Best places in Western Serbia!

Golubac Fortress

Golubac fortress.Like a sad, lonely Byzantine princess, like an eternal vigilant guard by whom no one can slip into the Djerdap gorge (eng. The Iron Gates of the Danube), the famous Golubac fortress has been defying centuries. >>Read more.


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Lepenski Vir. Cultural center of prehistoric world was right here in what today is Serbia. The culture of Lepenski Vir is around 8,5 millennia old and it is a cradle of archaeological discoveries that have changed our knowledge about the early Stone Age in Europe. >>Read more.


Djerdap

Djerdap gorge. The deepest, largest and most attractive gorge in Europe consists of four gorges of imposing beauty: Golubac, Gospođina Vira, Kazan and Sipska. However, the most interesting and geomorphologically specific landscapes are the areas of Štrpce, as well as the areas of Great and Small Kazan, where the Danube demonstrates its narrowest (140m) and deepest (90m) points. >>Read more.


Lazar’s canyon

Lazar’s canyon. Carved out in the Kučaj mountain range by the Lazar’s river, Lazar’s canyon is the deepest and longest canyon in eastern Serbia. It is 4,5 kilometres long, and, in its narrowest point, 3 metres wide and 500 metres deep. >>Read more.


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Felix Romuliana. The monumental imperial palace Felix Romuliana was created when the Roman Emperor Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus, in the late period of his reign, decided to withdraw to his birth place. >>Read more.


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Rtanj mysterious mountain. Rtanj represents a phenomenon which attracts more and more tourists, scientists, mountaineers and adventurers each year. Everybody who has visited this mountain at least once, claims that they felt some…>>Read more.


 

Golubac fortress

Golubac FortressOn the walls of the magnificent Golubac fortress the “košava” windbreaks the waves of the Danube where the river is possibly most powerful, just before entering the largest gorge in Europe between the mighty Carpathian mountains

Like a sad, lonely Byzantine princess, like an eternal vigilant guard by whom no one can slip into the Djerdap gorge (eng. The Iron Gates of the Danube), the famous Golubac fortress has been defying centuries.

Its founder remains unknown and one can guess it originates from the 14th century. It has always been of great significance so everyone wanted it.

Numerous conquerors walked in it considering it their own, but during centuries it only had one master, the Danube, the only one that knows all its secrets. We would like the Danube to tell us who built this perfect fortress on a cliff just by the road, and also which of the legends about its name is true.

One thing is certain, all stories about this fortress are sad, and the saddest one takes us back to the time when this part of Serbia was under the Ottoman rule.

A girl named Golubana was the most beautiful in the area. A word was spread about her beauty, and the story came to a cruel Turkish Pasha who fell in love with her. She refused his love. To get his vengeance, the Pasha tied the poor girl to a rock sticking out from the water in the middle of the river opposite the mighty fortress, where she died in pain watching the city that was later named after her.

The second legend tells the story about the city that was named after the Byzantine princess Jelena (Irene Kantakouzene), the wife of despot Djuradj Branković. She tried to drive away from her loneliness and sorrow by keeping pigeons that would come and sit on her white hands and she would tell them the story about her sadness and far Byzantium she longed for since she wasn’t popular among the Serbian people…

The actors of the third legend are wild pigeons that lived on the rocks surrounding the fortress, and after them, that have chosen this place to be their home, the fortress was named after.

And what stories about Golubac the history wrote?

It is supposed that this stone witness of numerous historic revolutions and battles, after the Battle of Kosovo (1389) fell in the hands of the Ottoman Empire, and then Golubac was the matter of dispute between two great empires, the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires.

Golubac fortress has ten towers. The first and the true builder of this fortress gave it nine towers set in front, back and lower town, but Turks added another tower and strengthened the fortress with cannon openings. All towers are built in a shape of a square except the donjon tower (the strongest tower of the fortress, the last stand of defense) that has a polygonal base, and the cylindrical top, thus the name “Šešir kula” (Hat Tower).

Not far from the fortress, a great settlement was created, also called Golubac and there was an old road leading to it and going around the fortress. However, after World War I, a new road was constructed passing through the very walls of the fortress, and now a days a major roadway to Romania leads through the fortress.

So today passengers are left breathless when passing through an unusual tunnel above which the old fortress rises and their eyes seek the ending of the blue river Danube that here resembles the sea.

