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Sarajevo Sights: DIY Free Walking Tour Sarajevo, BiH

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Sarajevo is a riveting city. As the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo has a long history that tells a mesmerizing story. The must-see Sarajevo sights span several centuries – and are concentrated in the heart of the city. We created a Self-Guided Free Walking Tour of Sarajevo to help other travelers see and understand the city. Our Sarajevo Tour serves as a perfect introduction – and is a must-do for every Sarajevo itinerary!


Sarajevo Free Walking Tour

Sarajevo sightseeing is best done on foot! We designed a self-guided Sarajevo Walking Tour that features top Sarajevo attractions. Our route through Sarajevo is about 5 miles long and will take approximately 3-5 hours to complete. Our Sarajevo Free Tour is accompanied by sight information, step-by-step directions, and a Google Maps link to a Sarajevo Map of Sights (which is at the end of the post).

Pro Tip: Looking for guided Sarajevo Walking Tours? Find our tips below!


Sarajevo Sights History

Before setting off on a Sarajevo city tour, it helps to know the history of the city. Although Sarajevo’s past is complex, having a basic understanding the city’s events is essential when sightseeing Sarajevo.


Early Sarajevo History

Civilizations have resided in the area of Sarajevo since the Neolithic Butmir Culture, eventually followed by the Illyrians.  Next, the Kingdom of Bosnia was formed in the 12th century, when the town was called Vrhbosna (top of Bosnia). However, it wasn’t until the Ottomans arrived in the 1400s that the city of Sarajevo was established. During that time, Sarajevo expanded rapidly. Accepting of people from all cultures and religions, the city welcomed Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Jews.


Ottoman Rule

The 16th century was the golden age of Ottoman rule. Sarajevo flourished; there was a water system and bathhouses, a city clock tower and library, schools and religious buildings. Sarajevo reigned as the biggest city (and one of the wealthiest) in the region, with a population of 80,000 residents and more than 100 mosques.

However, the oncoming demise of the Ottoman Empire led to the invasion of Sarajevo; the city was attacked and destroyed by fire in 1697. The next 200 years saw further decline, as Sarajevo was devastated by the Plague, more fires and war.


Austro-Hungarian Empire

In 1878, The Austro-Hungarian Empire took control of Sarajevo under the Treaty of Berlin and the subsequent Battle of Sarajevo. Under the Catholic Habsburgs, the city saw significant changes and expansion. New structures were built using modern Western architecture, while parts of the historic Ottoman city remained. Prominent buildings – like the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the National Museum and City Hall – were constructed.

Although Sarajevo was thriving, there was an underground movement to overthrow the Austro-Hungarian Empire in order to create a united Slavic kingdom. In 1914, a conspirator named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand (the next heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne) in the streets of Sarajevo. The assassination sparked a series of events, which ultimately led to World War I.



In the peace treaty that ended World War I, Sarajevo became part of the newly established Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During the Second World War, Nazi Germany occupied Sarajevo and eliminated the Jewish population from the city. At the end of the war, Sarajevo fell within the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was led by Josip Broz Tito.

Yugoslavia was comprised of six states: Bosnia and Herzegovina (of which Sarajevo was the capital), Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia; Belgrade served as Yugoslavia’s capital city. Regardless of the ethnic and religious differences, President Tito promoted unity.

To the west of the historic Sarajevo city center, Novo Sarajevo was constructed of Communist block apartments. The city grew – in both population and importance. In 1984, Sarajevo hosted the Winter Olympics, a supreme honor for the city and the country of Yugoslavia.


Siege Of Sarajevo

After the death of Tito in 1980, the government struggled to keep Yugoslavia together. The impending collapse of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s led to individual states seeking independence from the republic. The inner conflict ultimately triggered a series of wars between the states. When Bosnia & Herzegovina declared independence – and named Sarajevo capital – the city came under attack, first by the Yugoslav People’s Army, then by the Army of Republika Srpska (the Bosnian Serb Army).

The Serbian-led siege of Sarajevo lasted for 1,425 days – from April 5, 1992 until February 29, 1996. Situated in the hills that encircle Sarajevo, the Republika Srpska Army besieged the city with gunfire and mortar blasts. An average of 329 shells hit the city every day, with an astounding 3,777 falling on the city in one day (July 22, 1993). Supplies were blocked from Sarajevo – including weapons, food, medicine, water and electricity. Both government and cultural sights were targeted – and the city’s library containing invaluable manuscripts was destroyed.

