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    Sarajevo – a brief overview

    Reviving from its most recent war traumas, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a city in transition, young and forward-looking. Mostly flat but ringed by mountains, its many attractions reflect its long historical influences, spanning Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The city centre has been largely rebuilt since the 1990s conflict, though some buildings are still pockmarked by bullets.

    Old Sarajevo’s backstreets are lined with atmospheric bazaars, while buzzing modern outdoor cafés and bars overlook the river dissecting the city. Sarajevo holds several renowned arts festivals each year, including the Winter Festival and the Jazz Festival, and it was named European Capital of Culture in 2014.

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    Svrzo House

    Glođina 8
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Tel: +387 33 535 264
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1800 (mid-Apr to mid-Oct)
    Mon-Fri 1000-1600 (mid-Oct to mid-Apr)
    Sat 1000-1500

    Based in a former home of a wealthy Muslim family from the 18th century, this museum faithfully recreates domestic life in Sarajevo’s Ottoman era. The ornately furnished rooms are decorated with Persian rugs, their whitewashed walls hung with handmade utensils.

    Gazi-Husrebey Mosque

    Sarači 18
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Tel: +387 33 534 375
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1200, 1430-1600 and 1730-1900
    Closed during Ramadan
    Shorter hours during winter months

    This magnificent 16th-century mosque stands in the heart of Old Sarajevo. Its cool interior, decorated with carvings and Arabic scripts, is stunning. The complex also includes a minaret, fountain, and former madrassa, now a museum.

    Baščaršija Square

    Baščaršija
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Nicknamed Pigeon Square for the birds that also flock here, this is one of Old Sarajevo’s social hubs. Spread around Seblij Brunnen fountain, it’s close to key sights including the Latin Bridge, where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated.

    Vijećnica

    Obala Kulina bana
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0800-1600

    The University Library was one of Sarajevo’s finest architectural works from the Austro-Hungarian era. It was destroyed by a Serbian missile during the 1990s war, but rebuilt and reopened in 2014. Today, the building is a library again and is also used for official events, concerts and exhibitions.

    Jewish Museum

    Velika avlija bb
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1800 (mid-Apr to mid-Oct)
    Mon-Fri 1000-1600 (mid-Oct to mid-Apr)
    Sat 1000-1500

    Housed in the city’s 16th-century synagogue, this museum tells the story of the Sephardic Jews, from their expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the Holocaust, with photographs, letters and personal items.

    Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Zelenih beretki 8
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1200-2000 (Apr-Nov)
    Tue-Sat 1000-1800 (Nov-Apr)

    This former department store houses the city’s premier art collection, with some 6,000 works, from medieval icons to modern photography. Focusing primarily on the country’s own artists, the gallery is imaginatively displayed, thematically rather than chronologically.

    Sarajevo Tunnel Museum

    Tuneli 1
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700 (Apr-Oct)
    Daily 0900-1600 (Nov-Mar)

    During the 1990s siege of Sarajevo, a tunnel was built as a lifeline between the city and the airport. The private house where the tunnel began is now a museum, with the short remaining section open to visitors, as well as photographs and military paraphernalia from the war.

    National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Zmaja od Bosne 3
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Tel: +387 33 668 027
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1700 (mid-Apr to mid-Oct)
    Tue-Fri 1000-1500 (mid-Oct to mid-Apr)
    Sat-Sun 1000-1400

    The country’s largest museum spans natural history, science and culture, including a good collection from Sarajevo’s Ottoman era. Its star exhibit is the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the oldest illustrated Sephardic manuscripts in the world, dating from around 1350. The museum is currently closed due to funding problems, but there are plans to reopen it in 2014.

    History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Sarači 18
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Tel: +387 33 534 375
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1900 (mid-Apr to mid-Oct)
    Sat-Sun 1000-1400 (mid-Apr to mid-Oct)
    Mon-Fri 0900-1600 (mid-Oct to mid-Apr)
    Sat-Sun 0900-1300 (mid-Oct to mid-Apr)

    This small and simply presented collection looks at Bosnian history, with a large proportion devoted to the 1990s war with Serbia. The section on the siege of Sarajevo is especially moving. Behind the museum, the Tito Café offers some light relief.

