The heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the capital Sarajevo, once a heart-broken, torn and demolished city it has risen above its recent history to once more welcome visitors with its centuries-old tradition of hospitality. This vibrant city can penetrate as deep into the traveller’s soul as it does for residents.
With a population of about 400,000 Sarajevo makes full use of its abundance of bustling cafés, local eateries and handicraft shops. One of its unique features, something that has led to it being termed ‘the Jerusalem of Europe’, is its religiously diverse citizenry. Indeed, few places on earth feature an Orthodox and a Catholic church, a mosque and a synagogue within walking distance of each other. A city with characteristics of the East (enriched by the Byzantine and Ottoman empires) and the West (the Roman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires), Sarajevo holds a central charm that visitors feel, encompassing the best of both worlds.
The towering tree and house studded hilltops that connect to the Dinaric Alps surround the city in its valley setting, while the Miljacka River running through the centre provides a secluded, private and magical atmosphere. Just a few miles out of Sarajevo, the largest and most popular mountains - Bjelašnica (2,067 metres) and Jahorina (1,913 metres) - are crowded during the winter season with skiers and hikers coming from all over the country and abroad.
The city itself encompasses four quarters: the old town (Baščaršija), the new town, the centre and New Sarajevo. Each district provides every traveller endless opportunities: for relaxation, vigorous sightseeing and, above all, the unique experiences gained as you share this city with Sarajevo's locals.