Serbia

Serbia: serbia essential Information

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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.

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Serbia complete budget travel guide

Visas

Hassle free – but beware the Kosovo stamp problem

Warning! There have been stories of people being refused entry to Serbia on the grounds that they have a Kosovo stamp in their passport, and do not have a Serbian exit stamp. The reason being that the Serb authorities view you as having entered Serbian territory illegally when you crossed into, what they consider to be, a region of Serbia. To avoid this problem either visit Serbia first or ask the Kosovan border control not to stamp your passport upon entry (we have done that and there were no problems upon exit).

No visa – 90 days

EU citizens and citizens of the following countries do not requite a visa to enter for up to 90 days:

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Norway, New Zealand, San Marino, Seychelles Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay

No visa30/15 days

Citizens of the following countries do not requite a visa to enter for up to 30 days:

Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine

Citizens of Hong Kong can enter visa free but only for 15 days

Visa freebut only for business

Citizens of China can only enter the country visa free, with passports endorsed as ‘business’

13 Things to be aware of when backpacking and hitch-hiking in Serbia: Visa policy map of Serbia - wiki

source: wikipedia.org

All other nationals apply within

Citizens of all other countries have to apply for and obtain a visa in advance before entering the country. A list of Serbian embassies can be found here and information on what you’ll need here.

Advantages of hitchhiking in Serbia

The Serbia hitchhiking experience is, on the whole, a mixed bag with unpredictable waiting times stretching from a few minutes to many hours. At least the concept is well understood and it is easier in the north of the country with more people willing to stop. If you do manage to get a lift on the main north–south A1 motorway, rides can be long and fruitful, especially towards the capital, Belgrade. Road condition is also strikingly good, especially when compared to its eastern neighbours (Romania & Bulgaria).

Other advantages of hitchhiking in Serbia include a simple visa regime (if you are from the majority of ‘western’ countries) and the comparatively cheap cost of travelling in the country (except notably in the capital). Serbia also still carries that sense of adventure, as tourism has yet to really get off the ground in the majority of the country.

Beautiful Serbian Mountains - Resava Valley, Serbia

Disadvantages of hitchhiking in Serbia

Despite the many advantages, hitchhiking in Serbia does have its negatives, however. Firstly, those long waiting times alluded to earlier are even more noticeable when travelling south of Belgrade and more so if you are trying to get to Kosovo or Macedonia.

Furthermore, cars rarely stop once dusk approaches and street lighting outside the city centres is hardly present at all.

The A1 motorway, while covering long distances, usually has its junctions 5-10 km from the town it services, so prepare for long walks if you get dropped off at the exit.

The political situation, also makes for uncomfortable situations. Kosovo, is still thought of by many Serbs as an integral part of their nation. So, avoid any political discussions that are likely to upset your drivers.

McDonalds in a rough area of Belgrade, Serbia

Food & Drink

What cuisine to expect

Like in all the Balkans meat is king, especially the grilled variety and life is particularly tough for the vegetarian traveller. Influences have sneaked in, mainly from Turkey with a dash of Austro-Hungarian, so while local favourites ćevapčići (small rolls of mixed minced meat) and the greasy burek (stuffed pastry) can be found on every street corner, there are also a number of unique dishes to try. Pljeskavica, which is considered the national dish and reminiscent of a hamburger, whilst the stomach punching karađorđe šnicla (rolled veal stuffed with cheese and covered in breadcrumbs) are all waiting to be tried. And, for soup lovers čorba (a thick meat or fish soup) is a nice treat.

When and where to eat?

Most people in Serbia eat 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner – with breakfast being a relatively new cultural addition and eaten very early, if at all. The main meal is at lunch, which is usually consumed mid-afternoon and is often home-cooked. In Belgrade, and the larger cities, a wide range of national and international cuisine is available as well as local and multinational fast food chains, while in smaller towns options are a little more limited. Eateries are usually divided between restaurants and taverns (kafanas), with the latter tending to focus more on national dishes, and the décor a little more traditional.

