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There something slightly creepy yet cool about the Sarajevo bobsled track /bob steza which sits hidden by nature at the top of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) Mount Trebević. In 1984, less than a decade before the Bosnian war and the Sarajevo Siege, Bosnia’s capital city, Sarajevo, played host to the Winter Olympics.
The country opened its doors to the international community to celebrate sport, winning their first medal as part of the Yugoslavia team. During the Sarajevo Siege (’92 – ’96) the bobsled (or bobsleigh) and luge track were used by the Bosnian Serbs as a base for artillery but today it is walking museum which has been attacked by graffiti artists!
So let’s take a look at the five ways to get to the Sarajevo Olympic bobsleigh and luge track.
How to Get to Sarajevo’s Bobsled Track by Foot
It is totally doable to reach Sarajevo’s abandoned bobsled track by foot but it is tricky.
It does involve walking up Mount Trebević and through a local village.
Sarajevo’s Bobsled Track Map
You will need a smartphone with GPS and a map app that can read coordinates.
Input the coordinate 43°50′28″N 18°26′32″E (click here for Google Maps) this will take you three-quarters of the way.
I’ll guide you through the rest (you might want to copy and paste this article into an email, send it to yourself then make sure it is saved to your phone emails).
Be warned, this trek to the track is not for the faint-hearted, put on sunscreen, take water and wear sensible shoes.
Sarajevo’s Bobsled Location and Route
To begin with, the GPS directions will take you upstairs, through houses (some old, some new), past men washing their cars, a couple of sporadic local shops, kids playing football, a few stares, and some hellos – just smile and say ‘Dobar dan’ (hello)!
These houses are built on a hill, some of the uphill is at a 30-degree incline, work those buns!
This part of the journey is paved. It should take around 1 hour 15 mins.
Towards the end you will be faced with a grassy patch to your right, some cars may be parked there.
You will see a couple of houses to your left and a path which curves to the right and then up.
Take that path, the pavement will end soon.
The next part of the journey to Sarajevo’s abandoned bobsled track is a man-made path of orange stones.
There are two paths, both will take you to the same elevated point.
The track ends at two bombed outhouses with graffiti on them. Take in the views!
The leg from the top of the lived in houses, should take around 20 mins.
To the right of this (where Craig is standing) is a path, head along it then up, you’ll meet a paved road which curves up to left, more abandoned houses then…
You’ve reached Sarajevo’s bobsled track location.
Phew! That should take around 5 minutes.
Do you recognise the mural on the building? That’s the internationally renowned street artists, M. Chat.
Bobsleigh Track by Public Transport
Initially, we planned to reach the bobsled track by bus and walking but decided against it when we realised it was only an hour or so to get there by hiking.
However, I did find public transport instructions in Matt The Roaming Canuck’s blog (no longer running) – his instructions are as follows
- Go to Tourist Information (address)
- Photocopy Hiking Mount Trebević (from Jarcedoli) from hiking book
- Take minibus #56 from bus stop across from Latin Bridge
- Ask for unofficial stop ‘supermarket’ (well known apparently)
- Turn back towards the market and go up
- Go past houses and ask locals where bobsled track is
- Go off-road and climb dirt track to the bobsled track
Naturally, I can’t vouch for these instructions, please do share your experience with us in the comments below!
Bobsled Track in Sarajevo by Taxi
According to TripAdvisor, you can take a taxi to the abandoned bobsleigh and luge track.
- Taxi to Hotel Pino.
- Turn your back on the hotel, walk through the car park and the road on the right.
- Follow the path until the bobsled track.
Sarajevo’s Cable Cars!
As of April 2018, Sarajevo’s 32 cable cars have now opened.
Thank you to a reader for updating us.
I’m extremely excited at what this symbolises for the city. Please tell us in the comments about your experience.
Bobsled Track Tours in Sarajevo
If hiking isn’t your thing, and the public transport route puts the fear in you, you could take a tour with a local company.
Although there are no tours which directly focus just on the abandoned bobsled track, it is built into bigger trips, for example, Insider’s Olympic Tour.
It’s a Jungle Out There
The forest around the bobsleigh/sled track itself is pretty overgrown and there are pine needles inside the track but we could still walk around it, admiring the graffiti and pretending to be a bobsled team.
Anyone born in the ’90s will have fond memories of the film Cool Runnings, probably most people’s education on bob-sleighing is from this cheesy film!
We met three people on our trek one of which was a local couple who were taking photos for her Instagram (I assume!)
Sarajevo Bobsled Track Skateboarding
Craig was gutted that he hadn’t packed his rollerblades (from the 90s) when he saw the track.
We bumped into an Aussie on the way down, skateboard in hand.
There are definite signs skateboard/skatewear and tear around the track, you might need to brush off the pine needles then you’d be good to go.
Craig has simulated what bobsledding down the abandoned track must have been like so you can get the picture…
Sarajevo’s Winter Olympics 1984
There was no trouble during the Winter Sarajevo Olympics in 1984.
It’s baffling to think a decade later every sixth person in this city would be injured by the war. In 1984, Yugoslavia won its first Olympic Winter Games medal.
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Abandoned Bobsled Track & Sarajevo Siege
From ’92 – ’96, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital city, Sarajevo, was under siege from the Bosnian Serbs (backed by the Yugoslav People’s Army). The aim?
To carve up Bosnia taking land to create a pure Serb nation, Republika Srpska.
The Bosnian Serbs had a stronghold on three-quarters of the mountain range which surrounded the city, giving them the power to set up artillery.
Although living in a valley is great for winter sports, it’s tragic for war.
The soldiers pointed their weapons in and down on the residents of the city, for almost four years. 11,500 Sarajevans were killed – Bosniaks, Serbs, Croats, Atheists, men, women, old, young. 1500 children were murdered.