How to get to the Golubac fortress?

When you are already here, don’t miss…

Visiting the magnificent Djerdap gorge, the Djerdap National Park and the archaeological site from the Stone Age – Lepenski Vir.

Don’t miss seeing Ram fortress, also on the bank of the mighty Danube, 15 km from the city of Veliko Gradište. And once you are already here, relax at Srebrno jezero (eng. Silver lake), Google map to lake >>HERE, of magnificent beauty, located also near this town.


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Biker Friendly locations

  • Vila Dunavski Raj – Villa Danube Paradise / distance 11 Km >>Go there

Djerdap gorge

DjerdapSpreading at over 63,000 acres of plant and animal abundance of priceless value and beauty, Đerdap National Park is also known as the Iron Gates of the Danube. Gorges, canyons, river valleys and over thousand caves of extraordinary beauty are hidden on the right bank of the river, from the Golubac fortress to the ancient fort of Diana.

Inexorable winds spread the scent of the Danube refreshing the landscape and creating seamless harmony between nature, rare animal species, and humans; a sense of calm and pleasant tranquility freshens the mind and envelops the heart with warmth.

This harmony of the most beautiful and most remarkable gorge on the Danube makes the visitors feel as if they stepped into another world. Into the world of cultural and historical sites such as Lepenski Vir and Golubac city, where people lived for thousands of years – according to the archaeological findings.

The wealth of the region is also reflected in a large number of unusual plant and animal species. Here you will be able to see lynx, wolf, jackal, owl, black stork, as well as smell the lilac, yarrow, golden fern, bellflower of Đerdap and hundreds of other unusual and strictly protected plant species.

Because of the unusual compound of cultural and historical attractions, as well as rare plant and animal species, Iron Gates National Park is rightly called the greatest naturalistic and archaeological museum in Europe. This natural phenomenon of fascinating beauty and incredible geological diversity shyly bears the title.

Djerdap1Đerdap’s diversity is reflected in numerous rocks of various compositions that have emerged from the Paleozoic to the present day. This long and enduring process, together with the Danube’s successive notching of the Carpathian mountain range, created the Iron Gates, leaving behind – here and there – steep and vertical sides that rise above the river level up to 800 meters.

The deepest, largest and most attractive gorge in Europe consists of four gorges of imposing beauty: Golubac, Gospođina Vira, Kazan, and Sipska. However, the most interesting and geomorphologically specific landscapes are the areas of Štrpce, as well as the areas of Great and Small Kazan, where the Danube demonstrates its narrowest (140m) and deepest (90m) points.

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Museum Lepenski Vir

Lepenski Vir

One of the most important archaeological sites in Serbia is found on the Danube ”terrace” at the Iron Gates.

Excavations in the sixties resulted in the following archaeological findings: religious architecture, monumental sculpture from the period of 7000 to 6000 BC, and a large number of tools, jewelry, tiles and tombs which indicate that the original hunter-gatherer communities established complex social relations and a unique style of architecture in this place.

Due to the original architectural designs and monumental sculptures, the culture of Lepenski Vir stands out as a distinct and very early stage of prehistoric European culture, and it is one of the world’s most important sites, 9000 years old.

If you visit this area, do not miss to visit this prehistoric site and the Museum of Lepenski Vir.>>Read more

Golubac Fortress

Golubac Fortress

The Golubac fortress

The Golubac Fortress, also known as “The Guardian of the Danube”, is located on the right bank of the Danube, at the entrance to the Iron Gates. No one stays indifferent before the beauty, strong walls and turbulent history of this Danubian belle.

The first written mention of the origin of the fortress dates from 1335., but the exact time when this small fortified city was built – remains unknown to this day.

There are ten towers in Golubac. The original and true builder of the fort bestowed nine towers upon it, and placed them in the front, rear and upper part of the town, but the Turks erected the tenth tower and strengthened the fort with loopholes.

All towers are shaped quadrilateral except the donjon (the strongest tower in the fortress, and the last resort for defenders) which has a polygonal base, whereas the upper part is cylindrical, and is therefore named “The Hat Tower”.

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Traian’s Table (Tabula Traiana)

Traian’s Table (Tabula Traiana)

Traian’s Table is part of the ensemble of Roman monuments on the Roman road through the Iron Gates; carved into the rock in a rectangular shape, it bears a text, in Latin, dedicated to the Emperor Traian.

