Serbia Travel Guides for Backpackers

Novi Sad: Things to do and places to visit

  Ever since I visited Novi Sad for the first time back in 2007, I knew this would be the city I would like to live in the future. That is why I decided to come here for my studies in 2011, and I stayed here since then. Novi Sad is a great place to visit because it has a lot of interesting things going on all over the city. In this article, I am going to provide recommendations for the tourists who decide to come to Novi Sad. From my personal experience, these are the things and the places you shouldn’t miss when you come! Novi Sad – City Center Basic information about Novi Sad But first, let me tell you something about this wonderful city. Novi Sad is the second-largest city in Serbia and the capital of the autonomous province of Vojvodina. The city is lying on the banks of the Danube river. Novi Sad was founded in 1694 and over time it has become a center of Serbian culture, gaining the nickname Serbian Athens. Novi Sad is going to be a European Capital of Culture in 2021. Places to visit in Novi Sad Petrovaradin Fortress Petrovaradin Fortress One of the most famous sites in Novi Sad is Petrovaradin Fortress. When you enter the gates of it, you will have the feeling as if you were returned to the past. You can walk around the walls of the Fortress and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Moreover, you can see the entire city underneath! One of the landmarks of the Fortress is the Clock Tower, which is very interesting because the minute and hour hand on the clock are reversed, so the small hand is showing minutes, and the big one is showing hours. This helped the farmers in the fields and fishermen on the river to be able to see time from a long distance. For all fans of music festivals, if you come to Fortress at the beginning of July, you can attend one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Exit Festival. Clock Tower Dunavski park (Danube Park) Danube Park Danube Park is an urban park in the downtown of Novi Sad and it has been known as one of the symbols of the city. In the center of the Park, there is a small, but beautiful lake, and if you visit Novi Sad in spring or summer, you will be lucky to see two of its most famous inhabitants – a couple of swans called Isa and Bisa. However, during winter, Danube Park becomes an ice skating rink called Ice Forrest, so if you like this sport, you can enjoy ice skating around this beautiful park. Restaurants in Novi Sad Wherever you go, at one moment you will be hungry. Every city has some of its well-known restaurants, and so does Novi Sad. Pizzeria Ciao Pizzeria Ciao If […]

Serbia and Belgrade: A guide for backpackers

Serbia is a hidden jewel in Europe, a country not so well explored and overcrowded by tourists. It is situated in Balkan peninsula in the southeast of Europe. Its turbulent history, beautiful nature, delicious local food, and hospitable people are the reason why this country gets more and more attention from travelers. According to my experience of hosting foreigners in Serbia, most of the people who visit it are young backpackers from Europe and USA. Due to visa-free policies for many Asian countries, Serbia lately gets a lot of tourist from these countries too. One of the most visited places is its capital – Belgrade. It is a charming two million city laying on the confluence of two rivers – Danube and Sava. In this article, you will be able to find some helpful information about traveling to Serbia, especially if you are a backpacker traveling on a budget. This will not prevent you from experiencing most of its beauty! Getting to Serbia and getting around Serbia has two airports. The bigger one is situated just outside of Belgrade and it is easy to get from there to the city center by public transport, which costs less than a dollar. Some of the low-cost airlines flying to Belgrade from Europe are Wizzair, Easyjet and Vueling. Another airport is located in the city of Nis in the south of Serbia. Ryanair company operates flights from Sweden, Italy, and Slovakia to Nis airport. As regards intercontinental flights, it is possible to get directly to Belgrade too. However, it might be cheaper first to get another that has low-cost connection flights (trains or buses) to Serbia. Serbia has a railway which gets better and better in years. Consider that taking a train to Serbia can be time-consuming, but also very beautiful experience as you can go past nice landscapes and meet other travelers. Busses are common for traveling through the country. Every city has a central bus station and this kind of transportation is generally affordable. Hitchhiking is fairly safe. Although it’s more common in the south of the country, it works pretty much everywhere. Stay with locals to get the most of culture Serbian people are exceptionally friendly and hospitable. If you have a chance to stay in a Serbian house, they will treat you as the most important family member. Most of the people speak English very well, as well as other languages such as French, German and Spanish. This makes communication easy. Even if you end up staying with people who don’t understand the language you speak, they will find a way to make you feel welcome in their home with their smiles and gestures. Couchsurfing works very well among young people. If you don’t feel comfortable using this network, you can always find a nice and cheap Airbnb. Also, some of the touristy places, such as mountain resorts Zlatibor, Kopaonik, Divcibare, offer private accommodation homes that are easy to find if you ask anyone in the city. Finally, volunteering […]

Sharr Mountain – The place for those who live for winter sports

This winter we are going to Serbia. This country has amazing nature and a lot of beautiful places to visit. Many people come to Serbia to see her beauty and go home with many memories and stories about their Serbian adventures. Many of them are from the mountains, especially in winter, because winter is the best season if you want to explore the mountains and if you love winter sports. In this story, we are going to the south of Serbia, in one of five National parks. In the next parts of the story, you can read about Sharr Mountain – the most beautiful mountain in Serbia, and heaven for skiing lovers – Ski Center Brezovica. Cable car Big meadow What Sharr Moutain Has? Sharr Mountain is a mountain located on the border of Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia and Albania. It is also known for its other names: Skardus, Imperial Mountain and Monte Argentario dating back to the Middle Ages. According to its basic morphotectonic characteristics, it belongs to the Dinarides. The width of this mountain ranges from 20 to 25 km, thus it can be assumed that the surface of the Sharr alpine area covers over 1,600 km². Above the spacious mountain ridge (average altitudes of 2,300 m), with numerous peaks and presets. Sharr Mountain is something so magnificent that at one glance you can admire the magical masterpiece of nature while you are feeling great awe before you take a breath for a moment. The Mountain is fearless and, above all, proud because she is ancient and will always stand where it is now. Snowy and warm at the same moment, strong and fragile on the same day. It’s defiant, but she’s never humble. This is where freedom in its original form lives, which found refuge in the wings of a raw eagle and the rapid extremities of fearless lynx. Shtrpce lake on Sharr Mountain Its name is obtained by color, by a large number of plant species that grow on it. There are almost 2000 of them, which makes about half of the total Serbian flora and about 15% of European. Shar-mountain is located in the far south of the Republic of Serbia, in Kosovo. It extends along the border with Macedonia, from Lepence in the east to the Albanian border in the west, from the source of the Vardar in the south to the Prizren Basin in the north. The Shar-mountain National Park was established in 1986 and covers an area of 39,000 hectares and it is the highest national park in Serbia. It covers the municipalities of Kacanik, Ferizaj, Prizren, Shtrpce, and Suhareka Below the very ridge, Sharr Mountain lies numerous cirques, in which many beautiful glacial lakes, also known as the Mountain Eyes, are located, while under the cirques there are formed deep-valley valleys, which most often represent the sources of many rivers.   Ski Center Brezovica For those who enjoy winter sports, Sharr Mountain is known because of the Ski Center Brezovica, which is located on […]

