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“The Only Way to Truly Experience Sarajevo”
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War Hostel
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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

By staying elsewhere, one can come to Sarajevo and only skim the surface. They could take a free walking tour of the Old Town for a couple of minutes and think they've seen it all. These people are missing out on the chance for a deeply profound personal reflection, something that everyone experiences when they stay at the War Hostel.

My stay here was unlike anything I've ever had before. I was absorbed into the unique perspective of life as a Sarajevan during the 90s seige and learned of Zero 1's real and fascinating family story. The amount of hard work, pure heart and soul, that Zero 1 puts into this immersive setting is obvious. I HIGHLY recommend taking his personal tours where you will visit important places in and around the city, views that no one else will take you to like the Serbian front line and active minefields. You're taken out of your comfort zone and into the sad realities experienced by past and present inhabitants. You see what real life for these people is like. For me, this is the reason why I travel, to see the world for what it is.

I guarantee your time at the War Hostel will be one you won't soon forget and something you'll talk to your friends and family about in depth for years to come. You'll have an unforgettable experience in Sarajevo, unlike everyone else unfortunate enough to miss out on staying with Zero 1.

The picture below shows my group on the City Scars tour. I'll never forget my time here.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

You will definitely have a cultural exchange and remember staying here for the rest of your life. The hostel is his family's home he grew up in. I would recommend taking tours otherwise your missing out. They aren't your typical mainstream tour that you could get from other tour guides. All the tours have personal antidotes from the hostel owners family throughout the war. On the front lines tour you hike the trenches of the front lines and learn of his fathers role in the war. You will see a part of Sarajevo you would never get to experience otherwise. You will get to know 01 very well over the course of a couple days. He is a very interesting person... he's a very principled, honest, self reliant, respectful and transparent. You will see how the war effected his unique/interesting view points on the world.

Finally, for the digital nomads out there... the internet here is amazing. I conducted speed tests at near 1M down and conducted several google hangout teleconferences here.

My one critique would be the kitchen is pretty small for a hostel. So, for those that cook a lot you might dislike this part. But, I did really appreciate the map he provided. It was not your typical sponsored map and he provided about 5 recommendations for places to eat. We visited them all and were very happy with them. Food in general was very affordable at restaurants in our experience.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Blake R
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

The siege tour and War Scars of Sarajevo with Zero One was one of the most singly moving, informative, personal and emotional tours we have ever done. If you want to get a real personal insight and learn from this conflict, don't book any other tour. Thank you Zero One

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Alexandra H
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

Zero One (the hostel owner's name during the siege of Sarajevo) provided an intense, often disturbing firsthand account of his experiences during the conflict. He took our group on a tour around the front-line bunkers and trenches in the hills surrounding the city, as well as the Olympic bobsleigh track that was used as an artillery position. Then we settled in at the hostel for more stories and a look at his collection of items from the siege. It was an eye-opening experience, a glimpse into life under terrible circumstances.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
Thank vertovfan
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Reviewed 6 May 2017

Definitely exceptional hostel where you can experience something different, talk to authentic and honest people, sleep in uncommon environment.
Knowing a bit about history of Sarajevo I have to say that the place was designed with big attention to details. On the walls of the room you can find carefully replicated graffiti and craters after gun fire from Sarajevo's war streets. Lots of interesting articles, authentic objects from the war period. It was exciting to lit the fire in can stove.
Sarajevo Siege Tours just blew my mind. The intensity of the experience and closeness of the history was great. Thanks Zero One.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled solo
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Address: Hrvatin 21, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Region: Bosnia and Herzegovina > Sarajevo Canton > Sarajevo
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Ranked #6 of 186 Speciality Lodging in Sarajevo
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the war conditions of Sarajevo and meet a family which survived the war in Sarajevo! The War Hostel is a historically accurate simulation of war torn Sarajevo, full with authentic war decorations and run by a family which survived the war in Sarajevo. ... more   less 

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