How many days in Sarajevo do you need? Our two day Sarajevo itinerary will help you to fall in love with the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 48 hours (or less 😉).
On our recent trip to Sarajevo, we fell in love with the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina – and started to wonder why not more people visit. With our 2 days in Sarajevo itinerary, we provide you with a resource to make the most of your time when visiting Sarajevo.
What to see in Sarajevo if you have 48 hours? Our 2 day Sarajevo itinerary with map will show you the best things to do in Sarajevo as well as allow for some free time to explore according to your preferences – because one size does not fit all!
2 day Sarajevo itinerary map:
Start your day with a traditional Bosnian coffee at Caffe Divan.
As always, we love to explore a new city with a free walking tour. We did the one by Meet Bosnia and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The tour will bring you to all the Sarajevo must-see places like:
You’ll have around 1 hour break in between the two tours. That is just enough time to eat the best Burek in town at Buregdžinica Bosna.
In the afternoon, visit three of the top attractions in Sarajevo:
Real talk: You can visit these places by walking, public transport, and/or taxis. It will take you a lot more time and energy than a tour though. We opted for the Fall of Yugoslavia Tour by Meet Bosnia because we went on their free walking tour and enjoyed it a lot.
We wouldn’t be Germans if we didn’t recommend a delicious draft beer at Sarajevo Brewery.
They also serve food but the reviews were kind of mediocre so we opted for tasty cevapi at Ćevabdžinica Željo before the beer.
Start your day 2 in Sarajevo with a coffee with a view at Hotel Hecco Deluxe. If you know us, you know that we are suckers for rooftop bars and this one was surprisingly inexpensive with friendly service.
Afterwards, learn more about the history of former Yugoslavia. We suggest that you visit the Gallery 11/07/95. This art gallery is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Srebrenica genocide.
An Aščinica is a buffet-style restaurant that serves traditional Bosnian dishes for lunch. We were recommended ASDŽ Aščinica but as it was closed on the day of our visit we went to Aščinica H.E.M.. The lady was super friendly although she didn’t speak any English and value for money was out of this world.
One size does not fit all so here are some ideas on what to do in Sarajevo on your second afternoon:
If you like shopping, stroll across the markets. In the Ottoman part of town, don’t miss Coppersmith Street and the covered market (Gazi Husrev-Begov Bezistan). Don’t forget the Austro-Hungarian part of town. Markale Market is definitely worth a visit.
For great views, hop on the cable car and head back up Mount Trebević. Tip: You can walk down the abandoned bobsled track and find the abandoned observatory.
Avaz Twist Tower gives you a different vantage point.
Head to more of the many museums in town like the War Childhood Museum.
If you want to get seriously off the beaten path, head to Ciglane to ride the funicular and hunt for street art.
Take a tram to Ilidza. Here, you can stroll down Velika Aleja, a tree-lined alley that leads to the spring of River Bosna.
Stroll along along Milijacka River.
If you have a sweet tooth, sit down in a cafe and enjoy some baklava.
You can not not eat cevapi when you’re in Bosnia. Today, our quest for grilled minced meat brings us to the Austro-Hungarian part of town. The cevapis at Ćevabdžinica Nune were amazing and the hospitality even more so.
End the day at Zlatna Ribica, a bar with a super cool retro vibe.
Let’s end with a quick Sarajevo FAQ, shall we?
Is Sarajevo worth visiting? Yes! In all honesty, Sarajevo is one of our favourite cities we have visited in Europe. It’s
Is 2 days enough in Sarajevo? Yes, 48 hours in Sarajevo is enough to explore the highlights as well as some hidden gems.
As you can see from our ideas for the second afternoon, you can spend a lot more time in Sarajevo without feeling bored 😉
The best time to visit Sarajevo is the shoulder season in spring and autumn. You’ll have fewer crowds than in summer but nicer weather than in winter.
Where to stay in Sarajevo?
We stayed at Hostel Vagabond and were happy with the location as well as the value for money.
In case Sarajevo is your only stop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, these are the tours from Sarajevo we recommend.
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