SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

4.7/5Top Destination

Sarajevo is calling! Discover its history, cafés, countryside, and more.

Sarajevo welcomed the world to the beauty of its snow-covered environment as host of the 1984 Winter Olympics. However, 8 years later residents found themselves in the midst of a fierce 4-year war. See how Sarajevo has been reconstructed and is once again a charming mountain town with historic sites, 20 museums and numerous natural wonders.

In Sarajevo’s Old Town, walk along narrow streets surrounding the central square of Baščaršija. Look for unique places to shop, eat or drink. Notice the tall Sebilj, the city’s last remaining public fountain kiosk. In the Museum of Sarajevo 1878-1918 near the Latin Bridge, read about Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination, which triggered the start of World War I. Poignant photos at Gallery 11/07/95 document the modern genocide in nearby Srebrenica.

The neo-Moorish Town Hall (Vijećnica) was built in 1896 during the city’s Austro-Hungarian rule, purportedly completed with just a three-brick variation from the architect’s projection. Although it was destroyed during the war, you can now visit the gleaming 2014 reconstruction. Look inside for its stained-glass ceiling dome.

Contrasting with this historic part of the city are modern buildings, including the Sarajevo City Center and the Avaz Twist Tower skyscraper, signs of the city’s ability to recover from an extended siege and bombings. Walk through part of the Sarajevo Tunnel or Tunnel of Hope under the airport just as Bosnians traveled back and forth for years during the city’s siege by Serbians.

Head south to ski at Mount Bjelašnica or Jahorina on the same slopes where Phil Mahre and Debbie Armstrong won Olympic gold medals in 1984 when Sarajevo was part of Yugoslavia. Watch paragliders soar over Bjelašnica’s green slopes in summer.

North of Sarajevo, visit Bijambare Cave to see subterranean mineral formations. To the west, Vrelo Bosne features streams and lakes filled with islands and fish.

Reach Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, by flying to the international airport, about a 20-minute drive west of the Old Town.

Known for

Historical Buildings, Cafes and Culture

Where to stay in Sarajevo

Old Town
Old Town, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Old Town

Known for Monuments, Historical Buildings, Museums

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Old Town is a historic, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for coffeehouses. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its friendly people. Broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

Top Hotels in Sarajevo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Residence Inn by Marriott Sarajevo
Residence Inn by Marriott Sarajevo
4 out of 5
Skenderija 43, Sarajevo
$69
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22
4.6/5Exceptional! (274 reviews)

"Amazing place, close to everything. Plenty of parking below the property. Amazing staff but kind a loud with construction work next door starting around 8am. No alcohol at this property so no after hours fun!!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Residence Inn by Marriott Sarajevo
Courtyard by Marriott Sarajevo
Courtyard by Marriott Sarajevo
4 out of 5
Skenderija 1, Sarajevo
$71
per night
Oct 26 - Oct 27
4.6/5Wonderful! (131 reviews)

"The hotel staff are very nice and kind. They go out of their way to help you with anything."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Courtyard by Marriott Sarajevo
Swissotel Sarajevo
Swissotel Sarajevo
5 out of 5
Vrbanja 1, Sarajevo
$116
per night
Nov 1 - Nov 2
4.5/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)

"The rooms are spacious and overlooking the river. The location is a walking distance from old towns. Staff was great and helpful. The hotel is part of a shopping mall."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019

Swissotel Sarajevo

Top activities in Sarajevo

Visegrad, Andricgrad and Drvengrad Day Tour from Sarajevo
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Visegrad, Andricgrad and Drvengrad Day Tour from Sarajevo

$88

Join us in this tour and explore some of the most significant places in Easter Bosnia and an interesting ethno village in Serbia. Our fiirst stop will be Visegrad -a town located on the banks of Drina river in eastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Fall of Yugoslavia, Sarajevo under the Siege Tour
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Fall of Yugoslavia, Sarajevo under the Siege Tour

$28

Join our most popular tour, Fall of Yugoslavia, Sarajevo under the siege tour and with our professional, enthusiastic local guides get to know rich history of our beautiful city and country in last hundred years.

Srebrenica Genocide Day Tour from Sarajevo
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Srebrenica Genocide Day Tour from Sarajevo

$72

Srebrenica Genocide Tour from Sarajevo is a whole-day tour from Sarajevo. After arrival to Srebrenica, the tour starts with visit Potocari Memorial Complex.

Private 3 day tour-Sarajevo, Mostar & Jajce - Best of Bosnia
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Private 3 day tour-Sarajevo, Mostar & Jajce - Best of Bosnia

$276

Day 1 - Sarajevo Explore the war history of Sarajevo on a private 3-hour history tour and learn about the 4 long years that the city and its people suffered under the constant threat of bombs. Visit the main locations from the 1992 to 1995 war following the Siege of Sarajevo.

Sarajevo:3h Balkans Dark History and War Private Tour
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Sarajevo:3h Balkans Dark History and War Private Tour

$36

Explore the war history of Sarajevo on a private 3-hour history tour and learn about the 4 long years that the city and its people suffered under the constant threat of bombs. Visit the main locations from the 1992 to 1995 war following the Siege of Sarajevo.

Private door-to-door Transfer Sarajevo to Split
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Private door-to-door Transfer Sarajevo to Split

$93

On Your transfer, You will have on disposal a private vehicle with one of our English speaking drivers, who will take care of You during Your transfer and make sure you do not miss any of the best highlights on the way! Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, enjoy the stress-free way to travel from Sarajevo to Split with this private one-way transfer service.

Reviews of Sarajevo

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

SO glad we went to Sarajevo. Fascinating city for culture, history, sights and experiences. Great food. Try the bureks. See Tito's bunker on the way if you are traveling from Mostar.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

Peaceful city with amazing people. I love the old city, national museum, telefric and mountain area..

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

Clean streets, nice views from the cable car, kind and friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Matt

Sep 17, 2019

Lots of things near by to do!

5/5 - Excellent

Marco

Sep 16, 2019

Sarajevo is a lovely city, which everybody should visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 23, 2019

Loved Sarajevo! I am originally from Sarajevo but I moved to the states when I was young. Loved the city and the people.