Sarajevo Walking tour
4 hours Sarajevo
Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina, sorrounded by Olyimpic mountins, in the valley of river Miljacka. Population of Sarajevo is cca 420 000 citizens. Established as a city in 15th century by Isaj Bey Ishakovic, Sarajevo became a main crossroad for caravans and traders from east, west, north and south. It has rich culture, and for centuries presence of all monotheistic religions. In circle of just 100 meters you can find mosque, orthodox church, chatolic chaetedral and jewish synagogue in the town. Walking trough the main street you can see the fine line between Ottoman and Austro - Hungarian architecture - we call it "Sarajevo meeting of cultures". Take a tour with us and discover our small city with big stories, the place where east meets west.
First stop on our tour will be Seher-Cehajina Bridge, that connects Spite house and City Hall. It's located in the Old town, on the spot where story of Sarajevo as a city begins before these two atractions. After introduction we'll visit City Hall (National libery) built in 1896. in Moorish style. It's triangle shaped building full of decorations and unique details. City Hall was destroyed during the last war, we reconstructed it on summer 2014.
After City Hall we'll proceed to the heart of Old Town - main square Bascarsija. On the way well cross the street with restaurants of bosnian traditional dish Čevapi. Going trough the only remaining street from Ottoman period - Kazandžiluk and entering Baščaršija, you'll enjoy the smell of Bosnian coffee and flavours of hookah bars. Bascarsija is the main square with its famous public font Sebilj.
From Baščaršija we'll move down the Sarači street to Gazi Husrev Bey's mosque. It's the most important mosque in Sarajevo with beautiful story of its builder. Near the mosque there is Clock tower also from the XV century, Madrass, and Morica Han.
Sarajevo is multicultural, multireligious and multiethnical city for centuries. Nearby Gazi Husrev Bey's mosque there are Jewish old and new temples, Sacred Heart Chaetedral and Old Orthodox Church.
There is a border, in the "sweet corner" in Old town, between two cultures - two empires. That border is called "Sarajevo meeting of Cultures" and its a place where you can see two sides of the street, on one side Ottoman architecture ends and on the other side Austro - Hungarian architecture starts.
Moving from Sweet corner trough Bezistan, Sarajevo's covered market from Ottoman Empire, to one of the most visited locations in Sarajevo, Latin bridge. Famous for assassination of Austro - Hungarian archduke Franz Ferdinand, what triggered the WWI.
Drive trough the city to Bosna springs, the nature protected area in Ilidza, the green oasis of Sarajevo. Bosna is the river from witch this country got the name.
At the end of the tour we'll visit Sarajevo's tunnel. With introduction about the Bosnian war and siege of Sarajevo you'll learn what was hapening here during the longest siege in modern history '92-'95. We'll visit Tunnel museum, watch a short film about the war and go trough the tunnel.