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Ringed by mountains, Sarajevo is a singular city with an enticing East-meets-West vibe all of its own. It was once renowned as a religious melting pot, earning it the epithet 'the Jerusalem of Europe'. Within a few blocks you can still find large Catholic and Orthodox cathedrals, Ashkenazi and Sephardic synagogues, and numerous mosques. However, the Jewish population was decimated during WWII and Sarajevo is now a divided city, with most of the Orthodox Christians living in Istočno Sarajevo (East Sarajevo) on the Republika Srpska side.


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Galerija 11/07/95

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War damaged National Library, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Sarajevo Cable Car

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The beginning of the Sarajevo Tunnel, an 800m stretch under the airport.

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National Museum of BiH

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With their imaginations and travel memories fired by spiky minarets, grilled kebabs and the all-pervasive aroma of ground coffee, many travellers see in SARAJEVO a Slavic mini-İstanbul. The Ottoman notes in the air are most prominent in Baščaršija, the city’s delightful Old Town, which is home to umpteen mosques, bazaars, kebab restaurants and cafés. Further afield, burnt-out buildings evoke the catastrophic war of the mid-1990s, though the fun-loving, easy-going Sarajevans do a great job of painting over the scars of those tumultuous years – it’s hard to walk around without being offered coffee, and it’s hard to be invited for coffee without making friends.

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Ferhadija and around, festivals in sarajevo, the latin bridge and 1878–1918 museum, “sniper alley” museums.

Sarajevo gained importance during Roman times, and after a short slumber was reinvigorated as a trading hub during the Ottoman period, but sadly its recent history is far more pertinent. The international spotlight fell on the city as the host of the 1984 Winter Olympics, but less than a decade later the world’s eyes were retrained on it during a siege that lasted for almost four years – by some estimates, the longest in military history. Bosnian Serb forces made a near-unbroken ring around the city, shelling major buildings and shooting civilians dead on their way to work, while years of litter lay rotting in the streets. When the ceasefire was announced in 1996, around ten thousand people had been killed; on the ground you may notice some of the many Sarajevo Roses – flower-like scars of mortar shell explosions, poignantly filled in with red resin, though now badly fading.

The central district of Baščaršija is Sarajevo’s prettiest and contains most of its sights. Heading west from here, the city’s history unravels like a tapestry – Ottoman-era mosques slowly give way to the churches and elaborate buildings of the Austro-Hungarian period, before communist behemoths herald your arrival into “Sniper Alley” and its shells of war.

Top image: Bascarsija square, Sebilj fountain © Boris Stroujk/Shutterstock

The city now has a fair few hostels, though many are unofficial, so be careful when booking. If you get stuck, dozens of agencies around Baščaršija will be able to set you up with a private room.

The powerful waft of grilled čevapi is a sure sign that you’re about to enter Baščaršija , whose pedestrianized streets are a delight to wander around, filled to the brim with cafés, snack stands and trinket stalls. It’s most logical to approach this district from the east, where you’ll find the once-glorious National Library . In 1992, a single day’s shelling destroyed over three million books, but reconstruction of this pink-and-yellow cream cake of faded beauty is now almost complete. A little way along is the central square, home to Sebilj , a small kiosk-like fountain, and Baščaršija Mosque . Far more beautiful is the Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque just down the way, which is worth a peep inside. Further west, you’ll come across the Bezistan , an Ottoman-era bazaar now sadly filled with all manner of fake goods unsuited to such an elegant structure.

Baščaršija is also home to the six buildings that make up the Museum of Sarajevo – by far the largest is located inside the old Bursa Bezistan bazaar, just off the main square, which features a whole host of historical relics, all beautifully presented.

Sarajevo has a fair few quirky underground bars, which come and go with alarming regularity, so ask around. Locals go out late – most bars only start filling up after midnight and kick on until 1 or 2am at least.

You can’t walk more than 10m in Baščaršija without coming across yet another ćevabdžinica – note that many do not serve alcohol. Burek is similarly easy to hunt down, and many travellers rate it the best in the Balkans.

Along and just off Ferhadija , the main pedestrianized thoroughfare, are several points of interest. Dominating the skyline just west of the Bezistan bazaar is the twin-turreted Catholic cathedral dating from the 1880s, while, just behind here, along Mula Mustafa Baseskije, stands the central market place . It was here, on February 5, 1994, that 68 people were killed following a mortar attack in what became the war’s single most infamous incident; a blood red wall is inscribed with the names of all those who died. Adjacent to the cathedral, the superb Galerija 11/7/95 is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Baščaršija Nights bascarsijskenoci.ba. Ballet, theatre, music and art exhibitions throughout July.

Jazz Fest jazzfest.ba . Excellent jazz festival, with some stellar names, usually held in November.

MESS mess.ba . International, English-centred festival of theatre in October.

Sarajevo Film Festival sff.ba . In August, this is now one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe, and largely focused on the region’s own output.

Saravejo Winter sarajevskazima.ba. Artistic festival (music, film, visual and performing arts) each February.

Modest in appearance, the Latin Bridge has some weighty history behind it – this was the scene of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and, by extension, the start of World War I; a plaque on the wall indicates the exact spot where Ferdinand met his fate. Off its northern end, the small, one-room 1878–1918 Museum commemorates the incident, its most significant exhibits being the pistol used by the assassin, Gavrilo Princip, and the subsequent indictment against the perpetrators (there were seven in all). Across the Miljacka River you’ll see the fascinating Papagajka , a decaying yellow-and-green residential block apparently designed with hovercars in mind – this is how the Jetsons may have lived under Communism.

Most useful to travellers is a small area around Mula Mustafa Bašeskije, where you’ll find a couple of appealing markets – indoor and outdoor – and a few secondhand clothing stores. One recommended souvenir purchase is a Bosnian coffee set: while whole teams of Baščaršija stands sell cheap ones, Sprečo, at Kovači 15, offer beautiful hand-made copper-and-tin sets for around €30. Also try tracking down Butik Badem on Abadžiluk, which doles out superb Turkish sweets, dried mulberries, and a lot more besides.

Well worth the fifteen-minute walk west of Baščaršija is the Historical Museum . Don’t be put off by the somewhat brutal exterior and shabby entrance, as the permanent exhibition detailing how Sarajevo functioned during the siege is sobering and superbly presented. The exhibits and photos are frequently harrowing, though the most striking aspect is the remarkable resourcefulness Sarajevans displayed, manifest in some ingeniously improvised implements for cooking, lighting, heating and the like. On the other side of the main road stands the Holiday Inn , a distinctive yellow building that was the city’s only functioning hotel during the siege, and as home to foreign journalists was also one of its safest places.

Of even greater importance during the siege was the tunnel under the airport, part of which is now open as the Tunnel Museum which can be visited on daily tours. During the siege, Sarajevo’s UN-held airport was the only break in the city’s surrounding ring of Serb forces – an 800m-long tunnel dug underneath the runways provided, for most locals, the only way into or out of the city. At the museum, you’ll be played a home-movie-style DVD that describes the tunnel’s creation, and the reasoning behind it, before being led through a small section of the now-collapsed route.

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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Sarajevo

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Miljacka River embankment in Sarajevo city center on a sunny spring day

Sarajevo might well be one of the most off the beaten track cities to visit in Europe, but the Bosnian capital is also one of the most fascinating cities on the continent.

Although its best known either as the site of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the spark that started the first world war, or for the brutal siege that levelled much of the city when Yugoslavia collapsed in the 1990s, Sarajevo is rising like a phoenix from the ashes to become a top tourist destination in the Balkans.

This is where east meets west, where cultures, cuisines, and religions collide head on, and where the convoluted history is just as intriguing as contemporary life.

It could be the most underrated city in the Balkans, so to inspire your next adventure, here’s our ultimate travel guide to Sarajevo.

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How to get to Sarajevo

It might be the capital and largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but Sarajevo isn’t necessarily the most well connected of destinations. You’ll need to be a little more intrepid getting here, but it’s well worth the effort.

There are flights to many major European cities, however options are limited, although regularly expanding. Most of these are scheduled flights rather than cheaper flights with budget airlines, who have yet to really expand to Sarajevo.

Even from many major hubs such as London or Paris, you will likely need to transit through Croatia or Germany, or perhaps even Istanbul.

There are irregular trains to Mostar, and to Zagreb, and most travellers might find it best to arrive by bus if they are planning on travelling overland and including Sarajevo as part of a wider Balkans travel itinerary.

Buses are much more frequent than trains and can connect you to Mostar and to cities within the Republika Srpska to the north. There are regular international routes to most neighboring Balkan nations too.

