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Sarajevo Brutalist Architecture Photo Tour

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8 Hours
Availability : Every Day
Min Age : 0+
Max People : 8 persons
Tour Overview

General modernization, industrialization and further urban development of Sarajevo after the WWII, as a capital of Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as one of the total of six republics of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, resulted in developing Sarajevo as one most important industrial centers and one of the fastest growing cities in newborn Yugoslavia.

The pinnacle of Sarajevo’s modernization were the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, which resulted yet unseen infrastructural development of Sarajevo, helping Yugoslavia become the first ever communist country to host the Winter Olympics.

This tour will primarily focus on the Brutalist architectural heritage of Sarajevo from the period of Yugoslavia, in an attempt to uncover the role of politics in urban development of Sarajevo and explore the reasons why Sarajevo became the most mixed city of former Yugoslavia.


  • Explore in-depth modernist Yugoslavian architecture in Sarajevo, with special focus on Brutalist heritage.
  • Learn how Tito-Stalin split in 1948 affected the architectural development in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the rest of Yugoslavia.
  • Explore totally off the beaten path Sarajevo neighbourhoods and understand how inherited lifestyle differences and traditions had a crucial role in shaping the mentality and behavior of small local communities within.
  • Visit the most important sites and learn the story of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
  • “Meet” some of the most renowned post-WWII Sarajevo architects and learn how their work affected Sarajevo and its urbanization.

What's Included


English speaking Sarajevo architecture expert guide and driver.
Free pickup on request
If you are staying in the old town of Sarajevo meet us at our office. If you are bit away from us, please let us know and we can organise advance pickup.
All Transfers
All tour transfers are provided by Funky Tours.
Entrance Fee, Taxes & Flexible Cancellation Policy
This tour does not have any entrance fees.
Tour is available throughout the year.
Group Discounts
For bigger group bookings, discounts are available.
Online Payments
Pay safely online with a credit card. We accept payments for all types of credit cards.


Travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
Guide Tipping
Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.
Private Tour
All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.
This tour does not include food or drinks.

Starting Point & Departure Times


Tour departs once a day from Funky Tours office. If you need pickup please let us know in advance.
Departure Time: Daily at 10 AM.


In the aftermath of the famous Tito’s “NO” to Stalin in 1948, when Yugoslavia exited Informbiro and ditched the Social Realism as an architectural approach, the newborn socialist country was in need for fast urbanisation. As a result, Yugoslavia turned its eyes to the West seeking the ways to rapidly adopt Modernism as an architectural expression and distinguish itself from Eastern Bloc by showing its loyalty to the Western allies.

Pearls of Yugoslavian modernist architecture (Holiday Inn hotel, Bosnian Parliament and Unitic Towers)
> Pearls of Yugoslavian modernist architecture, Holiday Inn hotel (right), Bosnian Parliament (middle) and Unitic Towers (left) at Marindvor neighborhood. Today this is the administrational center of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As the Yugoslav post-WWII main focus was accelerated industrialisation and modernisation of Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and of course, Sarajevo, the emphasis was placed on fast urbanization of urban settlements and construction of large quantities of housing units, communal and administrational facilities.

Sarajevo Brutalist Architecture dating from the period of Modernist urban development of Bosnian capital
> Sarajevo Brutalist Architecture dating from the period of Modernist urban development of Bosnian capital. The need for rapid construction of large quantities of housing units, often resulted in poor construction quality.

The most logical start of Sarajevo’s socialist architecture tour is the epicenter of the administrational urbanisation of Sarajevo, neighborhood of Marindvor. 

Today it is home to some of the most renowned architectural achievements of Yugoslavian modernist architecture such as Hotel Holiday Inn, Bosnian History museum, UNITIC towers and its nearby supplementals of Sarajevo Railway station and Skenderija Olympic complex.Marindvor as a neighbourhood dates from Austria-Hungarian period, and was founded by Austrian entrepreneur August Braun, who named the palace after his beautiful wife Maria (Marindvor – eng.Maria’s palace).

Sarajevo Railway Station was built in 1953 by the design of Jahiel Finci, Muhamed Kadic and Emanuel Samanek
> Sarajevo Railway Station was built in 1953 by the design of Jahiel Finci, Muhamed Kadic and Emanuel Samanek. Original construction started in 1947 upon the design made by the architects from Czechoslovakia and East Germany whose names were kept secret. After the Tito-Stalin split in 1948, they left the construction site and works were continued by the local architects.

Later the tour will take us to some of the most famous Yugoslavian brutalist residential neighbourhoods, such as Alipasino polje. 

The complex was built in the late 1970ies, and at the time represented the pinnacle of Yugoslavian mass construction of housing units in Sarajevo. With capacity to accommodate approximately 60.000 people, Alipasino polje became Sarajevo’s most populated neighbourhood.

St. Luke Evangelical Church in Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina
> St. Luke Evangelical Church in Sarajevo at Alipasino neighborhood. Originally the settlement was built in late 70ties without any religious objects. Even though the construction of the church started just after the Siege of Sarajevo ended, in 1998, the church has all the attributes of Modernist architectural aesthetics.

The pearl of Yugoslavian modernist architecture at Alipasino polje is RTV Dom (Bosnian National TV and Radio House). Designed by Milan Kušan and Branko Bulić and built in a few phases, starting in late 70s to early 80ties, for major broadcasting project of Sarajevo’s 1984 Winter Olympics, this concrete mammoth, among people known as “Sivi Dom” (eng.grey house), is unique paragon of Yugoslavian brutalist architecture.

Sarajevo’s 1984 Winter Olympics have invoked, for the time unthinkable infrastructural development, resulting in numerous construction sites throughout the city ranging from communal, administrational or housing unit growth.

Olympic stadium Koševo, Olympic Hall Zetra and Skenderija, Hotel Igman, Igman ski jumps and Olympic bobsled are just a few of the most important locations we plan to visit on this remarkable, in-depth Sarajevo brutalist architecture tour.

Hotel Igman at Igman Olympic mountain
> Hotel Igman at Igman Olympic mountain. Designed by Ahmed Đuvić and opened just before the 1984 Winter Olympics, this hotel was a true masterwork of Yugoslavian brutalist design. European football champion in 1991, Red Star from Belgrade had its February winter preparations earlier that year, which suggests this hotel was one of the most luxurious in Yugoslavia.

Aside from building and Sarajevo’s neighbourhoods mentioned, this tour will cover so much more, exploring Sarajevo’s brutalist heritage from top to bottom.

Tour ends at Funky Tours office around 6 PM.

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Snacks


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I book this tour solo?
    Yes, you can. Many of our tours are booked as solo.
  2. Does this tour cover any other aspects aside of Brutalist architecture?
    This is complete in-depth tour of Sarajevo, with special focus on Yugoslavian period of development of the Bosnian capital. All other aspects of the history related to this period are uncovered too.
  3. Why does the tour lasts 7-8 hours?
    Tour covers different parts of Sarajevo and it totally of the beaten path, meaning we have to use car to reach all the check-points important for getting the proper picture of Yugoslavian modernism in Sarajevo’s architecture. 
  4. Does this tour cover any food costs?
    No, the tour does not cover food costs, but the lunch break is planned on the half-way.
  5. What are the payment options?
    Like any of our tours, you can pay this tour online with credit card, or with any other way of payment which fits you the best.
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