Sarajevo is located in the heart of Southeastern Europe and is an excellent starting point when taking in the entire region. The distance between Sarajevo and regional capital cities is as follows: 293 kilometers from Belgrade, Serbia; 405 kilometers from Zagreb, Croatia and 231 kilometers from Podgorica, Montenegro. In our case we just took a plane to Sarajevo but when you travel by car in other Balkan countries there is a good reason to combine your trip with Bosnia and Sarajevo.
Excellent value for the money
Sarajevo finds itself at the very top of lists of European capital cities where visitors can certainly get a good value for their money. If you want to travel and don’t spend too much money Sarajevo is a place to be. Whether it’s accommodation, purchasing souvenirs, taking interesting tours around town, visiting attractions, eating delicious meals in quality restaurants with spectacular views, spending an evening in one of the top clubs, looking for wellness treatments and health services or having unforgettable weekends- all is possible.
Surrounded by history
In Sarajevo you can find traces of the Neolithic Butmir Culture, Illyrians, Romans, Slavs, as well as remains representing the medieval Bosnian Kingdom, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Socialistic Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Over the past 100 years, Sarajevo has found itself a member of six different states and has witnessed the Sarajevo Assassination, the First and Second World Wars, the XIV Winter Olympic Games, the longest-running siege of any town in modern history.
For several hundred years, the borders of two great empires, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian, which represented the two poles of the world at that time – East and West, Islamic and Christian – met in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo is one of those rare cities where, during a ten-minute walk, you can see places of worship for the world’s most important monotheistic religions: Orthodox and Catholic churches, synagogues and mosques. All of these traditions have given Sarajevo a specific aroma and a particular cultural mix.
Sarajevans can spend hours sitting and socializing with friends over coffee or some other drink, and it’s this “contagious” habit that soon passes to those visiting Sarajevo. You don’t have to see everything in Sarajevo today – leave something for tomorrow! Make use of the lovely day today by finding a comfortable place in some of Sarajevo’s cafés and spend time doing nothing, or almost nothing!
A safe destination
While the city still bears visible scars from the war, Sarajevo is considered one of the safest capital cities in Europe. If the beauty of a city is determined by its inhabitants, then Sarajevo definitely ranks among the most beautiful cities in the world! If there’s one thing Sarajevo is known for, it’s the hospitality and kindness of its residents, who will do their best to make a visitor’s stay in their town special. Whether you need advice about where to go or you’re lost and need some directions, don’t hesitate to stop passersby, waiters or merchants to ask them whatever you need.
Old town Baščaršija
Baščaršija is the heart and soul of Sarajevo and a meeting point for locals. This has remained largely the same since its use in the 15th century, and has an incredible old world feel. This old cobbled stone part of the town is lined with narrow streets lined with great shops and cafes. One of the oldest streets in Baščaršija is Kazandžiluk Street which means Coppersmith Street, which is filled with beautiful copper goods such as coffee pots called dzeva.
The Sebij, located at the center square of Baščaršija, is one of the symbols of Sarajevo. It is also known as the pigeon square by tourists as it is always surrounded by them, and for a small coin donation you can feed them. The Sebilj was built by a Bosnian vizier Mehmed-paša Kukavica in 1753 and after being destroyed in 1891, was rebuilt in 1913.
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
The Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque was built in Sarajevo in 1532 by a famous Ottoman architect Acem Esir Ali. The mosque also has a public šadrvan, a fountain for ritual washing, an outdoor praying area, an Islamic bookstore and the tomb of Gazi Husrev-bey. Like many of the city’s cultural attractions in Sarajevo and across Bosnia & Herzegovina, the mosque was a target by Serbian snipers during the Siege of Sarajevo. It suffered a large amount of damage, but with foreign help, reconstruction started right after the war ended in 1996 to bring it back to its former glory.
Watch the city from yellow fortress
You can either climb up the hill, passing the cemetery (young victims of the war), or get a taxi to drive you up. Personally I recommend the hike up, just before the sun sets, its an amazing view.