Sarajevo (Bos. Sarajevo, Turkish Saraybosna) is the capital and seat of government of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and is located in southern Europe.



Sarajevo has some sights, e.g. old mosques or churches. Sarajevo has the oldest preserved (renovated) mosque in the country (Serbia, BiH, Croatia etc.) It is worth a visit! Also for non-Muslims!



There are several churches worth seeing in the old town.

After Prague, Sarajevo has the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. The oldest tombstone is from the 17th century. The site is on a steep slope and can hardly be visited by disabled people.

Castles, chateaux and palaces
"Yellow Fortress" In the vicinity of the old town there is the small castle "Yellow Fortress". From here you have a wonderful view in all directions of Sarajevo. There are two old city gates with a connecting wall nearby. In one of the gates is the Museum for Ilije Izetbegovic.

The 30 meter high clock tower is located in the old town. The building can only be viewed from the outside. Within walking distance, on a square, is Sebilj, a popular postcard motif, a fountain from the Ottoman era.

The buildings of the university and especially the main post office on the riverside are worth seeing. The main post office is not very impressive from the outside, but has a large, glass-covered and elegantly furnished counter hall.

The old market hall, called Markale, is still in operation today. During the Bosnian War in the 1990s, numerous people were violently killed here. A memorial plaque nearby reminds of this.

The former National Gallery has been converted into a memorial. A visit is definitely worthwhile.

Tunnel Museum ("Tunnel of Hope"). The tunnel museum is worth a visit. It is a little hidden near the airport in the district of Butmir. You can see and walk a (very) short piece of the tunnel, which was the only (secret) land connection to the outside world during the siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War. In a former home there is a small, well-equipped museum with numerous objects and photos. Visitors are shown a short film which, without extensive explanations, shows very impressively and oppressively the events of the war in the city and the tunnel construction and its use. Note for physically disabled people: the museum and tunnel are not barrier-free

Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zmaja od Bosne 5. Tel .: +387 (0) 33 226 098. The Historical Museum is also well worth a visit. It is located opposite the American embassy and the Holiday Inn hotel, which was very famous from the war days. In a dilapidated building, different periods of the country's history are presented in two sections. One section contains numerous objects, documents and photos from Sarajevo at the time of the Bosnian War in the 1990s. The exhibition wants to largely dispense with a historical classification, but presents everyday life and war events very tangible and impressive from the point of view of ordinary people. The second section deals with the older history of the country up to World War II. There is also a photo exhibition with images of war, which in turn clearly focuses on individual people.
Museum of contemporary Art Sarajevo (Ars Aevi), Terezija bb. Tel .: +387 (0) 33 216 927. This museum shows exhibits by well-known international artists with its exhibition Ars Aevi. It is located in a building that belongs to the Olympic sports complex "Skenderija". The idea for the collection was born during the siege in the Bosnian War and can rely on broad support, among others refer to UNESCO. The exhibition is still under construction, but can already present works by over 100 well-known artists, including Beuys, Tony Cragg and others. A new museum building elsewhere was designed by Renzo Piano, but not yet started.
Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This museum is located in the old synagogue. The relatively small but impressive exhibition is worth seeing. It is dedicated to religious objects, the Jewish history of Sarajevo and the persecution during the Second World War.
Museum of Ilije Izetbegovic. This small museum for Ilije Izetbegovic is located in an old city gate near the Yellow Fortress, whose tomb is located in a cemetery a little downhill.


Museum of War Childhood (Muzej ratnog djetinjstva), 30-32, Logavina, Sarajevo, 71000. Tel .: +387 (0) 33 535 558.

Streets and squares
Latin bridge (Latinska ćuprija) (Latinska ćuprija). The Latin Bridge is widely known for the fact that the Austro-Hungarian heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were killed on June 28, 1914. The attack is considered to be one of the triggers of the First World War. The architecture of the bridge is worth a look, and there is a museum next door that commemorates the attack.

As far as travel planning allows, you should go to a viewing platform above the city at sunset.


Getting here

1 Tourist information, Trgovke (at the south end of the main square with the Sebilj Fountain). The only "official" tourist info. All the other shops with information signs, which are frequent in the old Town, are private agencies that, first of all, want to sell their tours. Open: sporadically.

By plane
Sarajevo Airport (International airport Sarajevo, IATA: SJJ; in the suburb of Butmir, a good 6 km to the city center) . renovated in 2001 and extended in 2021. From the German-speaking countries there are (as of autumn 2021) several times a week direct flights with Austrian Airlines from Vienna, with Lufthansa from Frankfurt, with Eurowings from Cologne / Bonn and Stuttgart and with Swiss from Zurich. In the winter months, flights to and from Sarajevo are occasionally cancelled due to dense ground fog.
The airport is connected to the city center by express buses to Baščaršija from Centrotrans (tickets from the driver, at the kiosk in the airport or via their app), which are somewhat irregular, depending on the day of the week 6-10 times/tgl., traffic. One piece of luggage is free of charge in the standard price of 5 KM, each additional one also costs 5 KM. It also runs the city bus line 103.

