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Sarajevo is the largest city and capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has a historic reputation as a city of religious diversity, with Islam, Catholicism and Orthodoxy all well represented throughout the centuries. Although the area of Sarajevo has been inhabited since prehistoric times, it wasn't until it was conquered by the Ottomans that it gained prominence. It was under Ottoman rule that the Old Town (Stari Grad) was constructed.
The city was burned to the ground by the Habsburg Monarchy in 1697 and never fully recovered. It remained an important administrative center for the Ottoman Empire until the late 19th century when the Austria-Hungarian Empire conquered Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated in Sarajevo - an event that triggered World War I. Following the war, the Balkans were unified under the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1984, at the peak of a boom period for the city, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics.
As Yugoslavia was disintegrating in 1992, Sarejevo was surrounded by the Yugoslav National Army and several paramilitary formations. The city remained under siege until October 1995, with drastic consequences for the population and considerable destruction. After the Dayton Agreement was signed in 1995, the city underwent a great deal of reconstruction, with very little evidence of the war remaining.
Sarajevo is now a cosmopolitan city that delights its visitors with a friendly attitude.
The city of Sarajevo consists of four municipalities (Općina):
Bjelašnica Mountain is in the central part of the country and is directly southwest of Sarajevo. During the summer this mountain is a popular place to go hiking while in the winter it is a popular downhill skiing mountain. The Bjelašnica Ski Area has several nice runs and a large area above the tree line, which is ideal for fans of bald peak skiing. The mountain is 2,067 metres (6,782 feet) high and is a day trip from Sarajevo. There is a accommodation on the mountain for people thinking of spending the night.
This festival began in 1984 and has since grown to become one of the most anticipated events in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Often held in the month of February, art exhibits from different parts of the world compete for the highest title possible, the Sestoaprilska Negarda Sarajeva.
One of the most popular cultural events in Sarajevo, the month-long festival of Bascarsija Nights features some 40 to 50 different events that honor the rich culture of Bosnia. It is marked by different children’s programs, literary events, film showings, classical music, and even opera and ballet.
The Sarajevo Fim festival is held annually in August. Long and short regional films from a wide variety of genres are shown (some for free). It also serves as a huge venue for artists from all over the world to meet and share their passion for the arts.
Held in November, Jazzfest Sarajevo is the best place to enjoy Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rich music scene. The city’s café culture is at its liveliest.
Sarajevo has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. Temperatures in summer are well above 25 °C during the day, while winter nights can drop below -10 °C. Rain (and snow in winter) falls evenly throughout the year. June and September are good months, avoiding cold or hot weather and crowds as well.
Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ) is located a few kilometres to the southwest of the city. There are good connections within Europe offered by B&H Airlines to Amsterdam, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Istanbul, Stockholm, Vienna and Zürich, Austrian Airlines to Viena, Adria Airways to Ljubljana, Croatia Airlines to Zagreb, Germanwings to Cologne/Bonn, JAT Airways to Belgrade, Lufthansa to Munich, Malév Hungarian Airlines to Budapest, andTurkish Airlines to Istanbul. There are also seasonal flights to Antalya, Bodrum, Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, Monastir, Jeddah, Medina (latter two both during Hajj).
There are no public transport links directly from the airport making taxis the most convenient option. Taxi fares are regulated and should adhere to the following rates: 
The rate is increased by 30% during the night (10:00pm - 05:00am) and on Sundays and holidays.
An option to save some money is to catch a taxi to the nearby tram terminus at Ilidza and then catch a tram from there into the city.
Most of central Sarajevo, including the old town area can easily be navigated on foot. It is about 15 minutes from the central train and bus stations to the old town.
