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10 Must-See Places in Sarajevo

Sarajevo is by far my favorite city in the world. The city is so diverse: you can see the different historical era’s in the artitecture. The old part of Sarajevo has Turkish influences and was built during the Ottoman Period. The “newer” part of the centre was built during the reign of Austria-Hungary and the further you go to the east the more it looks like a communist city.

1. City Hall

This building held a library with more than a million books. Unfortunately City Hall got bombed in 1992 during the war in Bosnia and most of the books were lost. After years of reconstruction the building opened again in 2014. There is an exhibition in the cellar about the construction and reconstruction of City Hall. The entrance fee is 2KM (€1).

2. Museum of Sarajevo

This museum is about the Austrian-Hungarian period (1878-1918) and about the murder of Crownprince Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in 1914. This event is seen as the starting point of the First World War. In this museum museum you will find the gun of the Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip who shot Franz Ferdinand and his wife. The museum is very small but interesting and the entrance fee is only 4KM (€2).

3. Vratnik

Vratnik is one of the oldest parts of Sarajevo (together with Bistrik) and used to be a town on its own. You can still see parts of the fortress, for example the Yellow Fortress. This one is easy to reach, only a 15 minute walk up a steep hill. Here you will find one of the best views on the centre of Sarajevo. There is another fortress (more like a ruin now) further up the hill, a little bit harder to reach (about 30 minutes) but it is worth the walk. It’s higher than the other fortress so you will have even better views here!

4. Goat Bridge

This bridge is located about 3 kilometers outside the old town of Sarajevo. It is pretty easy to get there, you follow the river to the east. There used to be road to the Goat Bridge, but this one is closed for traffic now. The path is very popular with the local people and especially on the weekends you will find people walking and biking along it! After about 30 minutes you will reach the bridge. You can either go back the same way or cross it and walk through the mountains to Bistrik, one of the two oldest neighbourhoods of Sarajevo. The hike in total will be around 1,5 hours but is worth every minute.

5. Ilidza, Vrelo Bosne

Ilidza is a town close to Sarajevo and is the end of the tramlines 3, 5 and 6. Near Ilidza you will find the source of the river Bosna, it is the river that gave Bosnia its name! The park surrounding the source of the river is called Vrelo Bosne and is a 25 minute walk from the tram stop. The avenue (almost majestic, straight road with trees on both sides) to Vrelo Bosne is one of the remnants of the Austrian-Hungarian reign.

6. Srebrenica Exhibition

One of the most powerful exhibitions in Sarajevo is probably the one about Srebrenica. This small exhibition is not only about Srebrenica but also about the Bosnian war in general. There are a few documentaries, one about the fall of Srebrenica and one about the Siege of Sarajevo. The entrance of the building is located next to the Cathedral, in the centre. The entrance fee is 12KM which is about €6!

7. National Museum

Unfortunately closed due to financial disagreements of the city council but the building itself is beautiful, built in the Austrian-Hungarian period! If you are on a walk through Sarajevo this building is a must-see!

8. Tunnel Museum

Very famous museum although there is nothing to see anymore. The tunnel used to be 800 metres long but now there is nothing left except a fake part of the tunnel to give you an idea what is was like during the war. However the story about the tunnel is very impressive. It was built behind a house and ran underneath the airport to supply the city during the siege.

9. Fojnica

This town is very small with only one mosque and one Franciscan monastery which are not even open all the time (you either need a guide or call the person in charge). The reason why you should go to Fojnica is Prokosko Lake. To get to this lake you need to go to Fojnica first (except when you book a tour from Sarajevo). The best time to visit is on the weekends when local people go to the lake as well and there are busses running. From Fojnica to the lake is about 1,5 hours by bus.
Prokosko jezero, Bosnia

10. Skakavac Waterfall

The most famous waterfall near Sarajevo is Skakavac (meaning: grasshopper), about 98 metres high and one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the country. From Sarajevo you can book a tour which go daily depending on how many people sign up (minimum of 2 people). You can book tours at the tourist information on Saraci, the walking street through the old part of town!