Getting around Serbia
The easiest way to travel between different destinations in Serbia is by bus. Buses run regularly between major cities, and buses also run to smaller locations. Bus stations often have at least kiosk and luggage storage services.
Alternatively, you can use a train, which is cheaper in Serbia than a bus. However, the condition of the railway network in Serbia is poor and train delays need to be prepared for.
Especially when heading to the Serbian countryside, you should also consider car rental, which is easily possible in Belgrade and the city of Novi Sad. Serbian traffic culture may require getting used to a Finnish driver. However, the landscapes accessible by car are worth seeing.
The beautiful nature of Zlatibor is one of the best attractions in Serbia.
Party town Belgrade
The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is the most popular travel destination in the country. Belgrade is an interesting and fascinating, though not necessarily beautiful city. Belgrade in particular is attractive for the city’s leisure opportunities, which are at their best in summer.
Belgrade has plenty of excellent restaurants, lively clubs and live music performances, of which the traditional music of the Balkans in particular is well worth a visit.
Historical and cultural attractions in Belgrade are enough for a few days. Definitely worth a visit are the huge fortress of Kalemegdan, St. Sava Cathedral, one of the largest Orthodox church buildings in the world, and the historic district of Zemun, which has the atmosphere of its own small village.
In Belgrade, it is generally worth enjoying the warm weather, quality food and drink, and one of the best clubs in southern Europe.
The serene Novi Sad and the fortress of Petrovaradin
Situated on the banks of the Danube River, Novi Sad is Serbia’s second largest city, particularly fascinating with its atmospheric Old Town and the old village of Petrovaradin with its beautiful fortresses.
Like Belgrade, Novi Sad is a laid-back summer resort. In the area of the historic center, the influence of Austria-Hungary can be clearly seen in the architecture. Novi Sad is known for its Exit music festival every July.
The city is also worth experiencing the local market, shopping in small boutiques and taking pleasure in the city’s affordable price level and relaxed atmosphere.
Wine and the old town of Nis
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia. Like Belgrade and Novi Sad, Niš offers historical attractions such as the fortress and the smaller old town, but the city’s appeal lies above all in the high-quality restaurants and nightclubs, as well as the hiking and spa opportunities in the surrounding area. The city of Nis cannot be praised as beautiful, but fortunately the situation is different with the surrounding nature.
A lot of wine is also grown in the surrounding nature areas, and the city’s large number of students guarantees the liveliness of nightlife. At dusk, locals gather to sit in the evening along the Nišava River and on the terraces of the fortress.
Hiking in Zlatibor
Zlatibor is a popular mountain region in southern Serbia. There are many small villages and historical sites in the area. Kraljeve Vode village, the tourist center of the Zlatibor region.
In summer, Zlatibor has good opportunities for hiking, while in winter the area becomes a ski and ski resort. Zlatibor is a popular destination especially for locals.
The city of the devil Đavolja Varoš
Đavolja Varoš, better known as the City of the Devil, is a special rock formation in southern Serbia near the small town of Kursumilja.
Đavolja Varoš is the most famous natural attraction in Serbia. The rock formation consists of 202 erosion-shaped rock embankments, the tallest of which are up to 15 meters. The name The City of the Devil has its roots in the peculiar appearance of stone passages, which reminds many of something related to the character of the devil.
The easiest way to reach Đavolja Varoš is from the city of Nis in a half-day trip.
THE BEST OF SERBIA
Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia.
Experience these in Serbia
- Spend a leisurely evening on the Serbian terrace enjoying folk music performances.
- Visit a club in Belgrade dancing to the beat of turbo folk.
- Take part in a Serbian festival, such as the Novi Sad Exit Music Festival or the Guca Trumpet Festival.
- Visit the Studenica convent area.
- Take a trip to Drvengrad, a scenic city that closely mimics the traditional Serbian wooden village of Serbian film director Emir Kusturica.
Taste these in Serbia
- Burek – A traditional Balkan pie for breakfast with yoghurt
- Various grilled meats
- Cevapčići – small and spicy minced meat rolls
- Homemade yogurt – Serbs like yogurt, and many restaurants offer homemade yogurt
- Rakija – a local traditional liqueur that can be made from a wide variety of fruits and berries is slowly consumed