Discovering The Hidden Secrets of Belgrade

In recent years, Belgrade has become one of Eastern Europe’s better-kept secrets. Located at a key fork of the Danube and Sava Rivers, it has a remarkable history, while proudly wearing the scars of a turbulent past. It’s a city that has been destroyed and rebuilt countless times over several centuries, and with volumes of relics and remnants to show for it. What’s particularly fascinating about Belgrade is how much there is to discover. Unlike many other European locales, Belgrade takes a bit more time and effort to get to know. Make the effort, dig a bit deeper, and rich memories are assured. I first arrived knowing little about the city itself. This despite the fact that I’ve covered the Balkans quite extensively over the last two decades. Coming with a relatively clean slate allowed me to fully take Belgrade in, and without any prejudice or expectations. Here’s a primer for travelers looking for interesting things to do in Belgrade, while exploring on their own. Belgrade’s “must-see” spots, like Kalmegdan Fortress… One of the many entrances into Kalmegdan Fortress Any Belgrade visit should lead off with the legendary Kalemegdan Fortress. This is a massive fortified complex that dominates the city-scape from virtually any vantage point, especially along the rivers. It’s certainly worth multiple visits. My favorite route to get there was to walk up the bustling Knez Mihajlova Street, a well-known pedestrian-shopping street, starting from the Republic Square end. After a short walk past Studenski Park, the fortress reveals itself, shrouded by greenery. There are several ways to enter, with each route offering its own share of history and relics. The fortress was first built by the Romans in the 2nd century. Since then, it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times during Belgrade’s many wars and occupations. You’ll navigate through walls, ramparts, gates, holes, churches, and bunkers, all built centuries apart. Also worth visiting is the onsite Military Museum to view an impressive weapons collection which dates back to Roman times. At the Fortress’ tallest ridge, there is the Victor monument overlooking the Sava and Danube. From there, you’ll have a panoramic view of the “Novi Beograd” (New Belgrade) district which is dotted with modern skyscrapers. Note that there are plenty of historical sites and museums to check out in the old city. This includes the Nikola Tesla Museum, which is also a must-see. It holds an amazing collection of the eccentric revolutionary inventor’s earliest drafts, invention prototypes, letters, and other notable memorabilia. Belgrade’s unique nightlife… One of Belgrade’s many riverside “Splavovi” bars and clubs Whether you’re a night owl or not, you’ll want to sample Belgrade’s after-hours. In recent years, Belgrade has become known for its vivid nightlife, especially along its river banks. Splavovi is the word that gets tossed around often by the locals when making plans for a night out. Those are the floating barge clubs and bars which are moored along the city’s two rivers. The Splavovi are open well into the wee hours. While […]

7 priceless experiences to enjoy Belgrade like a local

Serbia’s capital city is a modern European city buzzing with budget-friendly activities. Even better: some of the best experience you can get in Belgrade are free or almost and truly unique. Follow the example of the inhabitants and enjoy the city like a local! Sunset on Kalemegdan A winter sunset on the fortress of Kalemegdan © Marion Dautry The old fortress is one of the oldest remains of Belgrade’s troubled history, linking together the Roman times of Singidunum, the empires’ battles over the city and the communist recent history with its hidden bunkers. It is also an amazing park loved by the city’s inhabitants who never miss a chance to stroll through the alleys, gather on the walls to chat, drink and eat popcorn and at the feet of the famous statue of the Victor (Pobednik). Kalemegdan is first of all one of the best spots to admire the sunset on the city all year long. The sun goes down on the river, throwing its last rays of light over New Belgrade while the whole city lights up. Unlike many other parks at night in Europe, Kalemegdan is a perfectly safe place to hang out late with friends. If you come in June, you might see me celebrating my birthday on the grass! Biking around Ada A perfect spring/summer/autumn activity. You can rent bikes from April to October (dates fluctuating based on the weather) next to the Brankov bridge and then follow the bike path along the river all the way to Ada Ciganlija.  The island on the Sava river was turned into a peninsula and an outdoor activity complex open to everyone with an artificial lake. You can bicycle, rollerblade, play tennis, run, practice yoga, and of course swim! The artificial lake is entirely surrounded by beaches, cafés and restaurants. Most of them are only open during the warm season but you can come and ride or take a good walk around any time of the year. It is one of the most popular recreational zones in Belgrade during the summer. You can go all the way around the lake, which is about 7 kilometres, plus about 5 kilometres from the bridge to Ada. Then you can sit at a café on the beach, or directly with your towels on one of the free portions. There are also events happening there such as Beer Garden Ada, a beer festival with live music. A rakia-flavoured ice cream Two in one: the Balkan’s famous brandy and a delicious organic ice cream. Ice cream is very popular in Belgrade and you will find many shops in the city centre with delicious flavours, nice staff and cool interior design, like Crna Ovca (Black Sheep), Moritz and the very old Pelikan. The owner of the Poslasticarnica shop in Marsala Birjuzova started with a shop in the city of Novi Sad 25 years ago, then started to sell machines to make ice cream. He got in touch with ice cream masters from all over the world […]

Lake Palic: Wonderful place for your holiday in Serbia

If you are thinking about your summer holiday, but seaside is not an option, come to Serbia, and spend it resting by the Lake Palic. I know that I may sound crazy, but I’m really not a fan of hot summer, sunbathe etc. I like to spend it in nature, on the mountain or by the lake, this one especially. Amazing parks, unusual architecture, cosy hotels and pretty villas make this place the right destination for you and your family. It is located in the North, next to the small, lovely town, Palic, near the border with Hungary and only 8 km far from Subotica. It is the largest lake in Serbia and therefore the significant tourist complex and one of the most popular picnic areas. According to the legend, there used to be the Pannonian Sea, and this lake represents its remains. It is famous for its beautiful park. There is the Water Tower, at the main entrance, followed by the wide path which takes you through the wood and into the park, with the lake spreading in front of you at the end of it. In the centre of the park, there is the Great Terrace, where some of the local manifestations are held. Not far from it, hidden in the wood, there is the Summer Stage, where “European Film Festival” is held. Things to do and see Healing treatments There are many recreational centres and homes for the elders. Lake Palic is known for its curative water and mineral mud. It helps in the treatment of rheumatic and nervous diseases. Treatment is done by drinking water, bathing in warm water and muddy coatings. Main activities The Lake offers many opportunities for sport and recreation. There are long, curving paths through the park by the lake, for jogging, walking or cycling. There are football, basketball and volleyball courts and outdoor and indoor swimming pools. You can also paddle, sail or just enjoy fishing on the lake. During the summer, there are many pedal boats which you can hire. There is also a playground and amusement park, especially during the public holiday in May, where you can have fun and enjoy things, such as trampoline, roller coasters, Ferris wheel etc. For those of you who love horses, you can pay a visit to one of the ranches and stables. The Zoo The Zoo is located in the centre of the town, 5km from the motorway. It was founded in 1950. There are many rare and exotic species of plants and animals: birds, monkeys, large mammals, lions, tigers, snakes, crocodiles etc. It is decorated with many ponds, fountains and flowers. There are also places for rest and entertainment. You can visit it from 9 am to 7 pm every day. The lower entry price for groups (more than 10 people). One of the most important roles and one of the main four activities of the Zoo is the education of school children and visitors. Palic Zoo is one of the […]