Cheap eats

Food in Serbia tends to be reasonably priced but for those on a strict budget a couple of staple ‘Serbian fast food’ options will leave your belly full without emptying your wallet. Burek, the greasy stuffed pastry so common in all the Balkans, makes a filling snack, particularly popular are the versions with cheese (sa sirom) and meat (sa mesom). Another Balkan standard čevapčići is often sold as street food, alongside the more traditionally Serbian pljeskavica, and also provides a filling meal for a fraction of the price you would pay in a more upmarket restaurant.

What to drink?

You are never far from the smell of coffee (kafa) in Serbia, although there has been a marked move from the Turkish variety to more typical western methods in recent years. Local beers to try include Lav and Jelen which are drinkable and come a lot cheaper than the overpriced wine. The national drinks of Serbia, rakia (fruit brandy) and slivovitsa (plum brandy), are common place and if you spend enough time out on the road you are sure to be offered some. They range from lethal to almost nice so go slow if you don’t want to suffer the next day.

Serbian cuisine - by Wikicommons

Accommodation

What are the budget sleeping options?

The budget traveller will soon find that accommodation options in Serbia are more limited than in the rest of the Balkans. Really cheap private accommodation is a lot harder to find, with the tradition of sleeping in people’s houses a lot less developed than in Croatia or Macedonia for example. Your best bet are dorm-style hostels (10–20€) which are common in the larger cities, and offer the cheapest, paid for bed options.

Hotels tend to be of the crumbling soviet type, with poor service, basic facilities and overpriced rooms and are best avoided if at all possible. Organised camp-sites are rare, but wild camping is doable, as long as you stay off the main roads.

Hotel Moskva, Belgrade, Serbia

Weather

Colder in the north + hot summers and cold winters

Serbia can be broadly divided into two climatic zones: in the north, a more pronounced continental climate is present, which means cold winters and hot, humid summers, and in the south, a more Adriatic climate, with hot, dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall inland (esp. in Belgrade, Novi Sad). There are however, other factors, including differences in elevation, proximity to the Adriatic Sea and large river basins, which also effect the micro-climate of certain areas.

As a general rule, autumn in hotter than spring and the coldest month is January with average temperatures ranging from -6°C in the mountains and 0°C on flatter ground. The warmest month, July, enjoys average temperatures ranging from 11°C to 22°C depending on the elevation and how far north/south you are. Rainfall is present all year around, so in summer we recommend lightweight clothes but also a raincoat, while in the winter thicker clothing and a heavier duty raincoat.

The view from Sweet Hostel on a rainy day, Nis, Serbia

Transport & Hitch-hiking

Travelling long distances – buses not trains

As always, we here at HitchHikersHandbook.com would recommend the easiest and most interesting way to get around – hitchhiking, but if you need a break from this intensive form of travel, then what are your options in Serbia?

Well, generally speaking, buses are much more convenient, and a generally cheaper way of moving around Serbia. You can check out a detailed schedule search here.

Trains do exist, with lines from Belgrade-Novi Sad and a scenic route from Subotica-Bar (Montenegro), but they are slow, often uncomfortable and frequently delayed. In smaller towns there might not even be a train timetable available, so unless you can communicate in Serbian (or any other Slavic language), finding the right train and hour might be difficult. You can find an English language schedule website here.

Hitchhiking – easier in the north, harder south of Belgrade and never at night

Hitchhiking in Serbia was a very mixed experience for us, with occasional long waiting times contrasted with long rides directly to our destination. It is much more difficult heading south of Belgrade and even more difficult if you are planning on crossing the border to Kosovo or Macedonia. It is, however, easier in the north of the country, especially in the autonomous community of Vojvodina

Furthermore, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you along the road in Serbia. Firstly, avoid hitch-hiking at night, street lighting is a big problem outside the big cities and drivers are very cautious about picking up so late. Motorway junctions are normally a fair way outside the city they service, so try and avoid being dropped off directly off the motorway and lastly, toll roads are your friend and it is quite common to see a hitchhiker using these points to score lifts.

Jon with our friendly truck driver Jerko on the way to Nis, Serbia

Culture & Traditions

Politeness & holding your drink

Being polite costs nothing and makes everyone feel a bit better so remember to say molim (please/you’re welcome/could you please repeat that?) a lot. In fact, Serbian, like all Slavic languages, has a formal and informal you (Vi and Ti), so if you are going to try a bit of the local tongue, address people you don’t know in the more formal manner. When toasting (with rakia normally) it is important to look people in the eyes, and also not to show that you are drunk: as it is a sign of bad taste and a lack of moral fibre.

