Sarajevo
Culture & History

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Sarajevo Culture & History

Sarajevo: Tour to Mostar, Blagaj, Počitelj & Kravice Falls

1. Sarajevo: Tour to Mostar, Blagaj, Počitelj & Kravice Falls

The day trip starts in the morning, 8 am. The meeting point can be upon request, either from the tour agency or from your hotel. Feel free to make your own request. The guide will give you a short introduction of the tour, and you can sit  comfortably in your seat, and enjoy the view. Driving over the mountains, you will be shown almost the exact line between Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also, depending which time of the year you take a tour, you will be fascinated by the nature. Every season has its own color. Head to Mostar, enjoying the view on Jablanicko lake, and amazing nature. For those interested in communism, go to Jablanica to see a piece of history where you see a ruined old train bridge which is a witness of the Battle of the Neretva, also known as the Battle for the Wounded. Mostar will wait for you with its warm climate, unique beauty and amazing history. Your guide will take you on Mostar Old town sightseeing, to show you the Unesco Heritage monument, a worldwide famous Old Bridge, and you will hear all the legends and stories about this amazing example of Ottoman architecture from the 16th century. You will also get an opportunity to see a short video in a local gallery about the bridge destruction in '93, and witness human horror. Bridges are used to connect people and this one was destroyed to separate people. After this tour through Mostar, your guide will suggest you to have lunch either in Mostar’s local restaurants, or to go to Blagaj. The beautiful Blagaj is a small village built at the source of crystal clear river Buna. Buna flows out of the 200m high mountain cliffs that overlook the area. Blagaj is known as a pearl of Herzegovina and here we recommend you to taste the trout at some of the local restaurants. The authentic 16th-century Ottoman town and open-air museum of Počitelj is the next stop. Its amazing architecture and location will surely excite you. Finally, begin the journey back to Sarajevo. Stop at the breathtaking Kravica Falls for a swim in the crystal-clear waters before getting dropped off at your hotel.

...
Sarajevo: Under Siege War Tour

2. Sarajevo: Under Siege War Tour

Start your tour with transportation to the War Tunnel Museum. On the way (25-30 minutes) receive a short introduction to the topics of the war and see important sites and buildings with your own eyes, that you will later hear about again in the museum. Arrive at the Tunnel of Hope, learn about the position of the museum and its famous mark in front of the entrance named "Sarajevo Rose". After seeing a short movie, a one-hour long presentation starts, which will explain the fall of Yugoslavia, the war in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the creation and importance of the tunnel.  After the Tunnel, head toward the 1984 Olympic mountain Trebević, which is the closest mountain to the center of Sarajevo and was part of the front line during the siege of Sarajevo. At the site, you have the opportunity to see and walk on the former bobsleigh and luge track and experience the most beautiful panoramic views of Sarajevo which unfortunately were also the main positions of the enemy army.     Just under the Trebevic Mountain lies the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. The cemetery contains unique shaped tombstones that can only be seen in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is believed their shape is influenced by medieval Bosnian tombstones that are named "Stecak". Head towards the old Ottoman part of the city to visit the White and Yellow Fortresses. They both provide breath-taking views of the old part of the city. The last stop of the tour is the "Shehidi" (Martyr) cemetery, the resting place of the soldiers that gave their life for independent Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the heart of the cemetery lies the grave of the first Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic.

...
From Sarajevo: Mostar and Cities of Herzegovina Day Tour

3. From Sarajevo: Mostar and Cities of Herzegovina Day Tour

The starting point is usually in front of Info Bosnia Tourist Information Center located on main pedestrian street Ferhadija, just next to "Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures", but can be arranged from elsewhere, if requested. The first stop of the day is a short visit to Konjic, a unique, prehistorically inhabited place from which Herzegovina originates. It is famous for its 17th century 6-arch Old Bridge and a perfect introduction to the emerald-green Neretva river. Your journey then continues towards a restaurant famous for its homemade Pita (pie) that will satisfy your taste!  With a full stomach, continue towards the beautiful medieval and Ottoman stone-constructed fortified village Počitelj. On your arrival, take an easy hike towards the Kula, a silo-shaped fort overlooking the village from the top of the hill. It was used to house watchmen and military as a guard against possible intrusions from the Neretva valley. After a short hike, continue your way to Blagaj. This city is situated at the source of the Buna river, Europe’s most powerful, clean and drinkable river spring. After Pocitelj enjoy lunch at the banks of river Buna just a few kilometers away from Blagaj. Under the shade of trees, listening to the sound of the river, enjoy a local trout with the traditional desert "smokvara". After a nice meal, it is time to visit the best part of your journey, the city of Mostar. Mostar has long been known for its old Turkish houses and Old Bridge. The historic part of Mostar is a result of interaction between the natural phenomena and human creativity throughout a long historical period. The architecture here presents a symbol of tolerance: a shared life of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Focus at Mostar’s Old Bridge, Old Bazaar, and Old Town, and hear stories of Mostar’s uniqueness and cosmopolitan heritage. After Mostar it is time to say goodbye to Herzegovina. Head back to your accommodation in Sarajevo in just over 2 hours.

