Top 10 things to do in Serbia

Serbia

Historic cities, monasteries, national parks and a good nightlife, Serbia has a lot to offer the traveller.

Serbia is a country.

Serbia (i/ˈsɜrbiə/), officially the Republic of Serbia (Serbian: Republika Srbija, Република Србија, pronounced [repǔblika sř̩bija]), is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. Serbia is landlocked and borders Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; Macedonia to the south; and Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro to the west; it also claims a border with Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is one of the largest cities in Southeast Europe.

Following the Slavic migrations to the Balkans from the 6th century onwards, Serbs established several states in the early Middle Ages. The Serbian Kingdom obtained recognition by Rome and Constantinople in 1217; it reached its peak in 1346 as a short-lived Serbian Empire. By the mid-16th century, the entire territory of modern-day Serbia was annexed by the Ottoman Empire, at times interrupted by the Habsburgs. In the early 19th century, the Serbian Revolution established the nation-state as the region's first constitutional monarchy, which subsequently expanded its territory. Following disastrous casualties in World War I, and subsequent unification of Habsburg crownland of Vojvodina with Serbia, the country co-founded Yugoslavia with other South Slavic peoples, which would exist in various formations until the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, which had devastating effects for the region. As a result, Serbia formed a union with Montenegro in 1992, which broke apart in 2006, when Serbia again became an independent country. In 2008 the parliament of Kosovo, Serbia's southern province with an Albanian ethnic majority, declared independence, with mixed responses from international community.

Serbia is a member of the UN, CoE, OSCE, PfP, BSEC, and CEFTA. It is also an official candidate for membership in the European Union, which is negotiating its EU accession, acceding country to the WTO and is a militarily neutral state. Serbia is an upper-middle income economy with dominant service sector, followed by the industrial sector and agriculture. It has a high Human Development Index, ranked 77th in the world in 2014 and a medium-high Global Peace Index, ranked 52nd.

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Top 10 things to do in Serbia

Jagodina

Jagodina
Jagodina is a city located in Serbia, 136 kilometres south of Belgrade, on the banks of Belica River. Its name stems from the word for strawberry in Serbian. It is ...

Niš

Niš
Niš , sometimes rendered Nish or Nissa in English is the largest city of southern Serbia and the second-largest city in Serbia . It is the administrative center of the ...

Ivanjica

Ivanjica
Ivanjica is a town and municipality located in central Serbia. The population of the town is 11,715, while the population of the municipality is 31,963.The town is famous for having ...

Zlatibor

Zlatibor
Zlatibor is a mountain region situated in the western part of Serbia, a part of the Dinaric Alps.The mountain range spreads over an area of 300 km², 27 miles in length, ...

Đerdap national park

Đerdap national park
The Đerdap National Park stretches along the right bank of the Danube River from the Golubac fortress to the dam near Sip, Serbia. It spreads over 640 square kilometres and ...

Valjevo

Valjevo
Valjevo is a city located in western Serbia. It is the center of the Kolubara District, which includes five other smaller municipalities with a total population of almost 175,000 people. ...

Leskovac

Leskovac
Leskovac is a city in southern Serbia. It is the administrative center of the Jablanica District of Serbia. According to the 2011 census, the city has 60,288 inhabitants, while the ...

Užice

Užice
Užice is a city in western Serbia, located at the banks of the River Đetinja . It is the administrative center of the Zlatibor District. The administrative area has a ...

Belgrade

Belgrade
Belgrade ; names in other languages is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain ...

Novi Pazar

Novi Pazar
Novi Pazar is a city located in southwest Serbia, in the Raška District. Novi Pazar is the cultural center of the Bosniaks in Serbia and the historical region of Sandžak. ...

Sokobanja

Sokobanja
Sokobanja is a well-known spa town and municipality situated in eastern Serbia.PopulationIn 2011 the population of the Sokobanja town is 7,972, while population of the whole municipality ...

Kladovo

Kladovo
Kladovo is a town and municipality in the Bor District of eastern Serbia. It is situated on the right bank of the Danube river. The population of the Kladovo town ...

Aranđelovac

Aranđelovac
Aranđelovac is a town and a municipality in Serbia at 44.31° North, 20.57° East. It lies beneath the mountains Bukulja and Venčac, at about 255 metres above sea level, 75 ...

