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Things To Do In Serbia Part One

Updated on July 28, 2014

Beautiful Serbia

There are a lot of things to see in Serbia. Unspoiled nature is everywhere. This is river Uvac.
There are a lot of things to see in Serbia. Unspoiled nature is everywhere. This is river Uvac. | Source

Things To Do In Serbia

There are over million things to do in Serbia. In this series, I will introduce you to the most interesting places that are located along the main roads in Serbia from the Subotica in the nord to the Presevo in the south and from the Sid in the East to the Dimitrovgrad in the west.

Republic Of Serbia - Facts

Serbia is situated in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula. In all, 588.6 kilometers of the Danube River, the longest in Europe, pass through Serbia or constitute sections of it's border. Serbia's Danube basin region is the most densely populated and economically best-developed area in the country.

Climate: Diverse. Northern areas feature a continental climate, hilly parts of the country have a moderate continental climate. Mountainous regions have alpine climate. January and February are the coldest months while July is the hottest, with temperatures reaching 35-44 Celsius.

Area: 88.361 square kilometers Population: 7.478.820

Capital: Belgrade, population 1.600.000

Religions: Although most of population is Eastern Orthodox Christian, there are sizeable Roman Catholic and Islamic communities.

Banks and post offices: Open 8 am to 7 pm working days, while at Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm. monetary unit is Dinar.

Credit cards: Diners, Visa, American Express and Master Card are accepted at most shops, airlines, hotels and restaurants.

Health centers: Hospitals and clinics offer emergency health services around the clock. Pharmacies are open from 8 am to 8 pm.

Museums: Although hours vary, most museums are closed Mondays. tickets are inexpensive (0.3-1.5 EUR).

Churches and monasteries: Closed after evening services (7 pm). All enforce a dress code: pants or long skirts are a must, shoulders and stomach have to be covered.

Water: Fit to drink. Most cities have several public drink fountains. Serbia also produces high quality bottled water.

Electricity: 220 volts AC Time zone: Central European Time GMT +1

Entry visa & tourist Visit Permissions: The citizens of EEC need no entry visa and may stay within the territory of Serbia up to 90 days. Individual entries from non EEC countries are permitted in Serbia up to the visa expire date.

Tourist Info Point: Tourist Organisation of Serbia www.srbija.travel


Catholic Church of Holy Mary - Morovic

At the entrance of Morović (left) still exists a well-preserved Roman Catholic church of St. Mary was built in the XIII century.
At the entrance of Morović (left) still exists a well-preserved Roman Catholic church of St. Mary was built in the XIII century. | Source

Golden Coin From Sirmium

 Theodosius I standing right, stepping on captive, holding labarum and Victory on globe. 393-395 (Sirmium).
Theodosius I standing right, stepping on captive, holding labarum and Victory on globe. 393-395 (Sirmium). | Source

Sirmium Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace in Sirmium was built before 4th century BC
Imperial Palace in Sirmium was built before 4th century BC | Source

Three Golden Helmets - Sirmium

Three golden helmets found near Sirmium, "kept" by 80 Roman legionnaires.
Three golden helmets found near Sirmium, "kept" by 80 Roman legionnaires. | Source

Sremska Mitrovica

Sremska Mitrovica - Historic part of town with New orthodox church.
Sremska Mitrovica - Historic part of town with New orthodox church. | Source

Zasavica

You can very often find the rare bird.
You can very often find the rare bird. | Source

The Serbian Museum of Bread

Archeological collection consists of the pre-historic and antique collections.
Archeological collection consists of the pre-historic and antique collections. | Source

The journey from Sid to Belgrade

Sid: Sid is located at the very border between Serbia and Croatia on the southwest slopes of the Fruska Gora mountain. The archaeological excavations are testament of a very long history, dwellings date all the way to the Iron Age. The vicinities of Sid include the monastery of Pribina glava, the church in the village Molovin, the Vorov, Vrnjak and Morovic hunting grounds. There is also a Naïve Art Museum Ilianum.






Morovic

On the right side of the highway, 15 km south from Sid, you will find the village of Morovic. At the very center of the village there are still visible reminders of a once important medieval fortification, and interesting as well is the Catholic Church of Holly Mary, built at the cemetery in the 13th Century in the Roman-Gothic style.

Sirmium

Antique Sirmium is the city of Caesars and martyrs: city of Caesars, because some of them were born or died here, and city of martyrs, because of the bloody persecution of Christian believers in the times of Diocletian. Sirmium built at the crossroads of important routes and on the shores of a large navigable river, rapidly evolved into a large center with a multitude of religious, military and civil institutions. The vicinity of the military border on the Danube and the barbarian tribes lead to frequent visits of Roman emperors and the fact was one more reason for the city's rapid expansion. Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher emperor, died in his Sirmium palace.During the tetrarch, Sirmium flourished and became the capital of the province Second Panonia. At its peak, Sirmium had 100.000 inhabitants. In 441 Sirmium was pillaged by the Huns, but suffered terribly during three years siege of Avars in 580-582.

Sremska Mitrovica

The Avars destroyed Sirmium in 582, and it regained its importance as an episcope office only in the 9th Century as a part of the Bulgarian state.During the 11th Century rulers from Byzantine and Hungary alerted, until 1180 when it belonged to Hungary and was named Dmitrovica after the Benedictine monastery of St. Dimitri. The Hungarian population retreated when the Turks arrived, and Srem became more and more populated with Serbs. The Srem Museum was officially established in 1946. Of course, the most important objects come from Sirmium - inside the museum there are the remains of villa urbana.

