Belgrade is a fascinating and dynamic city that at times belies its ancient heritage. Sat at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers, Belgrade also straddles the East-West divide and its ancient heritage sits comfortably with the urban charm of its parks, cafés and nightclubs. Come discover Europe's coolest capital city.
Churches & Monasteries
Serbia is a country with a rich religious heritage. Visit the tiny 9th century St. Peter's Church and Borac's simple, hidden church. Admire the sublime frescoes of the UNESCO heritage site of Sopocani and the elegance and beauty of Studenica. Unlike in much of modern day Europe, Serbian monasteries continue to play an active and important role in the spiritual life of its people.
Devil's Town is a unique geographical phenomenon. Nominated as a UNESCO natural heritage site, the area consists of bizarre rock formations where water erosion has left cone-like pyramid structures of reddish rock, capped with a mysterious 'black hat'. Pyramids are continuously formed and destroyed, leading locals to believe that this was the result of devils fighting each other for power. Local legend has us believe that the eerie sound of the wind whistling between the pyramids is that of the devils trying to communicate.
The Skull Tower of Nis
This ghoulish tower was the Turkish response to an episode during the first Serbian uprising where the Serbian General, Steven Sindelic, realising he was on the point of defeat, blew himself up alongside 3000 Serbian soldiers and about 6000 Turkish soldiers. The Turks built this grisly tower with four walls, each containing eleven rows of seven Serbian skulls, as a warning against further Serbian resistance. Many of the skulls were removed at great danger by Serbian families and buried, but many remain there to this day.
The Danube River
The Danube is Europe's largest and most important river, flowing through four capital cities, more than any other river in the world. It has acted as a critical route for pan-European trade through many centuries resulting in a rich and impressive heritage. The narrowest part of the river is just 300m across and is flanked by striking cliffs of up to 600m. Follow its winding path by foot, by bike or by boat - passing imposing fortresses, dramatic gorges, quaint villages and ancient settlements.
The wine cellar village of Rajacka Pimnice, near the actual village of Rajac, consists of 270 stone and wood cellars built between 1750 and 1930. Far off the tourist map, this quaint village is a fantastic opportunity to taste and buy the delicious local wine, eat traditional regional food and meet the friendly locals, who are not averse to a glass or two themselves! For those inclined to explore further, Rajac's unique 3rd century graveyard with its highly unusual gravestones is also worth a visit.
Vastly different from the more southern regions of Serbia, the semi-autonomous province of Vojvodina is more influenced by the Austro-Hungarian Empire than the Ottomans who ruled the more southerly parts. This is clearly reflected in the architecture and attitude of the people. The beautiful towns of Novi Sad and Subotica look and feel more like central European towns that might be more at home in Hungary.