Centuries of Ottoman rule may have left the Bosnians in an identity crisis, but one thing’s for certain – you can never call their coffee Turkish.



Bosnian coffee is a part of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian identity. It is the symbol of the country and a part of its tradition, but also a reflection of gourmet mentality of its citizens.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long tradition of coffee drinking, which came in our country with the Ottoman influences from the Orient. Therefore it is right to say that coffee is one of the Bosnian national beverages.



Bosnian vs. Turkish Coffee

Preparation of the traditional Bosnian coffee begins with the roasting of raw coffee. Baked coffee beans are then ground in a manual coffee grinder. Only then in a gently heated metal pot which in Bosnia is called džezva finely grinded coffee is put to which is added boiled water.

Turkish coffee is made by adding the coffee and sugar to water, heat it until you see bubbles and serve into a small cup with a saucer. But, here is how making Bosnian coffee becomes art. Bosnian coffee starts by only heating the water in a džezva on the stove. After coming to a boil, a small amount of water is set aside in a ceramic cup. The coffee is then added to the džezva and put back on the gas stove for a few seconds, allowing the liquid to boil yet again and create a thick foam.

The bottom of džezva must be wider and the džezva should taper towards the top. Wait a couple of minutes until the coffee dregs settle and pour the coffee into fildžan (a small cup) and serve with rahat lokum and a glass of cold water.


Given that Bosnian coffee has been the backbone of social life in Bosnia and Herzegovina for centuries, it has evolved over time and acquired different names depending on the occasion when it is drunk.

The first coffee of the morning, which is made strong enough to refresh you and wake you up, is called razgalica. At some point later in the morning, or before the afternoon coffee, there is razgovoruša, which is drunk to encourage socializing and conversation. Šutkuša is drunk in the peace and quiet of the early evening. Dočekuša is drunk when entertaining guests and sikteruša is given as a subtle hint that it’s time to wrap up the socializing and that the guests should take their leave!



Have any of you been inspired to try this Bosnian coffee?

Let us know in the comments below if you would like to try this hot beverage in Sarajevo.




Sarajevo’s spirit of Olympics and flashback to the 1980’s.


The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games was a winter multi-sport event which took place from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was the event which marked Sarajevo for the time of being and the moment when Sarajevo was the center of the world. Mountains that surround Sarajevo were in perfect fit in order to host Olympic Games. The period of organizing Olympic games was the period that changed Sarajevo forever in terms of constructions.



Olympic Stadium Koševo

Olympic stadium Koševo is place where opening ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics took place. For this event it was thoroughly renovated and expanded. It is home to football club FK Sarajevo and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. The stadium hosted a major soccer teams as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter, etc.


Mascot Vučko

Even more than thirty years after You can still see Vučko, the Olympic mascot, and Olympic logo standing on a tower. Vučko came in the guise of a wolf. An animal typically found in the forests of the Dinaric Alps region. Through his smiling, frightened or serious facial expressions, Vučko gave the wolf a rather friendly appearance. It changed the usually ferocious image of this animal. The happy Vučko is also the symbol of man’s centuries-old efforts to conquer nature, to gain friendship from a beast, to make a wolf become Vučko.


Olympic Hall Zetra

Olympic Hall Zetra was constructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics. Described as “ultramodern” it hosted the ice hockey games and speed skating events in the Olympics. The men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1984 Winter Olympics the Soviet Union won sixth gold medal.


Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won gold for Great Britain, receiving twelve perfect scores (6.0) for artistic impression in the free dance segment of the ice dance competition, a feat that was never matched.

Olympic mountains

The Olympic Mountains Trebević, Igman, Bjelašnica and Jahorina are only quarter to half-an-hour drive from Sarajevo. Trebević mountain hosted the bob sledge competition; Igman ski jumping competition, Nordic skiing and biathlon; Bjelašnica men’s downhill; Jahorina women’s downhill, slalom and grand slalom.


After 1984 Winter Olympics British journalist Pet Bedford wrote: “If you choose Sapporo, the Japanese will arrange a plane to visit Tokyo, and if you opt for Falun and Göteborg, Swedes will show you the fjords and icebergs. But if your choice falls on Yugoslavia and Sarajevo, you will find friendly people, a great heart, and beautiful mountains”.



Visiting Olympic points will make you go back in the time when Sarajevo had eyes of whole world focused. Fresh air, thick wood, Olympic stories and the beauty of green color all around will offer great relaxation for your body and your soul. Do not miss the chance to meet Olympic Sarajevo!