Vrnjačka Banja

Vrnjačka Banja
Vrnjačka Banja is a town, municipality, and a resort, mineral spa located in Raška District of Serbia. The population of the town is 10,065 inhabitants, while the population of the ...

Kraljevo

Kraljevo
Kraljevo is a city in Serbia, built beside the river Ibar, 7 kilometres west of its confluence with the Western Morava. It is located in the midst of an upland ...

Sremski Karlovci

Sremski Karlovci
Sremski Karlovci is a town and municipality in Serbia, in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, situated on the bank of the river Danube, 8 kilometres from Novi Sad. The population ...

Sombor

Sombor
Sombor is a city located in the province of Vojvodina, Serbia. The city has a total population of 47,623 , while its administrative area has 85,903 inhabitants. It is the ...

Divčibare

Divčibare
Divčibare is a mountain resort situated on the mountain Maljen in western Serbia, south-east of Valjevo, at the altitude of 980 metres above sea level. The permanent population of the ...

Kosjerić

Kosjerić
Kosjerić is a town and municipality in Western Serbia. The municipality has 12,090 inhabitants, but the town itself has 3,992. The municipality's area is 359 square kilometres , with 26 ...

Gornji Milanovac

Gornji Milanovac
Gornji Milanovac is a town and municipality located in central Serbia. Its name means "Upper Milanovac" while Milanovac stems from name "Milan" in the Serbian language. The population of the ...

Požarevac

Požarevac
Požarevac is a city in eastern Serbia. It is located between three rivers: Danube, Great Morava and Mlava. It is the administrative centre of the Braničevo District of Serbia. In ...

Kikinda

Kikinda
Kikinda is a town and a municipality in Serbia, in the autonomous province of Vojvodina. It is the administrative centre of the North Banat District. The town has 38,065 inhabitants, ...

Palić

Palić
Palić is a town in Serbia, 8 kilometres from Subotica, and 18 kilometres from the border between Serbia and Hungary. It is a part of the Subotica Municipality, North Bačka ...

Zaječar

Zaječar
Zaječar is a city in the eastern part of Serbia. According to the 2011 census the town has a population of 59,461, and its coordinates are 43.91° North, 22.30° East. ...

Paraćin

Paraćin
Paraćin is a town and municipality in Serbia, located in the valley of the Velika Morava river, north of Kruševac and southeast of Kragujevac. In 2011 the town has total ...

Negotin

Negotin
Negotin is a town and municipality in the Bor District of north-eastern Central Serbia. It is situated near the borders between Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. It is the judicial center ...

Velika Plana

Velika Plana
Velika Plana , is a town and municipality located in the Podunavlje District of Serbia. In 2011, the population of the municipality is 40,578 . It is estimated that about ...

Veliko Gradište

Veliko Gradište
Veliko Gradište is a town and municipality located in Serbia, in north-east Serbia , on the right bank of the Danube river and left bank of the Pek river. In ...

Golija

Golija
Golija is a mountain in southwestern Serbia, between towns of Ivanjica and Novi Pazar. It belongs to the Dinaric mountain range. The mountain is heavily forested, with significant biodiversity and ...

Bajina Bašta

Bajina Bašta
Bajina Bašta is a town located in the western mountains of Serbia. The town lies in the valley of the Drina River at the eastern edge of Tara National Park. ...

Kremna

Kremna
Kremna is a village located in the Užice municipality of Serbia. In the 2002 census, Kremna had a population of 722 people. Kremna is well known for world famous prophets ...

Prijepolje

Prijepolje
Prijepolje is a town and municipality in the Zlatibor District of Serbia. The municipality of Prijepolje has a population of 37,059 people, while the town itself has a population of ...

Tara

Tara
Tara may refer to:Religions and deitiesTara , a tantric meditation deity in Tibetan BuddhismIn Hinduism:Tara , a Tantric goddess Another name for Taraka, the second wife of ...

Rudnik

Rudnik
Rudnik may refer to:GeographyBosnia and Herzegovina Rudnik , a village in Bosnia and HerzegovinaBulgaria Rudnik, Burgas Province, a village in BulgariaRudnik, Varna Province, a village in BulgariaKosovo ...

Knjaževac

Knjaževac
Knjaževac is a town and municipality situated in eastern Serbia, in the Timočka Krajina region bordering Bulgaria. The town is situated between three mountains. The municipality has a population of ...

