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Serbia is a country located at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Balkans. An independent nation-state since the early 19th century, after World War I it co-founded Yugoslavia along with other South Slavs. After Yugoslavia's dissolution in 2006, Serbia resumed its status as an independent country. It is bordered by Montenegro to the south, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, Bulgaria to the southeast, Croatia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Macedonia and Kosovo to the south, and Romania to the northeast. It is on one of the major land routes from Central Europe to the Near East. (less...) (more...)

Population: 7,243,007 people
Area: 77,474 km2
Highest point: 2,169 m
Coastline: 0 km
Life expectancy: 74.79 years
GDP per capita: $10,600
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History

There were seventeen Roman emperors born in the territory of today's Serbia, more than in Gaul (France and Belgium), Hibernia (Spain] and Portugal) or indeed any other modern country's territory but Italy itself, and they all left monuments and built palaces in or close to their birthplaces. It may well be that the oldest ever found human settlements in Europe, if not in the world, can be found in country of Serbia. The longest stretch of the river Danube, longer than in any other European country is in Serbia. The giant hydroelectric dam of Djerdap has created a lake stretching for many miles out of the Canyon Djerdap with its famous Roman road to the East build by the Emperor Trajan.

The first Serbian state under that name was formed in the late 8th century, becoming a kingdom in the 12th century and expanding by the mid 14th century to an empire that comprised most of the Balkans. In 1389, however, the Serbs lost a decisive battle in the Kosovo field against the Ottoman empire. Serbia managed to preserve its freedom for another seventy years, only to be finally overwhelmed by the Turks in 1459.

With several brief interludes of 2-5 years each and one longer one (1717-1739) when the territory of Serbia south of the rivers Danube and Sava was incorporated into Austrian Empire, it remained under Ottoman rule until an uprising in the early 1800s grew into a full scale war (Serbian Revolution aka First Serbian Uprising) led to the restoration of Serbian autonomy in 1815 and full independence in 1837. However, after 160 years under the Turks (the same as most of Croatia and Hungary), Northern Serbia (Vojvodina) was under the Austrian rule from the 1690s.

The 1914 Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia following the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand by an ethnic Serb high school student precipitated the first World War. In its aftermath in 1918, victorious Serbia gatherd all south Slav lands (Croatia, Slovenia, Slavonia, Dalmatia, Bosnia and Herzegowina, and Montenegro)into the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes; The country's name was changed to Yugoslavia in 1929. Invasion and occupation by Germany and Italy in 1941 was resisted by Yugoslav Army in fatherland (Chetniks), commanded by Lt.-Gen Dragoljub Mihajlović and communist led guerrilla (partisans) who eventually started fighting each other as well as the invaders. The partisans, commanded by Field-Marshal Josip Broz Tito emerged victorious and formed a provisional government that abolished the monarchy and proclaimed a republic in 1946 after a dubious referendum. At the end of the war, nearly all ethnic Germans left the country. Although pro-Communist, J.B. Tito's new government successfully steered its own delecate path between the Warsaw Pact nations and the West for the next four and a half decades.

In the early 1990s, post-Tito Yugoslavia began to unravel along ethnic lines: Slovenia, Croatia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia all split from the Yugoslav Union in 1991; and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992. All of efforts to preserve Yugoslavia were ultimately unsuccessful and bloody civil wars broke out in Croatia and in Bosnia. The remaining republics of Serbia and Montenegro declared a new "Federal Republic of Yugoslavia" (FRY) in 1992. Slobodan Milosevic was elected the first president of Serbia.

In the late 1990s, the conflict with the Albanian separatist movement in Kosovo led to a NATO bombing campaign and direct intervention, which left the placement of Kosovo under a UN administration. Slobodan Milosevic, by this time elected for the president of the federation, lost in the Federal elections in the fall of 2000 to Vojislav Kostunica. The country reestablished its membership in the UN and started preparations to join the EU.

In 2002, the republics of Serbia and Montenegro began negotiations to forge a looser relationship, which led first to the name change of the nation to "Serbia and Montenegro", then culminated in Montenegro declaring independence in June 2006. More recently, Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence; however, this act remains unrecognised by Serbia and some other countries.

