Travel Guide to Serbia
Serbia is a landlocked country of the Balkan region located in Southeastern Europe. Formerly a founding member of Yugoslavia, Serbia is now a parliamentary republic. Serbia is not known as a tourist destination, but the country has a unique history, intriguing landscapes, and fine culture that make it well worth exploring.
Serbia has long served as a connecting point between east and west geographically, politically, and culturally. It has the many Mediterranean, particularly Turkish, influences, as well as having been impacted by its time under Roman, Ottoman, and Habsburg rule. Only recently independent as Serbia (2006), the nation’s history is long and complex. The people are known to be very warm and welcoming of foreigners, but it is best to not step on any toes, politically speaking.
How to Reach
It is easy enough to get into Serbia via plane. The major airports are located in the capital city of Belgrade and in the nation’s second city Novi Sad. Public transportation is a great way to get around the city, but the bus system is much more developed than the trains. Otherwise, it might be a good idea to rent a car when traveling in Serbia.
The climate is continental with hot, humid summers and cold winters. Although it is landlocked, Serbia has rivers that connect it to the seas and provide a picturesque setting. The largest and most famous of the rivers in Serbia is the Danube, which runs through Belgrade.
Where to Go
A trip to Serbia must include a visit to the capital city. Belgrade is also the country’s largest city and has a population of about 1.6 million. Stroll along Skadarlija to see many restaurants and art galleries. The city has many fine museums, including the Nikola Tesla Museum and the Museum of Yugoslav history. Stop by the Old Town to see the Belgrade Fortress. Belgrade is home to the largest Orthodox church in the world, the Church of St. Sava.
The second city of Serbia is a major hub of life and culture in the nation. An absolute must see in the area is the Fruska Gora, an incredible national park filled with nature, wildlife, and old monasteries.
The third largest city in Serbia has many important historical sights, including the Skull Tower, Turkish fortress, and the remains of the Roman town of Medina, as well as being the birthplace of Constantine the Great.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Serbia is home to a few World Heritage Sites, most notably, the ancient capital of Stari Ras, two monasteries, 12th-century Studenica and 13th-century Sopocani, and the Roman temple complex of Gamzigrad.