A perfect getaway spot for nature lovers, situated only 16km from Belgrade city center. Avala hill is actually one big park. On its summit lies a “Monument to the unknown hero” designed by a famous architect Ivan Mestrovic, inspired by the famous tomb of the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great. Another point of interest is one of the Belgrade’s landmarks – the “Avala tower” from which you can enjoy a wonderful view from its 119m high, 360 degrees “Panorama bar”. There are also few other places where you can have nice meal, refreshment or picnic.
Bus lines to the bottom of the hill: 401, 403, 405 i 408
From May to September: 400L to the top of the hill
Tickets price for Panorama bar: 400 RSD, including one drink of choice.
Working hours of the tower: 09h to 16h in autumn and winter, 09h to 19h in spring and 09h to 20h in summer.
The Great War Island
Located right at the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube, practically at the center of the urban area of Belgrade, it may seem that The Great War island is out of place on this list. We have still decided to include it because it is not so easily accessible as the other points of interest in the city. The island stretches on the area of 208 hectares and has an abundant ornithological fauna with some 196 bird species, out of which only six are not recognized as significant on international level, while several species are considered endangered on the national. This island was always important strategic military spot, hence its modern name. During the summer months only, you can access it via the ponton bridge, from the key in front of the hotel “Yugoslavia”. Otherwise you will need to rent a fishermen boat.
Vinča archaeological site is located 15 kilometers southeast from Belgrade. This is one of the most important neolithic archaeological sites of Europe, with evidence of continuous settlement since 5700BC. Vinca sight revealed some of the oldest urban settlements of Europe, highly advanced gold processing techniques and evidence of trade routes stretching as far as Turkey, Greece and Ukraine. According to growing number of researchers this culture also had the oldest writing system in the world. Another interesting characteristic is a total absence of war related objects during the period of its golden age.
Unfortunately, due to the very limited funding, only a small piece of this enormous sight has been excavated up to date, but enough for archaeologists to recognize its importance. As a result this sight gave name to the whole “Vinca culture”, a culture that had ones covered a significant part of Southeastern Europe. On this tour you will be able to see some of the objects excavated at the sight in the local museum. This collection is quite modest as the best pieces are kept in the National museum, currently closed for renovation. In any case this is a great opportunity to find much more about this culture from a local guide, see the sight and a local museum. Definitely our recommendation!
Bus line 307
Working hours: (April to October):
Tue, Wed, Fri: 10:00h – 16:00h
Thu: 12:00h – 18:00h
Sat and Sun: 10:00h – 18:00h
Smederevo is located only some 45km from Belgrade, on the banks of the Danube river. In the XV century it was a capital of medieval Serbia and its fortress which still stands to this day, was one of the largest in Europe of its time. Today this is probably number one tourist attraction in the city, together with historical museum located near by. Smederevo is not a big city, making it a perfect place for relaxing walks in its pedestrian zone and parks and fortress, but you will also have an opportunity to try some local cuisine and wine on the banks of the river Danube. In case you have a vehicle at your disposal, you can make a nice day trip by starting with Vinca archaeological site, and than continuing towards Smederevo.
Novi sad is the second largest city in Serbia and capital of Vojvodina, northern region of Serbia. With its population of 250.000, it may not sound as a big city (even thought it is big by Serbian standards) but when it comes to culture, history, pleasant walks and beautiful surrounding nature, this city has so much to offer. Among the younger population, Novi sad became very famous for its summer music festival – Exit, which made it to the list of the best music festivals and party destinations of Europe. But the truth is that Novi sad is a great party destination all year round, especially on weekends. During the day the city’s paste becomes much slower than that of Belgrade and you can enjoy serene walks trough its narrow, old streets, visit its many museums, parks and galleries or have a cup of coffee at with the scenic view from Petrovaradin fortress. Novi sad is very well connected with Belgrade, buses leave every hour (often even more frequent) and the ride takes just above one hour. No excuses to stay at home!
In ancient times, territory of Serbia was an important strategic area for the Roman empire. There are numerous archaeological remains all around the country that serve as testimony to that era. Viminacium, located some 100km south-east from Belgrade, was one of the most important Roman cities and military camps in the period from 1st to 4th centuries. Its main purpose was the defense of the northern border of the empire. One Roman emperor, Hostilian laid to rest here in 251AD and Emperor Trajan (98-117) was headquartered here during the Dacian Wars. Viminacium spreads over 450 hectares and some of the so far excavated higlights are a 10 km long aqueduct, termae, basilicas, soldiers camps, palaces with central heating, mausoleums and tombs with stunningly beautiful frescoes and some 50.000 items including jewelry made of precious metals. Another attraction at the same site is a recently opened Mammoth Park where you can see the remains of two mammoths, discovered nearby.
Vilage break tour
Tourist Organization of Belgrade offers a new tour called “Bekgrade village break”. The tour includes visit to an ethno ambience of the household Zornica Kuca, transportation, traditional meal, and perfect time in the nature. Village Break offers two different tours:
Tour 1 – transportation, welcome drink and a branch, a guide and a free time in the Household. Tickets are 1.200 RSD for adults and 800 RSD for children.
Tour 2 – transportation, traditional lunch, a guide and a free time. Tickets are 3.000 RSD for adults and 1.500 RSD for children.
Departure is at the Nikola Pasic Square, in front of the City Assembly, at 10 h. Return to Belgrade is at 15h. Information, reservations, and tickets are available at the Tourist Info Center in Knez Mihailova 5, and in BS Tours, Savski Trg 1a.
Another Serbian city very rich in history, Sremska Mitrovica lies on the banks of Sava river, only 75km from Belgrade. City is most known for being a capital of the Roman Empire during the Tetrarchy, when it was referred to as “the glorious mother of cities.” Ten Roman Emperors were born in or near this city, known as Sirmium to Romans. Today, you can see the remains of ancient Sirmium, or simply indulge in local specialties and beautiful nature in this area well known for ethno tourism.
Obedska bara and Kupinovo
Obedska bara (Obedska pond) is a large swamp-forest area and natural reserve stretching along the Sava River), some 40 km west of Belgrade. Its fauna includes 220 species of birds, 50 species of mammals, 13 of amphibians, 11 of reptiles and 16 of fish, while the flora includes 500 species plants, 180 species of mushrooms and 50 species of moss. It is one of the richest and best preserved wildlife habitats in the Pannonian plain. Obedska bara is one of the world’s oldest nature areas, first administrative protective measures having been introduced 1874, when the Habsburg Empire protected it as hunting ground of the royal family. Presently, it has first-category legal protection status, denoting a natural asset of exceptional value.
On the way to Obedska bara you can take a small break in Kupinovo, where remains of ancient fortress can be seen, as well as ethno museum and ethno restaurant with local specialities.
Another monument under the protection of the state, Boychin forest is a perfect nature retreat. There are 108 different species of birds living here, along with 10 species of amphibians and reptiles, of which 8 species are protected by the law. There are also 185 different plants and 165 different mushrooms, many of them on endangered list. Besides pleasant walk there is a nice tavern in which you can taste local food or take a horse-riding and chariot tour trough the forest.
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