Sarajevo Olympic Mountains tour
Olympic Stadium Kosevo
The stadium is held the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics. For this event it was thoroughly renovated and expanded. It is home to football club FK Sarajevo and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. The club proposed the new name Asim Ferhatovic – Hase in honor to its former footballer and club’s legend. It’s a multi-purpose stadium. It was built in 1947 in the period after World War II. Former Youth Work Brigades from all parts of the country participated in the construction of the stadium. The stadium hosted a major soccer teams as Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter, etc. The stadium hosted celebrating a mass twice. First time in 1997 by Pope John Paul II. Second time in 2015 by Pope Francis. Masses were celebrated in front of more than 50,000 people.
Olympic Hall Zetra
Olympic Hall Zetra was constructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics. Described as “ultramodern” it hosted the ice hockey games and speed skating events in the Olympics. The complex went up in flames when it was hit by grenade fire in 1992. The rest of the facility was also badly damaged during the last war. With help from the International Olympic Committee, Zetra was able to undergo reconstruction at the end of the 1990s. Since that time, it has been named Juan Antonio Samaranch, in memory of the long-term President of the IOC and a great friend of Sarajevo. It served as the venue for several international speed skating events. Several world records were broken here. It will be the main venue of the 2019 European Youth Winter Olympic Festival.
Even more than thirty years after You can still see Vucko, the Olympic mascot, and Olympic logo standing on a tower. Vucko came in the guise of a wolf. An animal typically found in the forests of the Dinaric Alps region. Through his smiling, frightened or serious facial expressions, Vucko gave the wolf a rather friendly appearance. It changed the usually ferocious image of this animal. Vucko embodies courage and strength and was a symbol of winter and the triumph of good over evil. The happy Vucko is also the symbol of man’s centuries-old efforts to conquer nature, to gain friendship from a beast, to make a wolf become Vucko.
Bjelasnica, Igman and Trebevic
After panorama of Sarajevo and stories related to Olympics we will continue to beautiful mountains. First on our way is mountain Bjelasnica. It is the highest part of the Dinaric Mountains. It is also best ski center in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. Alpine skiing disciplines of the Olympic Games were held on this mountain. In a beautiful mountain house we can enjoy hot tea.
After Bjelasnica we are heading to Olympic mountain Igman. On this mountain competition held in Nordic skiing, biathlon and leaps. You can see jumping slopes still stands.
After Igman we will proceed to Olympic mountain Trebevic. Here You can enjoy the most beautiful panorama. It was connected with Sarajevo by the cable car which was destroyed during Bosnian war and siege of Sarajevo. Mountain is known for competition in bob and sledging. For that purpose huge concrete construction has been built in the middle of mountain. Pictures are amazing and bob sleigh become one of most recognising landmarks of Sarajevo.
|Period||always available, through December till March we recommend to bring winter boots.|
|Departure||Everyday at 8:00am, optional|
|Included||Transport from Sarajevo to location and back, coffee or tea, one English speaking, fully- equipped and experienced guide.|