Šargan Eight railroad

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Owing to its rich history, interesting premonitions, the unusual shape and unimaginable surrounding landscapes, the Shargan Eight is righteously called the wonder of the railways and one of the most magnificent tourist attractions in Serbia.

Part of the railroad track that had once connected Europe to the Adriatic Sea over the hills, bridges and inaccessible sceneries, today represents one-of-a-kind tourist-museum railway. For less than fifty years, the famous “Ćira” has been riding through these hilly landscapes and mountain notches, leaving behind the smell of smoke and the recognizable “choo-choo” sound.

Development of technology and modernization of railways have made this legendary train which in the past had its regular route from Belgrade to Dubrovnik and Zelenika, become a part of the history and sweet memory of those who had a chance of travelling on it.

However, neither time nor modernization could erase the memory of “Ćira” and the exceptional ride down the narrow railroad through some of the Serbia’s most beautiful landscapes.

Just like people in 1974 said their goodbyes to the train that had been driving them safely to the desired station, twenty years later, the desire of reviving at least one of its parts and feel the bygone spirit of the past, has appeared again.

That is when the Shargan Eight has been brought back to life, and another premonition of the famous prophet Mitar Tarabić came true. „Many years will pass and people will remember the iron road again, so they will re-build it. Just, there won’t be passengers who travel to Višegrad because of their need and work, but for fun, enjoyment and relaxing“, said the famous Tarabić in the late 19th century.

CiraAnd that’s the way it is today. Although “Ćira” doesn’t drive down the railroad drawing the perfect eight any longer, the sound of steam locomotive and the smell of smoke, still fill up the fresh mountain air. The one to “blame” is the “Nostalgia” train which drives the curious passengers from Mokra Gora to Shargan Vitasi station. That is how the cheerful gurgle of the excited passengers spreads around the wagons whose clanking echoes across the quiet landscapes again.

Directorate of Sarajevo had started the building of Shargan railway, or the part between Užice and Vardište on March 1st, 1921. The first train which had been driving down the brand new railroad, passed by on 25th of January in 1925, and this railroad was of a large economic, political and military-strategic significance.

Romantic ride on the „Nostalgia“, brings the old generations back to their distant past, and gives the opportunity to the young to get to know its small, but carefully kept part. And then it looks like nothing much has changed.

Wooden wagons, richness and natural beauties of this region, remind of the past times which were a symbol of simplicity and attachment to people and nature.

And that’s not it. By boarding the train, you will pass the 22 tunnels, over 5 bridges and overcome the height difference of 300m and all that at only 15.440m of distance. You can expect magnificent viewpoints and breathtaking scenes. Impressive, right?

The Shargan “Eight” railroad has got its name because the above sea level of 300m is overcome by the rise upon the hills in the convoluted circles in the shape of number eight. One of the biggest attractions is Golubići station, made for the needs of Emir Kusturica’s movie “Life is a miracle”.

Sightseeing of luxuriant nature of Mokra Gora and vicinity has numerous charms both in the summer and winter period. Here everything smells like wildflowers and bloomed greenery in spring, and in winter, nature is tucked into the thick snow blanket. The thrilling ride on the “Nostalgia” represents the unforgettable experience, and it is on you to pick your favorite season for enjoying its beauties.

How to get to Mokra Gora?

The nature park Mokra Gora extends between Mt. Tara and Mt. Zlatibor at about 210 km from Belgrade and 290 km from Niš.

You can get to Mokra Gora and Drvengrad by your own vehicle, by a bus or a train.

To the very Mokra Gora and Drvengrad you come using the road to Višegrad from the direction of Užice or Bajina Bašta.

Location of Šargan Eight
Location of Šargan Eight

When you are already here, don’t miss…

Visiting Zlatibor and the Zlatibor area, as well as Čajetina where you must attend the traditional event “Pršutijada” and try some of the domestic specialties prepared from the well preserved recopies.

