Ir al contenido

Sarajevo Local Guide

Aida

Sarajevo Local Guide

Sightseeing
Great view of the entire city and a breath of fresh air during both hot summer days and stuffy winter ones. The place is full of history as the original cable car that was destroyed during the Bosnian war (1992-1995) was made in 1959 and was a popular attraction for people from Sarajevo of all generations. Its reopening in 2018 thus meant a lot for the locals and colorful cable cars traveling over the Old Town represent city's full recovery from its troublesome recent past. On the top, you can enjoy a stunning view of the city, a nice walk, coffee or a lunch at the mountain-house restaurant and can walk the Olympic bobsleigh track.
6
personas locales recomiendan
Cable Car Sarajevo - Teleférico de Sarajevo
6
personas locales recomiendan
Great view of the entire city and a breath of fresh air during both hot summer days and stuffy winter ones. The place is full of history as the original cable car that was destroyed during the Bosnian war (1992-1995) was made in 1959 and was a popular attraction for people from Sarajevo of all generations. Its reopening in 2018 thus meant a lot for the locals and colorful cable cars traveling over the Old Town represent city's full recovery from its troublesome recent past. On the top, you can enjoy a stunning view of the city, a nice walk, coffee or a lunch at the mountain-house restaurant and can walk the Olympic bobsleigh track.
The house provides a great insight into the way Bosnian muslims lived during the Ottoman times. It's a unique opportunity to step into the past and see the world as it seemed to wealthy Sarajevo residents of the time. You will be able to see the living quarters of the men, the women and the servants. The house is extremely well preserved especially given that it is made of wood.
24
personas locales recomiendan
Svrzo's House
8 Glođina
24
personas locales recomiendan
The house provides a great insight into the way Bosnian muslims lived during the Ottoman times. It's a unique opportunity to step into the past and see the world as it seemed to wealthy Sarajevo residents of the time. You will be able to see the living quarters of the men, the women and the servants. The house is extremely well preserved especially given that it is made of wood.
Despić House is an old merchant house, established in 1881 by one of the wealthiest and most prominent Serb families in Sarajevo. It is great to visit it right after the visit to the Svrzo's house as it will provide for a fully immersive Sarajevo time-travel experience between the Ottoman and the Austro Hungarian periods.
11
personas locales recomiendan
Despić House
2 Despića
11
personas locales recomiendan
Despić House is an old merchant house, established in 1881 by one of the wealthiest and most prominent Serb families in Sarajevo. It is great to visit it right after the visit to the Svrzo's house as it will provide for a fully immersive Sarajevo time-travel experience between the Ottoman and the Austro Hungarian periods.
On 28th of June 1914, Gavrilo Princip shot the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie Chotek of Austria right next to this bridge. This event was a spark that set Europe on fire and marked the beginning of the First World War. Bridge itself provides for a nice viewing point of the Austro-Hungarian part of the city, and from it you can follow Princip's steps that led to the assassination. If you'd like to dive deeper into the history of the event you can visit the museum on the north side of the river.
38
personas locales recomiendan
Latin Bridge
38
personas locales recomiendan
On 28th of June 1914, Gavrilo Princip shot the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie Chotek of Austria right next to this bridge. This event was a spark that set Europe on fire and marked the beginning of the First World War. Bridge itself provides for a nice viewing point of the Austro-Hungarian part of the city, and from it you can follow Princip's steps that led to the assassination. If you'd like to dive deeper into the history of the event you can visit the museum on the north side of the river.
A nice viewpoint of the whole city, especially the Old Town at any point in the day but we'd recommend to visit it for the sunset as the view becomes truly magical. On your way up you can cross the Kovaci memorial center for the fallen soldiers of the Bosnian war (1992-1995) that is also the resting place of the first Bosnian president, Alija Izetbegovic.
36
personas locales recomiendan
Yellow Bastion
36
personas locales recomiendan
A nice viewpoint of the whole city, especially the Old Town at any point in the day but we'd recommend to visit it for the sunset as the view becomes truly magical. On your way up you can cross the Kovaci memorial center for the fallen soldiers of the Bosnian war (1992-1995) that is also the resting place of the first Bosnian president, Alija Izetbegovic.
The biggest mosque in the town but in our opinion, it's its history rather than its size that makes it special. Gazi Husrev Bey, as you probably already know if you've read up on Sarajevo, is one of the most important people for the city's history. He is famous as he was a great philanthropist that left all his inheritance to the town's Muslim community that was later used to build the public library, high-school and a public bathroom in the area. The mosque was built while the Bey was still alive. He received and order (as the governor of the Sanjak of Bosnia) from the Ottoman emperor Suleiman I to build a central mosque in the town. Gazi Husrev Bey obeyed and built what is now known as Bey's Mosque. He also decided to build a smaller mosque on the opposite side of the river in his name and leave it to community. After both mosques were completed he informed the emperor. The emperor was pleased but ordered Gazi Husrev Bey to switch the names of the mosques and he was certain that the Bey put his name on the bigger and more beautiful mosque. As we know today, this was was not true, but Gazi Husrev Bey obeyed and now the city's central mosque bears his name, while the Emperor's Mosque is on the opposite side of the river from the city center.
43
personas locales recomiendan
Gazi Husrev-beg's Mosque
43
personas locales recomiendan