...
From Sarajevo: Day Tour to Jajce and Travnik

4. From Sarajevo: Day Tour to Jajce and Travnik

Discover the natural beauty and history of Central Bosnia on this guided tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, begin the journey to Jajce. Pass through the Ottoman, Austrian-Hungarian and Yugoslav parts of the city to get an idea of how the city of Sarajevo developed. Upon arrival in Jajce, soak up the rich historical atmosphere of the town and see an array of national monuments. Pay a visit to an underground catacomb where the aristocratic Hrvatnić family are buried before heading back above ground to the citadel, where you can admire panoramic views of the surrounding area. Later, continue to the Jajce Waterfall and marvel at the beauty of this 21-meter high natural phenomena which joins 2 rivers. Pay a visit to the cluster of historical watermills located nearby and even purchase some freshly-milled flour from one of the mills which is still in operation. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to your final stop.  Finally, arrive at the 15th-century Old Town of Travnik. Admire the 2 imposing clock towers in the city center and pay a visit to the Travnik Fortress, which was once used by Ottomans Viziers (Governors) as their seat of power. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Sarajevo at the end of the day.

...
Sarajevo: Grand Walking Tour

5. Sarajevo: Grand Walking Tour

The city that is commonly associated with the siege in the 1990s has plenty more to offer. City that from which First World War started and where you had first Winter Olympic Games  in communistic country have more history to offer. Join us on a journey through the past where the guide will reveal the small and big secrets of this city and introduce you to the mysticism of Sarajevo streets and alleys. The tour will take you to the main sights of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian architecture and will show you a unique line where East meets West. Enjoy the scent of fresh made coffee, flavors from hookah, sound of church bells and call from the minarets. Learn about the assassination that triggered the First World War and discover why Sarajevo is called European Jerusalem. City Hall/National Library Spite House Sarajevo fortresses Streets Bravadziluk and Kazandziluk (old handcrafts) Sebilj Street Saraci Morica han (caravan-saray) Ghazi Husrev Bey's Mosque and Maddresah Clock tower Sarajevo Assassination 1914 Ghazi Husrev Bey's Bazaar Sephardic neighborhood and synagogues Cathedral of Holly Hearth of Jesus Synod Orthodox Church Eternal Flame.

...
Sarajevo: Times of Misfortune War Tour

6. Sarajevo: Times of Misfortune War Tour

Join this popular 3-hour coach tour of Sarajevo to learn what Sarajevans lived through from 1992-1995 during the Balkan wars. Start the tour by visiting the Yellow fortress and the Maternity hospital. On your way to the war tunnel,  pass through the notorious sniper alley, the most dangerous street in the city. Visit the cemetery of the heroes who stood unarmed in defence of their city, and gave their lives for its freedom. Find out what life was like without food, water, electricity, and gas, how children kept up with their school work, and what the cultural and sports life was like in the middle of war. Many of the guides have personal experience of the war and will tell you about the collapse of Yugoslavia, the war’s aims, and the plans for the division of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Visit the Tunnel Museum via Sniper Alley, to learn about the tunnel’s role during the siege. Find out about the role of UN forces in Sarajevo, and the mistakes they committed during the conflict. To finish the tour, visit the famous Tunnel of Hope, a secret war passage that helped the citizens survive the four year long siege. Tour sights: • Old Town • Sehid Cemetery • White Fortress • Markale Market • FBH presidency • Olympic buildings - Kosevo Stadium and Zetra Sport Hall • Maternity • National Museum • Marshal Tito Barracks – Sarajevo University Campus • Sniper Alley • Grbavica • Radio-Television Building • Ali-pasino polje • Oslobodjenje - Dnevni avaz • Stup • Ilidza and Butmir • Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum • Sarajevo panorama

...
Sarajevo: Tunnel War Tour

7. Sarajevo: Tunnel War Tour

Board a bus in Sarajevo and head out of the city. During the bus ride, find out how the war started, why the National Library of BH was destroyed, and how many people died. While driving to the Tunnel Museum along the Sniper Alley, listen to stories about what life was like during these years of darkness. After this introduction, discover the story of a vitally important 800 m long tunnel that connected the occupied and free Sarajevo territories. Upon arrival at the museum, pass through one part of the original tunnel and see the movie about the war in Sarajevo. Listen as your guide explains the role of the tunnel during the siege, its construction, use method and will happily answer all your questions. On the way back to the town, talk about Sarajevo and its future with your guide.

