Museums Walking Tour in Sarajevo, Sarajevo

The entire history of Sarajevo can be seen in its various museums. If you would like to know and to some extent see what this city has been through, you should definitely step into some of its museums. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about Sarajevo's interesting history.
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Museums Walking Tour in Sarajevo Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour in Sarajevo
Guide Location: Bosnia-Herzegovina » Sarajevo (See other walking tours in Sarajevo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: DanaU
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Alija Izetbegovic Museum

1) Alija Izetbegovic Museum (must see)

Open since 2007, Alija Izetbegovic Museum is located in the old town, near Martyrs' Memorial Cemetery Kovaci in Sarajevo. This museum/monument, erected with the help of Izetbegovic's many admirers, reveals the never-to-be-forgoten story of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The permanent exhibition displays the artworks of Alija Izetbegović, which tell the story of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also gives you the opportunity to find some more information about the first President of independent Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Besides exhibitions, Alija Izetbegovic Museum also runs workshops for primary-school pupils.
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Svrzo House

2) Svrzo House (must see)

This house was built by the renown Glođo family, an important figure in the fight for the autonomy of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Ottoman Empire, and was originally known as the Glođo house. It is a museum that displays the way of life of a Muslim family at the end of the 17th century.

Because the Glođo family didn't have any male successors, the house was acquired by the Svrzo family. Today, Svrzo House represents a typical example of a house from that time, with two parts: selamluk and haremluk (the public and the private house).

After the Siege of Sarajevo, the house was seriously damaged, but soon repaired and open to the public in 1997. Another reconstruction of the house took place in 2005, when the roof and the pavement were repaired.
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Jewish Museum

3) Jewish Museum (must see)

Built in 1581, the Jewish Museum was erected as a residential facility for the poor Jewish community. The original design of the building is unknown due to several fires that devastated it. The present structure dates from 1821, has three naves, is 14 meters long and 10 meters high. Here, you will see impressive exhibits that once belonged to the Jewish community.

Today, this temple is considered to be one the most important Jewish cultural monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Bursa Bezistan - Sarajevo Museum

4) Bursa Bezistan - Sarajevo Museum (must see)

The building of the Bursa Bezistan was erected by the Great vizier of Sulejman the Magnificent in 1551. It was originally intended as a market place for silk. Today, it holds permanent exhibitions of archeological items that are divided into three parts: prehistory, antiquity and the Middle Ages. Also, the museum displays items from the Ottoman Empire and the Austria-Hungarian empire.

Bursa Bezistan is a rectangular construction with six big and two smaller domes. The building itself is also worth admiring before you step inside.
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Sarajevo City Museum

5) Sarajevo City Museum (must see)

The Sarajevo City Museum is housed in a building in front of which the assassination of Franz Ferdinand took place. Its permanent exhibition, called “Sarajevo 1878 – 1918”, displays items related to Austria-Hungarian period. The exhibitions at Sarajevo City Museum are divided according to themes, such as: Sarajevo resistance, the local culture, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife, and some other historical events of the period.
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Despić House

6) Despić House

Taking into account the style and the construction materials used for the building, the Despic House was most likely built between 17th and 19th centuries. According to some studies, the structure we see today was the result of joining two adjacent houses. Its present appearance is the work of Franjo Linardić and Franjo Moise. The Despic House was the home to the first home theater in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The theater room was turned into a museum in the 60s.
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Museum of Literature and Performing Arts

7) Museum of Literature and Performing Arts

Established in 1961, the museum is the brainchild of Razija Handžić, who had the idea since 1955, when he worked as a curator for the Museum of Sarajevo. The Museum of Literature and Performing Arts was at first known as the Museum of Literature, and 16 years later was officially established as the Museum of Literature and Performing Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The museum is housed in an old building that once belonged to the Despić family. Among the items you may find there are books, magazines, photos, manuscripts, paintings, portraits, and many more.
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Novi Hram (The New Temple)

8) Novi Hram (The New Temple)

Located on the west side of the Old Temple, the The New Temple is today an art gallery owned by the Jewish community of Sarajevo. The temple is similar to a church, with three naves and a two-sided roof. Note that the entrance to the gallery of the new Temple is from the south. You should definitely include this place in your list for two reasons: the building itself is worth seeing and the exhibitions that are organized will impress you.

Walking Tours in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Create Your Own Walk in Sarajevo

Create Your Own Walk in Sarajevo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sarajevo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ottoman Empire Landmarks Walk in Sarajevo

Ottoman Empire Landmarks Walk in Sarajevo

Sarajevo is a city founded by the Ottoman Empire upon conquering the region, 1461 is most often referred to as the founding year. Today, there are a number of landmarks built by the first Ottoman governor of Bosnia that endured over the centuries. Take this tour to see the most impressive Ottoman landmarks in the city of Sarajevo.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Sightseeing Tour in Sarajevo Part I

Sightseeing Tour in Sarajevo Part I

A visit to Sarajevo cannot be complete without exploring some of its most significant buildings and memorials. Each of them has its own story and reflects much of Sarajevo's life. Take this self-guided walking tour to the most impressive attractions in the city of Sarajevo.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Sarajevo Landmarks Walk

Sarajevo Landmarks Walk

Sarajevo is one of the more historically interesting and varied cities in Europe. It is a place where the Western & Eastern Roman Empire split; where the people of the Roman Catholic west, Eastern Orthodox east and the Ottoman south met, lived and warred. It is a city full of fabulous places of interest that you should definitely visit when in Sarajevo. Take this tour to the best landmarks of Sarajevo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Sightseeing Tour in Sarajevo Part II

Sightseeing Tour in Sarajevo Part II

Being a historically unique, multinational and multicultural city, Sarajevo is full of noteworthy landmarks. This city has a lot to offer on the subject of important war monuments, heart-rending spots and stunning temples. Take this tour to explore some of Sarajevo's must-see historic sights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Sarajevo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Sarajevo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Sarajevo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.