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Sarajevo in Depth: Free of Charge Walking Tour of Sarajevo

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Tour Overview

Welcome to Sarajevo!

Our Sarajevo Funky Free Walking Tour is carefully created to offer our guests a unique experience with maximum attention to every detail. Tour will focus on showing you the old part and city centre of Sarajevo in depth. We will cover all of the most important landmarks and Sarajevo’s complex history from the earliest times all the way to its modern periods. 

Please note that this tour is not aimed to sell any other product of ours, but to offer amazing and unrivalled walking experience of Sarajevo.

Highlights

  • Discover Sarajevo Old town and City Centre in depth for FREE OF CHARGE 
  • Avoid crowded group tours and optimise your time by joining a small group with Funky Tours and instead of doing just another ordinary city tour, have a life-changing experience.
  • Enjoy the time with a local expert who will make sure to provide not only a raw guidance but an incredible insight in the city, from its culture, history, religion and people. 
  • Take a stroll in cobblestone streets of Bascarsija, meet and chat with the locals, become less of an observer and adopt the spirit of Sarajevans. 
  • Understand the Bosnian sense of humour and the way it kept them overcoming the toughest life situations. 
  • Indulge into the world of past and learn about Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungraian Rule, WWI & WII, raise and fall of Yugoslavia, Sarajevo Siege and understand why is Sarajevo popularly called European Jerusalem.
  • Get the best possible insights on hidden gems of Sarajevo only locals are familiar with and discover the city beyond the tourist attractions.

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • Guide
    English speaking local-expert guide. 
  • Availability
    Tour is available throughout the year.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Insurance
    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.
  • Shared Tour
    All tours are shared, unless specifically booked as private.

Starting Point & Departure Times

Logistics

  • Tour departs once a day from Funky Tour office. Please make advance booking, and cancellation if needed.
  • Departure Times: 10 AM.

Itinerary

Activity Note: We will wait for you at our office at 10 AM. Please note that it is recommended to make a booking or inform us of your arrival at least one day in advance. Our team always strives for giving the priority to quality over the quantity of each tour we do. In order to make sure to provide nothing less than a perfect experience we have limited the number of guests per tour but will go above and beyond to accommodate each of your requests.

Sarajevo Old Town (Bascarsija)

As soon as we leave our starting point, our office at Besarina Čikma 5 in the heart of the old town of Sarajevo, first stop of the walk is Baščaršija square and its most interesting symbol, fountain, Sebilj.

Next stop is Kazandžiluk street and story of origins of copper and tin industry in Sarajevo.

Bravadžiluk street in 16th century used to be heart of production of locks and padlocks and that is how it got the name (brava = lock). Today however is home to some of the finest Bosnian food places – Ćevabdžinicas and Buregdžinicas.

We will continue towards Vijećnica (Sarajevo city hall) and walk over Šeher-ćehaja bridge with stories about Yellow and White Bastions including a photo stop at famous Inat Kuća (House of Spite).

In the very vicinity of Vijećnica, there is a Sarajevo Brewery which was founded on May 24th, 1864, and historians consider it to be the oldest industrial plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina and charming Franciscan monastery which is a “must” while learning about the city.

Next stop will be the oldest mosque in Sarajevo, Imperial mosque which will provide a unique  insight into traditions of Islam in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Just bridge further down the Miljacka river, we shall arrive to Atmejdan park, Latin bridge and assassination point of Franz Ferdinand where we will learn the inevitable story of the WWI.

After WII it is time for a bit older history and a stroll in Gazihusref-beys covered market-bazaar (Gazi Husref-beys bezistan) which was built in early 16th century for trading reasons still today serves the original purpose.

History of Jewish people in Sarajevo and visit to Jewish Synagogue is unmissable part of the tour. Once expelled from Spain in 1492 majority of Sephardic Jews settled regions of the Ottoman Empire, amongst which Sarajevo and Bosnia have hosted large numbers.

Kazandziluk

>Sarajevo old town Bascarsija coppersmith street – Kazandziluk

Sarajevo City Centre

Next in line of religions who have dominated life and culture of Sarajevo, are Bosnian catholics, and next site on the visit is their greatest temple in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cathedral of Sacred Jesus Hearth.

Just at the square, if you look around, you will notice red stains on the ground. Those are the worldwide known Sarajevo Roses.