Zasavica - A special wildlife wilderness

Zasavica is a unique wildlife reserve. It is just 15 km south-west from Sremska Mitrovica and consists of the Jovanca and Prekopac canals. This unique habitat contains more than 120 varieties of birds and 20 types of fish. In 1997, this wilderness gained special protection rights regarding its unique vegetation (particularly the white and yellow water lily) and animal wildlife. In 2004, in an attempt to replenish the beaver population, a small beaver population was released. Zasavica has designated areas for fly-fisherman, notably fishing for wild carp, pike and dace, along with different aquatic sports for tourists to enjoy, or simply have a lunch of "eco-bread" and fish.

The Serbian Museum of Bread (Pecinci)

In the village of Pecinci in Srem, 42 km from Belgrade, one can find the first museum of bread in Serbia and the second in the world. Visiting the museum is more than usual museum visit. The kind host cordially invites each visitor as if in his own home. Today museum holds more than two thousand objects. In this unusual museum you will be shown the way the wheat grain was turned into the flour under genuine Neolithic grindstone, or a spinning treadmill. The central part of the museum consist of a collection of 96 ritual breads. In this museum, visitors are allowed to touch the objects and see actual working machines.

Obed Swamp

Obedska pond is one of the world's oldest nature areas.
Obedska pond is one of the world's oldest nature areas. | Source

Obed Swamp - Special Nature Reserve

The famous reserve of the Obed swamps, between the Obrez and Kupinovo communities and along the Sava River, is one of the oldest protected natural reserves in the world (since 1874). It is actually a complex of swampland, waterlogged marsh, wetlands, and flooded forests inhabited by more than 50 species of mammals, over 1000 insect subspecies and more than 200 bird varieties, and for those birds the Obed swamp is renowned. Vegetation is also abundant and counts among its treasures a forest of hundred-year old oak-trees in an area called Fat Mountain. There, the white-tailed eagle nests in the highest branches of the grove-oak. Only during a specific time-periods and in strictly limited sports are fishing and hunting allowed. With the little luck you will be able to see beavers, herons or cranes in the swamps. One should only beware of the white-eared snake that became venomous after cross-breading with the viper. A hotel, the "Obed Swamp", on the edge of the reserve provides boats to rent and amiable boatmen will guide you to the best places to pick water lilies.

Kupinovo

Near the Obed swamp is Kupinovo, one of the most beautiful villages of the all Srem and the only that once was "a royal city in the Srem". On an island in the swamp near Kupinovo, stand the remainders of a fortress, built in Hungarian in the 8th and 9th Centuries. The beautiful St. Luka church was once linked to the fortress by a bridge. Next to St. Luka's is a small ethno-park, worthwhile of a visit with its several decaying buildings, a decorated wooden barn from 1909.

Zasavica

Angling in Zasavica
Angling in Zasavica | Source

Obed Swamp

Map of Serbia, From Sid to Belgrade

Things To Do In Serbia Part One

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      SavioC 

      4 years ago

      Really wonderful information about Serbia. For most of us, we only heard it during the war some years back. But you have presented to us the real beauty of Serbia. Lovely .

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      ocfireflies 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Lots of great info presented in a user-friendly way--appreciated the facts and the presentation

      V+ for sure/Very professional

      Best,

      Kim

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      Nikolic Predrag 

      4 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Thank you for the kind comment.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub is very interesting. I love reading informative travel articles such as this one. The facts and the photos are very enjoyable!

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      Nikolic Predrag 

      4 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @Pedja Nikolic Thank you Pedja for the comment.

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      Nikolic Predrag 

      4 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @FlourishAnyway This is very nice idea, and I'm sure your husband will be pleasantly surprised. Here is my e-mail xxxdiscoverxxx@gmail.com or you can contact me here for further assistance.

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      Nikolic Predrag 

      4 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @FlourishAnyway I am so glad that you have shown interest in Serbia and I will be happy to help. There are a lot of tourist organizations and agencies that quite often organize sightseeing of Serbia. These links can be useful:

      http://www.serbia.travel/destinations/

      http://www.guides-serbia.com/index.php?strana=2

      http://www.mariustravel.com/index.php/ponude/obila...

      http://www.tob.rs/en/index.php

      Of course, if you are planning to visit Serbia, it will be my pleasure to help you, since I live in Belgrade.

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      Nikolic Predrag 

      4 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @travmaj Thank you for the comment. All my Hubpages friends are welcome to visit Serbia and to be my dear guests.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Do travel agencies often have organized tour groups through the country? Why I ask is that my husband's grandparents (now deceased) were Serbian immigrants, and I have wanted to take him to the country on a cultural/historical journey, since I have gone with my country to Ireland and Scotland, where my forefathers came from. (Bless his heart, he even paid to take my parents with us to Ireland, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.) His grandmother lived in an area of Chicago where they even spoke the language.

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      Darko Milenkovic 

      4 years ago from Novi Sad

      Serbia looks like a beautiful country. Excellent presentation. Voted up!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting about Serbia I have heard lots and would like to someday visit.

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      travmaj 

      4 years ago from australia

      I enjoyed this journey to Serbia - so much to see and discover. The Museum of bread and the Nature reserve look fascinating. Sadly I have never visited, but maybe one day...

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      Nikolic Predrag 

      4 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @MG Singh Thank you for the comment!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderful travel guide to beautiful Serbia dis-cover. You do this writing so well, you would be a wonderful guide to visitors of your country. Good informative hub, I can't wait to read more. Voted up.

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      MG Singh 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Never been there, but nice reading about it

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