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA - Main entrance of the Sarajevo Railway station with taxi drivers in front. It its the central station and a hub for the Bosnian Railways

What to expect in Sarajevo

Sarajevo is very different to most European cities, because historically, this is a city with more Eastern influences than western. The dominant religion is Islam, a fact that caused huge tensions that degenerated into ethnic conflict in the 1990s, as Christian Serbs fought Muslim Bosnians.

The war ended many years ago but the signs of destruction are still seen everywhere, be it bullet holes or cemeteries. This is a city that wants to look forward though and you’ll find that many Bosnians are willing to share their war experiences while at the same time being welcoming to foreigners.

That being said, be careful what you say about the war and what you say about Serbia.

The local language is Bosnian, which for practical purposes is very similar to Serbian or Croatian, and uses the Latin script when written. You will find that levels of English are increasing however it might be difficult to find people who speak the language proficiently.

In fact, if you don’t speak the local language then it’s more likely to meet someone in Sarajevo who speaks German than many other foreign languages.

The local currency is the Convertible Mark , however you will find that most touristy establishments would also freely accept Euros.

How to get around Sarajevo  

Sarajevo is a relatively compact city, and it’s more than possible to spend most of your time walking from one major sight to the next. Bare in mind though, that Sarajevo is also surrounded by mountains and in many places, especially the Old Town, the streets can be exceptionally hilly.

You’ll definitely need to be fit for a whole day of walking in Sarajevo but it’s a great way to see the city.

The airport and the main bus stations are all a short journey away by public transport and you can make use of the bus and the tram system to get around the city. The tram is particularly useful and very easy to navigate.

Taxis are prolific across the city, however be sure to know your address and ask the driver to put on the meter as taxis scams can be far too common.

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA - Tram ready for departure on the train station stop, the Avaz Twist Tower is seen in the background. The tower is the highest in former Yugoslavia

The best time to visit Sarajevo

Sarajevo can be visited anytime of the year, especially if you’re looking for a city break, however you do need to be aware of the at the times extreme differences in temperature that come with each season.

Famously, Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, and that’s because the relatively high altitude of the city ensures that the surrounding mountains see a lot of snow in the latter months of the year. It can become bitterly cold from November through to March, but for winter sports lovers it can be perfect.

In comparison, summer can be hot, with temperatures rising into the 30s. If you’re interested in hiking the surrounding mountains and seeing the city at its most colourful and active then the summer months are the time to be here. As with anywhere in Europe though, the summer season from June through to September is always going to be the busiest and most expensive time of the year to visit.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - cityscape of capital city Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Things to do in Sarajevo 

One of the top tourist attractions in Sarajevo is Bascarsija, or the Old Town.

This is the most historic part of the city, dating back to the 15th century, and it’s here that you’ll find the most beautiful Ottoman era buildings, as well as the lively bazaar where you can find local souvenirs and excellent local food.

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA - Tourists with pigeons near Sebilj fountain. Pigeon Square in old town is popular area.

Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque  

The Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque is one of the most important landmarks in the city, and it’s here that you can admire both the Islamic and Ottoman heritage at its finest extant.

The mosque was constructed in 1532 to be the centre of religious life in the city and it still continues to this day to be the main place of worship for Sarajevo’s majority Muslim population.

MOSTAR, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA - Rooftop of Karadoz Beg mosque in Mostar, Bosnia

Sebilj Fountain

Another historic must-see is the Sebilj Fountain, a beautiful remnant of the Ottoman era.

This wooden fountain is located in the heart of the Old Town and somehow survived for centuries from the mid 18th century when it was first constructed.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bascarsija square with Sebilj wooden fountain in Old Town Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Yellow Fortress

History buffs also won’t want to miss out on a visit to the Yellow Fortress , an iconic defensive position constructed in the early 18th century.

It was built by the ottomans to defend the frontier of their vast empire against the encroaching Austro-Hungarians, although it failed to stop the city’s eventual takeover.

Impressive Aerial View of Sarajevo from the Yellow Fortress or Jekovac Fortress in Sarajevo, Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Tunnel

Located on the outskirts of the city, the Sarajevo Tunnel is a remnant of the long Siege of Sarajevo that the city suffered during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Surrounded on all sides the Bosnians had no choice but to dig what became known as the Tunnel of Hope, in order to reach the surrounded city itself. Today, part of the tunnel is preserved as a museum and a memorial  

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Inside the Sarajevo Tunnel constructed during the Siege of Sarajevo

Latin Bridge

The Latin Bridge spans the Miljacka River and dates back to at least the 16th century.

An iconic work of architecture in itself, the bridge is best known for being the location of the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, the momentous event that set off a chain reaction leading to World War 1.

Latin Bridge in Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina - architecture travel background

Sarajevo Roses

Across the city, you’ll see parts of the pavement are coloured pink or red, marking the sites where locals were killed during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s.

Known as the Sarajevo Roses, these simple yet moving tributes show the course of the war and the suffering endured by the local population during the long siege.

Markings on the streets of Sarajevo indicating where mortar shells exploded during Bosnian war in 1990s

Mount Trebevic

Above the city, a well worn hiking treika leads through the hills to Mount Trebevic, which offers a sweeping panorama of Sarajevo.

The mountain top is also where the 1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track can be found too, although today it’s entirely abandoned in the woods alongside the path to the summit.

You can in fact follow the concrete contours of the bobsleigh track to Mount Trebevic, which makes for a unique outing from the city itself.

Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina - Aerial view from one of the hills surrounding Sarajevo

What to eat in Sarajevo

The cuisine that you’ll find in Sarajevo is an eclectic mix that can trace its influences across Europe and the East. The food in Sarajevo is a mix of delicacies left behind by the many empires and people that have made the city their own over the centuries, from Turkish through to Austrian.

For starters, you’ll find lots of street food across the city and while at first it might just seem like a whole lot of meat, bread and kebabs, it will soon grow on you if you’re not a vegetarian. Cevapi is the national dish, and although it’s just grilled meat and bread the locals can never get enough of it.

You can also try local favourites such as the Bosnian Pot, a delicious stew that’s rich in meat, vegetables, and spices. You can try the Boreks, a pastry left over by the Ottomans, or indulge in plenty of Baklava.

Bosnian coffee is well known for its strength, while if you’re looking for an alcoholic tipple then you won’t be in the city long before you’re plied with Rakija, the fierce spirit that’s found across the Balkans.

Balkan cuisine. Cevapi - grilled dish of minced meat - with vegetables. Rustic background, flat lay

Where to stay in Sarajevo

Budget – Sarajevo is an inexpensive city to visit by western standards and the low costs ensure that there’s plenty of budget accommodation to be found. One of the best hostels in the city is Hostel Franz Ferdinand , named for the infamous Austrian whose death sparked a war.

Midrange – there are countless small hotels, guesthouses and Air BnB options to be found across Sarajevo. The City Boutique Hotel is an excellent option if you’re looking to stay in the Old Town, while a more central favourite is the Hotel Central Sarajevo .

Luxury – luxury options won’t be quite as prevalent as other European cities, but the luxury options that do exist are often excellent value and usually found in incredibly historic buildings. Located in the Old Town, the famed Hotel Europe is one such establishment, dating back well over a century.

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - : The houses on embankment of the Miljacka river in Sarajevo city. Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tours to do in Sarajevo

Free walking tour.

One of the best and cheapest ways to explore Sarajevo is by joining a free walking tour of the city. You’ll have the chance to see Sarajevo’s most famous sights, from the modern city centre right into the Old Town. These tours are always led by enthusiastic locals, but at the end of the day, if you don’t enjoy yourself then you still only pay exactly how much you feel the experience was actually worth.

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - muslim woman walking in Old Sarajevo street bazaar

Sarajevo War Tour

It’s hard to visit Sarajevo and not learn about the war . It was very recent, and still very much within living memory and you’ll still find scars across the city

The war history is complex and convoluted though, and many travellers find that the only real way to learn more and to attempt to understand the Siege of Sarajevo and the conflict that erupted in the 1990s is to actually learn from the locals who were there.

It’s moving and at times difficult, but a Sarajevo War Tour is one way to better understand the city and its recent history.

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Damaged facaded of the Tunnel Museum of Sarajevo constructed by the besieged citizens of Sarajevo during the war

Franz Ferdinand Tour

Sarajevo is also well known for being the city where Archduke Franz Ferdinand, of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was assassinated in 1914

A Franz Ferdinand tour will take you to all the sights associated with that fateful day and the repercussions after, and you’ll be able to better visualize and understand how this one event proved to be the catalyst for World War 1.

Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina - People walks in front of place of Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

Day trips from Sarajevo

Mostar is one of the most gorgeous cities in the Balkans, and it’s found just a day trip away , lying on the turquoise waters of the Neretva River.

The city is famed for its Ottoman era bridge, and you’ll find the locals will dive from the high stone work right into the water below. The city is charming but much of it had to be rebuilt after the war in the 1990s, and like Sarajevo, you’ll still find the scars there today.

Panoramic aerial view of the historic town of Mostar with famous Old Bridge (Stari Most), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, on a rainy day with dark clouds in summer, Bosnia and Herzegovina

If you want to see firsthand the brutal damage that the war caused in the 1999s, then take a sombre day trip to Srebrenica .

For many, this is more of a pilgrimage or an educational outing, similar to visiting the likes of Auschwitz in Eastern Europe. Srebrenica is where many ethnic Bosnians were massacred by ethnic Serbs during the Bosnian war, and today the memorial and graves continue to move later generations.

Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina - . Gazebo in site of Memorial to genocida in Srebrenica and Potocari

Olympic Mountains

Sarajevo is surrounded by high mountains and in winter they become perfect for snow sports.

Take a day trip to the Olympic Mountains for superb views and outdoor activities. The mountains were the location of many of the events in the 1984 Winter Olympics, and it makes for a more relaxing change from all that war history.

Bjelasnica The site of the XIV Winter Olympics Sarajevo

Recommended tours in Sarajevo

  • Modern World Longest Siege – Siege of Sarajevo Half-day Tour
  • Full-Day Tour from Sarajevo to Herzegovina with Mostar, Blagaj Dervish House, Pocitelj, Jablanica, and Konjic
  • Lukomir Highland Village Tour and Hike from Sarajevo
  • Mostar and Herzegovina Cities Day Tour from Sarajevo
  • Jajce with Pliva lakes and Travnik day tour from Sarajevo
  • Private tour: Balkans dark side – Tunnel of Hope
  • Understanding Srebrenica Genocide – Full Day Study Trip from Sarajevo
  • Tito’s Bunker Tour
  • Fall of Yugoslavia, Sarajevo War Tour
  • Lukomir Village tour from Sarajevo
  • Sarajevo Morning Coffee, Tea and Market tour

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Planning a great Sarajevo itinerary is sure to give you a greater understanding of this fascinating city and its history — both past and recent. Sarajevo might well be one of the most interesting and tourist-friendly cities in the Balkans, however, it sees only a fraction of the visitors that neighbouring Croatia or nearby Slovenia receive.

This is a shame as Sarajevo is not only an incredibly historic city with an interesting and heartbreaking past, but it is also one of the most beautiful, eclectic, and vibrant capitals in the region making it an excellent place to spend a couple of days exploring.

If you’re thinking of visiting the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina and are wondering what to do in Sarajevo, follow this one or two-day itinerary in order to make sure see all of the highlights while not sacrificing culture or history. Sarajevo is a complex city with many layers to it and while it is relatively small for a capital, there is a lot unpack in just a few days.

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How Many Days in Sarajevo?

Before getting into this Sarajevo itinerary, it is a good idea to discuss how many days you should spend in the city. While there are a lot of things to see and do within the Bosnian capital, the central area is quite small and compact and you are able to pack a lot of things into a short period of that.

That being said, however, you do still want to make sure that you allow yourself enough time in Sarajevo in order to really do the city justice. Many of the attractions and museums, for instance, are possible to visit only briefly but if you really want to dig deep and garner a greater understanding of the city and its history, then it’s best to budget enough time to be able to do this.

 Pigeon Square in Bascarsija

Due to its small size, many people think that spending one day in Sarajevo will be more than enough to be able to see and do everything in the city. And while one day can allow you to get a decent understanding of the Bosnian capital and you’ll be able to see the main sites and maybe visit a museum,

I would recommend trying to spend more than just a day in Sarajevo. While I would certainly recommend planning to only spend one day in Sarajevo rather than none at all, it is still preferable to budget a little bit more time for the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Ideally, plan to spend 2 days in Sarajevo if you want to feel like you’re not missing out on a lot of what the city has to offer.

Planning a 2 days in Sarajevo itinerary will allow you to spend time in the old town visiting all of the top landmarks, give you enough time to spend in a couple of museums to really understand the city’s fraught history over the decades, and even allow you to venture outside of the old town to see some historical sites and monuments that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to visit with one day in the city.

Obviously, if you want to spend 3 days in Sarajevo, it will just allow you to build upon what you’ve already seen in days one and two. If you’re a history buff, you could easily spend more time in some of the city’s many museums. You could also go on a day trip to some nearby towns in order to get a good view of Bosnia & Herzegovina as a whole — especially if Sarajevo is going to be your only stop in the country.

While spending 3 days in Sarajevo isn’t entirely necessary, spending one day seems like not nearly enough time to be able to so the city complete. Therefore, we would say that the ideal length of time to spend if you’re wondering how many days in Sarajevo would be two full days.

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Getting To and Around Sarajevo

Now that you’ve determined how many days to spend in Bosnia’s capital, you’re going to need to figure out how you plan to get to and around Sarajevo. Unfortunately, unlike many other cities in the region, Sarajevo isn’t quite as well-connected so it’s a bit more of an adventure to get to the city.

If you plan to fly into Sarajevo, it is worth knowing that the city is served by an international airport that does connect it to many European cities, including by budget airlines like WizzAir. However, it isn’t nearly as well-served as other airports in the region and there aren’t even direct connections to Sarajevo from some major European cities.

If you are budget-conscious and want to visit Sarajevo as a city break from elsewhere in Europe, you will probably have noticed that there are many budget flights into Tuzla airport. Tuzla is located approximately 130 kilometres north of Sarajevo and it can take well over two hours to reach the capital from there, so it may not be the best starting point if you’re only planning on spending a short period of time in the Bosnian capital before flying home.

If you plan to visit Sarajevo from other nearby cities, you will find some bus connections. For instance, Sarajevo is connected by a few buses to Belgrade, Serbia — it is worth noting, however, that the vast majority of the buses from the Serbian capital arrive into the East Sarajevo bus station and not the main station.

Sarajevo is also served by a few bus connections per day from Zagreb and Split, Croatia and also with Kotor in Montenegro. It is worth noting that these are all quite long bus journeys with the potential to be longer than they need to be due to the border crossing.

You can also easily reach the town of Mostar from Sarajevo with numerous bus and train connections per day connecting the two cities.

Once you are in Sarajevo, you will find that the vast majority of the city’s attractions and sites are within easy walking distance of each other, rendering the use of public transit or taxis more or less mute.

However, if you do find the need to use the bus or tram system, you can purchase tickets affordably from any of the newsstand kiosks around the city. Make sure to validate your ticket when you are on the bus or tram.

Taxis are prevalent and inexpensive in Sarajevo, however, do make sure to exercise caution when using them as — like everywhere else in the world, unfortunately — scams can be common. Make sure before getting in any taxi that either the meter is running or you agree upon a fair price for your destination. There is no Uber or Bolt in Sarajevo and the taxi app that we did try to use, Moj Taxi, never worked for us after numerous attempts.

Where to board the Sarajevo to Mostar train

1 to 2-Day Sarajevo Itinerary

Whether you have one or two days to spend exploring the Bosnian capital, this is a great list of things to do in Sarajevo in sequential order over two days. If you only have one day in Sarajevo, then follow the advice in day one. If you are planning to spend 2 days in Sarajevo, then just tack on the second day of this itinerary in order to have the best trip to this amazing city possible.

Day 1 — Explore the Historic Centre

Day one will see you exploring the majority of the main things to see in Sarajevo, all located in the old town.

Gradski Trznica & Plijaca Markale

Begin your day at the central marketplace, one of the best things to do in Sarajevo if you want to see what locals eat and how they shop. The Gradski Trznica is a covered market hall selling things like locally made cheeses and meats. Nearby, you can also find the open-air Plijaca Markale where you can shop for delicious fresh fruits and vegetables.

During the Siege of Sarajevo, the Plijaca Markale was the sight of one of the worst massacres of the time when in 1995, around 40 people lost their lives. That is one of the events that prompted peace talks with NATO.

If you want a morning pick-me-up after browsing through the market, make a stop at Boutique Mercato Cafe for a delicious espresso drink in a cosy setting.

Gradski Trgnica

National Theatre

From the markets, you can walk a few hundred metres to the beautiful National Theatre. This Austro-Hungarian-style building was built during the short period the empire occupied Bosnia & Herzegovina. Though the occupation only lasted from 1878 – 1918, the Austro-Hungarians left many remnants behind, including the National Theatre.

