Sarajevo War Tunnel, Sarajevo

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During the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, Bosniak forces used Sarajevo War Tunnel to circulate between Sarajevo and the area controlled by the United Nations. Food, weapons, and humanitarian aid were brought to the city secretly through this underground passage, dug entirely by hand right below a war zone. Walk through this 800 m (2,624 ft) tunnel lined with wood, steel, and cables. Experience the moist smell of mud and dust, knowing that those who built it worked in waist-high water and experienced repeated shelling from above. You can ask for a guided tour at the site. Arrange to visit Sarajevo War Tunnel and other attractions in Sarajevo using our Sarajevo road trip site .
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  • If you want to know everything about Bosnia war, this is the right place for you. Ask the man, which leads this museum, he knows everything, because he was a part of tunnel staff. You will also see a ...  more »
  • One of the most common questions of tourists, and also ours, is "How did Sarajevo survive the siege for so long?". The answers we found when visiting the Tunnel of Hope. From 1992 to 1995, the residents of Sarajevo had no way out of the city or receive humanitarian aid - neither food nor water nor medicine... Nothing! There were snipers surrounding the whole town. Warnings from "Watch out - Sniper!" were placed on every corner. Today a museum, the tunnel was built by bosnian citizens and resistance forces to transport weapons and ammunition to soldiers and also for the flight of civilians and to supply the city. He passed under the runway from the airport to free territory and because it was the only hope of survival gained that name. He was also known to have been used to evacuate the country's former President, Alija Izetbegović, in his wheelchair. The construction of the tunnel of 800 meters, 1 meter wide and 1.5 meters high, took 6 months. He was hand-excavated in L-shaped, and the men took turns working day and night. Just over 20 meters left today, but the house in whose backyard the tunnel was excavated is the headquarters of the Museum, and there you can see videos, photos and objects related to its construction and use. The records also show how people tried to lead a "normal" life during the siege and not let themselves be shot down. There are photos of events that have become world famous as symbols of resistance, such as the rock show promoted by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson risked his life by drilling the siege and entering the city in the body of a truck, coming through Mostar to Sarajevo. (It wasn't until you went through the United Nations barrier that you got an escort.) The show was in December 1994 and the war only ended a year later. In April this year Bruce was declared honorary citizen of Sarajevo, in a tribute to the city for his support for the capital. To this day the singer says that this was the best show of his life. The Tunnel of Hope is an indispensable visit for those who are to Sarajevo. It is far from the city center and we went there as part of the Under the Siege Tour, which we did with Spirit City.
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  • I thought I can feel to walk through the tunnel...but unluckily they have closed the tunnel....only just a few metres are open for tourist. The rest of the history, you can see it in the exhibition room@by watching the short video. It is just a small place to visit.
  • It's OK, not good, not bad. Simple I would say. But of great importance to Bosnian history so worth a visit. I would recommend taking the siege tour or simular with a guide so you get to see more places than just this one, and also learn more about the war. You will miss a lot by going here without tour guide to give you the complete history.
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