Don’t miss a visit to Tara and enjoy the beauties .

If you want a little adventurous fun, visit the pearl of the Užice area – the Stopića cave.

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Mokra Gora

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Lush nature of Mokra Gora merges the spirit of old times and modern era: the old “Šargan Eight” railway, Emir Kusturica’s ethno-village “Drvengrad” and a modern ski center with artificial snow cannons

Steep, exciting relief covered with dense pine forests between Mt. Tara and Mt. Zlatibor was once known as “Markovo polje” (Marko’s field), a place where Marko Kraljević, a Serbian medieval knight and a hero of epic poetry, threw maces from one hill to another, according to traditional folk stories.

Today, however, Mokra Gora (eng. Wet mountain) is better known for its tourist attractions and breathtaking nature surrounded with valleys and gorges of the White and the Black Rzav and the Kamiška River.

drvengrad mokra-goraOld mountain cabins are scattered across meadows between streams and numerous mineral springs. And contrasting them, new cabins were built in the old traditional style on the hill Mećavnik that dominates in Mokra Gora. Set in a line in cobbled streets cabins create “Drvengrad” (eng. Wooden town), the famous ethno-village of the film director Emir Kusturica.Drvengrad-Kusturica-traditional-ethno-village-wooden-stairs

While filming the “Life is a Miracle”, director was so enchanted by the beauties of Mokra Gora that he decided to come to live here, build a unique village and start a film festival “Kustendorf” that takes place in January.

At that time of the year, Mokra Gora is the perfect destination for skiers as the ski resort “Iver” is located only 10 km up the hill from Drvengrad. New modern ski center is fully equipped for spending a perfect day out in the snow: four ski tracks, ski lifts and artificial snow system.

Nevertheless, the most beautiful way to experience this lush landscape is to take a train ride on old “Ćira” on the “Šargan Eight”, a truly unique narrow railway track.

8-shaped railway cuts through steep and rocky landscape and passes through 22 tunnels and crosses over a dozen of bridges, making passengers unaware of having crossed this unusual winding track from Mokra Gora to Šargan.mokra-gora 2

At the stops along the way pride of green pines and amazing viewpoints will leave you breathless, with sounds of the nearby waterfalls.

Mineral waters spring out deep in forest, and the best known spring is “Bele vode” (White water). It is said that its miraculous water cures eye diseases, therefore once at Mokra Gora numerous tourist will also come here to invigorate their eyes.

Covered with mountain flora, the “Hajdučka” and the “Crvena” (Red) caves treasure the secrets of hajduci (hero freedom fighters in the Balkans) while the remains of a Roman road and cemeteries indicate that in the time of the Roman Empire a significant road was leading through this area.

This landscape isn’t appealing only to humans, but also to numerous rare animal species that found their home in these forests. CapercaillieShort-toed Snake Eaglebrown bearwolf and wild cat are just some of them.

All these beauties of Mokra Gora won’t leave anyone indifferent as the landscape connecting two nature’s perfections, Mt. Tara and Mt. Zlatibor, must truly be something outstanding.

How to get to the mountain with the winding Šargan railroad?

The nature park Mokra Gora is located about 210 km from Belgrade and 290 km from Niš. Google maps >>HERE<<

If you’re using your own transport, it is best to take the highway from Belgrade to Montenegro.

If coming from Niš, the road to Mokra Gora leads across Kruševac, Čačak, Požega, Užice and Zlatibor. In Zlatibor the road separates leading to Nova Varoš and Višegrad. You need to take the road leading to Višegrad in order to get to Mokra Gora.

When you are already here, don’t miss…

Be sure to visit the National Park Tara and enjoy the beauties of Zaovine Lake and Perućac Lake.

If traveling in summer, you shouldn’t miss rafting on the Drina River at some of famous Drina regattas.

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Location of Mokra Gora

location of Mokra Gora on map of serbia
location of Mokra Gora on map of serbia