meter. Flagfall is 1.90 KM then it's 1.20 KM per km, plus maybe 1 km for luggage, so a trip between Baščaršija and airport shouldn't exceed 20 KM. Pay in cash, the driver will issue a receipt upon request. Some official operators are

The best way to find a reputable Taxi is to ask a local person you trust which one they would use. Ownership and management of official operators can change frequently.

By shared electric scooter


Renting an electric scooter is available in Sarajevo like in many other European cities. You can use the app BeeBee to access them.



With the exception of the Tunnel Museum and the Bosna spring, all landmarks are in or within walking distance of Old Town. Several walking tours are available, a free/tip based walking tour starts every day at 10:30 at the crossing of Gazi Husrev begova street and Mula Mustafa Baseskija street (address: Velika Avlija 14) and covers most of the Baščaršija.

The municipality of Sarajevo provides an app called "Guide2Sarajevo" (Android, ios). It contains a map with sights and restaurants as well as several themed routes to walk in the city (ranging from 2 to 6 hours) on which you use your phone as audio guide (works even without mobile internet, because the files are downloaded on installation). It's remarkably well made.

  • 1 Avaz Twist Tower, Tesanjska 24a (100 m east of railway station), +387 33 281 350. 07:00-22:00. The easiest way to orient yourself in the city is to look for this distinctive 176 m twisted tower, completed in 2008, and hosting the media company Dnevni avaz. There's a café-bar & restaurant on Level 35, reached by lift (free access). From there you pay 2 KM in coins to pass the turnstile and walk upstairs to Level 36, which has an observation deck with outside walkway. The café-bar and restaurant are smoky and the food & service aren't up to much. 2 KM. Avaz Twist Tower (Q790278) on Wikidata Avaz Twist Tower on Wikipedia


Ruins of Tašlihan
Sebilj, the most iconic fountain of Sarajevo in the Baščaršija district
Entrance of the Morića Inn

Baščaršija is the historic district of Sarajevo. The cobbled streets, mosques and oriental-style shops at the heart the city feel like a world away from Europe when the call to prayer starts. You could be walking by a Catholic church, Orthodox church or a synagogue and hear the Islamic call to prayer at the same time. In this old bazaar you can find dozens of shops selling copperware, woodwork and sweets. Many historic monuments are situated around Gazi Husrev-begova street.

  • 2 Sebilj (  1  2  3  5  Baščaršija, Pigeon Square). 24/7. Pseudo-Ottoman wooden fountain in the middle of an open square in the old town of Sarajevo. It was built by Mehmed Pasha Kukavica in 1753, and under Austro-Hungarian rule moved to its current location in 1891 by Austrian architect Alexander Wittek. Three replicas of the fountain exist, respectively in Belgrade and Novi Pazar in Serbia, and in St. Louis in the US. The fountain offers shadow and drinkable water. The surrounded Pigeon Square got its name from the countless pigeons swarming around. Feeding pigeons is allowed, and a seller with a trolley sells corn to tourists to feed the birds. Free. Sebilj (Q1062192) on Wikidata Sebilj in Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 3 Sacred Heart Cathedral (Katedrala Srca Isusova), Trg Fra Grge Martića 2 (  1  2  3  5  Katedrala), +387 33 210 281, toll-free: +387 33 225 591, . Tu-Su 09:00-17:30. The largest Christian cathedral in Bosnia, and the seat of Archbishop of Vrhbosna. It was built in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a Neo-Gothic style with Romanesque Revival elements, and modelled on the Notre-Dame of Dijon. Construction of the cathedral began on 25 August 1884, under Austro-Hungarian reign, was carried out by the Viennese contractor Baron Karl Schwarz, and supervised by architect Josip Vancaš. The cathedral was the scene of peace demonstrations in 1991 before the Bosnian War broke out, and subsequently damaged during the Siege of Sarajevo. The design above the door to the entrance is part of the flag and seal of the Sarajevo administrative canton and the Romanesque towers are featured on the flag and coat of arms of Sarajevo, making the building a symbol of the city. The niche above the portal features an octagonal rosette and a statue of the Sacred Heart. The interior of the cathedral was designed by architect Josip Vancaš, including the main altar which is made from Grisignano marble and rests on four columns of red Tyrolean marble. The frescoes were commissioned to Alexander Maximilian Seitz in 1886 but due to deteriorating health, they were only completed in 1887, and he died a year afterwards. Most of the actual work was undertaken by his assistant Alberto Rohden. A prominent feature is the grave of archbishop Stadler, the first archbishop of Vrhbosna, and the sculpture is of the hand of Marin Studin. The stained-glass windows ornamenting the cathedral were manufactured by the Viennese workshop of the Tiroler Glasmalerei (German for glass painting artisan). An English language mass is held on Sundays at 12:00. For candles, ask the information desk at the entrance (1 KM each). Photography not allowed. Free. Cathedral of Jesus' Heart (Q1267112) on Wikidata Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 4 Morića Inn (Morića Han), Sarači 77 (  1  2  3  5  Baščaršija, entrance is on the south side of the block, from the Sarači street), +387 33 236-119. 08:00-22:15. The only preserved Ottoman Inn (han literally means roadside inn) in Sarajevo, built in 1551, under the benevolence of Gazi Husrev-Beg's endowment (vakuf). It served as a caravanserai, able to accommodate up to 300 guests, 70 horses, and offered 43 rooms where travellers could spend the night. On 29 July 1878, the inn became the scene of the protest movement against the Austro-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia, and the People's Council (Narodni Odbor) was founded here. The building was damaged or destroyed by fires numerous times and rebuilt each time, notably in 1697 and most recently in December 1957 when the entire complex was burned to the ground. Reconstruction took place from 1971 to 1974, and Persian calligraphic inscriptions from poems written by Omar Khayyám, a 12th-century Persian poet, were added as decorations. The property ownership to the inn was returned to the Gazi Husrev-Beg endowment in 1998, and houses a carpet shop and traditional restaurant, occasionally hosts exhibitions and offers business space for purposes that match the historical context and purpose of the building. Stairs on either side of the inner patio allow visitors to reach the first floor with the rooms. Free. Morića Han (Q1260699) on Wikidata Morića Han on Wikipedia
  • 5 Clock Tower (Sahat-kula), Mudželeti veliki (next to the Gazi Husrev-bey's Mosque), +387 62 626 626. The clock tower, at 30 metres, is the tallest in Bosnia, and dates back to the 17th century when it was constructed by Gazi Husrev-beg next to the mosque that also bears his name. The tower has a staircase with 76 wooden steps arranged in a square, and displays the time on all 4 sides. When Eugene Savoy of the Austrian army laid siege on the city in 1697 and looted it, the tower was set on fire, but restored in 1762. After the Austro-Hungarian occupation, the upper part of the tower was upgraded, and the decaying Turkish clock mechanism was replaced by a new one from Gillet & Johnston, made in London in 1873. The original clock mechanism was moved to the Vratnik mosque where it remains on display until today. The last upgrade dates from 1967, when the dials were gold-plated. A peculiarity of the clock tower is that it appears to be the only remaining clock tower in the world that displays the lunar clock (a la turca, lunar reckoning). This method of measuring time counts hours up till the moment of (astronomical) sunset instead of midnight, as with contemporary time calculation, so the hands are in the 12 o'clock position at every sunset, when a new day also begins. Since the setting of the sun is uneven throughout the year, the time needs to be manually controlled and recalibrated every 2 to 3 days. The task of recalibrating the clock was assigned to the muvekit (timekeeper), who used astronomical instruments in a special room called the muvekithana to calculate the position of the sun. The current muvekit, Mensur Zlatar, who works at a nearby jewellery shop, has been assigned the responsibility since 1960s. The exact timing of the sunset used to be an important moment for locals to schedule their time of prayer, but the original religious purpose behind the lunar time has long since had its meaning forgotten, causing many to think that the clock is simply bad at proper time keeping. In 2006, the Commission for the Preservation of National Monuments proclaimed the clock tower as a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The tower cannot be visited, but it is possible to stand at its base by following the tunnel leading to Pekara Imaret right next to the tower. Clock Tower of Sarajevo (Q1257048) on Wikidata Sarajevo Clock Tower on Wikipedia
  • 6 Tašlihan, Zelenih beretki (  1  2  3  5  Latinska ćuprija). 24/7. Tašlihan served as one of the three stone caravanserais in Sarajevo (the others being the Morića Han and Kolobara Han), the name literally translates to 'stone han'. It is believed that Tašlihan was the largest and most representative inn of its kind in the region, and built between 1540-1543 by craftsmen from Dubrovnik, who equipped the building with lead cupolas unlike the other two inns. It had a square foundation with sides of 47 m, guest rooms on two levels, and a fountain in the courtyard. Several fires damaged the building, and the last one in 1879 completely destroyed it. The last remaining bits of rubble were removed in 1912, except for the shared wall with the bezestan. When archaeological research was carried out as part of the 1998 renovation of adjacent Hotel Europe, the remains of Tašlihan were uncovered in the hotel's garden. The site was declared a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Committee for the Preservation of National Monuments in 2004. Free. Tašlihan (Q13090746) on Wikidata Tašlihan on Wikipedia
  • 7 City Hall (Vijećnica), Obala Kulina Bana (  1  2  3  5  Vijećnica), +387 33 292-800, . 10:00-20:00. Iconic pseudo-Moorish revival style building in Sarajevo, constructed between 1892 and 1894 under Austro-Hungarian occupation of the city. It was designed in 1891 by Czech architect Karel Pařík, but after disagreements with the ministry, it was Alexander Wittek who continued work on the project from 1892 to 1893 until he fell ill and died in Graz in 1894. The work was completed in 1894 by Ćiril Iveković, at a total cost of 984,000 crowns. The city hall was formally commissioned in 1896 by the City Authority which occupied the building until 1949, after it became the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 25 August 1992, the building was set ablaze by Serbian shelling at the beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo, causing its destruction. Most of the 1.5 million volumes in the library's collection, of which 155,000 rare books and manuscripts were lost in the fire, despite civilian efforts to save them. Vijećnica was restored between 1996 and 2013 with financial aid from Austria, the European Commission and the city of Barcelona, at a total cost of 25 million KM. It is now a national monument, reopened since 2014, and designated as a cultural building for protocol events, concerts and exhibitions. 10 KM. Vijećnica (Q16831150) on Wikidata Vijećnica on Wikipedia
  • 8 Officers’ Casino (Dom Oružanih snaga Bosne i Hercegovine), Zelenih Beretki 2 (  1  2  3  5  Drvenija), +387 33 285-800. The Officers’ Casino was built in 1881 according to Karl Pařík’s design. It was the core of Sarajevo’s social life in late 19th and early 20th century. The Army Hall of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been used by the military ever since its establishment for various purposes, such as art exhibitions and public lectures. It holds two grand halls for receptions and cultural events, and was the venue of the first military music concert in the city, held in 1881. Officer's Casino (Q13081614) on Wikidata Army Hall (Sarajevo) on Wikipedia


The Eternal Flame

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Gavrilo Princip

By 1914 Franz Ferdinand-Este had become ruler of Austria-Hungary as the old emperor retired from public life. The Empire had occupied Bosnia & Herzegovina since 1878 and annexed it in 1908, angering Serbia and Russia, and provoking resistance. On Sun 28 June 1914 the Archduke and his wife Sophie arrived in Sarajevo to open the new museum. A team of assassins was waiting along the route, and one threw a bomb: it bounced off the Archduke's car and exploded under the next, injuring 20. The motorcade sped away to a reception at Town Hall. There the Archduke decided he should visit the injured in hospital, but when they set off at 10:45 the drivers hadn't been briefed on the change of plan. 19 year old Serb student Gavrilo Princip was among the assassins but had failed to shoot as the car sped away from the bomb. Hoping for a chance on the return journey, he stood in front of the delicatessen next to Latin Bridge, and got lucky. The Archduke's car was about to take a wrong turn and they shouted at the driver to stop, which he did just in front of Princip. Princip strode up to the footplate and fatally shot the Archduke and Sophie. This led to a diplomatic crisis which escalated, and by early August most of Europe was plunged into a terrible four years of war. Princip died in prison in April 1918.