Austria-Hungary largely modernised Sarajevo’s infrastructure, introducing things like a tram network and new buildings in different architectural styles.

National Theatre in Sarajevo

Sarajevo Synagogue

Not far from the National Theatre lies the Sarajevo Synagogue, which is the city’s largest and only active synagogue. Sarajevo and Bosnia, in general, used to have a very large Jewish population, with Jews making up close to 20% of the population of Sarajevo before WWII and Nazi occupation.

Unlike many European cities, there were never specific ghettos in Sarajevo where people lived and rather the Jewish population was quite integrated into the general fabric of Sarajevo’s society.

Though only about 600 Jews live in Sarajevo today, this Synagogue is still active and remains the only active Jewish house of worship in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Latin Bridge

One of the most famous sights and places to visit in Sarajevo is undoubtedly the Latin Bridge, a small Ottoman-style bridge over the Miljacka River. The northern end of this bridge is the site where the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated in 1914, an event that many historians cite as an inciting incident for the First World War.

Gavrilo Princip, the Bosnian Serb who was responsible for the assassination, wasn’t acting alone, however, and he also avoided a death sentence while his conspirators were not so lucky. The reason behind this is that Princip was only 19 years old at the time of the assassination, which was under the legal age to be put to death and illegal in the Austro-Hungarian empire.

If you want to learn more about the assassination, its motivations, and the implications and consequences because of it, there is a museum on the north end of the Latin Bridge that goes into detail about this momentous event.

Visiting the Latin Bridge is one of the top things to do in Sarajevo

Sarajevo Brewery & City Hall

Not far from the Latin Bridge, you can find the Sarajevo Brewery on the south bank of the Miljacka. This brewery is of historical significance as it was a major target for bombs during the Siege of Sarajevo. This is because, during the siege, the Serb forces cut off the water supply to Sarajevo, meaning residents didn’t have access to water in their own homes.

The brewery, however, is sat atop its own water source independent of the city water, meaning that is was where locals in the city had to go to collect it. This made it a prime target for Serb forces.

Across the river from the brewery lies the city hall, notable for its unique Moorish-revival style reminiscent of the many buildings one can see in Spain, particularly the Mezquita-Catedral in Córdoba .

This building, however, is not the original, as that one was completely destroyed by a bomb during the Siege of Sarajevo. The building was completely burned along with over 700 original manuscripts that can never be returned.

The building was completely redesigned and rebuilt to be an exact replica of the original and it opened its doors in 2014.

City Hall in Sarajevo

No Sarajevo itinerary is complete without including a visit to the vibrant and cool Bascarsija area, one of the most historic and popular areas for tourists in Sarajevo.

This area was once an Ottoman-era market and historically hasn’t held any private residences. At one time, it was much bigger than it was today, however, due to the fact that so much of the area was made of wood, it has been razed numerous times throughout history by destructive fires.

Today, you can find lots of things in this eclectic and interesting area. Closed to cars, the pedestrianised streets are lined with interesting shops, cafes, and restaurants where you can get anything from a tacky souvenir to an authentic Bosnian coffee or piece of burek!

There are also a number of mosques that are open to visit and other historic sites that really call to attention just how long this city was under Ottoman rule.

Bascarsija is also a great area to grab lunch or dinner. If you’re looking for something quick, local, and delicious, then why not grab some cevapi at Zeljo or a burek at Buregdžinica Bosna? For dinner or something in a sit-down restaurant, both Barhana and Dveri are great options, as well!

You can see many of these sites and get a great introduction to the city on the Neno & Friends Sarajevo Free Walking Tour . The tour itself is free, however, keep in mind that the guides aren’t paid so it is good practice to tip generously after the tour is over.

If you can’t make the free walking tour there is also the option to take a paid tour here.


War Childhood Museum

After spending a good portion of your day walking around the old town of Sarajevo and sightseeing, it’s time to head to one of the city’s best and newest museums. The War Childhood Museum is heartbreaking to visit and an excellent place to understand the human impact that the Siege of Sarajevo had on residents of the city.

The museum consists of a collection of items that those who were children during the Siege donated. They can include anything from toys to candy wrappers to pencil cases to journals. Next to each item is an explanation from its original owner about what that item meant to him or her during the siege.

It is an excellent insight into the way that war and violence can shape children, but also shows visitors how life can still go on even under the most dire of circumstances.

The museum doesn’t solely concentrate on memories of childhood wartime in Bosnia, however, and the curators of the museum have sourced a few objects in the exhibit from Syrian children in refugee camps in Lebanon. It is an incredibly impactful museum and one of the best places to visit in Sarajevo.

Yellow Fortress

End your day of sightseeing in Sarajevo at the Yellow Fortress, one of the best places in the Old Town for a beautiful view of the city. Constructed in the 18th century, this fortress is located on the outskirts of the Bascarsija area and, though it is a bit of a hike up here, it provides some of the most picturesque views of the city.

On the walk up, you will pass a large cemetery that will also put into perspective the absolute human toll that the Siege of Sarajevo had on the city.

Walking back down, you can stop at Teahouse Džirlo for a unique tea or at Ministry of Cejf for some speciality coffee!

Climbing the Yellow Fortress is a great one to end one day in Sarajevo

Day 2 – Historical Sites and Museums

Day two of this Sarajevo itinerary sees you heading a little further away from the old town and learning more about Sarajevo’s fraught recent history. If you want to dig deeper and learn a little bit more, you will find that some of the best things to do in Sarajevo lie a bit outside of the city centre.

War Tunnel Museum

Located close to the Sarajevo Airport, the War Tunnel Museum offers a fascinating insight into how the city was able to survive and receive provisions and aid during the siege.

The museum is at the sight of an 800-metre tunnel that ran from the Serbian-occupied areas to the free Bosnian areas of the city outside of sniper detection. The construction and location of the tunnel, close to the airport, was crucial in Sarajevo’s survival during the siege.

The tunnel was built in a family home and while the house was later returned to the family after the war, they decided to open it up as a museum rather than move back in. Much of the family still work in the museum today.

You can walk a small portion of the tunnel here, along with learning about the logistics of building the tunnel and some overall effects of the war. You can also book a guided tour including transport here.

Entrance into the War Tunnel

Sarajevo Bobsled Track

North of the city on one of the surrounding hills lies one of the top attractions in Sarajevo, the abandoned bobsled track. This massive bobsled track was originally built for the 1984 Winter Olympics but has since fallen to disrepair and has become a popular place for graffiti artists and urban explorers. You can walk a portion of the track and admire the architecture and the artwork that now adorns it.

You can reach the bobsled track by taking the Trebevic Cable Car (which begins close to the Sarajevo Brewery) up to the mountain. It is then about a 10-minute walk down to the track and about an hour more back into the city centre. It is also possible to reach the bobsled track by taxi.

Abandoned Bobsled Track is a popular thing to do in Sarajevo

Jewish Cemetery

Located on another of the hills surrounding Sarajevo is the Jewish Cemetery, which is actually the second-largest in Europe after the one in Prague. Here you can see just how vast and old the Jewish community in Sarajevo was, with populations of both Sephardic and Ashkenazi descent.

The more modern significance of the cemetery is also heartbreaking, as its location was used as a lookout point for Serb snipers during the siege. From the cemetery, you can see how distinct the view into central Sarajevo really is and just how dangerous the city was for civilians during the siege.

You can see all of these sites and more on the Sarajevo Siege Tour run by Sarajevo Funky Tours. This half-day tour includes transportation in a small van along with an incredibly knowledgeable guide. This is especially beneficial at the War Tunnel Museum where many of the descriptions are not in English.

The Jewish Cemetary

11/07/95 Gallery

After seeing these sites, it’s time to head to yet another museum. The 11/07/95 Gallery located in the city centre is another one of Sarajevo’s best museums and can give visitors some incredible and heartbreaking insight into the Srebrenica Massacre in 1995.

This museum is a collection of photographs from the massacre and its aftermath that really deeply convey the devastation of this horrific act of ethnic cleansing. There are no descriptions to any of the photos so it is highly recommended that you pay the extra entry fee in order to get the audio guide.

Plan to spend about two hours in the gallery to fully get through all of the photos and watch the films that are also on display.

Twist Tower

After a fairly grim day of learning about Sarajevo’s tortured past, take the time to see an incredible view of the city and enjoy one of its modern marvels: the Twist Tower.

This skyscraper located close to the central bus and train station in Sarajevo is the tallest building in the Balkans at 172 metres at its tallest point and you can access the viewing platform at the top for incredible vistas of the city below. Take the lift to the 35th floor and pay the 2 BAM at the turnstile to access the panoramic viewing platform. Keep in mind that the turnstile only accepts .50, 1, and 2 BAM coins.

