Sarajevo’s bobsleigh track has seen a lot, that’s for sure. It is also pretty clear that a long time has passed since a bobsled ran down its graffiti covered walls.
The track was built for Winter Olympic Games that took place in Sarajevo in 1984. Today it remains a strange monument to Bosnian capital’s past.
I felt very odd while walking down the hill. I was in the middle of a thick forest, trying to balance on a crumbling concrete structure that hosted Winter Olympic Games three mere years before I was born.
Olympic. Games. Am I the only person having a difficult time trying to imagine how it actually looked like back in the day?
It is not just that no one in Sarajevo was into bobsleds after the Winter Olympic Games were over. Less than a decade after the bobsleigh team of East Germany won their shiny gold medals on this very spot, Sarajevo became a warzone.
The hills around the city were snipers’ positions. While the track itself wasn’t destroyed by bullets, other buildings around were, and still are, deeply wounded by the war.
This one used to be a restaurant. There was a cable car station, too.
While I understand that these kind of places might not be for everyone, I encourage you to visit the abandoned bobsleigh track during your time in Sarajevo for a number of reasons. Unique story behind it is the first one. Then, there are stunning views of the city stretched at the foot of the hill.
Also, I mean, aren’t abandoned buildings fascinating? Last but not least, I believe we should let Bosnia introduce us to its war scars. Let travel educate us in its ways. Painful things shall never be forgotten not to be repeated. And I don’t even care how pompous it might sound.
Do you agree? Would you visit Sarajevo’s Bobsleigh Track?