The best places in Belgrade for millennials

This eastern Europe capital has a lot to offer to the millennials! If there is one thing you should know about Belgrade, is that you have no idea how much you don’t know! This capital city of Serbia is full of unexpected treasures, good food, friendly people, and amazing places to visit. They call it new Berlin, they compare it to Istanbul, but in all fairness, Belgrade can’t be compared to any of them, not because it’s better or worse, but because it is unique! And as such, it is so attractive to millennials, who appreciate the crazy mixture of history, culture, and architecture you can find. The prices are low, the people and friendly, and they speak English! Although the western media often portrays Belgrade in a negative way, this is far from the truth, which is why tourists always keep coming back to the Serbian capital. So, let’s check out a couple of places you can visit in Belgrade, Serbia, and why they are the best places for millennials. Start with the visit to the Kalemegdan fortress Hundreds of year old, breath-taking buildings, walls and views… Don’t miss this place! First, there is something you need to know about this city. Belgrade is most famous for being built on the confluence of two major rivers, Dunav and Sava, and for participating in almost all of the wars on this side of the planet. These things have left their marks in Belgrade’s architecture and urban planning, as well as culture and the atmosphere. The best way to experience it is to visit the fortress Kalemegdan (combination of two Turkish words meaning hill and battle).  Not only will you get an amazing, very instagramable view, but you will also get a nice history lesson, since the Ottoman empire to the modern conflicts. This way you can add some flavor to your posts! In addition to this, this amazing fortress located in the center of the Serbian capital is always filled with festivals, exhibitions, and concerts. Skadarlija street has the best restaurants All that walking can really make you tired and in need for rest. Rather than grabbing a bite in the nearest shopping mall, like a typical millennial, head down to the historic Skadarlija street. You won’t regret it! Here you can see how Belgrade used to be, and what Serbia was famous for.  It’s as picture perfect as most modern restaurants, if not more, and the food tastes way better. Don’t forget to try some traditional food and don’t leave the table unless you had some rakija. This traditional Serbian drink comes in a lot of flavors, and it’s probably stronger than you think, so pace yourself. The street is a bit difficult to maneuver after you’ve had a few! Don’t miss the famous Saint Sava’s temple It’s not so common to see new churches and temples being built, which makes this particular temple pretty unique. The construction began as far as 1935 but kept being delayed because of […]

Sremska Mitrovica: From ancient Sirmium to urban city in Serbia

Sremska Mitrovica lies on the remains of ancient Sirmium, one of four capitals of Roman Empire. It was founded before 4th century BC, in province Pannonia. It’s located on the northern bank of the river Sava, 76km west of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The city is significant administrative, economic, cultural and educational center. The extremely favorable geographical position of the city is conditioned by the proximity of the highway, the international railway line, the airport Nikola Tesla ( 60km distance), the sports airport in the nearby village Veliki Radinci, as well as the fact that the city lies on the river which connects it with important destinations across the European continent. Sremska Mitrovica through history The city was originally inhabited by Illyrians and Celts. It was conquered by the Romans in the 1st century BC. Many of Roman emperors were born in this city or in its surroundings. One of them, Marcus Aurelius, most likely died here in 180 BC. Sirmium was one of the centers of early Christianity and a place of Christian martyrdom. Well preserved remains of Christian basilica in the center of the city bear witness to this. The Huns destroyed the city in the 5th century, but it was restored to the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century. Sirmium fell to Avars after a long siege in 582. The remains of Sirmium Most archaeological monuments belong to the second century and later. Remains of the Imperial residence have been identified in the southeast of Sremska Mitrovica, a basilica, and a hippodrome. Two cemeteries, a grain silo, and baths have been identified in other places, while the course of the city wall can be followed for quite some distance. Artifacts from excavations, frescos, a Roman ship, numerous inscriptions and architectural pieces can be found in the Museum of Srem and the Museum of Vojvodina, in Novi Sad. One of the most important archaeological discoveries is the palace – circus architectural complex, the Imperial Palace. It was built at the end of the 3rd or at the beginning of the 4th century. Evidence of the luxurious interior, the fragments of frescoes, mosaic pavements and architectural ornaments imported from different parts of the Empire, can be seen on the archeological site. The visitors’ center at the Imperial Palace complex is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. St. Irinej’s Bridge – The longest pedestrian bridge in Europe St. Irinej’s Bridge is a pedestrian bridge over the river Sava, between Sremska Mitrovica and Macvanska Mitrovica. With a total length of 262,2 meters, this is the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in Europe. The bridge is located exactly on the site of former Roman Artemis Bridge, one of the largest buildings of the ancient Sirmium. At the time of persecution of Christians, “the holy martyrs of Sirmium” were executed on it. The bridge got its name after one of them. Places you can see and enjoy in National Park Fruska Gora This park is located between Sremska Mitrovica and Novi Sad, the […]

Serbia: The naked male statue in the center of Belgrade

Pobednik (eng: the Victor) is one of the greatest monuments in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. At the heart of old part of Belgrade, you will be able to visit Kalemegdan – Fortress, and Park in the center of Belgrade. Many centuries ago, Serbia has become a Kingdom. Many emperors have ruled over Serbia, and the country suffered several wars – the Balkan Wars, The First and The Second World War. However, lots of buildings, parks, fortresses, monuments and peace of art are built and created during the Ottoman Empire. The Serbs were living under Ottoman Empire for 5 centuries. Kalemegdan is one big monument created by the Ottoman Empire. Now, Kalemedgan is a park, museum, fortress, place to relax, place for sport, place for many adventures and attraction for tourists and locals during the whole year. Kalemegdan – the Place where Pobednik is set If you find yourself visiting the capital, you should go and visit Pobednik. If you go to the main street – Knez Mihailova, pedestrian zone, and come to the end of the street, in front of you, you will see the forest around the park, and one of the biggest fortresses in Belgrade – Kalemegdan. Pobednik is a statue that was made by one of the famous Croatian sculptor and architect of the 2oth century – Ivan Meštrovi?. The statue represents the symbol of Serbs victory over Ottoman Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, a naked male statue who is 14m (46 ft) high is the most visited and most popular statue in Belgrade in Kalemegdan. Pobednik represents a warrior who is holding a sword in the right hand and a falcon in the left hand. It is made of bronze and it was set on a pedestal at the beginning of the 20th century. The myth about setting the statue: Kalemegdan or Terazije Square? If you take a bus tour around Belgrade or a walking tour in the main street and Kalemegdan, you could hear the tale over the spot of the statue – the story about the place of setting the monument in the time before the First World War. At the beginning of the 20th century, the concept about the place of setting the monument was to set it up on the square – Terazije square. Square is the most famous square in Belgrade, and tourist can see it in front of the Hotel Moskva, before entering the Knez Mihailova street. At the beginning of the 20th century,  the naked male figure was too scandalous for Belgrade rich ladies, so, it was decided that the monument will be set up in Kalemegdan. Instead of Pobednik, on the square, now, you could see the big fountain in front of the Hotel Moskva. Finally, Pobednik was set up in Kalemegdan in 1913. one year before the First World War. During the First and the Second World War, Serbia was destroyed: many houses and buildings were burned down, many churches and old monuments were destroyed and burnt, but, only Pobednik left untouched. Was […]