You can also enjoy a drink or coffee from the cafe on the 35th floor.

Climbing the Twist Tower is a great way to end your Sarajevo itinerary

Sarajevo Restaurants & Cafes

There is a pretty good restaurant and cafe scene in Sarajevo and there are numerous places to eat and drink in the city. Whether you’re looking for a hip sit-down restaurant serving up international favourites or a traditional hole-in-the-wall churning out Bosnian specialities, Sarajevo has got what you’re looking for! If you’re wondering where to eat in Sarajevo, have a look through our top recommendations:

Restaurants in Sarajevo

Dveri — A great Bosnian restaurant located in the Bascarsija area, they have both local specialities and some vegetarian options. The service is friendly and helpful and they also a great wine list with locally-produced wines. It does get busy, so it is advised either to arrive early or book in advance.

Barhana — Another great dinner option in Bascarsija, they have a range of both Bosnian and international specialities including pasta dished and pizzas. Service is friendly, prices are affordable, and portions are large.

Blind Tiger — Located in the city centre, this burger-cum-cocktail bar is an excellent place to grab a hearty bite to eat while enjoying a speciality cocktail or local craft beer. They have vegetarian options and also have a great happy hour deal.

Fast Food in Sarajevo

Ćevabdžinica Željo — An excellent cevapi place in Bascarsija, they have a simple menu and very affordable prices. This is an excellent place if you’re looking for a quick, cheap, and filling lunch of local favourites.

Buregdžinica Bosna — An excellent place to get Bosnian pies and burek (it is only called burek in Bosnia if it is filled with meat), the prices here are incredibly affordable and they charge by weight. Some of the best burek in the city!

Cafes in Sarajevo

Teahouse Džirlo — If you’re on the hunt for a place to chill out after a long day of sightseeing, then this is the place to do it. Run by an incredibly friendly owner, he has a range of teas and speciality drinks in a comfortable setting. If the weather is fine, aim to get a seat outside.

Ministry of Cejf — This is a great place to go for a speciality roasted coffee. They roast their own beans on-site and offer both espresso drinks and traditional Bosnian coffee in their cafe. You are also able to purchase beans for your own use here.

Boutique Mercato — A cosy and hip coffee shop located close to the Gradski Trgnica, they have a range of great espresso drinks, comfortable seating, and a chilled-out atmosphere.

Traditional Bosnian lunch of cevapi

Where to Stay in Sarajevo

There are numerous places to stay in Sarajevo no matter your preferences or budget. Whether you’re looking for convivial backpacker’s hostel or a hip boutique hotel, Sarajevo has got you covered. If you’re wondering where to stay in Sarajevo, have a look at these top suggestions:

Hotel VIP — A chic hotel in the city centre, they have a number of clean and comfortable rooms available, helpful and attentive staff with 24-hour reception and a restaurant (with room service!) on site. Click here to see their availability

Hotel Sana — Another great, centrally-located hotel option, this place has numerous clean, comfortable and stylish rooms available, 24-hour reception, a restaurant and bar on site, and is situated within easy walking distance of all of Sarajevo’s main attractions. Click here to see their availability

Hostel Franz Ferdinand — This centrally located is a great place for budget and solo travellers alike. They have numerous clean rooms — both dorm and private — available, helpful staff, good common areas, and breakfast included in the nightly price. Click here to see their availability

Not quite what you’re looking for?  Click here to find other hotels in Sarajevo!

Sunset in Sarajevo

Figuring out the best Sarajevo itinerary doesn’t have to be difficult. The Bosnian capital has so much to offer visitors in a compact and easy-to-manage area that makes any length of time in Sarajevo worthwhile!

Are you planning a trip to Sarajevo? Have any questions about visiting? Have you been before? Let us know in the comments!

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Visitors have the chance to experience historical Ottoman towns, former capitals, magnificent canyons and mountains on a day trip from Sarajevo . Independent travel works well for some; others are better with a tour guide to explain the context. So, if you have visited all of Sarajevo’s must-see attractions and enjoyed the best Bosnian traditional food, check out the following day trips.

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Visiting Mostar is a must on any trip to Bosnia. Either take the bus or train from Sarajevo to Mostar, which passes through some of Herzegovina’s best scenery with tall lush canyons divided by a blue-green meandering river. Or, join an organised tour from Sarajevo that provides transport and a guide.

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Travnik was the Ottoman capital earning the nickname ‘the most Oriental City in Bosnia’. Located in the Lasva Valley 86 kilometres (53 miles) from Sarajevo, the town has Ottoman architecture, the Travnik castle (15th-century), mosques and clock towers. If you’re a fan of history, visit Travnik on a day trip from Sarajevo. Buses leave every hour from the bus station taking approximately one and a half hours. Or join Sarajevo Funky Tours , which visits Travnik, Jajce, the Bosnian Pyramids and Pliva Lakes. Tours cost €65 ($77) and start at 8:00 am.

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Srebrenica Tour

Sarajevo Funky Tours has a day trip to Srebrenica, the location of the worst atrocity in the Bosnian War. In July 1995, under the orders of General Ratko Mladic, ‘the Butcher of Bosnia’, troops machine-gunned more than 8000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys over the age of 12 in the so-called UN safe zone. The small northeast Bosnian town changed forever, displacing up to 30,000 civilians and receiving the title as the worst European massacre since the Holocaust.

The daily Srebrenica Tour starts at 8:00 am from Sarajevo and returns in the early evening costing €60 ($70) per person. Expect a sad, but necessary, experience to appreciate the atrocities of the late 20th-century Bosnian Genocide.

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The Bosnian Pyramids

Did you know you could potentially visit the world’s largest pyramid that dwarfs the Pyramid of Giza on a day trip from Sarajevo? The Bosnian Pyramids are perhaps a collection of human-made structures in Visoko with healing properties. But the scientific community believes it’s a complete hoax to drive tourism to Sarajevo and Bosnia. Convincing evidence exists but isn’t globally accepted.

You can visit the Pyramids using public transport or as a Sarajevo excursion with a guide. Hourly buses leave the city’s central bus station to Visoko, and the trip takes approximately an hour. Bosnian Pyramid offers day tours around the archaeological complex. A guided visit involves in-depth descriptions of archaeological evidence from trained professionals.

Total Herzegovina Tour

If you’re travelling around the Balkans and plan to visit either Croatia or Montenegro, the Total Herzegovina by Funky Tours is the best day trip from Sarajevo. Not only will you get to see all of Herzegovina’s top attractions, but you’ll also end up in either Croatia’s Dubrovnik or Montenegro’s Kotor. The tour combines sightseeing with reaching your next destination.

The trip starts from Sarajevo to Mostar via Konjic to see the famous six-arched Stara Cuprija Bridge and Jablanicko Lake. Keep your camera on standby as you pass through the picturesque Neretva River Canyon with craggy green mountains and the meandering jade river. In Mostar , a two-hour walking tour takes you to the Old Bazaar and Stari Most before heading to Blagaj Town’s Buna River Spring, the Dervish House (Blagaj Tekke), the Ottoman era Pocitelj and finally, Kravica Waterfalls.

Tourists who are travelling to either Croatia or Montenegro should consider this day trip from Sarajevo for €109 ($128) to experience everything Herzegovina has to offer. Those with a limited amount of time find the Total Herzegovina Tour excellent value for money and the best way to see everything the region has to offer.

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21 Of The Best Day Trips From Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Here is a guide to the best day trips from Sarajevo. From waterfalls to mosques and ancient cities, this Sarajevo day trip list has it all.

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Are you planning to visit Sarajevo ? It’s a charming city, and it may even rival many of its neighbors, such as Croatia !

But there’s no reason to spend all your time in Bosnia and Herzegovina just in its capital. And with this guide to the best day trips from Sarajevo, you definitely won’t have to!

From captivating lakes to what locals call the oldest human-made pyramids globally, this small Balkan country has much to offer the adventurous explorer.

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or want to learn more about the history of this charming country, this overview of the best places to visit near Sarajevo will provide you with all the information you need.

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Mostar is one of the most famous cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, largely thanks to the Red Bull cliff diving series that takes place in the city every year. Divers from around the world gather in this charming city and plunge themselves off a platform erected on the famous bridge (Stari Most) into the cold Neretva River below. It

t’s definitely an exhilarating activity, but it’s something locals have been doing for ages before the Red Bull series caught onto it. That’s why you can usually spot people in swimming trunks on the bridge – they’re waiting to collect a certain amount of money before they jump off the bridge for your entertainment.

