The tunnel of hope tour
From July 1993 until the end of the Siege in late February 1996, the Sarajevo War Tunnel was the only connection besieged Sarajevo had with the outside world.It took more than six months to dig the tunnel and was done using pickaxes and shovels.
The only source of light the workers had was provided by “war candles”, containers filled with cooking oil and fitted with a wick made from string. On the night of July 30, 1993, the tunnel was finally completed, giving Sarajevo an outlet to the world.
The 800-meter-long corridor is a little over a meter wide and has an average height of 1.5 meters. Thanks to the tunnel, the beleaguered city regained access to telephone lines, oil supplies, food and electric energy.
After the war, about 20 meters of the tunnel became part of a museum which contains many items from the time of the Siege of Sarajevo – the longest-running siege of any city in modern history.
Sarajevo under the seige tour
This has been our most popular tour for the last couple of years. During this tour we will try to show you everything that Sarajevans lived through from 1992-1995. At the beginning, we drive to one of the most attractive panoramas of the city.
From this place we will explain the siege of Sarajevo. We’ll visit the cemetery of heroes who unarmed stood for a defence of this town and gave their own lives for its freedom. Find out what it was like to live without food, water, electricity, gas, how the children were going to school and what was the cultural and the sports life.
Try to understand the reason for shelling cemeteries, Olympic buildings, the Maternity…On this tour you’ll often hear the personal experiences of our
guides which will be really something special. Learn more about the collapse of Yugoslavia, the war aims and plans of division of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While driving to the Tunnel Museum along the Sniper Alley, you’ll have the opportunity to hear the stories and comments given by the Insider. Upon arrival at the museum, you’ll pass through 20 m of the original tunnel and see the movie about the war in Sarajevo upon which the guide will explain the role of the tunnel during the siege, its construction, use method and will happily answer all your questions.
Find out more about the role of UN forces in Sarajevo and their numerous mistakes committed in this war. On the way back to the town we drive through another entity, talk about the end of war, organization of the state and the current situation. This tour encompass second panorama and visit to another place from which the aggressor was terrorizing the inhabitants of Sarajevo.
Sarajevo walking tour
As you take an easy stroll through the heart of town you’ll acquire tons of interesting information on the history, society and architecture of Sarajevo and come to learn what Bosnians are like.
Discover and experience the capital city of BiH through the eyes of Sarajevo Insider, which will try its best to provide a real picture of Sarajevo’s past and present while striving to gain the greatest reward possible – your satisfaction.
Zmajevac is located in the old part of town, above the neighborhood of Vratnik, and is considered one of the most popular vantage points, both by Sarajevans and visitors alike.
This spot not only offers a beautiful view of town, but also of the surrounding hills, the evergreen forest, known as “Sedam Šuma”, and the mountains: Trebević, Igman and Bjelašnica.
Many come to Zmajevac to rest their souls, socialize over a coffee and enjoy the view. And the view really is quite unforgettable. It’s loveliest at night, especially under a clear and star-filled sky – when it’s hard to tell where the sky ends and the city lights begin.
The benches in the rest area, the fountain and its cold water and ample parking all make Zmajevac even more interesting and accessible for visits.