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How to Spend 1 Day in Sarajevo

How to Spend 1 Day in Sarajevo

Bullet holes still scar Sarajevo’s buildings, but the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina has emerged from a chaotic past to become one of eastern Europe’s most fascinating places. Minarets meet church towers here, and since key sights are packed into a walkable historic center, you can cover the basics in just one day. Here’s how.

 

Morning: Old Town Explorer

Centered around the city’s historic bazaar, Old Town Sarajevo—also called Baščaršija—is home to landmark buildings and great souvenir shops. The narrow streets make this area ideal for walking, whether you’re on your own or exploring as part of a tour. Sights here span Sarajevo’s diverse cultures, from the Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and the distinctively striped Sarajevo City Hall. This is also where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot in 1914, sparking the First World War; look for a plaque near the north end of the Latin Bridge.

Afternoon: Wartime History

Some of Sarajevo’s most moving destinations focus on the long war and siege that tore the country apart in the 1990s, and a wide range of tours explore the city through the lens of that conflict. It takes time to absorb the stories, so pick one or two destinations to spend your afternoon. Descend into the Sarajevo War Tunnel and see how supplies were smuggled into the besieged city, or visit the War Childhood Museum to learn about growing up in a time of conflict. As worthwhile as it is hard to visit, the Museum of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide documents some of the most tragic events of the war here.

 

Night: Local Flavors

For a taste of Sarajevo’s vibrant food culture, head back to the Old Town for a delicious evening of food and drink. Coffee is beloved—often served Turkish-style in a tiny cup—or you can try a glass of rakija, a locally distilled spirit. Among the most popular snacks isćevapi, flatbread served with sausage, minced onions, and thick cream. For a more in-depth food experience, gourmet tours are available that range from tasting tours to cooking classes and family meals.

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War Tunnel Tour in Sarajevo

War Tunnel Tour in Sarajevo

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Explore Sarajevo’s wartime history on a tour of the city’s key sites, including siege-era cemeteries, the Tunnel Museum, and buildings scarred by heavy shelling. Hear firsthand stories about life during the Siege of Sarajevo, then learn how the region has redrawn borders and recovered from the conflict.
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  • 2 hours
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$20.61
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Modern World Longest Siege - Siege of Sarajevo Half-day Tour

Modern World Longest Siege - Siege of Sarajevo Half-day Tour

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Gain fascinating insight into the intriguing military history of Sarajevo during a tour of the War Tunnel Museum and sites associated with the Siege of Sarajevo. With an expert historian guide, see soul-stirring sites of violent massacres like Sniper Alley, and then descend to the Tunnel of Hope to receive an introduction to the longest siege in history. Next, visit the history-shrouded mountain of Trebević, and enjoy panoramic city views from the summit, as well as the Yellow Bastion and Jewish Cemetery.
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  • 4 hours
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$32.55
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Sarajevo Grand Walking Tour

Sarajevo Grand Walking Tour

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Learn about Sarajevo’s complex history from a guide on this walking tour of the city. Stroll through the historic center and admire the mix of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslav architecture. Hear stories about the beginning of World War One and the conflicts through the 20th century that touched Sarajevo. Stay hydrated with bottled water.
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  • 3 hours
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$16.70
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$16.70
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Sarajevo Gourmet Food & City Tour

Sarajevo Gourmet Food & City Tour

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Taste your way through Sarajevo on this culinary walking tour. In the company of a guide, stroll the city’s scenic streets and learn about Bosnian culture through food. Visit a local market and sample cheeses, cured meats, and more. Stop by a restaurant and try Bosnian pie, and sip homemade brandy. As you walk, admire historic cathedrals, squares, museums, war memorials, and more.
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  • 3 hours
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$42.29
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Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family

Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family

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Would you like to go on a historical adventure of Bosnia and Herzegovina through its cuisine in a unique and traditional Bosnian home atmosphere? Dinner with Bosnian family Meet Bosnia Travel has what you are looking for! We are offering an exclusive opportunity for you to have the best authentic Bosnia experience. Known for its hospitality, delicious traditional homemade and artisan cuisine, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s many qualities will be experienced first-hand. Join us and try a lot of delicacies, as: Sogan dolma, Sarma, different kind of pies- as burek (king of all pies), or Zeljanica (perfect for vegetarians), then must try desserts- Baklava, Hurmasica, Kadaif, Tufahija, and must coffe at the end. During the dinner, you will also have a chance to hear a lot about Bosnian tradition, history and culture. Hear how it was living before 50 or 100 years, because Bosnian people take care a lot about these stories and they are taken from one to another generation over the years.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Eat, Pray, Love Tour

Eat, Pray, Love Tour

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Get to know Sarajevo better on this guided walking tour. Learn about the history, culture and food of Sarajevo from your guide and listen to the story of the Spite House. Stroll through streets where you can learn about traditional crafts. Taste local food like baklava and sip a cup of dark Bosnian coffee. Visit Bascarsija, the Jewish Quarter, Sarajevo Cathedral, Synod Orthodox Church, and more.
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  • 4 hours
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