We believe that the most beautiful way to explore place is to combine rich history and culture with tasting of the authentic food and beverages.
Our Sarajevo Funky Free Walking Tour is created in that manner, to offer our guests great experience with maximum attention to every detail. Tour will focus on the old part and city centre of Sarajevo, covering Sarajevo’s detailed history, with sampling some of the most famous local products.
If you have heard about Ćevapi, Burek, Sarajevsko Beer, Baklava and Bosnian Coffee, and haven’t yet tried them, Funky Free Walking Tour is where you want to be.
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.
Definite Departures (365 days in a year):
In the old town of Sarajevo, at our office, meet your guide and we are good to go.
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 which are awaiting us to try their best specialties such as Ćevapi and Pita.
After successfully trying some great food it is time to burn some calories and we continue towards Vijećnica, a Sarajevo city hall. Walk will continue over Šeher-ćehaja bridge with stories about Yellow and White Bastion and photo stop at Inat Kuća (House of Spite).
In the very vicinity of Vijećnica is Sarajevo Brewery which was founded on May 24th, 1864, and historians consider it the oldest industrial plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Time to taste some Sarajevsko beer.
Just across the brewery is home to Sarajevo most famous Franciscan monastery, and short stop there is a must.
Road will continue down towards the one of the oldest mosques in Sarajevo, Imperial mosque. We will enter if it is open and give insights into traditions of Islam in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Just bridge further down the Mijacka river, we shall arrive to Atmejdan park, Latin bridge and assassination point of Franz Ferdinand where we learn the origins of the WW1.
Gazihusref-beys covered market-bazaar (Gazi Husref beys bezistan) built in early 16th century for trading reasons still today serves the original purpose, and easy walk through, will simply bring you back in time.
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. History of Jewish people in Sarajevo and visit to Jewish Synagogue is unimissable part of the tour.
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 infamous 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. Tasting some local products there is a must.
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), favorite meeting place of locals so we will soak up some good local atmosphere here.
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.
Hotel Europe, can you imagine, 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.
And can you imagine, summer garden of this Austro-Hungarian building actually was 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 travelers 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 is one of those corners where you can imagine that you are in 1001 nights fairytale. This inn is Sarajevo’s only remaining caravanserai, a place where merchant caravans could find accommodation during the Ottoman period.
Old Orthodox Church is the oldest religious structure in the city and will offer you a shocking experience of “time travel” as soon as you place your foot in its stunning garden.
We will end our tour with a coffee, but not any coffee, we will end it with Bosnian coffee in a special place we call Bosnian Room.
Bosnian room is special, authentic place we have created for purpose of deeper understanding of Bosnian culture.
At this place we serve Bosnian coffee on daily basis and serve traditional Bosnian dinner with live Bosnian traditional Sevdah music or organise culture events, all for reasons of bringing Bosnian culture closer to all our guests.
Centuries of Ottoman rule may have left the Bosnians on the edge of East & West, but one thing’s for certain – you can never call their coffee Turkish.
We will also show you how to make Bosnian coffee and how to drink it with traditional sweets, in traditional Bosnian environment, original, as how it was 500+ years ago.
Amazing company with amazing tours!
Sarajevo Funky Tours is absolutely incredible. I ended up doing three tours with them, the Free Walking Tour, a day trip to Jajce and Travnik, and the War Siege tour. All three tours were wonderful.
Not only are the tours really interesting, but Sarajevo Funky Tours goes out of its way to ensure the comfort of its customers. All three tours I went on are incredible in their own way.
The free walking tour is more than just a walking tour as you get to try food and drink along the way. It is what every walking tour should be. The Siege tour was incredible because it really brings the war to life.
In part because of the incredible tours I went on, Sarajevo is now my favorite place in Eastern Europe. I hope I can get back there soon to do more tours with Sarajevo Funky Tours!
Bosnia-Herzegovina – possible to see the highlights in three days with Funky Tours
When I saw some photos of Bosnia-Herzegovina, I was struck by its beauty so we decided to extend our trip from Croatia to cover Bosnia-Herzegovina.
We took a tour bus from Zagreb to Sarajevo, taking 12 hours, stopping by at various historical places: Jasenovac Memorial Park, Banja Luka, Jajce town, Pliva waterfall, lakes and old mills. The snow-covered Jasenovac Memorial Park was mysterious and holy and beautiful. At Banja Luka, we had a wonderful lamb sandwich, best in my life.
The following day we made another 12-hour trip to Mostar, stopping by at Pocitelj and Dervish House, where we had delicious trout. The gushing river was amazing.
These tours were organized by Funky Tours of Sarajevo. (Also a two-hour free city tour of Sarajevo). We had a comfortable 8-seat mini bus to ourselves with local guides explaining the places and history.
Bosnia-Herzegovina is a small country endowed with beautiful scenery- plentiful hills and rivers, and fresh produce. But more importantly, it has a very rich history and it is possible to witness the remnants of various different civilizations that crossed the country.
We were very glad that we used the Funky Tours for all our trips within the country, without which our understanding of the country would not have been possible to this extent. The war museum in Sarajevo is a must. The country is fully repaired with no trace of the destructive war, but it helps to remember that this atrocity happened not very long ago.
Great free walking tour
I was lucky to have 2 nice people as my tour guide last week. It was a nice 2 hours walk in the city centre. Apart from the main tourist spots, they also told me the brief history of the city and their feeling about the city.
We had some really memorable experiences with Sarajevo Funky Tours. We learned so much on both of our tours.
Hope to come back to Sarajevo and use them again.