Belgrade: The city with magical sunset

Dear stranger, I know there is a plenty of places in this world that you can visit and that’s the reason why I don’t want to push you to visit my city. Belgrade. He’s not that photogenic, like many others. He’s not luxurious. I don’t want to impose my subjective attitudes which I’ve built over the past 25 years, I just want to tell you the story about that one magical night in my city, and you should know that these type of nights are happening here very often. Spontaneously, when you expect them the least. Then you can decide do you or do you not want to come. One of those nights happened in the middle of spring. It was May, something colder than we used to know. After a few days of rain and lower temperatures, it finally came the warmer one. It was weekend, and everybody ran out to feel the Sun on their bodies. That magical night, Belgrade was everything that I love about him in one. I met my best friend and we went for a walk to spend some time. The Sun was falling beyond the Kalemegdan (one of the most beautiful fortresses in Serbia). That day, all around us you could feel that special, typical Belgrade energy. Unfortunately, dear stranger, it’s pointless to explain it if you have never felt that before. But I’ll do my best, I promise. Kalemegdan – The best spot for Sunset There were a lot of people who came here, just for the same reasons as we did, to watch the sunset. Breathless. Without blinking. That place gives you stunning view on two rivers – Sava and Danube. And with just a few moves of your head – you are looking at the Pobednik, triumphal monument dedicated to Serbia’s victory over the Turkish and Austro-Hungarian Empire during The First World War; a symbol of defiance and victory. If you keep looking in the river direction, you can see a few old parts of Belgrade, and, in the end, the biggest view you will have on New Belgrade, just as the name says, modern part of my city; and personally, my favorite part, too. When the night falls, you will get a little Las Vegas vibes, with all of New Belgrade’s city lights. ? During that sunset, Belgrade reminded me of old times, a city our parents and grandparents told us about. The present Belgrade still differs from the old one because we are millennials, a generation of “take a picture of everything beautiful that is in front of us” moments. So, above the curious eyes, there were all kinds of cameras, and everybody was in the rush to save that precious moment, forever. Listen to music above an open sky, while the night is falling While the two of us tried to capture that mix of colors in the sky, we heard the guitar playing in the background and a few voices which were singing together. I thought: “Oh my, just like I […]

8 places to visit in the city of Bor and eastern Serbia

Mining tourism exists in Serbia. There is one city in Serbia that many tourists refer to as a Serbian Disneyland. Did you know that there is such a thing in the world? Yes, there is, and its name is Bor. Anyone who comes to this city located in eastern Serbia, after entering the settlement notices right away that Bor is an industrial city but also an unusual attraction for tourism. At the entrance of the city, there is a statue of a miner, as a welcome. Throughout the main street of the city, as in the museum, mining exhibits are arranged. You can see mechanization and vehicles: locomotives, transportation wagons, a large dumper 12 meters high… Bor is an industrial city that produces copper, gold, and silver. For many many years, Bor has been known as one of the largest industrial centers in Europe. This region of Serbia is well-known for its largest company –  RTB Bor, which is the only producer of the precious metal in this country. Exploitation of ore at this mine site has been going on since 1903. Combination of urban and industrial city zones. Tourists come from different parts of the world. Bor has become a popular destination for tourism in eastern Serbia a few years ago. Some of the attractions can be seen only in this part of Serbia. Visitors aren’t just local tourists, but a large number of them come from abroad: from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Poland, Japan and other. Visitors of Bor and its surroundings, of exceptional natural beauty, can expect unexpected. Every tourist needs to visit these places. In Serbia, Bor is distinguished by the attractions that are specific to this region. Every tourist who visits this mining city must see these places. 1. A surface mine and its viewpoint Anyone who visits the city of Bor for the first time is directed to see a surface mine and its viewpoint. It is the largest artificial hole in Europe about 500 meters deep. The old Bor surface mine has been abandoned for almost two decades. This view can leave you breathless, and sightseeing and photographing is permitted and safe. 2. Café “Jama” Café “Jama” is located 400 m underground, in the very center of the mine. Visitors can go to this mining café via an elevator, which descends underground for several minutes. The café surface is 65 m2, it is located inside of the mined tunnel and is completely safe. The temperature in the cafe is about 18 degrees Celsius. Guests must wear the mining helmets on their heads, and they can drink coffee, tea, and juice. The cafe is closed on weekends. Visits are permitted only in groups, run by organized tour guides. 3. Zoo A very attractive tourism destination in Bor for tourism. The zoo has about 120 animals and some of them are a white lion, tiger, bear, wolf, kangaroo, coyote, fox, monkey, crocodile, snakes, mongoose, zebras, and many others. The zoo has a landscaped parking with access, […]

Higher altitude: A winter holiday on Kopaonik Mountain, Serbia

Kopa-what? Did you know that the largest ski-resort in Southeastern Europe is based in Serbia? The National Park of Kopaonik on the southern edge of the border boasts 25 ski-lifts, making it difficult to conquer all the slopes even in the space of a week. Ideal for adventurous ski-ers and snowboarders, this place will leave you wanting more. The Kopaonik mountain range was once the centre of the Serbian medieval state, with fortresses built and scattered across the region. It was also a place where battles were fought against the Axis powers during World War II. Kopaonik is rich in history as well as perfect for winter sports, offering various options for those there to ski, and those who are spectating. Learn how to ski or snowboard There are plenty of opportunities to learn how to ski or snowboard, or advance your skills with the professional instructors available from the different schools. Many schools offer packages for 2 or 4 lessons per day from 1 day or week-long passes, with lunch and insurance included. Renting ski gear is also available from the 8 different stores in the centre of the ski-resort. To ride on the slopes, you will have to purchase ski passes, and the following pricelist is available to help you decide how long you want to stay! What can you do apart from skiing and snowboarding? If you’re like me, not very experienced in the world of winter sports and prefer a relaxed approach to your holiday, there is still plenty to see and do. You can enjoy the snow There are many rides and activities you can enjoy on the ski-field. You can go bob-sledding, tubing, sledding, jetskiing, riding on the zipline, or the chairlifts. Don’t forget to make a snowman or start a snow fight! Chill out in the hot spas Relax in the spas available in hotels and accommodations which range from 1400 – 6000 RSD to use for the whole day, or if you are pressed for time you can also pay to use spas with thermo-mineral water for 30 mins for a minimum of 200 RSD. Shop about In small alleys, around the centre, and out on the roadside you can find stalls selling authentic food, drinks, and clothing. From traditional knitted clothes to dry meats and cheeses, and home-brewed rakija, if you want authentic Serbian souvenirs, this is a great place to find them. Go on a day tour If you get a little tired of the mountain top, you can take a day tour and explore the history of this region of Serbia. Visit medieval monasteries and churches, UNESCO heritage sites, try wild fruit and wine, and indulge in the ethnic specialties of Serbian cuisine. The tours take you across a vast area of Southwest Serbia and last approximately 8 hours. Nightlife In the centre of the ski-field you can find nightclubs such as ‘Caffe Club Bomardier’ or ‘Vrh Club’, however if you are interested in the hidden bars of the mountain, you […]

