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Welcome to the War Hostel!

We are a small hostel, but very unique. Our hostel is famous! Look us up, there are a lot of articles about us, we even made it to the front page of the New York Times in print and online. BBC covered us as well, as well as Al Jazeera, AJ+, Associated Press, Daily Mail, Fox News, German ZDF, many documentaries, even a few celebrities visited us as well and much more.



This is not a normal hostel, this is a unique learning experience run by war survivors (1992-1995 Bosnian War Siege of Sarajevo). Your choice is very simple actually if you want something different, if you want to learn and educate yourself about the war while staying in something like a time machine or war museum, (while having all modern amenities and comfort with optional war simulations and activities) then this is for you! If you seek the usual party hostel and want to explore the city more then the actual hostel, go out partying and stuff, then sorry, this place is not for you and its for the best if you skip us. We just want to be as clear as possible with you, so you dont waste your time, so please do not come here if you are not interested in our hostel, our story and what we provide and if you are not interested in meeting us and learning about the war. Clear as day.

Check-in starts at 12:00 p.m.

Check-out is at 10:00 a.m.

2 nights minimum

The actual description:

Meet a family which survived the war in Sarajevo (1992 1995) and stay in a hostel designed to take you back in time where you can see for yourself (a tiny bit) what it was like to be in Sarajevo during the war, without any danger of course and without loosing any of the modern amenities like internet, wifi, electricity, lockers, hot showers which you can lock for privacy, running water, a clean bathroom, common room etc. Theres a lot of stuff to do like optional survival activities, unique war tours and more. Staying here is really something different, the closest thing to it would be something like staying in a war museum where you get to meet the people who survived the war and learn about the war directly from them by asking them any questions you want.

Love reading? Our hostel has a lot of war newspaper articles where you can read many stories from the war.

Love museums? You are staying in the closest thing to one. Our hostel is decorated with many war artefacts for you to explore and learn about. As an additional bonus feature, you can visit our War Museum which is separate from the War Hostel, 1 minute away and free of charge. Its open each day to the public.

Tired of seeing blank white walls and tired of the same old bunks beds? Every wall in the War Hostel is decorated with either an article or war artefact, as for the bed, you will sleep on a bomb shelter bed on the floor (dont worry its actually very comfortable, take a look at the images for a better idea of what it looks like) with clean sheets and you will cover yourself with a clean emergency war wool blanket, same one people used in bomb shelters to cover themselves during the siege in Sarajevo.

Dont want to be far from the city either, you value a hostel thats easy to find and centrally located? We are next to one of the most important tourist attractions and symbols of Sarajevo, the one and only Sarajevo Cable Car (starting station). We are literally next to it, once you exit the hostel you are standing at the starting point of the Cable Car which is located 2 minutes walking from the heart of the Old Town of Sarajevo (main tourist area), which means that we are extremely well located and just 2 minutes away from all main points of interest! The Cable Car was destroyed in the war, its rebuilt now and we will tell you about its war history once you arrive.

We do encourage you to explore Sarajevo, but your exploration of Sarajevo should come in 2nd place while the exploration of the War Hostel and everything we have designed for you should be your first priority.

Do you care about keeping your personal things locked and secure? We have lockers for smaller things such as wallets, phones, cameras etc. But the lockers aren't just any lockers they are actually ammunition boxes from the war, clean and empty, with a strong padlock to keep your things safe and you will get your personal key to enter the War Hostel at any time you desire.

We don't have a kitchen, but we have a common room full of war artefacts, war newspapers and an amazing atmosphere. What we lack with the kitchen, we will make up for with our tips on where and what to eat, but not only the restaurants, we will tell you about the local food that people in Sarajevo eat daily in their homes (we will explain more once you arrive). We will teach you everything about what we used to eat during the war, what war recipes looked like and what MREs are and how to make one (optional).

Do you like to take part in different activities? The War Hostel has a lot of optional educational war survival activities and we organize each day our unique war tours. There's so much stuff to do that you'll never run out of options. We will show you a list of optional educational war things to do and it's up to you to decide what you want to do and how much you want to immerse yourself in the experience.

Do you want something different? Do you seek a memorable experience in your travels? Well, here is your chance to sleep in something like a time machine and meet the war survivors who will guide you through the experience. Where else can you do that?

This hostel is not a party hostel, but we don't mind an occasional drink with our guests. Our hostel is designed to be a unique learning experience for anyone who wants to learn about our history, while at the same time being a tribute to what we've been through. We have nothing to do with politics and we just want to show the world how we survived the war in Sarajevo through this educational project we call the War Hostel.
If all of this sounds interesting to you if you are ready to learn and experience something new and different we welcome you here! For now, we only have a 5-bed mixed dorm, so hurry up and book your spot here! See you soon at the War Hostel!

Thank you - 01
(Yes, 01 (Zero One) is my name. It's my father's war code name and I use it today as a tribute to him, but more on that once you arrive here).

Oh and there are no reviews, because we stopped working for about 2 years due to the pandemic and all of them disappeared, Hostelworld's policy.

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Oct 07, 2022
Very nice and welcome tourist, especially if you want to know about Bosnia history. The receptionist very kind and treat you well. Highly recommend
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Male, 31-40
Oct 03, 2022
An immersive experience which you will never forget. To learn about the history of Sarajevo and Bosnia, stay here!
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Male, 25-30
Sep 26, 2022
Great place to go to learn about the history of the city and hear 01 experiences. Definitely recommend this place.
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Male, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Common Room
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Hot Showers
    • Hair Dryers
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • 24 Hour Security
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Entertainment

    • Wi-Fi