Serbia may seem like an unpredictable destination, but a trip to Serbia has a lot to offer. In fact, in the 1980s, the area was a very popular tourist destination, which the subsequent wars of the 1990s, however, put a stop to. Since the beginning of the 2000s, tourists have begun to return and the annual number of tourists has climbed steadily upwards.
One reason why Serbia is a nice holiday destination is the beautiful climate. It is mainly during the summer that tourists flock to Serbia and this is largely due to the hot summers that the area offers. The more northern parts of the country, where the capital Belgrade is located, often have summers that are relatively humid. In the more southern parts, ie down towards Macedonia, the summers often get a little drier.
According to THEMEPARKTOUR, the Serbian landscape gives you as a tourist breathtaking views. Unlike many of the other countries in the Balkans, Serbia has no coastline. On the other hand, the Danube, for example, flows through the country and so does the river Sava. In fact, both of these rivers meet right where the capital is located. The northern parts of Serbia are very reminiscent of neighboring Hungary, with their soft hills and vast plains. In the southern parts, the country is much more mountainous. For those who want to experience Serbia’s slightly wilder side, a visit to one of the country’s national parks, such as the Tara National Park, is recommended.
The capital Belgrade
As mentioned, Belgrade is the capital and it is one of the main destinations for tourists visiting Serbia. Fascinatingly enough, Belgrade is one of the oldest capitals to be found in Europe, as it has its roots in the 300s BC. In Serbian, the name means “the white city” or “the white castle”, but during the millennia that Belgrade has existed, the city has had many different names. However, it was not until the 13th century that Belgrade became a Serbian capital.
Among the sights in Belgrade, for example, Belgrade’s fortress tops the list, which offers a little bit of Serbian history. Another well-attended building is the chalk-white St. Sava Temple, which is actually the largest Orthodox temple in the world and quite rightly, it is the Orthodox Church that dominates in Serbia.
Another popular place in Serbia is its second largest city; Novi Sad. One of the biggest attractions in Novi Sad is the EXIT festival, which is a large music festival held annually. Of course, Novi Sad also has historical fortresses and the like to visit, including the Petrovaradin fortress.
Serbian cuisine is very similar to the cuisine of neighboring countries such as Hungary and Turkey, but Mediterranean cuisine has also left its mark. Dishes include sausages, ajvar, sauerkraut, baklava and sacher cake and more.
If you are planning to go to Serbia then you should know that their currency is Serbian Dinar, which is abbreviated RSD. Serbia is a relatively poor country with high unemployment, which contributes to the Serbian dinar being quite low. As a Swedish tourist, it is thus possible to get more for your money than you get at home in Sweden.