Jerusalem of Europe. That seems to be the catch phrase for Sarajevo at the moment. Does it deserve it? Absolutely. Sarajevo has been a cross-road city for centuries. Starting from the Ottoman era till the Yugoslav wars, its been a centre for trades and cultural exchange. Its hard not to notice the amount of churches, mosques and synagogues sharing the same walls. People from different religious backgrounds living together side by side. The spark started during the Ottoman Era with the Muslims, Catholics and Jews coming from all over from Europe and the Middle East until it ended with the Nazi regime at WWII and the Yugoslav wars. After Bosnia and Herzegovina’s independence in 1992 things are going back to how they were, yet to become Jerusalem of Europe again. The one thing that will catch your eye while in Sarajevo is the amount of buildings with bullet holes, completely crumbling or abandoned. Seems the scars from the war is still kept alive. Although there is a lot construction efforts taking place to remove these horrible memories. From an outsiders perspective its good to see what war can do to a city, a country and its people. The next thing you’ll […] Read More
There are not any other bobsleigh tracks that has seen so much then this one. Witnessing the Winter Olympics and war doesn’t happen on a regular occasion. If concrete walls could talk, they would have a lot to tell. The 1984 Winter Olympics was held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (today Bosnia Herzegovina). After the Winter Olympics, the track was used for other competitions until the start of the Yugoslav wars in 1991 that would include the Siege of Sarajevo the following year. The track was damaged as a result of the siege which occurred during the Bosnian War. During the siege, the track was used as an artillery position by Bosnian Serb forces.Today, the tracks are abandoned and still remain mostly intact with war wounds of defensive fighting holes, drilled into one of the last turns of the course. How to get there The bobsleigh and luge track resides on Trebevic mountian and goes up to 1300m. If your not a local its a bit of a hassle to get up there. My best suggestion would be going to the tourist office and getting a copy of the Hiking Guide in Bosnia book. This book is at the tourist office and you can use their photocopier to make a copies of the […] Read More