During the time that Sarajevo was under attack, the Bosnian War raged throughout the country. The historic city of Mostar was also under siege and, in the small town of Srebrenica, there was a horrific massacre of 8,000 Bosniak men and boys (now recognized as genocide). Meanwhile, neighboring Croatia was also at war with Serbs and Montenegrins. 


Dayton Accords

The Siege of Sarajevo resulted in the deaths of more than 12,000 people, yet the Bosnian Serb Army never took control of the city. The Dayton Accords – an agreement between Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia – officially ended the war in 1996 and the city of Sarajevo began a period of rebuilding with the help of foreign aid…and a lot of determination and even more patience.


Sarajevo Today

The city has taken great strides since the war. The Sarajevo City Center shopping mall is one of the biggest in the region and the Avaz twist tower stands as the tallest skyscraper in the Balkans. Sarajevo hosts the annual international Sarajevo Film Fest and the new Mount Trebevic Cable Car was opened in 2018.


Top Sarajevo Sights

Due to the city’s triumphant and turbulent past, Sarajevo is evocative. The Sarajevo Old Town pedestrian-only streets are bustling with tourists buying copper Bosnian coffee sets, while locals can be found drinking the potent coffee in quaint cafes. The lively Sarajevo markets are packed with produce, cheap trendy clothing and hand-knitted wool socks. Meanwhile, Sarajevo monuments document the human atrocities that occurred in the city and region.

Sarajevo displays an eclectic mix of architectural styles – from the elegant buildings of the Austro-Hungarian era to concrete block structures of the Communist era. The state of the buildings is varied – from dilapidated shells to brand new structures. On the road, the Sarajevo public transportation fleet is inclusive of rickety-and-rusted (but still running!) trams to more modern carriages (likely donated from other countries).

While, at first glance, the city looks and feels normal, the whispers of war are always nearby. It’s impossible to tour Sarajevo and not acknowledge what happened on the streets. Around almost every corner there are shadows of the Siege of Sarajevo.

The city is scarred by the war – visitors can see it in the bullet ridden buildings and the neglected remnants of the 1984 Olympics. Hundreds of simple white gravestones stand in hillside cemeteries – the etched dates of year born and year deceased are much too close together. Unemployment is rampant – and beggars are part of the city’s landscape. Young children sit cross-legged on the main pedestrian street singing for coins. Old women with sagging skin and sad eyes push their empty hands in front of strangers.

Despite the wounds, there is a spirited side of Sarajevo that is also unmissable. Locals gather together in parks and in smoky cafes. Young couples holding hands sneak into hidden corners. Shop owners dish out food for stray cats. And people generously pass spare change and cigarettes into outstretched hands.


Our Free Sarajevo Walking Tour

Now that you have a better understanding of the city, lace up your travel shoes, grab your camera and begin your Sarajevo sightseeing tour. Use our Sarajevo map links provided and step-by-step directions to help you find your way.


#1 Bascarsija Sarajevo Sights

Sights of Sarajevo BiH

MAP. Begin your Sarajevo discovery the oldest part of the city, Bascarsija. The Bascarsija in the Old Town is one of the top Sarajevo places to visit. Designed by the Ottomans in 1462, the Bascarsija served as the main marketplace. A central hub for trade, the narrow lanes accommodated shops, eateries and religious buildings…just as it does today. There are many Sarajevo sights in Bascarsija – and for our Sarajevo walking tour, we are starting at the Sebilj fountain in the heart of the marketplace.


#2 Sebilj Fountain Sarajevo 

Sebilj Fountain in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

MAP. The Sarajevo landmark Sebilj Fountain sits in the main square within the Old Town bazaar. The wooden Sebilj water fountain was built in 1753 in the traditional Ottoman style. The fountain was renovated in the 19th century.

Directions: From Sebilj, walk south and turn left (east) onto Kazandziluk Street.


#3 Kazandziluk: Coppersmith Street Sarajevo

MAP. Handcrafted Bosnian coffee sets and other tin and copper wares are made and sold on Coppersmiths’ Street, called Kazandziluk. The coppersmiths are often found in their shops using their tools to hammer out new pieces to sell.

Directions: Walk the length of Kazandziluk, following the curve south to Bravadziluk Street, turn right (west) onto the street.