Sarajevo has numerous museums on a variety of topics. The museums can offer an air-conditioned refuge from heat during Sarajevo's hot summers, or a place to warm up in the chilly winter months.

History and archeology

  • 9 Brusa Bezistan, Abadžiluk 10 (Two short blocks north of Emperor's Bridge), +387 33 239 590. M-Sa 10:00–16:00. Small museum in a 1551 Ottoman silk shop, tracing Sarajevo's development from prehistory through Roman, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and modern times. Its centrepiece is a model of the Old Town on the ground floor, made by Husein Karišik on the first floor there is a famous blue garment with golden threads and fine yataghan (short Turkish sword). 3 KM. Museum of Sarajevo (Q700606) on Wikidata Museum of Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 10 National Museum (Zemaljski muzej), Zmaja od Bosne 3 (  1  2  3  5  6  Muzeji, in a large classical building across the road from the Holiday Inn), +387 33 668-027, . 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. The museum also offers access to the botanical garden in the middle of the four main buildings: (1) archaeology from the Roman period up to the ninenteeth century, (2) Library, (3) Ethnology and (4) Natural sciences. 6 KM. National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Q568938) on Wikidata National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wikipedia
  • 11 Sarajevo Museum 1878–1918 (Muzej Sarajevo 1878–1918), Zelenih beretki 1 (  1  2  3  5  6  Muzeji), +387 33 533-288. M-Sa 10:00-16:00. A small museum dedicated to the Austro-Hungarian occupation of Sarajevo, which started with the Berlin Congress in 1878 and ended with World War I in 1918. The exhibition portrays life in the Austro-Hungarian era from different perspectives and themes. The time line ends with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in front of the building. The few artifacts and photographs include wax figures of the Archduke and his wife, and what are claimed to be the clothes and gun of the assassin. Tasteless photo opportunity with a replica of the car in which the Archduke was assisinated outside costs 1 KM. The location itself is far more notable. 4 KM. Museum of Sarajevo (Q19720335) on Wikidata Museum of Sarajevo 1878–1918 on Wikipedia
  • 12 Svrzo's House (Svrzina kuća), Glođina ulica 8 (200 m north of the old town), +387 33 475-740. M-Fr 10:00-16:00, Sa 10:00-15:00. Part of the Sarajevo City Museum, Svrzo's House shows the living conditions of a Muslim family at the end of the 17th century. The house was built by the eminent Sarajevo family Glođo during the Ottoman occupation of the city, but ownership was transferred to the Svrzo family since the Glođo family had no male successors. The interior is divided in two sections: the public part (selamuk) and the family part (haremluk), which in turn is split in the traditionally separated living quarters for men, women and servants. Despite being constructed entirely of wood, the building was surprisingly well preserved until the Siege of Sarajevo during which it sustained heavy damage. It was rebuilt after the siege and reopened in 1997, and renovated again in 2005. 3 KM. Svrzo's House (Q1397958) on Wikidata Svrzo's House on Wikipedia
  • Gazi Husrev-Bey's Library Museum (Muzej Gazi Husrev-begove biblioteke), Gazi Husrev-begova br. 46 (next to Gazi-Husrev beg Mosque), +387 33 233-170, . M-F 09:00-19:00, Su 10:00-19:00. In a modern building opened in 2014, the museum has a collection of over 1,200 items, displaying Islamic calligraphy, time-keeping and everyday objects of Muslim life. It's within the library which holds some 100,000 historic manuscripts, printed books, periodicals and archive documents, but these are only accessible to registered users. 5 KM, includes mosque. Gazi Husrev-beg Library (Q13081931) on Wikidata Gazi Husrev-beg Library on Wikipedia

War memorials


The Yugoslav Wars

After the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, different ethnic groups in the Yugoslav Federation also started to seek independence. This resulted in a series of armed conflicts in the Balkan region, leading to the independence of Slovenia and Croatia, while the goal pursued by the Serbs was a unified greater Serb state. This conflict of interest caused the Yugoslav army to lose support from Croats and Bosniaks, and effectively became a Serb dominated army, which evolved into the army of the newly created Republika Srpska. When Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence in 1992, the Bosnian War broke out, and Sarajevo found itself on the front line between Bosnia and the Republika Srpska, resulting in the Siege of Sarajevo. The war concluded in 1995 with independence for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the formation of an autonomous Republika Srpska within the country. The conflict was overshadowed by heavy civilian casualties and war crimes, including genocide, of which the Srebrenica massacre is the most infamous one. The UN enforced peace treaty froze the conflict rather than resolving it, and anti-Serb sentiments can still be felt in Sarajevo.

Sarajevo Rose marking first Markale massacre
The Tunnel of Hope under the airport
Exhibition hall of the War Childhood Museum

Scars from the Bosnian War can still be seen in many parts of the city, as bullet holes in walls or abandoned buildings. The unresolved conflict (see box The Yugoslav Wars) left traumatic memories, and museums and memorials associated with the Bosnian War are scattered around the city.

  • Sarajevo Roses are scars left in the concrete from mortar blasts during the Siege of Sarajevo, filled with red resin. Around 200 can be found throughout the city.
  • ICAR Canned beef monument In the vicinity of the National Museum and the Bosnian Historical museum. A giant can of beef meant as a sarcastic sneer at inadequate help from the European community during the siege. The infamous canned beef was inedible, and according to popular legend even refused by stray cats and dogs. The city was also supplied with 20 years out-of-date rations from the Vietnam war, and pork for a muslim-majority population.
  • 13 Tunnel of Hope (Tunel Spasa), Ulica Tuneli 1, 71210 Ilidža (Tram 3 to Ilidža terminus then Bus 32a to Butmir, or taxi from the city centre for ~20 KM), +387 33 684 032, . Apr-Oct daily 09:00-17:00, Nov-Mar daily 09:00-16:00. Sarajevo was besieged and bombarded from 1992, and by 1993 the blockade was total. Serb forces seized the airport, but handed it over to UN peacekeeping forces to avert international intervention. The UN used the airport to bring in humanitarian aid, but wouldn't allow any military support to the city's defenders, and they severed the city from Bosnian-controlled areas to the south. A secret tunnel was therefore dug between Dobrinja just north of the airport to Butmir just south: 340 m of true tunnel, plus covered trenches either side, totalling over 800 m. It enabled arms, munitions, oil and food to be brought into the city, and served as an evacuation route for officials and civilians. Later it was equipped with rail tracks, an oil pipe and electricity and telecoms cables. A museum has been built over the Butmir entrance, with 20 m of tunnel accessible to visitors, plus displays on the siege. City tours often include this museum. 10 KM. 5 KM for students. Additional charge for an audio guide delivered via your smartphone.. Sarajevo Tunnel (Q1400323) on Wikidata Sarajevo Tunnel on Wikipedia
  • 14 War Childhood Museum (Muzej ratnog djetinjstva), Logavina 32 (walk north from the bezestan until you see the museum sign to the right of the street), +387 33 535-558, . 09:00-20:00. Opened in 2017, the museum has personal belongings on display that illustrate the experience of a childhood during the Siege of Sarajevo. An audio guide reveals the stories behind the items, complementing the exhibits with additional pictures, audio and video. Video testimonies of inhabitants who grew up during the war are also shown throughout the visit. Only around 50 are in the permanent collection at any time, but the book War Childhood offers a compilation of them all. The book is for sale in the museum or can be consulted for free in the library section. 10 KM. 8 KM for students. War Childhood Museum (Q28654544) on Wikidata War Childhood Museum on Wikipedia
  • 15 Eternal Flame (Vječna vatra), Ferhadija (  1  2  3  5  Banka, at the end of Marsala Tita street and beginning of Ferhadija street). 24/7. Memorial site designed by architect Juraj Neidhardt, commemorating the victims of World War II with an eternal flame and inscription. The memorial was dedicated on 6 April 1946, the first anniversary of the liberation of Sarajevo from the four-year-long occupation by Nazi Germany and the fascist Independent State of Croatia. Free. Eternal flame (Q3490665) on Wikidata Eternal flame (Sarajevo) on Wikipedia
  • 16 Museum of crimes against humanity and genocide 1992-1995 (Muzej zločina protiv čovječnosti i genocida 1992-1995), Ferhadija 17 (  1  2  3  5  Katedrala, or continue Ferhadija street from the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the direction of the Eternal flame, the museum entrance is a door to the left of a narrow alley), +387 62 467 764, . 09:00-22:00. Small but important museum about the genocide during the Bosnian Civil War of 1992-95. The human side of the conflict is portrayed with shocking pictures, personal testimonies and video. Complementary to the 11/7/95 Gallery, which focuses on the Srebrenica Massacre in particular. Warning: the photographs and video may, indeed should, be shocking. Parental advisory and visitor discretion is advised. 12 KM. Museum of crimes against humanity and genocide 1992-1995 (Q41603268) on Wikidata
  • Gallery 11/07/95, Trg Fra Grge Martića 2 (next to Sacred Heart Cathedral), +387 33 953 170, . Daily 09:00-22:00. A small but compelling exhibition about the Srebrenica Massacre of July 1995, when 8,372 people were killed. Events are described from the perspective of investigative journalists visiting the site of the genocide. The audio guide (3 KM) is highly recommended. Allow 60 - 90 minutes. The photos, video footage and personal testimonies are shocking; visitor discretion is advised especially with youngsters. 12 KM. 11/07/95 Gallery (Q25555141) on Wikidata Srebrenica massacre on Wikipedia
    Islamic cemetery in Sarajevo
  • Cemeteries: those who died in the 1990s war were buried in pre-existing cemeteries. In these you find old Ottoman turbe, Austro-Hungarian dignitaries, casualties of two World Wars, Yugoslav citizens - and then row upon row upon aching row of simple white marble stones for people in their twenties slain in the latest conflict.
A good example is 17 Alifacovac (Alifakovac grobljanska cjelina) on the headland south of the river where it emerges from the canyon.
See also Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery in Vratnik, and St Mark's (Groblje Sveti Marko) north edge of the city with the mausoleum of Gavril Princip.
  • 18 Sniper Alley (Snajperska aleja), Zmaja od Bosne (  2  3  4  5  6  Katedrala). 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 (Q3045471) on Wikidata Sniper Alley on Wikipedia
  • 19 Memorial for the Children of Sarajevo, Maršala Tita (  1  2  3  5  Park). 24/7. Monument erected in 2009 by sculptor Mensud Kečo and dedicated to the 1,600 children who were killed during the Siege of Sarajevo. The monument is located in Veliki Park, and consists of a glass sculpture constructed by stacking individually cut layers of green glass with a total height of 5 m, and is 1.7 m in diameter at its base. In 2010, the names of 521 children were inscribed in seven cylinders of anodised aluminium and placed on a concrete plinth around the sculpture. Free. Memorial for Children Killed During Siege (Q41832816) on Wikidata
  • 20 Bosnian Historical Museum (Historijski muzej), Zmaja od Bosne 5 (next to National Museum), +387 33 226-098, toll-free: + 387 33 210 416, . 09:00 - 19:00. The museum was founded 70 years ago, but heavily damaged by shelling during the war and still in a perpetual state of disrepair. The exhibitions primarily focus on the war, but the presentation of the artifacts is outdated, and the museum lacks content overall. Some of the displays are worth a visit, at least if you are able to cope with the graphic pictures. The 11/7/95 Gallery and War Childhood Museum offer similar content for a much better value. 5 KM. Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Q1621007) on Wikidata Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wikipedia
  • 21 Museum of the 105th Motorized Brigade (Muzej 105. motorizovane brigade), Grdonj. T-F 12:00-22:00; Sa-Su 10:00-22:00. A memorial dedicated to the 105th Motorized Brigade of the Bosnian Army, which took part in the defense of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 siege of the city. Since 1993, over 7,000 members have passed through the brigade, of which 312 were killed in action and more than 2,000 were wounded. The museum is housed in a renovated fortified tower at Pointy Rock. Museum of the 105th Motorized Brigade (Q41833181) on Wikidata


