War Hostel

Hrvatin 21, Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Distance from city centre: 4.2km

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Please read this if you are considering to stay here, it's very important!

My name is Zero One or if you prefer 01. This is my father’s war code name which is now my name. I have survived the war in Sarajevo together with my family and now as a tribute to what we have survived, I have created the War hostel in Sarajevo. Underneath I will explain everything about my hostel you should know before booking here.

The War Hostel is a historically accurate simulation of war torn Sarajevo, full with authentic items from the war which serve as decorations and run by a small family which survived the war in Sarajevo and is willing to share their war experience and personal stories with you.

This hostel is so much more then just a hostel. You will have a real glimpse here of what it was like for people to live under siege in Sarajevo, under real war conditions, experiencing this, you will have the chance gain a unique perspective on life.

Now, if you are thinking that we might be a themed tourist trap, we are absolutely the opposite of that. The truth is, we are just one small family which barely survived the war and now we want to share our knowledge and experience with you. This is how we support ourselves and we think that our work is important and that the only way to prevent a war and hatred is through education. We share important messages about humanity and we think that the best way to learn about anything is to experience it yourself, this is the core idea behind our hostel.

You will sleep on a bomb shelter bed, covering yourself with a real military blanket used in the war.

Everything around you, in the room you book carries a story from the war.

Love reading? Our hostel is packed with real war newspapers which contain true survival stories from war torn Sarajevo.

We don’t really like big groups, we are designed for solo travelers, couples and small groups, because we organize many activities on a daily basis where you can easily meet other people, socialize and educate yourself. We like to remain small and make our experiences, up close and personal and we do not believe that this is possible with big groups.

We are really close to all main attractions and you can always have a walk through Sarajevo, but honestly, you can not find anywhere in the World the experience we provide here.

Hostel activities:

We organize an insightful talk inside a bunker which we built, where Zero One talks about his life, the war, the post war, his perspective and the impact the war had on his life and his family.

We organize many other specialized “war tours” which we'll explain to you in detail once you arrive here. Honestly, all of our “tours” are more like war experiences which will stay with you for a long time.

We play documentaries about the war in Sarajevo of your choice inside our bunker every night.

Every Saturday we organize a calm party in our bunker as well.

We are always ready to help you with any questions you have and share our war stories and experience with you. We are sincere and we put a lot of effort into this project, we are not one of those places which just give you a key and some basic information and then leave you on your own, no, we really want to make your stay and experience here special. We mean this.

If you want something different, if you really want to learn something from war survivors, if you love history, education, deep talks, unique experiences, stories and the chance to gain a different perspective on life, do not look any further, this is really the right place for you.

However, if you are looking for a regular hostel experience, party hostel experience and are going to ask us immediately where the next bar is or if we do a pub crawl, free tour or whatever…look, please, just…skip this place. Do not get us wrong, we enjoy a drink with our guests after sharing our stories and experience, but if the main point is just to get drunk and have a shallow, general overview of the city, then you should look to stay somewhere else.

We welcome you to meet us and discover Sarajevo from a very different, unique perspective and stay at the World's first and only war hostel.

Prices are per person per night.

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Age Restriction
  • Air Conditioning
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Credit Cards Not Accepted
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Hot Showers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Reading Light
  • Steam Room
  • Taxes included
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Must-Read Hostel Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

War Hostel Policies & Conditions:

Check in from 11 AM.
Check out before 10 AM.

Cancellation policy: 24 hours before arrival.
Payment upon arrival by cash.

Taxes included.

Breakfast not included.

General:

Please notice that our hostel is not suitable for children.

No curfew.

The reception is open from 9 AM to 11 PM.

We do not accept credit cards, we accept only cash and we accept both Euros and KM.

We have no breakfast!

We also have a nice pet cat which is very friendly and does not scratch and loves to play!

Our hostel has been verified and checked by the Sarajevo police department and is 100% safe.