Though Stari Most might be the most iconic city sight, it’s certainly not the only one worth your time. We recommend a visit to the Biscevic House for an insight into how people lived in the olden days and a visit to the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque, which offers captivating river views.

If you only have time for one or two places to visit close to Sarajevo, make sure that Mostar is one of them . It’s one of the most incredible destinations in the entire Balkans!

It takes about two hours to get to Mostar from Sarajevo if you drive and much longer if you take the local train, which I don’t recommend. I found the trains filthy slow, and, quite frankly, I did not feel very secure.

How far is Mostar from Sarajevo?

Mostar is 130 km southwest of Sarajevo.

The best way to get to Mostar from Sarajevo

Local trains are the easiest and cheapest way to get to Mostar, but renting a car feels more secure and is quicker.

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Beautiful house in Blagaj village on Buna spring: Best Day Trips from Sarajevo

Travelers going on road trips from Sarajevo to Mostar often also make the short detour to Blagaj. One of the most popular tourist attractions in southeastern Herzegovina, Blagaj is a small historical village town in the spring of the Buna River.

At this spring, and in front of towering cliffs, stand a beautiful 16 th -century “tekija,” a Dervish monastery. Constructed with both Ottoman and Mediterranean architectural elements, the Dervish monastery in Blagaj is a famous national monument in Bosnia-Herzegovina. You only need a few hours to explore this tranquil riverside village—combining this with a more extended visit to Mostar is super easy.

How far is Blagaj from Sarajevo?

Blagaj is about 140 km southwest of Sarajevo.

The best way to get there

Train and bus are the best ways to get to Sarajevo from Blagaj, taking 2 and 3 hours, respectively.

Find Blagaj day trips we think you will like here ↳

3. skakavac waterfall.

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Skakavac Waterfall is very close to the city of Sarajevo , and it’s one of the most famous sights in the area. You can reach it in just 40 minutes if you choose to drive or hike to the waterfall from the city.

Locals often do this, as it only takes about three hours to get to Skakavac by foot. Once you reach the waterfall after the steep ascent, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of a water cascade falling from a majestic rock, with a wooden bridge in the foreground. Whether you’re up for a picnic or a photo shoot, the scenic area of the Skakavac Waterfall will not disappoint you.

How far is Skakavac Waterfall from Sarajevo?

Skakavac Waterfall is 40 minutes from Sarajevo by car and 3 hours by foot.

Best way to get to Skakavac Waterfall from Sarajevo?

The fastest way to reach the waterfall is by car, but you can also hike.

4. Bjelašnica Or Igman

Bjelašnica and Igman are two mountains that are very close to one another and just about 30 minutes outside the city of Sarajevo . They’re great for escaping the city crowds and very popular with the locals in the summer months when the scorching heat becomes unbearable in the city. But they’re even more popular in the winter when locals and foreigners rush to the ski trails .

Of these two, Bjelašnica is the better option for experienced skiers, while Igman is more suitable for beginners. But honestly, you’re best off heading to Jahorina if you’re interested in skiing. Head to Bjelašnica if you want to sit down in a cozy cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring scenic mountain views.

But go to Igman if you’re more up for a picnic, hike, or just playing football with your friends on vast plains.

How far are Bjelašnica and Igman from Sarajevo?

Igman is 11 miles southwest, and Bjelašnica is 20 miles southwest of the city.

Best way to get to Bjelašnica and Igman from Sarajevo?

The fastest way to reach the mountains is by car or taxi, but you can also hike.

5. Visoko – Mysterious Bosnian Pyramids

Visoko is a town just some 30 minutes outside Sarajevo, best known for its ancient pyramids. You read that right – while there’s no concrete evidence that the massive pyramid-shaped hills are burial sights, their appearance alone was enough to boost the area’s tourism significantly.

You can also explore underground labyrinths below the “pyramids” and visit a museum that boasts a significant collection of items excavated there. Whether or not you believe these are the oldest human-made pyramids is up to you, but it’s certainly worth visiting and seeing them with your own eyes. One of the top half-day trips from Sarajevo for sure!

How far is Visoko from Sarajevo?

Visoko is 20 miles northwest of Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Visoko from Sarajevo?

The cheapest options are to take the bus or train, but the fastest option is to drive or hop in a taxi.

6. Počitelj

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Situated to the south of Mostar and about 2.5 hours from Sarajevo, Počitelj is one of the greatest highlights of southern Bosnia-Herzegovina. It’s one of the best places to visit from Sarajevo for people who love history and culture. And considering that you’re reading about day tours from Sarajevo, we assume that you are!

This gorgeous village sits on the left bank of the scenic Neretva River and dates from the Middle Ages. During its long and eventful history, it’s seen Hungarian, Ottoman, and Venetian occupations, all of which left behind architectural and other marks. Nowadays, Počitelj is a welcoming and charming stone village worthy of at least an hour of your time.

On many Sarajevo trips, it is often combined with other nearby places like Blagaj, Mostar, and maybe Medjugorje . Attractions include the Kula, a silo-shaped fortress with the Sahat Kula bell tower, and the Hajji Alija Mosque. This town is so well-preserved it’s essentially a free open-air museum.

How far is Pocitelj from Sarajevo?

Pocitelj is 160 km southwest of Sarajevo.

The best way to get to Pocitelj from Sarajevo

Buses require a change at Mostar , while trains require a change at Capljina. So the easiest way to reach Pocitelj in 2.5 hours is to drive or rent a car .

7. City Of Jajce

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Jajce is a small town in Central Bosnia, and it lies on the confluence of rivers Pliva and Vrbas. It used to be the Bosnian king’s seat during the Bosnian Kingdom, and even nowadays, people refer to it as the “royal town.” One of the things you absolutely must do if you visit Jajce is to go to the fortress.

It offers a spectacular panoramic view of the town and neighboring mountains, which will have you staring in awe. The same can be said for the magnificent Pliva waterfall . Head to the observation platform to get a magnificent view of the waterfall and enjoy this area’s overwhelming sense of calm and serenity.

The city park is also worth a visit, as is the Malo Plivsko Lake, which is just 5-10 minutes outside the proper town area. You can enjoy a picnic in the park , admire spectacular nature, and see some ancient water mills that look absolutely wonderful.

How far is Jajce from Sarajevo?

Jajce is located about 160 km north of Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Jajce from Sarajevo

You can only travel by train from Sarajevo to Zenica and then switch to a taxi or bus to Jajce. The easier way is to take the bus, take 3.5 hours, rent a car, and drive for 2.5 hours.

8. Sutjeska National Park

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As one of the oldest parks in the country, the Sutjeska National Park attracts people worldwide for many different reasons. It is home to one of the few remaining primeval forests in Europe , Perućica. With beech trees over 60 meters tall and spectacular views of the Skakavac Waterfall from the lookout point, the national park certainly does not disappoint when it comes to photogenic nature.

Obviously, it’s not the same waterfall-like the one near Sarajevo; they share the same name! Sutjeska National Park is also home to Maglić, which happens to be the country’s tallest peak at over 2,386 meters. And that’s reason enough for avid hikers and mountaineers who want the opportunity to boast of conquering Bosnia’s tallest mountain. If you want to experience an otherworldly sight in this national park , head to the Valley of Heroes. It is home to some genuinely eye-catching monuments, which are actually a memorial for the fallen soldiers of the Battle of Sutjeska during WWII.

How far is Sutjeska National Park from Sarajevo?

It’s a 120 km drive South East.

Best way to get to Sutjeska National Park from Sarajevo

Buses require changes at Mostar and Gacko and take a total of 7 hours, so a car rental or self-drive will take 2.3 hours to get here.

9. Stoic Srebrenica

Small town Srebrenica will always be remembered for the Srebrenica Massacre and Bosnian Genocide. Memorials have been erected for victims from both sides: the Bratunac Memorial for the Serbs and the Genocide Memorial for the Bosnians. Srebrenica has many damaged homes and buildings that still stand testament to the war. Other than this stoic reminder of the past, Srebrenica is also home to natural thermal springs that are said to have healing properties.

How far is Srebrenica from Sarajevo?

Srebrenica is around 155 km from Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Srebrenica from Sarajevo

Buses to Srebrenica require a change at Zvornik and take about 3.5 to 5.5 hours. So driving or renting a taxi is the best way to get to Srebrenica.

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Konjic is a small town about an hour away from Sarajevo , and it’s home to one of Yugoslavia’s best-kept secrets – an underground nuclear bunker, which happens to be the hottest attraction in the town. The underground structure spreads over some 6400 square feet, with residential rooms, offices, strategic planning rooms, and other areas. It was built to house the then-leader of Yugoslavia – Josip Broz Tito – and some 350 of his closest confidants.