  • 22 National Gallery (Umjetnička galerija), Zelenih beretki 8, +387 33 266-550, toll-free: +387 33 266-551, . M-Sa 10:00-20:00. Established in 1946 after the Second World War, the National Gallery contains over 6,000 pieces of art, with a focus on works of Bosnian interest. Interestingly, the gallery remained open and held exhibitions during the Siege of Sarajevo. It was closed in 2011 and reopened to the public in 2012. The permanent exhibition, Intimacies of Space, highlights Bosnian life from all angles. National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Q13090849) on Wikidata National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wikipedia
  • 23 Museum of Literature & Performing Arts (Muzej književnosti i pozorišne umjetnosti), Sime Milutinovića Sarajlije 7, +387 33 201-861. M-F 8:00-19:00; Sa 12:00-20:00. A small museum dedicated to the importance of literature and expressive arts in Sarajevo, with attention to prominent local writers and poets. Worth a visit to those interested in arts and literature. 3 KM. Museum of Literature & Performing Arts (Q42347075) on Wikidata
  • Modern Art Museum (Ars Aevi), Terezija bb (Skenderija, just east of bridge), +387 33 216-927, . Daily 10:00-18:00. Museum for contemporary art, formed during the war as a "resistance of culture". It has 130 works by notable artists such as Italian painter and art theorist Michelangelo Pistoletto, Greek artist Jannis Kounellis, German performance artist and sculptor Joseph Beuys, and US conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth. Tatty concrete building, they hope for a new museum building by Renzo Piano someday. Ars Aevi (Q2625926) on Wikidata Ars Aevi on Wikipedia
  • 24 Despić House (Despića kuća), Despićeva 2, +387 33 215-531. M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-15:00. A dependency of the Sarajevo City Museum, constructed in several stages during different periods, the oldest parts dating back to the 17th century. The property belonged to the wealthy Serb Orthodox Christian Despić family, which donated the house to the city, which turned it into the Museum of Literature and the Performing Arts. It gained fame as the venue for the city's first theater performances, so it may be regarded as the precursor of modern theater. Together with Svrzo's House, the Despić House presents visitors with the lifestyle of wealthy merchant families that contributed to Sarajevo's growth and prosperity. Despić House (Q1272929) on Wikidata Despić House on Wikipedia
    Academy of Performing Arts
  • 25 Festina Lente Bridge, Obala Kulina bana. 24/7. A 38 m long pedestrian bridge over the Miljacka, opened in 2012, with an unusual loop in the middle. Seats in the loop invite travellers to sit down, enjoy the view and "make haste slowly." Free. Festina lente (Q2118712) on Wikidata Festina lente (bridge) on Wikipedia
  • The grandiose Academy on the south bank facing Festina Lente bridge was originally a church, built in 1899 to Karl Pařík's design. It's now the Academy of Performing Arts within the University of Sarajevo, but no longer fit for purpose and they plan to move elsewhere. So just admire the facade.
  • 26 Bosniak Institute (Bošnjački institut), Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 21, +387 33 279 800. 08:00-16:30. The institute is a cultural centre 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 centre. Bosniak Institute (Q4947381) on Wikidata Bosniak Institute on Wikipedia

Administrative buildings

Interior of the City Hall
Classic Austro-Hungarian interior of the Central Post Office
  • 27 Presidency Building (Zgradu Predsjedništva Bosne i Hercegovine), Maršala Tita 16. The Territorial Government Building (today, the official residence of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina) was designed by Josip Vancas and opened in March 1886. The building is modeled after Florentine Medici Ricardi Palace and reflects Florentine Early Renaissance style. It also houses the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ustavni sud Bosne i Hercegovine) and the Archives of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Building of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Q1257016) on Wikidata Building of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wikipedia
  • 28 The Parliamentary Assembly Building (Parlamentarna skupština Bosne i Hercegovine), Trg Bosne i Hercegovine 1 (across the Sarajevo City Center), +387 33 284 450, fax: +387 33 233 480. The Building of the Bosnian Parliamentary Assembly was commenced back in 1954, designed by the architect Juraj Neidhard (who was a close associate of Le Corbusier), and finally built during 1978–1982. At the time it was finished, the building of the Assembly of SRBiH was the only building for that purpose in this part of Europe designed in a modern style. Also houses the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Directorate for European Integration. The building became an icon of the Siege of Sarajevo after it was shelled by Serb artillery and photographed while on fire in 1992. Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Q3443391) on Wikidata Parliament of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wikipedia
  • 29 Konak (Rezidencija "Konak"), Ulica Konak 5. The Konak was built as an Ottoman governors’ residence in 1868 in Late Baroque style during the rule of Topal Osman Pasha, an Ottoman vizier. It was built on a site of a former konak (an official residence in the Ottoman Empire). From 1878 to 1918 during the Austro-Hungarian occupation the Konak was the residence of the Habsburg family, and the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef resided in Konak during his visit in May, 1910. During the Yugoslav Republic (1918 to 1941) Konak hosted generals, governors, district-prefects and many politicians from around the world. Today, it is a state residence used by the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Konak (Sarajevo) (Q613667) on Wikidata Sarajevo in Austria-Hungary on Wikipedia
  • 30 Central Post Office (BH Posta), Obala Kulina bana 8, +387 33 252-834. 7:00-20:00. Austro-Hungarian era post office, designed by Czech architect Josip Vancas, and opened in 1913. It is a monumental building with tall doors leading visitors into a classic caged foyer in Secession style, with some decorative elements resembling the post office of Vienna. It was damaged in May 1992 during the Siege of Sarajevo, but restored in 2001 under supervision of architect Ferhat Mulabegović. Free. BH Pošta (Q4835619) on Wikidata BH Pošta on Wikipedia

Religious buildings



Emperor's Mosque
  • 31 Gazi Husrev-beg's Mosque (Begova dzamija), Saraci 8, +387 33 573 151, . 09:00-19:00. Beautiful medieval mosque at the heart of Old Town. Non-Muslims welcome, but dress appropriately and respect prayer times. It was built in 1530 / 1531 AD (937 AH) in what's called "classical Ottoman" or "early Istanbul" style. It was badly damaged in the 1990s wars, being targeted by the besiegers, but restored and re-opened in 2002. 5 KM, includes library-museum next door. Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque (Q1255835) on Wikidata Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque on Wikipedia
  • Hanikah (Gazi Husrev-begova Hanikah), Ulica Sarači 49 (next to Gazi Husrev-beg mosque). M-Sa 09:00-20:00. A khanaqah is a Sufi lodge or centre for the study of Islamic mysticism. This one is a 1998 replica of the original built in 1531 with 14 study rooms, a simahana (room used for Dervish religious ritual), mihrab niche to indicate the direction of Mecca, and a šadrvan fountain in the inner courtyard. It's nowadays an art gallery. Gazi Husrev-beg Library (Q13081931) on Wikidata Gazi Husrev Bey's Library on Wikipedia
  • 32 Emperor's Mosque (Careva dzamija), Obala Isa-bega Ishakovića (on the south bank of the river). This is the oldest mosque in Sarajevo, the first one to be built in 1457 after the Ottomans occupied the city. It is the largest single-subdome mosque in the country, constructed under supervision of Isaković-Hranušić who dedicated it to sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. It was destroyed at the end of the 15th century but rebuilt in 1565 and dedicated this time to Suleyman the Magnificent. The mosque was damaged again in the Second World War and most recently during the 1992-95 Civil War, and restoration work on the painted decorations and interior are still pending. The adjacent cemetery hosts the graves of many former city viziers, mullahs, muftis, sheikhs and other prominent historical figures of Sarajevo. There is also a 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 (Q1628496) on Wikidata Emperor's Mosque on Wikipedia
  • 33 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's Mosque (Q1246674) on Wikidata Ali Pasha Mosque (Sarajevo) on Wikipedia
  • 34 Ferhadija Mosque (Džamija Ferhadija), Ulica Zelenih Beretki (walk down Ferhadija street to the west). The mosque is named after Ferhad Bey Vukovic Desisalic, a Bosnian Sanyak Bey, who had the mosque built in 1562. Archaeological research into the painted decorations inside the mosque, carried out between 1964 and 1965, revealed 6 paint layers dating from different periods. The oldest and most valuable layer, found in the main dome, belongs to a group known as Rumi ornament, and dates back to the 16th century. Next to the mosque is a small cemetery, where members of the Janissary Order and of the old Sarajevan aristocratic families were buried. Ferhadija Mosque (Q1261159) on Wikidata Ferhadija Mosque in Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 35 Tomb of the Seven Brothers (Jedileri), Bistrik 8 (take bus 103 to terminus Trg Austrije), +387 33 712-800, toll-free: +387 33 71 28 01, . The history of the tomb dates back to the founding days of Sarajevo, and it is assumed that a certain sheik who had arrived with the army of Sultan Mehmed II el-Fatih was the first to be buried at this spot. The sheik built his house next to the current tomb, and in his will asked to be buried at the base of his garden, with the remaining area used as Muslim cemetery. Later on, two dervishes were also buried here, falsely accused of stealing gold from the Sarajevo treasury in 1494. Over two centuries later, 4 army commanders who were accused of collaboration with Prince Eugene of Savoy in his raid of the city, were also buried in the tomb after, according to the legend, a heavenly light descended upon their grave as evidence of their innocence. Thus, the tomb unites the 7 individuals, who are brothers by faith rather than brothers by birth. In 1815 a wall with seven windows was built around the tomb, and a room for a tomb keeper was added. Some of the property was demolished in 1937, but the wall and tomb still stand today. Tomb of the Seven Brothers (Q42056864) on Wikidata
  • 36 Hajji Sinan's Tekke (Hadži Sinanova tekija), Ulica Alije Đerzeleza 1. Thursday: 19:00 - 22:00. The tekke was built by Hadzi Sinan Aga, a wealthy merchant from Sarajevo, or his son Mustafa-Pasha, who was a silahdar (an officer in charge of the weapons) at Murad IV Sultan's Court, from 1638 to 1640. The tekke is comprised of several rooms: a room where zikr (the Dervish prayer) is performed, the sheik's residence, musafirhana (a visitor's inn) and an area for coffee making. In addition to regular Dervish rituals, the tekke gathered Sufis (mystics), who practiced tesavuf (mysticism) and studied works in Persian, Turkish and Arabic. Over a hundred inscriptions have been preserved at this site. Sinan Tekke’s greatest visual attraction is the calligraphy design on the wall of the courtyard, known as “Suleiman's Seal”, the rosette design is nearly three meters wide with the words, “There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his Messenger”, painted 12 times in the fresco style. In 1768, the first asylum for psychiatric patients was opened in Hajji Sinan’s Tekke, marking the beginning of organized health care in BiH. Hadzi Sinan Tekke (Q42057177) on Wikidata


