Though the scars of Sarajevo’s past as a city under siege are still evident – in the remnants of mortar shell explosions, filled with red resin to form “Sarajevo Roses” and in the museums documenting the horrors of Sniper Alley – today’s city buzzes with life.
One of the most welcoming capitals in Europe, its central district of Baščaršija is a delight to wander through, browsing in the Ottoman-era bazaar or lingering over a Bosnian coffee, while the after-hours scene is quirky and cool, with tucked-away drinking holes and an ever-evolving club scene.
Where to stay
Best hostel for city location: Hostel Franz Ferdinand
Best for location to tourist attractions: Hotel Europe
Daily budget: Basic €25, occasional treat €40
Drink: Bosnian coffee €0.50–1
Food: Cevapcici (meat rissoles) €2–4
Travel: Bus: Sarajevo–Bihać €25; train: Sarajevo–Mostar €5
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