Independence came on 4 February 2003 (when it changed from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro) or on 5 June 2006 (from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro to Serbia).

Climate

In the north: continental climate (cold winters and hot, humid summers with well distributed rainfall); central portion: moderate continental climate; and to the south: hot, dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall.

Geography

Extremely varied: to the north, rich fertile plains; to the east, limestone ranges and basins; to the southeast, ancient mountains and hills. Although the region around the town of Mionica has been known for some earthquakes in recent years, these were by no means destructive. The highest point is Deravica at 2656 m.

Activities

Ada Ciganlija is also an excellent place to kick back and relax during summer. It is as locals call it the sea of Belgrade. A lot of sport fields and courts (soccer, basketball, golf, volleyball, etc.). Cafes serving ice cream and beer abound on the banks of this lake-beach park.

Favorite leisure activity in Belgrade is drinking coffee in numerous bars, bistros and cafés (especially in Strahinjića Bana street, which is known locally as Silicon Valley). It is very strange, but most of places are occupied all day long - i.e., within working hours. You should check: Downtown café, Buka bar, Movie bar, Iron café, Biblioteka café, Monza café-boat, Bibis café-boat, and many more; People who are not in the folk and MTV music, and don't like to drink overpriced coffee, should avoid this street. There are coffee bars on almost every corner in Belgrade, which offer more relaxed atmosphere and are designed with more taste that those in Strahinjića Bana street.

Smederevo is a town about 50 km from Belgrade. There are direct bus lines almost every half an hour and it takes about one hour to get there from Belgrade. It is considered as the unofficial rock 'n' roll capitol of Serbia because of its many rock musicians and bands who live there or were born there. See the largest lowland medieval fortress in Europe (especially at night when its lights give a special romantic and mystical atmosphere) or go to a rock concert at "Moto Club Street Fighter" which is located at the very bank of the Danube. At the end of September, the town hosts a traditional festival called "Smederevska Jesen" (Smederevo Autumn) which is a festival of vine and Serbian culture with many concerts and other happenings. During the festival, there is a carnival located at the end of the town, but AVOID IT because it's loud and crowded and basically, there's nothing to see or do. Just stay in the town center. The Museum of Smederevo holds a lot of Roman and medieval items and collections, so for history lovers, it's a must-see.

Festivals and nightlife

Foam Fest - Belgrade Foam Fest is our most spectacular electronic music stage event. It originated in 2009 and more than 60,000 people have visited it since then. LED screens arranged all over the Arena, with hundreds of light guns, lasers, robo heads and other light and sound equipment, numerous foamfalls and foam guns will classify this event again as a manifestation that sets new production standards in Serbia and the region Belgrade Foam Fest.

EXIT festival – Biggest music festival in SE Europe, that is happening in the beginning of July, in Novi Sad, on Petrovaradin fortress [25].

Festival of traditional brass bands, "Trumpet Festival" in Guca village is held every year at the beginning of August.Festival of traditional brass bands, "Trumpet Festival" in Guca village located 20 km from the town of Cacak.During the festival in this small town a few days to go over half a million visitors.The festival in Guca is perhaps the biggest festival of this type, including a lot of visitors from abroad.

Belgrade Beer Fest, which takes place at Ušće every August offers a taste of domestic and foreign beers and some good rock music [26].

Belgrade is very famous for its whole-night-party clubs. If you are looking for a place to feel the local atmosphere and good vibes, visit bohemian street “Skadarlija”. Please have a look at the Belgrade article for further options.

New Year's Eve

Restaurants, clubs, cafe's and hotels are usually full-booked and organize New Years celebrations with food and live music.

