Between between May 1992 and November 1995, during the Siege of Sarajevo and in the midst of the Bosnian War the Sarajevo Tunnel was constructed by the Bosnian Army in order to link the city of Sarajevo, which was entirely cut-off by Serbian forces, with the Bosnian-held territory on the other side of the Sarajevo Airport, an area controlled by the United Nations. The tunnel linked the Sarajevo neighbourhoods of Dobrinja and Butmir, allowing food, war supplies, and humanitarian aid to come into the city, and people to get out. The tunnel was one of the major ways of bypassing the international arms embargo and providing the city defenders with weaponry.
Construction of the tunnel began in secret on March 1, 1993 under the code name “Objekt BD".A total of 2,800 square meter of soil was removed, 170 square meter of wood, and 45 tons of steel were used in the construction of the tunnel.
After the war, The Sarajevo Tunnel Museum was built on a historic private house whose cellar served as the entrance to Sarajevo Tunnel. Now visitors can still walk down a small part of the tunnel of about 20 meter. The "house" museum is exhibiting archival materials including an 18-mins movie, war photographs, military equipment, flags and military uniforms, flotsam and jetsam. Local planning authorities are seeking funding for a "full reconstruction of the tunnel" and the "construction of museum buildings at its entrance and exit points.
- Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum
- Transportaion by van or car
- Duration 4-5 h
- start 1 pm
Remarks: Comfortable cloths and shoes, camera, water