violent upheavals experienced in the mid-1990's, today Serbia
has joined the ranks of top Eastern European countries enjoying
a growing tourist boom, attracting visitors from around the continent
drawn here by the country's rich history, the warm hospitality
of its people, and the awesome spectacle of its natural beauty.
With a long
history of destruction and reconstruction, the capital of Belgrade
has recovered once again from recent civil strife. A scrappy survivor
proud of its place as the country's cultural capital, Belgrade
is home to almost 2 million people and is usually the first stop
for many visitors on holiday in Serbia.
Basic Serbian travel phrases:
NO - Ne (neh)
PLEASE - Molim (moleem)
THANK YOU - Hvala vam (hvahlah vahm)
I DON'T UNDERSTAND - Ne razumem (neh rahzoomehm)
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? - Govorite li engleski? (govoreeteh
with modern Belgrade with a ramble down the city's main drag and
pedestrian mall, Knez
Mihailova Street for a tour of the best shops and trendiest
restaurants. Then, make your way to Stari Grad, the old part of
the city for full immersion into Belgrade's past from the top of
fortress offering sweeping views of the Sava and Danube rivers.
While in Belgrade,
also don't miss a tour of St.
Sava, one of the world's largest Orthodox churches, still
under construction (since 1894) to imagine the colorful mosaics
which will cover the interior when it is finally completed.
the country, the majority of people speak Serbian, although English
is often heard in Belgrade especially
by college students, who may be just as proficient in German or
French thanks to the Serbian education system.
What else to see in Serbia
from Belgrade, head for
the hills to Serbia's mountain region, offering nature walks and
hiking trails in several of its national parks, along with world
class skiing in winter mountain resorts (photo, top) such as Kopaonik, widely
considered one of Europe's best.
Day tours are also available for a trip back in time
to the province of Vojvodina (photo, bottom) rich in lush, green countryside and vineyards, and dotted by medieval monasteries, fortresses and cathedrals.
More about Serbia travel & tourism around the Web:
Country Guide - Complete travel information including
top things to do and see, maps, photos, travel advice and printable
travel guide - Wikitravel - Extensive guide to the city
with detailed information on top restaurants, hotels and major
attractions, with insider guides to Serbian culture, practical
travel advice, safety tips, maps and photos.