    Orthodox Cathedral

    Zelenih beretki 1
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Opening times:
    Various

    This beautiful domed cathedral is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the Balkans. Five domes top the cross-shaped basilica, and its interior is richly decorated with gilt icons and wooden carvings.

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    Country overview

    Most notable among Bosnia and Herzegovina’s charms is its lush, mountainous landscape, best seen from the vantage point of one of the national parks.

    Geography

    Roughly triangular in shape, and the geopolitical centre of the former Yugoslav Federation, Bosnia and Herzegovina shares borders with Serbia in the east, Montenegro in the southeast, and Croatia to the north and west, with a short Adriatic coastline of 20km (12 miles) in the south, but no ports.

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    Key facts

    Population: 3875723

    Population Density (per sq km): 76

    Capital: Sarajevo.

    Language

    The official languages are Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian. The Croats and Bosniaks use the Latin alphabet, whereas the Serbs use the Cyrillic.

    Currency

    Bosnia and Herzegovina Konvertibilna Marka (BAM; symbol KM) = 100 feninga. Notes are in denominations of KM200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 and 50 feninga. Coins are available in denominations of KM2 and 1, and 50, 20 and 10 feninga. Some Euro notes (but not coins) are widely accepted.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are in use.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    Note

    In addition to the Public Holidays listed, the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has decided to allow its citizens two working days per year to fulfil their religious needs. These days are not considered official holidays and the measure has been introduced to respect the religious and ethnic diversity of the country.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. and 02. January 2016
    Orthodox Christmas Day: 06. and 07. January 2016
    Orthodox New Year: 14. January 2016
    Independence Day: 01. March 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2016
    Statehood Day: 25. November 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. and 02. January 2017
    Orthodox Christmas Day: 06. and 07. January 2017
    Orthodox New Year: 14. January 2017
    Independence Day: 01. March 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Labour Day: 01. und 02. May 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2017
    Statehood Day: 25. November 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Sarajevo

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    You’re spoilt for choice for entertainment in this cosmopolitan city, from live jazz and rock in basement bars to turbo folk in packed nightclubs to classical concerts in world-class theatres.

    The main hotspot is Old Sarajevo, particularly along Bazerdžani around the Hacienda.

    Zlatna Ribica

    Kaptol 5
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    This crazily decorated bar with a similarly eclectic mix of live music is a unique experience.

    Hacienda

    Bazardzani 1
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Sip cool daiquiris and dance to Latino sounds in this Mexican-themed club.

    Baghdad Cafe

    Bazardzani 6
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    This late-night cocktail bar with DJ house-electronic mix attracts a hip young crowd.

    Pink Houdini

    Branilaca Sarajeva 31
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnien und Herzegovina
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    One of the city’s top jazz and blues clubs, with funky, futuristic décor.

    Sarajevo National Theatre

    Obala Kulina bana 9
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnien und Herzegovina
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    Sarajevo’s top classical auditorium offers a world-class programme of opera, theatre and ballet.

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    Restaurants in Sarajevo

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    You can eat well in Sarajevo without blowing your budget, from rustic market stalls serving freshly made burek (stuffed filo pastry), to sophisticated restaurants offering gourmet fusion cuisine.

    One of the nicest districts for eating out is Old Sarajevo, with plush riverside restaurants and open-air cafés on pedestrianised boulevards.

    Plava Prizma

    Džemala Bijedića 185
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Price: Expensive

    For a special occasion, this revolving restaurant at the top of the Radon Plaza hotel offers great night-time views.

    Hedona Wine Club

    Gornji Kromolj 9
    Poljine village
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Price: Expensive

    Make the short journey to this beautiful vineyard overlooking Sarajevo for gourmet cuisine and excellent wines.

    Mala Kuhinja

    Tina Ujevića 13
    Sarajevo, 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Price: Moderate

    Ask the chefs to cook what you want in this tiny but fantastic Asian fusion restaurant.