Bosnian cuisine (Bosnian: Bosanska kuhinja) is balanced between Western and Eastern influences. Bosnian food is closely related to Mediterranean and other Balkan cuisines. Many of the traditional dishes have been made from the same recipes for hundreds of years.

We have selected 11 specialties for you to try!


1# Markale

Markale is the name for the Sarajevo City Market.
Markale have been proclaimed a national monument of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It was named according to the German “Markt Halle”, which literally means “trading space”. In the spacious hall there are stands with a variety of milk, cheeses, cured meats, eggs…

A closed market offering lots of fresh produce from the surrounding villages. You will taste cheeses and cured meats made according to centuries-old recipes.

2# Bosanske pite

Bosnian pie is a dish that is a symbol of Bosnian cuisine.
It is a dough that is stretched out, filled with different stuffing and motto like little snails. The shape of the pie differs depending on the part of Bosnia where it is being cooked.

  • Burek
  • Sirnica
  • Krompiruša
  • Zeljanica
  • Maslenica

3# Bosanski lonac 

Today, Bosnian pot is synonymous with many things, but it was originally a meal of Bosnian miners. It is a combination of meat and vegetables that are cooked for a long time and slowly.

For this originally modest meal, there is no “right recipe” because everyone is the right one. Everyone will put in the pot of meat what they have and eat (beef, lamb, braised, pork) or combine it, and the vegetables are changed depending on the season, with unavoidable cabbage.

4# Begova čorba

Beg’s soup is a kind of soup and a traditional dish from Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is served as a warm appetizer in the form of classic soup with vegetables and chicken.

It is one of the stronger soups of chicken meat with the addition of bay or okra (plants whose leguminous fruits, full of seeds, are used to prepare meals and produce edible oil).

5# Ćevapi

The root of the word ćevap is of Persian origin, meaning fried meat, although there are traces of it that lead even to ancient Greece.

However, ćevapčići are part of the Sarajevo tradition and its culture, so they have long been exclusively associated with Sarajevo, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ćevapi have become a recognizable brand all over the world and they have a long way to go.

6# Sarma

Sarma is a dish made of mixed minced or chopped meat and most commonly rice wrapped in pickled cabbage, fresh cabbage or vine leaves.

7# Tarhana

Tarhana, tarana, or as it is called Bosnian trahana, has as many ways of preparation as it calls itself: Sarajevska, Mostarska, Jajčanska, Bihaćka…

Sometimes the dough, as well as other preparation and “assembling” of tarhana, vary from mahala to mahala.

The way of making tarhana soup also has its beginnings in Turkish culinary culture, but dozens of variants of this soup have developed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as throughout the Balkans.

8# Dolma

These are stuffed vegetables that originally originated in the Middle East and surrounding areas, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia.

The stuffing may or may not contain meat. It usually contains olive oil, rice or cereal stuffing, very often bulgur, couscous, beans, lentils, raisins or other berries, pine nuts and other nuts.

In either case, whether it is stuffing containing meat or not, the abundant use of herbs, mint, dill, parsley and various spices is common.

9# Klepe

Klepé is a traditional dish served in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Simply put klepe are cooked dough filled with meat. The wedges or kulaks are similar to ravioli, just triangle-shaped and filled with meat.

10# Pura

It is made from boiled corn flour.
Pura used to be considered “poor” food. Today’s gastronomic offer combines this very healthy porridge with supplements that make it a specialty that even the most discerning gourmets can enjoy.

You can combine puru with almost all the foods you normally use in your kitchen.

11# Ja(g)njetina

What makes Jablanica, a town in Herzegovina, recognizable is the roast lamb, which is known globally and attracts tourists from our country as well as from our borders, most often tourists from countries from the Arabian Peninsula, then our diaspora and neighboring countries.

Mountains are the symbols of Sarajevo!

Bosnian mountains with their many high peaks make up four-fifths of the country’s territory, and belong to Dinaric Alps Mountain range. Sixty mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina have peaks over 1500 meters above sea level, while 11 have peaks are over 2000 meters above see level, including Maglić, with the highest peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina measuring 2386 meters.

The city of Sarajevo is surrounded by four Olympic mountains of Trebević, Jahorina, Igman, Bjelašnica, as well as Treskavica and Romanija which is famous for it’s rare natural beauty.

