What to see in Sarajevo in 3 days

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a small city nestled in the mountains, with a great history behind it, a set of religions and races which, in the recent past, have experienced bloody wars. Sarajevo has been isolated from the outside world for some time but has now risen from its ashes and is exploding in tourism. The city, in fact, is multicultural, inside today coexist mosques, synagogues and churches and symbolic places of the war of the nineties. Through its suggestive streets you can discover much of the history of the twentieth century. Here, then: what to see in Sarajevo in 3 days.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Sarajevo cost
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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Bašcaršija, Ferhadija Mosque, Museum of Crime Against Humanity and Genocide, Sebilj

We start the morning with a typical Bosnian coffee, Caffé Slasticarna Divan, in the center. We will immediately be immersed in an Arabian atmosphere, the café, in fact, inside is an ancient caravanserai. The typical Turkish coffee, very black in the bronze pot, and the typical Trilece cake, will cost KM7,00 (€ 3,50). Then our tour continues inside the old town Bašcaršija: here at every corner we can meet different cultures, for example the Ferhadija Mosque, which stands out with its high minaret in the midst of western buildings, among cafes and tourists. The mosque was rebuilt after the war, in 2004, and now it has become a national monument, can be visited for free and really deserves.

Not far away we can visit the Museum of Crime Against Humanity and Genocide 1992-1995, which will help us retrace the more recent history of the city, the Balkan wars between 1992 and 1995. Inside, the facts are retraced on large panels and also very strong videos projected, it is a raw but important experience to understand history. The ticket has a cost of KM10,00 (€ 5,00), the museum is open from 09:00 to 21:00. The visit will take you about 1 hour and a half, after that, we can go out and take a stroll on the main street Talila. We will arrive at a certain point in a square where it is located the ancient wooden Sebilj fountain.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Latin Bridge, Sarajevo Museum, Despic House

Continuing the walk towards the river we arrive at the Nanina Kuhinja restaurant, another typical place with outdoor tables, where you can taste traditional dishes, sheep cheese, grilled peppers, soups, for no more than KM23,00 per person (€ 12,00, ).

After lunch we continue the walk on the Miljacka river, we arrive at the Ponte Latino, iconic place. Here the murder of Archduke Francesco Ferdinando took place which led to the First World War, we can find a plaque right at the entrance to the Sarajevo Museum 1878-1918, which is here in front. The Museum tells the story of the city under the Habsburg Empire and is also very interesting to understand how the first war that affected all of us was born. It is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, on Saturdays until 15:00, the ticket costs KM4,00 (€ 2,00).

A little further on we can visit, for a dip in the past, the Despic House. It is a th century building, donated to the city by the family of the merchant Despic, kept inside as a residence of the time, with furniture and utensils that combine the Habsburg style with the more oriental-looking Ottoman one. This museum is open until 18pm and the ticket costs KM00 (€ 3,00).

3 - Evening: Dinner, old town and hookah

For dinner we return to the small streets of the center, which are filled with people and inviting smells. We have dinner at the typical restaurant Dulagin Dvor, about KM20,00 each (€ 10,00) for a complete meal, a plate of mixed cheeses recommended. After dinner we continue the tour to the center, the evening lights make it very suggestive especially for the presence of minarets and buildings of different styles in contrast with each other. We can stop for a drink in one of the typical places where you smoke the hookah, for example Caffé Libris, very suggestive with large colored chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. There are various types of hookahs and drinks, we will never spend more than KM40,00 (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 21 min
  • Places visited: Bašcaršija, Ferhadija Mosque (free), Museum of Crime Against Humanity and Genocide (KM10,00 - € 5,00), Sebilj, Ponte Latino, Museo Sarajevo (KM4,00 - € 2,00), Despic House (KM3,00, 1,50 - € )
  • Sarajevo: grand city tour
  • Breakfast at Café Slasticarna Divan (Get directions), Lunch at Nanina Kuhinja (Get directions), Dinner at Dulagin Dvor (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Tunnel Museum, Veliki Park

We have breakfast at the Nafaka pastry cafe, rumors attribute it to the best typical coffee in Sarajevo, so we will order coffee and cakes for about KM9,00 (€ 5,00). Then we take the means, a journey of about 1 hour awaits us, but it is worth it, in fact we go to visit the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum, used during the most recent wars to transport food and can now be visited for a while. So we take tram line 3 in the direction of Ilidza and from there the 32a bus in the direction of Donji Kotorac okretnica, then continue on foot for a short distance. The museum is open every day from 09:00 to 17:00 and the ticket costs KM10,00 (€ 5,00). Upon our return, we relax for a while in Veliki Park, green and large, before lunch. It will also be very interesting to do the most complete tour of the war years, the link to which is present in the recommended tours below.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, National Theater, Joshua Salom Palace, Orthodox Cathedral and chess game, Ashkenazi Synagogue

We have lunch at the nearby Gastro Pub Vucko, where we can eat local food or fast food with a wide selection of craft beers, about KM20,00 each (€ 10,00). Then we take a walk towards the riverside, on Radiceva, and we turn right on Obala Kulina bana, we will pass in front of the National Theater, a real monument of which we will appreciate the columned facade.

We stop to admire the palace Joshua Salom, and, behind it, a few meters away, there is the Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity of Jesus, beautiful building famous because a game of chess is played every day in its park, played by some nice local pensioners with a large chess board on the ground and huge pieces. A curiosity certainly worth seeing.

