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Sarajevo's mix of cultures seems to have given its inhabitants a certain wit, despite the seemingly serious past and frustration with many years of near political and economic stand-still. Being a bit stuck in time means the city has its own aura. It's not easy to absorb the recent war and ethnic and religious conflict that plague this city, and many years of coexistence and general getting along juxtapose the relatively recent violence. For an impression of this recent history you might visit the Tunnel Museum in Butmir at the airport to gain insight into daily life during the war.
Visitors who need a break from the intense history of Sarajevo may find refuge in exploring its diverse cultures. Visit the historic town center and mingle around Turkish cafes smoking water pipe (hookah) or watch craftspeople. This city is particularly interesting for anyone interested in religion, with plenty of houses of worship to visit. You might head up the hills and stroll through cemeteries, with a shockingly beautiful view of town and on to the Yellow Fortress. When outside of town, do take seriously any signs about land mines.
There are lots of hostels in Sarajevo. Hospitality is played up many places in Bosnia and most hostels have a very laid-back atmosphere without being over the top. The size and type of hostels varies greatly, from institutional buildings to little places crammed into historic apartments. Sarajevo hostels tend to be helpful both on your arrival and with giving directions through the often nameless streets. If you have a tight schedule, you might want to stay near town, as public transportation in Sarajevo (trams and buses) is slow and confusing. Taking the tram around town is a worthy experience -- just know you may wait a while or have a long walk to get back.
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Haris Youth Hostel
"Haris Youth Hostel is like a home away from home. The common areas are very cosy, and the owner (Haris) is very dedicated to his job. Sarajevo is a great city, but it will be even better staying at this hostel. The Location The hostel is located about ten minutes' walking from the old town. It is located on a little hill. The positive of this is that the view from the hostel terrace is nice, and it is very near a great spot to watch the...
"Hostel Ljubicica represents great value with a central location that is ideal for backpackers looking for a long-term stay in Sarajevo. Friendly, welcoming staff are able to organize tours of the city and the surrounding attractions, or if they can't organize this, they are able to direct you toward a agency that can help with this. A side note to this review is that there seems to be a difference between Ljubicica Hostel itself and Ljubicica...
Hostel & Guest House Bistrik
"We're four girls who came to Sarajevo by car, and we were very glad to find this place. It's near the city center, and yet in a very calm neighbourhood. The owners are also very friendly. We'll surely come here when we come to Sarajevo again." … "This is a very nice little place with clean rooms and owners that speak a little english but improvise animatedly when they can't say what they need to! It is quite a walk uphill out of town...
"Hostel Posillipo -- another place with good directions. Located right next to a tourist information center, bakery, grocery store, tram stop, and the Turkish Quarter, this hostel does not follow the usual hostel road. Likely because tourists haven't really "found" Sarajevo, it feels more like you are staying in a hotel rather than the more typical party atmosphere of a hostel. While some find this a welcome change, if you like the fast-paced...
Hostel Marko Polo
"clean rooms and bathroom, friendly and informative owner, minute to Baščaršija." … "This hostel is actually someone's flat and she has a couple of rooms with bunk beds. The lady is very friendly although her English is basic but you will be ok. The location is great and minutes from the center. The facilities are basic. There are no lockers but the rooms have keys. Personally I find places like this a bit uncomfortable because they are...
"I loved Hostel Enjoy! - I have traveled all around Europe, and this was definitely one of the best hostels I've stayed at. Jasmina, the owner, is easily the most kind-hearted woman in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She called us ahead of time and picked us up at the bus station to walk us back to the hostel! She also brought us breakfast in the morning, and made juice and Bosnian coffee for us -- what a great woman! The hostel was very clean, and there...
Hostel City Center Sarajevo
"If you are looking for a cheap, clean hostel with an unbeatable location and a fun relaxed environment, Hostel City Center Sarajevo is the place for you! The Location Literally walk out the front door and you are steps away from the heart and old center of Sarajevo -- the location couldn't be better! Rooms and Bathrooms Private rooms, and dorm rooms are available. However, the dorm rooms are not secure, and most dorm room doors...
"… us, we will help you to find a secure garage for your car. There is a secure garage 50 m from the pension that you can use for the price of 10 € for 24 hours. This family owned and operated pension offers single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, four person rooms and even a dormitory style room that sleeps up to ten. All rooms are clean & bright with colourful decor unique to each and are equipped with linens & towels along with...