#4 Bravadziluk: Locksmith Street Sarajevo

Street in Old Town Sarajevo, BIH

MAP. Once the street where they made locks and keys, today Bravadziluk is a bustling street full of restaurants selling cevapi – the national dish of Bosnia & Herzegovina. {Get our tips for the best places to eat in Sarajevo!}

Directions: Walk west to the small square (nearly completing a circle) and turn around to face the Bascarsija Mosque.


#5 Bascarsija Mosque

MAP. Officially named Havadza Durak Mosque, the Bascarsija Mosque has been standing on the site since the early 1500s. The mosque was damaged during the war, but was repaired and declared a National Monument in 2006.

Directions: Walk west across the square (away from the front of the mosque) and turn left (south) onto Abadziluk Street to the green domed market hall.


#6 Brusa Bezistan: Market Hall & Sarajevo History Museum

Sarajevo History Museum in Old Town

MAP. The domed market hall, Brusa Bezistand, is in the middle of the Old Town. Built in 1551 for the silk trade, today the old covered bazaar houses the Sarajevo City History Museum (which can be visited for a small fee).

Directions: From the northeast corner of Brusa Bezistan, walk west on Curciluk Veliki to Trgovke Lane. Turn right (north) and walk to Saraci Street. Morica Han is directly in front of you on the north side of the street, the entrance is a little to your left.


#7 Morica Han

MAP. Built in 1551 as an inn for travelers coming to the bazaar, Morica Han is now a lively hub of shops and restaurants and one of the top Sarajevo tourist attractions.

Directions: Exit to the north, by the fountain, and walk to Mula Mustafe Baseskije Street. On the opposite side of the street is the Old Orthodox Church.


#8 Old Serbian Orthodox Church and Sarajevo Museum

Old Orthodox Church in Sarajevo, BIH

MAP. The 16th century Old Orthodox Church is set below street level and has an exquisite interior, including an ornate iconostasis and upstairs gallery. There is also a museum on site (ticket required).

Directions: From the Old Orthodox Church, walk west on Mula Mustafe Basekije a half block and turn left (south) on Dulangina Street. Walk south one block to Saraci Street. Turn right (west) and walk to Gazi Husrev-Beg’s Mosque.


#9 Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque

Fountain in mosque in Sarajevo, BIH

MAP. The most important mosque in Sarajevo, the Gazi Husrev-Bey Mosque, is a Sarajevo must-see. Completed in 1532, the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque is just part of a larger complex that includes a school, library, market and public bathhouse. Inside the courtyard, visitors will find a beautiful fountain, where water is streamed in from the mountains and is used for washing before prayers. The mosque is open for visitors.

Directions: Continue walking west on Saraci Street just past the mosque to the Clock Tower.


#10 Sarajevo Clock Tower

Sarajevo Clock Tower

MAP. The tall slender Old Clock Tower, a National Monument, stands next to the Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque – as it has since the 17th century. Although it may appear that the clock is not keeping proper time, the Old Sarajevo Clock Tower keeps Lunar Time, which tracks time according to the sun and moon. The clock strikes midnight at sunset…which is when Muslims pray the Maghrib prayer.

Directions: Continue walking west, past the Gazi Husrev-beg’s Bezistan market hall, which is now occupied mostly by souvenir shops. Take a peek inside if you would like, then continue walking to the Meeting of Cultures monument.


#11 Sarajevo Meeting Of Cultures

Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures monument

MAP. A symbolic and understated monument in the middle of the street, the Meeting of Cultures monument recognizes and celebrates the city’s major influences. The line across the street is essentially where the two very different cultures – the Islamic Ottomans and Christian Austro-Hungarian – meet together.

Directions: Continue walking west. Pass the Sarajevo Museum of Crimes Against Humanity (which is an excellent place to learn more about the horrific events and crimes during the war; ticket required to enter) and walk to the Sacred Heart Cathedral.


#12 Sarajevo Cathedral Of The Sacred Heart

Sarajevo Cathedral

MAP. The Catholic Sarajevo Cathedral, which features Neo-Gothic and Romanesque Revival styles, was built between 1884 and 1889. The two bell towers rise to the height of 140-feet. Fronted by an open plaza, the church was left particularly exposed during the Siege of Sarajevo and was severely damaged. The plaza now features a monument to Pope John Paul II, who was a vocal supporter of Sarajevo during the war, and an iconic resin-filled Sarajevo Rose.  


