Can a train change the world? Probably not! In the Balkans they try it anyway. The Sarajevo-Belgrade direct connection shell help to bring together the enemies of the past.
|Sarjevo train station - the direct train leaves every day at 11:52|
It is just since two years that this train is back on track. For many older people in Sarajevo, the journey is still taboo. For the young generation it is a chance so that Bosnians and Serbs finally come closer again. With its two border crossings and three engine changes within 500 kilometers, the 8 hours trip became also an insiders tip among backpackers traveling in the former Yugoslavia countries.
See our photo-reportage below. A 15 minute film of the trip is aired on the public German channel MDR on 7.7.2012 6pm. For the stream check out MDR Mediathek
|The one-way trip is just 17 Euros. The first 172 km are managed buy Bosnian-Croation Railway Company|
|The engines used are mostly old swedish models from the 1960s|
|In Doboj you enter the autonomus Republika Srpska. Engines and stuff are changed.|
|The first thing the Republika Srpska rail conducters offered us, was a round of Rakia.|
|For the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo the railway was built as a double line. But from the past glory there is not much left.|
|After not much more the 50 km and another hour the croatian border is reached. Again: engine change and first time passport control.|
|There is much time to relax. But most times no restaurant. So bring enough food + drinks.|
|The Serbian border in Sid. For a last time engine change + passport control.|
|The land gets wide and flat. Not much to see, but nice sunsets.|
|Reaching Belgrade train station.|
|If you do not know what to do in Belgrade check out belgradealtguide. One thing to see - the Nato-bombings from 1999.|