However, Serbian New Year's celebrations are most known for the outdoors festivities in Belgrade, and several other major cities such as Novi Sad, Niš and Jagodina. As of mid-December, cities are extensively decorated and lit. The decorations remain until way into January due to the persistent influence of the old Julian calendar. Throughout the region, especially amongst former Yugoslav republics, Belgrade is known as the place to be for major parties, concerts and happenings. It has become common for large groups of Slovenes to visit their former capital and celebrate the beginning of a new year. Especially since the mid-1990s, street celebrations grew into mass gatherings with hundreds of thousands of people, celebrating New Year on one of several locations throughout Belgrade.

Also, on January 14, Serbians celebrate the so-called Serbian New Year, which is actually New Year's Eve by Eastern Church calendar. In the night between January 13 and 14, you can actually re-live New Year's Eve.

Food

Serbian food is a typical Balkan mix of oriental and Middle Europe dishes. Serbia is predominantly a meat loving nation, and numerous national restaurants, etno - food houses and etno villages throughout Serbia provides a joy for gourmets. In Belgrade especially, also in other larger cities you have numerous restaurants of international cuisine, mostly Italian and Chinese, but you can also find a Mexican, Thai, Lebanese, Israeli and other national restaurants. In Belgrade you can even find sushi or kosher food. Also there are international food franchises: Mc Donald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, etc. Pure vegetarian restaurants are rare, but lots of places will provide you with non-meat food (just ask for 'posno'-general term for non - meat foods). Numerous fast food stands (burgers, barbecue, pizza, hot dog, pancakes...) and bakeries (oriental and european paistry, pitas...) are usually very good and will satisfy your needs at a reasonable price.

When ordering a burger, ask for 'pljeskavica' (pronounced approximately: PYES-ka-vitsa) and ask for kajmak (like mildly sour cream) (pronounced: KAI-mak)on side of it; it tastes way better than it sounds. Stepin Vajat(Степин Вајат) and Duff at Autokomanda, Mara in downtown area and Iva in Žarkovo are the best grill fast food restaurants in town. Also, try ćevapi or ćevapčići (pronounced: chay-VAH-pee, chay-VAP-chitchee); they are small parcels of minced meat, grilled with hot spices. It is considered a local fast food delicacy. Highly recommended to carnivores.

Burek (pronounced BOO-rek), sometimes described as the Balkan equivalent of McDonalds due to its being sold everywhere, is very delicious. It is a pie made of thin crusts with a range of fillings including meat, cheese, spinach, apple, cherry....... Not for dieters as it is quite oily. Morning is definitely the best time to eat this (sometimes sold-out by afternoon).

  • Ćevapi/Ћевапи-something like a Minced grilled meat formed in finger - like pieces(one serving contains 7 kebabs, pieces)
  • Pečenje/печење -roast pork or lamb-roast
  • Kiflice /кифлице/(KEE-flitsay) are lovely little crescent rolls.
  • Paprikaš/Паприкаш (PAP-rik-ahsh) - stew with paprika often with chicken
  • Gulaš /Гулаш(GOO-lash) - beef stew with paprika. Can be mildly or very hot - spiced.
  • Sarma /сарма/(SAR-ma) cabbage rolls, similar to Greek dolmades, but made with sauerkraut instead of vine leaves
  • Gibanica /Гибаница/ (GHEE-ban-itsa) - phyllo pie with cheese (like tiropita in Greece)
  • Zeljanica /Зељаница/ (zeh-LYA-nitsa) - phyllo pie with sorrel or spinach and cheese (like spanakopita in Greece)
  • Punjene Paprike/Пуњене паприке(POON-yennay PAP-rik-ay) - stew of peppers stuffed with minced meat
  • Pohovane Paprike/Поховане паприке (PO-ho-vah-nay PAP-rik-ay) - paprika rolled in soya oil and wheat flower and fried in sunflower oil, for vegetarians
  • Pasulj - /Пасуљ/(PAS-ooy) - beans stew -a national specialty. Often cooked for a long time with onion and paprika. May be also garnished with some smoked ribs or bacon. Delicious.
  • Riblja čorba -/рибља чорба/ (RIB-yah CHOR-ba) Fish soup using freshwater catch.
  • Roštilj /Роштиљ/(ROSH-teel) - barbecue - the most delicious food in the world.
  • Prebranac/пребранац/ (pre-BRAH-nats) - is for vegetarians, similar to baked beans. It's cooked and roasted beans with various spices and vegetables. Usually completely meat free.
  • Teleća čorba/Телећа чорба -veal soup - very tasty. A must - have.
  • Proja /Проја/(PRO-ya) - a type of corn bread with white cheese. A national specialty.
  • Ajvar/Ајвар-ordinary red pepper, freshly ground and roasted, as a cream.
  • Kajmak/Кајмак- milk skim - something between cream cheese and butter,cream is an excellent. Can be mild ('mladi kajmak') or a bit sour ('stari kajmak').

