The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo is perhaps one of the most peaceful and culturally diverse cities in Europe, despite its famous historical turbulence. More than 430,000 people live in the city and its environs, many of which are willing to offer a warm welcome to visitors to this increasingly confident place. There is a delightful blend of Eastern and Western culture throughout the city, bringing together the best elements of each in a unique way impossible to find elsewhere. This combination of culture is thanks to the history of the Roman Empire in the foundation of the city, which can be seen within the city itself today.
Despite the road improvements, a large number of roads require a car that can handle bumps along the way, though due to the small nature of the roads, a 4X4 is not suitable. An estate is the next best thing.
Driving in Sarajevo
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Important things to note
Roads throughout the city and the surrounding area are usually single lane and reasonably narrow and twisting – because of this it is advised to drive at a reasonable speed and be especially cautious around corners.
Car lights must be switched on at all times, day or night.
Road conditions in some areas are very poor, with potholes and gravel across a large number of surfaces. However, a major renovation in 2012 has improved the quality on some roads, bringing them up to standard.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Old Town, while full of the history of the city, is also the best place to understand the multicultural nature of the area too. Filled with Catholic, Islamic and Orthadox religious practices, it is perhaps one of the main Middle Eastern areas in the city.
Of course, one of the main historic events in the city was the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, and those looking to see the spot first hand should visit the Latin Bridge. From here, a plaque commemorates the event and while some memorials were removed in the 90s, a small museum remains.
One of the events that lead to the city’s nomination of Capital of Culture, the Sarajevo Film Festival is considered one of the best in Europe and grows in size every year. Taking place in July or August, film lovers flock from all around to witness the fantastic films before mainstream release.
If you’re looking to visit in a colder climate, there are plenty of activities on offer than take full advantage of the snow. The surrounding mountains of Bjelasnica and Jahorina are of an Olympic standard and provide some glorious skiing trails.
Based around four miles south of the city centre, Sarajevo International Airport is served by a number of airlines from around Europe and many more from local and regional destinations. It is the country‚Äôs busiest air terminal.
The airport can be reached from the M18, which then goes east onto the Bulevar Mese Selimovica. It takes you towards downtown Sarajevo.