10 Must See Things in Sarajevo

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Martí Micolau

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Sarajevo is a city rich in history, and a cultural melting pot in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a city that has less than half a million inhabitants but has a beating heart and many attractions to see and experience firsthand. The city center is compact and easy to visit and walk around, but be careful not to get lost in the tangle of narrow streets of Bascarsija, the old town. Here is a list of 10 attractions and things to do for those visiting Sarajevo.


  1. Ponte Latino: The site of the assassination of Francesco Ferdinando
  2. National Library
  3. The old town (Bašcaršija)
  4. Chess matches in front of the Orthodox Cathedral
  5. Tunnel Museum
  6. Avaz Tower
  7. Historical Museum of Bosnia - Herzegovina
  8. Abandoned sites of the 1984 Winter Olympics
  9. Cafe Tito
  10. Sarajevsko Brewery
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Ponte Latino: The site of the assassination of Francesco Ferdinando

As is well known, the First World War took place between 1914 and 1918 and it was in Sarajevo that an event sparked hostilities. The heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Francesco Ferdinando and his wife Sofia were assassinated during a public visit to Sarajevo due to a gunshot wound by a Serbian terrorist. The event prompted the empire to declare war on Serbia, and the alliances that linked the main European powers immediately began, namely the Triple Alliance (Austria, Germany, Italy) and the Triple Entente (England, France and Russia). In Sarajevo it is possible to stop at the exact corner where the fact that changed the course of history and shaped the world as we know it happened. A plaque outside the Sarajevo Museum marks the exact spot where Francesco Ferdinand and his wife lost their lives.

  • By Tram, nearest stop Latinska ćuprija (lines 1-2-3-5) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

2 - National Library

The National Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina is located exactly on the right bank of the Miliatcha, a stone's throw from the Latin Bridge.
This important national institution it has been abandoned for years due to the damage caused by the siege (over 90% of the books were destroyed in 1993). Fortunately it has been reopened to the public and restored to its former glory.

  • By Tram, nearest stop Latinska ćuprija (lines 1-2-3-5) - Get directions
  • Monday - Friday from 07:30 to 18:00
  • free, free visit

3 - The old town (Bašcaršija)

With a pleasant walk it is possible to cross the Latin Bridge and reach Bascarsija, an area of ​​the city also known as "pigeon square". This place is a great and suggestive starting point for exploring the historic center of Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful and characteristic. In fact, here is a mixture of Neoclassical and Ottoman architecture, a cultural crossroads between East and West, and is home to the most important religious buildings in the city, including the Orthodox Church, Sarajevo Cathedral and Gazi Husrev-Beg, the first mosque in the world to have electricity.

  • By Tram, nearest stop Bascarsija (lines 1-2-3-5), from there move on foot - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

4 - The chess games in front of the Orthodox Cathedral

Every day in Sarajevo a group of retirees gather in the park adjacent to the Orthodox Cathedral to play chess throughout the day. You can witness very heartfelt battles, are fascinating and unmissable competitions of intellect and logic, with an outline of sharp and teasing jokes, understandable even to those who do not speak Bosnian! Also viewers participate by providing advice, which are more or less listened to, which is why the game is truly engaging and beautiful to watch.

  • By Tram, get off at Bascarsija (lines 1-2-3-5), from there walk towards the Cathedral - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

5 - Museum of the Tunnel

The scars of the recent war are still very evident in the city, and a great way to become aware of what Sarajevo went through during those years is to follow the "Complete Sarajevo War Tour" to learn about the time of the siege. You can start from the Tunnel Museum where you can explore a part of the tunnel that used to be used to supply the city with food and other utilities during the three-year siege. If you are lucky, your guide may have witnessed the events of those years firsthand and will share very vivid and engaging personal memories and experiences with you.

  • By bus, to Donji Kotorac okretnica (line 32a), from there walk - Get directions
  • Every day from 9:00 to 17:00 (last admission: 16:30 from April to October, 15:30 from November to March)
  • adults 10 Km (around € 5,00), students 5 Km (around € 2,50)

6 - Torre Avaz

It is impossible not to notice the Avaz Tower, the only skyscraper in the city, which stands out for its 176 meters high. Reachable with a pleasant 20-minute walk from Bascarsija, the Tower can be visited and its top reached by a glass-walled elevator. Once at the top, you will enjoy great views over the city, but also enjoy a coffee or a beer at the bar - restaurant located on the penultimate floor.

  • By Tram, get off at Bascarsija (lines 1-2-3-5), from there walk towards the tower (about 20 minutes) - Get directions
  • Every day from 7:00 to 23:00
  • To climb to the top 1 km (€ 0,50), bar prices: coffee 2 km (€ 1,00), beer 3 km (€ 1,50)

7 - Historical Museum of Bosnia - Herzegovina

Many of Sarajevo's museums are currently in a bad state of conservation or, unfortunately, almost permanently closed due to political difficulties and indecision about who should be in charge of funding. Despite this, the Historical Museum of Bosnia - Herzegovina is pleasant and appreciated, especially by those who want to know something more about the often difficult and sad history of these areas. In particular, the exhibition on the siege of Sarajevo offers a fascinating insight into people's lives during the conflict. The Museum was able to keep its artifacts safe during the war for visitors to observe about 300.000 objects that testify to the horrors that have struck the region.

  • By Tram, nearest stop Tehnička škola B (lines 2-3-5-6) - Get directions
  • Tue-Fri from 10:00 to 19:00, Sat-Sun from 10:00 to 14:00, Closed on Mondays
  • Adults 6 km (€ 3,00), children under 18 and pensioners 3 km (€ 1,50), children under 6 free

8 - Abandoned sites of the 1984 Winter Olympics

In Sarajevo and its surroundings there are many testimonies, unfortunately now abandoned and decadent, of the Winter Olympics that took place here in 1984. Inside the city is the Olympic Hall and the remains of the speed skating rink. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore the city, occasionally you will come across faded frescoes of the Olympic mascot, Vucko! If you want to see more, you can reach the Olympic bobsleigh track with a taxi ride lasting about 15 minutes. Like any abandoned location, it is quite disturbing.

  • Olympic Bobsleigh Track - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free, free visit

9 - Cafè Tito

"Coffee is to Bosnia as tea is to Great Britain". This is one of the phrases you might hear from a city guide, who will also advise you to enjoy one at the Cafe Tito. This local is dedicated to both hot drinks and the last benevolent dictator of the former Yugoslavia, Josip Tito.
The gardens around the venue are dotted with tanks, artillery and military jeeps, the interior walls are obviously covered with images of the man to whom the café is dedicated, the tables are decorated with newspapers full of articles written about him .

  • By Tram, nearest stop Tehnička škola A (lines 2-3-4-5-6) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free, free visit

10 - Sarajevsko Brewery

In addition to coffee, another attraction of Sarajevo is undoubtedly the local beer. Sarajevsko Brewery is located south of the river, facing the Latin Bridge and is an impressive red Austro-Hungarian style building where you can enjoy beer and try some of their delicious culinary specialties. This brewery was one of the few not to close in the years between 1992 and 1995, while the city was under siege.

  • By Tram, nearest stop Tehnička škola A (lines 2-3-4-5-6) - Get directions
  • The museum inside the factory can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. The factory, on the other hand, can only be visited by appointment (for more info visit sarajevska-pivara.com)
  • Museum visit 3 km (€ 1,50), Museum + Factory visit 5km (€ 2,50), Group visit + lunch at the HS Taverna 25 km (€ 12,50)

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