1# Jahorina

Jahorina is a mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jahorina’s highest peak, has a summit elevation of 1,916 metres, making it the second-highest of Sarajevo’s mountains, after Bjelašnica at 2,067 m.
In the 1984 Winter Olympics, mount Jahorina hosted the women’s alpine skiing events.  Jahorina Olympic Ski Resort is the biggest and most popular ski resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It actually offers a variety of outdoor sports and activities. It is a destination for alpine skiing, snowboarding as well as hiking, and sledding. The average snow depth on ski runs during February is 106 cm.


2# Igman

Mountain Igman is located southwest of Sarajevo, bordering the Bjelašnica range in the south and west. Igman has an average height of 1,300-1,400 meters, and its highest peak is Crni Vrh (1,502 m). During the summer the mountain offers a multitude of marked cycling trails, as well as places where both athletes and amateurs can play football, volleyball and basketball.

This region has specific ecological and climate conditions as well as wildlife. Also, there is even a small area with rainforest characteristics.


3# Bjelašnica

Bjelašnica is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is found directly to the southwest of Sarajevo, bordering Mt. Igman. Bjelašnica’s tallest peak, by which the whole mountain group got its name, rises to an elevation of 2067 meters (6782 feet). Winters are extraordinarily harsh and long, so that spring may be felt only in mid May, and short summers may be followed by waves of cold air.


4# Trebević

Trebević  is a mountain in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, located to the southeast of Sarajevo, in the territory of East Sarajevo city, bordering Jahorina mountain. Trebević is 1,627 meters (5,338 ft) tall, making it the second shortest of the Sarajevo mountains.

During the 1984 Winter Olympics Trebević, like the other Sarajevo mountains, was used for a number of Olympic events, such as bobsledding.

Trebević can be reached from Sarajevo by Trebević Cable Car, which starts from the neighborhood of Bistrik. While at the top of Trebević, visitors can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Sarajevo, or take a walk in nature. It is also possible to walk around the remnants of the Olympic bobsled track.


Sunnyland amusement park and restaurant- Sunnyland is the first amusement park with Alpine Coaster in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located on the Trebević Olympic mountain.  In Sunnyland, next to the main attraction, there is the Oxygen restaurant, the Noova café, café’s with amazing view over Sarajevo.


5# Romanija

Romanija (1652m) literally means “the land of the Romans” amongst the locals. This mountain is only 10km away from Sarajevo and it offers an unforgettable experience of nature. The slopes of Romanija are full of life and beauty. The beautiful scenery and coniferous forests are just some of the features of this mountain. You can choose flat or uneven terrain for cycling or hiking through forests and meadows.



Treskavica is for sure one of the most beautiful mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Treskavica is derived from the Bosnian word ”tresti se” and means to shake. This is due to frequent and minor earthquakes. It is also know as a mountain that is rich in water, with over 300 sources and its beautiful lakes.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of Europe’s most visually stunning places worth visiting. Located in the western Balkans, bordering Croatia to the north, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast. Bosnia is a remarkable place where the East meets the West.

It has rugged beautiful terrain, a unique mix of cultures and faiths and kind and welcoming people. Also, it has numerous medieval castle ruins, impressive waterfalls, bargain value skiing, and some of the most captivating sightseeing in southeastern Europe.

A visit to Bosnia offers an opportunity to sample the cultures of three major faiths all come together in this small area.

You will hear the Muslim call to prayer over the minarets, inhale incense in a mystical feeling Serbian Orthodox church, and hear the subtle clicking of rosary bead in a Roman Catholic church, all in the same day.

The county has become popular in recent years thanks to the increasing tourism and cheaper prices.

1# Sarajevo, the current capital city of Bosnia

2# The country is nicknamed the “Heart Shaped Land” due to the country’s slight heart shape.


3# The name “Bosnia” comes from an Indo-European word Bosana, which means water.

4# Bosnia and Herzegovina consist of two Entities – the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic Srpska.

5# The currency is Bosnian Convertible Mark, currency code is BAM and the symbol is KM.

6# Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics.

7# Sarajevo Film Festival has become the largest and most famous film festival in the Balkans and South-East Europe.

8# Bosnian coffee has been the backbone of social life in Bosnia and Herzegovina for centuries.

9# Trams were first regularly used in Europe in Sarajevo, starting in 1885.

10# There are three official languages which are all really the same.


11# It has the last remaining jungle in Europe at Perućica.


12# Bosnia and Herzegovina have a Pyramid.


13# 3.5 million people live in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

14# The life expectancy in Bosnia is 75 years.

Hope you enjoyed our little lession about Bosnia and Herzegovina!

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