Sarajevo Smiles Again

Sarajevo is the capital city and largest urban center of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city is located around the Miljacka river in the Sarajevo valley, and is surrounded by the picturesque Dinaric Alps. Sarajevo is famous for its traditional religious diversity and century’s long coexistence of different religions. Recovered from the war during the 90s., and now primarily Bosnian Muslim, Sarajevo is a delightful, cosmopolitan European capital with a original Eastern touch, an interesting history and architecture, and very friendly people.

Attractions and things to do
  • Old Town with the cobbled streets, where mosques, synagogue, Catholic and Orthodox Church stand almost next to each other. An Ottoman Inn, Ali Pasha's Mosque, and numerous Oriental style shops are the “musts”.
  • The Latin Bridge is where the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria took place, which triggered WWI.
  • The Bosnian Historical Museum with an exhibition about Siege of Sarajevo.
  • The National Museum, showcasing e. i. Turkish style homes from 19th century.
  • Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), the largest festival in Balkans, is internationally renowned (held in August).
  • Sarajevo Jazz Festival (November)
  • A trip to Sarajevo's surrounding hills, or to The Bijambare area, famous for its caves.

Restaurants, what to eat, nightlife
Try burek in one of Sarajevo´s countless shops, have a traditional Bosnian meal like cevapcici, in one of the restaurants downtown, or taste what Bosnian celebrity Chef Muamer Kurtagic has prepared in “Moja Mala Kuhinja”.
Sarajevo has rich and frantic nightlife: check how the typical for Sarajevo turbofolk music sounds.

A presidential suite in Radon Plaza Hotel, a comfy room in one of the other Sarajevo´s hotels, in a motel, hostel, or B&B? Perhaps a of a private guestroom (tough choice! There are plenty of those in Sarajevo!), or just a tent in three-stars Oaza campsite?  All those options are possible.

Getting here and getting around
The international airport  SarajevoAirport (SJJ), called often just Butmir, is located few kilometers southwest of the city, and has now flights to numerous European destinations. Taxi transfer to the city is the main option.
Trains from Hungary and Croatia. Mini-van transport service between Sarajevo and Belgrade; buses from – among others - Mostar, Banja Luka, Graz, and Vienna, as well as from Eurolines´ many destinations.
The oldest electric tram network in Europe is still operational; Sarajevo has also trolleybuses and buses. The streets of Sarajevo are often narrow, so biking or walking is a good way of getting around in the city, instead  of taking a car.
In Roman times the town was known under the name Aquae Sulphurae. Later on, the Goths settled the area, followed by the Slavs in the 7th century.  In the 15th century Sarajevo became an Ottoman stronghold, until the Austria-Hungarian Empire took over. The new rulers industrialized the city; Sarajevo, as first in Europe, got a full-time operational electric tram network.
During WWII Sarajevo was bombed by Nazis and its multi-cultural population scattered. After the war, the city grew rapidly as it became an important regional industrial center in Yugoslavia.
The city has attracted international attention at least three times throughout its history: In 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked World War I, in 1984 Sarajevo hosted Winter Olympics, and during the Bosnian War it underwent the longest siege in modern military history (1992-96).

Climate & weather
Mild continental climate. The hottest month is July, January being the coldest. Moderate precipitation occurs throughout the year, with an average 170 days of rainfall; most rain falls in September. The highest average temperature is 28°C /82°F, the lowest: -3°C/26°F.

Currency: Convertible Mark  (BAM).

Time zone: UTC (GMT) +1. Daytime saving time (DST) is observed.





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