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About Sarajevo

Flanked by mountains, Sarajevo has a brilliant East-meets-West vibe, heaps of history and culture, and a warm, welcoming feel. Perhaps best known for its devastating twentieth-century civil war, the city has since emerged as a fantastic cultural and outdoorsy destination, with a hugely appealing buzz, as well as an appreciation of its complex history. Many of the best places to stay in Sarajevo are small guesthouses or private apartments catering to a range of budgets, but our top pick is a wonderful family hotel in the nearby mountains -- ideal for a blend of picturesque landscapes and city explorations.

Nestled on the banks of the Miljacka River, Sarajevo features a wonderful blend of intriguing architecture, some of which has been restored since the conflict -- although the scars of the war remain painfully visible. For a real insight into the city's history, take a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, who can point out imposing landmarks, lesser-known sites and trendy spots, whilst revealing the lively soul of modern-day Sarajevo. The region's eastern influences can be seen in the Moorish façade of the iconic City Hall building, the neoclassical edifices of the National Museum of BiH reveal priceless ancient and natural artefacts and the Orthodox churches evidence Sarajevo's long legacy as a religious melting pot, home to Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities. Sarajevo also boasts a whole host of excellent museums. Highlights include the War Childhood Museum and the astonishing Tunnel of Hope, which allowed the city to survive an almost four-year siege in the 1990s. Don't miss a ride up the Cable Car to the viewing point on Mt Trebević, where you can gaze out at the city from above.

Beyond the city boundaries is a magical landscape of mountains, rivers and waterfalls, perfect for walking, hiking and rafting. There's also a very affordable ski scene during the winter months! Outdoor adventurers will find plenty to see and do, whilst history buffs should look out for ruined castles dotted around the countryside. 

With a thriving evening scene, a complex history and an admirably resilient spirit, Sarajevo is an immensely attractive destination for couples, friends or families. The best places to stay in Sarajevo fuse an appreciation of the region's gorgeous natural wonders with top-notch contemporary comforts, as well as offering easy access to the city itself. Retreat to the nearby mountains for the best of both worlds!

The Best Places to Stay in Sarajevo

For a mountain escape

  • Pino Nature Hotel is a striking contemporary property just fifteen minutes' drive from Sarajevo's Old Town. Expect spacious modern rooms and suites featuring chalet-style wood pannelling, an extensive spa & wellness centre, and a lively kids' club. The bright restaurant prides itself on using local, seasonal ingredients, as well as offering impressive buffet breakfasts. The location is ideal for exploring both Sarajevo and the mountains, with plenty of year-round activities for the whole family. The views are glorious! 

For an apartment or holiday cottage

If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Sarajevo International Airport and take a short bus or taxi ride into the city centre. Alternatively, travel by train and bus from other European destinations -- this is a slow but scenic option, great for visitors with some extra time.
  • The countryside around Sarajevo is most easily explored by road. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Come during the summer (May to September) if you're looking to hike and enjoy balmy temperatures, or travel in the winter months for very affordable skiing!

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Best Hotels in Sarajevo

  • Pino Nature Hotel Sarajevo (Trebevic) 24 rooms from £121

    Back to Nature  -  Set in the beautiful natural landscape of the Trebević mountain, this is an ideal hotel for a back to nature retreat
    Families  -  There is a lot on offer here for families, from spacious family suites to the children's pool and activities
    Total relaxation  -  With an extensive, luxury spa on-site and room service to respond to all your whims, relax in style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Sunnyland, the first amusement park in Bos­nia-Herzegovina with an alpine roller coaster, situated on Trebević mountain

    This contemporary, four-star hotel and spa on Trebević Mountain is just a short drive from the capital. The best of the spacious and bright suites have spectacular panoramic views. Modern interior design brings the outside in, with verdant feature walls and pine fittings. A luxury nature hotel. See More

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