Capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, crossed by a story that tells of siege and suffering, and by the waters of the Miljacka river, which divide it in two, Sarajevo is one of the most important pages of history and war in the whole of Europe. City synthesis of two different cardinal points: East and West, East and West, it is today a multi-ethnic capital, which manages to merge mosques and Catholic churches, synagogues and Orthodox churches almost in unison; in a maze of cobbled streets, ancient cafes and important museums.
Sarajevo is a city that deserves to be visited also for its surroundings. And it is precisely to the beauties of the area that we want to dedicate this article. Here are the most interesting excursions to do around Sarajevo.
- Valley of the Bosnian Pyramids
- Skakavac waterfall
- Srebrenica and Drina River
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1 - Valley of the Bosnian Pyramids
Located near the town of Visoko (not far from Sarajevo), the Bosnian Pyramids, discovered thanks to very recent archaeological excavations dating back to 2005, are certainly one of the most mysterious attractions to visit during a trip to Bosnia - Herzegovina. Dedicated to the Sun, the Moon, the Dragon and Love, and probably built with blocks of stone, sand and minerals mixed and bound with clay (but there are conflicting theories on the artificiality of the Pyramids).
Wrapped in the charm of the inexplicable and enchanting beauty, the Valley of the Pyramids is certainly a spiritual destination, but not only. In this area, hitherto unknown ultrasonic frequencies are recorded, strong anomalies in the magnetic fields (especially at the top and in the underground Ravne Labyrinth), and the air has a high level of ionization. Many visitors feel a strange surrounding energy.
- Range: 31,1 km
- the recommended solution is the purchase of an organized tour with transfer included. Alternatively, travel by car (the site is 34,7 km / 45 minutes from Sarajevo). Get directions
- 8:00 - 20:00. Closed on Mondays.
- Tours organized from Sarajevo start at € 49,00 per person to which € 10,00 must be added for the entrance to the underground tunnels that reach two of the pyramids.
- Private tour from Sarajevo - Pyramid Mystery
2 - Skakavac waterfall
Full immersion in nature, a trip out of town between pastures and limestone rocks: this is the landscape of the Skakavac waterfall.
A walk in total tranquility, accompanied by the typical scents of the forest (on the site you can also find medicinal herbs) and adorned with wonderful view of the imposing waterfall, characterized by a jump of water from a height of almost one hundred meters. In some points it is even possible to touch the very fresh and limpid water of the waterfall itself. There is an inn along the somewhat steep path, where it will be possible to refresh oneself and taste some of the best dishes of Bosnian cuisine.
- Range: 12,8 km
- By car, the waterfall is 12,8 km / 42 minutes by car from Sarajevo. Get directions
- Always open.
3 - Mostar
Located in the Neretva River Valley, Mostar is a small pearl of Bosnia - Herzegovina. It is famous for the Ponte Vecchio dating back to the Middle Ages, now included in the Unesco heritage list.
A museum is dedicated to the same in which it will be possible to see an exhibition documenting its construction and the archaeological excavations carried out below.
Also, next to the bridge is the headquarters of the Diving Club. The most daring tourists will in fact be allowed to experience the thrill of a dip on the Neretva River, from a height of 25 meters. Also very interesting War photo limited exhibition, which with strong and touching images documents the war that in the nineties brought Bosnia to its knees.
Finally, the "Kujundziluk", or the historic center, characterized by brightly colored houses and an oriental bazaar: a succession of artisan shops, where metals and fabrics are worked.
- Range: 117 km
- via Bus 721 and 723 departing from Sarajevo central station. Alternatively by car (distance 117 km, about 2 hours). But the most comfortable and recommended solution is the purchase of an organized tour with transfer included. Get directions
- the city can always be visited. The Ponte Vecchio Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
- admission to the various attractions costs approximately between € 3,00 and € 12,00. Organized tours including transfers start from € 70,00.
- Sarajevo: 1 way to Mostar with Konjic, Blagaj and Pocitelj
4 - Travnik
Travnik was the residence of the viziers of the Ottoman Empire from 1699 to 1850. Considered one of the most important diplomatic centers in Bosnia, it was the hub of the trade in wood and textiles. Original and characteristic, it offers wonderful views and panoramas, like the one on the city below, visible from the Fortress: one of the largest strongholds in all of Bosnia, which houses a historical and ethnographic collection.
Do not miss the visit to house-museum of the writer Ivo Andric, which exhibits a collection of texts by the Nobel Prize born in this city. A stop must also be the "Cafe di Lutvo" (mentioned by Andric himself in his novel "The Chronicles of Travnik), located on the banks of the Sumece river, where it will be necessary to taste the typical coffee and lokum (a traditional dessert), accompanied by cigarettes and matches, as per tradition, since the end of the nineteenth century.
- Range: 85,4 km
- the most comfortable and recommended solution is the purchase of an organized tour with transfer included. Alternatively, travel by car (distance 85,4 km, approximately 1 hour and 26 minutes). Get directions
- House - Andric Museum: 9:30 - 17:00 (from April to October); 9:00 - 15:00 (weekdays), 10:00 - 14:00 (Saturday and Sunday) during the rest of the year. Fortress: 8:00 - 19:00 (April to October. By appointment during the rest of the year.
- House - Andric Museum: 2.5km (€ 1,28); Fortress: 2.5 km (€ 1,28).
- Private tour from Sarajevo: Jajce and Travnik day tour
5 - Srebrenica and Drina River
Srebrenica is a town not too far from Sarajevo and is unfortunately known for the genocide that took place there during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, in which about 8.000 Bosnian Muslims lost their lives.
A visit to this small martyr and now ghost town is not to be missed Memorial museum dedicated to the war, consisting of: the Wall of Death, in which the years of birth of the victims are marked; the photographic portraits of the victims; the mapping of the genocide, which tells about it through images, drawings and videos, with journalistic testimonies recorded during that period.
The continuation towards the Drina, river with emerald water and natural border between Serbia and Bosnia - Herzegovina, in which there is an artificial lake: Lake Perucac, mass grave and other touching place of memory.
- Range: 109 km
- the most comfortable and recommended solution is the purchase of an organized tour with transfer included. Alternatively, travel by car (distance 109 km, about 2 hours and 30 minutes). Get directions
- the town can always be visited, the memorial museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 21:00.
- the city can be visited for free. Organized tours start from € 80,00 transfer and lunch included
- Srebrenica Massacre and Drina Canyon: tour from Sarajevo