Rakija glasses

Traditional Serbian rakija glasses

Language

What to speak: English with the young, phrasebook elsewhere

Serbian, is the official language of Serbia and neighbouring Montenegro, and also an official language in Bosnia & Kosovo. In reality, it is almost identical to Croatian & Bosnian, with only some minor vocabulary and pronunciation differences, but differs in the fact that it is written in both Latin and Cyrillic script.

Serbian is spoken by the overwhelming majority of the country except: in the north, where enclaves of Hungarian exist, and in the south, where Albanian and a few Bulgarian speakers are present. English is common amongst the young, especially in the big cities where you may also find speakers of the major western European languages too. Out in the villages, however, things are a little different. Slavic language speakers will be able to pick up a few words at least and if nothing helps, drink rakia!

Ania with Serbian people

Money & Costs

One of Europe’s cheaper destinations, just not in Belgrade

Serbian dinar (RSD or unofficially din.) is divided into denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 notes and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 coins and is the only official legal tender in the country. Some places will accept Euro but the price is usually inflated so it is better to pay with the local currency. Prices are cheap when compared to Western Europe, a little cheaper against Slovenia and Croatia and about the same as the other Balkan states, although the capital Belgrade is far more expensive than the rest of the country.

Serbia average costs & prices

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Kosovo

The great unspeakable conversation

When Kosovo declared independence 2008, the reaction in Serbia was one of horror. The lands of Kosovo, are to Serbians, the very cradle of their history and culture and the dissection of its territory by newly arrived Albanians seemed an affront too far. On no account should you declare any private held support about Kosovan independence as it will only lead to arguments. The support of the US & Britain for this cause, allied with the NATO bombings in 1999 has further stirred some resentment towards the west but you are unlikely to be affected on a personal level. The days of Yugoslavian Serbia will not offend so ask all the questions you please.

"Newborn" sculpture in Pristina, Kosovo

“Newborn” sculpture in Pristina, Kosovo

Types of roads

There are around 40,845 km of public roads in Serbia of which 651 km are motorways with the most important being the A1 – it runs from Hungary in the north to Macedonia in the south and forms the main spine of the road network.

23,780 km of expressways, which are subdivided into class I and II, form the rest of the relatively well developed and well-maintained system (in comparison to the rest of the Balkans).

serbia hitchhiking essentials: serbia motorway signMotorways (Аутопут: A-Roads) are dual lane carriageways and form the quickest way to move around Serbia. There are 5 motorways in total (A1-A5), most run to the capital Belgrade and are marked by white on green signs. The speed limit is 120 km/h (75 mph) and Hitch-hiking on them is illegal so you will have to use the slip road.

serbia hitchhiking essentials: serbia expressway sign Expressways (Брзи пут) are also dual lane carriageways (but do not have an emergency lane) and form the rest of the major roads in Serbia. There are two classifications of major state roads marked by white double or triple digit numbers on a blue background but all with a general speed limit of 100 km/h (62 mph). Hitch-hiking on them is a grey area.

Municipal Roads (Општински путеви) make up the remainder of the roads in Serbia. Some are unpaved and in poor condition, and the speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph) within inhabited places and 80 km/h (50 mph) outside the cities. Hitch-hiking on them is legal.

speed limits in Serbia

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Four general speed limits apply on roads in Serbia:

50 km/h (31 mph) within inhabited places.

80 km/h (50 mph) outside inhabited places.

100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways (Put rezervisan za saobracaj motornih vozila).

120 km/h (75 mph) on highways (Autoput).

