Top ChoiceMuseum in Sarajevo

War Childhood Museum

This affecting museum had its genesis in a 2013 book edited by Jasminko Halilović, in which he asked a simple question of survivors of the Sarajevo siege: 'What was a war childhood for you?' Of the hundreds of...

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Galerija 11/07/95

This gallery uses stirring photography, video footage and audio testimonies of survivors and family members to create a powerful memorial to the 8372 victims of the Srebrenica massacre, one of the most infamous...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in Sarajevo

Sarajevo City Hall

Sarajevo City Hall

A storybook neo-Moorish striped facade makes the triangular Vijećnica (1896) Sarajevo's most beautiful Austro-Hungarian–era building. Seriously damaged during the 1990s siege, it finally reopened in 2014 after...

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Sarajevo Cable Car

Reopened in 2018 after being destroyed during the war, Sarajevo's cable car once again shuttles people on a nine-minute ride, climbing 500m to a viewpoint 1164m up on Mt Trebević. From here it's a short walk to...

Area in Sarajevo

Baščaršija

Centred on what foreigners nickname Pigeon Square, with its ornate gazebo-like Sebilj drinking fountain (built in 1891), Baščaršija is the very heart of old Sarajevo. The name is derived from the Turkish for...

Museum in Sarajevo

National Museum of BiH

Bosnia's biggest and best-endowed museum of ancient and natural history is housed in an impressive, purpose-built quadrangle of neoclassical 1913 buildings. It's best known for housing the priceless Sarajevo...

Museum in Sarajevo

Tunnel of Hope

Tunnel of Hope

During the 1992–95 siege, when Sarajevo was surrounded by Bosnian Serb forces, the only link to the outside world was an 800m-long, 1m-wide, 1.6m-high tunnel between two houses on opposite sides of the airport...

Museum in Sarajevo

History Museum of BiH

Somewhat misleadingly named, this small yet engrossing museum occupies a striking, still partly war-damaged 1960s socialist-modernist building originally dubbed the Museum of the Revolution. It regularly hosts...

Museum in Sarajevo

Gazi Husrev-beg Museum

The 1537 Kuršumlija Madrasa building is distinctive for its pointed chimneys and the lead roof from which it takes its name. Although built as a religious school, it now hosts a small exhibition about the...

Museum in Sarajevo

Despić House

You'd never guess from its Austrian-looking exterior, but this is one of the oldest surviving residential buildings in central Sarajevo. Inside, it's a house within a house, the oldest parts of which date from...

Church in Sarajevo

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Fronted with twin-spired clock towers and rose windows above the stone portal, this neo-Gothic 1889 Catholic cathedral has a colourful interior and fine stained-glass windows above a finely carved high altar. A...

Church in Sarajevo

Old Orthodox Church

While the final form of this outwardly austere stone church dedicated to the archangels Michael and Gabriel dates to 1730, it was founded considerably earlier – possibly as long ago as the 5th century. Inside,...

Museum in Sarajevo

Brusa Bezistan

Built in 1551 as a silk-trading bazaar, this elegant two-storey building is topped with six green-metal domes and encircled by shops. It's now a branch of the Museum of Sarajevo, providing an overview of the city...

Synagogue in Sarajevo

Jewish Museum

More religiously open-minded than most of Western Europe in its day, the Ottoman Empire offered refuge to the Sephardic Jews who had been evicted en masse from Spain in 1492. While conditions varied, Bosnian Jews...

Mosque in Sarajevo

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

Bosnia's second Ottoman governor, Gazi Husrev-beg, funded a series of splendid 16th-century buildings, of which this 1531 mosque, with its 45m minaret, is the greatest. The domed interior is beautifully...

Fortress in Sarajevo

Yellow Fortress

One of the most appealing yet accessible viewpoints gazing over Sarajevo's red-roofed cityscape is from this bastion, built in the 18th century as part of the walls encircling Vratnik. Now sprouting mature trees...

Mosque in Sarajevo

Emperor's Mosque

Across the river from the old city, this large stone mosque was built in 1565 to replace Sarajevo's very first mosque, a wooden structure built in 1457 shortly after the Ottoman conquest. Major works in 2014–15...

Park in Sarajevo

Vrelo Bosne

Ever popular with local families, this extensive park is home to a patchwork of lush mini-islands at the cliffed mouth of the Bosna River. The classic way to get there is to stroll or take a horse-drawn carriage...

Museum in Sarajevo

Svrzo House

An oasis of whitewashed walls, cobbled courtyards and partly vine-draped dark timbers, this 18th-century house-museum has been brilliantly restored and appropriately furnished, helping visitors to imagine...