Flights to Sarajevo
Sarajevo is both the capital and the largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s situated right in the centre of the country and is growing in popularity as a tourist destination, offering visitors an attractive old town.
Sarajevo International Airport (airport code: SJJ) is just a few kilometres outside the city and is the main airport for Bosnia and Herzegovina. For a 1-stop flight to Sarajevo from South Africa, you can fly with either Turkish Airlines or Lufthansa. Turkish Airlines goes through Istanbul, and Lufthansa stops in Munich. These flights average around 15 hours long. A 2-stop flight to Sarajevo through Cairo and Istanbul with Egyptair will take closer to 35 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Sarajevo:
Sarajevo is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination for several reasons. As yet, the city is less popular than many others in Europe, meaning visitors can currently enjoy less crowded streets and attractions. As Sarajevo is being discovered by more and more visitors it will quickly become more crowded, so now is a good time to visit. The city is also known for its low crime levels, making Sarajevo a very safe city to visit.
Sarajevo Old Town
One of the many appealing things about Sarajevo is that the city has long been a melting pot of cultures. Many different cultures and religions have called this city home over hundreds of years and this has led to a plethora of architectures, especially within the Old Town. Here the streets are actually more like what you would expect to find in the Middle East, and when the call to prayer echoes around the narrow city streets it’s even more Middle Eastern!
Within the Old Town there’s a wonderful mix of churches, including Orthodox and Catholic, plus mosques and synagogues, all a reminder of the different cultures who live here. The Old Orthodox Church is particularly nice, and to experience a piece of preserved Ottoman architecture, have dinner in the restaurant of Morica Inn. It’s the only preserved Ottoman inn in Sarajevo, though sadly it no longer functions as one.
Another piece of Ottoman architecture is Svrzo House. This old Ottoman house features beautiful Ottoman architecture and was the home of a local family. Now it’s been preserved as a museum and is decorated as it would have been in its heyday.
One of Sarajevo’s most famous pieces of architecture is Latin Bridge. This attractive bridge is the site at which Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated and many believe it was this event that led to the start of the First World War.
Though the old town is where many tourists begin a visit to Sarajevo, the city’s museums might be a better place to start as these will give you extra insight into what you see around the city. The Bosnian Historical Museum is a good example, which has more modern history too, plus the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum is a popular one. The National Museum is more of a natural history museum than human history though.
When Should You Visit?:
Summer is a good time to visit Sarajevo as temperatures are fairly hot (average high of 28C in August), though the summer is only short, lasting mostly between June and August. September is the wettest month of the year, but rainfall is quite likely at any time. Winters are quite cool; January is the coldest month, when the average high is only 3C.