Top 10 things to do in Kosovo

Kosovo

Kosovo is a country.

Kosovo is a partially recognised state in Southeastern Europe that declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo. While Serbia does recognise the Republic's governance of the territory, it still continues to claim it as its own Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija.

Kosovo is landlocked in the central Balkan Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pristina. It is bordered by the Republic of Macedonia and Albania to the south, Montenegro to the west, and the uncontested territory of Serbia to the north and east. In antiquity, the Dardanian Kingdom, and later the Roman province of Dardania was located in the region. It was part of Serbia in the Middle Ages, and many consider the Battle of Kosovo of 1389 to be one of the defining moments in Serbian medieval history. After being part of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th to the early 20th century, in the late 19th century Kosovo became the centre of the Albanian independence movement with the League of Prizren. As a result of the Ottomans' defeat in the First Balkan War (1912–13), it was incorporated into the Kingdom of Serbia. After a period of Yugoslav unitarianism in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the post-World War II Yugoslav constitution established the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija within the Yugoslav constituent republic of Serbia.

Long-term severe ethnic tensions between Kosovo's Albanian and Serb populations left Kosovo ethnically divided, resulting in inter-ethnic violence, including the Kosovo War of 1998–9. The war ended with a military intervention of NATO, which forced the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to withdraw its troops from Kosovo, which became a UN protectorate under UNSCR 1244. On 17 February 2008 Kosovo's Parliament declared independence. It has since gained diplomatic recognition as a sovereign state by 108 UN member states. Serbia refuses to recognise Kosovo as a state, although with the Brussels Agreement of 2013 it has accepted the legitimacy of Kosovo institutions and its special status within Serbia. The agreement solidified that public institutions in Kosovo are exclusively operated by Kosovo's elected government, and not Serbia's.

Kosovo is not a member of the United Nations due to its lack of diplomatic recognition from several countries. It is, however, a member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, International Road and Transport Union (IRU), Regional Cooperation Council, Council of Europe Development Bank, Venice Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Within the European Union, 23 of 28 members have recognised the Republic; Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain have not.

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Top 10 things to do in Kosovo

Kamenica, Kosovo

Kamenica, Kosovo
Kamenica or Kosovska Kamenica , is a town and municipality in Kosovo. ...

Podujevo

Podujevo
Podujevo is a city and municipality located in the district of Pristina of north-eastern Kosovo.Podujevo is situated in a strategic position due to a regional motorway and railroad passing through ...

Gazivoda Lake

Gazivoda Lake
Gazivoda Lake or Ujman Lake is an artificial lake in Kosovo and Serbia. It is the largest lake in Kosovo. Gazivoda Lake has an area of 11.9 km2 , of which ...

Deçan

Deçan
Deçan or Dečani is a town and municipality in the Gjakova district of western Kosovo. It is a mountainous area which borders Montenegro and Albania. There is a total of ...

Vučitrn

Vučitrn
Vučitrn or Vushtrri is a city located in the north part of the Kosovo. With a total population of 69,870 the municipality of Vučitrn is the 9th largest municipality in ...

Gjilan

Gjilan
Gjilan or Gnjilane is a city and municipality in eastern Kosovo. It is the administrative center of the district. It is famous for having recorded the lowest temperature in Kosovo ...

Mališevo

Mališevo
Malishevë or Mališevo is a town and municipality in the Prizren District of central Kosovo. The town itself has approximately 2,300 inhabitants while the municipality has an estimated 54,664 inhabitants.

Klina

Klina
Klina or Klinë is a city and municipality in the Peć district of north-western Kosovo. It is located at the confluence of the river Klina into the White Drin.

Lipljan

Lipljan
Lipjan or Lipljan is a city and municipality in the Pristina district of central Kosovo.NameThe Serbian name of the town, Lipljan, is derived from the ancient Roman ...

Kosovo Polje

Kosovo Polje
Kosovo Polje or Fushë Kosovë is a town and municipality in the Pristina district of central Kosovo,. In 2011 the municipality had a total population of 34,718.GeographyThe ...

Ferizaj

Ferizaj
Ferizaj or Uroševac is a city and municipality in southern Kosovo, located approximately 38 kilometers south of the capital Pristina. Founded and named after the local hotelier Feriz Shashivari in ...

Peć

Peć
Located at the foot of the impressive mountian Bjeshket e Nemuna the city has been ruled by different dominating powers throughout history, giving it a diverse cultural character. The Orthodox ...

Obilić

Obilić
Obilić or Kastriot is a town and municipality in central Kosovo, belonging to the Pristina district. The municipality includes the town of Obilić and 19 villages, with a total population ...

Istok

Istok
Istok or Istog is a town and municipality in the Peć district of north-western Kosovo. The town is the administrative capital of the municipality, which includes the town and the ...

Priština

Priština
Pristina, also spelled Prishtina , is the capital and largest city of Kosovo. It is the administrative center of the homonymous municipality and district.Preliminary results of the 2011 census put ...

Leposavić

Leposavić
Leposavić is a town and the northernmost municipality in the District of Mitrovica of northern Kosovo. It is a part of North Kosovo, a region populated with at least 98% ...

Orahovac

Orahovac
Orahovac or Rahovec , is a town and municipality in western Kosovo, in the District of Gjakova.NameThe Serbian name of the town, Orahovac, is derived from the ...

Prizren

Prizren
A historic town on the border with Albania and Macedonia

Gjakova

Gjakova
Gjakova or Đakovica , is a city and municipality in western Kosovo. It is also the administrative centre of the homonymous district. The municipality's population in 2011 stood at 94,556. ...

Suva Reka

Suva Reka
Suva Reka or Suhareka also known as Theranda is a town and municipality in the Prizren district of southern Kosovo. According to the 2011 census, the total population of the ...

Kaçanik

Kaçanik
Kaçanik or Kačanik is a town and municipality in southern Kosovo, in the Ferizaj district. The municipality covers an area of 211 km2 , including the town of Kaçanik and 31 ...

Mitrovica, Kosovo

Mitrovica, Kosovo
Mitrovica is a city and municipality in Northern Kosovo. It is the administrative center of the District of Mitrovica. According to the 2011 Census, the total population is 71,601. Albanians ...

Glogovac

Glogovac
Glogovac or Drenas is a town and municipality in the Pristina district of central Kosovo.HistoryThe municipality of Glogovac was established before World War Two as a new ...

Vitina

Vitina
Vitina or Vitia is a town in Vitina Municipality in the District of Gjilan of south-eastern Kosovo.HistoryFollowing the 1999 Kosovo War, it was the home of A ...

Zvečan

Zvečan
Zvečan is a town and municipality in the Mitrovica district of Kosovo. It is a part of North Kosovo, a region with an ethnic Serb majority that functions largely autonomously ...