Directions
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From Sarajevo Bus/Rail Station:
To get to our Hostel from the Bus/Railway station you can take a tram No. 1. The tram station is located in front of Railway/Bus station. The price of the ticket is 1.80 KM per person (0.90 Euro) which you can buy in front of the tram in the small shop or inside of the tram of the driver. Once you buy the ticket make sure to validate it at the validating machine in the tram or you can pay a fine of 15 Euros (30 KM). Keep an eye out for thieves you as tourists are targets for pickpocketing so stick close to the front of the tram! We are located around 4km or 2.5 miles from the Main Bus/Railway station. You should get off on a tram stop named Vijecnica, that is the seventh station from the railway/bus station. Once you get off from this stop, you should be able to see the yellow National Library building on your left and a bridge on your right. Cross this bridge to your right! Once you cross the bridge you should see a small park with sandbags in the middle, go straight through him, than you should see a long straight street named Avdage Sahinagica street. To make sure you are on the right street, one end of the street should be looking directly towards the middle of the yellow National Library building and you should go towards the other end of the street, so opposite of the yellow National Library building. Once you reach the end of that long straight street go right, after that take the first turn left to Hrvatin street. The street should be going up! Once you walk up that street take the first turn left and at the end of it you will see an old house and on the wall of that house a white sign with a camouflage arrow and number 21 pointing to our hostel.
You can also use the taxi transfer from the Railway/Bus station. Max cost should be around 5 Euros or 10 KM. Just give the taxi driver the address Hrvatin 21 and tell him that it's close to the beer factory.

FROM THE BUS STATION East Sarajevo (Istočno Sarajevo, Republic of Srpska)

If you are arriving from Serbia or Montenegro you will probably end up here!
This bus station is located approximately 12 km or 8 miles from our hostel.
The easiest way to reach us from this bus station is to take a taxi for the price in the range of around 15 Euros or 30 KM.
Alternatively, you can walk for 300 meters to a local bus stop (to the DOBRINJA quarter) to get to the trolleybus station and buy a ticket for 1.80 KM (0.90 Euro) per person. You can buy the ticket in the small shop in front of the trolleybus or inside of the trolleybus from the driver. Once you buy the ticket make sure to validate it at the validating machine in the trolleybus or you can pay a fine of 15 Euros. Keep an eye out for thieves you as tourists are targets for pickpocketing so stick close to the front of the trolleybus! Take the trolleybus no.103, and exit at the last stop on TRG AUSTRIJE. Once you get off the trolleybus at TRG AUSTRIJE, look for a small tunnel/arch which should be just next to the Japanese embassy. Go through that arch. This is the beginning of Franjevacka street. Keep walking straight and you will see a red church to your right, this will confirm that you are on the right path. After you pass the church you will see a big red building on your left which is the beer factory of Sarajevo. Again keep walking until you pass the beer factory and in front of yourself towards the left you should be able to see some garbage containers. Opposite from those containers you should see a street named Hrvatin street which goes up! Take that street! Once on Hrvatin street take the first turn left and go that way until you reach the end. Once you reach the end of that turn you will see an old house and on the wall of that house a white sign with a camouflage arrow and number 21 pointing to our hostel.


From the Sarajevo International Airport:

The airport is located approximately 12km or 8 miles from our hostel. Taxi is the best, easiest and most commonly used way to get to our hostel from the airport. It should cost around 15 Euros (30 KM) one way. Just give the taxi driver the address Hrvatin 21 and tell him that it's close to the beer factory.
There are other ways to reach us from the airport, but we do not recommend them because they are way too complicated and you will probably end up losing yourself and both your time and money!

Located Near

We are located within walking distance from all the main attractions in Sarajevo! We are 5 minutes away from the centre! Once you arrive at the hostel we will provide you with a map of Sarajevo and we will be happy to answer all your questions in detail about Sarajevo!

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