Hostel Sebilj Sarajevo
"The Guesthouse Prenociste Sebilj exists since 2007(New owner renovated and took over 2011) We have a lot of experience, and we know what travelers expect and want during their stay. The guests can relax and have something to drink in the summer garden or in the cafe-bar. In the Cafe-Bar the guests can play pool, play station 3 or use the Internet. Please note: Cash and credit card payment accepted on arrival Check out time...
"… request free-of-charge ! Taking off your shoes before you enter the rooms is highly welcome, but not obligatory. Check-in time: 04.00 - 20.00 Check-out time: 10.00 FREE INTERNET ACCESS !!! NO LOCK-OUT ! Luggage can not be left with us after check-out time for free (small fee applied). Bookings made 24 hours or less before arrival may be subject to change without prior notice by hostel (e.g. private bath may...
"… a restaurant that can seat 84 people, WI-Internet (free of charge), conference hall that seats 100 people, a place for sport and ski equipment and a laundry room. Beside the hostel there is a baby ski lift, children’s playground and playgrounds for football, basketball and volleyball. Hostel also has a terrace that is connected to the restaurant and has an open grill bar. Beautiful Mountain Igman, pleasant atmosphere and a diverse...
Hostel Mills Sarajevo
"… exchanges, supermarkets, a post office, an open market, as well as places to eat for everyone's taste. If you want a pleasant stay, our hostel is your best choice for you. Remember: * Check in is from 1:00pm to 10:00pm. * Check out time is 11:00am * No curfew, no lockout * If you are arriving after 10:00pm or before 7:00 am, you must contact us in advance so we can make arrangements. Hostel is located in old part of the city,...
"Excellent services, superb location - The family who owns the hostel was really helpful to provide their best. We (a group of 4) stayed in a 5-bed room (two bunk beds and a single bed) next to the spacious living room. Clean towels were provided and the sheets were really comfortable. Its location is almost unbeatable, the main attractions can be easily reached on foot. A free and simple buffet breakfast was included also in the price, which...
"Pension Center is located in center of town.From this Guest house by walk you can visit all important historical landmarks in town." … "Pension Center is located in center of town.From this Guest house by walk you can visit all important historical landmarks in town." … "… very good prices. Our accommodation is suitable for small groups (up to 10 persons), as well as for individuals visiting our beautiful country. If you...
Hostel Inn Luxury
"… and exciting stay in Sarajevo. If you want to feel the peace and harmony during your stay in Sarajevo and if you want to feel the heart of the Sarajevo bazaar then you are in the right place. Hostel Inn Luxury provides a remarkable comfort that can meet the needs of tourists and business people who are guests in our city. Hostel Inn Luxury has 3 comfortable rooms (2 rooms with 8 beds 1 room with 6 beds and 3 bathrooms) equipped...
Hostel Magaza II
"Good location but hard to find - This hostel was very hard to find. It is up a very steep street, which was difficult to climb with my large backpack. The hostel itself is not sign posted. When I was staying there, I was the only person in my dorm -- so it's not a good place if you are wanting to meet people. They say they have a kitchen, but in fact, they are in the process of building one. Aside from that, the place was tidy and clean. It's...
Hostel Heart of Sarajevo
"… the name itself already hints is in the heart and center of Sarajevo. It is situated in a city that radiates authenticity combining the well-known spirit of its people for whom pleasure is highly important. "Heart of Sarajevo” is surrounded by some of the best and most popular cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs and exclusive shops, which will for sure help you to find the true excitement and joy of Sarajevo. FACILITIES : 24h...
Hostel Tito 46
"Adequate - I stayed in an 8-bed dorm room which was an adequate size and clean. The problem I had with this hostel is that the reception would often be closed at the most inconvenient times (around lunchtume and dinnertime). During my four-day stay, the staff would lock up the lower floor at random times of the day which meant that the common room, computer, reception area, and the kitchen area were inaccessible. Very frustrating when you...
"Great location, clean rooms and spacious kitchen common rooms - An excellent hostel located close to the old city with helpful staff, large rooms." … "… all sheets and covers, a towel and, on request, a locker with a key. Wireless broadband internet is free and can be received in every room. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h advance notice Payment for the duration of the stay is required on the first day of arrival....
