How to spend ONE day in Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s a beautiful country with everything you could wish for: great people, amazing atmosphere, unique dishes, and breathtaking sightseeing spots. If you already decided to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina and visit Sarajevo, but for some reason, you have only ONE day, this blog is made for you. Here’s how you spend one day in Sarajevo.

One day in Sarajevo - Welcome to Sarajevo
One day in Sarajevo – Welcome to Sarajevo

ARRIVAL

After you arrive at the airport, you will need to get yourself to the heart of the city. Usually, there’s always a bus near. If you want to get to the city a bit faster you can always take a taxi/cab and get ripped off because the price from the airport to the city with a taxi is around 20euros.

How not get ripped off? Here’s a pro tip for you. Pssssst! Cross to the parking lot usually there you can find taxi drivers who will turn on the taximeter and the price will be a bit more reasonable. Or you can order a transfer from the airport and save yourself a commotion in the bus or taxi and start your one day in Sarajevo adventure right. (transfer number: +387 61 240 286)

One day in Sarajevo - Bascarsija square
One day in Sarajevo – Bascarsija square

SARAJEVO TOURS

Obviously, you would like to see most of the city during that one day you have. So it’s really important to plan your trip and stay. Walking around without understanding the city and the culture isn’t a very good option. So how do you find a proper tour? If you arrived early in the morning the best thing you can do is a FREE WALKING TOUR.

FREE WALKING TOUR

As the name, suggests it’s free so you can save up some money here. With this tour, you will be able to see the entire old part of the city of Sarajevo. Why is the old part of the city so important? It’s because it’s the heart and the soul of Sarajevo! It’s hard to explain the feeling when you visit the city, you have to experience it. The city has a soul and you will definitely be able to feel it. You will see the cultural clash and multiple religions co-existing in one small place.

In a square of 100m, you can find four different religious buildings: a mosque, a catholic cathedral, an old orthodox church, and a Jewish synagogue. No wonder Sarajevo is called Jerusalem of Europe. Besides that Sarajevo Walking Tour includes visiting the Sarajevo City Hall Vijećnica and visiting the Latin Bridge where the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand happened in 1914.  This tour lasts approximately 2 hours and it will make your morning definitely.

One day in Sarajevo - Unusual Clock Tower Sarajevo
One day in Sarajevo – Unusual Clock Tower Sarajevo

FALL OF YUGOSLAVIA

Around 2 PM you can additionally explore the city and actually get the opportunity to see everything important. THE FALL OF YUGOSLAVIA tour will provide you with just that. It’s a historic tour and covers major events in the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the history of Sarajevo. Its nickname is The War Tour because on this tour you will cover the events of the previous war that lasted from 1992 to 1995.

For your one day in Sarajevo we also recommend you to read “What to Eat in Sarajevo“, it will come in handy for sure!

Your journey will start from the old Yellow Fortress, next is the Olympic complex and Maternity hospital, you will see a lot of cemeteries (Islamic, Jewish, mixed- yes there are mixed cemeteries here even tho religions don’t allow that), next stop is Tunel of Hope and after that mountain Trebević and Bobsleigh track. That makes the entire circle around the city and of course great stories along. The tour lasts around 4 hours.

NIGHTLIFE

Walking the streets of Sarajevo during the night really seems magical and it is definitely something you need to experience in your one day in Sarajevo adventure.  The city becomes vivid and you can experience the full nightlife. The day wouldn’t be complete without visiting some bars and cafes. Our picks for the best bars and cafes are: „Zlatna ribica“ bar (Address: Kaptol 5), „Tito“ cafe (Address: Zmaja od Bosne 5), and „Espresso Lab“ (Address: Zelenih Beretki 18).

In Sarajevo, there’s a Sarajevo brewery that was constructed and put in use in the 19th century. More precisely in 1864. Sarajevsko Pivo (Sarajevo beer) is ranked #8th in the world. The brewery also offers live music and traditional music that is very special and important for Balkan people.

One day in Sarajevo - Sarajevo brewery
One day in Sarajevo – Sarajevo brewery

The only thing left for you to do after a really long and exciting one day in Sarajevo is to take a shower and get some good sleep. We, from Meet Bosnia Travel, guarantee you high-quality tours and a great stay in Sarajevo. Even if it’s just for one day, we will do our best to make your stay as comfortable as possible!

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