#13 Sarajevo Roses

Sarajevo Rose on sidewalk

MAP. During the Sarajevo War, mortar blasts left large indentations on sidewalks. Post War rather than immediately repairing the damaged areas, the marks were filled in with red resin and the memorials were named Sarajevo Roses. As time has passed, many of the sidewalks have been replaced and only a few Roses of Sarajevo remain today.

Directions: From the Sarajevo Cathedral plaza, walk north along the west side of the church to Mula Mustafe Baseskije. Turn left (west) and walk to the Markale produce market.


#14 Pijaca Markale Sarajevo Market

Produce Market in Sarajevo, BIH

MAP. The Pijaca Markale covered produce market operates as usual now, but during the war it endured two bombings that targeted unsuspecting Sarajevo civilians. The first bomb, in February 1994, killed 67 people. The second, in August 1995, killed 43. The civilian casualties are said to have prompted NATO to intervene and aid in bringing an end to the war. A plaque in the back of the market bears the names of the victims.

Directions: From the market, continue walking west to Gajev Trg. Turn left (south) and walk past the indoor food market, City Market, (pop inside for a look if you would like!), then walk into the open square, Trg Oslobodenje – Alija Izetbegovic. The square has changed names numerous times and was once the site of the main railway station and customs office; today it is named in honor of the city’s WWII liberation and after the first president of independent Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the center of the square is a giant chess board, where local men meet to compete at a game of chess and get cheered – and jeered – by the crowd around them. On the southeast corner of the square is the Cathedral Orthodox Church of the Nativity.


#15 Orthodox Church: Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Orthodox Church in Sarajevo, BIH at sunset

MAP. Built in the 1860s, the massive Orthodox Church features a classic cross plan and five domes. The soaring central tower, which exceeded the height of many minarets, was a point of contention with many Muslims when it was built. Guests can visit the inside of the church for a small fee. 

Directions: Leave the square on the north side, heading west on Ferhadija. Walk two blocks west to the Eternal Flame.


#16 Vjecna Vatra: Sarajevo Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame in Sarajevo, BIH

MAP. Marking the Old Town boundary, the Eternal Flame honors the fallen soldiers and civilian victims from World War II. The flame burns continuously. Pro Tip: Adjacent to the Eternal Flame Memorial is the entrance to the Hecco Deluxe Hotel, which features a rooftop cafe with outdoor seating. The stunning views over the rooftops encompass the Orthodox Cathedral tower, the Catholic Cathedral towers and several mosque minarets.

Directions: From the Eternal Flame, walk west on Marsala Tita Street to Veliki Park on the north side of the street.


#17 Veliki Park – Sarajevo Monuments

MAP. The Sarajevo park, Veliki Park, is home to poignant memorials and ancient tombstones. The following are found along the southern edge of the park – from east to west – along Marsala Tita Street.

Ottoman Gravestones

Throughout the city there are many Ottoman-style gravestone markers – which feature carved turbans on top. Some of the historic markers, which are found in parks and cemeteries, date to the 17th century.

Srebrenica Monument: Man Calling To Son

This Srebrenica Monument in Sarajevo pays tribute to the victims of genocide in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. The sign reads, “One of the most horrific scenes of the Srebrenica genocide against innocent Bosniak population is a scene when the father Ramo call to his son Nermin to surrender to the Serbian soldiers, as allegedly they will not do any harm to them. The exhumation team found Ramo and his son Nermin in a mass grave near Srebrenica in 2008.”

Memorial to the Children of Sarajevo

The heart wrenching Memorial to the Children of Sarajevo sits beautifully in Veliki Park and honors the more than 1,500 children who were killed during the Siege of Sarajevo. In the basin are the footprints of the younger siblings of the children who died. Today, kids play in the area around the fountain. Another memorial names the children in Sarajevo who were killed during the war.

Sarajevo Rose

Another Rose of Sarajevo is found on the sidewalk, not too far west from the Memorial to the Children of Sarajevo.

Directions: From the park, continue walking west on Marsala Tita Street. At Ali Pasha’s Mosque, veer to the left (keeping the yellow building on your right side) and continue walking on the southwest diagonal street. Across the park to your right, you can see the Avaz Twist Tower in the distance. At the stoplight, where the street curves to the west, you will see the new modern Sarajevo City Center Mall. Just past the mall, on the south side of the street, is a large Medieval Tombstone – and behind it is the Sarajevo Parliament Building. Keep walking west along the street, which has changed names here to Zmaja od Bosne.