Travellers Home Hostel
"Travellers Home Hostel is a nice and comfortable place to stay in Sarajevo. Close to the city center, it has the charm of being a relatively small place, but it is still big enough so you can meet some people. This hostel has everything a hostel needs to have, making it a wonderful place to stay. The Location The hostel is located very close to the city center (five minutes' walk to the old market, one minute from the main street), so...
Hostel Rooms Kesten
"… overnight stay in the heart of Bascarsija. We offer two double and one triple room. All rooms are sunny and spacious, equipped with LCD TV with cable, WI-FI LAN, air conditioning and much more to offer. We are the only ones who provide the service of arrival at the airport or anywhere in the territory of Sarajevo to pick up our guests. We also organize tours to go sightseeing various tourist attractions of our city and...
"… trips, explorations of night life and much more. (optional) IMPORTANT: To improve our service, we got two new additions - 2 three beds rooms and one 6 bed Apartment! Location and setup - Excellent. Everything to make your stay comfy. Free fresh and clean sheets and blanket Free maps and advice Free laguage storage Please note: Only cash payment on arrival possible Check In Time: 12:00 Check Out Time: 10:00...
"… Church, and The Bey's mosque. Our Hostel is surrounded by popular restaurants, bars and exclusive shops, and only a few meters away there is a pedestrian zone which will take you to the heart of the Old Town Sarajevo, the Bascarsija. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 1 day before arrival Check In: 2.00 pm Check Out: 12.00 noon Method of Payment upon arrival: Cash Only! Taxes are included Breakfast is not included...
Apartments & Hostel Rooms Castanea
"… have separated entries, TV and one toilet. Price is 10 €/bed/night. All our guest can also use following: - Parking place for two vehicles in the yard (5€/24 hours). Entry to the yard is locked. - Tour guide through city with stop on every larger historical and cultural attraction.. Price for the tour is 40€/group. - Possibility of communication in Bosnian, English and Swedish. - Washing machine: 5 €/wash - Breakfast: 3...
Hostel Old City
"… Festival or Sarajevo Winter Festival. There is always something to do in this Joyful city and our friendly staff is here to point you in the right direction. Book now, and explore Sarajevo like a local, hang out with us and leave Sarajevo well rested with a lot of stories to tell. The hostel is equipped with all modern conveniences, ensuring that you rest here like in a hotel accommodation. Modern, but classy, a hostel that is...
Hostel CM-City Magic
"Your basics for the basic price - Informed staff, helpful even! Rooms are spartan, but all you need really. There were some lighting issues in the bathroom and stairwell, but sorted out Lin a timely fashion. Conveniently located a few minute walk to all the bustle of old town -- so that was a huge plus. Even found parking on the side street for three days, no issues. Would definitely stay again if passing through." … "… There...
Hostel Sarajevo Center
"… Sarajevo Center Hostel you’ll be able to watch the “SFF’s RED CARPET” from the window of your room. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before the arrival Check in time: 12.00 noon – 8.00 pm Check out time: 7.00 - 11.00 am Method of Payment upon the arrival: Credit Cards, Cash Breakfast is not included. Taxes are included. We do not accept pets. Our hostel is located on the second floor, thus not...
"Just for people who know!! - If you are tired of traveling and cities, noise, dust, and routine, this fine guest house is a place to take deep breath overlooking Sarajevo." … "Welcome to OLYWOOD Sarajevo B&B and campground https://sites.google.com/site/olywod/ FOR MAP and DIRECTIONS copy and paste this link: http://mapq.st/ZFgKwF Take brake of long journey in different environment, and get ready for rest of your trip in this...
Balkan Han Hostel
"Balkan Han Hostel is a great combination of social outlets as well as organized activities in and around Sarajevo. The owner is very nice and helpful, especially about local nightlife, but expect to pay a small fee if wanting to cook or do laundry. The Location Balkan Han Hostel is located about ten minutes from the main central part of the city and a ten-minute cab ride from the train station (which is very inexpensive and can be...
Hostel Jasmin Sarajevo
"Looking for comfortable and affordable place to stay in Sarajevo. We are just a place for You. Hostel Jasmin is located just outside downtown of Sarajevo, in ideal distance (few minutes away) from all sites You should visit. Hostel's beautiful 2 and 3 beds rooms will make you feel at home. Located 5 minutes drive away from Old Town, 4 minutes walk from from Olympic pool, 5 minutes drive from all major clubs and discotheques, 5 km away from...