Then we cross over the Cumurija bridge to visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, continuing our journey in the melting pot of Sarajevo: this building is not well known by tourists, so don't tell anyone, but it is an incredible example of Moorish architecture, with its colorful and decorated interior; it was recently restored because the 1992 war had damaged it. You pay less than KM2,00 (€ 1,00) to enter and there is even a guide who will tell us some interesting information. If we are lucky, we will be able to attend a function, it would be very impressive.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Zlatna Ribica, Latin Bridge at night

Tonight we have dinner at Cakum-pakum, a small and cozy restaurant, where we can also order pasta, but the main dishes are meat and savory pancakes. Prices are always very low, we will no longer spend 20,00 km (€ 10,00) per person.

For our evening tour we stop to drink the typical "raki" drinks in a place that is more like a museum: Zlatna Ribica, furnished as in the early twentieth century, preserves a myriad of small objects and ancient armchairs, paintings and delightful trinkets. we will fall in love with this vintage place where you can also listen to good music. Here too, the bill will be on km10,00 (€ 5,00). Then we take a walk to appreciate the Latin Bridge at night, fascinating.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 21,1 km / 4 h 30 min
  • Places visited: Tunnel Museum (KM10,00 - € 5,00), Veliki Park, riverside, National Theater, Joshua Salom Palace, Orthodox Church, Ashkenazi Synagogue (KM2,00 - € 1,00)
  • Sarajevo: tour in the unfortunate years of the city
  • Breakfast at Nafaka (Get directions), Lunch at Gastro Pub Vucko (Get directions), Dinner at Cakum-pakum (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Torre Avaz, Caffé Tito, Historical Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina

This morning we have breakfast at Rahatlook, a very intimate café, it feels like being welcomed into a home. We can order Turkish coffee, typical sweets and flavored syrups for about KM10,00 (€ 5,00). Then we head to the Torre Avaz, the only modern icon skyscraper in the city. From the cafeteria it is 2,5 kilometers away, we can take tram line 3 from the Katedrala stop and then get off at Željeznička stanica, after which it is 300 meters on foot. The tower is open to the public from 07:00 to 23:00 and offers a very beautiful panoramic view, the ticket costs KM1,00 (€ 0,50).

800 meters towards the river, stands the Historical Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina, truly unmissable especially for the exhibition on the siege of Sarajevo. The Museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday until 14:00. The ticket costs KM6,00 (€ 3,00). Before entering the museum, perhaps, we can have a coffee at the Caffé Tito next door, a very special place dedicated to the communist dictator. In the gardens around the cafeteria, there are even tanks and war artillery.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, National Library, Olympics sites

For lunch we move to the Latin Bridge area, we can take tram line 3 from the Tehnička škola B stop towards Bašcaršija. We have lunch at the Turkish restaurant Konyali Ahmet Usta, where we can taste typical dishes and delicious desserts at KM20,00-KM30,00 (€ 10,00- € 15,00). Then we visit the National Library, not far on the river, which contained thousands of volumes almost completely destroyed by bombing during the war. Closed for a long time, it has finally reopened as a symbol of cultural renaissance, it can be visited every day from 07:30 to 18:00 and admission is free.

To complete this trip, we make a rather special visit to a disturbing place: the 1984 Winter Olympics bobsled run which, of course, as well as the Olympic hall, has been abandoned and is falling into disrepair. Even walking around the city we will still be able to notice, after more than thirty years, some symbols of the Olympics. The bobsleigh run is, of course, outside the city: we can reach it with a taxi ride of a quarter of an hour, or we can book the Winter Olympics tour, recommended below, complete with all the sites that can be visited.

3 - Evening: Dinner, tour downtown

We cannot leave without having tasted the typical dish of Bosnia, the cevapi, which are a kind of grilled meatballs served with pita-type bread, soft and tasty. So let's have dinner in what can be defined as the temple of this dish: Cevabdzinica Kastel, in the center. The restaurant offers outdoor tables, in the middle of Sarajevo's nightlife, the bill is in line with the rest of the city: KM20,00 (€ 10,00). After dinner we can relax with a walk in the surroundings or along the riverside, the clubs stay open all night and certainly will not fail to stop and listen to some music or party: the population is always very cheerful and welcoming.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 11,7 km / 2 h 29 min
  • Places visited: Torre Avaz (KM1,00 - € 0,50), Caffé Tito, Historical Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina (KM6,00 - € 3,00), National Library, sites of the Olympics.
  • Sarajevo Winter Olympics Tour
  • Breakfast at Rahatlook (Get directions), Lunch at Konyali Ahmet Usta (Get directions), Dinner at Cevabdzinica Kastel (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Sarajevo cost

Sarajevo, besides being so fascinating, it's a really cheap city: admission to museums is mostly negligible; public transport, not yet fully efficient, is however forgiven because it is really affordable for all budgets. The best, then, is given by the restaurants: in addition to being an attraction apart, suggestive, typical, oriental or Balkan, they offer abundant dishes with a few euros. Not to mention the coffee shops. In short: you can't really say no to this fantastic journey.

  • Costs to eat: about € 26,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 18,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 10,00 per person (indicates costs for public transport, any taxis and transfers to and from the airport)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: starting from € 19,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 26,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Sarajevo: from € 290,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Sarajevo: from June to September. Find out when to go to Sarajevo
  • by plane. Sarajevo international airport is about 10 km from the city center and can be reached by bus in 45 minutes with the Centrotrans Euroline company at a cost of KM8,00 (€ 4,00); by trolleybus, line 103, which stops about 1 km from the airport, in about 50 minutes at a cost of KM1,50 (€ 0,80). Or you can book a private transfer service through your hotel. Flights starting from € 180,00 -
  • in the town center, Bašcaršija. Hotel and b & b starting from € 19,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot. To move from the center there are buses, trams and trolley buses, very cheap. The day pass costs KM5,00 (€ 3,00). Find out how to get around Sarajevo

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