    Inat Kuća

    Veliki Alifakovac 1
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Price: Moderate

    Hearty local cuisine is the speciality of this romantic riverside restaurant.

    Buregdzibnica sac

    Mali Bravadziluk 2
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Price: Cheap

    Feast on some of the best borek in town; it’s great value for breakfast here too.

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    Collegium Artisticum Exhibition

    April 2016
    Website

    Venue: Collegium Artisticum

    Held for two weeks beginning on or near Sarajevo’s Liberation Day on 6 April, the Collegium Artisticum gallery’s annual exhibition is a highly anticipated event. Around 200 Bosnian artists display their recent work, hoping to win one of three prestigious prizes awarded by the nation’s leading art and architectural associations.

    Sarajevo Evenings of Music (SVEM)

    May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Symphony orchestras, brass bands and classical choirs from across both Bosnia and its neighbours perform at this fabulous five-day music festival. The carefully planned programme often ties in with anniversaries of composers or historic events and features a superb array of concerti, opera overtures and folk tunes.

    Kids’ Festival

    3 – 6 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: ZETRA, Olympic Centre Juan Antonio Samaranch

    Over 40,000 children take part in this fantastic festival at the end of the Bosnian school year. A colourful parade of kids wearing national and fancy dress kicks off the festivities, followed by four days of fun ranging from dancers and magicians to movies and a mini circus.

    Bosnia International Music Festival

    June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Dom oružanih snaga

    Created in 2005 to help restore artistic collaboration in Bosnia, this classical music festival hosts a sterling selection of renowned musicians from at home and abroad. As well as staging a programme of world-class music, the festival gives Bosnian music students the chance to work with international musicians through masterclasses.

    Nights of Baščaršijske

    1 – 31 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Throughout July, Sarajevo’s Old Town plays host to a terrific series of events at cultural venues and on open-air stages. Among the free performances are film screenings beneath the stars, dramatic opera singing, boot-stomping rock concerts and enchanting puppet shows.

    Sarajevo Film Festival

    12 – 20 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Founded in 1995 towards the end of the four-year Sarajevo siege, this festival has been going strong for two decades. Around 100,000 movie fans are treated to high-quality cinema from across South-East Europe in a variety of venues from the intimate (seating fewer than 200) to 3,000-seater open-air cinemas.

    Baletfest Sarajevo

    October – November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Sarajevo National Theatre

    A relative newcomer to Sarajevo’s cultural scene, having started off in 2010, the city’s ballet festival looks set to remain on the calendar for many years to come. With its impressive line-up of dancers and captivating programme of modern and classical ballet, Baletfest has been a hit with Sarajevo’s audiences.

    MESS International Theatre Festival

    October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    One of the region’s oldest theatre festivals, MESS has been entertaining audiences for more than half a century. The festival stages local, national and international plays by leading playwrights, but also aims to unveil works by up-and-coming writers. Theatre companies travel from across Europe to perform in this much-loved event.

    Jazz Fest Sarajevo

    3 – 8 November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Bosnian Cultural Centre (Bosanski kulturni centar)

    Sarajevo’s international jazz festival stages a cracking programme of music, with one or two concerts taking place every night. The line-up invariably features an enviable rundown of some of the world’s leading (and often Grammy award-winning) jazz artists, such as Dianne Reeves, Gregory Porter and John McLaughlin.

    Sarajevo Winter

    February/March 2017
    Website

    Venue: Various venues

    Held every year since Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984, this winter festival keeps audiences entertained for the best part of two months. Over 1,000 artists from around the world present a thrilling mix of concerts, literary discussions, film screenings, dance displays and art exhibitions.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Sarajevo

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    Sarajevo’s upscale hotels are mostly in the modern Novo Sarajevo business district; another popular area is the quiet and leafy Ilidza in the west of the city.

    For city-centre buzz though, go to Old Sarajevo, where you can find charming boutique hotels in grand old buildings, and good-value budget hostels.