The bunker construction began in 1953 and lasted about 26 years, costing around $4.6 billion. What’s baffling is that the bunker remained secret until after the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90s. We also recommend that you go on a walk around the town of Konjic. It’s pretty tiny, so it won’t take more than several hours to see the majority of it. But you just might get captivated by the spectacular views of the Stara Ćuprija (bridge), with tall mountain peaks in the background. Photographers will have the time of their lives capturing the sights.

Konjic is also a very popular rafting spot in the country, making it an excellent place for the adrenaline-loving traveler . The untamed Neretva waters are no joke and pose a challenge even to the most experienced rafters there is – an adrenaline rush is guaranteed when you’re rushing down the wild river.

How far is Konjic from Sarajevo?

Konjic is about 58 km southwest of Sarajevo.

Best way to Konjic from Sarajevo

Local trains are the cheapest and fastest way to get to Konjic. (Although buses take about the same time, they cost a bit more.)

11. Winter Wonderland Kupres

In the heart of the Kupreško Polje, the town of Kupres is covered in snow for five months a year. The harsh winter conditions make Kupres the perfect winter ski destination, and the town has several ski resorts , apartments, and guest houses. Ski Staza Kupres and Snowpark Kupres are the most famous parks here! (If you can’t visit in winter, Kupres is also popular for the Strljanica competition in July, hiking, paragliding, boating, and hunting in summer. Kupres is home to the famous Kukavicko Lake, the Otinovci UNESCO site , and the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Holy Family.)

How far is Kupres from Sarajevo?

Kupres is 150 km west of Sarajevo.

Best way to Kupres from Sarajevo

The only method of getting to Kupres without changing transport is via taxi or car rental .

12. Čvrsnica

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Bosnia and Herzegovina  is heaven on Earth for climbers, hikers, and alpinists alike , thanks to the abundance of different mountain ranges. And Čvrsnica happens to be one of the most popular mountains for hikers, thanks to various trails suitable for people of all skill levels.

About an hour and a half outside Sarajevo, this mountain lies partially in Blidinje Nature Park – another phenomenal sight worth visiting, should you have the extra time. But, by far, the best-known Čvrsnica attraction is a natural rock formation known as Hajdučka vrata. This natural phenomenon has attracted hikers worldwide because of the picturesque scenery and ease of ascent.

The trail that takes you directly to the famous rock formation is relatively straightforward and suitable even for people with minimal hiking experience. But we recommend you have at least one person who knows what they’re doing with you, just in case.

How far is Čvrsnica from Sarajevo?

Čvrsnica is 60 miles southwest of Sarajevo.

Best way to Čvrsnica from Sarajevo

The fastest & cheapest way to get there is to drive, but you can also take a bus or taxi.

13. Isolated Lukomir

Nestled high in the Bjelasnica Mountains at 1495 m, the village of Lukomir is famous for the Stecak or Stecci tombstones from the 14th and 15th centuries. The Upper Village of Lukomir, known as Gornji Lukomir, is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s highest and remotest village. Lower Lukomir, or Donji Lukomir, sits 500 m below the Rakitnica Canyon and has green pastures perfect for hiking or spending some time experiencing culture preserved in dress and traditions.

How far is Lukomir from Sarajevo?

Lukomir is 46 km southwest of Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Lukomir from Sarajevo

The only way to get to Lukomir is by taxi or driving.

14. Travnik

Just some 90 kilometers west of Sarajevo lies Travnik, a charming little city characterized by a fortress, a rushing river, and some of the country’s best ćevapi. Ćevapi are the most popular traditional dish in Bosnia and Herzegovina . If you don’t get the opportunity to try them in Sarajevo , the second-best place in the country is Travnik! But don’t go there just for the food – instead, visit all the famous spots first to build up your appetite.

We highly recommend that you visit the Ivo Andrić Museum – the birth home of the renowned Bosnian writer was turned into a museum. It offers some insight into the early life of the Nobel Prize-winning author. Another sight you shouldn’t miss here is the Travnik fortress. It was built in the first half of the 15th century, and today, it remains one of the best-preserved fortifications in the country! It’s a truly remarkable sight, but it offers even better views if you climb to the top.

How far is Travnik from Sarajevo?

Travnik is 92 km northwest of Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Travnik from Sarajevo

Renting a car is the easiest way to get to Travnik in 1.25 hours, while buses take 1.45 hours.

15. Banja Luka

Best Day Trips From Sarajevo - Banja Luka

As the second-largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the de facto capital of the entity of Republika Srpska, Banja Luka is another town you should visit if you get the opportunity.

It’s part of many of the best Sarajevo tours. The only issue is that it’s more than three and a half hours away from Sarajevo by car, and the journey’s even longer if you’re considering taking the bus or train.

However, it is more than worth the effort. For one thing, the city has its own variance of the popular ćevapi dish, which you unquestionably have to try. Let’s not dwell on the food too much, especially with so many gorgeous sights in the area. The medieval Kastel fortress lies in the city’s center, right on the Vrbas river bank. Another popular sight in the city is Christ the Savior Orthodox Cathedral. The majestic church is stunning both inside and out, and we highly recommend going inside it if you have the extra time. There’s also the Ferhadija Mosque, which was built way back in the 16th century.

The Ottoman mosque and its gardens were destroyed during the war and rebuilt in the early 21st century. Today, they are a reminder that people of all religions and ethnicities can coexist in this astonishing country. However, the nasty nationalist politicians want you to believe otherwise.

How far is Banja Luka from Sarajevo?

It’s 200 km northwest of Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Banja Luka from Sarajevo

Self-drive or car rental is the easiest way to reach Banja Luka, while trains take 4.5 hours and buses take 5 hours.

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16. ancient visegrad.

Famous for the UNESCO heritage Mehmed Pasa Sokolovic Bridge, the town of Visegrad rests at the confluence of the rivers Rzav and Drina. Reasons to visit Visegrad include the King Matthias Museum, the 13th-century citadel, Solomon’s Tower, and the Nagy-Villam Lookout Tower.

How far is Visegrad from Sarajevo?

Visegrad is a 122 km drive East of Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Visegrad from Sarajevo

There are no direct buses or trains here, and the best way to reach Visegrad is by spending 2 hours in a taxi or a rental car .

17. Jahorina

Around 23 miles from Sarajevo, you’ll find Jahorina, a winter wonderland ideal for snowboarders and skiers. With over 45km of slopes suiting beginners and professionals, this area is packed during the winter months, and it was even used in the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Of course, there are also some fantastic après ski activities too.

18. Kraljeva Sutjeska

Kraljeva Sutjeska is a stunning village that is around 37 miles away from Sarajevo. The biggest highlight of the village, apart from its beauty, is the Franciscan monastery, which contains more than 11,000 books; this collection has huge value.

While you don’t need a full day to see this area, take your time and walk around, soaking up the relaxing atmosphere.

19. Kravica Waterfalls

Kravice Waterfalls - Kravice waterfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina

There are many amazing waterfalls to check out around the Balkans, but this is definitely one of the best. You’ll find Kravica Falls between the border with Croatia and the city of Mostar. The surrounding forests are calm and picturesque, and the falls themselves drop a huge 25 meters into the lake below. During the hottest months of the year, you can swim in the lake.

How far are the Kravica Waterfalls from Sarajevo?

The Kravica Falls are 170 km southwest of Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Kravica Waterfalls from Sarajevo

Self-drives or car rentals are the easiest way to reach Kravica Falls.

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20. relaxing neum.

The only Bosnian town on the Adriatic Coast, Neum stretches over 22 km of coastline. Neum is an excellent place for scuba-diving, boating, jet skiing, parasailing, swimming, and water sports, with prices lower than the surrounding Croatian coastline. The Old Town of Neum, 2 km inland, has Stecaks and the Hutovo Fortress ruins to visit.

Neum is a pretty coastal area that is perfect for chilling out away from the city and enjoying amazing seafood. Here, you can dip your toes in the Adriatic and soak up the sun on the golden sand beaches.

The journey will take around 3.5 hours, but you should consider staying for one night if possible; the sunset is fantastic, and there are some great places to sit and enjoy the calm atmosphere during the evening hours.

How far is Neum from Sarajevo?

Neum is a 200 km drive from Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Neum from Sarajevo

Buses and trains involve changes and take 3 to 5 hours. So the most direct way to get to Neum is a 3-hour drive via taxi or rental car .