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#18 Sniper Alley Sarajevo – Zmaja od Bosne

MAP. The most infamous of all Sarajevo streets, Zmaja od Bosne is the main thoroughfare from the Sarajevo Airport to the historic city center – and, during the war, it was nicknamed Sniper Alley. Serbian snipers positioned in the high-rise buildings and hillsides would target people walking on the street. Although painted signs appeared on the street warning of snipers in the area, there were 225 people killed and more than 1,000 injured.

Directions: Walk west on Zmaja od Bosne to the boxy, yellow Hotel Holiday.


#19 Hotel Holiday (former Sarajevo Holiday Inn Hotel)

MAP. The bold, yellow Holiday Inn was built for the 1984 Olympics as a landmark modern hotel (although some think the architecture – and especially the color scheme – is downright ugly). However, it was during the Siege of Sarajevo that the hotel became known worldwide. Used first as a quasi-headquarters for the Bosnian Serb Army at the very beginning of the war, snipers stood in the windows and shot at protesters who gathered across the street in front of Parliament. 

Then, when journalists came to cover the war, they used the hotel as a base to report – and view – the war in Sarajevo. Located in the most dangerous part of the city, the hotel was constantly barraged by bullets and was left in a state of deterioration. Today, the building no longer bears the name of the hotel chain, but after several years of uncertainty, it is back open for business under a new name: Holiday Hotel.

Directions: From the Holiday Hotel, continue walking west past the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the walkway on your left (before you get to the BiH History Museum) turn left and walk south. The walkway passes the notable Tito Cafe, which is a good place to stop, rest your feet and have a drink. Be sure to check out the Yugonostalgia that covers the walls, the military tank in the yard and the ICAR Canned Beef Monument (an art installment mocking the canned mystery meat provided by international aid during the war). Walk south to the Miljacka River, then turn left (east) onto the Woodrow Wilson Promenade. Walk 600 meters along the tree-lined promenade to the next bridge, Suada and Olga Bridge.


#20 Suada and Olga Bridge: Sarajevo Romeo and Juliet Bridge

Romeo and Juliet Bridge Sarajevo

MAP. Not an exceptional bridge by sight, the Suada and Olga Bridge saw two historic events during the war. Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sucic, who the bridge is named after, are considered to be the first two victims of the Sarajevo war. They were both killed on the bridge by snipers during a peace rally on April 5, 1992. A fading plaque on the bridge commemorates the event.

However, the bridge also has the nickname of the Romeo and Juliet Bridge. In 1993, a young couple – one a Bosniak, the other a Bosnian Serb – tried to escape the war so they could be together. Unsuccessful in their departure, they were shot and killed while running across the bridge. Their embraced corpses remained on the bridge for several days before it was safe to move them.

Directions: Cross Suada and Olga Bridge then turn left (east) and continue walking alongside the river to the Skenderija Bridge. As you walk along the Miljacka, listen for the call to prayer to ring out from the speakers of the many minarets…then ricochet down the shallow riverbed.


#21 Skenderija Bridge

Skenderija Bridge Sarajevo

MAP. The picturesque Skenderija footbridge was designed by Gustave Eiffel (the engineer of the world-famous Eiffel Tower in Paris). Couples use the bridge for Love Locks.

Directions: Continue walking east along the river, passing the Sarajevo National Theater (with arches and columns on the north bank) and the Ashkenazi Synagogue (south bank) until you arrive at the arched Latin Bridge.


#22 Latin Bridge: Famous Sarajevo Bridge

Famous Latin Bridge in Sarajevo, BIH

MAP. Called the Latin Bridge for the many Catholics who used to reside in the area, the Ottoman bridge is one of the oldest in the city. However, the reason the Latin Bridge is famous is because it was the site of an event that changed the world. In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated near the north end of the bridge; many consider it to be the act that started World War I.

Directions: Continue walking east along the river to the grandiose striped building, City Hall and Library.


#23 Sarajevo City Hall and Library

City Hall and Library in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

MAP. The original City Hall and Sarajevo Library building was built in 1896. That building, however, was destroyed by artillery and fire in 1992. It is estimated that 2 million written documents, some rare and irreplaceable, were lost. It took more than two decades to rebuild the structure. The building was reconstructed in the original style and reopened in 2014.