Couple of minutes away from pedestrian zone we will be welcomed by local farmers at green “Markale Pijaca“. Markale was on front page two times during the 1990ies, due to massacres that took place during the siege of Sarajevo. T

Few steps away will take us to the junction of Mula Mustafa Bašeskija, Titova and Ferhadija street where we we will make a short stop at the Eternal flame (Vječna vatra), favourite meeting place of locals which will give us a chance to soak up some good local atmosphere.

As we continue with the amazing European Jerusalem experience, our next stop will be just a perfect way to display the rich history of religious and cultural diversity that is simply breathtaking – The Orthodox Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos.

Afterwards, we will admire the Hotel Europe which is both and hotel and historic building. Built and opened in the early days of what turned out to be a 40-year Austro-Hungarian occupation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Eternal Flame

>Eternal Flame: symbol of fallen fighters and civilians in World War II, but also a symbol of life and vibrancy of the city.

Sarajevo Old Town

Summer garden of this hotel Europe which is an Austro-Hungarian building was actually built on top of the remains of Tašlihan, place constructed in Ottoman period. Two historical places on one sight. Tašlihan was one of three caravanserais in Sarajevo, which served both travellers and horses.

We will go through endowment of Gazi Husref bey, by visiting the Gazi Husref beys mosque, Clock tower famously called Sahat Kula and its belonging building Muvekithana, Madrassa, Khanikah and Library, first public toilette in Sarajevo, Imaret kitchen (once serving only poor), burial place of Gazi Husrev-bey and few other locations important for understanding this complex which is biggest in the Balkans.

Morića Han will be our next stop and this is certainly one of those corners where you can imagine yourself being in a tale from 1001 Nights Middle Eastern Book . This inn is Sarajevo’s only remaining caravanserai, a place where merchant caravans could find accommodation during the Ottoman period.

Old Orthodox Church, the oldest religious structure in the city will be our last stop for a day and will offer you a shocking experience of “time travel” as soon as you place your foot in its stunning garden.

Gazi Husref Bey Mosque

>Sarajevo Gazi Husref Bey Mosque Built in 1531

Walking Tour History Timeline

What you will learn during the our Free Walking Tour?

1457-1878

  • Ottoman Conquest of Bosnian Kingdom, Creation and Rise of Sarajevo during the Ottoman Rule

1878-1918

  • Austria-Hungarian Rule & WW1

1918-1945

  • Kingdom of Yugoslavia & WW2

1945-1991

  • Tito’s Yugoslavia

1992-1995

  • Siege of Sarajevo & Downfall of Yugoslavia

1996-Present

  • Modern Sarajevo & Bosnia & Herzegovina

What to Bring

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle

Optional Extras

  • How to optimise one full day in Sarajevo?

If you are on short time in Sarajevo or prefer to maximise your stay in Sarajevo, our long term experience tells us that the best way to optimise one day in Sarajevo is to take our Sarajevo Free Walking Tour at 10 AM and join our Sarajevo Siege Tour with War Tunnel at 2 PM.

  • Private Walking + Tasting Food 

If you’d like to learn more about Sarajevo by tasting some of the finest local food and drinks, please consider taking a private tour. 

Map

Trip Photos

Sebilj Worldwide known Sebilj

Sarajevo old town Bascarsija coppersmith street - Kazandziluk Sarajevo old town Bascarsija coppersmith street – Kazandziluk

Sarajevo Gazi Husref Bey Mosque Built in 1531. and the Old Town Sarajevo Gazi Husref Bey Mosque Built in 1531. and the Old Town

Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the symbols of Sarajevo European Jerusalem. Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the symbols of Sarajevo European Jerusalem

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos The Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos

The Emperor's Mosque The Emperor’s Mosque is the oldest Sarajevo’s mosque

Sarajevo City Hall Sarajevo City Hall

Latin Bridge Latin Bridge

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is this tour free of charge?
    Yes it is.
  2. Is this tour only in English language?
    Yes. Free of charge walking tour is available currently only in English language. Tour in other than English language is possible to book in a private walking tour option.
  3. Does this tour include entrance fees?
    Entrance fees are not included but the walking tour, due to the time limitation, does not include guidance from the inside except of the market places and free of charge possible to enter locations.
  4. What is the fitness level required for this tour?
    This tour is suitable for anyone regardless the age or fitness level.
  5. Is the tour cancelled in case of rain/snow?
    Unless dealing with a heavily bad weather we never cancel any of our tours.
  6. How much in advance I should book this tour? 
    Funky Tours always tends to focus on quality rather than quantity. This is why we have limited the number of people per tour. Please book this tour at least 2 days in advance. However, do note that we will go above and beyond to confirm even the last minute bookings.
  7. How much should I tip?
    Tips are not obligatory in Bosnian culture but are recommendable when you receive excellent service. The amount of tip is absolutely up to you.
69 Reviews
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Ellen C

Solo Traveller

Funky Tours – The best tour guides in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina is an amazing country with so much to offer and luckily I discovered Funky Tours on Tripadvisor. This is truly a fantastic company with an extensive selection of tours to create your adventure.

