War Hostel

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'You're not here just to sleep' says agent Zero-One who answers the door in a bulletproof vest. 'I want to change your experience'. A constant crackle of walkie-talkie messages form the soundscape to the seatless common room where you can discuss the immersion experience. Unforgettable.

There's a two-night minimum stay to ensure you have time to get involved – this is not a place to visit if you don't want to engage with thorny philosophical questions. Some sleeping places are on the floor to re-create a sense of wartime living. The wi-fi might be turned off from time to time to encourage discussion. The location is just two minutes' walk from the Sarajevskaya Brewery.

Description via Hostelworld

Hello, welcome and thank you for taking some time to have a look at my project.


This is not a regular hostel, it's far from it.
Please, if you are interested to stay here, read the description below.

If you don't have the patience to read the description below, please, just skip this place.

Thank you.

My name is Zero One or if you prefer 01. This is my father’s war code name which is now my name. I have survived the war in Sarajevo together with my family and now as a tribute to what we have survived, I have created the War hostel in Sarajevo. Underneath I will explain everything about my hostel you should know before booking here.

The War Hostel is a unique historically accurate simulation of war torn Sarajevo, full with authentic items from the war which serve as decorations and run by a small family which survived the war in Sarajevo and is willing to share their war experience and personal stories with you.

We are a strictly educational place, we have nothing to do with politics or ideology.
Here you can learn as much as you want to learn, you are your only limit to how much you want to know.

If you are not interested to learn anything here, please do not come here.

Here you will have a real glimpse here of what it was like for people to live under siege in Sarajevo, under real war conditions, experiencing this, you will have the chance gain a unique perspective on life.

Now, if you are thinking that we might be a themed tourist trap, we are absolutely the opposite of that. The truth is, we are just one small family which barely survived the war and now we want to share our knowledge, perspective and experience with you. This is how we support ourselves and we think that our work is important and that the only way to prevent a war and hatred is through education. We share important messages about humanity and we think that the best way to learn about anything is to experience it yourself, this is the core idea behind our hostel.

You will sleep on a bomb shelter bed, covering yourself with a real military blanket used in the war.

You will use candles in the bathroom and shower.

If you expect luxury and comfort, please do not come here.

Everything around you, in the room you book carries a story from the war.

Love reading? Our hostel is literally like a book, the walls are packed with real war
newspapers which contain true survival stories from war torn Sarajevo, which you
can only read here.

We don’t really like big groups, we are designed for solo travelers, couples and small groups, because we organize many activities on a daily basis where you can easily meet other people, socialize and educate yourself. We like to remain small and make our experiences, up close and personal and we do not believe that this is possible with big groups.

We are really close to all main attractions and you can always have a walk through Sarajevo, but honestly, you can not find anywhere in the World the experience we provide here.

Our activities:

We organize an insightful talk inside a bunker which we built, where Zero One talks about his life, the war, the post war, his perspective and the impact the war had on his life and his family.

We organize many other specialized “war tours” which we'll explain to you in detail once you arrive here. Honestly, all of our “tours” are more like war experiences which will stay with you for a long time.

We play documentaries about the war in Sarajevo of your choice inside our bunker every night.

We are always ready to help you with any questions you have and share our war stories and experience with you. We are sincere and we put a lot of effort into this project, we are not one of those places which just give you a key and some basic information and then leave you on your own, no, we really want to make your stay and experience here special. We mean this.

If you want something different, if you really want to learn something from war survivors, if you love history, education, deep talks, unique experiences, stories and the chance to gain a different perspective on life, do not look any further, this is really the right place for you.

However, if you are looking for a regular hostel experience, party hostel experience and are going to ask us immediately where the next bar is or if we do a pub crawl, free walking tour or whatever…look, please, just…skip this place. Do not get us wrong, we enjoy a drink with our guests after sharing our stories and experience, but if the main point is just to get drunk and have a shallow, general overview of the city, then you should look to stay somewhere else.

We welcome you to meet us and discover Sarajevo from a very different, unique perspective and stay at the World's first and only war hostel.

Features of War Hostel


  • 24 hour security
  • Breakfast not included
  • Common room
  • Free city maps
  • Free internet access
  • Hot showers
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Linen included
  • Security lockers
  • Reading light
  • Steam room
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Tours/travel desk
  • Towels included


  • Air conditioning


  • Free WiFi available


  • Luggage storage