Sarajevo Under Siege Tour

Sarajevo under siege tour:

The sige of Sarajevo began in 1992 and lasted almost four years. The siege is one of the most dramatic and emblematic events of the violent breakup of former Yugoslavia and the conflict left an estimated 200,000 people killed and some 2.7 million refugees and internally displaced – the largest displacement in Europe since the Second World War.

The siege brought enormous suffering and misery to some 400,000 inhabitants of the Bosnian capital at the time. Constantly shelled and sniped, people were cut off from food, medicine, water and electricity. Thousands of civilians were killed and wounded. During the war, people in Bosnia and Herzegovina witnessed every conceivable human rights violation or abuse – ranging from ethnic cleansing and rape to mass executions and starvation.

Graveyard at the Olympic stadium:

First stop of our tour is the Olympic komplex – Olympic stadium and Olympic Hall Zetra. Winter Olympic  games in 1984 are the highest cultural point of Sarajevo as a city. 8 years later Bosnia was in war, and Sarajevo was under siege. Agressor forces did not spare olympic komplex.

Historical museum:

At the historical museum you can find an exibition of the Bosnian war, reaching from the beginning and fall of Yugoslavia to the Hague tribual and war crimes. It is horribly ironic but also authentic that a museum such as this, badly damaged during the siege, should now house the permanent exhibtion “Surrounded Sarajevo”. The exibition, in a non-partisan or judgemental fashion, tells the story of the siege through photographs and artefacts, from hand-made heating, cooking and fighting tools to aid items that came in from abroad.

Tunnel of Hope Museum:

In this museum you have the possibility to see how the Bosnians managed to connect Sarajevo to the free Bosnian territory. The main goal of the tunnel was to bring supplies into the city, and bring the wounded citizens out of the city. The tunnel was 800 meters long, 1,60m high and dug using only handtools. At the museum you have the oppertunity to walk through a small part of the tunnel.

Jewish Cemetery (Snipers nest) and Sniper alley:

The Sarajevo’s Jewish cemetery, is located on Mount Trebevic, and is one of the most famous Sephardic burial grounds in the world.  Dating back from the year 1630, when Rabbi Samuel Baruch rented the land, which makes it the oldest intact burial ground of any religious group in Sarajevo, known for its age and beauty. The cemetery gained worldwide fame being the place that Sarajevo was attacked the most, and where innocent citizens were killed every day.

The bridge of Suada and Olga:

Also known as the Vrbanja bridge, but now know as the bridge of Suada and Olga. Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sučić, two young students were killed by Serbian snipers when crossing the brigde. They are said to be the first victims of the siege.

Sarajevo roses:

Spread across the city, you will find the socalled Sarajevo roses. The roses are places were granades and mortar shells fell and killed innocent civilians. The roses are red, in memory of the 11541 civilians that were killed during the siege.

Markale massacre:

Markale is a marketplace that was attacked two times during the war. The first attack was made on the 5th of february 1994, where 68 were killed and 144 wounded. The later attack was made 18 months later, where 43 were killed and 75 wounded.

  • Meeting point: At the lobby of your hotel
  • Tour duration: 5 hours
  • Tour includes: Professional tour guide, transfer, enterence fees
  • Tour does not include: any personal costs

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