8 Places to visit in Novi Sad

About the city Novi Sad is the capital city of the autonomous province of Vojvodina and also the second largest city in Serbia. The Danube river divides two geographical regions – Ba?ku and Srem. Fruška Gora mountain is located on the other side of the river. Novi Sad is a very old and beautiful city. It was founded in 1694. and very soon became a center of Serbian culture of that period, in which it was also known as Serbian Athens. Last year Novi Sad gained the title of European Capital of culture for the year of 2021. along with two other cities from Europe. There’s something for everybody – everything from cultural and historical monuments (museums, galleries, theatres, old buildings, and churches), nature reserves and parks, to nightlife clubs with all music genres you can imagine. In this article, I will try to bring you the magic of Novi Sad, listing the 10 must-see places and hoping that’ll make you think twice when choosing a place for your next vacation. 1. The city center The city center of Novi Sad is probably the first place you’ll visit when you arrive. It’s close to each of the main locations in the town, including the main bus and train station, so it won’t be a problem for you to find it wherever you’re staying at. In that area, you’ll find many interesting things to see and do so I suggest you take your time and enjoy every second of it! The first thing you’ll see when you arrive at main – Liberty Square, is The Name of Mary Church. It’s surely one of the most recognizable symbols of Novi Sad. This is a third church built in that place in a course of 200 years (the first one was built in 1719. and the third – this one, was finished in 1892). It 72-meters high bell tower with a golden cross on top will definitely leave a great first impression of this city on you. And this is just a beginning of our tour. On the square, you will also see a monument of Svetozar Mileti? standing right in the center and a City Hall across the cathedral. If you’re coming in winter time you’ll have a full Christmas spirit experience, the whole square turns into a Winter market, selling hot chocolates, mulled wine, pies, cakes and traditional Serbian barbeque. There are Christmas lights and music everywhere, and even horse-drawn carriages stroll around the center like in old times. Besides the main square, there are a couple of more things that city center has to offer like National theatre, Zmaj Jovina, and Dunavska streets that are filled with cozy cafes, and lots of shops, City library, Bishop’s court and the street of Laze Tele?kog which is by the day street full of beautiful old buildings, definitely worth seeing, and by the night it turns into a nightlife center of Novi Sad, with lots of bars and nightclubs. 2. Danube park Danube park is located just near […]

The place from where Pančić's Omorika and land come from

Zaovine on mountain Tara, one of the most beautiful places in Serbia Today we are going to Serbia. Serbia has a lot of interesting and very pretty places. A lot of tourists in one year come to Serbia, and from here have a much impression. We are going to place named Zaovine on mountain Tara. Now we starting the story and travel about village Zaovine, mountain Tara, Zaovine's lakes and Pancic's Omorika. Serbia, Zaovine A place preserved from the Internet and a vice of the Information Age, in which due to the lack of street lighting at night, the sky and the earth differ only in that there are more stars in the sky shining than illuminated windows in the houses. Zaovine at Tara or more precisely, on the shores of Lake “Zaovine”, in the municipality of Bajina Basta in the summer, the tourist season counted more tourists than residents. This linkage of 28 hamlets which binds Taru with Zlatibor and Mokra Gora valley presents a kind of summation of closely related natural and historical sites. What Zaovine have? Zaovine does not have a lot of things, but it seems that the shy, the “old” residents of Zaovine, those who out of curiosity due to barking dogs protrude through the windows to see who does not go easily cope with these shortcomings. In Zaovinama can clearly see the difference between a house in which one lives and those that are made for the issuance or cottages for those who are your problem existential threat found in the developed, European countries. On farms where people live in winter and summer, when warm and when the sights, the houses are dilapidated, they dropped the plaster and lime and frames the windows are cracked. The fence along the steep and rocky paths are crooked and covered with lichen, a board on the roofs of ancillary facilities warped and covered with moss. After a couple of sheep which graze on, due to the inability of its possessor, neokošenim parts of the yard. Of course, this is not a rule, There is beautifully decorated property, where people live with children and grandchildren, a lot of households have lathes that produce timber, which is one of the crafts that are cherished in Zaovinama. Serbia, River Drina Houses “foreign workers” are in smaller estates, with stone foundations and wood. Everything smells of fresh paint and new windows. Houses wealthier homeowners or those living abroad on luxury houses compete with the issue of accommodation for tourists, almost the same as competing provide company on their plates satellite television. Zaovine have not a lot of paved roads, they have the stone roads. They have a lot of rivers, water flowing everywhere, there are streams and small rivers where water flows from the earth. Zaovinama missing residents! According to the last census of 2011 in Zaovinama live 263 inhabitants aged between 55 and 60 years old. Zaovine has a little number peoples, […]

Serbia: 24 hours of fun in Belgrade

  If you enjoy being in a beautiful nature, eating a delicious food and you want a possibility to party every single night of the week, then your perfect destination is the capital city of Balkan area and my hometown, Belgrade. The city is situated on two main rivers, Danube and Sava and with its rich history, Belgrade offers you a lot of interesting stories and activities. No matter what age you are, Belgrade has something for everybody. There are a lot of parks for children, coffee places for those who enjoy drinking their coffee slowly and a huge amount of nightclubs for those who like to go out, party all night and see why Belgrade is called the capital of nightlife in Europe. Daytime in Belgrade Where to go? Unlike us, the Belgradians, who don't usually live in the city center, if you come as a tourist, you probably will, which is great and it means that everything is close to you. You can start your day with a nice walk in the historical center. The main street in Belgrade is called Knez Mihailova Street. This street has many shops, restaurants, bars. It is perfect for shopping branded clothes but also for finding authentic souvenirs. At the end of this street, you will enter to the Fortress of Kalemegdan. It is a big historic fortress with a view on the confluence of Danube and Sava. The whole area of Kalemegdan is fulfilled with parks, playgrounds and park benches where you can sit with your loved one and enjoy the view or just have a laugh and relaxing time with your friends. Knez Mihailova Street, 5am My neighborhood is the second popular place, right after the city center. The reason why is so popular is because we have an 8km long lake called Ada Ciganija, known as “Belgrade sea”. The whole lake is fulfilled with restaurants, bars, and clubs.  More than 3/4 of the lake is beach area so during the summer Ada is crowded with people taking a break from hot temperatures. Besides the beach, Ada has courts for few different sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, handball, golf, tennis, etc. In my neighborhood, there is also forest called Košutnjak, a place very popular when it comes to taking a walk, enjoying the nature and peace. There is a part with running track and some useful tips on how to get yourself in a perfect shape using their wooden made exercise equipment.     What to do? Belgrade is a city of bridges. There are a lot of bridges for you to cross on the other part of the city called Novi Beograd, which can be translated as 'New Belgrade' because that part of the city is relatively new. In that part of Belgrade, you are free to enjoy on a riverside, in shopping centers or small restaurants on rivers called splav. You can rest there or eat something good since Serbian kitchen is famous for its […]

