Sarajevo, located in the heart of the Balkans, is a city that combines its rich history, diverse culture, and breathtaking landscapes. From bleak memories of the past to colourful modern life, this magical city offers a unique travel experience. We at flydubai have curated a list of top things to do when you visit Sarajevo.
1. Take a walking tour and explore Bascarcija
Start your journey from the enchanting Old Town, the heart of Sarajevo. Walk around the cobblestone lanes of Bascarcija through countless shops selling handicrafts, pottery, jewellery, and souvenirs. Don’t forget to try the Bosnian coffee and delicious local treats like the cevapi, burek, and baklava from the numerous traditional cafés as you witness the distinctive architecture from a time ago. Visit the most prominent landmark of Bascarcija, the Seblij fountain, also known as the city’s symbol. It is a must-see Ottoman-style wooden fountain attracting hundreds of pigeons.
2. Meet the East and West
Witness the iconic spot of “meeting of cultures” as you walk down from Bascarcija to Ferhadija Street. Here you see a unique blend of Eastern and Western architecture. Walking along the street, you will encounter the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque, which is a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture, an orthodox cathedral, and a catholic church. All of them represent the harmonious co-existence of various religions in Sarajevo.
3. Stand atop the Latin Bridge
Built over the Miljacka River, the Latin bridge is a historical spot serving as a reminder of Sarajevo’s role in shaping global events. As you read the plaque remembering the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1994, which triggered the first world war, take a few further steps to the Sarajevo Museum, which tells the story of Austro-Hungarian rule. It also houses the replica of the gun used in the assassination.
4. Relive the siege at the Sarajevo war tunnel
It is an underground passage built during the Bosnian War in 1992 when the city was under siege providing a lifeline for supplies and evacuation. Today, a preserved section of the tunnel serves as a museum and a reminder of the horrors of war.
5. Watch the sunset from the Yellow Fortress
Built of yellowish stones, the fortress offers the most picturesque viewpoints of the city. Climb to the top and witness the sunset with breathtaking views of the landscape.
6. Enjoy the unique architecture of the City Hall
Enjoy the architectural treasures within the walls of this historical landmark which now serves as a cultural institution. A delight for history buffs, it is home to a library that offers a diverse collection of historical archives.
7. Ride the cable car to Mt. Trebevic
Pack a picnic basket and spend one afternoon at Mt. Trebevic. Take the cable car ride to the summit and enjoy stunning city views and surrounding hills. Several other hiking trails are leading to scenic viewpoints, one of them being the off-beat Bobsleigh trail representing remnants of the 1984 Olympics.
8. Take a day off with nature at Skakavac waterfall
The Skakavac waterfall is a beautiful attraction near Sarajevo. It cascades down from a height of 98 metres and provides a peaceful oasis and a picturesque trekking experience in the Bosnian countryside.
9. Visit Veliki Park
Veliki Park is in the heart of Sarajevo, offering a peaceful retreat from the hubbub of the city. The park features various statues and fountains, along with playgrounds for children.
10. Keep a lookout for Sarajevo roses
Sarajevo roses are scars left on the concrete streets of the city by the mortar shell attacks during the Bosnian war. Red resin was filled in these craters and now they resemble a rose and serve as a reminder of the city’s tragic past.
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