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Road map of Serbia

serbia hitchhiking essentials: Serbia road and motorway map

source: ezilon.com

Absolutely essential hitch-hikers phrasebook

Hello – Здраво. Zdravo. (ZDRAH-voh)
Thank you – Xвала. Hvala. (HVAH-lah)
– Yes – Да. Da. (DAH)
– No – Не. Ne. (NEH)
– Please – Mолим. Molim. (MOH-leem)
– Excuse me. (getting attention) – Извинитe. Izvinite. (eez-VEE-nee-teh)
– How are you? – Kaкo стe? Kako ste? (kah-KOH steh?) – formal / како си? Kako si? (kah-KOH see?) – informal
– Well, thanks. Добро, хвала. Dobro, hvala. (DOH-broh, HVAH-lah)
Goodbye Дoвиђeњa. Doviđenja. (doh vee-JEH-nyah)
Hitch-hiking – стопирао. Stopirao. (sto-pee-ra-oh)
I don’t have money. – Немам новца. Nemam novca. (Neh-mum NOV-tsah)
We don’t have money. – ми немамо новацa Mi nemamo novca. (Me Neh-mah-mo NOV-tsah)
Money – новац. Novac. (NOH-vahts)
– I’m going … – Идем… Idem… (EE-dehm…)
– We are going to … – Ми Идемо у … Mi idemo u … (Me EE-deh-moh ...)
– Where are you going?  Где идеш? Gdje ideš? (Gdje EE-desh?)
– Can we go with you? – Можемо ићи са вама? Možemo li ići sa vama? (Moh-ZHE-moh lee Y-chy sah VAH-mah?)
– I am … – Ја сам … Ja sam … (yah sahm …)
– My name is … – Зoвeм ce … Zovem se … (ZOH-vehm seh …)
– I am from … – Ја сам из … Ja sam iz … (Yahsahm eez …)
– What is your name? – Kaкo ce зoвeтe? Kako se zovete? (KAH-koh seh zoh-VEH-teh)
– Pleased to meet you. – Дpaгo ми je. Drago mi je. (DRAH-goh mee yeh)
– I don’t understand. – Не разумем. Ne razumem. (neh rah-ZOO-mehm)
– now – сада. sada (SAH-dah)
– today – данас. danas (DAH-nahs)
– yesterday – јуче. juče (YOO-cheh)
– tomorrow – сутра. sutra (SOO-trah)
friend – пријатељ. prijatelj (pri-YA-telee)

Very useful when they ask you where you’re staying. The concept of Couchsurfing is often too difficult to explain, so just say you’re staying with a friend. You can also use this word to express the relationship between you and your fellow travellers.

Can you stop? – Можеш ли престати? Možešli prestati? (Moh-zhesh lee preh-STAH-tea) – informal; Можетели престати? Možeteli prestati? (moh-ZHEH-teh lee preh-STAH-tea) – formal
– I want to get out. – Желимизаћи. Želimizaći (ZHEH-leem EE-zah-chyee)
– Turn left – Скрените лево. Skrenite lijevo! (SKREH-nee-teh LYEH-voh)
– Turn right – Скрените десно. Skrenite desno! (SKHREH-nee –te DEHS-noh)
– Straight ahead – Право напред. Pravo napred (PRA-vo Na-pred)
here – овде. ovdje (OV-dye)
– Do you have …? (in a shop) – Имате ли … ? Imate li …?(EE-mah-teh lee …?)
beer – пива. piva. (PEE-vah)

You should know this word, you will be often invited for some.

Bus station – аутобуска станица. autobuska stanica. (OW-toh-boos-kah STAH-nee-tsah)

You should know this word and listen out for it to avoid situations when your driver, in their best intentions, takes you off the road and drives you to a station.

Train station – железничка станица. željeznička stanica. (ZHEH-lyehz-neech-kah STAH-nee-tsah)
– Help! – Упомоћ! Upomoć! (oo-POH-mohtch)
– Look out! – пази! pazi! (PAH-zee)
– street – улица. ulica. (OO-lee-tsah)
– road – цеста. cesta (TSEHS-tah)
– roundabout – кружни ток. kružni tok. (CROOZH-nee tok)
– crossroads – раскрсница. raskrsnica (RAH-scrah-snee-tsah)

Ania with a Serbian friend under Veliki Buk waterfall, Lisine, Serbia

Serbia Border Crossings

Serbia neighbours 7 or 8 different countries depending on who you talk to: Hungary (to the north), Romania (north-east), Bulgaria (south-east), Macedonia (south), Kosovo (south), Montenegro (south-west), Bosnia & Herzegovina (west) and Croatia (north-west).

