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Sarajevo – the most beautiful city in the Balkans

Sarajevo has a special charm. Its lively atmosphere with friendly inhabitants quickly creates a sense of familiarity and hospitality.

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its largest cultural, economic, and transportation centre, with approximately 550,000 inhabitants. The city is characterized by two rivers namely the Miljacka River that runs through the city and the Bosna River with its source at the foothills of the Mount Igman at the spring Vrelo Bosne, which is a popular tourist destination.

The city itself is a living museum of history. A number of mosques, churches, the cathedral and administrative buildings testify to the time of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire. The famous Latin Bridge, where the assassination of Franz Ferdinand took a fateful turn, played a key role in triggering the First World War. The Tunnel Museum under the airport and the bullet-riddled yellow Holiday Inn hotel are sad reminders of the last war. A much more fascinating quarter is the Baščaršija, an old bazaar with shops, pubs, bars and countless souvenirs.

The nearby Olympic Mountains Jahorina, Igman, Trebević and Bjelašnica, which in 1984 hosted the famous Olympic Winter Games, are a very popular destination for tourists, as well as the Olympic Hall Zeter and the Kolar house under which hides the tunnel that in the wartime represented the only connection during the siege of the city.

Sarajevo with its several national and municipal theatres, museums and other cultural institutions has always been an important city of culture in this part of Europe. Every year the city on the Miljacka River hosts a series of cultural festivals of international character, including the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) , the Sarajevo Jazz Festival, a summer cultural festival “Baščaršija Nights”, the International Theatre Festiva “MESS”, the “Sarajevo Winter Festival” and the World Television Festival of Oriental Music.

In Sarajevo has its headquarters the largest higher education institution in the country, the University of Sarajevo, and a number of other higher education institutions, making it one of the largest university centres throughout the region of Southeast Europe.

You can find more information about Sarajevo tourist attractions at www.sarajevo.ba

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