Sarajevo Free Tour

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Basic Information
Total time
2 hours
Language
English (check the booking calendar for availability)
Price
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Gazi Husrev Begova 75. Look for a guide with a small blue flag.Go to map
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About

Sarajevo was established by the Ottoman Empire, whose borders slowly expanded in the 16th century, occupying more and more European territories – starting with the Balkans. The result was unusual – a city inhabited by Slavs who were not Christians, but Muslims. For centuries, the influences of all religions mixed here: Croatian Catholicism with Serbian Orthodoxy, Islam, however, was dominant. To this day, the city’s skyline is dotted with dozens of minarets, and the imam calls to prayer five times a day. It is said that it is here in Sarajevo that the East meets the West.


Although it is not of impressive size, Great History has left its mark in Sarajevo a number of times. Almost as many times as Sarajevo has changed its nationality. It was here in 1914 – back then Sarajevo was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – that Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand which led to the Great World War. Much later in 1984 – when Sarajevo was part of federated Yugoslavia – the Winter Olympics were held here which served as a demonstration of the power and success of the southern Slavic state. Less than 10 years later, already as the capital of an independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo found itself in the midst of a fratricidal conflict and Europe’s largest war since the fall of Nazi Germany. For 47 brutal months, besieged by Bosnian Serbs and cut off from the world, the city showed courage and an unbreakable will to fight. It refused to surrender, despite daily bombings, lack of food, water, electricity… Today, many years after the war, it still proudly stands, rebuilt, home to all its inhabitants – Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats.


During our walk we will visit Baščaršija, the old Ottoman centre of Sarajevo. We’ll see the bazaar, caravanserai (traditional Ottoman resting places for travelling merchants), mosques, tea rooms and Bosnian coffee rooms… Right next to them stand townhouses from the Austro-Hungarian era, Catholic churches and trendy modern cafes. Above all, however, we will get to know the local people, who, despite having suffered more than most of us, are still known for their warmth and great hospitality.


On the tour we will see and discover:



  • Baščaršija Square and Sebilj Fountain

  • Sarajevo’s oriental town hall

  • The Latin Bridge, where the archduke was assassinated

  • The ancient caravanserai – a house for caravans to stay in

  • Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque and Clock Tower

  • Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • Meeting place of cultures

  • Monuments of Sarajevo Roses


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

BOOKING RULES
Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.


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