...
From Sarajevo: Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour

8. From Sarajevo: Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour

The tour starts at 8 AM in front of Info Bosnia Tourist Information Center located on main pedestrian street Ferhadija, just next to "Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures", but can be arranged from elsewhere, if requested. The city of Srebrenica is located around two and a half hours from the city of Sarajevo. The road takes you through a desolate, mountainous area with beautiful nature. While you are able to enjoy the scenery you will start learning about the history of Yugoslavia, so you can better understand the genocide of Srebrenica.  Your first stop is in front of the battery factory, used by UN forces during the war in Bosnia. Located in these previous headquarters of the Dutch battalion of the UN forces, is now one of the most modern museums in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the “Museum of Srebrenica Genocide”. There you will meet the curator and experience first-hand stories about the survival in the Srebrenica enclave. From the Museum of Srebrenica Genocide, continue to the Memorial room, where you will be able to hear the stories of the victims, which were recorded by a local journalist. A part of the Memorial room is also dedicated to the people responsible for the massacre. Victims that were found and identified are resting at the Memorial cemetery. Now the cemetery counts 6575 victims, but this number rises every year. Once you visited Potocari Memorial Center, continue your journey to the city of Srebrenica. Once the industrial leader in the area, and one of the oldest settlements of people is now a ghost city. Srebrenica is also the location for the lunch, as there are not a lot of restaurants nearby.  After Srebrenica, return to Sarajevo, where you will arrive around 6 PM and your tour ends.

...
Private Tour from Sarajevo: Vranduk & Tešanj Medieval Tour

9. Private Tour from Sarajevo: Vranduk & Tešanj Medieval Tour

In the 10th century, Bosnia was mentioned as a state for a very first time. During the rule of King Tvrtko, Bosnia had the largest territory. Marks of King’s lifestyle still can be seen and are perfectly preserved and worth seeing. Remarkable architecture left in wild nature point, untamed rivers, breathtaking sightseeing will make You travel back through the time and feel the note of medieval life! Old fortress in Tesanj, the biggest one in country, is left to us as national treasure, heritage, historical monument, the pearl of Bosnia toursim and you are strongly recommended this for a day trip! Vranduk fortress represents the second part of this medieval story. You will have complete image and great end of medieval Bosnia day! To this day this walled medieval village is still inhabited. With the newly completed restoration almost complete Vranduk has become one of BiH’s best preserved medieval fortress, with access to the main castle, information readily available and a café or two to serve you Bosnian coffee or a refreshing drink.

...
Sarajevo: Small-Group Tour to Srebrenica Memorial Complex

10. Sarajevo: Small-Group Tour to Srebrenica Memorial Complex

After more than three years of the war in Bosnia, on July 11, 1995, Srebrenica was attacked. Most importantly, it was a city in East Bosnia which the UN designated to be a protected area in the war. Finally, it became the stage of the worst crimes against humanity. Armed soldiers and paramilitary units killed more than 8,000 people in the following days. While there, you are going to see a huge graveyard where the victims are buried. The High Representative Wolfgang Petritsch established the memorial and the museum in 2001 as a part of the Foundation “Srebrenica-Potocari”. Today, the complex serves as a warning and a memory for all the victims of Srebrenica Genocide. US President, Bill Clinton officially opened the memorial in 2003. From that year onwards, there were successive burials of hundreds of victims every year. The atrocity was on such a massive scale that the experts are still disinterring and identifying the victims from mass graves in the area around the river Drina. You are going to see a lot of original photo and video exhibitions in the Memorial that will help you understand the level of crimes that happened there. Beside the memorials, this tour covers many tragic stories from the 90s. Surely, after meeting the survivor of Srebrenica genocide your perspective of this human tragedy will affect you and will probably change the perception you had before. Later, our guide will show you life after genocide since this tour will continue towards Srebrenica town. We will show you the springs of healthy water in the area around the city. This water contains two-valency fero, cobalt, nickel, copper, manganes etc. It is very healthy and has big potential in developing this area in the future. Return to Sarajevo is around 5 pm.

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Sarajevo

Want to discover all there is to do in Sarajevo? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Sarajevo

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 395 reviews

Our tour guide Haris was excellent. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We were only in Bosnia for a day and he did such an amazing job at showing us all the landmarks and the Islamic history behind them. The length of the tour was also perfect. Would recommend this to everyone!

Amazing and beautiful day You are not only going to explore just the most beautiful landscape and nature of Bosnia. You are also going to know everything about Bosnia's history which is MUST to know. I gurante everyone who joins this trip will have a fantastic day

We had an amazing tour with our guide Adnan. We were the only tourist on the tour - so it was like a private tour. Our guide was knowledges about the history and more. Overall a wonderful tour with beautiful places that we can recommend!

Overall my experience was incredible, Our Tour Guide Adnan, was well knowledgeable about the history. I highly recommend, Meet Bosnia Tours and Excursion. They have a great and excellent tour guides.

Very compelling 4-hour tour with many stories from locals