Drinks

  • Rakija/Ракија/ (excellent brandy that has many flavours, like plum /Шљивовица/ (pronounced like SHLYEE-va), quince /Дуњевча/(DOO-nyah), apricot/Кајсијевача/ (KAI-see-yah), Pear /Крушковача/, plum-juniper/Клековача/(mix between rakija and Gin)... - You should know that some prestigious brands of rakija can be extremely expensive like Žuta Osa (ZHOO-tah O-sah), which means Yellow Wasp, also Viljamovka (VEE-lyam-ovka) made of pear of the sort william, the most expensive and the most quality ones have a pear fruit in the bottle.
  • Loza (grape brandy, grappa, a type of rakija)
  • Voda = Water
  • Slivovitza /Шљивовица/(plum brandy - the national brandy of Serbia, and the most common type of Rakija, very popular, variably strong alcoholic beverage)
  • The Wine is delicious and comes from many wine regions :Srem (especially town of Sremski Karlovci, also Irig), Oplenac, Župa, Smederevo, Negotin, Metohija, ...
  • Beer(Пиво). Jelen (Deer) and Lav (Lion) are the two most popular varieties of Serb beer, although Nikšićko from neighbouring Montenegro also seems very popular.
  • Spring mineral water(Вода)-There are plenty of excellent bottled spring mineral water,from natural resources and protected areas.
  • Мineral water(Минерална Вода)- In Serbia there are plenty of well-known springs (spa) mineral water (slightly sour, with a natural carbon)

Tap water is perfectly safe to drink, and mainly of a good quality, too. There are also many springs and fountains with excellent-quality drinking water - the most popular ones being the fountain on Knez Mihailova in Belgrade, and the many fountains in the city of Nis. One must pay attention when it comes to water in Vojvodina. Some regions (like Kikinda and Zrenjanin) have heavily polluted water that is not even used for cooking, only as technical water.

Shopping

Serbia uses the dinar (RSD, динар, pl. dinari/динари). Coins come in values of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 dinars, and banknotes are found in values of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 dinars. The banknotes, at least in Belgrade, tend to be more common than the coins, so be prepared to carry around a large number of banknotes in varying conditions.

Euros are exchanged at virtually every corner, most other Western currencies are also accepted. Somewhat strange is that the currencies of neighbouring countries may be impossible to exchange. When you travel the Balkans be sure to revert everything back to Euros and then in the next country to the currency used there. The exchange office should not normally ask for a commission. The advertised price is the price you pay. You can also withdraw local currency with your credit cards, but cash exchange is usually cheaper. Exchange booths on the street are cheaper than banks and are very safe.

Downtown Belgrade is populated with many high-end as well as midrange shops. "Knez Mihailova" is the biggest shopping street, but there are also quite a few shopping malls, such as Delta City and Ušće Shopping Center. Imported western food is available in many supermarkets, especially in the Croatian-owned "Idea". In nearly all Serbian pharmacies (apoteka), you can buy drugs without prescription.

Prices tend to be on par with the rest of the Balkans.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Serbia on Wikivoyage.

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Serbia is a country located at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Balkans. An independent nation-state since the early 19th century, after World War I it co-founded Yugoslavia along with other South Slavs. After Yugoslavia's dissolution in 2006, Serbia resumed its status as an independent country. It ... (read more)

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  • Military Museum
  • Pobednik
  • Kalemegdan Park
  • Knez Mihailova Street
  • Trg Republike
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Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina, the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia. Situated on the Danube River between Budapest and Belgrade, it is a treasured regional and cultural centre. Novi Sad has a population of 400,000 in the wider urban area.

