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Sarajevo Hills

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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):

  • Centar (Centre)
  • Novi Grad (New City)
  • Novo Sarajevo (New Sarajevo)
  • Stari Grad (Old Town)



Sights and Activities

Bjelašnica Mountain

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.

Other Sights and Activities

  • The Latin Bridge is where the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria took place.
  • The Old Town
  • The Bosnian Historical Museum
  • The National Museum



Events and Festivals

International Sarajevo Winter Festival

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.

Bascarsija Nights

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.

Sarajevo Film Festival

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.

Jazzfest Sarajevo

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.



Getting There

By Plane

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: [1]

  • Flagfall: 2 KM
  • Per kilometre: 1 KM
  • Per piece of luggage: 2 KM
  • Waiting time: 10 KM per hour.

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.

By Train

Trains travel between Sarajevo and Mostar and continue to Ploce along the Croatian coast. There are also trains travelling to Zagreb and Banja Luka among smaller places.

By Bus

There are buses between Sarajevo and numerous places, including Mostar and Banja Luka, and also to international destinations like Zagreb, Belgrade and many central and western European cities.



Getting Around

By Public Transport

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

By Foot

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.




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




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.




Hotel AlemPut mladih muslimana 16,Hotel-
America HotelHimzarina 23, Visnjik, SarajevoHotel-
Apartment OrientKujundziluk 6apartment-
ApartmentselmaOcaktanum 30 Sarajevoapartment-
Hotel Astra Garni-SarajevoKundurdziluk 2, Kundurdziluk 2,Hotel-
Hotel Astra-SarajevoZelenih beretki 9, Zelenih beretki 9,Hotel-
Bed and Breakfast DivanM. M. Baseskije 54Guesthouse-
Belvedere Hotel - SarajevoVisnjik 2Hotel-
Bosnia HotelKulovica 9hotel-
Camp site HillHadzisabanovica 15Campsite-
Casa Grande Hotel-IlidzaVelika Aleja 2Hotel-
Dardanija Hotel - SarajevoRadiceva broj 15HOTEL-
DowntownLudviga Kube 11HOSTEL-
Hostel EnjoyFra Ancela Zvizdovica 8Hostel89
GonzoGatacka 33Guesthouse62
Grand Hotel - SarajevoMuhameda ef. Pandze 7Hotel-
Haris Youth HostelVratnik Mejdan 29Hostel89
Hostel & Guest House BistrikGaraplina 14a 71000HOSTEL-
Hostel & Guest House SAHRVATIN 15HOSTEL89
Hostel and Guest House RoseBakarevica 33 Budzak bbHostel90
Hostel City Center SarajevoSaliha Hadzihuseinovica MUVEKITA 2/3Hostel88
HostelMarsalaTita 54Guesthouse-
Hostel DukaPehlivanua 43Guesthouse-
Hostel FerhadijaFerhadija 21HOSTEL-
Hostel FeriIgman, Veliko Poljehostel-
Hostel HayatOcaktanum 5 Abdesthana 27Hostel83
Hostel LjubicicaMula Mustafe Baseskije 65 BasèarHOSTEL81
Hostel MagazaTahčića Sokak 7HOSTEL-
Hostel Marko PoloLogavina 6Hostel87
Hostel PosillipoBesarina èikma, No.5Hostel86
Hostel Skend SarajevoTekija 12Hostel-
Hostel Mills SarajevoMlini 1Hostel88
Hotel Bosna-1Butmirska cesta 8hotel-
Hotel AharPijacna 82hotel-
Hotel DelminiumStup - Bare 16HHotel-
Hotel Garni KonakMula Mustafe Baseskije 54hostel-
Hotel Hayat-SarajevoAbdesthana 27,HOTEL-
Hotel HeccoMedresa 1, Bosnia and Herzegovina SarajevoHotel-
Hotel Hecco Deluxe-SarajevoFerhadija 2Hotel-
Hotel HollywoodMustafe Pintola 23hotel-
Hotel ItaliaPofalici 7hotel-
Hotel Old TownMalio Curciluk 11hotel-
Hotel SerajSafvet bega Basagica 12Hotel-
Hotel TelalAbdesthana 4hotel-
Jezero Hotel - SarajevoPatriotske Lige bbHOTEL-
KandiljBistrik 12aGuesthouse-