More comfortable but not immune from possible fraud attempts are the numerous taxis, whose stand is at Terminal B.

By train
Main Railway Station (Glavna željeznička stanica u Sarajevu) . Large, impressive late Socialist hall from a time when a functioning railway operation was a matter of course. From Banja Luka or Mostar it is recommended to arrive by modern Talgo trains. The connections are very inexpensive. Especially the route from Mostar to Sarajevo through the Neretva Valley is beautiful. One train per day should go from/to Bihać. Unfortunately, the train traffic is severely restricted in 2022, you have to make sure every time whether the selected connection is also running.

From the central station you can easily get to the city center with the regular trams.

By bus
Buses run daily from many European cities to Sarajevo all year round, e.g. from numerous German and Austrian cities. Furthermore, Sarajevo can of course be easily reached from Croatia.

Bus station Sarajevo (on the M18; next to the main railway station. Trams to the city center on the forecourt). Central transfer point also for regional buses of the company Centrotrans and intercity buses. It makes sense that the booking offices of other long-distance bus companies (including international routes) are located in the ticket hall of the nearby main station. Without waiting room or luggage storage. No timetable notices, but departure signs on the treadmills on the respective bus platform. International departures on higher numbers. Overall, a rotten affair. Cafés in the bus platform area, there are also chargeable, not very appealing toilets.

Istočno Bus Station (8 km outside, reachable by bus line 103 from Trg Austrije in 30min.). Buses from Montenegro, Serbia and Republika Srpska. Even more dilapidated than the other bus station. No ATM or currency exchange for arrivals, dingy café, taxis are rare. A "station tax" is required on departure. You should insist on a receipt that shows "1KM" as an amount to prevent the money from seeping into corrupt employees.

On the street
From the southwest you can reach Sarajevo via the European Route E73, which branches off from the E65 along the coast at Ploče in Croatia and leads to Sarajevo via Mostar. From the north you can also get to Sarajevo via the E73 via Zenica or the E661 via Banja-Luka. The latter two roads also come from Croatia. To the east, towards Serbia, the E761 stretches via Višegrad.


Around the city

In der Stadt gibt es ein gut ausgebautes Netz von Straßenbahnen, Bussen und Elektrobussen, betrieben von JKP GRAS Sarajevo, wobei für Touristen insbesondere die Straßenbahnlinie(n) von Bedeutung sein dürften. Zwar gibt es verschiedene Liniennummern, im wesentlichen verläuft die einzige Strecke zwischen der 1 Wendeschleife um das Altstadtviertel an der Ost-West-Hauptstraße M18 bis zum Hauptbahnhof bzw. dem 2 Endhalt Malta-Straße wenige hundert Meter weiter. ((Stand: Jun 2020) sind auf der 1 km langen Verlängerung bis zum Gradski Saobraćaj-Depot die Schienen herausgerissen.)

Die meisten Trambahnen sind weder behindertengerecht noch für Kinderwagen geeignet und auch nicht klimatisiert, sollen aber in den nächsten Jahren zumindest teilweise ersetzt werden. Die Busflotte wurden in den letzten Jahren bereits deutlich modernisiert.

Weder Fahr - noch Linienpläne existieren, auch entsprechende Landkartenapps am Smartphone versagen hier. Es gibt jedoch hierfür eine App namens moovit. An den Bussen sind nur Anfangs - und Endhalte der Linien angeschrieben. Abgesehen von der Trambahn sind öffentliche Verkehrsmittel für Besucher nur benutzbar, wenn man genau weiß wo es hingehen soll.

Es gibt in Sarajevo keine Fahrkartenautomaten, die Tickets (Einzel-, Mehrfach - und Tageskarten) müssen entweder an Kiosken oder direkt beim Fahrer gekauft und soort beim Einstieg entwertet werden - es gibt zahlreiche und rigorose Kontrollen. Für Einheimische wurde zuletzsche ein digitales Ticket in Form einer Chipkarte eingeführt.

Die Innenstadt kann gut zu Fuß erkundet werden, die Außenbezirke befinden sich jedoch auf einem steilen Berghang.

Éberall in der Innenstadt trifft man auf Taxis, die auf Fahrgäste warten. Die Preise sind von der Taxiinnung einheitlich festgesetzt. Das Einschalten des Taxameters ist Pflicht. Price (Stand: Jul 2022): Grundgebühr 1.90 KM, 1.20 KM/hr, 12.00 KM/hr. Wartezeit.

Taxiruf (free Anfahrt): +387 33 660 666; +387 33 660 970; +387 33 1515; +387 61 230 666; +387 61 230 970