Belgrade beer gems

Belgrade pubs may not be as famous as those of London or Ireland, but this city is indeed Serbia's beer-capital. It's not only that the best of pubs have all sorts of domestic beers you can't simply buy at a store; it's the welcoming atmosphere and the lively people that draw you in and won't let you go. As a student whose university is in the very center of the city, I've had the pleasure of discovering many of both old and new pubs, and here are some of the very best ones we have to offer. If you're bad at choosing from many different alternatives, these places will give you nightmares. There are endless menus that offer you everything – light beer, dark beer, pale ale, dark ale, Belgian, German, English, and, of course, Kabinet – which is a domestic brewery that will always leave you aching for more. Given that all of these offer an incredible amount of good booze, I'll focus more on what makes each place different than the other, what kind of atmosphere awaits you and give you some of my personal favorites. Old London Pub This pub on two levels is situated in Gavrila Principa. And, as is usual, the first level is merely the beginning. As you enter it, you can sit and watch a game with your local bartender. But if you prefer a challenge, you'll take the Hogwarts-like stairs down and find a room made completely out of bricks. You can sit facing a TV, put your legs inside a fireplace (with no fire, though – no need to worry!) and wait for your turn at pool or darts. If you get hungry, you can also order some of the best meals I've ever tried at a pub. Personal favorite: beer with chocolate aroma Gunners pub If you find yourself around Knez Mihailova – Belgrade's most famous street – just turn down and in no time you'll be in Brace Jugovica 2a, where good music that ranges from Rolling Stones to Depeche Mode will keep you awake as strong beers try to take you down. Named after fans of famous English football club Arsenal, the inside of a pub is an homage to them. Besides that, guitars and bass guitars are hanged everywhere and there's a wall filled with beer corks – each of them unique! This place offers you some of the strongest beers you'll ever have the opportunity of trying. Personal favorite: Alien – oregano-tasting beer Samo Pivo (Just Beer) The location is the first thing that drew me to this pub. You can find it in Balkanska 13, but if you're coming from Terazije, you might need to do some light hunting; you'll eventually come upon the stairs leading you down (seemingly into just another street and nothing more), but down at the bottom, a gem is spread out for you to enter in awe. You can choose the inside or the outside, and if it's at all above […]

Exploring ancient Belgrade with local taste`

I always foretaste with pleasure a visit to non-typical travel destinations, the cities and towns which are not so popular with the travelers. What will it bring to me? Is it worth a try? These questions were crossing my mind as I was waiting for my plane to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. I did not know what to expect from this ancient city, which witnessed many ups and downs during its rich history. However, Belgrade satisfied and exceeded my expectations. What was the most pleasant, nice and unforgettable during this travel is meeting the Serbs. The people of Serbia have truly big heart and sincere soul. All I know about Belgrade and its secrets is due to their kind assistance. I have seen this city as a tourist and lived as a local with my dear Serbian friends, so, I would like to share my experience and make your travel to Serbia and Belgrade very comfortable. Some travel tips: Prices. Serbia and Belgrade are one of the cheapest venues I have ever seen. Here you can feel like you are a sophisticated and wealthy traveler even if you have just graduated from university. Language. Serbian is the official language in Serbia and Belgrade. Many of the Serbs speak English language, so, you can feel confident that someone will help you while you wander around the city. My Serbian friends know English, Russian and some other languages, which made it very interesting to practice foreign languages. During your sightseeing do not be surprised to see the names of the streets and pointers in Serbian, but in both Latin and Cyrillic letters. This is a very rare phenomenon called synchronic digraphia: Serbian is almost the only European language which uses two ways of writing: Cyrillic and Latin alphabet. I always liked to compare those two official ways of writing and think how different this small country between Europe and Asia is, how many cultures it sponged up. Transport. Nikola Tesla Airport is located near the city of Belgrade. It is has a very convenient location and road junction. You can take a taxi in the airport or wait for the bus which will drive you to the city center. There are several buses: No.72, No.607 and some others. I used the bus No.72 which took me to Zeleni Venac, the major bus stop of Belgrade. But you can try a taxi, here it would be cheaper than in Western Europe. If you use buses during your visit to Belgrade, you can buy a Bus Plus card to pay for your travel. It will help you save your money. Food. Street food! What I really liked in Belgrade is its street food. You can find it everywhere: it is tasty, very big (really big) and cheap (remember: everything is cheap). I had a real gastronomic debauch there. McDonald’s is nothing compared to street food in Belgrade, although I love McDonalds so much and always eat it during my trips. So, the main […]

5 Places to visit when you come to Serbia

Belgrade First thing first, you can’t go to Serbia and not to visit the capital city. All roads lead through Belgrade, it is unmissable. If you want to go to Greece, Turkey and other southern countries you have to pass Belgrade. Because of that position, you will have the feeling that Belgrade is a center of many cultures, nationalities and races. Besides that, many Serbs think that Belgrade is like the bridge between amazing plain ‘Vojvodina’ on north and tremendous fields of forest called ‘Shumadija’ on south. Territorially the city is huge, with 1.35 million people in it, and that is just in the urban area. Anything you need, you can find in Belgrade. Like coffee bars, pubs, hipster places, delicious food, amazing parks, huge shopping malls with all kind of popular brands, cheap hotels, fortress ‘Kalemegdan’, cultural museums, historical sights, clubs. ‘Kalemegdan’ is huge fortress in the very center of the city. It is full of historical sculptures and objects old more than 500 years and so. Plus with an amazing gardens and zoo, it is one of the most visited places in the city. Except many interesting places to visit, maybe one of the main reasons why all people love Belgrade so much it is the nightlife. Belgrade is the only city in Europe where you can party every single day of the week, from Monday to Sunday. There are so many clubs, with various kind of music, something for everyone. And you can drink and smoke everywhere so people can really loosen up and experience a true freedom.     EXIT festival One of the most popular brand/institution/organization is definitely Exit festival. If you know about Serbia you must have heard about Exit. It started 16 years ago as a student movement against political situation in the country, and for over the years it’s developed in music and cultural festival enormous proportions. It takes place in beautiful Novi Sad (second largest city in Serbia), on ‘Petrovaradin’ fortress. This fortress is perfect for festival because of its acoustics and huge space. Every year the number of visitors is increasing more and more, the attendance this year was about 190.000 people. Although there are many huge masses, with secret tunnels and small stages scattered through the fortress, it gives the feeling of intimacy and mystique and all that wrapped with long dancing hours on dusty fields. Besides that, Exit has had included many popular and quality acts, like Iggy Pop, Massive Attack, Wu-Tang Clan, Sex Pistols, Placebo, Guns N’ Roses, Carl Cox, The Prodigy, Faithless, Erykah Badu, Duran Duran, Snoop Dogg and many many more.     Nis Fortress in August Going southern through Serbia you will come across onto Nis, third largest city of Serbia with rich history which extends way back to Osmanic Empire. Near downtown, beautifully located, there is Fortress of Nis. One of the most recognized and the most attractive places of Nis. In the fortress there is untouched nature and long walking tracks with […]

