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Plan your visit to Serbia with our researched travel guide. Uncover picturesque landscapes, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality in the heart of the Balkans.

About Serbia

Serbia is a country with a rich history, diverse attractions, and a growing tourism industry.

Serbia offers a wide range of attractions, including historical sites, natural beauty, and cultural experiences.

The country's natural beauty can be experienced by exploring ancient mountain trails, visiting riverside monasteries, and enjoying the healing waters of famous spas.

Countries neighbouring Serbia: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro.

Driving Distances in Europe

Driving From Belgrade.

Travel Map Mapping Serbia

Map of Serbia

Map of Serbia

Serbia is what is left of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; after the break away independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia.

Serbia Overview

Serbia is a country located in South-east Europe, in the central and western part of the Balkan Peninsula.

Serbia is landlocked and shares borders with Hungary to the north, Romania to the north-east, Bulgaria to the south-east, North Macedonia to the south, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina to the west, and Montenegro to the south-west.


Serbian culture is a blend of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Slavic traditions, and influences from neighbouring regions./p>

The country has a rich cultural heritage, including traditional music, dance, literature, and cuisine.

Serbian Orthodox Christianity is the predominant religion, and religious festivals and traditions are an integral part of Serbian life.


Serbia has a mixed economy with agriculture, manufacturing, and services sectors./p>

Key industries include automotive manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and energy production.

The country has been undergoing economic reforms since the 2000s, aiming to integrate into the European Union and attract foreign investment.


Serbia has diverse geography, including plains, mountains, rivers, and the fertile region of Vojvodina.


Serbia has a rich and complex history, with influences from various empires and cultures, including the Byzantine, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslav.

The Kingdom of Serbia emerged in the 19th century, and it played a significant role in the Balkan Wars and World War I.

After World War II, Serbia became a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which later dissolved into several independent states, including Serbia.


The official language of Serbia is Serbian, which is written in the Cyrillic script. However, the Latin script is also widely used.

Serbian is a South Slavic language and is mutually intelligible with other Slavic languages such as Croatian and Bosnian.


Serbia is a parliamentary republic with a multi-party system.

The President of Serbia is the head of state, while the Prime Minister is the head of government.

The country has been seeking closer ties with the European Union while also maintaining relationships with neighbouring countries and other global partners.


Serbia has a growing tourism industry, attracting visitors with its cultural heritage, historical sites, natural landscapes, and vibrant cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš.

Popular tourist attractions include the Belgrade Fortress, Studenica Monastery, Tara National Park, and the Drina River.

Visiting Serbia

Serbia is a country with a rich history, diverse culture, and natural beauty; making it an intriguing destination for travellers looking for a different view of the European landscape.

Serbia Highlights

Belgrade - Explore the Capital

Start your journey in Belgrade, the vibrant capital of Serbia.

Visit the iconic Belgrade Fortress, which offers panoramic views of the city and the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.

Wander through the historic streets of the Skadarlija district; known for its bohemian atmosphere, traditional restaurants, and live music.

Explore the Nikola Tesla Museum to learn about the life and work of the famous inventor.

Experience the nightlife of Belgrade by visiting one of the many clubs, bars, or floating river clubs (splavovi) along the banks of the Sava and Danube rivers.

Niš - Historical Insights

Head to Niš, one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a rich history dating back to Roman times.

Explore the Niš Fortress and the nearby Skull Tower, a unique monument built from the skulls of Serbian rebels.

Visit the concentration camp at Crveni Krst (Red Cross) Memorial Complex to learn about Serbia's role in World War II.

Sample local cuisine, including grilled meats, burek (savory pastry), and ajvar (pepper-based condiment).

Novi Sad - Cultural Delights

Travel to Novi Sad, Serbia's second-largest city, known for its cultural heritage and lively atmosphere.

Visit Petrovaradin Fortress, overlooking the Danube River, and explore its underground tunnels and catacombs.

Stroll through the charming streets of the old town, admire the baroque architecture, and visit the Cathedral of Saint Mary.

Take a day trip to Fruska Gora National Park, known for its monasteries, vineyards, and hiking trails.

Tara National Park - Nature and Adventure

Journey to Tara National Park, located in western Serbia, known for its pristine forests, deep gorges, and the Drina River canyon.

Hike through the lush landscapes of the park, explore hidden waterfalls, and enjoy panoramic views from viewpoints like Banjska Stena.

Go rafting or kayaking on the Drina River, or take a boat ride on Lake Perućac.