A plaque at the front reads: On this place Serbian criminals in the night of 25th-26th August 1992 set on fire the National and University’s Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina; over 2 million books, periodicals and documents vanished in the flame. Do not forget. Remember and warn!

Directions: At the east end of the Sarajevo City Hall is the Seher-Cehaja Bridge.


#24 Seher-Cehaja Bridge

Seher-Cehaja Bridge Sarajevo

MAP. Of the 13 bridges the Ottomans built in Sarajevo, the Seher-Cehaja Bridge is considered to be the prettiest. The name translates to Mayor’s Bridge.

Directions: Cross Bentbasa Street to the north of Sehercehaja Bridge and turn right (east). Veer to the left onto Nadmlini Street and follow it north to the Kovaci Cemetery.


Detour! – Or Sarajevo 2-Day Exploration

Ambitious travelers may want to make a detour south of the river to a few sights before continuing uphill to the final two stops on our free Sarajevo Walking Tour. Sarajevo tourist attractions on the south side of the river include the Sarajevo Trebevic Cable Car (which takes visitors up the hill to the abandoned bobsled track), the Alifakovac Cemetery and District (which provides views across the river valley to the Old town), the Sarajevo Brewery and the Emperor’s Mosque. At the bend in the river, visitors will find a wooden bridge and river view cafes. Once you finish adventuring, return to the Sehercehaja Bridge and continue to the Kovaci Cemetery.

Pro Tip: Visitors spending two days in Sarajevo can spend the entire second day exploring this part of Sarajevo! 


#25 Kovaci Cemetery Sarajevo

Cemetery in Sarajevo, BIH

MAP. Several large graveyards, like Kovaci Cemetery, are found near the city center. During the war, desperate Sarajevans cut down many trees in order to use the wood for cooking and as a source of heat in the winter. The clearing of forests left fields of open, vacant spaces, which were later used as graveyards.

The Kovaci Cemetery – Martyrs’ Memorial Cemetery – was the main cemetery used for victims of the Siege of Sarajevo and the sloping, hillside cemetery features thousands of white gravestones. The country’s first president, Alija Izetbegovic, is also buried at the cemetery, under the small dome.

Directions: Stroll through the cemetery – and note the dates on the gravestones. Exit the cemetery on the trail to the east and follow it uphill to the Yellow Bastion.


#26 Yellow Bastion: Best View Of Sarajevo

MAP. The Yellow Bastion dates to the 18th century. The remains are part of the Sarajevo city wall that was built in 1739. Today the Bastion is a park the provides panoramic views over the city. Although the city is often draped in a blanket of fog with only the tips of minarets and church bell towers to puncture through the layer of haze, the Sarajevo city view is nonetheless spectacular.

That ends our free Sarajevo Walking Tour! But wait, there’s more…


Sarajevo Map

Use this link to Google Maps for an online version of our Sarajevo Walking Tour Map. Visitors who would rather navigate the city using a paper map should buy a Sarajevo Old Town Map – like this one on Amazon – in advance of their trip. 


More Sarajevo Tours

We think our free walking tour is one of the best Sarajevo things to do, but there are many guided tours in the city, too! Join a Sarajevo tour guide on one of these top-rated theme tours.


Sarajevo War Tour

Let a guide lead the way through the city on a 4-hour Sarajevo Siege tour. In addition to visiting key sights in the historic center, the guide also takes participants on a Sarajevo Tunnel Tour and to the hillside abandoned bobsled track. This Sarajevo bus tour (or via car with fewer participants) is the perfect way to learn about the city’s war history without walking! Find out more here!


Sarajevo Hiking

Set off on an adventure into the mountains that surround Sarajevo. With an expert guide, hike to a traditional mountain village, Lukomir, where local residents enjoy a simpler way of life. See a canyon and hike to a waterfall. Get the details now!

Top Tip: Looking for something with a little more adrenaline? Check out this Sarajevo Bike Tour that navigates 32km through the mountains to a waterfall. Learn more here!


Food Tour In Sarajevo

We love Bosnian food! You can find all of our tips of what (and where!) to eat in Sarajevo in our Sarajevo Food blog post – or join a local guide who will take you to their fav spots in the city! Book it now!


Sarajevo At Night

Learn the history of Sarajevo while enjoying some of the best beers in the city on a guide-led Sarajevo Craft Beer Crawl! Get a local’s perspective on the city and a taste of the local flavor, too! Reserve your spot!


