Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Sarajevo

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Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its largest city. This metropolitan area is located on the banks of the Miljacka River at the base of the Dinaric Alps. It’s a city of amazing cultural and religious diversity, which has caused both celebration and strife in recent decades. Shortly after hosting the 1984 Olympic games, the city suffered the longest siege of a capital in the history of modern warfare. Now, Sarajevo is a fast-growing city with a burgeoning tourism scene and even a few great running routes. If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Sarajevo, we highly recommend Go! Running Tours.

The most popular place to run in Sarajevo is along the Miljacka River. We’ve also mapped routes through the historic sights of Old Town and the Olympics sites, and the chain of Sarajevo’s parks. For a lovely destination run, we recommend the Velika Aleja, a pedestrian path in Ilidžat that’s lined with 3,000 chestnut trees. There’s also great running in the Sarajevo countryside with routes like the Skakavac Walking Trail the Trebevic Viewpoint, and fantastic trail running at Igman Mountain.

Sarajevo has an extensive public transportation system, with busses, trams, and trolleys connecting the network. A GRAS pass will help runners get almost anywhere in the city, with the exception of the Skakavac Waterfall route.

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Visit Sarajevo has a comprehensive list of hotels, hostels, rentals, and more.

Most visitors opt to stay close to the Old Town area.

There are a few chain sports stores around Sarajevo, including Intersport, Nike, Adidas, Sport Vision, and Athlete’s Foot locations.

Running groups are few and far between, but if you’re looking for a great way to experience the city on foot, join a Go! Running Tour.

Sarajevo has several great running events, including a new year’s midnight 5k, marathons and half marathons, and numerous trail races. This feature from Travelade highlights the best races in Sarajevo.