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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – travel guide and review

What I like about my current job is that it allows me to travel to countries that are not a typical holiday destination. Thus, I was three times in Bosnia and Herzegovina and more specifically in the capital Sarajevo. My first travel was in September 2009. At that time I did not know what to expect. I had a vague knowledge referring to the war in the mid-90’s when I was a teenager. So, some 15 years later I started my first travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is also called by natives “Snaga BiH”. This is due to the fact that the shape of the country resembles the thigh of a lady.

Poster with Snaga BiH

Poster with Snaga BiH

With a flight of the local air company B&H we landed at the airport of Sarajevo. There were not many passengers on board. We asked our fellow passengers about that. We were told that many people still do not trust much the local airline. Other established European air companies have been preferred even if their flights are more expensive and often not direct.

Well, I cannot judge about it as we landed safely and without any problems. Afterwards I checked some statistics about B&H and I did not find any information about incidents. It is a member of IATA and since late 2008 49% of the company is owned by the Turkish Airlines.

The airport of Sarajevo is rather small. When thinking of the airport in Frankfurt on the Main, I would say that there is absolute no chance to get confused and lose your way.

Airport Sarajevo viewed from the Tunnel

Airport Sarajevo viewed from the Tunnel

Sarajevo impressed me with its very friendly and hospitable people. As of 2009 it had about 305.000 citizens, which makes it the biggest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

National Academy of Arts on the bank of the river Miljacka

Sarajevo Academy of Arts on the bank of the river Miljacka

National Library under reconstruction in September 2009, Sarajevo

Library of Sarajevo under reconstruction in September 2009

Gradska traznica (city market) in Sarajevo

Gradska traznica (city market) in Sarajevo

Sarajevo is remarkable with its religious diversity. When you walk along the streets in the old city it becomes evident how many different religions have coexisted since many centuries: Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism.

One of the main attractions in Sarajevo is the Cathedral Jesus’ Heart in Sarajevo.

Jesus' Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo

Jesus' Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo

The Monument of the Eternal Flame was built  to commemorate the victims of the Second World War. You will find it at the corner of Marshall Tito Street, where the pedestrian area with shops and cafes starts.

Monument of Eternal Flame

Monument of Eternal Flame

Sarajevo is filled with life. Even in the late hours in the warm evenings it is difficult to find a free table to have a drink with friends. It seems that after the war people know how to cherish and enjoy life.

Cafe in the center of Sarajevo

Cafe in the center of Sarajevo

Old Town of Sarajevo

I really enjoyed walking in the Old Town of Sarajevo. It is very charming with its old handcrafts and restaurants. There are a number of small shops selling cutlery, different pots and jewelry.

Pedestrian area in old town of Sarajevo

Pedestrian area in old town of Sarajevo

A small shop selling cuttlery in old Sarajevo

A small shop selling cutlery in old Sarajevo

Sebilj wooden fountain in the old town of Sarajevo by night

Sebilj wooden fountain in the old town of Sarajevo by night

Miljacka River

Miljacka River crosses Sarajevo and east Sarajevo. It is another symbol of the city. There are several bridges that span the river. One of them is the Latin bridge. Close to it is the site, where Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sofia on 28.06.1914.

Miljacka River in Sarajevo

Graveyards in Sarajevo

When walking to the east hills of Sarajevo you will see the graveyards covered with white tombstones. It is a sad reminder of the victims in the Bosnian war. It is estimated that around 10.000 people were killed or disappeared during the siege of Sarajevo.

Graveyard in Sarajevo

Graveyard in Sarjevo

Vrelo Bosne

Vrelo Bosne is a beautiful natural park about 10 km south-west of Sarajevo. It is a lovely green park to relax during the weekend. You walk along winding paths, cross small bridges and enjoy the sight of greenery, springs and beautiful waterfalls.

Map of the Vrelo Bosna area at the entrance of the natural park

Map of the Vrelo Bosna area at the entrance of the natural park

A spring in Vrelo Bosna

A spring in Vrelo Bosne

Greenery in Vrelo Bosna natural park

Greenery in Vrelo Bosne natural park

Bosnian cuisine

A traditional dish in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Chevabdzici. This is grilled rolled minced meat (mixed lamb and beef). It usually served in flat-bread and with chopped onion. The restaurants that are serving this dish are called Chevabdzinica.

Chevabdzinica in Sarajevo

Chevabdzinica in Sarajevo

Pljeskavica tasts almost the same as Chevabdzici. It differs from it in its shape, which resembles the form of a steak.


Pljeskavica

Pljeskavica

Another tasty dish is Begova Corba. This is soup prepared mainly of chicken meat, okra, carrots, parsley, celery and eggs.

As a dessert you can try Baklava. Baklava is rather a regional specialty on the Balkans. It is a kind of pastry filled with pieces of nuts and drenched in syrup.

In Sarajevo you can enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee prepared in beautiful copper dzezve. It is an attraction also for the non-coffee-drinkers. The aroma of the coffee coming from the small cups with copper decoration is incomparable. I call it quality of life. You can buy a nice copper set with dzezve, cups and a tray from the market. Prices vary about 20,00-30,00 EUR per set.

Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee

Accommodation in Sarajevo

Very recommendable is Hotel Europe located in the Old City of Sarajevo. The hotel is very nice, modern and clean.  It is very practical to organise seminars and conferences in the hotel due to its conference hall and restaurant.

Room in Hotel Evropa in Sarajevo

Room in Hotel Evropa in Sarajevo

Escavations next to Hotel Evropa in Sarajevo

Escavations next to Hotel Evropa in Sarajevo

View from Hotel Evropa in Sarajevo by night

View from Hotel Evropa in Sarajevo by night

Author: Rositsa Sirakova

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