Bell tower of St. Anthony's Church in the Fransciscan Monastery complex
Neo-Romanesque St. Joseph church with characteristic bell tower
Orthodox church of the Holy Transfiguration
  • 37 St Anthony's Church (Franjevačka crkva svetog Ante Padovanskog), Franjevacka. Roman Catholic church in Gothic Revival style, built 1912-14 on the site of previous versions. The current interior dates from 1960s, with works by leading 20th C artists including Meštrović. The church serves the adjacent monastery. Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, Sarajevo (Q1564359) on Wikidata Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • The Franciscan Monastery (Franjevački samostan na Bistriku) next to the church was built in 1894, also in Gothic Revival style and designed by Karel Pařík. It's still a monastery and therefore seldom open to visitors, but its collection of paintings, sculptures, organ, manuscripts and books are occasionally put on view.
  • 38 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 (Q1271286) on Wikidata Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 39 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 built on older foundations, and is one of the oldest sacred buildings in the region, built in a medieval Serbian-Byzantine architectural style. Its interior is known for outstanding woodcarving art, paintings, and contains the fifth largest collection of religious icons in the world with a total of 140 icons present, dating from the 13th to 19th century. Among its collection are also 13 historic books and 37 liturgical garment items. The bell tower was constructed in 1883 and renovated in 1960. The site was declared a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006. Sarajevo Old Orthodox Church (Q1283757) on Wikidata Old Orthodox Church in Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 40 Church of St. Joseph (Crkva sv. Josipa), Ulica Fra Anđela Zvizdovića (across the Sarajevo City Center). Roman Catholic church with 3 bells designed by Karel Pařík in a Romanesque Revival style, funded by Pope Pius XI. Construction began in 1936 and the building was consecrated in 1940, during the early months of the Second World War. The triple aisled basilica is built on top of a sanctuary with a crypt containing the tomb of Archbishop Ivan Šarić. The high altar of St. Joseph and the terracotta Stations of the Cross were gifted by Pope Pius XII. There are a total of 15 tombs in the walls of the church, hand carved by sculptor Franjo Rebhan. The stained glass windows were designed by Ivan Marinkocić, but destroyed at the end of the war in 1945, and subsequently restored. It was damaged again during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war, restored in the early 2000s, and classified as a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Saint Joseph's Church (Q3509703) on Wikidata Saint Joseph's Church, Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 41 Church of the Holy Transfiguration (Crkva Svetog Preobraženja), Ulica Zmaja od Bosne 43. Orthodox church designed by Alexander Deroko and built in 1940 in Byzantine Revival style. It was originally planned to be built in Split, owning its resemblance to similar buildings along the Adriatic coast, but eventually constructed in Sarajevo instead and consecrated by Serbian patriarch Gravillo V. It is the primary place of worship for the 50,000 Orthodox Christians in the region. The church has been the target of numerous attacks throughout its history. It was heavily damaged during the 1992-95 Siege of Sarajevo but renovated in 2003. Reworking of the valuable frescoes began in 2004. In 2016, the church was set on fire by pyromaniacs, without injuries. It was targeted by looters again in the same year, and 2 rare icons were stolen. Church of the Holy Transfiguration (Q2080391) on Wikidata Church of the Holy Transfiguration, Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 42 Mausoleum of Gavrilo Princip (Groblje Sveti Marko), Patriotske lige (follow Marsala Tita, pass the park, take Kosevo and walk half an hour uphill). 24/7. Cemetery of St. Mark, with a chapel doubling as the mausoleum of Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sofie at the Latin Bridge in 1914. Gavrilo Princip was buried here together with other Serb revolutionaries beneath the chapel. There is a plaque on the wall of the chapel to commemorate for eternity our Serb heroes. Free. Vidovdan Heroes chapel (Q42057809) on Wikidata Gavrilo Princip on Wikipedia



The Jewish population was first established in 1492-97 when Sephardic Jews fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal, and settled here and in other Ottoman cities. The Ashkenazi Jews mostly arrived during Austro-Hungarian rule in the late 19th century. Inter-community relations were mostly amicable and the population was relatively unharmed by the First World War, collapse of Austria-Hungary and formation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. By 1940, their numbers peaked at around 14,000, 20% of the city population. In 1941 the Nazis invaded, placing the country under the control of the Croatian Ustaše, who vigorously set about the deportation and extermination of minority groups. Those who could, fled to the west, and after the war most exiles remained abroad. Some 2000 Jews did remain or return, but when the 1990s civil wars broke out, there was a mass evacuation to Israel of Jews living in former Yugoslavia. Fewer than 1000 remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina today, perhaps half of them in Sarajevo.

  • 43 Jewish Museum (Muzej Jevreja), Velika avlija bb, +387 033 535 688. M-F 10:00-16:00, Su 10:00-15:00. This is housed in the Old Temple (Il kal vjezu) or Grand Temple (Il kal Grandi) built in 1581 for the Sephardic settlers. It's a three-nave building with the front area used for preaching and the upper floors for the women's section. It's mostly a story of harmony and prosperity, but the third floor relates events of 1941-45. The building was badly damaged then and in the 1990s civil wars but has been well restored. KM 3. Old Synagogue in Sarajevo (Q1257060) on Wikidata
  • The Jewish New Temple[dead link] (Il kal muevus) next door, built in 1820, is now an exhibition space open Su-F 15:00-19:00.
    Ashkenazi Synagogue interior
  • 44 Ashkenazi Synagogue (Aškenaska sinagoga), Ulica Hamdije Kreševljakovića 59, +387 33 229-666. The Old then the New Temples were for the Sephardic congregation, so the Ashkenazi synagogue (nowadays the only functioning synagogue in Sarajevo) was built for that community in 1902, designed by Karl Pařík in Moorish revival style. It escaped Nazi destruction and features large arches with painted decorations and an ornate ceiling highlighted by a ten-pointed star. A stone menorah at the entrance commemorates the 400-year anniversary of Jews in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tours are available in English on request. Sarajevo Synagogue (Q1268899) on Wikidata Sarajevo Synagogue on Wikipedia
  • 45 Jewish Cemetery (Jevrejsko groblje s kapelom na Borku), Ulica Urijan Dedina. The cemetery lies on the slopes of Trebević mountain in the Kovačići district of southern Sarajevo. It is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in South-East Europe, and in use from 1630 until 1966. It was established by Sephardic Jews during the Ottoman period, and also became the burial ground for Ashkenazi Jews after they arrived in Sarajevo in the late 19th century. It contains over 3850 tombstones and stecci, as well as four monuments dedicated to the victims of fascism. It began as a medieval necropolis of stecak tombstones, as still exist in Jablanica and elsewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Sephardi of Sarajevo created tombstones with a unique morphology, of which the symbolic motifs are not found on any other Jewish monuments elsewhere in the world. The cemetery was the front line during the Bosnian War, and was used as artillery position by the Bosnian Serbs. Several tombstones were severely damaged by bullets and explosions. It was also heavily mined, but completely cleared in 1996. In 2004, the cemetery was declared as National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Free. Old Jewish Cemetery, Sarajevo (Q1568852) on Wikidata Old Jewish Cemetery, Sarajevo on Wikipedia

Ottoman bridges

The Latin Bridge in winter
The iconic Goat's Bridge

During Ottoman rule of Sarajevo, 13 bridges were built over the Miljacka River and Bosna River. Four stone bridges remain: the Latin Bridge, the Šeher-Čehajina Bridge, the Goat Bridge and the Roman Bridge.

