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Sarajevo is one of Europe's most fascinating historical cities. Its turbulent history is reflected in different architectural styles, from Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, Socialist to modern avantgarde, supported by rich oil countries. With all this mix, Sarajevo has created a unique city atmosphere where cultures, religions and people coexist. Not always without problems but through history there were periods when this was one of the most tolerant city in this part of the world. 

One can expect to photograph religious monuments of all four big religions, Islamic, Roman-Catholic, Orthodox and Jewish. The recent bloodshed left vast cemeteries that can serve for some impactful photography with chilling message. 

With all this, Sarajevo is a city of optimistic, humorous people with strong will for life! Sarajevo's nightlife was always legendary and local music is still popular well across the borders. Hospitality is warm, food is tasty and beer is good!

Visiting Sarajevo is a rich cultural experience that will yield some nice photos too!

Travel advice

Sarajevo is located amidst might mountains with no good road access. Drive from Zagreb, Belgrade or the Adriatic coast is long and adventurous. The best was to get there is by air - Sarajevo airport is well connected to major European hubs. 

Getting around the city can be time consuming as the city is spread along a long valley along Miljacka river. Traffic is getting worse too. But luckily, one can minimise travelling by car by staying close to the old part of the city. Most of photographically interesting locations are within walking distance of Baščaršija (old Ottoman shopping area). 

A good advice is to stay at a small hotel, there are a few nicely renovated in old Turkish style - best for local experience. There are many big hotel chains as well. Finding a room in Sarajevo is easy. 

If arriving by car it is upmost important to book accommodation that offers secured parking for your vehicle. Sarajevo is notorious for car break-ins or even car theft. Never ever leave anything valuable in the vehicle. 

Safety considerations mainly include pickpockets in the busy streets. Around Baščaršija is a territory where organised pick-pocketing gangs operate. 

This said, the city is relatively safe, one can go out shooting at night with a camera gear and a tripod as long as avoiding dark alleys. Most of historical part of town is safe from being robbed. 

Sarajevo can be a good base to explore nearby area too. A day trip to Bjelašnica mountain can be amazing lifetime experience, especially if you like hiking. A visit to Lukomir village is an experience of itself. Travnik is another great day trip choice. Visiting Mostar can also be done as a day trip, but an overnight there is recommended. 


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I love travelling with Neja (my wife), Brin and Fran (my little boys) and of course my camera.
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