Belgrade: the famous clubbing scene of Eastern Europe

I moved there one hot summer and stayed for two years. Belgrade met me with unbearable 35+ heat and ruined old gray buildings. But the longer I stayed there the deeper I was falling in love with the city. It turned out there were so many layers of it that almost every day you could find something to surprise you. No wonder Belgrade is referred to these days as New Berlin and was ranked one of the top-10 party towns in the world. Where to have fun Savamala district It used to be a dark gray area with abandoned halls and warehouses. Now it's a creative hub of Belgrade, with a lot of excellent nightclubs, cafes, and cultural centers. Must-visit places include KC Grad and Mikser House where exhibitions, film screenings, and expat meetings are held quite regularly. If you want to see how Serbs party “Balkan-style” check out Corba Kafe on Friday evening. There are loads of locals, national music from 70s, 80s, and 90s, and “traditional” dances around the tables. In Belgrade's bars, there are almost no special areas for dancing so people dance around the tables with their drinks. Splavs When talking about Belgrade's nightlife, it's impossible to ignore “splavs”- floating river clubs located on the banks of the Sava river. It's something very unique for Europe. They attract tons of locals and tourists during the summer season. Keep in mind that these are night clubs so the banks become crowded after 2 am. Popular splavs include rock and alternative Shlep, techno and house 20/44. But basically you can just walk along the bank and choose the place according to the music. Cetinska district It's a recently built clubbing district right in the center of the city (Cetinska 15a). The place is packed with different bars so you can spend all evening club-hopping. Famous places include a retro-like cultural center Polet, a bar Elektropionir with live DJ sets and a music club Kenozoik. The Tube The club is famous for its 23 meter long dance floor where you can dance to electronic beats. The club is located right in the center of Belgrade so it's very convenient for tourists. Though Belgrade is known for its club scene, not many of the great places can be spotted right away. The reason for that is the specific marketing strategy of Belgrade's entrepreneurs, or should I say the lack of it? Not many clubs and bars have web-pages or at least any actual signs indicating their existence. Meanwhile, they can be located in places you won't find on your own. Most often word of mouth is the only way to learn about worth-seeing places. Here are few of those: Sinnerman Jazz Club It's an amazing bar located on the rooftop of Dom Sindikata. In order to get there, you need to enter the building, take an elevator to the 7th floor, turn left, and follow the signs. Apart from live music, great meals, and warm atmosphere, the place has a […]

Belgrade: Where Sava and Danube meet

After six hours on a bus, my feet finally felt the firm ground – I was in Belgrade. Serbian capital welcomed me with 25°C on a late September day, probably the best time to travel. I was invited by a friend to a summer school on European integration, a hot topic in Serbia and the region. Meeting some familiar places and learning something more about what the future might bring, I said yes. It's been almost 6 years since my last visit to Belgrade. And a lot has changed. I learned this the hard way, completely missing the hostel in which I was supposed to check in. But what I love about Belgrade and the Balkans in general is the hospitality and the fact that you can actually never get lost, not for real. People of Belgrade are easygoing and always ready to help. So after one hour, I finally managed to settle in. In the following days, I was re-exploring the city and here's a short list of not-to-be-missed spots in Belgrade. Terazije & the Republic square  The view over the Terazije square We stayed in the very center of the city – the Terazije square. The host in our hostel kindly explained to me – the name Terazije comes from the Turkish “su terazisi” meaning “scales” or “water balance”. Decided for myself to acknowledge the latter, since the city is placed on the confluence of two gorgeous rivers – Sava and Danube. I was pretty much happy about the location itself until Sunday and the “Belgrade Pride” that caused a complete blockage of the center preventing anyone from going in or out of the rainbow circle. There are some other downsides to the location as a place to sleep, too, beginning with the fact that the area is very busy. The traffic almost never stops and Friday and Saturday night actually mean live music at the Square, especially during the summer, so if you prefer a good night's sleep, this is probably not the best solution. Never the less, the city offers a very wide range of accommodation – from friendly hostels for younger travelers to exclusive hotels for the business elite coming to Belgrade on work assignments with some of international and Serbian biggest companies. The hostel was ideally located at the beginning of the Knez Mihailova street and close to the Republic square, making me realize that all the important historical (or should I say also touristic) spots are at a walking distance. The monument to Prince Mihailo dominates the Square and a friend explained to me it is a common meeting place for Belgrade people – “Meet me at the horse”, he said, was the meeting phrase. He also explained that Prince Mihailo was the Prince of Serbia in the 19th century and pointed out to the fact that the statue actually has him, the Prince, raising his right hand, as well as his horse, raising its leg. According to my friend, this was due […]

Summer in Belgrade – Amazing things to do

Spring and summer are the best seasons to visit Belgrade, although it has its special perks in autumn and winter. Known for its rich history, delicious food, and interesting nightlife, Belgrade is a place that has a lot to offer, especially if you're a budget traveler. If you want to experience Belgrade at its best, here are few things to do and which you shouldn't miss while you're visiting Serbian capital. Have a breakfast in PEKARA First stop, Pekara (in english – bakery). You can't function without having a proper breakfast. Well, in Belgrade, bakeries can be found on every single step. The smell of a freshly baked bread, pastry, and strong coffee can be smelled during the entire day, everywhere. You can choose from all sorts of bread, croissants, pastries and sandwiches. But one thing shouldn't be missed – burek. It is a delicious baked pastry with various fillings – minced meat, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, pizza or a sweet one, with apple filling. You should try it with yogurt. Bear in mind – it has a lot of calories, but it's all you need before next stops. Sunbathing, swimming, riding bicycles, bungee jumping at ADA CIGANLIJA After you had guilty-free breakfast and if outside is sunny and warm, it's time to explore Ada Ciganlija. Belgrade's artificial lake, known as the 'Sea of Belgrade', is a popular recreational zone – beaches, bike paths, basketball courts, golf course, bungee jumping platform – all together with many other sports facilities. You can choose your activity for the day, or if you prefer chilling out, you can enjoy cold beverages in many beach bars in cool shades of tall trees. Dining in SKADARLIJA When you're starting to feel hungry, don't worry, Belgrade has a lot of fast food places on every corner that can satisfy your appetite. But, if you are looking for a real bite of the traditional meal, placed in a picturesque street, go to Skadarlija. The main bohemian quarter of Belgrade, Skadarlija its known for traditional national cuisine and music, where you can taste famous Serbian dishes such as ajvar, sarma, podvarak, prebranac, ?evap?i?i and sweets as baklava, pala?inke, and knedle sa šljivama. Let us not forget about drinks. Traditional fruit brandy – rakija, is something that shouldn't be missed. Skadarlija is a beautiful gem to visit in the middle of a day – perfect hide away from hot days, but true magic comes alive when the night falls. You will feel like you entered in a different time, a few centuries ago. *tips In Serbia, food portions are quite large, so be sure to check it before you start ordering. Skadarlija street is made of cobblestones, ladies – don't wear heels. Go for a stroll in KNEZ MIHAJLOVA Knez Mihajlova is the main pedestrian zone in Belgrade. Street is filled with clothing shops, coffee bars and street artists and souvenirs. You can shop brands like Zara, H&M, Mango, Miss Sixty, etc. or you can have a coffee in one of […]