"… offers free coffee and tea, as well as a secured parking area for bikes and motorcycles. Guests can find restaurants serving local specialties and international food just a few steps away. The nearest grocery shop is 50 metres from the property, while a fresh food market can be found 200 metres away. All major sites can be reached on foot. The Baščaršija bazaar is 1.5 km away. There is a tourist agency located just 150 metres from...
"… ,free hairdryer,free wake-up service,free beverage (coffee or tea),laundry service, towels and linen. Located in the center of the Old Town close to the most beautiful and important Sarajevo monuments. The pedestrian zone „Sarači“ and „Ferhadija“ and Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Madrassa, Old Orthodox Church, Cathedral of Jesus' Heart and the Sarajevo Synagogue are only 50-100 meters walk from the hostel. Please note: Cancellation...
"… kind. Within 100 m you can find a church, mosque, synagogue and cathedral. For our guests the Hostel Massimo provides 7 rooms of various capacities: from private rooms with 2 or 4 beds, dorms that can accommodate 6, 8 or 10 persons. The hostel is located in the very center of Sarajevo but in the same time in a quite part where the dream will not be disturbed by city noises. All events as Sarajevo Film Festival,...
"… the hostel. Our guests have a free access to a computer in the reception area. our rooms are newly furnished, comfortable and always clean and fresh. Our goal is to our guests have a pleasant and enjoyable stay in our hostel! Our rooms accommodate 2, 3, 4 guests, and the hostel receives a total of 11 guests. For organized groups we offer discounts! You can also consume foods that are enabled through the delivery of our trusted...
"Newly renovated and modern hostel located in the old part of Sarajevo between settlements and Bistrik Alfakovac, just a few minutes walk from the Town Hall and Bašcaršija, from which the most important tourist attractions can be reached on foot. Located on the street Mehmed Mujezinovica 12, comfortable and safe place where you can rest and relax." … "… the opportunity to be at Bascarsija, town’s favorite tourist...
"… better prices then the most of other hostels and above average accommodation (each room has its own bathroom). Besides that, we are offering you interesting programs which include: FREE city tours, one day trips to nearby mountains, other cities and special ethno tours to the unique villages. Welcome and become a part of our big and happy family. We guarantee you a lot of fun. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 3 days...
"… which are equipped according to European standards. Hostel capacity is 26-30. Hostel has parking, video surveillance, a coffee bar, which runs 24 hours a day, and our hostel is also opened 24 hours a day. We also offer a family package weekend package, which includes an apartment 2 +2 bedroom with double bed, its own bathroom and the second bedroom which also has a double bed. Hostel Scandic has its own bar, a coffee bar, where...
Hostel Bas Bascarsija
"… on the one side, or the Orthodox Church on the other. Ideal for backpackers and low budget travelers. We promise to make you happy and satisfied costumers! Our hostel has a large number of beds, in big mixed dormitorys, We have a large common room, lounge, WiFi, TV, place for readers, hosts are always ready to help and talking to our guests.we also offer a tour of the city's sights, authentic war lines and trenches, sniper nests,...
"We are nice & cozy place to stay in a heart of Sarajevo, main pedestrian zone within walking distance of all major attractions. Bordering on the old town, lovely restaurants, lively pubs and cafes, Ferhadija street is a perfect base for exploring the city. Chill out, sleep & rest on the clean sheets, take a shower, surf the web, enjoy a cup of coffee, meet new friends from all around the world & at the same time enjoy friendly prices that...
Hostel Franz Ferdinand
"Awesome atmosphere and superb location - This hostel is a really fun place to stay! It is right by the Baščaršija area and they offer numerous day trips and tours. I did the Siege of Sarajevo, which is amazing, if you want to learn about the war from the early 90s and walk along the destroyed Olympic Bobsledding track. I also did the UNESCO tour around Bosnia & Herzegovina. It was absolutely amazing and work every Konvertible Marka. We saw so...
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Sarajevo Travel Tips & Suggestions
Sarajevo is absolutely worth visiting! The history, from both the recent and ancient past, is riveting, and the people are very friendly and helpful!
Absolutely go toward the stadium to have a look at the immense cemeteries whose graves all report a date of death of 1994. It's absolutely unbelievable!
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