  • 46 Latin Bridge (Latinska ćuprija), Obala Kulina Bana. 24/7. Archduke of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated on this bridge on 28 June 1914, sparking the beginning of World War I. A plaque commemorates the event. On the bridge was a memorial to the assassin Gavrilo Princip, but it was removed during the 1992-1995 War. Free. Latin Bridge (Q1277685) on Wikidata Latin Bridge on Wikipedia
  • 47 Šeher-Čehajina Bridge (Šeher-Ćehajina ćuprija) (between the City Hall and House of Spite). 24/7. Built in 1585/1586 and survived major damage from flooding in 1619, 1629, 1843 and 1880, but was repaired each time. When the Miljacka River was dammed in 1897 to regulate the water flow, the riverbed was altered and one of the original 5 arches of the bridge on the left bank was buried, a subtle change that can still be seen by observers with a keen eye. According to the legend, the city's vizier Hadzi Husein had ordered to erect the bridge and embed a diamond in one of its pillars to finance future repairs. One night the diamond disappeared, and a poor young man confessed to have stolen it as a gift to a girl he fell in love with. Swayed by the love between the two and the return of the diamond, the man was released from prison, but the diamond was never embedded back into the bridge. In 2005, the Commission for the Preservation of National Monuments declared the bridge a National Monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Free. Šeher-Ćehaja Bridge (Q13091077) on Wikidata Šeher-Ćehaja Bridge on Wikipedia
  • 48 [dead link] Roman Bridge (Rimski most) (on the Bosna half way between Ilidza and the Bosna spring). 24/7. Crossing the Bosna River at the historic Western entrance into the city. It is the only preserved stone bridge over the Bosna River, and considered one of the most authentic Ottoman bridges in the country. It was built out of carved stone between 1530 and 1550 using lime mortar and stones from ancient neolithic, Illyrian and Roman settlements in the bridge's vicinity, most importantly the Roman village Aquae Sulphurae (Latin for sulfur waters) which served as the region's cultural and administrative centre. Numerous archaeological artifacts from that period (jewelry, coins, ceramics etc.) from the Roman period have been found around the bridge. Some of the stone tiles (kaldrma) have shallow engravings of Roman origin, from which the bridge derived its name. Free. Roman bridge in Ilidža (Q80593) on Wikidata Roman bridge on Ilidža on Wikipedia

Goat's Bridge


49 Goat’s Bridge (Kozija ćuprija) (follow the Dariva scenic walkway East from the City Hall until the bridge). 24/7. Architecturally interesting bridge at the historic Eastern entrance into the city. Free. Goat's Bridge (Q198758) on Wikidata Goat's Bridge on Wikipedia

The bridge had an important ceremonial function, as it served as the place where each Ottoman vizier was welcomed by the previous vizier and citizens of Sarajevo. The bridge is constructed from white marble, has a single arc with two circular apertures, and is 42 m long and 4.75 m wide. The span of the main arc is 17.5 m. According to the legend, before the bridge's existence, a poor shepherd noticed his goats sniffing on a shrub along the Miljacka River. Upon inspecting the shrub, he found a treasure with golden coins, which he used to finance his own education. After he became wealthy and influential, he had the bridge constructed at the shrub where his goats found the treasure, which gave the bridge its name. The truth in the legend was lost in history, but the bridge was almost certainly built between 1565 and 1579, a time when the road network underwent major infrastructure upgrades under reign of Mehmed-paša Sokolović.

If you came to the bridge on the cycle/pedestrian path along the river by foot, you can continue the road after the goat bridge uphill to Vakuf Isa-bega Ishakovića (a view point) and then few hundred meters further on the cycle path to Pale turn right to Jarčedoli. Once you reached the 50 top of the hill, you'll have majestic views over Sarajevo, especially the hills and ruins on the opposite site.

From there follow many stairs and narrow streets down to Alifakovac which ends at the city hall.


Alija Izetbegović tomb in the Kovači Memorial Cemetery at dusk
Museum of Alija Izetbegović in the Ploča Gate

In the 17th century conflict between Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, the decisive battle came at Zenta (now in Serbia) in 1697, when the Ottomans were routed, and their grip on central Europe was broken. The Austro-Hungarian forces then devastated Sarajevo before marching home. Further attacks were likely so a fortified city was built here 1727–1739, east of the old centre of Baščaršija. Later suburbs surrounded it, and the name Vratnik (probably meaning "gates") applies to this wider district, but the sights of interest are all in the Vratnik redoubt.

From Baščaršija either walk up Kovači past the war cemetery onto Jekovac and Carina (Buses 51, 52 & 55 run this way); or follow the river upstream taking the right fork just before the road goes into a tunnel, then ascend right for White Fortress or left for Yellow Fortress.

  • 51 Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovači (Sehidsko mezarje Kovaci), Sirokac. Here lie victims of the 1992-95 Civil War. The centrepiece is the tomb of Alija Izetbegović (1925-2003), first president of the independent Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The tomb is a dome suspended on 8 marble pillars, with a military honour-guard. Free. Kovači Cemetery (Q19588541) on Wikidata
  • 52 [dead link] Museum of Alija Izetbegović (Muzej Alija Izetbegović), Kapi-kula Ploča, Kovači, +387 33 237-220, . Apr-Sept M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-15:00; Oct-Mar M-F 10:00-16:00, Sa 10:00-15:00. Small museum within the Ploča and Širokac gates of Vratnik, dedicated to Alija Izetbegović, first president of the independent Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served 1992-2000, much of that time only nominally as he was besieged in Sarajevo in the early years, and overshadowed by the EU High Representative after the war. The museum has a library of Alija's work and a few personal items. The first floor exhibits his life, the passage between Ploča Gate and Širokac Gate exhibits his role as commander of the army. See also his tomb in nearby Kovači cemetery. Museum of Alija Izetbegović (Q41605030) on Wikidata
  • 53 Yellow Fortress (Žuta tabija). Small bastion and cannon fortress, regularly smashed up and rebuilt. The latest renovation was in 1998, so it's a pleasant place to picnic and gaze over the city, but that's about all there is. Café Kamarija (adjacent on Pod Bedemom) is open daily 08:00-23:30, but their prices reflect the view. Fortress free. Žuta Tabija (Q8502697) on Wikidata Vratnik (Sarajevo) on Wikipedia
  • Jajce Kasarna are Austro-Hungarian barracks 200 m east of Yellow Fortress. They're derelict and unsafe to enter.
  • 54 Visegrad Gate (Višegradska kapija (Zidine Vratničkog grada)). One of the three gate-towers of Vratnik, controlling the road east towards Visegrad and Istanbul. It was built 1727-1739 in limestone and Bosnian stone hreša with roof shingles. Visegrad Gate (Q41604795) on Wikidata Vratnik (Sarajevo) on Wikipedia
  • 55 White Fortress (Bijela tabija) (1 km east of City Hall). 24/7. This natural bastion had a fort at least from 1550, the nucleus from which the later fortifications of Vratnik were extended. It was rebuilt in the Austro-Hungarian period but nowadays is a shattered ruin, and not entirely safe - stealing the masonry for other buildings has done as much damage as later bombardments, such as in 1992-95. Good views over the city especially at sunrise / sunset, but don't get caught here in darkness. 5 KM. Bijela Tabija (Q1269707) on Wikidata Bijela Tabija on Wikipedia



Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympic Games. These (officially the XIV Olympic Winter Games) were the first held in a socialist state, although Moscow had hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics. Some structures remaining from that era are in a sorry state.

  • 56 Olympic Museum (Olimpijski muzej), Alipašina bb, +387 33 226 414, . M-F 09:00-17:00. A museum aimed at the preservation of the memories of the organization of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. From 1984 to 1992, the museum was located in the city centre, in a mansion owned by Nikola Mandić, former Sarajevo citizen and later president of Croatia during the Nazi occupation in WWII. Declared an enemy of the state at the end of the war, Nikola Mandić lost his life and property, and the mansion was donated to the museum by the Sarajevo city council. At the start of the 1992-95 Civil War, the building was shelled by Serb forces and damaged beyond repair. A significant part of the museums collection went up in flames. The remaining collection was salvaged and transferred to the Zetra Olmypic Complex, and in 2004 the new museum at its current location was opened to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1984 Olympic Games. Olympic Museum (Q42347508) on Wikidata
  • 57 Skenderija, Terezija BB (take tram 6 until Skenderija terminus), +387 33 201-203, toll-free: +387 33 211-016, . Tito-era cultural and sports centre on the south bank of the river, constructed in 1969 and opened with the premiere of the film Battle of Neretva. It was later expanded for the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, and features a market and shopping mall. Because of its concrete construction, it only sustained minor damage during the war, but gradually decayed afterwards due to neglect. In February 2012, after a record snowfall in Sarajevo, the roof of one of the halls collapsed under the snow pressure, which was estimated to be around 160 kg/m². The building was subsequently restored by the city and returned to service, and receives 500,000 visitors per year. Skenderija (Q1280411) on Wikidata Skenderija on Wikipedia


  • Cable car (From Franjevačka south of the river, a short walk over the river from the City Hall.). M-Tu 10:00-20:00; W-Su 09:00-20:00. Restored in 2018, this cable car runs up to the former 58 Ski Station–Though, a little oberpriced. Nice views hilltop strolls and a decent cafè. Forest paths lead to the Pino Hotel (accessible by road, e.g. drive or taxi) and the pictureque and Instram-heavy Trebevic Bobsled Track which mad off-road bikers hurtle down, and which is being restored for winter sports. It makes sense walking one direction to see the bobsled track, and using the cable car the other direction, since the slide is pretty much between the Ski Station and city. 20 KM return, 15 KM one-way (locals pay less than a third).
  • 1 National Theatre (Narodno pozorište), Obala Kulina bana 9 (tram-stop Pošta), +387 33 226-431, . The National Theatre has a regular programme of plays, concerts and opera. It was built in 1899 as a "Gentlemen's Club" by Czech architect Karel Pařík, who contributed to over 160 buildings in and around Sarajevo. Sarajevo National Theatre (Q597948) on Wikidata Sarajevo National Theatre on Wikipedia
  • Fox in a Box, Sime Milutinovica 15/I (Next to Museum of Literature & Performing Arts, off Zelenhi berekti), +38 761 10 10 07, . 09:30-22:30. Escape room games. In "Mr Fox's Secret Study", you try to escape from the office by solving riddles. In "The Bank Job", you try to steal diamonds from the bank safe, in the dark by torch. In "The Bunker", you try to avert an accidental nuclear war. 60 KM.
  • 2 Skakavac Waterfall (Vodopad Skakavac) (Take bus 69 from Sutjeska (near the train station) to Nahorevo, from where you can try to hitchhike, which is probably only better during weekend when also locals head here. Most people will probably only go 3.6 km before the waterfall, where the sealed road stops. But there is another parking, 1-2 km on the dirt road.). Waterfall 12 km north of the city, above the Nahorevo Village. At 98 m in height, it is the second tallest waterfall in Europe, after the Vinnufossen waterfall in Sunndal, Norway. Located in an area of exceptional natural beauty, surrounded by lush forests of spruce, beech and fir forests, the waterfall is worth a day trip if weather permits. A wooden pedestrian bridge takes visitors under the waterfall. Skakavac Waterfall (Q3435229) on Wikidata Skakavac, Sarajevo on Wikipedia
  • 3 Dariva Canyon, Dariva (west of Goat's Bridge). 24/7. An 8 km long promenade from the historic centre of Sarajevo to the Goat's Bridge, following the canyon of the Miljacka. The promenade is very picturesque, and the pedestrian-only route offers magnificent natural views which have been appreciated since the Austro-Hungarians built a railway through the Miljacka valley. There are 150 linden trees lining the promenade, planted by diplomats residing in Sarajevo at the invitation of the mayor. Some of the trees still have plaques bearing the names of those who planted them. Free. Dariva (Q42348734) on Wikidata

