For many travellers, Sarajevo is still the known unknown. That is because, in the past, the current capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina mainly attracted attention in connection with war-related events.
In 1914, it was on Sarajevo's Latin Bridge that the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, was murdered, causing the First World War. Then, from 1992 to 1995, Serbian troops besieged the city during the Bosnian War. Evidence of this can still be seen on the buildings and streets of Sarajevo. Thankfully, these dark times are now well and truly a thing of the past.
Nowadays, original charm and hospitality draws attention to the peaceful city with its idyllic hillside location. In the Old Town, the Ottoman bazaar entices visitors to shop and linger. Here it is a pleasure to stop at one of the numerous coffee shops and enjoy Turkish coffee from a little copper coffee pot.
The perfect receptacles for this are artistically crafted right next door, in the street that still houses the coppersmiths. Anyone experiencing hunger pangs here can calm these with the ćevapčići that are served in many restaurants. It is claimed that Sarajevo serves the best of these little rolls of minced meat in the world.
You can end the day with a view over the city from the Yellow Fortress. From this fortress, located on the hillside above Sarajevo, you get the most beautiful view over the picturesque city at sunset. And this gives visitors an insight into why residents are so proud of their lovely home town.
Capital and largest city of Bosnia-Herzegovina
approx. 300 000
approx. 141 km²
- Public transport
Good tramway and bus network
Temperate, relatively continental. Warm summer, chilly winter
- Best time to visit
The weather is usually pleasant between spring and autumn
- Good to know
Sarajevo is a melting pot for a multitude of different religions. Serbian Orthodox cathedrals, Roman Catholic churches, Muslim mosques and Jewish synagogues practically rub shoulders with one another here.
- Nice to know
Ćevapčići are one of Sarajevo's most traditional dishes. These fried rolls of minced meat are generally served in a soft pitta bread garnished with chopped onions and – if you fancy it – with a dollop of sour cream.
Sarajevo; around 7 km south-west of the city centre.
The bus route 200E takes you into the city centre. Departs 5.30 am, and every hour between 11.30 am and 4.30 pm, evening bus 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm. Takes approx. 30 minutes. Alternatively, bus route 36 to the tram station Nedžarići (connection to the city centre), departs every 30 minutes Mon-Fri 6.00 am to 11.00 pm, Sat 06.00 am to 8.00 am and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm, Sun 08.00 am to 3.00 pm.
We recommend the taxi company Red Taxi, taxi stand next to Terminal B. Journey time approx. 15 minutes or more depending on traffic.