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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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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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$30.74
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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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$46.71
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$46.71
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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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$36.88
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Private tour: Balkans dark side - Tunnel of Hope

Private tour: Balkans dark side - Tunnel of Hope

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Learn about the Siege of Sarajevo and visit the Sarajevo Tunnel museum on this guided tour. Depart from Sarajevo and travel in a vehicle to the Sarajevo Tunnel. On the way, listen to your guide explain the recent history of Sarajevo. After time in the museum, visit the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Zetra Olympic Complex, site of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games.
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  • 3 hours
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$44.34
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Rakija Tasting Tour

Rakija Tasting Tour

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Experience Bosnian bar culture and taste the local spirit on this rakija tasting tour. Accompanied by a guide, visit local cafes and learn about Bosnian history while sampling a wide range of rakija made from plums, cherries, grapes, honey, nuts, and herbs. Hear stories about Sarajevo and listen to traditional Bosnian music.
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  • 2 hours
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$52.86
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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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$23.36
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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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$18.44
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Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family

Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family

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Sit down to a home-made Bosnian dinner in a family home and enjoy a friendly evening of local hospitality. With the chance to chat with Bosnians about their food, culture, and history, this family dinner is a fun way to leave the tourist trail behind while savoring a hearty meal of traditional cuisine.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Sarajevo Walking tour

Private Sarajevo Walking tour

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Learn about Sarajevo’s unique blend of history and empires on this guided walking tour. Stroll through the Ottoman-era Bascarsija Square. Browse for souvenirs on the Coppersmith Street. Admire the Austro-Hungarian architecture that dots the city. Learn about the Latin Bridge and the beginning of World War I from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.56
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$27.56
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