Zica monastery in Serbia
The places you’ll visit in Serbia (Srbije) will be as diverse as its people. An eclectic blend of cultures, religions, climates and landscapes mesh together to create unique and beautiful scenery, historic monuments, medicinal spas, outdoor adventures and more. There’s no end to the treasures that await you on your Serbia train travel adventure. Serbia is home to 5 national parks, as well as the longest river in Europe, the Danube, which runs for more than 370 miles (595 km) through the country.
Bustling, busy Belgrade
Belgrade (Beograd) is the heart, soul and capital of Serbia. A vast array of museums, sporting events, cultural and historic monuments await you. Stroll down historic Skadarlija Street and take in the restaurants, pubs, strolling gypsy musicians, artists, shops and antiques. Stop at the National Museum of Serbia to see everything from medieval to modern art. Pick from a plethora of pubs and cafés. More things to do in Belgrade
From Belgrade Central Station it's a 15-minute walk to the historic Skadarlija area.
The city and the citadel
With a busy city center and six official languages, Novi Sad easily competes with Belgrade as a top destination. It also has the impressive and imposing Petrovaradin Citadel, one of the largest fortresses on the Danube. In the city itself, check out the frescoes in Almaska and Saborna churches, and take the winding stairway up to the Clock Tower and enjoy the panoramic view of the city, river and Fruska Gora mountain.
Step out of the bus at Bulevar Mihajla Pupina to visit the fascinating Vojvodina Museum, before continuing on to the Citadel.
The formidable fortress
This impressive, 14th century Golubac Fortress features 7 imposing towers and has been the scene of many battles. The lowest levels of the fortress actually dip into the Danube, making its preservation all the more remarkable. It stands as one of the finest medieval fortresses in the country. It sits at one of the entrances to Djerdap gorge, another must-see on your rail adventure through Serbia.
7 buses per day leave Belgrade and arrive at Golubac.
The gorgeous gorge
This breathtaking park along the banks of the Danube is one of the most spectacular natural features in the country. The Djerdap Gorge rises as high as 900 feet (300 m) above the Danube, and provides some spectacular sights. For one of Europe’s best ski resorts, visit the peaks around the village of Kopaonik. You can relax in the wonderful Josanicka Banja spa after a day on the slopes.
Take a bus to the park entrance at Donji Milanovac. You can explore on foot from there.
When to go
Summer is the ideal time to visit Serbia. Not only is the weather at its peak, but there are also plenty of festivals and events to supplement your visit.
Serbia has a typical continental climate, with warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. June through August are the warmest months with the least rainfall, and winters last (especially in the mountains) from December to March.
- July 10-14, 2013
Held in Novi Sad’s spectacular 18th century Petrovaradin fortress, this 4-dayer is quickly becoming one of Europe’s favorite summer music festivals. The line-up for Exit Festival includes a number of international names.
From Novi Sad train station pick up a bus to the festival grounds.
Belgrade Beer Festival
- August 14-18, 2013
5 days, 80 types of beer, 400 music performances, and more than 900,000 visitors makes this a substantial celebration of the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage. Best of all, entrance is free of charge.
The festival is a 10-minute walk from Ušće train station.
BEMUS Classical Music Festival
- October 15-26, 2013
Started in 1969, the BEMUS Festival in Belgrade is the country’s longest-running and most prominent event. Top orchestras from Serbia and the international community gather for a celebration of classical and orchestral music.
From Belgrades central station, take a train to Novi Belgrade. From there it's a short walk to the festival location.
FEST International Film Festival
- February 22 - March 3, 2013
Belgrade celebrates filmmaking in all its forms with showcases of the top Serbia and international filmmakers.
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