Explore Serbia, with all it’s antiquity and nature. Serbia as a destination for your holidays is the perfect choice for a round trip in Balkans.
Serbia, a buzzy and boisterous country, compact enough for visitors to sample both Belgrade’s urban hedonism and the gentler pace of the smaller towns or national parks within a few days – and it’s one of Europe’s most affordable destinations. Explore the nightlife and café culture of Serbia’s hectic, hedonistic capital, Belgrade. Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad, is worth visiting too thanks to its relaxing old town and dramatic citadel. While there, enjoy Exit Festival, one of Europe’s premier music festivals. The Studenica Monastery, a world heritage, is a must see. As the biggest and best of Serbia’s Orthodox monasteries, complete with two white marble churches (the Church of the King and the Church of the Virgin), Studenica reflects the country’s medieval boom time. The remains of the first Serb kings lie in rest here, and inside the churches are breathtaking Byzantine paintings. Serbia’s countryside is beautiful and varied. In the summer, walk in the Fruška Gora National Park. In winter hit the ski slopes with Balkan daredevils at Kopaonik National Park. The UNESCO list of wetlands of international significance includes nine sites in Serbia. We invite you to visit Serbia’s nature reserves, national parks, natural monuments, protected habitats of threatened plant and animal species, areas of outstanding beauty and nature parks. Have the time of your life in Serbia.
Belgrade is the capital and at the same time one of the biggest cities of Serbia. It’s geographical position makes it a wonderful place to visit. It is located where Sava river meets Danube. While it reaches toward future, its past unfolds before your eyes : The art masterpieces and the remnants of the Hasburg compared with the Ottoman relics. You can find a lot of coffee houses, quirky sidewalk ice-creameries and smoky dens all put together along Knez Mihailova, an amazing pedestrian boulevard flanked by historical buildings all the way to the crown of the city, Kalemegdan Citadel. Also you mustn’t miss the St Sava Church the biggest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world, a must see for all visitors. A place where you can pay a visit if you are interested on science and technology you should visit the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. ‘Belgrade’ literally translates as ‘White City’, but Serbia’s colorful capital is great.
Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina, the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia. In Novi Sad you can find a numerous and various historical and cultural monuments all these spread wide on the streets of old center of the town. There is also a tourist center alongside a pedestrian zone which is around 500 meters. There are many turist attraction you can visit such as Trg Slobode, Liberty Square. This is the largest central city square, built in the 18th century surrounded also by buildings from the end of 19th and early 20th century. In the middle of the square is the monument of Svetozar Miletic. It has a height of seven meters high. This monument has an interesting story! On the west side is the Town Hall built in Neo-Renaissance style, design by George Molnar. There are also a lot of other attractions you can visit such as Hotel Vojvodina with it’s length more than 60 meters, the modern building Apollo built in 1993rd and of course without forgetting Theatre Square where is the large and modern building of Serbian National Theatre.
This city is established by Prince Aleksandar Karađorđević in 1845. Raska (Raška) is one of Serbia’s newest towns. It’s 82 km south of Kraljevo and 252 km from Belgrade. It is located at the confluence of the Raska and Ibar Rivers and of course it was named after the river and the region it inhabits. It is considered to be the most urban town of its period. Although it has a short urban history, archeological findings shows us the existence of a settlement where Raska now lies long before the establishment of the present day town. There is a number of archeological sites near this town, including Zajčaka and the village of Rvati, which you can have fun by exploring them considering that they have not been fully explored.
This one is different than the other cities. It’s a mediaeval town, 11km west of Novi Pazar and it stands on Gradina hill. It was founded during the reign of John Il Komnenos(1118-1143). Within the Ras complex there are three archaeological sites : the fortress of Gradina, the cave together with the monastery of the Archangel Michael beneath the fortification and the settlement of Pazarište. You cannot miss the Ras fortress which is preserve in a ruined state as the oldest example of military architecture from mediaeval Raška (Rascia). Around Ras there is also a group of mediaeval monasteries and churches that are part of UNESCO World Heritage List under the common name of Stari Ras and Sopoćani.
Surface area: 88,361 km2
Time zone: GMT + 1, GMT + 2 (during summer)
Population: Over 7,209,764
Coast line: Landlocked country
Climate: Most of the country is characterized by continental climate
Religions: Mostly Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Muslim
Official language and alphabet: Serbian language Cyrillic alphabet
Political system: Parliamentary Republic
Monetary unit: Serbian Dinar (RSD)
International telephone code: +381
Pets: Allowed, is better to have a vaccination record and veterinary certificate.
Customs formalities: Expensive professional and technical equipment should be declared at the border crossing.
Traveling documents: To enter Serbia you need a valid passport depending on international agreement between the countries.
Visa: If required, please check with the nearest Serbian Consulate or Embassy
Currency: Foreign currency can be changed at Banks, Exchange Offices, Post Offices, Tourist agencies, hotels etc. All major cards (American Express, Visa, Euro/MasterCard, Diners) are accepted for a wide range of services.
Medical services: Medical care for foreigners can be provided at hospitals and clinics in all major cities in Serbia.
Drivers: Valid documents for themselves and for the vehicle, as well as the green insurance card.
Rent-a-Car & Taxi: Cars and Taxi can be rented at the airport, in towns and in all major tourist centers.
Postal services: Postage stamps are sold at post offices, hotel receptions and newspaper stands. FedEx, EMS and DHL air-express carrier services are also available. For international calls, besides using hotel and post office services, phone cards (for sale in all post offices) are used in all public phone booths.
Top Ten facts about Serbia
Most Serbian last names end with the letters “ic”.
The country has been topping the global raspberry export list for several years now. Even in 2012, almost 95% of the world’s raspberries came from Serbia.
In 274 AD, Constantine the Great, the Roman Emperor was born in the Serbian city of Nis.
Between the 3rd and 4th centuries, a total of eighteen emperors were born on what is modern day Serbia. That number accounts for a fifth of all Roman rulers.
Europe’s largest gorge, the Djerdap Gorge is situated inn Serbia. The mighty Danube river flows through it.
The only Serbian world that is accepted and used across the world is “vampire”.
The Serbian clock-making industry is even older than the world-famous Swiss one. The Serbs had their own clock 600 years before the Swiss did.
The Old Downtown Church that stands in the downtown section of Cacak is home to a religious building that has been turned into a mosque a record ten times.
The very first video transmission between North America and Europe that took place in 1963 featured the White Angel from the Serbian fresco at Monastery Milesevo.
Excluding the great powers, Serbia and Belgium were the only countries that went onto forming the European Union.
Top Ten famous Serbian
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