Sarajevo: A Closer Look

Skyline of Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the administrative, economic, cultural, educational and sporting centre.

Greater Sarajevo includes the neighboring municipalities of Ilidza and Vogosca, with an estimated total population of approximately 750.000 citizens. 

The city is located in the area of Sarajevo's plain, in the exact geometric centre of the triangular-shaped of Bosnia and Herzegovina and within the historical region of Bosnia proper. It is surrounded by the mountains Bjelasnica, Jahorina and Igman - the Olympic mountains of the Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games in 1984.

On average, Sarajevo is situated 500 meters above sea level. The city itself has its share of hilly terrain, as it is evidenced by the many steeply inclined streets, and settlements seemingly perched on the hillsides.

Sarajevo has a mild continental climate, lying between the climates zones of central Europe to the north and the Mediterranean to the south. On average, Sarajevo has 68 days per year with a temperature above or equal to 30° C.

The city of Sarajevo is a unit of local self-governance, and it consists of four city municipalities: Old City, Center, New City and New Sarajevo.

The city is rich of historical and art museums, with both national and international exhibitions. It has many libraries, institutes, other cultural institutions, permanent exhibition galleries and collections.

Sarajevo is host to many prominent international art events, such as the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) that was established in 1995 and has become the premier film festival in the Balkans.

The Sarajevo school of pop rock developed in the city between 1961 and 1991, this school was the centre of the music scene in former Yugoslavia.

Higher education has a long tradition in Sarajevo. The first institution that can be classified like that, it was a school of Sufi philosophy, established by Gazi Husref's Bey in 1531. Nowadays, Sarajevo is a University centre with 20 colleges.

As the capital and the largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo is the main centre of the country's media in terms of newspaper, television and radio stations. At the same time, several American and West European stations are available in the city, too.

Sarajevo's location in a valley between mountains makes it a compact city. Narrow streets and a lack of parking lots restrict car traffic, but it allows better pedestrian and cyclist mobility.

Recommended Sightseeing/Main Attractions

Sarajevo has a rich multicultural flair

The old part of the town - Bascarsija is the inevitable site for every visitor of Sarajevo. The mixture of the Ottoman and Austro - Hungarian architecture remains in permanent memory. There you can see the multiculturalism of Sarajevo as well as the religious bonding and each other's tolerance.

Recommended Places To Eat
A lot of restaurants in Sarajevo offer very high quality European and domestic cuisine. In the Old town, Bascarsija there are also a lot of grills, pizzerias etc. The most famous food in Sarajevo is Cevapcici, a dish of grilled minced meat and the best places where you can eat them are "Hodzic", "Mrkva" and "Specijal".

The restaurant Kibe is located on the slopes of the city and besides the beautiful view on the city they offer traditional Bosnian food.

Recommended Hotels For The Event
In the centre of Sarajevo there are few hotels of the high and middle category. There are new opened high category hotels like Hotel Europa, Hotel Bristol and Hotel Radon Plaza. Also, there are a lot of small hotels that will please every visitor's taste with its accommodation as well as its price, which mostly depends on hotel's location.

The complex Hoteli Ilidza is located in a very luxurious natural splendour. The complex is made out of five hotels: Terme, Hercegovina, Hungary, Austria and Bosna. They all are surrounded with the quiet and calm ambience with a lot of comfort.

For the fans of nature or camping we recommend the Hotel Oaza that is consisted of bungalows, and it is very close to the team hotel and central gym.

Basketball History On The Area
KK Bosna Sarajevo (men) and ZKK Jedinstvo Tuzla (women) left a great mark in European basketball. BC Bosna, led by Mirza Delibasic won the Euroleague in 1979 and BC Jedinstvo captured the EuroLeague Women title in 1989.

Among the influential basketball personalities stemming from Sarajevo you can also find two of the most respected and successful coaches of the world: Svetislav Pesic and Bogdan Tanjevic.

The Arenas

Cultural and Sports Center Ilidza (Main Venue)
Address: Dr. Pintola bb
71000 Sarajevo, BIH
Capacity: 2000
Tel: +387 33 63 65 14
Fax: +387 33 63 65 14

Gym Ramiz Salcin Mojmilo
Address: Dvorna Ramiz Slacin Semira Praste bb
71000 Sarajevo, BIH
Capacity: 2200
Tel: +387 33 77 55 90
Fax: +387 33 77 55 90

Cultural and Sports Center Skenderija
Address: Terezije b.b.
71000 Sarajevo, BIH
Capacity: 800
Tel: +387 33 226 614
Fax: +387 33 226 614

Sarajevo: Getting There And Around

Sarajevo International Airport (SJJ), also called Butmir, is located 12 kilometres out of the city. It offers connections to all over Europe with several airlines operating regular flights to numerous destinations in Western and Eastern Europe.

In the city, a good puiblic transport system is in place. Electric tramways are operated since 1885 (Sarajevo was the first city in Europe that had a full-time  electric tram line), and tramways are the oldest form of public transportation the city. There are seven tramway lines, supplemented by five trolleybus lines, and numerous bus routes.

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