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With its stunning natural setting, culturally diverse - and, at times, turbulent - history, and modern vibrancy, Sarajevo is a busy city which now actively welcomes visitors to its eclectic streets. The Islamic, Orthodox, Catholic and Judaic influences and religious traditions live on side by side here, in the formerly contested capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina set against the misty backdrop of the Dinaric Alps.

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Bascarsija, Sarajevo

Sarajevo's historic downtown area, the Bascarsija, is a must-visit maze of winding alleys and wooden shop fronts. It contains some of the city's finest architectural monuments, along with a multitude of traditional cafés with outdoor seating. Look out for bargains on copper ware.

Tunnel Museum
Tuneli 1, Donji Kotorac 34, Ilidža

The Sarajevo tunnel was constructed by the citizens during the siege that took place between 1992 and 1995. Serbian forces had entirely cut off the city and this tunnel served as a link between the neighbourhoods Dobrinja and Butmir. This enabled food and aid to come in, and people to get out.

Inat Kuca
Veliki Alifakovac 1, Sarajevo

Inat Kuca is a longstanding (since 1998) traditional restaurant housed in a historical building across the bridge from the Old Town Hall. Try the bosanski lonac, a hearty lamb and vegetable stew, or other Bosnian specialties off the extensive menu. Traditional music (sevdalinka) is played.

Apetit Restaurant
Josipa Stadlera 6, Sarajevo

It is this restaurant's personal approach that leaves patrons coming back for more - the open kitchen makes for direct contact with the chef, who recreates the menu daily based on the availability of fresh ingredients. Choose from a set menu or let yourself be surprised by the chef.

Bascarsija, Sarajevo

If you’re looking for handcrafted gifts, markets or antiquities then make a beeline for the Bascarsija area. Among its myriad of winding alleys and wooden shop fronts you’ll find an array of beautifully crafted goods at amazing prices. Metal utensils are a focal point.

Pijaca Markale
Mula Mustafa Baseskije, Sarajevo

What once was the scene of a deadly attack (the market was targeted during the Siege of Sarajevo) now functions as a fruit and vegetable market. The horrendous events of the past are still commemorated in the back wall of the market and serve as reminder of Sarajevo's turbulent past.

Sarajevo International Airport
Kurta Schorka 36, Sarajevo

The international airport lies 12 km from central Sarajevo, and the way to get to and from the airport is by pre-arranged hotel bus, minibus or taxi. The taxi stand is located near Terminal B. Journey time is approximately 20 minutes. It is possible to reach the city by public transport - a bus and trolleybus runs to and from the are of Dobrinja next to the airport. Exact schedules are, however, not available. Travellers are advised to enquire with the airport Information Desk.

Public Transport

Even if Sarajevo is a walkable city there are a lot of different kinds of public transport to choose from: trams, buses, trolley bus and mini buses. The Sarajevo tram system is an excellent way of getting around town. Trams run along the main East-West Rd (Marsala Tita) and circle the Old Town. The tram system also runs as far out as the suburb of Ilidza. The bus number 31E is the most efficient service and runs throughout the city every half hour until midnight. For travelling in the inner city of Sarajevo, trams, trolleys and buses are the best choice. If you want to go up in the hills or reach a specific destination a bit further out, the mini buses are recommended. You can buy tickets in kiosks or from the driver. When travelling on trams you have to validate the ticket in a machine on board the tram. When you buy the ticket from the driver he validates it for you. A single ticket is valid for one journey and doesn't have a time limit. There is also a daily ticket that is valid on all kinds of public transport (except bus line 31E).

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