10 Serbia Top Destinations

Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade, Serbia

Despite being left with the most industrial and least beautiful part of the ex-Yugoslavia, Serbia today is a young and boisterous place; still, perhaps unsurprisingly, trying to find its place in the modern Europe. Tourists are only recently beginning to rediscover the joys of this landlocked country, but almost all head to Belgrade, the gritty urban centre of Serbian life that seemingly never sleeps, but there are many more wonders to be discovered. Rich in medieval monasteries, rolling southern hills and rugged mountains, with a unique architectural style throughout, Serbia is so much more than its capital and its history. The university driven Novi Sad, with its epic EXIT festival and the mosque strewn Novi Pazar only hint at the diversity that is on offer. So, here are our Serbia Top Destinations to help you on your search …

Serbia top destinations

10 Serbia Top Destinations

Belgrade – 3 days

Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade, Serbia‘White City’, capital of Serbia and formerly of Yugoslavia, is a mammoth mishmash of architectural styles and is one the most important cities in South-East Europe. Its recent revitalisation, has lead to its rediscovery by tourists, drawn by its vibrant night-life, promise of adventure and underrated monuments including the very symbol of the city: Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park (in the photo) but that is not all to see. The Cathedral of Saint Sava is Serbia’s largest Orthodox structure and still not completed and Belgrade Cathedral is another fine 19th century, lavishly decorated building. Also, be sure to stroll down Srpskih vladara street and check out the wonderful palaces on show. There are also a number of fascinating museums to explore including: the National Museum, Historical Museum of Serbia & Nikola Tesla Museum.

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Novi Sad – 2 days

Serbia Top Destinations: Novi Sad - wikicommonsRelaxed and charming Novi Sad offers a nice contrast to the high-octane energy of Belgrade with its sprawling parks and café culture hidden down every alley. The centre of the life in Novi Sad is at Freedom square (Trg Slobode), flanked by the neo-Gothic Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary and the neo-Renaissance town hall, but the real domineering presence in town is Petrovaradin fortress, which every summer is given over to Balkans’ biggest music festival – Exit.

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Niš – 1 full day is enough

Statue for the Liberators of Nis, Nis, Serbia

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The university town of Niš, is famous for being the birthplace of Emperor Constantine as well as an important stopover between central Europe and the Middle-east. It is not the prettiest town in the country but the central square Trg Kralja Milana, and its surrounding cafés and bars are a great place to experience modern Serbia and Niš fortress is a lovely place for a stroll. The macabre Skull Tower, constructed by Turks in the 19th century from the skulls of Serbs defeated at the battle of Cegar, and the Nazi concentration camp are a living reminder of the Serbia’s dark history.

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Subotica – 1 full day is enough

Serbia Top Destintations: subotica - wikicommonsPretty little Subotica is rich in Hungarian influence and is an interesting cultural amalgamation of Serbian and Hungarian cultures. The town centre centre is small, and revolves around the central square – Trg Republike, which contains one of the prettiest Town Halls you have ever seen. Other sites include a number of buildings designed by Hungarian architects Dezsó Jakab and Marcell Komor, the most famous being the Piraeus Bank building and north-west of the city centre the, now abandoned, synagogue.

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Studenica Monastery – 1 full day is enough

Serbia Top Destinations: Studenica Monastery - wikicommonsThe Serbian Orthodox monastery of Studenica is located 39 km south-west of Kraljevo and is arguable the most impressive of all the monasteries in Serbia. It was founded in 1190 and the site contains two churches: the Church of the Virgin, and the Church of the King, both constructed using striking white marble, and a series of Byzantine-style fresco paintings that date back to the 13th & 14th centuries. Studenica was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

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Novi Pazar – 2 days

Serbia Top Destinations: Novi Pazar - wikicommonsNovi Pazar is the centre of Bosniak culture and life in Serbia, and is an area rich in both Christian and Muslim monuments. People are drawn to Novi Pazar, however, as a base for the nearby remains of Stari Ras, the former capital of the Serbian state and the Byzantine influenced Monastery of Sopoćani both of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the town, however, be sure to visit the 17th century Turkish fortress and the 15th century Turkish bath, the oldest in Serbia.

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Gamzigrad – 1 full day is enough

Serbia Top Destinations: Felix Romuliana - wikicommonsThe town of Gamzigrad lies on the River Danube, close to city of Zaječar and is most famous for the epic Roman complex of palaces and temples which cover an area of 10 acres. The site is called the Felix Romuliana and was constructed by the Emperor Galerius in the 3rd century AD and consists of the remains of 2 temples, 2 palaces, mosaic corridor depicting the Greek gods Dionysos and Medusa, baths and some impressive gates. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

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Tara National Park – 2 days

Serbia Top Destinations: Tara National Park - wikicommonsConsisting of an area around 220km2, Tara National Park is a great place to get away from the stresses of the city and to reconnect with nature. Forests make up three quarters of the park’s area, many of which are amongst the best preserved and well-kept in Europe, and there are also a number of species including, bears, wolves, eagles & falcons to be seen. The main tourist base is Kaluđerske Bare, from where you can explore Tara Mountain (1,544 m) and the beautiful Zaovine Lake in not too strenuous hikes.

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Devil’s Town 1 full day is enough

Serbia Top Destinations: Devil's Town - wikicommonsDevil’s Town (Đavolja Varoš), is the name given to the strange and peculiar rock formation found in the south of Serbia. Imagine a mini Cappodocia in Turkey, and you’re getting close to the nature of this intriguing site. There are 202 earth towers, ranging from 2 to 15 m tall, each formed from the erosion of soil that was previously the site of intense volcanic activity millions of years ago, and there are two natural spring beneath the formations: Đavolja voda (Devil’s Water) & Crveno vrelo (Red Well).

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⑩ And what would you recommend?

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What should be our number 10 in your opinion? We are very curious to hear where you’ve been and what you liked, so please share your knowledge and experience in the comments!

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written by: Jon

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3 comments

  • I have not visited Serbia so I cannot recommend a 10th place. I loved reading your 9 suggestions. Devil’s Town might be my favorite. I would want to buy a shirt or other souvenir there.

  • a great list! When I went there in 2004 there was little info out there on places further on than Belgrade and Novi Sad.

  • I’ve been in Serbia 6 times now ,and i still discover beautiful place. This year i have been a week on Tara and I loved it very much ( but that is already on your list) Last year i was at Kapoanik and made a lot of nice walkings in the national park. So i would be recommanding “Kapoanik”

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