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  1. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  2. Sarajevo Canton
  3. Sarajevo

Sarajevo: Scars and Smiles Small Group Walking Tour

Product ID: 69895
A horrific past sits side-by-side with a welcoming future on this tour that takes you deep into the dark days and back out into the light of today. See the sites that mark the city's biggest tragedies but have since become places to celebrate life.
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Duration: 3 hours
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  • Learn how Sarajevo has rebuilt itself since the war
  • Experience the startling contrast of war times and peaceful times, and see how locals are honouring the past
  • See important sites such as the National Library and Central Bank, and hear about the history that haunts them
  • Visit the Sarajevo Brewery, which provided the city with drinking water during the siege
  • Explore the marketplace that was the site of the 1994 massacre, and see it as it is now
Full description
This Sarajevo walking tour tells the story of the most difficult times to have befallen the city of Sarajevo, but alongside tales of the will, courage, and determination of the local people to survive what was once hell on Earth. Your Sarajevo tour will start at the most beautiful building in the city: the City Hall/National Library, which had originally burned down during the siege of Sarajevo but was rebuilt and re-opened in 2014 — a sign of the rejuvenation seen throughout the city. 

From there, head to a local historic brewery, founded in 1864 and with a sad story behind the brews, as it was one of the few sources of drinking water for Sarajevans during the war. Then visit the gallery that's home to the exhibit Siege'92-'95, honoring the longest siege in modern history. You'll learn about the darkest parts of Sarajevo's past before heading to the street of Green Berets (resistance organizers), which is now the center of the city's nightlife. 

Next up on your Sarajevo tour, head to the local marketplace, which was the site of a horrific massacre in 1994. Yet today, it's a place to get fresh produce and local goods, and while we're there, stop into the beautiful Market Hall, where you try local delicacies such as smoked beef and cheese. 

Then continue to the Central Bank, where the famous Sarajevo Haggadah (an ancient manuscript containing the traditional text of Passover Haggadah) was kept safe during the siege. From there, it's on to the Great Park of Sarajevo, where you'll see the monument to the murdered children of Sarajevo, and then on to the presidency building and Olympic Hall. We'll keep walking along the Miljacka River and see the contemporary bridge that's named Festina lente, meaning “make haste slowly“. 

Next up, your Sarajevo tour will proceed  to the Central Post Office, which burned down in 1992 but has since been rebuilt, before finally reaching the National Theater, the main stage for two of the biggest cultural events in Sarajevo:  the Theater Festival and the Sarajevo Film Festival (founded during the siege as cultural resistance to the madness of war).    
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry fees to sites
  • Food samples in the market
  • Drink (glass of wine, beer, or soft drink) at the last stop
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

City Hall/National Library (at the stairs), Obala Kulina bana, Sarajevo

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please wear casual, comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.
• Children below the age of 11 are not permitted on this tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

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The best guided tour we have ever been on!

This guided tour was one of the highlights of our trip to the Balkans. Our guide Adis was so knowledgeable and easy to talk to. The tour around the city was interesting and we learned a lot, but the last part of the tour - with Bosnian coffee, local treats and dinner - was the time where the conversations floated in all kinds of directions and gave perspective to the tour we had around the city. A different and amazing tour!

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October 9, 2017

I always take a walking tour when in a city that is new to me. I loved this tour. Our guide Mohammed (sp) was knowledgeable, funny and good company. The tour flew by and Sarajevo is fascinating.

April 10, 2018

Samra was an excellent tour guide who answered all questions eagerly.

January 15, 2018

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Product ID: 69895