The biggest mosque in the town but in our opinion, it's its history rather than its size that makes it special. Gazi Husrev Bey, as you probably already know if you've read up on Sarajevo, is one of the most important people for the city's history. He is famous as he was a great philanthropist that left all his inheritance to the town's Muslim community that was later used to build the public library, high-school and a public bathroom in the area. The mosque was built while the Bey was still alive. He received and order (as the governor of the Sanjak of Bosnia) from the Ottoman emperor Suleiman I to build a central mosque in the town. Gazi Husrev Bey obeyed and built what is now known as Bey's Mosque. He also decided to build a smaller mosque on the opposite side of the river in his name and leave it to community. After both mosques were completed he informed the emperor. The emperor was pleased but ordered Gazi Husrev Bey to switch the names of the mosques and he was certain that the Bey put his name on the bigger and more beautiful mosque. As we know today, this was was not true, but Gazi Husrev Bey obeyed and now the city's central mosque bears his name, while the Emperor's Mosque is on the opposite side of the river from the city center.
Finished in 1896, the Town Hall is a masterpiece designed by Czech architect Karel Pařík that combines Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian building styles. The dome and interior recall a more of an oriental approach, while the windows, outdoor colors and size are more specific to the North-Western Europan architecture. The Town Hall was the largest building in the city at the time and served as a city hall, thus the name. Since 1949 the building has been taken over by the National Library and which held 1.5 million volumes (155.000 of which were rare books and manuscripts). Unfortunately, majority of this cultural treasure was destroyed on 25th August 1992, when Serbian shelling during the Siege of Sarajevo caused the complete destruction of the library. The building was reconstructed and finally reopened on May 9th 2014, and similarly to the Cable Car, represents the re-birth of the city after the destructive war of the 90s. Today it is once again a City Hall but you can enter and enjoy the interior architecture, like the stained glass ceiling. Often, various art and historic exhibitions and other cultural events are held in the City Hall.
46
personas locales recomiendan
Sarajevo City Hall
46
personas locales recomiendan
Finished in 1896, the Town Hall is a masterpiece designed by Czech architect Karel Pařík that combines Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian building styles. The dome and interior recall a more of an oriental approach, while the windows, outdoor colors and size are more specific to the North-Western Europan architecture. The Town Hall was the largest building in the city at the time and served as a city hall, thus the name. Since 1949 the building has been taken over by the National Library and which held 1.5 million volumes (155.000 of which were rare books and manuscripts). Unfortunately, majority of this cultural treasure was destroyed on 25th August 1992, when Serbian shelling during the Siege of Sarajevo caused the complete destruction of the library. The building was reconstructed and finally reopened on May 9th 2014, and similarly to the Cable Car, represents the re-birth of the city after the destructive war of the 90s. Today it is once again a City Hall but you can enter and enjoy the interior architecture, like the stained glass ceiling. Often, various art and historic exhibitions and other cultural events are held in the City Hall.
One of the mandatory stops if you came to see the "Europe's Jerusalem" as Sarajevo is often called. The cathedral is built in the Neo-Gothic style, with Romanesque Revival elements. The building was designed by Josip Vancaš that modeled it after the Notre-Dame in Dijon (France). In front you can see the statue of Pope John II that is a very loved throughout the city because of help and morale support he provided for all Bosnians after the war.
42
personas locales recomiendan
Catedral del Corazón de Jesús
42
personas locales recomiendan
One of the mandatory stops if you came to see the "Europe's Jerusalem" as Sarajevo is often called. The cathedral is built in the Neo-Gothic style, with Romanesque Revival elements. The building was designed by Josip Vancaš that modeled it after the Notre-Dame in Dijon (France). In front you can see the statue of Pope John II that is a very loved throughout the city because of help and morale support he provided for all Bosnians after the war.
Third stop on the "European Jerusalem" tour. This is the largest Serbian Orthodox church in Sarajevo and one of the largest in the Balkans. The exterior is overwhelming and can be recognized from any viewpoint around the city, while the interior is dark and empty, typical of Orthodox churches. The local priests that run the cathedral are very friendly, happy to chat about the cathedral and answer any questions (as long as you don't come during the prayer time of course).
10
personas locales recomiendan
Catedral de la Natividad de la Madre de Dios
1 Zelenih beretki
10
personas locales recomiendan
Third stop on the "European Jerusalem" tour. This is the largest Serbian Orthodox church in Sarajevo and one of the largest in the Balkans. The exterior is overwhelming and can be recognized from any viewpoint around the city, while the interior is dark and empty, typical of Orthodox churches. The local priests that run the cathedral are very friendly, happy to chat about the cathedral and answer any questions (as long as you don't come during the prayer time of course).
The ultimate stop of the "European Jerusalem" tour. The Sarajevo Ashkenazi synagogue was designed by Karel Pařík (as the City Hall) and built in 1902. It was devastated, but not completely destroyed, by the Nazis in 1941 after which it was completely reconstructed. However, not even the last war left it without scars, and the current look has been perfected in the reconstruction of the 2000s.
14
personas locales recomiendan
Ashkenazi Synagogue
59 Hamdije Kreševljakovića
14
personas locales recomiendan
The ultimate stop of the "European Jerusalem" tour. The Sarajevo Ashkenazi synagogue was designed by Karel Pařík (as the City Hall) and built in 1902. It was devastated, but not completely destroyed, by the Nazis in 1941 after which it was completely reconstructed. However, not even the last war left it without scars, and the current look has been perfected in the reconstruction of the 2000s.
Neighborhoods
Heart of the Old Town, where you feel like stepping straight into the Ottoman Empire. It is famous for one-story shops that sell mostly souvenirs on the main walkway but are still street-specific by craft when you walk into the small alleys around the Sebilj fountain. You will see many mosques around but if you'd like to visit just one we'd recommend the Bay's mosque.
60
personas locales recomiendan
Baščaršija
60
personas locales recomiendan
Heart of the Old Town, where you feel like stepping straight into the Ottoman Empire. It is famous for one-story shops that sell mostly souvenirs on the main walkway but are still street-specific by craft when you walk into the small alleys around the Sebilj fountain. You will see many mosques around but if you'd like to visit just one we'd recommend the Bay's mosque.