Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country’s administrative, economic, cultural, education and sport center. The City of Sarajevo is divided into four municipalities: Stari Grad, Centar, Novo Sarajevo, and Novi Grad.
Sarajevo surrounded by the Olympic mountains: Bjelasnica, Igman, Jahorina, and Trebevic. The average land elevation of the city is 500 m above sea level.
For several hundred years, the borders of two great empires, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian, which represented the two poles of the world at that time – East and West, Islamic and Christian – met in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This made the country and its capital a crossroads for different worlds – a place where the Orient met Occident in the heart of the Balkans. Sarajevo is one of those rare cities where, during a ten-minute walk, you can see places of worship for the world’s most important monotheistic religions: Orthodox and Catholic churches, synagogues and mosques. All of these traditions have given Sarajevo a specific aroma and a particular cultural mix.
In Sarajevo, you can find traces of the Neolithic Butmir Culture, Illyrians, Romans, Slavs, as well as remains representing the medieval Bosnian Kingdom, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Socialistic Federal Republic of Yugoslavia… Over the past 100 years, Sarajevo has found itself a member of six different states and has witnessed the Sarajevo Assassination, the First and Second World Wars, the XIV Winter Olympic Games, the longest-running siege of any town in modern history… Sarajevo is steeped in history and is always eager to share its many fascinating stories with visitors.
Most of Sarajevo’s tourist attractions are located in the Old Town known as Bascarsija spreading towards the city centre easily reachable on foot and well connected to other parts of the city and to the surrounding mountains and other natural and cultural sites by public transportation.
- 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;
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The currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is BAM, or Convertible Mark. BAM is the internationally recognized symbol for the Convertible Mark, while KM is used locally. One Mark is divided into 100 pfennigs and notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 KM.
The exchange rate for the Convertible Mark is fixed to the Euro: 1.95 BAM = 1 Euro. You can exchange money at exchange offices, banks or post offices.
Tourist Information Centre
Address: Sarači 58, 71000 Sarajevo
Phone: + 387 33 580 999;