Sarajevo's historic downtown area, the Bascarsija, is a must-visit maze of winding alleys and wooden shop fronts. It contains some of the city's finest architectural monuments, along with a multitude of traditional cafés with outdoor seating. Look out for bargains on copper ware.
The Sarajevo tunnel was constructed by the citizens during the siege that took place between 1992 and 1995. Serbian forces had entirely cut off the city and this tunnel served as a link between the neighbourhoods Dobrinja and Butmir. This enabled food and aid to come in, and people to get out.
Vrelo Bosne means "spring of Bosna", which gestures towards the location of this park. With its 270 km, River Bosna is the third largest river in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vrelo Bosne is one of the country’s top natural landmarks and offers a stunning landscape perfect for trekking and relaxation.
The Museum is a multi-discipline scientific and cultural institution, home to the 14th-century Jewish Haggadah - a handwritten, illuminated manuscript of the text of the Passover Haggadah. 34 pages of bleached calfskin illustrate key scenes in the Bible, from the creation to the death of Moses.
The city is famous for its religious diversity, with adherents of Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Islam and Judaism coexisting here for centuries. This is why Sarajevo is at times referred to as "Jerusalem of the Balkans", or "Jerusalem of Europe". Mosques, synagogues and cathedrals crowd the city.
The Austro-Hungarian Empire was a monarchic union that existed for 51 years and dissolved in 1918. The realm included Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with several other European countries. Explore the city’s Austro-Hungarian heritage, including the Presidential Palace and the Town Hall.
This compact gallery packs the stories of hundreds of broken lives, detailing the narratives of Srebrenica massacre victims via photographs and documentary movies. To fully grasp the scale of the little-known disaster that shook the country, make time for a visit (audio guide recommended).
The bridge itself might not be the city's main landmark, but the events that unfolded here almost a century ago in 1914 led to the beginning of WWI. See the exact location where Franz Ferdinand (the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne) and his wife Sofia were assassinated on that decisive day.
The Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque is a religious monument still in operation, located in the heart of Sarajevo's historic Bascarsija district. The building is a fine example of Ottoman architecture, and its well-kept courtyard is an inviting oasis of tranquility in the city's busy historic center.
The brewery, which dates back to 1854, is claimed to be the first establishment to start industrial production of beer in Sarajevo. Visit the museum or arrange a tour of the brewery (pre-booking required, minimum group size - 15 people), and conclude the visit at the Pivara's very own restaurant.
To gain better understanding of old Bosnian lifestyles, visit the beautifully preserved, authentic home-turned-museum Svrzo House. The house gives visitors a good understanding of what a typical Muslim home in the area could have looked like in the late 18th-early 19th centuries.
The bastion itself might not be much to look at, but the views that open up beneath are some of the best one can get. Take the walk uphill from Sarajevo's historic old town, passing the sobering cemeteries to those who fell in the Bosnian War, and reach the sole open-air café with unbeatable vistas.
Inat Kuca is a longstanding (since 1998) traditional restaurant housed in a historical building across the bridge from the Old Town Hall. Try the bosanski lonac, a hearty lamb and vegetable stew, or other Bosnian specialties off the extensive menu. Traditional music (sevdalinka) is played.
It is this restaurant's personal approach that leaves patrons coming back for more - the open kitchen makes for direct contact with the chef, who recreates the menu daily based on the availability of fresh ingredients. Choose from a set menu or let yourself be surprised by the chef.
The tiny restaurant operates on a rather unusual basis - there are no menus, but rather a conversation with the waiter about your individual preferences, likes and dislikes. This is followed by a suggestion from the staff, and locally-sourced food is prepared in an open kitchen before your eyes.
This is a traditional Bosnian restaurant with rather unique rustic interior and beautifully prepared food. The portions are large and the service is friendly and warm. Serves breakfast, and a variety of menu options for lunch and dinner. An extensive list of local wines is available to guests.
