Best things to do in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Find out more about those top places in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Proud, Great Sarajevo is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most fascinating city and the heart of the country. It was at this city that the country’s wars were won and rebuilding of the nation started from. Sarajevo recognized as the nation’s capital and the largest city in the country with a population of over 250,000 people.
Sarajevo is very popular in the history books for its part in World War I but recently it has been a place of peace, fun and laughter. With thousands of visitors yearly it has grown to great heights and now it is one of the top European destinations for tourists.
Most likely the oldest bridge in the country, the ottoman bridge is over the River Miljacka in Sarajevo. Rumored to have been built in the 16th century, it also called “Princip’s Bridge”. The Latin bridge was built using mostly stone and gypsum, it has four arches and rest on three pillars and the embankment. The bridge itself might not be an architectural marvel but it is known for its historical importance, it was the location for the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip in 1914, the assassination was said to be the act that provoked the start of World War I.
The Sarajevo Tunnel also known as “the tunnel of hope” was constructed in 1993 during the siege of Sarajevo. The tunnel served as a route for movement, it linked the neighborhoods of Dobrinja and Butmir. It was also used to supply food, humanitarian aid and war supplies.
The Sarajevo Tunnel Museum was later built after the war onto the house of Bajiro Kolar, whose cellar served as an entrance into the tunnel. The museum features war photographs, military equipment, flag amongst other things. Visitors are usually treated to an 18 minutes movie about the war.
Built for the 1984 Winter Olympics, the Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track is located on Trebevic mountain. The track is 1300 meters long and it was designed by the architect Boreisa Bouchard. Although it has been defaced with graffiti and bullet holes post-war, it is still a memorable place to visit.
The country has over the years undergone some civil wars, most recently is the tragic and bloody Bosnian and Serbs that lasted for almost four years (April 1992 - December 1995). The Martyrs’ Cemetery Kovaci was where most victims were buried during the siege of Sarajevo. Also, where the first president of independent Bosnia, Alija Izetbegovic is buried there. Tourists can visit and pay their respects.
Bosnians are known for the quality of their drinks which include beers, wine and tea. There is no shortage of bars around Sarajevo, so visitors can find one and have a drink or two. Don’t forget to try specifically the tea, usually served on a small platter which holds the coffee-filled dzezva. Some top bars include City Pub, Dekanter, Dibek and Zlatna Ribica.