Visit the nearby Drvengrad (Wooden Town), an ethno-village built by filmmaker Emir Kusturica, showcasing traditional Serbian architecture and culture.

Serbia Travel Tips


You'll find a variety of accommodation options in major cities like Belgrade and Novi Sad, ranging from budget hostels to luxury hotels.

Consider booking accommodation in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.


Serbia's official currency is the Serbian Dinar (RSD).

While credit cards are widely accepted in larger establishments, it's advisable to carry some cash for smaller purchases and transactions.


Respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious sites or interacting with locals.

Dress modestly when visiting religious sites, and always ask for permission before taking photographs of people.


Serbian is the official language, but many people, especially in tourist areas, speak English, so language barriers shouldn't be a significant issue.


Serbia is generally a safe country for travellers, but exercise normal precautions, especially in crowded tourist areas, and be aware of your surroundings.


Renting a car is a convenient way to explore Serbia, especially if you plan to visit multiple destinations outside of Belgrade.

Alternatively, Serbia has a well-developed public transportation network, including buses and trains.

Serbian Republic

The Ottoman Turks ruled what is now Serbia from the 15th to 19th centuries, and that is evident by some of the architecture and cultural influences that they left behind.

World War I was started after a Serb nationalist assassinated Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Czech Countess Sophie Chotek, in Sarajevo; then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire towards the end of World War I inspired the South Slav independence movement.

King Alexander I of Serbia tried to rule the Land of South Slavs, but was himself assassinated, while in France on a diplomatic mission, by a Macedonian terrorist connected with Croatian separatist groups, in 1934.


In the words of French poet, Alphonse Lamartine, the history of the Serbs should be sung, not written about.

The Republic of Serbia contains two autonomous provinces: Vojvodina and Kosovo-Metohija.

Culture of Serbia:
Although Serbia has for centuries been the scene of frequent wars, devastation, fires and mass-migrations, on the turbulent roads leading from East to Europe and from Europe to the East, a rich cultural and historical legacy has remained there.

National Parks:
Don't just think Belgrade, there are plenty of national parks and limestone caves in Serbia too.

National Tourist Organisation of Serbia:
Discover the tourist destinations and attractions in Serbia.

Serbian Government:
The Republic of Serbia aims to take on the obligations of the EU membership by the end of 2018; in order to become an EU Member State at the beginning of the following EU budgetary period.


Though Belgrade is not amongst the most popular travel destinations of Europe, the city offers a lot of attractions to its visitors.

Map of Belgrade

Map of Belgrade

The Serbian capital is one of the oldest towns in this part of Europe. The remains of its long and turbulent history still exist on a hill overlooking the mouth of two rivers, the Sava and the Danube.

Belgrade Airport:
The Nikola Tesla Airport is 18km west of Belgrade, on the road to Zagreb.

If you arrive in Belgrade by air, JAT Airways runs a shuttle service between the airport and Hotel Slavija (Slavija square) - leaving the airport every hour between 07:00 and 22:00. The journey takes about 30 minutes, with stops in Novi Beograd and at the railway station.

Bus #72 leaves the airport every 30 minutes.

Belgrade Taxi:
Offer fixed price sightseeing tours of all the historical Belgrade landmarks and historical buildings, along with the usual airport service and transfers to any town in Serbia.

Belgrade has the status of a separate territorial unit in Serbia, having its own autonomous city government. Its territory is divided into 17 municipalities, each having their own local governmental bodies.

Belgrade Tourism:
The Tourist Organisation of Belgrade.

Travel in Serbia

East of Belgrade, along the Danube, is the port and industrial town of Smederevo; of interest to visitors because of its outstanding fortress.

Tourist Organization of Smederevo:
King Peter I no. 8 - 11300 Smederevo.

Visit Nis:
Situated by the river Nišava, the city of Niš is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and the third largest city in Serbia; after Belgrade and Novi Sad.

Novi Sad

Traditionally hospitable and spiritually ambitious builders of Novi Sad have shaped the capital of Vojvodina on the foundations of cultural heritage and economic development and made it a city whose most attractive motifs are easily recognisable.

Learning Serbian

Learning Serbian can not be done in a day, or even a week, but you can get a grasp of the Serbian language by listening to common Serbian words and phrases online; even while waiting for your flight to Belgrade at the airport.

Serbia Accommodation

Hotels in Serbia

If you're looking to stay in more homely accommodation on your visit to Serbia, you may want to consider choosing a pension.

Serbia Travel Guides

Serbia (Bradt Travel Guides) Western Balkans - Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.

Serbia Travel Guides - Serbia Maps.

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