The Ultimate Guide to an Unforgettable Weekend in Sarajevo

Are you ready to have a blast in Sarajevo? This charming city is full of history, delicious food, and exciting sights. So, let’s get ready for an epic weekend in Sarajevo!

First up, we’re heading to the old town, also known as Baščaršija or simply Čaršija. This place is the heart and soul of the city, with cobblestone streets, hookah bars, and souvenir shops galore. But before you get there, don’t forget to check out the Eternal Flame, a monument to victims killed during World War II that never goes out (thanks to gas power!).

Once you’re in Čaršija, get ready to be blown away by Sebilj, the iconic 18th-century water fountain that locals believe guarantees a return visit to the city. And the best part? You can drink from it for free! Quench your thirst and get ready for more adventure.

Don’t forget to try some traditional local dishes while you’re in town. From cevapi to burek, the food scene in Sarajevo is a feast for the senses. And for those looking to dive deeper into the city’s rich history, the War Tunnel Museum is a must-visit. This underground tunnel was used during the Siege of Sarajevo, and the museum offers a powerful look at the city’s struggles and resilience.

Get Your Grub On!

Let’s talk about food, baby! If you’re a ‘poguzija’ (a person who loves to eat) like us, then you’re in for a treat in Sarajevo. Bosnian cuisine is a must-try when you’re in this fantastic city. Don’t settle for fast food chains when you can have some of the best traditional foods in the heart of Sarajevo’s Baščaršija.

When in Sarajevo, you have to try ćevapi – minced meat kebabs served with flatbread and chopped onion. It’s a favorite among locals and one of the most iconic dishes in Sarajevo. You can find it in almost any ćevabdžinica in the city, but Željo is our top pick. We’re not trying to start a beef, but Željo has the highest ratings on Google Maps and TripAdvisor.

Now, let’s talk desserts. Head to Saraj Bosna for some of the best baklavas in the city. This patisserie is tucked away in an alley in Ferhadija street, right across Alija Izetbegović square. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love their classic baklava, chocolate baklava, and baklava filled with sweet kajmak – our personal favorite! Trust us; you won’t regret it!

Check Out The Museums

If you’re a history buff or just curious about Sarajevo’s past, visiting one of the city’s many museums is a must-do activity. However, if you’re not in the mood for a heavy, emotional experience, you might want to skip the ones dedicated to the war.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of options for fun and interesting museum visits in Sarajevo. The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a great place to start. It’s huge, and it has exhibits covering various topics, so there’s something for everyone. Make sure to check out the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the museum’s most famous exhibits.

If you’re into art, you should definitely visit the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There, you can see works from Bosnian artists and temporary exhibits featuring artists from all over the world. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a modern art exhibit at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, located just across the street from the National Museum.

Exploring the Bustling Markets and Unique Boutiques of Sarajevo’s Old Town

If you love shopping, then Sarajevo has plenty to offer. Forget the big chain stores and head straight to the old town, where you can find a plethora of smaller shops selling everything from slippers to hookahs. You can spend hours wandering around the narrow alleys of Baščaršija, browsing through the many different shops that sell traditional outfits, scarves, hats, leather bags, fancy jewelry, watches, and more.

If you’re looking for something more practical to wear, head to the bazaar in the city center, called Sirano. It’s a great place to shop on a budget, with cheap clothes, accessories, shoes, bags, toys, and designer knockoffs. The bazaar is located just through a narrow passage to the right of the Eternal Flame.

In addition to the old town and bazaar, there are also several modern shopping centers in Sarajevo. The largest and most popular of these is the Sarajevo City Center, located near the Marijin Dvor neighborhood. Here you’ll find a wide range of international brands, as well as a cinema, restaurants, and cafes.

If you’re interested in local crafts, be sure to check out the shops in the vicinity of Baščaršija, where you can find unique handmade items such as copper pots, traditional carpets, and wooden souvenirs. Keep in mind that prices can vary significantly, so be sure to bargain with the shopkeepers to get the best deal.

Get Your Hike On!

Are you ready for some adventure? Sarajevo’s got you covered! With mountains and hills surrounding the city, you’re never too far from a stunning view. Don’t have a car? No problem! There’s a hiking trail that starts right in the city center and takes you to Barice. The uphill hike takes around 2-3 hours, so it’s perfect for those looking for a challenge.

If you’re not feeling up to the full hike, hop on a weekend minibus that departs from the Park station. Once you reach Barice, you can explore the area with a 4-kilometer hike to Čavljak. And if all that hiking works up an appetite, there’s a restaurant on-site serving up delicious traditional Bosnian food and drinks while you take in the breathtaking nature around you. So, let’s hit the trails!

Get Ready to Be Amazed by Sarajevo’s Stunning Views

What’s a trip to Sarajevo without enjoying the breathtaking views of this beautiful city? You can’t leave without visiting some of the best spots that offer panoramic views.

First up is the Avaz Twist Tower, the easiest spot to visit as a tourist. The 36th-floor observation deck gives you an incredible view of the city and its surrounding hills. It’s a must-visit for anyone who wants to take in the beauty of Sarajevo.

If you’re feeling adventurous, head to the White Fortress above the old town. It’s a bit of a climb, but the view from the top is worth the effort. You’ll be amazed by the stunning view of the city that stretches out before you.

If that sounds like too much work, the Yellow Bastion is a perfect alternative. It’s just a 10-minute walk from the Sebilj monument, and there’s even a cafe on-site where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view with a drink in hand.

For even more stunning views, venture a bit outside of the city center to Gönül Kahvesi cafe. You can enjoy a cup of coffee and delicious cupcakes while admiring the exquisite view of Sarajevo. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner date, Park Prinčeva is the perfect spot. The classy restaurant offers an unforgettable panoramic view that will take your breath away.

Ride the Cable Car

Let’s talk about taking your sightseeing game to new heights – literally! Are you ready to ride the cable car and see Sarajevo from a whole new perspective? If you’re up for an adventure, then the Trebević cable car is calling your name.

Not only is it a thrilling experience, but you’ll also be treated to stunning views of the city that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. And, if you’re feeling extra daring, you can even explore Trebević mountain once you get to the top.

The cable car has a special place in the hearts of Sarajevans – it was first built in 1959 and became a symbol of the city. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during the siege, but it has since been reconstructed and reopened to the public in 2018.

The ride itself takes only 7 minutes, but it’s guaranteed to be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. You can choose to stay in the cabin and enjoy the ride back down or step out and take a walk around Trebević. Whatever you decide, be sure to visit the abandoned bobsleigh track – it’s one of the most iconic spots on the mountain.

Not up for walking around? No problem! You can complete the entire ride in just 20 minutes and still have plenty of time to explore the city. So, are you ready to take flight and see Sarajevo from a bird’s eye view?

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