Bosanska Kuca is a traditional restaurant serving a range of mouthwatering dishes. They receive fresh seafood on a daily basis, to insure the highest quality of fish, crabs and mussels. Chicken and veal combined with traditional vegetable dishes are recurring items on the menu.
Palma was the very first privately owned pastry shop, and has survived the war of the 90’s. Today the company is rather large, with 50 employees and more than 600 seats at the spacious venue. Hot and cold beverages, biscuits, cakes and breakfast and much more is served here.
This café is a non-smoking establishment with a cosy design, inviting you to spend quality time with friends and family. They serve delicious cakes, pastries, cookies, muffins and steaming hot coffee to go along. The cheesecake is highly recommended by the guests here.
Despite its very basic menu and plain interior, this centrally located eatery is constantly buzzing with guests - the Bosnian "cevapi" sausages served here rank amongst the finest in the entire capital, and the grilled bread that comes on the side complements the meal nicely.
City Pub is a popular, centrally located busy bar and live music venue hosting bands playing jazz, blues and rock. Here guests can enjoy a fun night with friends and beer (try the draughts, or one of the many international beers). It is well-visited by with locals as well as tourists.
This club is goes under the name Sloga and this is Sarajevo’s premier live rock club. It has been around for many decades and is still popular among both young and old. Mondays are Latino dancing nights, but the party ends early (unlike on prime clubbing nights of Friday and Saturday).
When you step into this café you will first be struck by its industrial design. During day time this is a perfect spot for a good cup of coffee and in the evening you can join the crowd and come here for drinks and cocktails. At night this café turns into one of the most trendy bars in town.
This stylish nightlife venue is one of the top choices for a night out on the town, and is a place consistently buzzing with locals one night after another. Live music is frequently played at night, interchanged with DJs spinning the latest local chart hits. Wine and cocktails top the drink menu.
What once was the scene of a deadly attack (the market was targeted during the Siege of Sarajevo) now functions as a fruit and vegetable market. The horrendous events of the past are still commemorated in the back wall of the market and serve as reminder of Sarajevo's turbulent past.
Walk along Ferhadija Street, the part of Sarajevo that still preserves some Austro-Hungarian heritage in its architecture. Lined with shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafés, the street is both a busy modern shopping area that flows organically from the old part of town into the new.
The international airport lies 12 km from central Sarajevo, and the way to get to and from the airport is by pre-arranged hotel bus, minibus or taxi. The taxi stand is located near Terminal B. Journey time is approximately 20 minutes. It is possible to reach the city by public transport - a bus and trolleybus runs to and from the are of Dobrinja next to the airport. Exact schedules are, however, not available. Travellers are advised to enquire with the airport Information Desk.
Even if Sarajevo is a walkable city there are a lot of different kinds of public transport to choose from: trams, buses, trolley bus and mini buses. The Sarajevo tram system is an excellent way of getting around town. Trams run along the main East-West Rd (Marsala Tita) and circle the Old Town. The tram system also runs as far out as the suburb of Ilidza. The bus number 31E is the most efficient service and runs throughout the city every half hour until midnight. For travelling in the inner city of Sarajevo, trams, trolleys and buses are the best choice. If you want to go up in the hills or reach a specific destination a bit further out, the mini buses are recommended. You can buy tickets in kiosks or from the driver. When travelling on trams you have to validate the ticket in a machine on board the tram. When you buy the ticket from the driver he validates it for you. A single ticket is valid for one journey and doesn't have a time limit. There is also a daily ticket that is valid on all kinds of public transport (except bus line 31E).
You find taxi stands all over the city and you can hail one from the street. There are a lot of different taxi companies and some drivers overcharge when they notice you are a tourist. To avoid that, always check that the driver starts the meter before departure. Sarajevo Taxi +387 33 660 666 Žuti Taxi +387 33 663 555 Boss Taxi +387 33 531 200