Lion HostelBravadziluk 30Hostel87
Ljubičica ApartmentsMula Mustafe Baseskije 65APARTMENT-
LogavinaToromanova 6apartment-
MD ApartmentsBistrik 84Apartment-
Merak HouseBesarina Cikma 5Hostel-
Moonlightm.m.baseskije 51GUESTHOUSE83
Motel Latinski MostIsa Bega Isakovica 1Hotel-
Motel LibertyMula Mustafe Bašeskije 24apartment-
Hotel Omega Ambasador-SarajevoOmera Stupca 19, Omera Stupca 19,Hotel-
Ada Hotel - SarajevoRadenka Abazovica 2Hotel-
Pansion CentarHadzisulejmanova 19 SarajevoGuesthouse-
Pansion DivanBravadziluk 38GUESTHOUSE-
Pansion Harmony-SarajevoVrbaska 26 G-VracaGuesthouse-
Pension Stary GradBijelina Cikma 4Guesthouse-
Hotel Park - SarajevoVogoscaHotel-
Plavi ZamakZvornicka 27hostel-
Private Accomodation GogoMehmed-pase Sokolovica 12/3Apartment-
Residence Roomss.h.muvekita 1Hostel93
Rimski Most Hotel-IlidzaBlazujski drum bb (Ilidza)HOTEL-
Roman Bridge HotelBlazujski drum bbHotel-
Hotel SarajNevjestina 5Hotel-
Sarajevo RentJosipa Stadlera 4Apartment-
Star HotelBlazuj 44hotel-
Sunce HotelFeriza Merzuka 76 VogoscaHotel-
Tower HostelHadzisabanovica 15hostel91
MIS HostelNevjestina 7Hostel-
Hostel Srce SarajevaS.H. Muvekita 2HOSTEL88
Bascarsija Liveobala kulina bana 41 bjelave 115APARTMENT-
Suljovic HotelKurta Schorka 22Hotel-
Banana City HotelDzemala Bijedica bbHotel-
Tito46titova 46Hostel-
Apartments SarajevoBistrik Medresa 15Hostel-
Apartment OtokaZrtava Fasizma No.1APARTMENT-
Hayat ApartmentsSarajevskih gazija 45APARTMENT-
Hostel AlifakovacPodcarina 1Hostel-
Apartment CenterKralja Tvrtka 15APARTMENT-
Old Town AccommodationDzinina 9GUESTHOUSE91
New Age SarajevoMuse Cazima Catica 18HOSTEL-
Travellers Home HostelCumurija 4HOSTEL94
4U HostelDzinina 12HOSTEL83
Hostel Rooms KestenSagrdzije 39HOSTEL85
Guesthouse BentbasaBentbasa 9GUESTHOUSE-
Amra ApartmentCemerlina 17APARTMENT-
Apartment BistrikGaraplina 14aAPARTMENT-
Prenociste SebiljBravadziluk bbGUESTHOUSE-
Apartment AdoMali CurcilukAPARTMENT-
Guesthouse ZeynaToplik 8GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Kod KemeMali Curciluk 15Hostel-
Apartmani Vila SelinHASANA BIBERA 39Apartment-
Hostel KanBrace Begic 35Apartment-
Delminium Hotel - SarajevoBojnicka 100HOTEL-
Hotel AdaRadenka Abazovica 2Hotel-
Motel Mejdan - SarajevoMustajpasin Mejdan 11HOTEL-
Apartment IdaGradacacka 37APARTMENT-
Apartment MaltaZmaja od Bosne 63APARTMENT-
Hostel AmiGorusa Br 2HOSTEL-
Imzit - IlidzaCetvrte Viteske Brigade 1HOTEL-
Imzit - DobrnjaLukavicka Cesta 121HOTEL-
ApartmaniSarajevskih gazija 12APARTMENT-
Hostel Home Sweet HomeSaliha Hadzihuseinovica Muvekia 9GUESTHOUSE86
JugoslavijaGajev trg 2GUESTHOUSE-
Downtown Sarajevo HostelMarshal Tito 27HOSTEL-
Hostel VilleSafvet-bega Basagica 93HOSTEL-
Sarajevo Old Town ApartmentsČeljigovići 48Apartment-
Hotel HercPodcarina 1HOTEL-
Vila SelinHasana Bibera 11APARTMENT-
Emily Rooms & ApartmentsObala Kulina Bana 41APARTMENT-
Sofa RoomsMlini 2aAPARTMENT-
Apartman AladinM.M.Baseskije br. 36APARTMENT-
Hostel AEZelenih Beretki 22HOSTEL-
Apartman KiraMandzinaAPARTMENT-
Radon Plaza - SarajevoDzemala Bijedica 185HOTEL-
Apartments and Hostel Rooms CastaneaKecina 21APARTMENT-
Hostel CMöCity MagicHostel-
nocenje u sarajevumarsala tita 54 sarajevo centarHostel-
Apartman AIDATravnička do br. 36Hostel-
Markale Guest HouseGuesthouse89
MarkaleM. M. Baseskije 9GUESTHOUSE-
Motel BossSafeta Zajke 183AGUESTHOUSE-
ZemzemMula Mufe Baseskije 61CAMPSITE-
Nocenje u SarajevuMarsala Tita 54GUESTHOUSE-
Hostel Sarajevo CenterCemalusa 2/2HOSTEL-
Apartment SenijaSeada Sinanovica 5APARTMENT-
Rooms in the heart of SarajevoTerezija 38APARTMENT-
Hostel Jasmin SarajevoKenana Demirovica 2GUESTHOUSE-
Balkan Han HostelDalmatinska 6HOSTEL91
Hostel BalkanJelica Br. 2HOSTEL-



Keep Connected


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.



  1. 1 Source: Sarejevo Airport Website Jan 2008

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