Apr 7, 2020 - Apr 8, 2020
2 adults - 1 room
A compact city nestled between the dramatic peaks of the Dinaric Alps, Sarajevo has seen more than its fair share of turmoil. Despite a siege in the 1990s that left the city on the verge of annihilation, Sarajevo has grown into a safe, intriguing, and vibrant city with a beautifully restored historic centre and dozens of museums highlighting its intense history. It is truly a history buff's dream!
Sarajevo's curious blend of Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Yugoslav influences are apparent in both the architecture and the local way of life. The locals love to sit back and watch the world go by over a cup of coffee, and the city's cobblestone streets are full of charm. If you want a place to slow down and relax over a great meal with good company, this city is the perfect place to do it.
Surrounded by gorgeous natural landscapes on all sides and perfectly situated in the centre of Southeastern Europe, Sarajevo is the perfect starting point for travelers looking to explore the region in a rental car. It is also one of the most affordable capital cities in Europe, so it's an especially attractive option for travelers on a budget!
Sarajevo's Old Town (Baščaršija) is the most impressive and active of all the city's districts. Here you'll find a beautifully restored historic centre with world-class cafes and restaurants, two old covered bazaars, and the Baščaršija Square and Sebilj Fountain, one of Sarajevo's most iconic landmarks.
Head for a stroll along the Miljacka river for a great view of the city's 11 bridges, each with their own unique stories. In fact, a bridge tour is one of the best ways to get to know the city's history! If you're feeling adventurous, you can even take a tour through a Bosnian War-era tunnel known as the Sarajevo tunnel, which has since been turned into a very interesting military history museum.
Fortunately, most of Sarajevo's hotels and hostels are located within walking distance of the Old Town on the north side of the river, making it easy to reach all of Sarajevo's main attractions. For example, Hotel Old Town is just steps from the Sarajevo clock tower, while Hotel President offers stunning views over the Miljacka. If you don't mind a bit of highway driving, you can also stay in the western part of the city for almost half the price!
The average hotel near the Old Town costs between $100 and $125 per night. If you stay away from the city centre, you can find hotels at $50-$75 per night.
Yes! Hotel Boutique 36 offers a funky, modern vibe with a cozy lounge just 4 minutes from the city centre. The City Boutique Hotel offers a more sophisticated experience with a beautiful rooftop lounge. Another hotel to check out is the ESHE Boutique Hotel, a budget-friendly option just 200m from the Sebilj Fountain.
The Hotel Hills Sarajevo Congress & Thermal Spa Resort offers a luxury stay for families with a great hotel in an area quiet enough for kids. Another great, affordable option is the Radon Plaza Hotel, located about 8km from the city centre.
An absolutely fascinating city with warm people and interesting sights. Sarajevo has recovered remarkably since being the site of a war in the 90s.
Melting pot of culture, music, food, history, nature Sarajevo is a magical city
The most beautiful and charming city. Visited on a tour of the Balkans and no idea what to expect but blown away by the beauty of the city and setting, and the incredible history and resilience of the people. The history, from the ottoman era onwards, is fascinating and clearly evident as you walk through the centre. Most notable and touching is the ongoing recovery from the war and siege of the nineties. Took a wonderful tour with a woman who lived through that time to see the Yellow Fort, tunnel museum and Jewish cemetery; cannot recommend highly enough. Several museums sensitively exploring the Yugoslav war and it’s impact; the photographic exhibition on Srebrenica and the War Childhood both heartbreaking but important. Everyone should visit Sarajevo.
Full of history, culture, nature, and last but not least, amazing Bosnian food!