To-Do in Belgrade, Serbia: Sunset strolls in Kalemegdan Park

  Kalemegdan Park is Belgrade’s most well-known attraction by far, well for club-goers and many young city dwellers alike, than second most important thanks to the Splav river clubs lining the Sava River. However, Kalemegdan tops my list as my go to place in the city where you can sit, people watch, and experience the dynamic people inhabiting this city. It is the largest park in the city as well as the most important historical monument in Belgrade. It was built in 535 A.D by Byzantine Emperor, Justinian I. This was a very important geostrategic location as it is where the Danube and Sava rivers meet connecting the east to west. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times depending on empires in power and conquerors passing through the region. Today, it is a beautiful place to have a gorgeous view of the city and come relax with both tourists and locals alike. Entering the Park As you enter the park from Knez Mihailova Promenade, you pass a few souvenir stands selling some of the region’s traditional goods like leather slippers, rakija (fruit brandy) drinking glasses, wool sweaters and more, and you head to the left towards the river Sava. As you pass, on your left you will see the Fisherman Fountain, which was made by Serbian sculptor Simeun Roksandi? and presented on a large Balkans Exhibition in London, in 1907. Just after, you will see elderly men huddled over two men sitting at multiple tables playing an intense game of chess while sipping their beers in the late afternoon sun and maybe even a stray dog enjoying their company and boisterous demeanors. Usually there are interesting photo exhibitions lining the path leading to the big staircase which boasts a stunning view. As you walk along the fortress walls it will eventually lead you to the Victor Monument.   Just past the monument in another section of the park is where you will see locals, tourists, young and old sitting enjoying the stunning view looking out into where the Danube and Sava rivers meet. Looking out, all you see is a lush green forest that is the Great War Island.Though officially uninhabited, almost a dozen people live in small shacks in the island's interior.They are mostly retirees who move to the island during the warm season and maintain their vegetable gardens, while in the winter they return to Belgrade. The sunset from this point is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life. I love coming here to meditate and feel at peace as the sun sets over the island. As the sun sets you can continue down towards the Despot Gate and Castellan Tower, which is often referred as to Eastern Upper town’s Gate. During the Middle Ages this was the main entrance to the Belgrade’s Fortress. On the other side of the gate you will see Terasa bar and lounge which is an incredible place to grab a drink while enjoying the views. At night it becomes a lively […]

EXIT Festival – Music Adventure in Serbia and Montenegro

There is nothing that feels better than summer music festivals. Feeling of freedom, happiness overload, unforgettable experiences. It’s all I am looking for the whole year long – endless sunshine, good vibes, great people and amazing location! Therefore, there are four sacred days marked in my calendar and they are reserved for the EXIT Festival in Serbia. It is held every year in July, in the city of Novi Sad, in the northern part of Serbia. Dates to save this year – July 7-10th. Two years ago EXIT joined forces with the Sea Dance festival in Montenegro to make an ultimate music adventure. Sea Dance is taking place from 14-16th July at the hot spot of summer tourism – Budva. If you never visited Serbia or Montenegro, EXIT Adventure is the best choice for a summer vacation, engaging music with the exploration of two beautiful countries, going from the fortress on the Danube to the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic Sea. EXIT Festival has won many national and international awards and is recognized as one of the best summer festivals in Europe. It hosted world-famous performers like Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Iggy and the Stooges, Franz Ferdinand, Faithless, Placebo, Massive Attack, Cypress Hill, Arctic Monkeys, Jamiroquai, Hardwell, Avicii, Skrillex, Moby, Fedde Le Grand, Hurts, Portishead, Faith No More and many others.        Dream Location Situated at the 17th-century fortress in Novi Sad, EXIT will give you a completely different experience of a music festival. Forget about deserts and wasteland, roam around the incredible fortress and discover stages and chill spots in each corner. Plus, stone walls are super acoustic and you’ll feel music deep inside your bones! Being on the bank of Danube river gives this festival another star, providing an ideal place for camping and chilling before night starts. Camping at EXIT village is the best way to get real EXIT experience and meet people from all around the world. No matter if you come alone or in a group, I can guarantee you’ll make friends for the rest of your life. Intensive life with so many unforgettable moments packed in just four days make people connected in a special way. Having the title of Europe’s Best Beach by Lonely Planet, Jaz Beach in Budva is putting Sea Dance on the map of places you must visit. Take an opportunity to discover amazing Montenegrin coast and old towns of Budva, Kotor, Perast, Herceg Novi and Petrovac. Also, few days in between the festivals you can spend in Serbian capital – Belgrade, cosmopolitan city which is cultural melting pot and underground capital of Southern Eastern Europe, having a dynamic and young spirit similar to Berlin. For that, do not miss Savamala quarter and Mikser House. If you are more up to a break in the nature surrounding, head to the north part of Montenegro. Try rafting on the Tara river and hiking in the mountain Durmitor, which is National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tara river canyon […]

BELGRADE – THE HEART OF BALKANS

  FEEL POSITIVE VIBES THROUGH ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS BELGRADE SPOTS This particular story has been inspired by one of the most important neighborhoods in the city of Belgrade. A story where history, song, smile of a local woman and experience that everyone need in their lives permeates and make life worth living…   The plane finally landed at the “Nikola Tesla” airport. I am eagerly waiting to get trough passport control and to breathe the air that I heard so much about in all those years. Stories about the best clubbing spots and nightlife in the Balkans. Stories of a top party destination. Stories about beautiful women with mixed Slovenian and Turkish blood.   As soon as I left the building, the airport taxi driver pulled my bags and luggage out of my hands and opened the door of his vehicle. He was very cordial, and perhaps too talkative. In broken English he tried to tell me the history of Belgrade, and he gave me useful tips about where to go and what to see when you are staying in Serbia’s capital. His monotonous voice tone melted with a melody on the radio. Serbian folk music – a mixture of Turkish and Bulgarian rhythms and pop, with fragments of psychedelia and ambient. Electro and ethno music in one.   Through the window, watching the landscape, fields and meadows around the airport were soon replaced by blocks of urban buildings, modern architecture and newer constructions. All I was seeing were large parts of concrete buildings and busy business people, young yuppies who, like ants, were walking through a modern, industrial part of Belgrade, Novi Beograd.   Just when I thought the architecture of Belgrade fails to meet the expectations that I have created judging by the stories of my friends who enthusiastically talked about the old cobblestones, narrow streets, Serbian “coffee shops”, Knez Mihailova and Serbia, in  general, as a country with a deep history and a very rooted tradition. We arrived at the destination. Apartments New center wake up, in Lomina street. In no time the taxi driver pulled out my bags, and I found myself at the door of the apartment, which be my home while I'm in Serbia.     SERBIAN WELCOME TRADICTION I rang the massive door, and one big, bearded man opened them. Immediately he hugged me and kissed three times on the cheek. He explained to me that the custom of Serbs is to kiss three times. Behind the door I was greeted by his wife, with bread and salt. Which was an expression of their welcome and hospitality. Rumbling voice offered me a brandy that “I could not refuse.” He explained that the Serbian national brandy called “rakija” is a very strong drink, and that every traditional Serbian host must make this homemade brandy. He explained to me that there are many different flavors and strength – apple, raspberry, plum, pear, melon, walnut, apricot … So I just tried the local “brandy” […]
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