Meet Serbia through the short movie
Serbia has connected West with East for centuries – a land in which civilisations, cultures, faiths, climates and landscapes meet and mingle.
It is located in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula, in southeastern Europe. The northern portion belongs to central Europe, but in terms of geography and climate it is also partly a Mediterranean country. Serbia is landlocked but as a Danube country it is connected to distant seas and oceans. Serbia is a crossroads of Europe and a geopolitically important territory. The international roads and railway lines, which run through the country’s river valleys, form the shortest link between Western Europe and the Middle East.
From the agricultural regions of the Pannonian Plain in the north, across the fertile river valleys and orchard-covered hills of Šumadija, the landscape of Serbia continues southward, gradually giving way to mountains rich in canyons, gorges and caves, as well as well-preserved forests. Serbia’s beautiful mountains, national parks, rivers and lakes are the perfect location for an active outdoor holiday – from hunting and fishing to extreme sports.
Many times during its rich, centuries-long history, Serbia has been at the centre of Europe’s and the world’s attention, out of all proportion to its modest size, economic might and number of inhabitants. Many lessons on bravery, patriotism and the struggle for freedom can be learned wherever you turn in Serbia, as you pass through its cities and regions.
The cultural and historical heritage of Serbia begins with prehistoric archaeological sites and its legacy from classical antiquity. Perhaps its greatest riches, though, are in the many mediaeval Serbian churches and monasteries, some of which are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
All year round, numerous cultural, entertainment, traditional and sporting events are held in Serbia, demonstrating the creative power and spiritual vitality of this country.
Today, Serbia is a modern, democratic European country, on the path to membership of the European Union, which a diverse range of visitors – from young backpackers to participants in congresses and fairs – visit every day.
Statistically, the most-visited tourist destinations are the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, the mountains of Kopaonik and Zlatibor and the spa towns of Vrnjačka Banja and Sokobanja.
General information about the country
Official name of the country: THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
Form of government: PARLIAMENTARY REPUBLIC
Area: 88,407 km2
Official language: SERBIAN
Population of the capital: 1,639,121
Important economic and cultural cities: BELGRADE, NOVI SAD, NIŠ, KRAGUJEVAC
Interesting facts about the country
Did you know that Serbia is a land of monasteries? We have 408 monasteries of which 200 are active
Did you know that Belgrade is one of the few capitals that lay on two big rivers?
Did you know that the biggest Orthodox Christian temple in the Balkans is in Belgrade?
Did you know that Serbia is the home country of Novak Djokovic?
Did you know that the first satellite video transmission between Europe and North America in 1963 was a picture of the Serbian fresco of the White Angel from Monastery Mileševa. (Unesco world heritage list)
TOP 5 Lists
- TOP 5 tourist destinations: Belgrade – the capital, Novi Sad – the second biggest city, Sremski Karlovci – city museum, Djerdap National Park – Djerdap iron gate, the second largest gorge in the world, Tara National Park
- TOP 5 gastronomic experiences: Kajmak – special kind of Serbian cream diary product, Ajvar – relish made from red peppers, Sljivovica – Serbian plum brandy, Bermet sweet desert wine, Tamjanika – autochthonous Serbian wine
- TOP 5 souvenirs: Magnets, Magnetic Bookmarks, Pirot kilim (autochthones design hand woolen rugs), Coasters
- TOP 5 events: Exit music festival in Novi Sad (regarded as best festival in Europe in 2013), Traditional Brass Festival in Guča (proposed by National Geographic magazine as global "must see") in 2014, Belgrade Marathon, FEST Film Festival in Belgrade, Beerfest in Belgrade