Funky Tours is headed up by Ema Konakovic and I cannot thank her and the team enough for giving us wonderful memories of Sarajevo and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Emails are always responded within a short period of time and the tour guides always arrived on time at our hotel and most importantly, were so knowledgeable and open to questions during our tours. Sammi and Mustapha you were great. Special thanks to Almir Ale Ahmetagic, a veteran of the Bosnian War who moved us to tears with his experiences. My husband and I feel we have said goodbye to friends.

Stop dithering and book your adventure in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Funky Tours will make it an amazing experience for you.

December 25, 2023

Richcymru

Couple Traveller

100% recommend. Excellent tour

We took the siege tour and were incredibly impressed. Mustafa, our guide, lived through the siege and his personal insight was fascinating.

Whilst it is possible to visit the locations on your own, without a knowledgeable guide you just would not have the same understanding of the siege.

We also did the free walking tour and had a great 3 hours with Ahmed who took us to all the main sights around the old town, where he explained Sarajevo’s long and fascinating history.

The office staff are also incredibly friendly and helpful – even taking the time to walk us into town to point out some good restaurants.

I wish we had more time in Sarajevo to do more trips with Funky Tours but I hope to be back soon! 100% recommend this company.

December 23, 2023

B8man360

Group Traveller

Quality touch on city tour

We did the walking tour around Sarajevo and Ahmed was fantastic! Super knowledgeable and friendly, even took us out for some local treats for my birthday. Thanks again!!

December 14, 2023

Steven G

Solo Traveller

All that is funky–and then some.

As I researched possible tours of the Balkans, I wanted to avoid large groups travelling by coach. I also wanted an itinerary that would balance exploration of nature, culture, and history. Funky Tours looked especially promising.

After recently completing my tour, I am happy to say that Funky Tours far exceeded my high expectations.

Emir was our expert guide and driver, but he was also so much more. He shared his wide and deep knowledge of the region and its history, vivid anecdotes from personal experience, and a delightful sense of humor.

I admired his candor and thoughtfulness in addressing difficult, sometimes political questions, and marveled at his resourcefulness as a troubleshooter who nimbly addressed any and all issues throughout the trip.

Our itinerary was rich and fascinating, often taking us off the beaten track for immersion experiences that helped burst the tourist bubble. I should add that the tour struck a fine balance between comfort and physical activity. Hotel accommodations were excellent, the van was comfortable, and meals provided by the tour were tasty.

At the same time, I enjoyed our walking tours and light hiking in beautiful natural surroundings. Funky Tours also wisely combines structured days with plenty of free time for exploration. As much as I recommend Emir, I have no doubt that everyone at Funky Tours is a capable professional. Just keep in mind that whatever your associations with “funky”, mine are fun, informative, mind-expanding, and first rate.

September 25, 2023

Steven G

Solo Traveller

All that is funky–and then some.

As I researched possible tours of the Balkans, I wanted to avoid large groups travelling by coach. I also wanted an itinerary that would balance exploration of nature, culture, and history. Funky Tours looked especially promising.

After recently completing my tour, I am happy to say that Funky Tours far exceeded my high expectations.

Emir was our expert guide and driver, but he was also so much more. He shared his wide and deep knowledge of the region and its history, vivid anecdotes from personal experience, and a delightful sense of humor.

I admired his candor and thoughtfulness in addressing difficult, sometimes political questions, and marveled at his resourcefulness as a troubleshooter who nimbly addressed any and all issues throughout the trip.

Our itinerary was rich and fascinating, often taking us off the beaten track for immersion experiences that helped burst the tourist bubble. I should add that the tour struck a fine balance between comfort and physical activity. Hotel accommodations were excellent, the van was comfortable, and meals provided by the tour were tasty.

At the same time, I enjoyed our walking tours and light hiking in beautiful natural surroundings. Funky Tours also wisely combines structured days with plenty of free time for exploration. As much as I recommend Emir, I have no doubt that everyone at Funky Tours is a capable professional. Just keep in mind that whatever your associations with “funky”, mine are fun, informative, mind-expanding, and first rate.

September 15, 2023
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