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Discover Sarajevo

Discover Sarajevo

The ancient city of Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is one of the most beautiful cities in eastern Europe. This hidden gem is becoming a real tourist destination, thanks to its turbulent and fascinating history. It’s the meeting point between east and west and is famous for its religious tolerance and diversity. 

Sarajevo is also historically important, and where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, triggering the First World War. Today, it’s a friendly, popular city that has a genuinely laid-back attitude and village feel, despite its ultra-modern centre. Surrounded by mountains and nestled in a winding river valley, it’s also incredibly picturesque. Packed with markets, boutiques and galleries, it’s a shopper’s paradise, while food lovers will find an eclectic mix of influences throughout the city, with some of the best restaurants in the region offering exquisite dishes from across Europe.

Sarajevo is one of those bucket-list destinations that’s also a great location for a short city break at any time of the year.

Essential Facts

Time
17:24
Date
10/26/2021
Time Zone
+2:00
Weather
11.62°C
Language
Bosnian
Currency
Konvertibile or Bosnian Mark
Electricity
230v and 50Hz
Best Time To Visit
July

Things To Do

Baščaršija

Baščaršija

The historic region of Sarajevo is full of cobbled streets, classical architecture, and open spaces. It’s a vibrant, busy and multi-cultural area, with almost every religion represented here too. At its heart is the Sebilj fountain, built in the 18th century and a great place to stop and grab a drink of cold water on a hot, sunny day.

The Emperor’s Mosque

The Emperor’s Mosque

The oldest mosque in the city was built in 1457 and was rebuilt in 1565 and dedicated to Suleyman the Magnificent. It’s a stunning representation of eastern European Islamic architecture, and welcomes both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The Latin Bridge

The Latin Bridge

Close to the spot where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, this elegant bridge is a popular walking spot for visitors and locals alike.

Shopping

Shopping

From charming boutiques to modern malls, there are plenty of shopping opportunities in Sarajevo. The Old Town has a plethora of carpet and rug sellers, as well as the locally produced and incredibly ornate copperware that the region is famous for. For the best in jewellery and gifts, head to the underground Souq and covered market along the west side of Gazi Husrev-begova Street.
For a more modern shopping experience, Sarajevo has plenty of malls to choose from, including the huge Sarajevo City Center Mall, with over 160 shops and stores.
The majority of shops will take card payments, although some smaller outlets may still prefer cash. There are plenty of banks and ATMs available but be aware that your bank may charge for withdrawals. Both the Convertible Mark and the Euro are widely accepted in most shops.

Food and Drink

Food And Drink

Food is hugely important in Bosnian and Serb culture, and a meal is a time where the entire family and friends come together so expect warm welcomes in family-run restaurants, hearty meals, and plenty of variety. Meat plays a central role in Bosnian cuisine, particularly minced beef and mutton. Look out for the Bosnian version of a kebab, the Ćevapi, which is grilled meat served in a pitta or flatbread. Vegetarian options are sometimes difficult to find, but the more central restaurants cater for vegetarians and occasionally also offer vegan options too.

On-the-go food includes burek, which is a meat pie, and pita, which is filo pastry filled with meat, cheese, spinach, spiced pumpkin or potatoes. Coffee is served very sweet and very strong, while sweet treats are usually pastry-based sweetened with honey.

Things To Know

Visa Requirements

  • To travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina you will need a current passport with at least three months validity from the planned date of departure.

  • Your passport must have at least one blank page for your entry stamp into the country.

  • Tourist visas are not required if your stay is for less than three months.

  • You may bring up to 9,999 Euros into the country without declaring it. Amounts of 10,000 Euros and above must be declared on arrival.

  Getting Around

  • Public transport in Sarajevo is good, with plenty of buses and trains running across the city, although there are no international train services into Bosnia. Sarajevo Railway Station is centrally located. Tickets are cash only.

  • There are two main bus stations in the city, and on all city buses, you will have to pay an extra nominal charge for luggage.

  • Trams are the most common form of transport around the city, and the network is one of the oldest in Europe. You can buy tickets in advance from kiosks, or pay slightly more on the tram itself.

  • Taxis are plentiful but ensure you agree on a fare before starting your journey or insist on the driver using the meter. Look for a licence plate with ‘TA’ to make sure your taxi is a legitimate operator.

  • As part of the 1992-95Siege of Sarajevo, vast minefields were laid in the hills around the city. Although the majority of ordnance has been cleared, there are still areas in the hills around the Olympic village. Official advice is to ensure you stay strictly to the paths when exploring this part of the city.