Fall of Yugoslavia, siege of Sarajevo

Price:
25 EUR per Person
Basic Information
Total time
4 hours
Language
English (check the booking calendar for availability)
Price
25 EUR per Person
Meeting point
Gazi Husrev Begova 75. Look for a guide with a small blue flag.Go to map
Additional info
Not included: Tunnel Museum Entrance Fee (Adults: 15 BAM/7.5€; Students: 5 BAM/2.5€; Children under 6: Free entrance)
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About

Sarajevo, located in the very centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has witnessed many important historical events. It first entered the pages of great history with the attack on the Austrian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, in 1914. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife was the immediate cause of the outbreak of the First World War. More than half a century later, Sarajevo was again in the headlines around the world. The first time was in 1984 when the city, then ruled by the communist government of Yugoslavia, became the host of the 14th Winter Olympics. The event, which became known as the first Winter Olympics held in a socialist country, attracted 1,273 athletes from 49 different countries. The second time was eight years later, in 1992 during the longest and bloodiest siege in European history after the Second World War – the siege of Sarajevo. A city with a standard of living similar to that of western European countries became a war zone for 44 months. Besieged and constantly bombarded by Bosnian Serb troops who had taken up strategic positions in the hills around it, Sarajevo was almost completely cut off from the world. Its inhabitants were deprived of almost everything starting with electricity, food and water. The only escape route from the besieged city became a tunnel that its defenders dug underneath Sarajevo. It was named the Tunnel of Hope.  


Our 4-hour tour recounting these events starts in the very centre of Sarajevo. Together with a local guide, you will go to the so-called Yellow Fortress, the remains of the fortifications on Vratnik Hill above Sarajevo. You will visit the Kovači Cemetery, where many of the city’s defenders were buried, and the Markale Market, the site of multiple massacres that took place during the siege of Sarajevo. You will also see the destroyed hospitals from the war and other monuments and memorials that remember the siege of the city. Your guide will lead you down the street that was once known as Sniper Alley, you will also enter the Tunnel of Hope Museum and watch original films shot during the war.


Participants of the Sarajevo tour will also travel back in time to the famous 1984 Winter Olympics. Among other things, they will visit the famous bobsleigh track on Mount Trebević from where the city was later shelled during the siege.


The Fall of Yugoslavia, the Siege of Sarajevo tour will give you an insight into the history of the city that more than once impacted the fate of the whole world and will provide a lesson on the tragic events that happened here during the war of 1992-95. 


During the tour:



  • you will learn more about the history of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina,

  • visit the monuments and memorials commemorating the siege of Sarajevo, such as the Yellow Fortress, Markale Market, Snipers’ Alley and Kovači Cemetery, 

  • you will hear stories about life in the war-torn city, whose inhabitants struggled to survive without electricity, food and water, 

  • you will enter the Tunnel of Hope Museum and visit the old Yugoslav military barracks,

  • you will visit sites related to the Winter Olympic Games that took place in Sarajevo in 1984.


Meeting Point
Gazi Husrev Begova 75. Look for a guide with a small blue flag.

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