Posted on 23/01/2017 · Posted in Uncategorized

sarajevo-in-winter-sarajevo-bosnia-and-herzegovina+12879654918-tpfil02aw-21641In this cruel world we live in, Sarajevo stands as a reminder that even bad things can turn for the better.

This once magnificent bastion of integration and multicultural splendour has risen from the ashes of the 1992-96 siege and is now a flourishing metropolis and fascinating destination. Narrow alleyways in Baščaršija, the old town, are packed with good cafes and decent well-priced accommodation. Hostels such as Balkan Han, The Doctor’s House and Franz Ferdinand have dorm beds from €11, doubles from €32.

Highlights are the restored City hall, a masterpiece of fin de siècle Moorish fantasy, as well as Svrzo’s House, a dignified museum recalling the atmosphere of 18th-century Sarajevo. More up-to-date, and no less evocative, is the Tunnel Museum, a section of the passageway that kept the city alive during the dark days of the war.

For dinner, Cakum-pakum is something of a legend for its homeliness and well-priced stuffed pancakes. As befits a Winter Olympics location, there’s skiing and snowboarding in Bjelašnica, 20 miles to the south-west. Jahorina Muntain to the south-east is good for off-piste action.

Among the ten leading European tourist destinations Guardian also included: Poprad (Slovakia), Baden-Baden and Memmingen (Germany), Are-Ostersund (Sweden), Poznan (Poland), Zagreb (Croatia), Tromso (Norway), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Sibiu (Romania).


(Source: klix/ the Guardian)

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