Sightseeing Tour in Sarajevo Part I, Sarajevo (Self Guided)

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.
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Sightseeing Tour in Sarajevo Part I Map

Guide Name: Sightseeing Tour in Sarajevo Part I
Guide Location: Bosnia-Herzegovina » Sarajevo (See other walking tours in Sarajevo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: DanaU
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Parliament Buildings

1) Parliament Buildings

After the end of WWII, the National Assembly of the People’s Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was located inside the building of the National Bank. In order to satisfy all the requirements of this institution, a new building was constructed in 1952. Nevertheless, even this new building was not adequate for the increased needs of the Assembly. Thus, in 1954 the decision to built a new assembly building in the city center was made. The competition for the best design was won by the architect Juraja Neidhardt and the preparation for the construction began in 1954. Unfortunately, the works didn't begin until 28 years later due to economic problems.

Finished in 1982, the modern building became the seat of the Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. What is interesting about this building is that its design differs from its original. It is one floor higher and the facade is different.

Today, the buildings of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina are the most representative and impressive structures in the country.
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Ali Pasha's Mosque

2) Ali Pasha's Mosque

Ali Pasha's Mosque was constructed in Sarajevo during 1560-61 as a vakuf (legacy or perpetual endowment) of Hadim Ali-pasha, the former Ottoman governor of the Budapest administrative district (budimski begler-beg) and the Bosnia Pashaluk.

The mosque was built according to the classical Istanbul architectural style. The dome covers the prayer area and three small domes cover the cloister. Because of its noble proportions it stands at the top of the scale of all sub-dome mosques that have been constructed in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the framework of the complex there is a domed burial site (turbe) with two sarcophagus of Avdo Sumbul (d.1915) and Behdžet Mutevelić (d.1915), Gajret activists who died in the dungeons of Arad. The Ali Pasha Mosque was heavily damaged by Serbian forces during the conflict of the early 1990s, especially the dome. The most recent renovation of the mosque occurred in 2004 and in January 2005, the Commission to Preserve National Monuments issued a decision to add the Ali Pasha Mosque to the list of National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sarajevo Rose

3) Sarajevo Rose

Sarajevo suffered thousands of explosions during the siege and to date there are a lot of traces left. A "rose" on the roads of Sarajevo represents a kind of concrete scar, a result of mortar shells. The spots were later filled with red resin as a reminder and thus look almost like roses. Sarajevo's citizens live with these scars both in their souls and on the roads, unable to forget what they've been through.
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Memorial to the Murdered Children of Besieged Sarajevo

4) Memorial to the Murdered Children of Besieged Sarajevo

During the 43-month siege of Sarajevo, over 12000 people lost their lives, amongst which nearly 1600 were children. After the war, the city with support of the community built a memorial dedicated to the little ones whose lives were cut short by the war.

The monument represents an unfinished sand-castle made of glass, it symbolizes child's play interrupted by war. The base of the monument is comprised of spent-shells collected after the siege was over.
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BBI Centar

5) BBI Centar

BBI Centar is a modern shopping mall in the center of Sarajevo. It is one of the largest shopping malls in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most impressive buildings in country. The BBI Centar was built on the site of one of the most popular shopping centers during Yugoslav times. The construction started in early 2006 and finished in early 2009. The top floors are also home to the headquarters of Al Jazeera Balkans. The square in front of BBI is an ideal opportunity to rest in the open, because it is fully equipped with benches, flower pots, lighting, fountains. The square is a meeting place for the citizens of Sarajevo. Also many events organized by BBI Centre held on the Square such as an art performance, children's playrooms, workshops, concerts, graduations, sporting events, etc.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina

6) Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina was established in accordance with the law adopted at the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 20, 1997. It started operation on August 11, 1997. The main task of the Central Bank is to maintain monetary stability and issue domestic currency.

The Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina is considered to be one of the most important economic landmarks in the country.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Central Post Office

7) Central Post Office (must see)

The building for the military post office and telegraph was designed by Josip Vancas and the works were carried out from 1907 to 1910. The post office officially opened in 1913. Its impressive design is characterized by new movements in Art Nouveau. The most distinctive feature of the Central Post Office is the glass roof designed to naturally illuminate the central space. The building was seriously damaged in 1992, but in 2001 was restored by Ferhad Mulabegovic.
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Sarajevo National Theatre

8) Sarajevo National Theatre

The Sarajevo National Theatre was founded in November 1921. The opening ceremony was led by Branislav Nusic, then Head of the Art Department of the Ministry of Education. On November 9, 1946 Sarajevo Opera House commenced its artistic activity with the premiere of B. Smetana's “The Bartered Bride”. Sarajevo Ballet was also founded in 1946, but its first independent performance “The Harvest” by B. Papandopulo was postponed until May 25, 1950. This performance marked the beginning of its professional development within the national Theater. The building was designed by architect Karel Pařík, who designed over 160 Sarajevo buildings.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Academy of Fine Arts

9) Academy of Fine Arts (must see)

The Academy of Fine Arts is housed in a restored, former Evangelical Church that is of great architectural value. If you are into fabulous architecture, this construction is definitely worth seeing.

Established in 1972, the Academy of Fine Arts was created with the participation of eminent teachers, scholars, and cultural workers, including famous historian and first dean Hope Pivac, painters Mersad Berber, Boro Aleksic, sculptor Zdenko Grgic, just to name a few.

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.
Museums Walking Tour in Sarajevo

Museums Walking Tour in 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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Sightseeing Tour in Sarajevo Part II

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Sarajevo Landmarks Walk

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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

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.