Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nestled within the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and situated along the Miljacka River in the heart of the Balkans.
Sarajevo is the political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with its region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts.
Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural diversity, Sarajevo is sometimes called the “Jerusalem of Europe” or “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. It is one of only a few major European cities which have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue in the same neighborhood.
The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event which took place from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia, in present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sarajevo is a city with a soul. And to feel its soul, the best is to come and live it.
Take a stroll through Sarajevos old town Baščaršija
Baščaršija is Sarajevo’s old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city, Sarajevos old Bazaar is the heart and soul of Sarajevo and a meeting point for locals. Baščaršija was built in the 15th century when Isa-Beg Isaković founded the town. The word Baščaršija derives from the Turkish language. It’s a unique ambience and vivid place, full of traditional restaurants and souvenir shops. The Sebij, located at the center square of Baščaršija, is one of the symbols of Sarajevo. It is also known as the pigeon square by tourists as it is always surrounded by them.
What to visit
Visit the GaziHusrev-beg Mosque
The GaziHusrev-beg is a mosque in the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Built in the 16th century, it is the largest historical mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the most representative Ottoman structures in the Balkans. Being the central Sarajevo’s mosque since the days of its construction, today it also serves as the main congregational mosque of the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located in the Baščaršija neighborhood.The mosque also has a public šadrvan, a fountain for ritual washing, an outdoor praying area, an Islamic bookstore and the tomb of Gazi Husrev-beg.
Visit the Vjecnica (City hall)
Vijecnica is the most extravagant building constructed during Austro-Hungarian occupation. It represents the meeting of civilizations of East and West. Today, in the building are situated the national and university libraries.
Walk across the Latin Bridge
Latin Bridge is an Ottoman bridge over the river Miljacka in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The northern end of the bridge was the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip in 1914, which became casus belli of World War I.You can find a museum which documents the events of that day.
See Morića Han
Morića Han is a han originally built in 1551 in Sarajevo, Ottoman Empire. After a fire in 1697 it was reconstructed in its current form. Morića Han is one of the buildings which were financed by and belonged to Gazi Husrev-Beg’s endowment. It is the only surviving han in Sarajevo. It is located in Baščaršija, Saračistreet, in Stari Grad
See the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
It was established in 1888, having originally been conceived around 1850. In 1913, the museum building was expanded by the Czech architect Karel Pařík who designed a structure of four symmetric pavilions with a facade in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The four pavilions contain the departments of archaeology, ethnology, natural history, and a library. After being closed for several years due to heavy damage in the recent war, the museum has re-opened and is in the process of mounting new and pre-existing exhibits.
It has a library with 162,000 volumes.
Check the time at Sarajevo Clock Tower
The only clock which shows lunar time.The clock tower, at 30 metres, is the tallest in all of Bosnia, and dates back to the 17th century when it was constructed by Gazi Husrev-beg next to the mosque that also bears his name. The tower has a staircase with 76 wooden steps arranged in a square, and displays the time on all 4 sides.
See the whole city from the Avaz tower
If you want to see the whole city, visit Avaz Twist tower, because of it amazing view from the 36th floor. It is the highest skyscraper in the Balkan region of Europe. This is the best spot to view the city.The view is picturesque and breathtaking.
What to see
Spring of the Bosna river
The spring of the Bosna river is a tourist attractions which is located in Sarajevo outskirts (Municipality of Ilidza). A unique combination of urban surroundings and untouched nature which we recommend to visit. The spring consists of several small islands that are banded by bridges over streams which form the river Bosna, one of the most beautiful rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
If you are a fan of nature and beautiful landscapes, this place is unavoidable if you are visiting Sarajevo or Bosnia and Herzegovina. The water temperature in the summer makes air pleasant. Lush vegetation and light breeze from Igman will give you a pleasant feeling which is unforgettable. You also have the opportunity to drive with barouche through the long-distance woodcarving, and there are other interesting attractions such as restaurants and playgrounds for children, spas, archaeological sites and necropolises in the village of Vrutci, as well as Austro-Hungarian villas. Beside of these spring of Bosna river attractions for visit, you can still feel the inevitable breath of untouched nature.
