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Serbia - country of diversity
The country between East and West with its diverse population, different cultures, religions and climates offers an incredible spectrum of natural beauty. Rivers and brooks meander through the country with their water courses for around 50,000 km. Almost all rivers flow into the Danube, which only here becomes the largest navigable river in Europe. Not only mountains, rivers and lakes shape the landscape. In Serbia you can find desert landscapes and one of the last primeval forests in Europe. Untouched nature and the warm-heartedness of the population make the visit a lifelong experience.
The Romans left many traces in Serbia. It's hardly to believe that 17 Roman emperors originally came from the territory of today's Serbia and another one died here.
The Limes, the protective wall against the barbarians from the north, ran through the territory of present-day Serbia in Roman times, and numerous fortifications and towns were built on it. A visit to the excavation sites of these historical and impressive legacies is a special highlight for those interested in culture and history!
The numerous thermal springs with their healing properties were known in Roman times. The spas are not only visited for the treatment of diseases but are also ideal places for wellness and sports.
Serbia's monasteries and churches
The many monasteries and churches mostly built between the 10th and 17th centuries, as well as traditional villages, refer to the historical and archaeological side of Serbia. Serbia, with the five Romanesque monasteries of Ziza, Gradac, Djurdjevi, Stupovi and Sopocani, as well as Studenica (UNESCO World Heritage Site), is part of the historical path "Transromanica".
Studenica is considered the cradle of the Serbian kingdom. The monastery complex has been extremely important since its foundation in the late 12th century and soon became the most prosperous of all the monasteries located here. It comprises about a dozen churches and palaces. All the Serbian Transromanica "stations" have a wealth of frescoes of great artistic and historical value, and they still represent the way of practicing the Orthodox religion, as church services are held in all the churches.
Nature has endowed Serbia with many mountains, valleys and canyons as well as a rich flora and fauna. There are several possibilities for sports activities. Tennis, hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, swimming or skiing are just a few examples. Around 400 species of wildlife and over 200 different species of birds, some of which no longer exist in other parts of Europe, invite the visitor to observe them. But also, the adventurous nature lover will face many challenges in the rich hunting grounds of Serbia. 35 fishing centers promise not only successful fishing but also good entertainment and nice company.
Culinary connoisseurs get their money's worth in Serbia. Delicious grilled specialties and various types of roast pamper the palate. Fresh cheese, smoked ham or caviar from Kladovo are often served as a starter. Typical dishes include white beans, bean soup, sauerkraut or sweet cabbage with sheep meat. A glass of pear, apricot or quince brandy as an aperitif or a good drop of wine from the various sun-drenched wine-growing areas, round off the meal.
The Danube flows through the north of Serbia and is an ideal starting point for the journey inland of many different places. A Danube cruise is a special experience, passing through the city of Novi Sad with the famous Petrovaradin Fortress, then to the capital - Belgrade and finally, visit of the Iron Gate.
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