It is assumed – on the basis of this inscription – that Traian built a part of the Đerdap road in Donja klisura (The Lower Gorge) in preparation for the war against the Dacians.

Besides the opportunity to look at the extraordinary landscapes and enjoy beautiful nature, cruising Danube will provide a tour of this ancient Roman monument, which can only be approached on the river; so, we encourage you to not miss this adventure that will point out the great importance of the Iron Gates for the Roman Empire.

In addition to visiting natural and cultural heritage, which is generously offered by this beautiful gorge, the visitors often enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, bird watching, beautiful lookouts, walks, and nicely landscaped walkways.
The beauty and all-natural, animal and cultural wealth of the Iron Gates Gorge cannot be fully described, so it is best to see for yourself the magical compounds of this Danubian gem and enjoy Europe’s most attractive and largest gorge.

An interesting interpretation of the origin of the Danubian gorge was developed by Jovan Cvijić who started from the fact that 10 million years ago Pannonian and Vlach-Pontic basins were filled with seas from which protruded the islands. These two seas were separated by a low-Carpathian-Balkan mountain range, and between them, there were several connections in the form of straits, following the route of today’s Danube. Later, the level of the Vlach-Pontic sea began to decline, which caused the water to overflow from the higher into the lower Vlach-Pontic sea. So, the Danube inherited some traits of these islands, and traces of further deepening were preserved in the form of terraces. 

How to get to the Iron Gates gorge?


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Biker Friendly locations

  • Vila Dunavski Raj – Villa Danube Paradise / distance 60 Km >>Go there

 

Beautiful places in Serbia

Rtanj mysterious mountain!

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The mysterious veil which looms over Rtanj is still the reason for many scientific arguments. Some say this mountain is actually an ancient pyramid, the others think it was created by nature and the third opinion is that it is a work of a higher power (Google maps location HERE ). >>READ MORE


Natural Reserve Uvac!

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For centuries Uvac has been making its way through mountains leaving deep meanders and creating caves that annually attract lots of tourists. During sailing on meanders we’ll stop by Ice and Ušač caves, and the strongest of us way try to climb to the observation platform that offers one of the beautiful views in Serbia. (Google maps location HERE ). >>READ MORE


Zlatibor mountain!

Zlatibor mountain

A legend says that it was named after white pines with yellow needles like old gold that once covered the beautiful slopes of Mt. Zlatibor. Today the last “golden” pine can be seen in the village of Negbina. Its Latin name is Pinus sylvestris variegata zlatiborica. (Google maps location HERE ). >>READ MORE


Tara mountain!

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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. >>READ MORE


Vlasina lake and floating islands!

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Vlasina Lake is a true hidden jewel of untouched nature and the right place for everyone eager to spend the holiday in peace and quiet, far from hustle and bustle of big cities. By visiting this lake you will enjoy the beautiful nature and cultural landmarks…(Google maps location HERE )… >>READ MORE


Djavolja Varos – Devil’s Town

Djavolja Varos - Devil’s Town

Tall stone formations of Djavolja Varoš (eng. Devil’s Town) that are actually a group of petrified wedding guests, or at least that is what a legend tells, were nominated for one of the New seven wonders of nature… >>>READ MORE


Lazar’s canyon!

Lazar’s canyon

The canyon of the Lazar’s river, better known as Lazar’s canyon, is the most impressive canyon in Eastern Serbia….>>READ MORE


Djerdap gorge!

Djerdap

Iron Gates National Park is rightly called the greatest naturalistic and archaeological museum in Europe. This natural phenomenon of fascinating beauty and incredible geological diversity shyly bears the title. >>READ MORE


Lepenski Vir!

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Cultural center of prehistoric world was right here in what today is Serbia. The culture of Lepenski Vir is around 8,5 millennia old and it is a cradle of archaeological discoveries that have changed our knowledge about the early Stone Age in Europe. >>READ MORE


Golubac fortress!

Golubac Fortress

Like a sad, lonely Byzantine princess, like an eternal vigilant guard by whom no one can slip into the Djerdap gorge (eng. The Iron Gates of the Danube), the famous Golubac fortress has been defying centuries. >>READ MORE