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  • National Theatre of Serbia
  • Vojvodina Museum
  • Church of the Virgin Mary
  • Karadorde Stadium
  • University of Novi Sad
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  • Djurdjevo Brdo Park
  • Aqua Park
  • Wax Museum
  • Jagodina Cultural Center
  • Jagodina Go-Karting Center

Nis

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Niš is a city in Serbia. Niš is the administrative center of the Nišava District.

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  • Square of King Milan
  • Bubanj Memorial Park
  • National Museum
  • Nis Fortress
  • Mediana
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Subotica is a city in Vojvodina in northern Serbia. The city has many great examples of Hungarian architecture, and a lively student scene.

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Kladovo is a town near the border road that runs to Romania over the top of the Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Dam in Serbia.

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  • Vuk Karadzic Statue
  • Danube River Promenade
  • Kladavo Sports Hall
  • Kladavo New Park
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Zlatibor is a very popular mountain resort area in south-western Serbia. It is bounded on the north by Mount Tara, to the east by the Veliki Rzav River, to the south by the Uvac River and to the west by Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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  • Stopica Cave
  • Dobroselica Wooden Church
  • Memorial Obelisk
  • Sirogojno Old Village Museum
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  • Veliko Gradiste City Park
  • Church of the Holy Archangels
  • Sports Hall
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  • Novi Becej City Park
  • Museum Glavaseva Kuca
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  • Holy Trinity Monastery
  • Banja Spa
  • Throat Lake
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Prizren, in Kosovo, is a pretty city of mosques and monasteries dating to the 14th century. Happily spared (mostly) from both the "destroy the old, build the new" drive of the communists during the early years of their rule in Yugoslavia, as well as the ethnic and religious atrocities that plagued the Western ... (read more)

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  • Prizren Fortress
  • Maksut Pasha (Marash) Mosque
  • Sezai Surroi Sports Center
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  • Pirot Fortress
  • Milutin Karanovic Monument
  • Ponisavlje Museum
  • Pirot Courthouse
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  • St.Trinity Church
  • Svetoilijska Church
  • Leskovac National Theater
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Kragujevac is a city in Serbia. With the population of 180 000, it is the fourth largest city in Serbia, the industrial center of the country, the main city of the Šumadija region and the administrative centre of Šumadija District. It is situated on the banks of the Lepenica River.

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Uzice is a city in Serbia. It has an attractive setting, in a limestone gorge, with red-roofed houses spreading up the hillsides. However, the central area is largely concrete (1960s?) and quite run down. The high number of Yugos on the roads gives the impression that there isn't much money around.

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  • Stari Grad
  • Jokanovica kuca
  • St. George\'s Cathedral
  • Kadinjaca Memorial Complex
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Kraljevo is a town and the administrative center of Raska District of Serbia. Kraljevo is located in central part of Serbia, at the confluence of the Ibar to the Zapadna Morava. It is, by its territory, the largest municipality in the Republic of Serbia.

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  • Zica Monastery
  • Studenica Monastery
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Palić is a city in Serbia.

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  • Palic Castle
  • Palic Zoo
  • Palic Yachting Club
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Vršac is relatively small town in Serbia, 84 kilometers from Belgrade. It is located in eastern part of Vojvodina, close to border with Romania. City has around 50000 residents.

Interesting places:

  • Gradski Park
  • Vrsac Kula
  • Saint Gerhard Cathedral
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Paraćin is a town and municipality in Central Serbia, approx 150 km south east of Belgrade.

