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Travel Guide: Top Places to Explore in Sarajevo

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The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina has undergone numerous transformations since 1990, becoming today a unique destination that abounds in the mixed cultures, tourist attractions and traditions.

The Baščaršija area is a true ancient ensemble of pedestrian alleyways and Turkish-style buildings that offer the central area a unique medieval ambiance. In the immediate vicinity, the city becomes a colorful space with Bosnian buildings covered in red.

Here are the most visited attractions in Sarajevo.

Baščaršija

Baščaršija or how tourists nicknamed it, Pigeon Sq, is the central area of Sarajevo, that includes pedestrian walkways, Ottoman mosques, restaurants and chic cafes, as well as a lot of shops.

Tunnel Museum

An attraction dating back to the 1990s, the Tunnel Museum is 800 meters long and 1.6 meters tall, dug under the city’s international airport. It was built for the purpose of self-defense during 1992-1995 when Sarajevo was in a crunching battle with Serb forces.

During the siege, the tunnel was the only way to connect with the outside world. Between the Butmir area and Sarajevo was established the airport runway. To be able to move on, the Bosnian army continued the tunnel under the track, equipping it to transport food from one side to the other. Thanks to this tunnel, Sarajevo managed to survive for four years.

A tour of this tunnel includes rides through narrow areas, a video presentation, a mining garden and a museum. To get here, you can choose the tram, bus or take part in a guided tour.

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Sarajevo City Hall

The Sarajevo City Hall is described as the most spectacular Austro-Hungarian building in Sarajevo due to its neo-Morrish architectural style.

The building has undergone transformations since its initial construction in 1898. During the siege in 1990, it was partly damaged, but restored & opened to the public only in 2014.

The city hall is distinguished by its colorful interior and extravagant stained glass. The ticket price also includes a tour in the basement of the building where is located the exhibition showing the history of the city between 1914 and 1981. Thus, you can personally observe the changes that have occurred in the Sarajevo culture in terms of music, clothing, art and other representative elements.

Vratnik Citadel

Dating back to 1720, Vratnik Citadel has once served as a protection of the upper city. Today only the ruins of the wall and the military gates can be seen. The area within the fortress includes several mosques, museums, old tile houses, as well as several other tourist attractions. Once you reach the fortress, don’t miss capturing the panoramic view of the lower city.

Take a walk on foot to Višegradski Kapija, go a few minutes down Carina, then reach the White Mosque. Continue the route to Bijela Džamija Lane to find the ruins of the houses called Jajce Barracks.

Sarajevo isn’t a perfect destination but is for sure a unique one. Passing through several crucial moments, the city has managed to mix perfectly the cultural elements collected from the enemy armies and to create a wide range of tourist attractions.

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Hello! I'm Lorena, I'm 22 years old and I study Law. I like getting up early in the morning, drinking coffee and writing. And I REALLY love to travel, but, unfortunately, I still haven't visited every desired country. So "To be continued..."!

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