Hidden behind the imposing National Museum, the Historical Museum in Sarajevo is a deeply moving, eye opening and inspiring experience. Documenting the atrocities of the Bosnian war with a touchingly impartial pathos, the simple yet affecting exhibition stopped me in my tracks and the hours spent at the museum will stay with me. For someone born in 1990, the images, artefacts and written accounts of the conflict brought home the reality that these horrors occurred within my lifetime. When this is combined with the ubiquitous scars of war which cover the country, the humility and compassion of the Bosnian people in the aftermath of their recent tragic history is all the more striking. Among young people in the UK not enough is known about this conflict and I can think of no more essential starting point than the Historical Museum in Sarajevo.
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The Garni Hotel Konak is situated on the edge of the old town with easy access by taxi (10 Bosnian Marks from the bus station). It is very clean and modern with extremely helpful, friendly and pleasant staff. A few metres away on the opposite side of the road is Sartours, an excellent, highly informative (they are very passionate about their city) and inexpensive family run tour guide agency. We had an excellent 20th century tour in their own car.
The tours (especially war tours) are really done in the interesting way with these guys. We did the Sarajevo War Tunnel Tour, which was really interesting with quite a lot to see. An interesting detail was a video they play in the car on the ride towards the tunnel so it enables you to see some interesting streets and corners in Sarajevo during the siege.
Skakavac Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Balkans (98m), and is only 12km from Sarajevo.
It is the perfect opportunity for a day hike. Start by taking public transport (Minibus 69, from Sutjeska Street) then it's an easy hike for about two and a half hours.
Just follow the main road and signs saying Skakavac and enjoy the beautiful forests, views, clean water, and the Waterfall at the end.
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