PRIVATE WALKING TOUR | 3 hours | 110 € | Discover Sarajevo with a local private guide. The multi-ethnic city of Sarajevo is a treasure trove of historical sites. There are a lot of unique places you will visit on this 3-hour walking tour. The three events which are most commonly associated with the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina are:
For centuries Sarajevo is also known for its coexistence of different religions whose monuments and churches we will visit on this city tour. The fact is that within a city block of 300 meters, you can find a Mosque, an Orthodox church, a Catholic church, and a Synagogue.
In the famous Bascarsija - Sarajevo's old bazaar and the historical and cultural centre of the city, built in the 15th century, you can drink tap water from the famous Sebilj and try unique Bosnian coffee called 'kahva'.
Picturesque neighbourhood Alifakovac with a beautiful cemetery is one of the oldest urban settlements in Sarajevo. Many painters, photographers, and writers were inspired by this wonderful place.
Visiting Sarajevo means witnessing the greatest sorrow and success of modern civilization. Sarajevo is a city in which people keep coming back. A magnificent bastion of multicultural gloss.
For those who are more interested in experiencing Sarajevo's surrounding mountains, we recommend our hiking excursion: Skakavac Waterfall Hike
Recommended accommodation: Guesthouse Kandilj
Our first stop will be the spot of the Sarajevo Assassination of 1914 – which is one of the events most commonly associated with the city. This historical event happened close to the famous Latin Bridge, a picturesque little bridge spanning the Miljacka River that runs through the heart of Sarajevo.
We will continue our walk on the other side of Miljacka River, along its left bank, and get to an important landmark in Sarajevo - the Emperor's Mosque (Bosnian: Careva Dzamija), which is near the place where Sarajevo was founded. That is one of the first mosques built in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the first one in Sarajevo. It was built in 1462.
Our next stop is the Franciscan church and monastery of St. Anthony of Padua, a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Afterwards, we will visit Alifakovac cemetery, an old Ottoman cemetery from the 15th century. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful Muslim cemeteries in Bosnia. Many famous Sarajevans were buried in Alifakovac cemetery. Located on a hill in a picturesque neighbourhood, the place offers a beautiful panoramic view over the Old Town, the Town Hall, the Olympic mountain Trebevic and other sites.
After coming back to the right bank of the river Miljacka, we will enter the business part of the city – čaršija. On the main square, you can drink tap water from the famous fountain Sebilj that, it is said, will ensure you will never forget Sarajevo. Sebilj is one of the symbols of Sarajevo. Our next stop will be the Svrzo’s House, where you can find out more about the lifestyle during Ottoman rule in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Then, we are going to visit the Old Orthodox Church. According to many, one of the most beautiful orthodox churches in this area. Here we will take a break in the only caravan-saray in the Balkans where you can try unique Bosnian coffee (kahva).
In the Ghazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque, we will listen to the story about the most important man in the history of Sarajevo – Ghazi Husrev Bey, who is most responsible for the development of Sarajevo. Our walk continues towards the Jewish Quarter, the Old Jewish Temple and the Catholic Cathedral of Jesus Sacred Heart. We end our city tour on the central square - Alija Izetbegović Liberation Square, named after the first president of independent Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Departures 2023: throughout the year
Dates: on request
Price: from 110 € per tour
NOTE* For those who are more interested in experiencing Sarajevo's surrounding mountains, we recommend our excursion: Skakavac Waterfall
Just some of the highlights of this tour
Bascarsija – this part of the city was founded in1462 when the Ottomans established the Bosnian Sanjak. The first bey was the Isa-beg Isakovic, who constructed an inn and several shops on the north bank of the Miljacka River. In time, the number of inns and shops increased in this part of Sarajevo, and the Bascarsija expanded. In the 16th century, there were 80 different crafts and over 12.000 shops. Although the Bascarsija decreased in size, it has retained its authenticity for more than 600 years. Bascarsija is a significant part of Sarajevo's identity, a tourist attraction with many traditional meat, pie and kebab shops (burek & cevapcici!), patisseries and traditional restaurants that offer specialities from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Old Orthodox Church, located in the Old Town of Sarajevo, is one of the oldest and most valuable cultural, historical and architectural monuments of Sarajevo and one of the oldest religious buildings in the area. It was first mentioned in Ottoman sources dating to 1539, but it is assumed that it was built on the foundations of an even older church. Its interior is a treasury of extraordinary examples of wood and stonemason craft and the art of icon painting. The belfry was added in 1883 and reconstructed in 1960 when it gained its current appearance. Inside the church is a museum with a valuable collection of icons from the 13th to 19th century, numerous manuscripts, and liturgical and artistic exhibits.
Ghazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque is one of the most significant religious monuments of Islamic architecture in the Balkans, built-in 1530. The mosque was designed by Adzem Esir Ali from Tibris, one of the greatest architects of Istanbul, and built by masters from Dubrovnik, then very famous for their building skills. It became one of the symbols of great importance for the urban development of Sarajevo and the first mosque in the world that received electric lighting in 1898.
Franciscan Church of Saint Anthony of Padua is a Roman Catholic church that, along with the adjoining Franciscan monastery, became a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After several Catholic churches were built from 1697 – 1881 in this place, the last one, an example of Gothic Revival architecture, was built in 1912, designed by Josip Vancaš. Unique among the numerous churches in Sarajevo, the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua claims to be the "church of all Sarajevans", boasting regular Muslim and Eastern Orthodox attendees.
The Old Jewish Temple - also known as the Old Synagogue and the Great Temple (Il Kal Grandi), is the oldest place of worship for Jews in Sarajevo. It was built in the 16th century in the city's part called Velika Avlija, a small Jewish neighbourhood in Sarajevo’s Bascarsija. After several fires, the temple’s current appearance dates from 1813. In 1966 it became the Jewish Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and an annexe of the Museum of Sarajevo, representing the great exhibitions of Jewish history in Sarajevo and Bosnia through the centuries. The Old Jewish Temple became a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2003.