    Bristol Sarajevo

    Fra Filipa Lastrića 2
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Category: Expensive

    One of the city’s top classic hotels, the Bristol has sumptuous rooms and many amenities.

    Hotel Hecco Deluxe

    Ferhadija 2
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Category: Expensive

    This small design hotel has comfy and airy rooms, some with great views from the balcony.

    Imzit Dobrinja

    Lukavička Cesta 121
    Saraievo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Category: Moderate

    This traditional hotel is conveniently close to the airport and with ample parking space.

    Villa Melody

    Safvet-Bega Bašagića 55
    Sarajevo 71000
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Category: Moderate

    Key features of this modern hotel are its rooftop terrace, central location and stylish décor.

    Pansion Harmony

    Vrbaska 26
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    Category: Cheap

    This small, family-run pension has compact but cosy rooms, and great hilltop views.

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    Climate & best time to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Dominated by mountainous and hilly terrain, and drained by major rivers to the north (Sava) and east (Drina), Bosnia and Herzegovina has a climate that is as variable as the rest of the former Yugoslav federation, with moderate continental climatic conditions generally the norm (very cold winters and hot summers).

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    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan16 °C-22 °C2 °C-4 °C80 %71 mm101.8 h
    Feb19 °C-23 °C5 °C-2 °C75 %67 mm93.0 h
    Mar24 °C-15 °C10 °C0 °C68 %70 mm104.1 h
    Apr30 °C-6 °C15 °C4 °C66 %74 mm105.1 h
    May31 °C-2 °C20 °C8 °C68 %82 mm106.2 h
    Jun35 °C2 °C23 °C11 °C68 %91 mm116.9 h
    Jul36 °C4 °C25 °C12 °C66 %80 mm88.3 h
    Aug38 °C4 °C25 °C12 °C63 %71 mm87.7 h
    Sep33 °C-2 °C22 °C9 °C69 %70 mm86.2 h
    Oct32 °C-3 °C16 °C5 °C76 %77 mm84.8 h
    Nov24 °C-11 °C9 °C1 °C80 %94 mm102.7 h
    Dec17 °C-22 °C3 °C-2 °C81 %85 mm111.3 h
    year38 °C-23 °C15 °C4 °C72 %932 mm1134.8 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    /Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +387

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average.

    Internet

    Internet cafes are on the increase in the larger towns throughout the country.

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    Shopping in Sarajevo

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    Key Areas

    Most visitors flock to Old Sarajevo’s Bascarsija district for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs in a pleasant, traffic-free setting. Modern malls are popping up, particularly in the western suburbs, with restaurants and entertainment in air-conditioned comfort.

    Markets

    There are daily fresh fruit and vegetable markets, including Markale (Mula Mustafe Baseskije). On Sundays, check out the basic but fascinating flea market in Stup, about half an hour from the centre, in the west of the city.

    Shopping Centres

    Most malls are out of the city centre, particularly in the upscale western suburbs. Alta Shopping Center (Franca Lehara 2) is small but good quality, with some decent restaurants on the upper floor. Grand Centar (Butmirska 14, Ilidža), is a big new mall with a wide range of shops from fashion to electronics, as well as restaurants, kids’ play areas, and ample parking.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Bosnia and Herzegovina is characterised by its ethnic and religious diversity and visitors should respect the customs and traditions of the various ethnic and religious groups. The main ethnic groups are the Bosniaks (48%, also sometimes referred to as Bosnian Muslims), the Serbs (37.1%) and the Croats (14.3%).

    Visitors should be aware that drinking alcohol in public may be considered offensive by more orthodox Muslims. Visitors should avoid expressing opinions about the war or other sensitive issues.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is of good quality and safe to drink. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat, although it is advisable to peel vegetables and fruit and only eat cooked meat and fish. Unpasteurised milk must be boiled. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk.

    Other Risks

    Immunisation against hepatitis B, tuberculosis and tick-borne encephalitis is recommended. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Paralija, Belma
    Clinical Centre of University Sarajevo
    Clinic of Pulmonary Diseases & TB
    Bardakcije 90
    71000 Sarajevo
    Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Tel. +387-33444343

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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