21. Bountiful Tara National Park (In Serbia)

Places to visit in Serbia - Houseboats of Perucac

How far is Tara National Park from Sarajevo?

Tara National Park is a 190 km drive East of Sarajevo.

Best way to get to Tara National Park from Sarajevo

Car rentals to Tara take 3 hours and are the easiest, while buses require multiple changes and take 5 to 7 hours.

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How to take day trips from sarajevo.

If you can hire a car, you’ll have much more freedom than you would otherwise. This means you can explore the area around Sarajevo freely and at your own pace. However, if you don’t want to drive, you can still take these day trips.

Public transport is reliable and comfortable. However, you will need to research times depending on when you’re visiting; some areas may have fewer services during the winter months. The other option is to take a public tour, which usually gives you the benefit of a knowledgeable guide.

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Lovely post! I enjoyed reading it! You picked great places! I hope you will not mind if I as a local and mountain & culture guide write a few comments.

I just want to add that Skakvac Waterfall is in Sarajevo, not close to it. Believe it or not, the fall belongs to the municipality of Center. I’m not sure where were did you start your drive to the fall that you had to drive 40-minutes, but usually from the main Marshal Tito’s street there is only 11 km (20-minute drive or less) to the entrance of the Nature Preserve Skakavac. If you don’t have car then I would recommend a bus (Gras company, number 69) to Nahorevo neighborhood (last stop) from Sutjeska street (close to BBI shopping mall). And from the last stop, you need to walk around 3 hours to get to the waterfall (depends how fit you are). If it’s really hot summer day I would recommend catching a cab to Dragan’s cafe, and to walk from there. Because the road from Nahorevo to the entrance into Nature Preserve Skakavac is steep and there is no shade. And from Dragan’s place starts the walk through the forest.

And I would like to add one more thing for a hike to Hajducka Gate at Cvrsnica. The hike from Blidinje Nature Park to Hajducka Gate is not technically demanding, but it can be physically demanding because you need around 4 hours to get to this natural rock formation and then back. In total it is around 7-hour long hike.

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Lake Trnovacka in Sutjeska National Park

This is an awesome trip. The two city days in Mostar and Sarajevo are a fascinating look at the history and cultural life of Bosnia. In Mostar you mostly see the tourist center of town, but in Sarajevo you are … Read more immersed in a more lived-in city experience. During our free time in the afternoon we went up the new gondola and visited the city brewery. The highlight of the trip for us was all the wonderful hiking with guides. The four days of hiking got progressively harder, but each one was so memorable. We were a group of 10 people of various levels of ability, and our lead guide Evelin was excellent at giving us all we the information we needed to enjoy each day. The final epic hike up Maglic is one for the memory books! Challenging for sure, but a great feeling of accomplishment at the end of the 11 hour day! The logistics from airport pick up to our end in Dubrovnik was seamless. Our guides, Evelin and Farah were excellent. So much knowledge on the country and great mountain guides too, keeping us together, and at a pace that was good for all. The accommodation was varied in standard, mainly due to the nature of where we went. It was all clean, and comfortable so we could get a good sleep each night. The food was mostly Bosnian, eating dinners in locally owned restaurants. Lunches were from food bought at the local grocery store by the guides on our hike days. We shared the load up the mountain, and the guides would put out a spread of meats and cheeses for us to make sandwiches. Alway tea and coffee too!! This is my third KE trip and another one that I would highly recommend for the adventurous traveler. Few tips; water was fresh and drinkable everywhere on the trip. I never used my filter bottle. Many of the hikes passed springs where we were able to refill out bottles too! It was hot and humid so come prepared for that. The travel van was a Mercedes 14 seater with moderate amounts of AC. It got very hot in there some days but we never drove for more than 3 hours point to point. Our bus driver was excellent - no scary passing round blind corners!! Never needed the bug cream but definitely needed sun screen. Plentiful amounts of food so don't need to bring extra. Had cell coverage just about everywhere including the mountains. Wifi was also at all our accommodation. There's not a lot of downtime. The fitter the better for the mountain hikes, but even the less fit enjoyed it all - only one opted out of Maglic. Read less

Fantastic experience in Bosnia. The walks were all different taking in a variety of landscapes and scenery. The guides Branko and Adnan were extremely professional and very knowledgeable and made it very … Read more enjoyable. Read less

The tour was good, the food good, the transport and driver excellent. The guides were professional, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. In fact everything that my Morocco trip was not.

I was with a group of 11 from the UK on a one week walking and cultural visit. We were met at Dubrovnik airport by our two guides. Nedim and Oggy were lovely: two young men with an excellent command of English, … Read more great sense of humour and a highly evident wish for us to enjoy our stay and to see the best of the country. We spent the first night in Mostar before a walk to a spectacular viewpoint in the Cvrsnica mountains the next day, then on by bus to the Bjelasnica mountains the following day. A rainy day in Sarajevo couldn’t dampen our spirits or hide what a fascinating place it is. Then on to the spectacular Sutjeska National Park. The thundery weather meant Maglic, a seriously pointy mountain, was out of the question, but we had a great hike anyway in bright sunshine up to lake Trnovako where we swam and had lunch. Our last day was back to Dubrovnik, stopping at a tiny winery in Trebinje, where we had a lunch of bread, olives and their own hams and cheeses, accompanied by samples of their wines, sitting out under the pergola overlooking the vines. We really felt well taken care of. The itinerary went very smoothly and any minor adjustments were all explained to us, and any time there were options which called for flexibility this was all discussed with us. The guides were a mine of information on culture, history, food and language. We really felt they were keen for us to experience the best of the country’s culture and landscape. At the same time they were very open and happy to discuss the more troubled parts of Bosnia’s recent history. I don’t think we could have found two nicer people or better guides, and the most experienced of our group who have been trekking for 15 years said they were the best they’d ever had. Our driver Farho was great too: very calm, sensible and safe (needed on Bosnia's roads). The only thing I regretted not taking was an umbrella for Sarajevo, but not everyone will have their guided walking tour in a day long downpour, and it made it memorable! As, dripping, we were shown the very spot where Gavrilo Princip shot the Archduke in his open-top motor car, I was thinking if the weather had been like ours that day Franz Ferdinand would have had the hood up and history might have been different. The mountain water is safe to drink and there are springs on the trails (cool limestone filtered fresh water). You don't go anywhere near areas with landmines (still some uncleared but they are working on it). The karst limestone country is really beautiful, like the Yorkshire dales but on a massive scale with impressive peaks and ravines, and in June when we went spectacular extensive wildflower meadows which have never had a pesticide anywhere near them, a joy to walk through. Plenty of bird life, song birds and raptors in abundance. A few bitey insects, mosquitos and horse flies, so take your antihistamine pills and creams. Our guides were meticulous about checking for snakes in the brush, but we only saw non-venomous varieties. I think the bears and the wolves heard us coming for we never caught a glimpse, but it was nice to know they were there in the same forest as us. The accommmodation was mostly modern hotels with all mod cons, usually including aircon and en suite shower bathrooms, all very European and comfortable. There were two nights in a pension/homestay in the mountains at Umoljani where thing were a little more basic but still perfectly comfortable, with a lovely family. Good food. Bosnian cuisine seems to major on meat and pastry, with some good cheeses including kaymak, a sort of cream cheese, and a red chilli paste called ayvak, all delicious. Our vegetarian found the choice a bit limited, but he was always thought of and catered for in advance. The walking was not overly challenging. Our group had an average age in the mid fifties, reasonably but not obsessively fit, and we coped without problem. Having said that we didn't attempt either of the two hill ascents, so were not severely tested. Maglic looks like a pretty serious expedition for people who are properly hill-fit, with some extremely steep ascents and descents, so I was equally relieved and disappointed that we didn't attempt it. A truly outstanding trip to a beautiful country, I can thoroughly recommend the experience. Bibliography: I read Cathie Carmichael's A Concise History of Bosnia in the Cambridge Concise Histories series. Readable, good background. There's another history by Neil Malcolm, a bit longer, which is highly praised (but I haven't read it). Since I got back I've been re-reading Misha Glenny's The Fall of Yugoslavia which makes a good job of explaining the very complex background and events of the Balkans War in the 90's from a reporter who lived through it all, and I've just started FWD Deakin's The Embattled Mountain, the memoirs of a British SOE officer parachuted into the region to make contact with Tito's partisans in WWII. Sir Fitzroy Maclean, a comrade, also wrote a memoir. (Both of these two were taken to Tito's funeral by Margaret Thatcher). To carry with me I had the Bradt guide (tip: wrap it in plastic if going out in a rainstorm, l learnt the hard way) and the Lonely Planet Croatian phrasebook. Read less

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