Belgrade Fortress

Belgrade Fortress
Belgrade Fortress , consists of the old citadel and Kalemegdan Park on the confluence of the River Sava and Danube, in an urban area of modern Belgrade, the capital of ...

Subotica

Subotica
Subotica , Bunjevac: Subotica, Croatian: Subotica, Hungarian: Szabadka is a city in northern Vojvodina, Serbia. Formerly the largest city of Vojvodina region, contemporary Subotica is now the second largest city ...

Pirot

Pirot
Pirot is a town and municipality located in south-eastern Serbia. According to 2011 census, the town has a total population of 38,785, while the population of the municipality is 57,928. ...

Bačka Palanka

Bačka Palanka
Bačka Palanka is a city and municipality located in Vojvodina province of Serbia, on the left bank of the Danube, at 45.15° North, 19.24° East. In 2011 the city had ...

Vršac

Vršac
Vršac is a town and municipality located in Serbia. In 2011 the town's total population was 35,701, while Vršac municipality had 52,026 inhabitants. Vršac is located in the Banat region, ...

National Theatre in Belgrade

National Theatre in Belgrade
The National Theatre was founded in the latter half of the 19th century. It is located on Republic Square, in Belgrade, Serbia.The National Theatre was declared a Monument of Culture ...

Ćuprija

Ćuprija
Ćuprija is a town and administrative district in Serbia, at 43.93° North, 21.38° East. Ćuprija is part of Pomoravlje District in Serbia. The population of the town is 19,380, while ...

Great War Island

Great War Island
Great War Island is a river island in Belgrade, capital of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers. Though uninhabited, the island is part of ...

Trstenik, Serbia

Trstenik, Serbia
Trstenik is a town and municipality located in the Rasina District of Serbia. According to 2011 census, the population of the town is 15,329, while population of the municipality was ...

Museum of Yugoslav History

Museum of Yugoslav History
The Museum of Yugoslav History is a national history museum in Serbia, located in the Dedinje district of Belgrade.The current museum was founded in 1996 as a successor to two ...

Despotovac

Despotovac
Despotovac is a town and municipality located in Serbia, around 130 kilometers southeast of Belgrade. Its name stems from Despot, a title of Serbian medieval prince Stefan Lazarević. In 2011 ...

Ušće Tower

Ušće Tower
Ušće Tower is a 25-story mixed use skyscraper located at 6 Mihajlo Pupin Boulevard in the New Belgrade municipality of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is currently the tallest ...

Šabac

Šabac
Šabac is a city in western Serbia, along the Sava river, near the mountain Cer, in the region of Mačva. It is the administrative center of the Mačva District. The ...

Raška, Serbia

Raška, Serbia
Raška is a town and municipality in south-central Serbia. The municipality has a population of 24,680 people, while the town has a population of 6,574 people . It covers an ...

Ružica Church

Ružica Church
Ružica Church is a Serbian Orthodox church located in the Kalemegdan Fortress, in Belgrade, Serbia. A church of the same name existed on the site in the time of Stefan ...

Bečej

Bečej
Bečej is a town and municipality located in the South Bačka District in Vojvodina, Serbia. The town has a population of 23,895, while Bečej municipality has 37,351 inhabitants. It is ...

Beli dvor

Beli dvor
The White Palace is a former royal residence of the Karađorđević dynasty. The palace is located in the Royal Compound, in the Dedinje neighborhood of Belgrade.The White Palace located in ...

Bela Crkva, Banat

Bela Crkva, Banat
Bela Crkva is a town and municipality in the South Banat District of Vojvodina, Serbia. The town has a population of 8,868, while the Bela Crkva municipality has 17,285 inhabitants.Bela ...

Pobednik

Pobednik
The Pobednik is a monument located in the Belgrade Fortress in Belgrade, built to commemorate Serbia's victory over Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empire during the Balkan Wars and the First World ...

Mali Zvornik

Mali Zvornik
Mali Zvornik is a town and municipality located in the Mačva District of Serbia. In 2011, the population of the town is 4,384, while the population of the municipality is ...

Museum of Aviation

Museum of Aviation
Museum of Aviation may refer to:Museum of Aviation , SerbiaMuseum of Aviation , SlovakiaMuseum of Aviation , United States ...

Dimitrovgrad

Dimitrovgrad
Dimitrovgrad is the name of three towns in Europe:Dimitrovgrad, BulgariaDimitrovgrad, RussiaDimitrovgrad, SerbiaAll three were named after Georgi Dimitrov. ...

Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum
Ethnographic Museum may refer to:Ethnographic Museum, AnkaraEthnographic Museum BaselEthnographic Museum Ethnographic Museum Ethnographic Museum of KrakówMuseum of Ethnography, SwedenEthnographic Museum of TripoliNational Museum of Ethnography, WarsawEthnographic Museum, Zagreb ...

Irig

Irig
IRIG may mean:The Inter-Range Instrumentation Group, a standards publishing bodyInter-range instrumentation group time codes, the best known IRIG standards Irig, Serbia, a town and municipality in the Srem District of ...

Belgrade Fair

Belgrade Fair
The Belgrade Fair or Beogradski Sajam is a large complex of three large domes and a dozen of smaller halls which is the location of the major trade fairs of ...

Košutnjak

Košutnjak
Košutnjak is a park-forest and urban neighborhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is divided between in the municipalities of Čukarica and Rakovica .EtymologyThe name, košutnjak, ...

Bajrakli Mosque, Belgrade

Bajrakli Mosque, Belgrade
The Bajrakli Mosque is a mosque in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It is located in Gospodar Jevremova Street in the neighbourhood of Dorćol. It was built around 1575, and ...

Atelje 212

Atelje 212
Atelje 212 is a theatre in Belgrade, Serbia. It was officially founded on 12 November 1956 in the premises of the Borba building, in front of 212 chairs. The opening ...

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art
There are many museums named the Museum of Contemporary Art . They include:AsiaTehran Museum of Contemporary Art, IranMoCA Taipei, TaiwanMuseum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan21st Century Museum ...

Museum of Applied Arts

Museum of Applied Arts
Museum of Applied Arts may refer to:Leipzig Museum of Applied Arts, GermanyMuseum of Applied Arts , SerbiaMuseum of Applied Arts , HungaryMuseum für angewandte Kunst , GermanyMuseum für Angewandte Kunst ...

Western City Gate

Western City Gate
Genex Tower , or Western City Gate , is a 35-storey skyscraper in Belgrade, Serbia, which was designed in 1977 by Mihajlo Mitrović  in the brutalist style. It is formed ...

Karađorđe's Park

Karađorđe's Park
Karađorđe's Park is a public park and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. While the park itself is located in Belgrade's municipality of Vračar, majority of what ...

Museum of African Art

Museum of African Art
Museum of African Art may refer to:IFAN Museum of African Arts, in SenegalMuseum for African Art in New York City, USAThe Museum of African Art in Belgrade, SerbiaThe National Museum ...

Museum of Vuk and Dositej

Museum of Vuk and Dositej
The Museum of Vuk and Dositej is one of the most important memorial museums in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Founded in 1949, it depicts the life, work and legacy ...

Museum of Theatrical Arts of Serbia

Museum of Theatrical Arts of Serbia
The Museum of Theatrical Arts of Serbia is a museum in Belgrade, Serbia.The library contains pieces of Scenography, along with historical pictures and paintings. The museum also contains a library ...

Museum of Ivo Andrić

Museum of Ivo Andrić
The Museum of Ivo Andrić is a museum in Belgrade, Serbia. It is dedicated to the Nobel prize winning writer Ivo Andrić.The library contains 4,502 bibliographical units, rich collection of ...

Studenica Monastery

Studenica Monastery
The most important monastery of medieval Serbia

Kruševac

Kruševac
The old Serbian capital is full of history

Mokra Gora

Mokra Gora
The wooden village built by worldwide renowned director Emir Kusturica

vojvodina

vojvodina
Vojvodina , Serbian Cyrillic: , officially the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina , is an autonomous province of Serbia, located in the northern part of the country, in the Pannonian Plain. ...

Ada Ciganlija

Ada Ciganlija
Ada Ciganlija (Serbian Cyrillic: Ада Циганлија, pronounced [ˈaːda tsiˈɡanlija]), colloquially shortened to Ada, is a river island that has artificially been turned into a peninsula, located in the Sava River's course ...

Novi Sad

Novi Sad
Novi Sad , pronounced  ; see below for other names is the second largest city in Serbia and the administrative seat of both the province of Vojvodina and the South Bačka ...

Prefecture

Prefecture
A prefecture is an administrative jurisdiction or subdivision in any of various countries and within some international church structures, and in antiquity a Roman district governed by an appointed prefect.