Recreation parks

  • Sarajevo City Centre mall has a large play area for children. BBI Centar a smaller one. Both malls are slightly west of the city centre on the main road.
The idyllic park of the Bosna Spring on a summer day.
  • 4 Spring of the Bosna River (Vrelo Bosne), Ilidža (25-minute drive west of Old Town, 3 km "grand alley" walk beyond the suburb of Ilidža (final station of tram 3 and many suburb bus lines)), +387 33 580-999. 08:00-23:00. The beginning of the river Bosna, where the pure and ice cold water surges out of the mountains. You can walk in large, well-kept park, picnic and spend the whole day without getting bored. 1 May festival is held here. 2 KM park admission, 2 KM/hour parking, 20 KM for a one way horse-and-carriage ride. Vrelo Bosne (Q3273035) on Wikidata Vrelo Bosne on Wikipedia
Antilopes in the Sarajevo Zoo.
  • 5 Sarajevo Zoo (Pionirska dolina), Patriotske lige 58, +387 33 560 560, fax: +387 33 560 561, . 08:00-21:15. A small zoo and recreation park at the outskirts of Sarajevo, primarily aimed at children. It is the oldest zoo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the Austro-Hungarian period located in Ilidza but later moved to its current location. There are 57 species of animals from all over the world on display, including lions which were donated by Sofia Zoo in 2013. A little train and several other attractions and playgrounds are available for the entertainment of children, some at an additional charge. 3 KM for adults, 2 KM for children. Pionirska dolina (Q6593348) on Wikidata Pionirska dolina on Wikipedia
  • 6 Sunnyland, Miljevići bb (take bus 59a from Latinska ćuprija terminal to Hambina carina, then walk up the hill), +387 57 991 339, . 09:00 - 22:00. A newly constructed bobsleigh track on Mount Trebevic overlooking Sarajevo, and adjacent restaurants and bars selling mediocre food and drinks. Excellent entertainment for children, with indoor playgrounds and facilities, but not very interesting to adults. 5 KM. Sunnyland (Q42347648) on Wikidata


  • Watch football (ie soccer) at 7 Olympic Stadium (Koševo City or Asim Ferhatović - Hase Stadium) (2 km north of centre). Multi-purpose arena built for the 1984 Winter Olympics, capacity 34,500, it's now the home ground of FK Sarajevo. They play in the top tier of national football, the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina or "Liga 12", and often qualify for European tournaments. The national team also play home matches here. Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium (Q903860) on Wikidata Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium on Wikipedia
  • Or watch football at 8 Stadium Grbavica, Zvornička 27 (2 km west of centre), +387 33 660-134. This is the home ground (capacity 16,000) of FK Željezničar Sarajevo, who likewise play in the top tier Liga 12. Stadion Grbavica (Q1649384) on Wikidata Stadion Grbavica on Wikipedia
  • 9 Ilidza Thermal Riviera (Termalna rivijera Ilidža), Butmirska Cesta 18, 71211 Ilidza (behind the airport, 5 minutes walk from Ilidza tram station), +387 33 771-000. 09:00-22:00. Water park with several indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wave pool, massage amenities and water slides. Slightly outdated infrastructure, but the natural sulphur rich water makes up for it on hot summer days. Sauna and fitness centre available at the adjacent Hotel Hills. Basic entry 9 KM, extra for wellness & fitness centres.
The Isa-begov Hamam.
  • 10 Isa-begov Hamam, Bistrik 1 (Next to Emperor's Mosque, across the Latin Bridge), +387 33 570-050, . M-F 10:00-13:30 for men, 14:00-18:00 for women, Sa 09:00-19:00 for women, Su 09:00-19:00 for men. Renovated hamam in the Isa-begov Hotel with traditional ottoman steam room, water pool and massage facilities. 20 KM. Isabegov hamam (Q3509666) on Wikidata
  • From May to August there are white-water rafting trips down the river Neretva. The usual base for trips is Konjic midway between Sarajevo and Mostar. Operators who do package day-trips from Sarajevo include Sarajevo Funky Tours, Sarajevo Insider, Meet Bosnia Travel and Balkland. These cost about 100 KM including transport and lunch.
  • See Sarajevo Region for the ski resorts of Jahorina, Bjelašnica and Igman, all about 35 km away.



Sonar compiles the city's regular calendar of events.

  • 11 Sarajevo Winter International Festival (Sarajevska zima), Maršala Tita 9a/V, + 387 33 266 620, fax: + 387 33 266 621, . Feb-March. Winter counterpart of the Film Festival, with music, visual arts, film and video, performing arts and literature, plus a program for children. Sarajevo Winter Festival (Q7422993) on Wikidata Sarajevo Winter Festival on Wikipedia
  • Sarajevo International Guitar Festival, Vijećnica, Obala Kulina bana (Info & Box Office within City Hall), . April. Eminent guitar players lead concerts, workshops and competitions. Sarajevo International Guitar Festival (Q42402501) on Wikidata Sarajevo Music Academy on Wikipedia
  • Nights of Baščaršija: throughout July the old town centre has theatre performances, classic and rock music concerts and folklore dances. Various locations but concentrated around Ćemaluša.
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Branilaca Sarajeva 24 (Bosanski Kulturni Centar), +387 33 221 516, fax: +387 33 263 381, . July or August. Large summer film festival, various venues including the outdoor "Summer Screen". The Culture Centre has a box-office but book online if you can. Sarajevo Film Festival (Q935127) on Wikidata Sarajevo Film Festival on Wikipedia
  • 12 MESS International Theatre Festival (Internacionalni Teatarski Festival), Kamerni Teater, Maršala Tita 54, + 387 33 200 392, fax: + 387 33 211 972, . Sept / October. Festival for expressive arts, with special attention to youth and alternative subjects. MESS: International Theater Festival (Q42402171) on Wikidata
  • 13 Sarajevo Jazz Festival, La Benevolencija 14, +387 33 550 480, fax: + 387 33 550 481, . First week of Nov. Large eclectic jazz festival. Sarajevo Jazz Festival (Q3513935) on Wikidata Sarajevski jazz festival on Wikipedia


Fruits, vegetables and walnuts for sale at Markale market.

Most shopping centres and upscale restaurants accept credit cards. Small cafés, clubs and souvenir shops mostly require cash, but might jib at notes larger than 20 KM.

  • 1 Markale Market (Gradska Tržnica) (Big yellow building between Ferhadija and Mula Mustafe Baseskije). 07:00­–17:00. Market Hall opened in 1895 and home to local meat, cheese and vegetable merchants: walnuts are a speciality. The market was bombed with great loss of life in Feb 1994 and again in August 1995. The first attack was a single mortar, and responsibility was disputed. The second was five rounds undeniably from Bosnian-Serb positions, and precipitated NATO military intervention in the conflict. Markale massacres (Q1482369) on Wikidata Markale massacres on Wikipedia
  • 2 Pijaca "Ciglane". Interesting local market where you won't find any tourist.



In addition to the usual types of souvenirs, such as key rings, are more distinctive carpets and copperware, not all of which are locally made. 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, jewellery on another. An underground souk (open 08:00-20:00) stretches along the west side of Gazi Husrev-begova street. Prices are generally fixed, and so whilst haggling for a 4 KM keyring is pointless it may be possible for bulk purchases or the odd 2,000 USD carpet.

Souvenir shopping in Gazi Husrev-Bey's bedistan.
  • 3 Bedesten (Gazi-Husrev Beg's Bezistan), Gazi Husrev-begova, +387 33 532-144. M-Sa 08:00-20:00, Su 10:00-19:00. A covered market for haberdashery and craftsmanship, built during the Ottoman Empire period, with a design based on the design of the mosques. The bedesten serves as the central building in the historic commercial part of the city, and has its origins in the Greco-Roman basilica or kaiserion which served a similar purpose. During Ottoman times, the bedesten was of such economic importance that cities were classified under two categories: those with a bedesten, and those without. These days the focus is on low end tourist tat and knock-off watches and handbags. bedesten (Q829896) on Wikidata Bedesten on Wikipedia
  • Isfahan Gallery, Saraći 77 (inside Morića Inn), +387 33 237 429, . Persian carpet seller inside the Morića Inn. The handcrafted carpets are pricey, but the setting inside the reconstructed inn is worth a visit.
  • 4 Sahinpasic, 38d Titova, +387 33 220-112. Has a decent collection of historical literature.
  • 5 Baklava Shop Sarajevo, Ćurčiluk Veliki 56 (on the northern side of Brusa Bezistan), +387 61 267 428. A wide selection of baklava in many flavours (walnut, almond, hazelnut, pistachio, etc.), where the baklavas containing orah (walnut) are considered to be the most traditional ones.
  • 6 Kazandžiluk Street. The street is named after Sarajevo’s master coppersmiths, featuring shops such as Sakib Baščaušević and Aganovic.

Shopping malls


Sarajevo offers numerous shopping malls, the most notable being the Sarajevo City Center in the commercial district. Most shopping malls in Sarajevo have been newly constructed or renovated, and offer a modern shopping experience to those who can stand the annoying pop music they play all day long.

  • 7 Sarajevo City Center, Vrbanja 1, +387 62 992 492. 10:00-22:00. Landmark in the commercial district, and located centrally in Sarajevo along the boulevard connecting the airport with the historic centre of the city. Houses the largest shopping centre in the city, with 160 stores, countless restaurants and bars and a luxury hotel. Sarajevo City Center (Q7422981) on Wikidata Sarajevo City Center on Wikipedia
  • 8 Alta Shopping Center, Franca Lehara 2 (across the street from the Sarajevo City Center), +387 33 953-800. M-Sa 09:00-22:00, Su 10:00-20:00. Shopping centre in the commercial district of the city, with 70 stores. Famous for the Lego store inside.
  • 9 BBI Center, Trg djece Sarajeva 1 (across the street from Veliki Park), +387 33 569-990. M-Sa 08:00-22:00, Su 08:00-22:00. Second largest shopping centre in Sarajevo, after the City Center with 125 stores. It won the ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards in 2011.
  • 10 Bosmal City Center, Milana Preloga 12A, +387 33 725-180. Shopping centre on the south bank of the river with 50 stores.
  • 11 Importanne Center, Zmaja od Bosne 7, +387 33 266-295. 07:00-23:00. Smaller shopping mall with around 35 stores.
  • 12 Mercator, Ložionička 16. One of the oldest shopping malls in Sarajevo with around 35 stores.
  • Grand Centar Ilidža, Butmirska cesta 14, +387 33 629020. M-Sa 08:00-22:00; Su 08:00-21:00. Ilidža shopping centre with 33 stores is by the #3 tram terminus and Thermal Spa.



The local currency is konvertibilna marka (KM, Convertible Mark, international abbreviation BAM), fixed at €1 = 1.95583 KM (~1 KM = €0.51)), and is used throughout the country. Informally, restaurants may accept euros at €1 = 2 KM. The odd rate is because the Convertible Mark was originally pegged 1:1 against the Deutsche Mark, which was replaced with the euro at that rate.

There are many banks along Maršala Tita at the north boundary of Old Town, usually open M-F 08:00-18:00, Sa 09:00-13:00. Money can also be exchanged at any post office or at currency exchange booths, which stay open till 21:00: as always take care to check both the exchange rate and level of commission.