|Hotel Alem||Put mladih muslimana 16,||Hotel||-|
|America Hotel||Himzarina 23, Visnjik, Sarajevo||Hotel||-|
|Apartment Orient||Kujundziluk 6||apartment||-|
|Apartmentselma||Ocaktanum 30 Sarajevo||apartment||-|
|Hotel Astra Garni-Sarajevo||Kundurdziluk 2, Kundurdziluk 2,||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Astra-Sarajevo||Zelenih beretki 9, Zelenih beretki 9,||Hotel||-|
|Bed and Breakfast Divan||M. M. Baseskije 54||Guesthouse||-|
|Belvedere Hotel - Sarajevo||Visnjik 2||Hotel||-|
|Bosnia Hotel||Kulovica 9||hotel||-|
|Camp site Hill||Hadzisabanovica 15||Campsite||-|
|Casa Grande Hotel-Ilidza||Velika Aleja 2||Hotel||-|
|Dardanija Hotel - Sarajevo||Radiceva broj 15||HOTEL||-|
|Downtown||Ludviga Kube 11||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Enjoy||Fra Ancela Zvizdovica 8||Hostel||89|
|Grand Hotel - Sarajevo||Muhameda ef. Pandze 7||Hotel||-|
|Haris Youth Hostel||Vratnik Mejdan 29||Hostel||87|
|Hostel & Guest House Bistrik||Garaplina 14a 71000||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel & Guest House SA||HRVATIN 15||HOSTEL||89|
|Hostel and Guest House Rose||Bakarevica 33 Budzak bb||Hostel||89|
|Hostel City Center Sarajevo||Saliha Hadzihuseinovica MUVEKITA 2/3||Hostel||88|
|Hostel Duka||Pehlivanua 43||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Ferhadija||Ferhadija 21||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Feri||Igman, Veliko Polje||hostel||-|
|Hostel Hayat||Ocaktanum 5 Abdesthana 27||Hostel||82|
|Hostel Ljubicica||Mula Mustafe Baseskije 65 Basèar||HOSTEL||79|
|Hostel Magaza||Tahčića Sokak 7||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Marko Polo||Logavina 6||Hostel||85|
|Hostel Posillipo||Besarina èikma, No.5||Hostel||78|
|Hostel Skend Sarajevo||Tekija 12||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Mills Sarajevo||Mlini 1||Hostel||69|
|Hotel Bosna-1||Butmirska cesta 8||hotel||-|
|Hotel Ahar||Pijacna 82||hotel||-|
|Hotel Delminium||Stup - Bare 16H||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Garni Konak||Mula Mustafe Baseskije 54||hostel||-|
|Hotel Hayat-Sarajevo||Abdesthana 27,||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Hecco||Medresa 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Hecco Deluxe-Sarajevo||Ferhadija 2||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Hollywood||Mustafe Pintola 23||hotel||-|
|Hotel Italia||Pofalici 7||hotel||-|
|Hotel Old Town||Malio Curciluk 11||hotel||-|
|Hotel Seraj||Safvet bega Basagica 12||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Telal||Abdesthana 4||hotel||-|
|Jezero Hotel - Sarajevo||Patriotske Lige bb||HOTEL||-|
|Lion Hostel||Bravadziluk 30||Hostel||85|
|Ljubičica Apartments||Mula Mustafe Baseskije 65||APARTMENT||-|
|MD Apartments||Bistrik 84||Apartment||-|
|Merak House||Besarina Cikma 5||Hostel||-|
|Motel Latinski Most||Isa Bega Isakovica 1||Hotel||-|
|Motel Liberty||Mula Mustafe Bašeskije 24||apartment||-|
|Hotel Omega Ambasador-Sarajevo||Omera Stupca 19, Omera Stupca 19,||Hotel||-|
|Ada Hotel - Sarajevo||Radenka Abazovica 2||Hotel||-|
|Pansion Centar||Hadzisulejmanova 19 Sarajevo||Guesthouse||-|
|Pansion Divan||Bravadziluk 38||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pansion Harmony-Sarajevo||Vrbaska 26 G-Vraca||Guesthouse||-|
|Pension Stary Grad||Bijelina Cikma 4||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Park - Sarajevo||Vogosca||Hotel||-|
|Plavi Zamak||Zvornicka 27||hostel||-|
|Private Accomodation Gogo||Mehmed-pase Sokolovica 12/3||Apartment||-|
|Residence Rooms||s.h.muvekita 1||Hostel||93|
|Rimski Most Hotel-Ilidza||Blazujski drum bb (Ilidza)||HOTEL||-|
|Roman Bridge Hotel||Blazujski drum bb||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Saraj||Nevjestina 5||Hotel||-|
|Sarajevo Rent||Josipa Stadlera 4||Apartment||-|
|Star Hotel||Blazuj 44||hotel||-|
|Sunce Hotel||Feriza Merzuka 76 Vogosca||Hotel||-|
|Tower Hostel||Hadzisabanovica 15||hostel||81|
|MIS Hostel||Nevjestina 7||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Srce Sarajeva||S.H. Muvekita 2||HOSTEL||84|
|Bascarsija Live||obala kulina bana 41 bjelave 115||APARTMENT||-|
|Suljovic Hotel||Kurta Schorka 22||Hotel||-|
|Banana City Hotel||Dzemala Bijedica bb||Hotel||-|
|Apartments Sarajevo||Bistrik Medresa 15||Hostel||-|
|Apartment Otoka||Zrtava Fasizma No.1||APARTMENT||-|
|Hayat Apartments||Sarajevskih gazija 45||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Alifakovac||Podcarina 1||Hostel||-|
