Serbia is located in the Balkans in Central and Southeast Europe and is bordered by Bulgaria and Romania to the east, Albania and Macedonia to the south, Hungary to the north and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west. Almost thirty percent of the country is covered by forest and the abundance of rivers and mountains make it the perfect environment for a variety of animals, including foxes, bears, wolves and lynx.
In Carska Bara there are more than three hundred bird species and bears can still be found in absolute freedom in the region of the Tara Mountain, western Serbia. Uvac River, flowing through south-western Serbia, is home to the White-head vultures. The most popular mountain resorts in Serbia are Zlatibor, Kopaonik and Stara Planina.
Serbia is home to several spectacular national parks, but Fruška Gora is outstanding. The park features wineries, ancient monasteries and orchards. The Tara National Park offers magnificent views of the steep gorges of the Drina River. One can explore the hiking trails in this area and enjoy fantastic scenery.
Explore the Monasteries in Serbia
Serbia is home to several medieval monasteries and the Studenica Monastery, in close proximity to Kraljevo, is one of the best places to view excellent fresco masterpieces.
The Studenica Monastary is home to the Church of Saint Nicholas. The bell tower was built in the thirteenth century. The Crucifixion is one of the outstanding achievements in Serbian art. Some of the frescoes under the dome, on the west wall and in the altar area have been preserved. The south wall boasts with a painting showing the Virgin taking Nemanja with the church model to the Saviour. The monastery contains several painted ensembles from the post-Byzantine period. If you would like to contact the monastery, you can phone: +381 36 5436050.
The Manasija monastery (also known as Resava), located not far from Despotovac in the beautiful Kučaj Mountains, is surrounded by massive walls and towers.
The monastery complex consists of the church to the Holy Trinity, the refectory on the south and the fortress with eleven towers. The original floor in the narthex, made of marble tiles in various colors, has been preserved. Other monasteries in Serbia include Krušedol near Srem and the Mileševa monastery near Prijepolje, with its world famous “White Angel” fresco. Well-known medieval monasteries that are protected by UNESCO include the Pec Patriarchate, Gracanica and the monastery of Visoki Decani.
Visit Belgrade – The Capital of Serbia
Serbia can be divided into five regions, Podunavlje, Belgrade, Šumadija, Podrinje and Vojvodina. Belgrade is located at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers and is also the capital of Serbia.
Belgrade Fortress represents old citadel and Kalemegdan Park on the confluence of the River Sava and Danube, in the urban area Stari Grad, of modern Belgrade. Belgrade Fortress was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Republic of Serbia.
Kalemegdan is an extremely popular park among the citizens of Belgrade. The park’s picturesque fountains, winding walking paths, stautues, clock tower, shaded benches, magnificent river views and historical architecture are appreciated by many tourists each year.
The Bendy Beko Building (94,000 square meters) in Belgrade is scheduled for completion in 1917. The complex is within walking distance of the historic Kalemegdan Castle wall. Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE is an Iraqi-British architect and she also designed the Bendy Beko Building. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 – the first woman to do so – and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. She is currently professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Austria (Source: Wikipedia).
The most outstanding museum in the city is the National Museum where you can view more than 400,000 exhibits. Items that are showcased here include famous names such as Matisse, Tiepolo, Mondrian, Van Dyck, Bosch, Monet and Renoir.
Türbe of Damad Ali-Pasha (conqueror of Morea) in Belgrade’s Kalemegdan fortress is the oldest structure in the city. Türbe is the Turkish word for “tomb.” The tomb is a small hexagonal building and contains a single chamber, which is decorated with colored tiles.
Other churches and monasteries in Belgrade include The Cathedral of Saint Sava (Serbia’s largest Orthodox Temple) near Slavija square, Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and Presentation of the Virgin Monastery at Ljube Jovanovića Street No. 8, Senjak.
Dedinje is an affluent neighborhood and is situated near the Topčider and Košutnjak parks. The neighborhood is home to Beli Dvor (White Palace), house of royal family Karađorđević. The palace is open for visitors and features many valuable artworks. The Josip Broz Tito’s mausoleum is in close proximity to the palace. The mausoleum is called The House of Flowers and documents the life of the former Yugoslav president.
Srpskih vladara (Kralja Milana) street (connecting Belgrade Fortress, Knez Mihailova Street and Republic Square with Slavija Square) is a fantastic area to wander around. You will also see Terazije Fountain, Hotel Moskva (Former Palace of Russia), The Old Royal Palace, following the New Palace, and theater Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozorište.
Experience the Best Nightlife in Europe
According to an article in the Times Europe’s best nightlife can be found in buzzing Belgrade. In the Lonely Planet “1000 Ultimate Experiences” guide of 2009, Belgrade was placed at the 1st spot among the top 10 party cities in the world.
Belgrade is famous for its vibrant nightlife and the city can get very busy over weekends. Many people from the neighboring countries such as Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia prefer the nightlife in Belgrade. The Klub Studenata Tehnike (KST) is located in the basement of the University Of Belgrade Faulty Of Electrical and is one of the most popular places in the city among young people.
For a more traditional nightlife experience and exciting Starogradska-music, you should try the old bohemian neighborhood. Skadar Street, in the center of Skadarlija, is well-known for traditional kafanas (restaurants), such as Znak pitanja.
Knez Mihailova Street is the main pedestrian street in Belgrade and is crowded during the day and night. This is a great area to find shops, restaurants and numerous cafes.
Serbia offers Adventure
You can enjoy ice skating at the Sport Center Tašmajdan, Čarlija Čaplina 39 and phone number +381-11/2766-667 or challenge the Open-air ice skating at square Trg Nikole Pašića free of charge. For watching a great Basketball game you can visit the impressive Belgrade Arena. The arena often offers music events and world class artist groups. Make sure to visit the Adventure Park for the best fun ever. Please feel free to phone the Adventure Park at +381-64/8210-218 or +381-63/1679-787 for more information.
General visa requirements for Serbia include a valid passport (passport must be valid at least 90 days from issue date of visa), letter of invitation, a proof of payment for the trip issued by a travel agency, completed visa application form, photo (size 3.5×4.5cm), return ticket or Itinerary (copy of Driving License and Insurance if you travel by car), proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia, health insurance and Visa fee.