Our Sarajevo Old Town Walking Tour starts from the Meet Bosnia Travel agency every day at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
This tour is one of the best ways to explore the rich history and most significant landmarks of Sarajevo, a city known for its diversity, hospitality, and food.
In this small-group tour, you will be able to feel Sarajevo with all your senses and find out why this beautiful city is known as the “Jerusalem of Europe”.
At the beginning of our Sarajevo Walking Tour, we will see the Old Orthodox Church, one of the oldest religious objects in Sarajevo. Its archaic foundations are unique and reminiscent of early Christian churches. artistic creations of the medieval goldsmiths together with other valuable collections can be found in the museum next to the church.
The oldest and busiest part of Sarajevo is called Bascarsija where the ancient streets intersect to make an elaborate maze of crafts, food, and coffee. Consequently, the most recognizable landmark of Sarajevo is Sebilj, a wooden fountain located in Baščaršija square. The legend says that drinking water from here means that you will definitely come back to Sarajevo. You can try testing this yourself during our Sarajevo tours.
Besides, walking through the old town you will learn about Gazi Husrev-bey and the mosque he built in the city centre. At the time it was the most prominent object in the country. Nearby one of the most beautiful mosques in Bosnia you can find a unique Clock Tower. Most certainly, it is famous for showing an unusual standard of time for the modern world. You will get to know why. Moreover, we will walk through the oldest shopping centre in Sarajevo “Bezistan” – an old bazaar from the Ottoman period.
Sarajevo City Hall is the most representative Austro-Hungarian-era building in Bosnia. Since 1949 the building was the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today it is once again the seat of the local government.
In the 16th century, Sarajevo welcomed thousands of Jewish settlers who reached the Ottoman empire escaping the persecution in the Iberian peninsula. Living in Sarajevo alongside Muslims and Christians the new inhabitants of the city were reminded of their ancient homeland. Therefore they gave Sarajevo a new name, Little Jerusalem. The Old Jewish Temple is located in the Old Town and it houses a valuable collection of exhibits pertaining to Jewish traditions and customs in the Balkans.
After the line where East meets West in Sarajevo, our local Sarajevo walking tour guide will continue in the direction of the modern part of the city connected to the arrival of the Habsburg monarchy. On this Sarajevo tour, you will see the Sacred Heart Cathedral and the statue of Pope John Paul II who visited Bosnia two times. All the while our Sarajevo guides will try to uncover many hidden gems for you and recommend things to do in Sarajevo, known only to the locals.
Also, on the Sarajevo walking tour, you will be able to see the first modern hotel in Sarajevo and hear the stories about the first Waltz dance and the celebrities that stayed here. Our recommendation is to drink Bosnian coffee and Sacher cake in the famous Viennese Café, within the hotel. Lastly, the Tour ends on the notorious Latin Bridge known throughout the world as the place where WWI began.
This tour was absolutely eye-opening. Within short time one gets a perfect overview over history, politics, religion, main sights, food and culture in Bosnia. I especially liked our guide gave a realistic image of the actual situation without neglecting hope and chances for the future. Can really recommend the tour!
We had a very interesting visit of the city with Alan. He knows the history of Sarajevo very well and he has a lot of anecdotes to tell about the city. Alan took the time to answer all our questions. We understood what makes Sarajevo so unique. We highly recommend him !
Gwenola and Vincent
Salma was an outstanding tour guide. She managed to distill and impress upon the group a complicated history (Ottoman-Turks, Austro-Hungarian, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Socialist Yugoslavia) in an easy-to-understand, personal and engaging manner. Our tour stretched to three hours and I wish it could have continued longer! If I had more time, I would have liked to have taken another tour with Salma/this company to learn more.
Excellent overview of Sarajevo’s history!
Had a really informative and interested guide, Hannan (I think that’s what she said her name was!) who took the time to explain things and answer questions. Would do again and would recommend
We had a fantastic 2/3 hour walking tour of the city of Sarajevo. We were the only couple on the tour so basically received a private tour. Guide was incredible!
We covered ancient & modern history, visiting relevant locations within the old town. We visited a copper smith who revealed his techniques (the same coppersmith who showed Sting how it’s done)! The route is relatively easy so anyone can complete this tour.
Would highly recommend this tour for a visitor to Sarajevo.