|Apartment Center||Kralja Tvrtka 15||APARTMENT||-|
|Old Town Accommodation||Dzinina 9||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|New Age Sarajevo||Muse Cazima Catica 18||HOSTEL||-|
|Travellers Home Hostel||Cumurija 4||HOSTEL||93|
|4U Hostel||Dzinina 12||HOSTEL||82|
|Hostel Rooms Kesten||Sagrdzije 39||HOSTEL||84|
|Guesthouse Bentbasa||Bentbasa 9||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Amra Apartment||Cemerlina 17||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Bistrik||Garaplina 14a||APARTMENT||-|
|Prenociste Sebilj||Bravadziluk bb||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Apartment Ado||Mali Curciluk||APARTMENT||-|
|Guesthouse Zeyna||Toplik 8||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Kod Keme||Mali Curciluk 15||Hostel||-|
|Apartmani Vila Selin||HASANA BIBERA 39||Apartment||-|
|Hostel Kan||Brace Begic 35||Apartment||-|
|Delminium Hotel - Sarajevo||Bojnicka 100||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Ada||Radenka Abazovica 2||Hotel||-|
|Motel Mejdan - Sarajevo||Mustajpasin Mejdan 11||HOTEL||-|
|Apartment Ida||Gradacacka 37||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartment Malta||Zmaja od Bosne 63||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Ami||Gorusa Br 2||HOSTEL||-|
|Imzit - Ilidza||Cetvrte Viteske Brigade 1||HOTEL||-|
|Imzit - Dobrnja||Lukavicka Cesta 121||HOTEL||-|
|Apartmani||Sarajevskih gazija 12||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Home Sweet Home||Saliha Hadzihuseinovica Muvekia 9||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|Jugoslavija||Gajev trg 2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Downtown Sarajevo Hostel||Marshal Tito 27||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Ville||Safvet-bega Basagica 93||HOSTEL||-|
|Sarajevo Old Town Apartments||Čeljigovići 48||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Herc||Podcarina 1||HOTEL||-|
|Vila Selin||Hasana Bibera 11||APARTMENT||-|
|Emily Rooms & Apartments||Obala Kulina Bana 41||APARTMENT||-|
|Sofa Rooms||Mlini 2a||APARTMENT||-|
|Apartman Aladin||M.M.Baseskije br. 36||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel AE||Zelenih Beretki 22||HOSTEL||-|
|Radon Plaza - Sarajevo||Dzemala Bijedica 185||HOTEL||-|
|Apartments and Hostel Rooms Castanea||Kecina 21||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel CMöCity Magic||Hostel||-|
|nocenje u sarajevu||marsala tita 54 sarajevo centar||Hostel||-|
|Apartman AIDA||Travnička do br. 36||Hostel||-|
|Markale Guest House||Guesthouse||89|
|Markale||M. M. Baseskije 9||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Motel Boss||Safeta Zajke 183A||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Zemzem||Mula Mufe Baseskije 61||CAMPSITE||-|
|Nocenje u Sarajevu||Marsala Tita 54||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Sarajevo Center||Cemalusa 2/2||HOSTEL||-|
|Apartment Senija||Seada Sinanovica 5||APARTMENT||-|
|Rooms in the heart of Sarajevo||Terezija 38||APARTMENT||-|
|Hostel Jasmin Sarajevo||Kenana Demirovica 2||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Balkan Han Hostel||Dalmatinska 6||HOSTEL||89|
|Hostel Balkan||Jelica Br. 2||HOSTEL||-|
Most cities and major towns have at least one internet café. Wifi is becoming more and more popular as well, especially in cities like Sarajevo and Mostar. Don't rely on it though, as outside the main tourist areas, there might be few options.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Bosnia and Herzegovina is 387. To make an international call from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the code is 00.
There are three mobile phone networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina: HT ERONET (Mostar), GSMBiH (Sarajevo) and m:tel (Republika Srpska, Banja Luka). You can buy a prepaid SIM card from any network at any kiosk for 10 KM or less. Be careful with roaming charges on your smartphone, as mobile internet when abroad is still extremely expensive.
BH Posta offers postal services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prices and services are very reasonable and reliable. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 4:00 or 5:00pm during weekdays and also on Saturday mornings. The main post offices in big cities like Sarajevo might keep longer hours. For sending packages you might consider a private courier like FedEx, TNT, UPS or DHL.
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