This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget < 12 KM
Mid-range 12 - 20 KM
Splurge > 20 KM
House of Spite, by the Miljacka river
The Sarajevo Brewery

It is said in Bosnia that some people eat to be able to drink, others eat to be able to live and work, but true Bosnians work and live to eat. A lot of attention is devoted to the preparation and consumption of food in Sarajevo. Gastronomy in the city was developed under Eastern and Western influences, and Bosnian cuisine focuses on local produce like meat, vegetables, fruits and dairy products. For information on typical Bosnian foods, see Bosnia#Eat.



Cheap food on the go, from a myriad small shops and cafés, is burek, ćevapi or pita. Burek is meat pie. Ćevapi are grilled meats; the word derives from "kebab" and the traditional Sarajevo style is minced beef and mutton in a somun flatbread. Pita is a filo pasty or pie, typical varieties being meat (meso), cheese (sirnica, similar to ricotta), cheese and spinach (zeljanica), pumpkin (tikvenica) and spicy potato (krompirusa).

City centre around the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

  • 1 Buregdžinica Bosna, Bravadžiluk 11, +387 33 538-426. Daily 08:00-23:00. Pita & burek café, sandwiched between Mrkva and Bosnian House.
  • 2 Fan Ferhatović, Čizmedžiluk 1. Pleasant ambience in the bazaar, good local food, friendly staff.
  • 3 Ćevabdžinica Željo 3, Ćurčiluk veliki 34. Traditional Bosnian barbecue food. The atmosphere is great.
  • 4 Sač, Bravadžiluk mali 2. Authentic Bosnian cuisine with yummy burek and excellent pies.
  • 5 Teraza, Strossmayerova 8, +387 61 569 513. Pizzas and Bosnian sandwiches. Excellent location just heart of the city center with unique retro design makes you feel calm and relax. The food and the service are good.
  • 6 The Epicentrum, Muvekita 11. Excellent homemade food, paradise tomato soup.

City centre around the Vječna vatra memorial

  • 7 Pizzeria Ago, Mula Mustafe Baseskije 17, +387 33 203-900. 08:00-23:00. Good value pizzas, and pancakes at only 2 KM. Excellent pizzeria, great service and staff.
  • 8 Srebrena školjka, Ferhadija 7. Traditional Bosnian cuisine in a fabulous atmosphere, very very nice staff, almost like stepping back in time. If you're looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the summer heat, this is it. The upstairs dining room has character and a great view down into the market. The owners are warm and friendly.
  • 9 Ćevabdžinica Nune, Ferhadija 12. A little restaurant in the backyard of the main street Ferhadija. Super cute father and son shop with some of the best cevapci in town! Definitely a recommendation for a quick meal.
  • 10 Chipas, Trg Fra Grge Martića 4. Excellent food, fast service, very cultured and friendly waiters, everything clean and tidy. A large selection of food and drinks at a very decent price.
  • 11 Sedef, 71000 Ferhadija 16 BA. Traditional dishes, comfortable and quiet place in an alley. A very beautiful restaurant, the food is delicious and clean, and the service is amazing.
  • 12 Cakum-Pakum, Kaptol 10, +387 61 955 310. A little restaurant with great crepes. There is kind of a hype about this place. It's nice and cozy and has a wonderful interior design.


  • 13 Pizzeria Maslina, Trg Heroja 12, +387 62 751 200. Affordable with a diversity of cuisines, from Italian to Bosnian traditional food.
  • 14 Petica Ferhatović, Bravadžiluk 21, +387 33 537 555. Daily 08:00–23:00. Popular but spacious serving fresh beef ćevapi. The waitresses wear traditional Bosnian dresses. 6 KM for ćevapi (July 2019).
  • 15 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-based dishes (but don't expect vegetarian, as many are still flavoured with little meat). Order cafeteria-style at the counter: you pay by the plate, and can mix-and-match different foods onto the same plate.
  • 16 Cappuccino, Grbavica (near river Miljacka in green area). Daily 07:00-22:00. Delicious Bosnian meals and the best pasta and pizza in the region. Good for a full meal, a snack or just a coffee.
  • 17 House of Spite (Inat Kuca), Veliki Alifakovac 1 (from opposite city hall, cross the bridge and turn left), +033 477 867, toll-free: +061 338 177, . 11:00-23:00. The history of this restaurant dates back to the Austro-Hungarian occupation, when Sarajevo underwent large scale infrastructure projects which resulted in the post office, the National Museum, the Faculty of Law and many others. When the City Hall was to be constructed however, the Austro-Hungarians faced the stubbornness of an old Bosnian man named Benderija who lived in a hourse in that location. He refused to have his house demolished for the construction of the City Hall, and only after long negotiations he agreed to give up his property under 2 conditions: he wanted a bag of golden coins as compensation, and the house had to be moved brick by brick to the other side of the river. Since then, the building is known as the house of spite, and a symbol of Bosnian stubbornness and resistance against the government. In 1997, the house was converted to a lovely restaurant selling hearty stew-like meals and Bosnian specialities. A terrace offers a view over the river and the Sarajevo City Hall which it replaces. The house is decorated in oriental style, and worth visiting for the ambient alone. 6-20 KM (Aug 2017). Inat house (Q1257066) on Wikidata
  • 18 A P Ǝ T I T, Gazi Husrev begova 61, +387 62 86 81 31, . An "open kitchen" and a daily menu prepared from ingredients; meat dishes, fish dishes, risottos, pastas, imaginative salads, fragrant woks and delicious sweet pleasures. Also dishes for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free offerings.


  • 19 Dveri, Prote Bakovića 12, +387 33 537-020, . 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.
  • 20 Mala Kuhinja, Tina Ujevića 13, +387 61 144 741, . M-Sa 10:00-23:00. Tiny restaurant, only seats 15, owned by Bosnian celebrity chef Muamer Kurtagic. No menu: he prepares what is fresh each day and for any preferences. You watch the work in progress.
  • 21 Restaurant Kibe, Vrbanjuša 164, +387 33 441 936, +387 61 040 000 (Mobile), . With stunning panoramic views of the city, Kibe Mahala offers a selection of national dishes, such as spit-roasted lamb, and a wide assortment of wines from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.
  • 22 Restoran Brajlovic, Samira Ćatovića Kobre 6, Ilidža, +387 33 626-226. 07:00-23:00. At the water front of the Zeljeznica, offers an up scale selection of Bosnian specialities. Their cevapcici is popular.
  • 23 Sarajevo Brewery (Sarajevska pivara), Franjevačka 15, +387 33 491-100. Daily 10:00-01:00. A large bar and restaurant near the Latin Bridge. Serves 'western' food, only so-so quality & amount for the price, plus a variety of beers brewed on the premises. Sometimes smoky & lacking ventilation, quality of service variable. The brewery also has a souvenir shop / museum.



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. There are probably over 100 cafés in the city, centred in the old town, but a clear distinction is made whether the traditional Bosnian coffee is served or not.


  • 1 Bosanska kafana "Index", Bascarsija 12 (Kazandziluk), +387 33 447-485. Bosnian coffee
  • 2 Cafe Slastičarna "Palma", Porodice Ribar br.5, +387 33 714 700, . Coffee and pastry shop, located in the part of town called Hrasno, started in 1970. In 1985 "Palma" received the CD -Diplomatic Consular Code.
  • 3 Ministry of Ćejf, Kovači 26, +387 61 482 036. Great espresso and well trained baristas. Also has karak and good cakes.
  • 4 Miris Dunja, Ulica Čizmedžiluk 9, +387 62 922 900. Coffee, including Bosnian coffee, and fruit juices. On a typical day the Bosnian coffee is very good, and on a good day it is extraordinary. Bosnian coffee: 2 KM.
  • 5 Mrvica, Paromlinska 58h (located in the Novo Sarajevo residential area, near "Vjetrenjača" (Windmill)), + 387 62 887 777, . Coffee, brunch or even lunch
  • 6 Mrvica Old Town, Ulica Jelića 5 (near the Sacred Heart Cathedral "Katedrala Srca Isusova"). Coffee and different types of cakes and desserts. No Bosnian coffee served, only "modern" coffee styles.
  • 7 Opera Bar/Café, B Sarajeva 25 (opposite the city's Opera house), +387 33 831-647. 07:00-12:00. Fast WiFi connection, but the staff can be unfriendly and inattentive. Attracts the acting and musical community among the regulars, though this isn't an exclusive kind of place. A bit smoky. Espresso: 2 KM.


  • 8 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 range 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.
  • 9 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.


Pansion close to the historic centre

You need to register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival. Your hotel or hostel should do this on check-in, but if you wild-camp or stay at a private residence, you need to organise this yourself. Failure to register doesn't normally bother the authorities but could result in a fine or deportation.


  • You can wild camp in the park by the River Miljacka. Chances are you'll see tents already there. Follow the road west and stay close to the river. In summer there is a public toilet. No guard or services.
  • Locals may unofficially let you stay in their property, payment to be negotiated.
  • 1 Haris Youth Hostel, Vratnik Mejdan 29, +387 33 23 25 63. Haris is the owner, friendly fellow who also owns a tourism agency near the pigeon square at Kovaci 1 and can take you on tours around the city, annotated with his own experiences from the war. The hostel is ten minutes uphill walk from the main square, worth it for the view and hospitality. Dorm 18 KM ppn, private rooms 40 KM ppn.
  • 2 Hostel City Centre Sarajevo, Saliha Hadzihuseinovica Muvekita No. 2/3 (Between Ferhadija and Zelenih beretki streets), +387 61 757 587. Check-out: 10:00. 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. You'll need to lug your baggage up 4 flights, no lift. Dorm 30 KM ppn.
  • 3 Motel Jasmin, Kupreska 26 (Bascarsija), +387 33 71 61 55. Singles, doubles, triples with separate bathrooms and TV. Cleanliness very variable. B&B double 60 KM.
  • 4 Hostel Ljubičica, Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 65 (Old Town, tram stop Bascarsija), +387 61 131 813. The hostel itself is friendly, central for Old Town and usually clean. However it's also a travel & accommodation agency, and may place you in any of a number of dorms in the area; it may not be clear at the time of booking what you're getting. Dorm 30 KM ppn.
  • 5 Hostel Kod Keme (Kemal's Place), Mali Ćurčiluk 15 (Bascarsija), +387 33 531-140. Small friendly guesthouse with private rooms, no dorm. B&B double 80 KM.
  • 6 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 speak 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. Good location, friendly staff, hot water, clean. But no internet, walls are paper thin, you can hear everything in the next room, and the downstairs bar plays loud music till 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 ppn.
  • 7 Hostel Tower, Hadzisabanovica 15, +387 61 800 263, toll-free: +387 61 566 350, . Clean & mostly friendly place, wifi weak. On two occasions in 2018-19, guests fell foul of the owner and were literally kicked out, with a boot to backside. Dorm 20 KM ppn, private room from 40 KM.
  • 8 Hotel Hayat, Abdesthana 27 (a less-than 5-minute walk northeast from the Kovači Square, near Bascarsija), +387 33 570-370. 130 KM.
  • 9 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 sightseeing. From 40 KM.