Serbia – Hungary

There are five road border crossings between Serbia & Hungary

  • Horgoš (Serbia) – Röszke (Hungary)it is The most important crossing situated on the busy north-south running A1/M5 motorway. The road connects the capitals of the two countries as well as passing through a host of major cities including Novi Sad (Serbia) and Szeged (Hungary). The crossing is renowned for its long waiting times.

Serbia – Romania

There are six road border crossings between Serbia & Romania

  • Srpska Crnja (Serbia) – Jimbolia (Romania)  – use this crossing if you want to travel to the north of Romania; it connects to the Romanian city of Timisoara and beyond.
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  • From Belgrade it is perhaps easiest to cross at Kaluđerovo (Serbia) – Naidaş (Romania), or at the newly opened most southern crossing at Đerdap (Serbia) – Porţile de Fier (Romania) if you heading toward Bucharest.

Serbia – Bulgaria

There are five road border crossings between Serbia & Bulgaria

  • The main border crossing is located at Dimitrovgrad (Serbia) – Kalotina (Bulgaria) on the E-80 motorway. The crossing connects Serbia to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, and attracts lots of trucks and summer holidaymakers, so expect long queues in the summer.

Serbia – Macedonia

There are two road border crossings between Serbia & Macedonia

  • The main border crossing is positioned on the A1 highway at Preševo (Serbia) – Tabanovtse (Macedonia) and connects Kumanovo & Skopje (Macedonia) with the main north-south Serbian highway that continues through all the major cities including the capital Belgrade. It is a problem-free crossing from our experience.

Serbia – Kosovo

There are six road border crossings between Serbia & Kosovo. However, Serbia does not view these as international crossings, more as domestic ones, so there is a problem for the average backpacker. Namely, that whilst you can enter from Serbia to Kosovo, and return if you so like, you may not enter from Kosovo to Serbia unless you have a pre-existing Serbian stamp. This is because they view you as having entered Serbia illegally.

There are two ways to avoid this problem. 1) visit Serbia first or 2) when you enter Kosovo ask them nicely not to put a stamp in your passport and after visiting Kosovo head to Macedonia or Montenegro and then head to Serbia.

  • Due to continuing tensions in the north of Kosovo, it is advisable not to use the two northern crossing at Jarinje (Serbia) – Leposavic (Kosovo) & Brnjak (Serbia) – Zubin Potok (Kosovo) although they are the most conveniently placed for Belgrade.
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  • Instead, head to the Merdare (Serbia) – Besianë (Kosovo) crossing on the E-80. It runs between the southern city of Niš (Serbia) and Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.

Serbia – Montenegro

There are five road border crossings between Serbia & Montengro

  • The busiest border lies on the E763 at Gostun (Serbia) – Konatar (Montenegro) and connects the towns of Brodarevo (Serbia) & Bijelo Pilje (Montenegro). This is the obvious border crossing if travelling to / from north and central Serbia.
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  • The southernmost checkpoint at Dračenovac (Serbia) – Krš (Montenegro) on the E-65 is also another popular crossing and is useful if you are travelling from Novi Pazar (Serbia) into Montenegro.

Serbia – Bosnia & Herzegovina

There are eight road border crossings between Serbia & Bosnia

  • To travel between the capitals: Belgrade & Sarajevo cross at Ljubovija (Serbia) – Mihaljevici (Bosnia) or at the border town of Mali Zvornik (Serbia) – Zvornik (Bosnia), which also serves as the crossing to the major Bosnian city of Tuzla Canton.

Serbia – Croatia

There are six border crossings between Serbia & Croatia

  • The main crossing is located at Bajakovo (Serbia) – Batrovci (Croatia) on the only border crossing motorway E-70. It is the most popular route with truck drivers but you also expect long delays in the summer due to the amount of traffic.

map of Serbian border crossings

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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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Serbia Top Destinations Map

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Our Experience

We hitch-hiked in Serbia as part of our ‘The Balkan Peninsula by Thumb 2013‘ trip and covered 416km by thumb. During our stay in the country we managed to hitch-hike our way from the Macedonian border to the capital Belgrade, although waiting times were quite long. Accommodation was a little tricky, as finding couchsurfing hosts was difficult without pre-planning. Although we did find couchsurfing host in a town just outside Belgrade, we settled for a cheap hostel in Nis.

written by: Jon

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