Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Why Go

When to go

Sarajevo is well known for its fogs, which can linger day after day from October till late April, making the town grey and the airport closed. Yet this is not a reason to avoid Bosnia's capital in this period, as it gives a good impression of the town's true atmosphere. Summers are usually moderate for Balkan standards, but some periods of heat are not exceptional either.

How to get there


By Air

Sarajevo's airport is located only a couple of kilometers from the end of the town, but on weekdays reaching the centre may take over an hour through the congested main street. Located in a valley between steep hills, and surrounded by rivers, Sarajevo's airport is notorious for being closed for hours, and even days during autumn and winter. The regular direct flights are scarce, and many frequent flyers reach Bosnia's capital via Vienna or Budapest – one more reason to get nervous about a delayed flight. In spite of the relatively low air traffic, the airport is modern and well organized.

By Rail

The railway system, relatively developed under former Yugoslavia, suffered fatal damages during the recent war. Nowadays Sarajevo is connected to Europe via Zagreb and Budapest, and there is a line going South to Ploče on the Croatian Adriatic coast. The railways east, to Belgrade, have been damaged and remain in disrepair. The country is trying to upgrade its rail services, and in 2006 it purchased English trains. Considering how slow the roads of Bosnia may be, taking a train is a good option to see the countryside.

By Road

The international bus transport to Sarajevo is quite well-developed, and connects Bosnia and Herzegovina with many parts of Europe, including Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium. The roads within the country are slow and congested and, with a few exceptions, the average driving speed on the international routes is as low as 50 km an hour. A highway is under construction northwest from Sarajevo to Zenica and Banja Luka, but only some 25 km of it are completed.

Where to stay

Sarajevo offers a growing choice of budget accommodation, with some hostels bookable online. Nevertheless, as a negative consequence of the long-lasting, well-paid international presence in the city, the hotels are generally overpriced for Balkan standards. You can expect to pay about 60 to 80 euros for a basic hotel in the town center, with breakfast included. Although the food itself can be disappointing, the coffee is usually not. 

Hotels Three Stars

Astra Garni Hotel

The three-star Astra Garni Hotel is centrally located in the old part of Sarajevo. The hotel offers 49 luxurious rooms, each equipped with a bathroom, TV, satellite receiver, air conditioning, mini bar and Internet access. The conference hall seats up to 100 business travellers. The service is...



Hotels Two Stars

Villa Orient

The Villa Orient Hotel is located in Sarajevo's Old Town, near the famous market Baščaršija with its many bars, cafés and shops and its definite Eastern feel. There are 19 single and double rooms and suites with a shower, air-conditioning, satellite TV, and a mini bar. Suites are larger than...



Where to eat

Bosnia's capital is famous with two kinds of food shops: pekara, where you would buy the cheap and always tasty bureks (pastry, stuffed with minced meat) or other, seemingly inexhaustible versions of local breads and buns, and sweet shops, where you can feast on Turkish delights of all kinds.

The area of the old town is packed with restaurants of all kinds, and here you can clearly sense the influence of the Orient. You can find fabulous western restaurants, one of which is To be or not to be, behind the old mosque. Dveri is another restaurant with a good style and tasty, mainly local food.