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  • Fontana Slobode
  • Church of the Holy Trinity
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  • City Park
  • Church of Saint Tsar Lazar
  • National Museum of Cacak
  • Borac Cacak Sports Complex
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  • Sopacani Monastery
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  • Kapaonik Touristic Center
  • Jelovarnik Waterfall
  • Mark\'s Stones
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  • Borsko Jezero Main Beach
  • Sport Center Bor
  • Borsko Jezero Dam
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People seldom go out of their way to visit Pristina , the capital city of Kosovo: Communist rulers destroyed large chunks of Pristina to build a model city for the new man during the early years of their rule in Yugoslavia, leaving few major sights in the city. Yet the city has an edge to it—it holds the ... (read more)

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  • Kosovo Assembly
  • Mother Teresa Square
  • National Theatre
  • Kosovo Government Building
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Points of Interest in Serbia

Serbia's many sights include stunning castles, Medieval monasteries, lovely traditional villages and bustling cities with baroque parks and art-deco architecture.

Cities and villages

Its capital, Belgrade, is a lively and upcoming European city with the Sava and Danube rivers running right trough it. It's a nice place to spend time. Stroll through Prince Michael Street, the cities main pedestrian street, or have a drink on Skadarlija, a vintage street in the spirit of old Belgrade, filled with restaurants and cafés. There are a lot of old buildings on all four banks, including the huge Kalemegdan Fortress, that has been built, modelled and remodelled by Celts, Romans, Byzantins, Serbs, Austrians and Turks over more than 2,000 years. Once an important military fortification, it now serves as central park of Belgrade with beautiful views, especially during sunset. Within the fort is a zoo, a military museum, famous churches, galleries, parks, sports fields, etc. It has a multitude of various towers and ports, and two long walking/biking paths along both rivers. Other Belgrade sights include the modern Temple of Saint Sava, the National Museum and the Old Court palace. The river island Ada Ciganlija has an artificial lake and an 8 km long gravel beach, which is visited by thousands of bathers during the summer. It's a lively place with lots of sports and entertainment, cafes and restaurants, some of which are opened the whole year round. Zemun, now part of the Belgrade urban area, developed independently for most of its history and is a pleasant area with a distinct identity and charm. It offers plenty of entertainment and restaurants on its Zemun quay, on the bank of the Danube.

Novi Sad is another delightful city, with the Petrovaradin Fortress (one of the greatest and best preserved XVIII century fortresses in Europe) as it's main sight. The city also has a number of lovely parks that just ask for a long afternoon stroll or picnic. Sremski Karlovci near Novi Sad has a rich history, numerous monuments, museums, churches, galleries and famous wine cellars. Town of Novi Pazar, your last stop before Kosovo, has a distinct Turkish heritage and a bunch of great monasteries in the surrounding area.

Mokra Gora is a village reconstructed in a traditional style in the popular mountain region of Zlatibor. The village of Sirogojno is in the same region, with a nice open air museum and lots of traditional crafts on display. Very nearby is the traditional village of Drvengrad, also known as Mećavnik, which the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica built for his film Life Is a Miracle. After you see the villages, Zlatibor offers some great ski-resorts, hiking trails and landscapes. Or hop on the The Šargan Eight, a narrow-gauge heritage railway running from Mokra Gora to Šargan Vitasi station (Zlatibor and Tara mountains). When it comes to the number of bridges and tunnels, and the rise of 18 per thousand, Sargan Eight is unique in Europe and a ride on the 8-shaped track is a popular pass time for tourists.

Monasteries

Serbia is home to a great number of Medieval orthodox monasteries, many with excellent fresco masterpieces inside. The 12th century monastery of Studenica (near Kraljevo) is one of the finest examples and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its two churches are built in white marble and boast some stunning 13th and 14th century Byzantine paintings. Žiča, also near Kraljevo, was founded around 1207 and painted red as a symbol of the blood of the martyrs of the early Christian church. The frescos at Sopoćani (near Novi Pazar) are considered some of the finest examples of their time, and the monastery is on the World Heritage list together with ruins of ancient Stari Ras, once the capital of the Serbian state of Raška but deserted in the 13th century. The fortified Manasija monastery near Despotovac is protected by massive walls and towers, and although much of its original frescos were damaged beyond repair during the Ottoman rule, it's still well worth a visit. Located in the beautiful Kučaj mountains, Ravanica near Ćuprija was assaulted, damaged and rebuilt time and again during history. It is the burial place of Lazar of Serbia, who is a saint of the orthodox Serbian church and a hero in Serbian epic poetry. Other fine monasteries include the Mileševa monastery near Prijepolje, with its world famous "White Angel" fresco, and Krušedol near Srem.The famous medieval monasteries were protected by UNESCO are: The Pec Patriarchate(monastery), Gracanica monastery, the monastery of Visoki Decani, ...