Sarajevo’s abandoned bobsled track made for great shelter for the military, you can see that some of the track has broken off – it’s cement, that doesn’t happen naturally over two decades.
This strategy of firing down and it caused a lot of damage, 60% of the city was destroyed according to our Tunnel of Hope tour guide.
Naturally, war is two-sided and the Sarajevans did retaliate (some of these soldiers were Bosnian Serbs themselves, fighting for independence, many in interfaith marriages).
Although the city defenders were not as big or as well equipped, they were smart and knew their city’s tight streets well.
Sarajevo Rose marks the location where victims lost their lives
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It’s a hard hike to the abandoned bobsled track but a unique thing to see in Sarajevo.
I read on another blog that they had heard people were getting mugged on the way up, so take only what you need (we only took one phone for GPS).
Over half of young people are out of work in BiH, I’m sure like there are opportunists like there are in every city.
We were wondering why the government doesn’t regenerate the abandoned bobsleigh track and create dry runs?
This would, in turn, make jobs. Tourism is steadily increasing in Sarajevo so watch this space.
Obviously, this thinking comes from a position of privilege and I understand that projects need money.
Anyway, as I mentioned previously, the hike to the bobsled track offers some of the best views of this beautiful Bosnian city!
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26 thoughts on “How To Get To Sarajevo Bobsled Track + Video”
Thanks a lot for your post! Really useful!
The bobsled track is definitely worth a visit and I also enjoyed the graffitis.
Although I went there by foot, I would suggest anyone who doesn’t enjoy hiking so much to take the cable from the city that will take you up on the mountain. From there, the bobsled is just 5 minutes away and you can take the way down by foot to see the war time abandoned buildings..
Just Googling now – so cool to see! I really love Sarajevo, will be great to see how the city changes over the next years. Thanks so much for updating me.
I’ve forgot to mention that the cable system has just opened on the 6th of April 2018, so it’s definitely an option that was not available during your stay :).
No way! Thanks so much for the update.
Thanks for this article – my husband and I will be here for TEN days and will definitely be taking the cable car to the bobsleds. Super useful information.
I am very excited for you Megan! Will you be heading to Mostar too?
Yes, just for one day on Thursday!! If you have a blog post about that too, we will definitely be looking at it.
Fab, it is gorgeous. Here’s our Mostar guide —-> article and things to do in Sarajevo.
I took the cable car today. It was fairly easy to find – I saw the cable cars going up the mountain from a distance, and walked toward where they looked like they were coming from. Once I got close there were signs with arrows pointing where to go. It cost me 20 marks to ride up, which is $11.42 USD. At the top, there are signs pointing to the bobsled track. There were also plenty of other people headed the same way. I walked the length of the track and when I got to the bottom, I was kind of tired and didn’t feel like walking back up. So I kept walking down a dirt road, which became a paved road, and following signs pointing to Sarajevo I eventually made it to the city center (though the walk was pretty long and steep – it would have been easier to walk back up the track to the cable car). I think it costs another 15 marks to ride it down. The operating hours as posted in April 2019 are 10:00-21:00 on weekdays and 9:00-21:00 on weekends. Cheers
Cheers for that Brendan, I really appreciate you sharing the details with us. Have fun in Sarajevo!
Thanks so much for all of this information! Going back to Bosnia-Herzegovina in three weeks time and was wondering how I could get to this, but I think I’ll take the easier option and do the cable car!
Hey Greg! Great to hear from you. You loved it so much you’re going back? Yeah, I’d go for the cable car next time too. Let me know how you get on.
Yup, figured I could visit the Balkan countries I didn’t get the chance to see last year and add BiH into the mix! I’ll be in touch if I have any questions haha!
Please! Have fun.
I walked up here today from the river and it took an hour and 15 minutes, with a lot of breaks and photos taken on the way ???? I really enjoyed the walk and the the track
Lovely! What other plans do you have for BiH?
Hey guys great post. I’m a fellow Scot but I am working in Bosnia over the summer and thinking of taking a day to visit this place. I was just wondering the name of the town where the bus stop is so I can get there myself.
Hiya Ben! I’m not actually sure as we hiked it but you can take the new cable cars? What are you doing work wise? That’s exciting.
Thanks for the article! I hiked up before sun rise (left at 4.45am) from my AirBnB next to the Latin Bridge today (July 6th) and it took around an hour to get to the end of the track. A few points though: You’re not exaggerating when you say it’s a ‘hard hike’. Some of the inclines were incredibly steep and that was before I’d even left the paved areas. Secondly, I was surprised to find packs of wild dogs roaming around the trail…but even more surprised to see wild boars a few times. Made for a nervy few moments when I just made as much noise as possible to get them to run away. Thought I should mention it so people are prepared!
Would 100% recommend a sun rise hike if you’re here in the summer – not only was the break from the heat nice, but I got the whole place to myself until at least 7am. It meant I could take whatever photos I want (on my Instagram /heytombeck) and have a wander around the cable car area, the Bistrik tower, and those abandoned houses (covered in sheep on my visit. Such an incredible morning, I’m really glad I came to Sarajevo.
Wow, thanks, Tom. That detail is appreciated! Yes, the heat was incredible by afternoon, that’s a good shout. Got you on IG now. That makes me happy, I really love the city too.
Thank you for your help! 😉
We did it today.
IG : slimjo
Awesome! Gotcha on IG!
Thank you very much for sharing a great information. I appreciate your time and effort in your work.
No problem. Have a great trip.
That helps a lot ! Will try this hike in the next few days !
During the hike, is there 4G all the time to check sometime your instruction & google map, or is it better to put them all on a word doc or so ?
Thanks again to share your travels, take care !
We didn’t have 4G with our network so I’m not sure. Come back and let me know? Enjoy!