About Sarajevo

Sarajevo (Cyrillic: Сарајево, names in other languages) is the capital[6] and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a population of 275,524 in its current administrative limits.[5] The Sarajevo metropolitan area, including Sarajevo Canton and East Sarajevo is home to 688,384[7] inhabitants. Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of Southeastern Europe and the Balkans.

Sarajevo is the leading political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with its region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts.[8][9]

Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural variety, Sarajevo was sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe”[1] or “Jerusalem of the Balkans”.[2] It is the only major European city to have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue within the same neighbourhood.[10] A regional center in education, the city is also home to the Balkans’ first institution of tertiary education in the form of an Islamic polytechnic called the Saraybosna Osmanlı Medrese, today part of the University of Sarajevo.[11][12]

Although settlement in the area stretches back to prehistoric times, the modern city arose as an Ottoman stronghold in the 15th century.[13] Sarajevo has attracted international attention several times throughout its history. In 1885, Sarajevo was the first city in Europe and the second city in the world to have a full-time electric tram network running through the city, following San Francisco.[14] In 1914, it was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria that sparked World War I, after which the city experienced a period of stagnation as part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The establishment of the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the Second Yugoslavia led to a massive expansion of Sarajevo, the constituent republic’s capital, which hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. For nearly four years, from 1992 to 1996, the city suffered the longest siege of a city in the history of modern warfare (1,425 days long) during the Bosnian War and the breakup of Yugoslavia.[15]

Sarajevo has been undergoing post-war reconstruction, and is the fastest growing city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[16] The travel guide series, Lonely Planet, has named Sarajevo as the 43rd best city in the world,[17] and in December 2009 listed Sarajevo as one of the top ten cities to visit in 2010.[18] In 2011, Sarajevo was nominated to be the European Capital of Culture in 2014 and will be hosting the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2019.[19][20]

Source: Wikipedia


Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Area: 141,5 km²
Altitude: 500 m above sea level
Climate: Mild continental climate
Population: cca 438.000 citizens (291.000 citizens in four City of Sarajevo municipalities; 2013)
Population ethnic diversity: Bosniaks, Croats, Serbs, Jews and other ethnic groups
Time Zone – European Time Zone (GMT +1)
Power Supply – The electric supply is 220V with 50Hz frequency
Water – It is safe to drink tap water in Sarajevo


Procedures at both the borders and the airport are standardized and uncomplicated. Valid passport is required. EU, American and Canadian citizens do not require a visa to enter the country. Most other nations do need a visa, and getting one is possible through the Bosnian embassies in your respective countries.

Here you can find their addresses and contact numbers.

Officially, people who enter the country as a visitor need to register themselves with the police within 24 hours after their arrival in the country. If you enter Bosnia and Herzegovina by car, you will have to buy vehicle insurance at the border. You do not need this insurance if you have a green card that covers Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For more information on visas visit www.mvp.gov.ba.


Local currency is Convertible Mark – international abbreviation is BAM, i.e. KM is used locally (1.95KM=1€).
Catering establishments, shops, shopping malls and travel agencies in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot accept EURO payments since October 1st, 2010. Foreign currencies should be exchanged to the official local currency Convertible Mark (BAM or KM).

-Coins: 5 ,10, 20 and 50 pfennig; 1, 2 i 5 KM

– Banknotes: 10, 20, 50, 100 i 200 KM

Postal services

Postal services are provided by the state-owned company JP BH Posta d.o.o.., which has post outlets all over the city: (www.bhp.ba/en/)
Telephone service – Telephone cards for the public pay phones are available at all newsstands and post offices.
Mobile telephone service – The following three operators provide mobile telephone service in Sarajevo: BH Mobile (061, 062), Eronet (063) and m:tel (065, 066).
Internet – Internet connections and wi-fi are available in most hotels and cafés throughout the city.

Working hours

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-6/8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Post offices:
Monday – Saturday: 7 a.m.- 8 p.m., head/major post offices; Sunday: Closed
Monday – Saturday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m., smaller post offices; Sunday: Closed

Grocery Stores and Shopping Mall:
Daily: 8 a.m.-10/11 p.m.

Market Place:
Daily: 7 a.m.-4/5 p.m.

Public holidays (non-working days)

January 1 and 2 – New Year
March 1 – Independence Day
May 1 and 2 – International Labor Day
November 25 – National Day

During these holidays, only 24-hour stores and institutes are open. Citizens do not to work on religious holidays in accordance with their beliefs.


Area code + 387 33

Police 122
Fire 123
Emergency 124
Clinic Center of the University of Sarajevo, (www.kcus.ba), Bolnička 25, 29 70 00
General Hospital “Prim. dr. Abdulah Nakaš”, (www.obs.ba), Kranjčevićeva 12, 28 51 00
Dental Clinic, Bolnička 4a, 21 42 49
24-hour Pharmacy BAŠČARŠIJA, Obala Kulina bana 40, 27 23 00
24-hour Pharmacy HITNA, Kolodvorska 41, 71 63 31
24-hour Pharmacy NOVO SARAJEVO, Zmaja od Bosne 51, 71 38 30
24-hour Pharmacy DOBRINJA, Salke Lagumdžije 15, 76 63 80
24-hour Pharmacy ILIDŽA, Emira Bogunića Čarlija 3, 76 21 80
24-hour Pharmacy MARIJIN DVOR, Maršala Tita 1, 55 21 30
24-hour Pharmacy ILIJAŠ, Hašima Spahića 23, 42 88 10
24-hour Pharmacy HADŽIĆI, Hadželi 84, 42 82 20
24-hour Pharmacy VOGOŠĆA, Igmanska 56, 42 42 50
Mountain Rescue 061 29 94 43; 121
Rescue Club 2000 061 91 19 11; 062 67 27 72
BIHAMK – Road Assistance 1282; (www.bihamk.ba)
Telephone Information 1182; (www.bhtelecom.ba )
International Airport Sarajevo 28 91 00
Bus Station Sarajevo 21 31 00; (www.centrotrans.com)
Bus Station Lukavica +387 57 31 73 77
Railway Station Sarajevo 65 53 30
Žuti/Yellow Taxi 66 35 55
Sarajevo Taxi 1515
Crveni/Red Taxi 76 06 00
Samir & Emir Taxi 1516
Holand Taxi 080020234

Tourist Information Centre

Sarači 58; 58 09 99;
TIP Hadžići, Hadželi 29, 42 15 95;

Source: http://www.sarajevo-tourism.com