SARAJEVO in Bosnia and Herzegovina-Crossroads of two different worlds- A true east meets west experience
Visit Sarajevo- capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina located in the heart of South Eastern Europe, the city remains of the Balkan War and home to Zlata’s Diary. Probably not your ordinary destination to travel to, but this is a great destination to select for those who want to experience a place with a lot of history and background, enjoy untouched nature, indulge in the local cuisine, have a true east meets west cultural experience, don’t want to overspend and in return receive and experience the hospitality and kindness of the locals in a calm and peaceful place.
TOP REASONS TO VISIT BOSNIA:
THE FOOD AND ITS RELAXED VIBE
You can’t go to Bosnia and not try their local Cevapcici or Burek. The locals present to you their best. Start the day out right, just like the Sarajevn’s, head down to Bascarsija (their main walking street/square) also known as Sarajevo’s old bazaar and historical and cultural center of the city. Stop at any one of their Café’s and indulge in a Bosna coffee served in an authentic copper pot, fit in, relax, socialize and enjoy the atmosphere, locals can sit and do this for hours don’t rush today, if it can be done tomorrow.
Starting to feel peckish, ask in your café or pop into any local bakery to try their famous Burek, a thinly baked phyllo pastry stuffed with cheese or ground beef, your choice, and wash it down local style with one of their drinkable non-flavored yoghurts. Lunch/Dinner- Cevapcici- minced beef or lamb meat marinated in their local signature spices, made on open fire served with onion and served with lepni (local freshly baked bread) just about available in any one of their restaurants.
CULTURAL MIX AND HOSPITALITY OF THE LOCALS
The border occupied for numerous hundreds of years, by two great empires of Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman, East and West, Christian and Islamic met in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This made Sarajevo and Bosnia the crossroads of two different worlds. Sarajevo- one of the few cities in the world where within a minute stroll you can see orthodox and catholic churches, mosques and synagogues. Talk about a drastic cultural mix, and this is what gives Sarajevo its specific charm. On the walking street Bascarsija you’ll actually find the point on the street which proudly shows you the border of two different cultures, and the old and the new part of the city.
Sarajevo has a lot of history, monuments, museums, and exhibits to visit during your stay. You’ll be introduced to the origins of the Balkan war and the city’s siege, while heading to The War Tunnel also known as the Tunnel of Hope (the tunnel build during the siege of Bosnia) where you have a video showing live footage of Sarajevo, and an actual opportunity to go through the tunnel itself to experience Sarajevo. You’ll notice, that a lot of their buildings still have bullet holes, the scars left behind during the Balkan war as the city continues to rebuild itself. In the main walking street, you’ll find the exhibit of the war, diaries, and photos from those who survived the war at the time.
GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY AND SAFE DESTINATION
Although Sarajevo and its people still bare their scars after the war, the city is considered one of the safest capitals in Europe to be in. The only think I would recommend is like in any other city, as a tourist, to have common sense in place, to watch out for pick pocketers when in crowded areas or if using public transport, and if you have decided to arrive by car, make sure you park in a safe and secured parking place, it may cost more, but at least it will be legitimate.
When it comes to enjoying Sarajevo, you can’t get better value for money whether it comes to accommodation, buying souvenirs, eating out, the night life, café hoping, tourist activities/ exhibits you get your money’s worth and satisfaction.
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