What to do in Sarajevo?

…European cultural Jerusalem and gastronomical Mecca…

Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has a rich history and a unique blend of cultures, and is known for its diverse and delicious cuisine, making it an exciting destination for travelers. Here are some things you can do in Sarajevo.

Explore the Old Town

The Old Town of Sarajevo, known as Baščaršija, is a must-visit destination. The narrow streets and alleys of the old town are filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants. You can find traditional Bosnian souvenirs, try local food and sweets, and enjoy the atmosphere of the old town.

Visit historic landmarks

Sarajevo has a rich history, and there are many historic landmarks you can visit. Some of the popular ones include the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, the Sarajevo City Hall, and the Latin Bridge, which is where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, an event that sparked the First World War.

Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo

Sarajevo was under siege for 1,425 days during the Bosnian War. You can learn about the siege by visiting the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum, the Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide 1992-1995, the Memorial Cemetery Kovaci, Markale and looking for Sarajevo Roses. As those places are all over the city, we recommend taking a tour guides.

Enjoy the local cuisine

Sarajevo is known for its delicious food, which combines influences from Ottoman, Austrian, and Mediterranean cuisine. Some popular dishes to try include cevapi, Bosnian pie | pita |, and dolma. If you’re interested in learning how to prepare these traditional Bosnian dishes, you can join cooking lessons or you can just enjoy dinning places in Sarajevo.

Take in the views

Sarajevo is surrounded by hills and mountains, and there are many places where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Some popular viewpoints include the Yellow Fortress as well as Trebević Mountain which can be reached by scenic cable car ride.

Or stay at the place with the view

View from Sarajevo Tower 24th floor apartment

Sarajevo Tower 24th floor apartment is located on the 24th floor of a residential and commercial building with a recognizable view of Sarajevo Tower. The western orientation of the apartment provides a unique view of the new parts of Sarajevo, with an unforgettable sunset. Sarajevo Tower is centrally located between the Old Town on one side and Ilidza on the other, making it a perfect central location for exploring both historical landmarks and natural beauty that surrounds the city of Sarajevo.

Attend cultural events

Sarajevo is a cultural hub, and there are many events throughout the year, including the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Sarajevo Winter Festival. Check out the program at the Sarajevo National Theater, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Jazz Fest Sarajevo to see what’s on offer.

Experience Sarajevo’s nightlife

Sarajevo has a vibrant nightlife scene, with a variety of bars, clubs, and live music venues to choose from. Some of the most popular spots include Sloga and Underground.

Observe, Discover, Learn & Engage in critical thinking in Museums & Galleries in Sarajevo

Delve into Bosnia and Herzegovina’s rich history at the National Museum and History Museum. Step into the past at the preserved Svrzo House and discover the legacy of Gazi Husrev-bey. Uncover the Jewish heritage at the Jewish Museum. Challenge your perception at the Museum of Illusion. Pay tribute to the Srebrenica genocide at Galerija 11/07/95. Engage in critical thinking as you explore Sarajevo’s cultural treasures.

Experience natural beauties near Sarajevo

There are several natural beauties around Sarajevo that are definitely worth a visit like Vrelo Bosne (a beautiful park, home to a natural spring, walking trails, picnic areas, and wildlife), Skakavac Waterfall (a beautiful waterfall is located about 12 km from Sarajevo), Lukomir Village (a traditional Bosnian village located in the mountains near Sarajevo, or Bijambare Caves (a limestone caves are located about 30 minutes’ drive from Sarajevo and offer a unique underground adventure).

Take a day trip to the Olympic Mountains

Olympic Mountain Bjelašnica during winter time

Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, and the nearby Olympic Mountains, Bjelašnica, Jahorina & Igman offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the region. You can also enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities in the summer.

Or a day trip to nearby places

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Bridge in Mostar

Travel to Mostar by car or train, a beautiful city known for its stunning bridge and charming Old Town, visit the Kravice Waterfalls, a series of cascading waterfalls, a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking, explore the old town of Travnik, the town known for its beautiful Ottoman-era architecture, including the historic fortress and clock tower, the Sutjeska National Park, a stunning wilderness area, home to the tallest mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglić, as well as beautiful lakes, forests, and wildlife, or Visoko, the small town located about 30 minutes’ drive from Sarajevo known for its mysterious pyramids, which some believe to be the oldest and largest man-made structures on Eart.

Sarajevo, the vibrant capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina, is a city full of surprises and hidden facts. Did you know that it was the most developed city at the end of the 19th century and had the first shopping center and public lighting? Sarajevo also had an electric tramway, rare for its time. With a rich history, the city boasts the oldest public library, Gazi Husrev-beg Library, and the iconic Zemaljski Museum, home to the surviving Jewish manuscript, the Hagaddah. Known as the “European Jerusalem,” Sarajevo is a harmonious blend of monotheistic religions, and its beauty is further enhanced by the surrounding Olympic mountains, offering skiing just a short drive away. Discover the fascinating past and vibrant present of Sarajevo, a city that combines tradition, diversity, and modernity.

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