Hotel behind the Bezestan and Taslihan
  • 10 Garni Hotel Konak, Mula Mustafe Başeskije 54 (Tram 1 to Pigeon Square, follow tram tracks west for two blocks, look left for the red and white sign), +387 33 476 900, . 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. B&B double from 140 KM.
  • Hotel Hecco Deluxe, Ferhadija 2 (By Eternal Flame), +387 33 558 995, . Business hotel with suites and terrace restaurant. It's on the top floors of a building that is otherwise empty, so it's a bit spooky in hours of darkness. Often smells of cigarette smoke. B&B double 140 KM.
  • 11 Hotel Michele, Ivana Cankara 27, +387 33 560 310, +387 61 338 177, . In a quiet area. The staff are nice, breakfast and laundry included plus private parking with direct elevator access to the room floors. B&B double 120 KM.
  • 12 Hotel VIP, Jaroslava Černija br 3, +387 33 535533, . Latin bridge is 300 metres from Hotel VIP, while Bascarsija Street is 300 metres away. The airport is 9 km.
  • 13 Motel Sokak, Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 24 (Just down the road from the Bascarsija tram stop.), +387 33 570-355, . It's small clean, quiet, friendly and comfortable, in an old building but modern inside. Double: 185 KM.
  • 14 Opal Home Sarajevo (Hotel Opal Home), Despićeva 4, +387 37 445 445, . The four-star hotel with modern design and luxury interior. 12 comfortable rooms and 22 beds.
  • 15 Pansion Stari Grad, Sagrdžije 29A (walk up the hill from the Sebilj), +387 33 239 898, . Check-out: 10:00-11:00. A cozy hotel walking distance from the old town with friendly staff willing to help guests get around the city with maps and tips. Double 100 KM.
  • 16 Hotel Terex, Ive Andrica 23, 71123 Dobrinja (on a walking distance from the airport), +387 57 318 100, fax: +387 57 317 150, . Small hotel surrounded by apartments in the residential area of Dobrinja, close to the Dobrinja commercial district. 180 KM.
  • 17 Hotel Imzit, Lukavička Cesta, +387 33 451 423, . Basic hotel at the outskirts of Dobrinja at the foot of Suma Mojmilo hill. 160 KM.
  • 18 Hotel Octagon, Akifa Šeremeta 48, +387 33 789-905. A lovely 3 star hotel in a residential area across from the airport, ideally suited for business travellers on a lay-over. 160 KM.


  • 19 Hotel Holiday (formerly Holiday Inn), Zmaja od Bosne 4, 71000 Sarajevo (5 min walk from train and bus station), +387 33 288 200, +387 33 288 300, fax: +387 33 288 288, . Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Clean, safe, nice private rooms with private bathroom and shower, well-maintained. Friendly staff speak English. Credit cards accepted. The restaurant on the third floor is great. 236 KM.
  • 20 Novotel Sarajevo Bristol, Fra Filipa Lastrića 2 (Tram stop Pofalići), +387 33 705 000, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Business hotel now part of Accor chain. Great rooms and comfortable beds. Friendly staff, three restaurants/cafés. Halal certified. Held in regard as one of the best large hotels in the city. Entrance fee to a small spa is included in the room price. B&B double from 180 KM.
  • 21 Hotel Central, Ćumurija 8 (facing Strossmayerova pedestrian mall), +387 33 561 800, . Clean comfy hotel, and it is indeed central. With spa and fitness centre. B&B double 220 KM.
  • 22 Hotel Colors Inn (Colors Inn Sarajevo), Koševo 8, +387 33 276600, . Has 37 single and double rooms and a private parking.
  • 23 Hotel Europe, Vladislava Skarića 5 (next to the old Turkish bazaar, Bezistan, and Tašlihan), +387 33 580 570, +387 33 580 444, . Built in 1882 next to medieval ruins, it was renovated in the 2010s, elevating it to five-star premier boutique status. Used by 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 and local specialities. The hotel offers a view over the Tašlihan archaeological site next to it. Hotel Europe (Q5911469) on Wikidata Hotel Europe (Sarajevo) on Wikipedia
  • 24 Hotel President Sarajevo, Bazardžani 1, +387 33 575 000, . Located near the centre of the old town of Sarajevo. Hotel President offers 72 comfortable rooms, garage, breakfast room, Congress Hall as well as a Café/lobby bar.
  • 25 Radon Plaza, Džemala Bijedića 185 (foot of Avaz tower, next to BMW showroom), +387 33 752 900, . Swish hotel, named after its owner, who is also the owner of Avaz newspaper and one of the city's wealthiest people. B&B double 200 KM.
  • 26 Hotel Espana, Ive Andrića bb, 71123 Lukavica (on a walking distance from the airport), +387 57 961-200, fax: +387 57 961 202. Hotel in a calmer residential area of Sarajevo on the territory of Republika Srpska. 220 KM.



There are four mobile operators in Sarajevo: BH Telecom (060, 061, 062), m:tel (065, 066, 067), HT Eronet (063) and Haloo (064). Since Bosnia and Herzegovina is not part of the EU or EEA, the international roaming charges are not capped as those have been since 2017, and can be much higher. However Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of a Balkan roaming zone with Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia, capped at €0.20 per MB from July 2017. But that only applies if you have a local SIM card, from any of the operators, which can be purchased in one of the many kiosks around the city. BH Telecom, m:tel and HT Eronet have offers aimed towards tourists, starting from 20 km for 5 GB.

The local area code is +387 33 (Kanton Sarajevo) and the local postal code is 71000.

  • BH Telecom, Sarači 60, +387 33 238-573. M-F 08:00-22:00, Sa 08:00-16:00. Several locations, the most convenient for Old Town is on Sarači next to the TIC. Basic mobile internet package for 5 KM (300 MB) and "Ultra Tourist 1" for 20 KM (5 GB). Ask for BH Mobile's Tourist SIM.
  • Central Post Office BH Pošta is a sight in itself, see "Administrative buildings" listing earlier. It's at Obala Kulina bana 8 next to the National Theatre.
  • There's another big post office next to the railway station, open M-F 07:30-18:00 and Sat 08:00-16:00.

Stay safe

Travel Warning WARNING: As part of the Siege of Sarajevo from 1992-95, extensive mine fields were laid in the hills around the city, of which most had no or inaccurately recorded locations. Although extensive demining efforts were carried out and the canton of Sarajevo has been proclaimed as demined, land mines may still be hidden in the forests in places like Trebević that span through both of Bosnia and Herzegovina entities. Never leave paths when walking in the hills around the Olympic facilities, and never enter abandoned buildings.
Mines are still hidden in the forests around Sarajevo

There are still many minefields and unexploded ordnances in the broader Sarajevo area (although not in any urban area). Never go into damaged buildings (which are really rarely seen) and always stick to paved surfaces avoiding grassy hills that surround the city. As of 2020, Trebević has been completely demined. 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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has double the traffic fatality rate in Europe as a whole, and in the early 2020s there have been a few high-profile accidents with pedestrians. Be alert whether driving or crossing the street.

There are an incredible number of pickpockets working in the city and very few police officers on patrol; police are rarely seen. Pickpockets are very sloppy and it's pretty easy to spot them, but with that number of people picking the pockets they probably will succeed eventually.

Due to being surrounded by hills the air in Sarajevo in winter months (November-February) 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.

Avoid areas of the city such as Alipašino Polje, Švrakino and the surrounding areas of the Novi Grad municipality as those are mainly dangerous zones with high crime rates, shootings, violence and poverty. Go there only with locals and not during the night. Anyway it is off the tourist trail and you most likely won't have any reason to even go to those parts. Getting there accidentally is next to impossible as these rough neighbourhoods are far from the city centre and any of the sights in outlying areas.

Emergency services


Stay healthy

  • Water from fountains and taps in Sarajevo is safe to drink, but it may have an unpleasant chlorine odour. The mains supply may be turned off overnight.
  • The main risk to your health, land mines aside, is the strong sunlight. Usual precautions: hat, long-sleeved shirt, seek the shade and apply sun screen.
  • Pharmacies (Apotheka) are dotted around the city. Two handy for Old Town are Al-Hana on Ulika Patka, and Apoteka Baščaršija at Obala Kulina bana 40 by the riverside.
  • 3 General Hospital (Dr Abdulah Nakaš Hospital), Kranjčevićeva 12, +387 33 285-100, . Only if it's serious.



Cultural heritage from the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and most recently Yugoslav periods has been assimilated into modern Sarajevo as a multicultural, multireligious metropole. Catholic and Orthodox Christians and Muslims share the city, and as such, common sense regarding respect towards people of these religious backgrounds should be upheld. Even the younger generation is on average very religious in comparison to other European capitals, although not all religious traditions may be followed equally strictly. For example, young Muslims may choose to drink wine but refuse pork, while older Muslims likely abstain from both. Keep this in mind when offering presents to your host family. When visiting mosques, skin-covering clothing should be worn, and women should wear a scarf covering their hair. At the most touristic mosques, scarfs are available for visitors to borrow.

Although the Bosnian War ended with a UN enforced cease fire, the underlying conflicts between the different ethnic groups in Sarajevo are far from resolved. Many inhabitants have survived the siege of the city from 1992–95, and almost everyone has lost relatives and/or friends in the conflict. Strong anti-Serb sentiments may be present among the Bosniak population, and scars from the war are left in memory. While the war is not a taboo subject, as evidenced by the many memorials and museums scattered around the city, it remains a sensitive topic that easily brings up negative memories, if addressed uncomprehendingly. Aside from anti-Serb sentiments, many also feel dismay or anger towards the United Nations, which are blamed for the Srebrenica massacre and inadequate protection of Sarajevo citizens during the Siege.

There is an ongoing dispute between Bosnian unionists and Serb separatists, striving for the independence of Republika Srpska. Since the neighbouring town of East Sarajevo is on the territory of Republika Srpska, opinions will vary depending on where you ask in the city, although the relations are less tense than in other parts of the country and people don't have issues crossing the geographical borders. The political situation in Sarajevo in particular is complex, and outsiders taking a position may be accused of uninformed interference in internal Bosnian affairs. In general, it is advised to abstain from discussing politics, unless your conversation partner brings up the topic him/herself and asks for your opinion.





Go next

  • Konjic – 43 km southwest of Sarajevo, has Tito's enormous bunker and white-water trips down the River Neretva.
  • Jablanica – 20 km west of Konjic, has a notable necropolis and the railway bridge scene of the Battle of Neretva.
  • Mostar – 30 km south of Jablanica, rightly famous for its picturesque old bridge and Ottoman centre. You'll most likely pass through en route to the Adriatic coast.
  • Belgrade – The capital of Serbia, 200 km northeast of Sarajevo, is a lively cosmopolitan city.

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