Sarajevo Winter Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the years after the split up of Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Sarajevo went through a few very rough years. Over the last few years, the situation has become more stable and now it is possible to visit Sarajevo again.
It has always been an important crossways for different cultures of the world. Because of its location on the Balkan diagonal, since ancient times it has acted as gateway for the people of Greece and Asia Minor migrating towards the midwest of Europe or vice versa. Thanks to its geographical position, since its origins it has been influenced by a great number of different cultures and civilizations which came together, struggled against one another, but then intermingled and reconciled on this same land.
It takes only one walk through the famous Turkish bazaar known as
Bascarsija to realize how special and safe this capital of 400,000, known as the fastest-changing city in Europe, is, and why there was a 40 percent increase in tourism last year alone. While I strolled along the boisterous cobbled streets—past traditional shops and galleries—the smell of cevapi (the anchor of Sarajevan cuisine: grilled lamb sausages served with pita and fresh onions) poured from bistros and mixed with cherry- and apple-flavored tobacco smoke from café-goers puffing nargilas (hookahs). You can search through rug shops, talk with coppersmiths, and chatwith locals, stay and have thick Bosnian coffee or something stronger like sljivovica (plum brandy). You can not refuse?
The world may have forgotten Sarajevo as ski destination, but Sarajevo hasn't forgotten its starring role in the memorable 1984 Winter Olympics.The best time for a winter visit are the snow months if you are a skier. Herzegovina experiences little snow and has much milder winters. Bosnia and the mountainous regions have very cold winters and high snow precipitation. Olympic skiing on Mt. Bjelasnica, Igman and Jahorina are ideal in January and February. February, however, is the coldest month of the year frequently having minus temperatures.
"People call Sarajevo the European Jerusalem because there's a mosque, cathedral, Orthodox church, and synagogue all within a short walk of each other," said Alan Salihagic, the co-owner of Bascarsija Pansion—a B&B-ish guesthouse in the heart of town. "When you are here, it's important to walk around and share that culture ."


Sarajevo Vijecnica






Things to see:
Bascarsija (Turkish market)
Gazi Husrev-beg Hamam
The grandest of seven public baths in Sarajevo, the Gazi Husrev-beg hamam (Turkish bath) dates from 1539. Free tours are given on Saturdays - please contact the institute three days in advance.
Svrzo House
A gem of Bosnian urban domestic culture of the 18th and 19th centuries, Svrzo House shows how a Bosnian beg (nobleman) lived with his family.
The Ashkenazi Synagogue is the only functioning synagogue in Sarajevo today. Constructed in 1902 on the south bank of the river Miljacka, its highly decorated neo-Moorish (or Mudejar) style was very popular in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Place to eat:
Restaurants on Bascarsija
Sarajevska pivnica
Hotel Bosna 3*
Sarajevo Film Festival
Kids' Festival
International Folklore Festival
Bascarsija Nights



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