Top 10 tourist attractions in Serbia

Serbia has a variety of scenic tourist attractions and a large number of cultural and historical sites, as well as hot springs, hunting grounds and other tourist facilities. Serbia used to be a crossroads of different civilizations with different spirits, influences of art, architecture and culture. Serbia is a country with a unique history, culture, nature and racial contrast. Vojvodina has characteristics of culture of Central European countries; in central Serbia, there are orchards, woods and pastures. In the south is a wide valley and depression. The highest peak is the Djeravica peak in the province of Kosovo. The mountains of eastern Serbia belong to the Carpathian Mountains where the Danube is narrowed and there are Djerdap gorges. Western Serbia is also a mountainous region with beautiful canyons and forests.

1. Kalemegdan Fortress

Kalemegdan Fortress is the iconic attraction and leisure destination of Belgrade. It’s situated in the largest park called Kalemegdan Park in Belgrade. The Kalemegdan Fortress, located at the intersection of the Sava River and the Danube River, is the best testimony of the history of the city. After many times of repair, you can still see the construction style of ancient Rome and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is one of the few historical sites well preserved in Belgrade. The castle is made up of huge stones, and it has been a military center since the Celtics. It’s beautiful to watching the sunset in the castle, especially it’s suitable for sitting there and thinking nothing when looking at the Danube. At this moment, you will feel that time is stopped. The whole world is only you or the one around you.

2. Church of Saint Sava

Church of Saint Sava is the largest Orthodox church in the world so far and has not yet been fully finished. The church was built in 935 and was interrupted during the reign of Hitler. It was not built during the Communist Party. You will feel how small you are under the big dome with 15 gods. This church is perfect for taking pictures. It’s recommended to go to see it in the evening. The fountain and the evening glow will definitely amaze you. You can also go into the basement and you will see that the interior is also well decorated and eye-catching.

3. Knez Mihailova Street

Located in the heart of Belgrade and close to Kalemegdan Park, Knez Mihailova Street is the most prestigious commercial street in the city. Many of the representative buildings at the end of the 19th century stand on both sides of the street and become a beautiful landscape. It is home to numerous commodities and financial, and cultural institutions, which makes it a great place to visit. If you are tired, sit down at the coffee shop at the street and watch the pedestrians coming and going. The end of the street is the Kalemegdan Fortress. A small tip for you: Most shops are closed on Sundays.

4. Nikola Tesla Museum

Nikola Tesla is often hailed as the “greatest scientist in human history”. He invented the AC system and was the founder of modern radio and wireless communications. Although the Serbian-born American inventor did not live in Belgrade, the Serbs are still proud of him. They named the airport with his name and printed his avatar on the currency (100 dinars). After the death of Tesla, his nephew Sava Kosanovi inherited some of his personal belongings, including research materials, books, photos and so on. According to Tesla’s wishes, these personal items and his ashes were sent to Belgrade and kept in this museum. The museum also holds more than 1,000 designs and drawings from Tesla. There is only one floor that can be visited in the museum. Every once in a while, volunteers explain some of the main experimental devices and introduce the principles in English.

5. Petrovaradin Fortress

The Petrovaradin Fortress is the famous old castle of the former Yugoslavia. It is also the largest of the more than 30 large ancient castles in Europe. The upper part of the castle is polygonal with a cast iron cannon  the in every corner, as well as ancient weapons such as knives and shields. Nowadays, it’s huge beast cast made from copper and iron who control these weapons instead of the soldiers, including copper lions, bronze deer, iron tigers and iron leopards. There is a bronze running horse in the middle. The national hero Karajoyevic who is against the Turkish aggression in the 14th century is sitting on the horse. Flying ribbons and mane are like two wings growing from the back and he is holding a shield on the left hand and a gun on the right hand, The double-headed eagle whirls in front of the horse. At the top of the castle there is an old clock tower. You can the panoramic view of the Danube and Novi Sad.

6. Njerdap National Park

The main natural attraction of the Njerdap National Park is the huge Njerdap Gorge on the Danube and it’s a long grand canyon. The park has more than 1,100 species of plants, more than 200 species of birds, and mammals: otters, bears, antelopes, elk, deer and more. The Njerdap Canyon or the Iron Gate Gorge is cut by the Danube River in the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan Mountains at the border between Romania and Serbia, forming a series of majestic and steep canyons. Due to the special crossing of the wind and the width of the Danube, it’s also very suitable for sailing.

7. Ada Park Island

The Ada Island is a small island on the Sava River that has been transformed into a peninsula. There are 7 kilometers of rivers and various bars along the coast. In the summer, it is a place where citizens swim and take the sunbathe and they call it ‘the sea of ​​Belgrade’. Meanwhile, it is also the largest sports center in Belgrade. There are various sports facilities such as football stadiums, basketball courts and tennis courts, as well as various entertainment projects such as bungee and live CS. Here you can rent a bicycle or a pair of roller skates to see around the island. You can also pay 200 dinars for a one-way ticket to take the train to see around the island if the weather is too hot and you can stay in the train as long as you want.

8. Studenica Monastery

The Studenica Monastery was founded in the late 12th century and was founded shortly after the abdication of the Princess of the Medieval Republic of Serbia. This monastery is the largest and richest traditional monastery in Serbia. The two main monuments in the monastery the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Kings are all made of white marble. They also contain collections of Byzantine art from the 13th and 14th centuries, all of which are invaluable. The monastery is quiet and sacred, and the wet murals inside the church are shocking! There are many walnut trees outside the monastery, and the walnuts fall in the fall. You can also choose to stay in the monastery for one night, you can feel the atmosphere of the morning prayers and the tranquility of the night. It costs 20€ for one night by person including breakfast and dinner or 18€ without breakfast.

9. Uvac Canyon

The Uvac Gorge is the most impressive landscape in Serbia. It is located in the hinterland of the southern mountains and is the karst landform. Thousands of years of water erosion and the magical power of nature have created the breathtaking 15 consecutive 180-degrees river bay, which is rare in Europe and the world. In addition to viewing the canyon on the observation deck, you can also cruise in the canyon and visit the cave in summer and autumn. What’s more, the Uvac Gorge is also the Bald Eagle Reserve in Serbia. After the establishment of the reserve, the number of bald eagles has increased from 25 in 1984 to more than 500 now. White-headed eagle often hovering over the canyon, so the Uvac Canyon is the excellent bird watching resort. It is recommended to take a boat tour of the river valley and go to the original undeveloped cave to see the stalactites, then you can climb to the heights to overlook zigzag like a snake.

10. Golubac Fortress

It was originally a Roman settlement, which was established by the locals at the entrance to the Danube Gorge during the 14th century. The fortress is guarded by the Iron Gate Canyon, and the Danube can be directly blocked directly by the giant iron chain across the Danube. Due to the location of the danger, the fortress was established shortly. The castle was transferred to the Ottoman Sultan of Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Bulgaria, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Serbia, and many other countries. There are too many stories buried under this castle such as the war, peace talks, betrayal, alliance and so on. Serbia eventually owned the fortress until 1867.

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