Jahorina Olympic Resort is one of the most popular winter resorts. It is located 30 km east of Sarajevo. During the Olympics in 1984, it was venue of the slalom and grand-slalom competitions. Jahorina Mountain, a true winter wonderland. Jahorina is an ideal summer destination for people who enjoy beautiful nature, fresh mountain spring, thick forests and green grasslands. During winter, Jahorina is an idyllic combination of now cover, clear blue skies and fresh mountain air.
Visit Lukomir Village
Lukomir is the last true Bosnian village. It is located near Bjelasnica Mountain. In this village, life remains as it was 100 years ago. Stećci (medieval thombstone) are a proof that there were a settlement a few centuries ago confirm the claim that the village’s current inhabitants are descendants of pastoral nomads from Herzegovina.
Unique architecture and the tasty food that is prepared according to the villagers’ traditional recipes.
Traditional food in Sarajevo
The citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina truly enjoy the tasty and healthy food and drink. Traditional food is often prepared with meat, and meals are plentiful and delicious. The meat is of extraordinary quality, often organic, and well prepared.
When you travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, be sure that you enjoy traditional dishes. Food in Bosnia and Herzegovina puts a spin on Balkan entrees and has a little something for every traveler, whether you love a good steak or you’re strictly veggie.
If you like meat and potato courses, you’ll be thrilled with the options you will find for entree selections in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Sarajevo is a paradise for meat lovers and it’s full of small cafes and restaurants offering cevapi, a traditional skinless sausage served with delicious pitta bread. Places serving it are known as Cevabdžinica and each has its own name.
No matter what you order in Bosnia and Herzegovina you will be served bread in almost all cases which is traditionally consumed in large quantities in Bosnia. Soup and salad are also common dishes that make up a complete meal in Bosnia.
Desserts are tasty and good, because most are made with local products. Traditional sweets from Bosnia and Herzegovina are baklava, kadaif, ružice and tufahije.
Black coffee is inevitable in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the very ritual of drinking and enjoying coffee with friends and acquaintances.
Most common and most popular homemade spirit is the plum brandy, other local fruits are also common: cherry, apple, pear, etc.,
Sarajevo capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina (located in central Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo. The Sarajevo metropolitan area, including Sarajevo Canton, East Sarajevo and nearby municipalities, is home to 555,210 inhabitants.
Foca (located in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina); Mostar (located in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Sarajevo International Airport (B&H); Podgorica International Airport (MNE); Dubrovnik International Airport (CRO)
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Bosnia and Herzegovina, a heart shaped land, has a lot to offer when It comes to tourism. Spacious mountain views, emerald green lakes, beautiful landscape and picturesque towns. West and the East meet here, so you will learn a lot about cultures, traditions and people. Share what you have learned with your friends at Encijan’s campfire. When It comes to the tours that we organize, here are some destinations that we recommend you to visit:
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According to our many years experience in outdoor tourism, we are able to offer you more variants from our well designed arrangements (or packages) from one day and multiple days adventures tour in our country. Shell us, together with you, go into a little adventure and fearlessly stream our boats down the Tara and its boiling cascades…Or we go together with you with our backpacks to cruise along one of the most beautiful national parks in The Balkans…And maybe we’ll just get lazy together with you and enjoy the ethnic specialties of our cuisine…We have created programs which will exceed all your expectations! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, nature lover, history buff or even foodie – do not worry, we have got you covered! Choose a program that fits your personality the best and live through an unforgettable experience!
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in the southeastern Europe, on the Balkans peninsula. Country has beautiful landscapes, rich cultural and historical heritage, picturesque towns, and most important of all, friendly people. The capital is Sarajevo, city is also known as the “Jerusalem of Europe”. Bosnia and Herzegovina can be visited at any time during the year, great opportunities await during both winter and summer season.
Our traditional homemade cuisine and organic food prepared at our Camp Encijan, which we offer as part of our packages, is another reason why most of our long term and satisfied guests wish to visit us again.
The huge amounts of our delicious home-made food is prepared with love and in a traditional way, entirely from fresh organic food which we provide from our natural surroundings. In a moment, every new bite know to send you to some other and slightly forgotten dimension, in a time of our grandmother’s cuisine.
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