If you stay only in Belgrade, be sure to visit Frescoes museum in the centre which will provide you with a glimpse of a Serbian frescoe paintings as it holds copies of the most famous and beautiful frescoes from various monasteries.

National parks

Of the several national parks and natural areas in the country, Fruška Gora is undoubtedly one of the best. Dotted with ancient monasteries and wineries, it combines orchards and vineyards on its vast plains with tight forests on its plains. The Tara National Park covers some 20.000 hectares in the west of the country. There, the steep gorges of the Drina river and the high mountain peaks provide some stunning views that make a long hike well worth your effort. The mountainous landscape of Kopaonik, in the south, offers some great ski and snowboard opportunities as well as great views and a rich flora.

Largest national park in the country is Djerdap. Situated in eastern part of the country, on the border with Romania. It consists of the Djerdap (Iron Gate) gorge thru which the river Danube runs and its beautiful surroundings of almost untouched nature. It is simply breathtaking and best experienced from a boat cruise. It can be also toured by bus or a car with many belvederes to stop and enjoy its views. EuroVelo 6 cycling route also runs through it.

Spas and resorts

Serbia is the land of spas. There are many thermal and mineral water springs and most of them are turned into healing and resting resorts. Vrnjačka Banja is the largest and most popular of them and is traditionally very attractive tourist resort for rest and recreation. It's the only mineral spa with a water temperature to match that of the human body, 36.5 degrees Celsius. Soko Banja is another famous spa and tourist place in Serbia known for its moderate continental climate and untouched nature - immense surfaces of woods, fresh air and a lot of thermo-mineral sources. Palić is a lovely city in the north. Its baroque parks, monuments of art nouveau architecture and a long tradition in catering made it a fashionable summer resort and spa for the 19th and 20th century elite.

Archeological sites

Viminacium near the village of Stari Kostolac is an important archaeological site and was Serbia's first excavation project in the 1880s. It was once the provincial capital of the Roman province of Moesia (today's Serbia) and dates back to the 1st century. At the site you'll find archaeological remains of temples, streets, squares, a large amphitheatre, palaces, hippodromes and Roman baths. Another major archaeological site (and doubling as a spa) is that of Gamzigrad. It hosts the remnants of an ancient Roman complex of palaces and temples called Felix Romuliana, and is considered one of the most prominent and best preserved late-Roman sites.

Lepenski Vir, situated in national park Djerdap, 160 km. east of Belgrade, between towns of Golubac and Donji Milanovac, is the site of oldest neolithic settlement in Europe and is part of UNESCO world heritage. It is very well preserved and famous for its fish-like sculptures. From neolithic period there is also a archaeological site Vinča, less spectacular though, but a must - see. It is situated in Belgrede suburb of Vinča, 20 km. from city centre.

Military Museum - Belgrade

Square of King Milan - Nis

National Theatre of Serbia - Novi Sad

Djurdjevo Brdo Park - Jagodina

Palic Castle - Palic

Zica Monastery - Kraljevo

Kapaonik Touristic Center - Raska

Kosovo Assembly - Pristina

Prizren Fortress - Prizren

City Park - Cacak

Gamzigrad-Romuliana - Gamzigrad

Borsko Jezero Main Beach - Bor

Veliko Gradiste City Park - Veliko Gradiste

Sopacani Monastery - Novi Pazar

Vuk Karadzic Statue - Kladovo

Holy Trinity Monastery - Zdrelo

Pobednik - Belgrade

Kalemegdan Park - Belgrade

Knez Mihailova Street - Belgrade

Trg Republike - Belgrade

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