Drvengrad 

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Famous director Emir Kusturica has built the beautiful ethno village “Drvengrad” (eng. Wooden town) set between two mountains. Every year it hosts Kustendorf festival, an event visited by some of the world’s top film stars.

 

Located on Mećavnik hill in Mokra Gora nature park, the meeting point of two beautiful Serbian mountains Tara and Zlatibor, ethno village “Drvengrad” is a product of film director Emir Kusturica’s imagination, and was built for the production of his film “Life is a miracle”.

Around the world it is better known under the name of Kustendorf, a gorgeous oasis just beside Mokra Gora, a town of only 605 residents not far from the city of Užice.

“Drvengrad” is a rectangular ethno village with main street leading from the entrance gate on one end to a small wooden Christian-orthodox church on the other.

The church was built in tradition of Russian log cabin churches and is dedicated to St. Sava, the founder of Serbian autocephalous christian orthodox church. In the center of the village is a square paved with wooden blocks and surrounded by authentic log cabins brought in from their original locations and placed on foundations made of stone.

Streets in the village are named after some famous people. Main street bears the name of a Nobel prize winner, writer Ivo Andrić.

There are also streets named after Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, Argentine football player Diego Armando Maradona, Serbian actor Miodrag Petrović Čkalja and famous film directors Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman. One street is named after Novak Djoković, one of the best tennis players in the world.

“Drvengrad” has an art gallery, a library, a cinema called “Underground” after one of Kusturica’s most famous movies, a cake shop with home made sweets, a restaurant with traditional Serbian cuisine, a souvenir shop etc.

Somewhat fantastic and mystical atmosphere of the place that actually resembles a fairy tale town, is additionally amplified by wooden birds placed on the upper plateau of its main square.

In 2005 the Brussels based “Philippe Rotthier foundation for architecture” has named “Drvengrad” the best architectural achievement in Europe in past three years. This ethno village was also awarded a four-star city-hotel status (just like Sveti Stefan in Montenegro).

“Drvengrad” also hosts the international “Kustendorf” film festival, founded by Emir Kusturica. It is conceived as an event where young filmmakers and students can meet famous actors and directors, but also as a meeting point of bands and musicians. Special highlight of the festival is a “bad films burial” ceremony taking place at the Bad films cemetery.

The first film “buried” here was “Die hard 4.0”. Over the years, actors Johnny Depp and Gael Garcia Bernal but also directors Nikita MikhalkovJim Jarmusch and Abbas Kiarostami were among celebrities that have visited “Kustendorf”.

A visit to “Drvengrad” is not complete until you took a train ride along the Šargan eight, a 12km part of the narrow-gauge heritage railway.

“Ćira”, the old steam train, shall take you through deep rocky gorges sliding up and down an extraordinary number-eight-shaped track route. This so-called “eight”, the only such combination of tunnels and bridges in the world, manages to overcome a 300 meter altitude difference between Mokra Gora and Šargan.

Near “Drvengrad” you can also find another “must see” site. That is a village called Kremna, the home of “prophets” from the Tarabić family.

How to get to the magical village of Drvengrad?

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. Google maps to Drvengrad >>HERE<<

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

When you are already here, don’t miss…

Taking the old “Ćira” on the “Šargan eight railroad between Šargan and Mokra Gora.

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 Stopica cave- Google maps to cave >>HERE<<

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Location of Drvengrad

location of Drvengrad on map of serbia
location of Drvengrad on map of serbia

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

Tara mountain

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Untouched nature, skiing resorts and archaeological sites are the leading attributes of Tara, a mountain known for its diversity of flora and fauna.

Mount Tara with endless evergreen and deciduous forests, lush pastures and vast meadows is one of the most beautiful corners of Serbia. Thus no wonder that the old Slavic God Tar had chosen Mt. Tara for his home. According to the legend, the mountain was named after him.

Tara is located in Western Serbia near Zlatibor and Mokra Gora, and it presents an area of exceptional natural beauties. It is the perfect destination for relaxation and recreation.

The canyon of the Drina River in the north of the mountain range contributes to the already exceptional beauty of Tara. Lake Perućac on the Drina River and Zaovine lake are located at the foot of the mountain. Thanks to these extraordinary natural beauties and unique ambient, Tara is a true jewel among Serbian mountains.

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Omorika Hotel

In winter time Tara, with its several smaller ski resorts Beli bor, Nagramak, Šljivovica and Mitrovac na Tari (Mitrovac on Tara), attracts numerous fans of winter sports. The highest quality ski resorts are located in the region of “Predov Krst” and they are equiped with trails for Alpine and Nordic skiing and the system of ski-lifts.

All year long numerous visitors come to Tara because of favorable climatic conditions. Zaovine with lakes, Kaluđerske Bare, Mitrovac, Sokolina and Predov krst are the most visited tourist resorts in Tara. During summer season cycling and hiking tours are organized, while all fans of extreme sports can enjoy mountain cycling tours.

If you prefer activities such as walking and hiking and enjoying the beauties of untouched nature, Tara will exceeded all your expectations. You can also visit some of the numerous cultural and tourist attractions.

Bajina Bašta, Višegrad, ethno village Drvengrad and the unique “Šargan Eight” rail can be visited as they are located at the foot of the mountain. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience a unique steam train ride on the inaccessible terrain and the narrow eight-shaped railway track between Mokra Gora and Šargan.

Several archaeological sites can be found in Tara, and particularly interested are stećci (medieval tombstones) in Perućac, medieval fortress Solotnik and the Rača Monastery from the 13th century. For restless spirits and true adventurists there is whitewater rafting on the Tara River and the Drina.

Banjska-stena-In 1981 the mountain range of Tara was declared a National Park with spectacular nature and rich flora and fauna. There are 53 species of mammals and 153 species of birds living in this nature reserve park while bear, chamois and roe deer are protected by law.

“Tepih livada” (Carpet meadow), a part of the natural reserve “Crveni potok” (Red creek), is a particular attraction in Tara. It was named after a unique phenomenon – the meadow sags under your feet giving you a sensation that you’re truly walking on carpet. This phenomenon is a result of water preserved under the watertight soil. Lack of oxygen, acidic base, excess water and low temperatures prevent plants from decaying.

Climate in this region is humid and cold, thus it’s perfect for the growth of moss that creates white peat deposits. This moorland has been forming continuously since the last ice age, it is thousands of years old and it is still rising 1mm a year.

How to get to this preserve of natural beauty?

If you are heading to the mountain of ancient Slavic gods from the direction of Belgrade, the shortest route to take is the Belgrade-Valjevo-Rogačica-Bajina Bašta-Tara road which is 180km long. Tara is also 246km from Novi Sad. Google maps to Tara mountain >>HERE<<

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There is also a mountain Lake Perućac, Šargan Eight railroad, Drvengrad , Mokra Gora, Kremna, Village Zaovine & Zaovine Lake

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Location of Tara Mountain

location of Tara Mountain on the map of serbia
location of Tara Mountain on the map of serbia