Historic cities and natural wonders await you in Serbia and you can experience the country as a local as part of your multi-country Balkan Tour. We’ve been hosting tours here for groups both small and large. Balkan Tours aims to make your experience unique by:
Balkan Tales has curated its most popular locations in Serbia that are worth seeing at all costs, but we’re always open to suggestions and additions. Tell us what you want to do and our guides will make it happen!
Serbian Intangible Cultural Heritage
In Belgrade, you can visit, too, the museums of Aviation, of Yugoslav History, of Science and Technology. The diversity of architecture comprises the Kalemegdan park, where the oldest buildings are, among which a Turkish turbe. Josip Tito’s mausoleum tells about the ex president of Yugoslavia. Kalemegdan Fortress is among the prime sites. On the hill, the Avala Monument rises. On the Sava, Ada Ciganlija is a complex for sports and recreation, with beaches; it is a former island, now connected to the bank via causeways, between which a pond is formed.[/accordion-item]
The Skull Tower, or Ćele Kula, is made of Serbian uprisers’skulls; the uprising was against the Ottomans. The Memorial Chapel and monument, near the fortress, honor the victims of the 1999 NATO bombing. The Roman period villa Mediana is near the city. If you are a jazz aficionado, come in mid August for the International Jazz Festival.[/accordion-item]
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On the Danube, beaches abound; among them, Štrand is the largest one. The nearby park of Fruška Gora is, too, a favorite area. In it, hiking, cycling, and the May marathon attract crowds. For summer recreation, the Ledinci lake in the park is another hub. It is artificial, built during the NATO bombing, to get water, but now is a recreation destination.[/accordion-item]
When the St. George church was built, it was decided to bring together precious mosaics from holy places in the country. The compositions total 725, 513 of which are inside the church, with a total area of 3,500 square metres. The royals buried in Topola lie in the St. George church itself or in the yard. There is also buried Dorde Petrović, called Karadorde, the founder of modern Serbia who led the uprising for separation from the Ottoman empire. The Oplenac Vintage is a folk festival dedicated to grapes and wine.[/accordion-item]
Zlatibor, at 1,000 metres of altitude, is an area for plenty of hiking, skiing, and being in the open. When you reach the town of Užice, at the mountain foot, or the town of Zlatibor, plan your activities and destinations. The air is clean, the summer is replete with sunshine, and in winter the snow cover is abundant. Stay in hotels, holiday centres, or cottages. Zlatibor became a nature park in 2017. You will find the Park Forest nature reserve, spread on 12 hectares, out of the entire 42 hectares of the Zlatibor Park area. Admire the black pines, as well as numerous bird species. [/accordion-item]
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This large Serbian city lies in the Pannonian Plain, and sits on the banks of the Danube. Nearby rises the Fruška Gora mountain. Not many buildings have been left built the 19th century, because in the 1848 revolution was the culprit for destroying most of the city’s edifices. In the 19th century, being already the hub of culture for Serbia, and was rightly called the Serbian Athens. The EXIT festival is among the most outstanding such summer events Europe wide. The major museums are the Vojvodina Museum and the museum in the Petrovaradin Fortress where the fortress history can be learned.[/accordion-item]
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Just 8 km away from Novi Sad, Sremski Karlovci is an independent town with around 9,000 inhabitants. It boasts history spanning centuries, starting from Roman times when a small fortress rose in the locality. Then, another fortress was built over its remains, called Karom, which belonged to Hungarian nobles. Later, the Slavic name Karlovci replaced it. In the vicinity, several monasteries, the Fruska Gora national park, and in the town, churches and cathedrals lend it a unique appearance. The Four Lions is a beautiful baroque fountain, dating from 1799, which was built to mark the finishing of the town waterworks.
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Near Niš, at 70 km distance, and 330 km away from Belgrade, is Babin Zub, a mountain resort in the Balkan, or Stara Planina. In its vicinity rises Midžor, considered Serbia’s highest peak. The area received snowfalls during 5 months per year, and it auspicious for skiing. It is complemented by artificial snow. Besides chairlifts, there is a gondola lift. Skiing tracks for all categories welcome skiers. The altitude of the resort is 1,758 metres. It almost borders on Midzor, which is a target for mountaineers, being the highest point in Serbia. The entire area is protected as a nature reserve.
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Niš is steeped in history, spanning almost two millennia. There, the Via Miliaris was built in the first century. Its fame also stems from old times, when it became the birthplace of Constantine the Great, Constantinople’s founder; the memorial constructed in 2013 is a commemoration of the great ruler. Crvenu Krst, or Red Cross, is a former concentration camp; there, Serbs, Jews, and other nationalities were kept in WWII. Thousands were killed, before the camp was liberated in 1944. The fortification, built by the Turks, dates from the 18th century, and is in proximity of welcoming cafés, near the main gate. Ten kilometres away, the Niška Banja is a spa with visitors galore in the summer. [/accordion-item]
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Watching Kusturica’s film “Life is a Miracle”, you will see Drvengrad as the setting. The Serbian director built it specially for the film. For it, Kusturica received an architecture award in 2005, the Philippe Rotthier award. It also has a German name, Küstendorf.
Visiting Drvengrad is a memorable experience. The streets there have names of celebrities esteemed by Kusturica. You will even find Diego Maradona street, and a street named after Novak Djokovic. Naturally, the main street commemorates a great Serbian, the writer Ivo Andrić. Head to it from Belgrad, the country’s capital; the distance to Drvengrad is 200 km. [/accordion-item]
In Belgrade, the Memorial and monument marking the NATO bombings, and the concentration camps in Banjica and Sajmište are the sites to visit together with Tito’s mausoleum. In Niš, together with the Skull Tower, erected using skulls of Serbian who rose against the Ottomans, there is a memorial chapel in honor of victims killed in NATO bombing in May 1999. One more site to visit in Niš is the Crveni Krst concentration camp.[/accordion-item]
For skiing and hiking, the choice is Zlatibor, with modern hotels and cottages, and mountain beauty in summer and autumn alike. Zlatar is another destination for hiking and village tourism, attractive with artificial lakes: Zlatarsko, Sjenica, and Radoinjsko. Nearby, guests of Zlatar can enjoy the nature reserve, the Uvac river canyon.[/accordion-item]
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