What You Will Need For Our Sarajevo Walking Tour

While you don’t need much to complete our self-guided Free Walking Tour Sarajevo, it will be more enjoyable with these necessities!


Comfortable Shoes

While most of our 5-mile walking tour of Sarajevo is flat, there is a small portion that ventures uphill. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes. I like wearing Skechers for city walks – and Kris prefers wearing shoes by Merrell.


Travel Camera

The city is very photogenic! Rather than using a phone camera to capture Sarajevo pictures we recommend upgrading to a real camera. We use a DSLR Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens. However, if you are looking for something smaller, we suggest using a Canon Powershot, which can fit in a pocket, still takes great shots and is an excellent budget camera option!


Sunscreen…or raincoat!

Depending on the time of year you visit Sarajevo, you will likely need sunscreen…or a raincoat! A wide-brimmed travel hat and travel umbrella are always a good idea, too!


WiFi Connection

When using our Self-Guided Sarajevo Walking Tour, you will need a WiFi connection. Contact your cell phone provider to inquire about adjusting your plan to an international plan – or consider purchasing a mobile hotspot. We have the GlocalMe hotspot – and love it! We can connect multiple devices, use SIM cards or purchase data online and are connected wherever we go!


Travel Insurance

Wherever we go, we always travel insured! Travel Insurance not only protects travelers from flight cancellations and trip delays, but many plans also cover unexpected illnesses and unfortunate injuries. Check out rates and coverage on World Nomads.


Sarajevo Facts

Just a few things to know before you go!

Sarajevo city is the Capital of Bosnia Herzegovina and the country’s largest city.

Population: 275,000

Currency: Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) Check current rates.

Getting There: Visitors can get to Sarajevo by car, bus, train or plane. For the best deals on flights, to to SkyScanner.


Where To Stay In Sarajevo

During our trip to Sarajevo, we stayed in a well-located Airbnb apartment. We often stay in holiday apartments, as they usually cost less than hotels and have amenities, like a kitchen (where we can prepare our own breakfast before venturing out to explore!).

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Hotels In Sarajevo Old Town

Visitors who would rather stay in traditional accommodations have plenty of choices of Sarajevo hotels. For a classic hotel stay, consider the Holiday Hotel, but for something closer to town, check out the rooms at Hotel Sana or Hotel President.


Visiting Mostar on your Bosnia-Herzegovina trip? Get our top Mostar tips in our best Things To Do in Mostar!


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10 thoughts on “Sarajevo Sights: DIY Free Walking Tour Sarajevo, BiH

  1. Kao Cokolada

    Beautifully written text about Sarajevo!
    One note related to the history of the city.
    Before the arrival of the Ottoman Empire, in the area of present-day Sarajevo, from the 12th to the 15th centuries, there was an old town of the Bosnian Kingdom named VRHBOSNA (Top of Bosnia).
    It would be good to mention this information, when describing the early history and life in the Sarajevo area, especially considering that in the period from 12th to 15th. century The Kingdom of Bosnia was one of the most powerful states on the ground of Europe …
    Greetings from Sarajevo and Wellcome back anytime.

  2. Nice photos. Somehow I expected Sarajevo to be more concrete and cement with lots of highrises. Instead I see a lot of nature and Eastern European type architecture (some of your photos remind me of Budapest). Am I getting the wrong impression?
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Sarajevo wasn’t what I thought it would be like either. Like you, I was expecting more ‘city.’ The west end of town certainly has more block concrete buildings, many that are several stories high (although I hesitate to use the word ‘highrise.’ Yet, Kris disagrees with me on that point.), but that isn’t the case in the old town where we spent most of our time. Nestled in a valley along the river, it felt very much a part of nature.

  3. Paula Wheeler

    Looks to be a beautiful city. Gives a whole different perspective than the your last post. Are the areas entwined?

    • Completely entwined. Almost all of the photos from both posts were taken within walking distance – some right next to each other. The skeleton building from the first post is next to the back of the Catholic Cathedral. There is actually a Sarajevo Rose on the side of the same church. The picture of the Old Serbian Orthodox Church shows damage on the tower. It is a city with two distinct stories; just depends on which one you want to focus on or if you want to see them as one. In our minds, the remains of war shouldn’t be considered ‘sights of the city’ – so we separated them, but that is not how we experienced them.

    • Paula Wheeler

      Thank you Sarah. I imagine as you walk down the street you’re in awe of how one building is destroyed, yet the church next to it is whole.

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