Serbia is a landlocked country located at Central- and Southeastern Europe. Serbia has borders with Hungary in the north, Romania in the northeast, Bulgaria in the southeast, Macedonia and Albania in the south, Bosnia-Herzegovina in the west, Montenegro in the southwest, and Croatia in the northwest. The country has access to the Black Sea through the Danube river. Its total area is 34 116 square miles and the capital and largest city is Belgrade.
The Republic of Serbia is a parliamentary democracy, headed by a president. In 2008, the Government of Kosovo declared its independence, a move recognized by a minority of countries, but not recognized by Serbia or the United nations. The autonomous provinces have their own Executive Council, Central Serbia is not an administrative division, and has no regional government.
The Serbian part of the Danube is characterized by a varied landscape with numerous nature reserves, two national parks, picturesque rural villages and a wealth of cultural history. One of the most spectacular part is the “Iron Gate”, the largest river gorge of the Danube in Europe. In this area, prehistoric and Roman sites and monuments are found, including Lepenski Vir, the oldest known settlement, dating from 7000 years BC. In northern Serbia lies the hilly forested landscape of Fruška Gora National Park, it has 17 hidden medieval monasteries and the region is known for its wine production. In the Serbian province of Kosovo lies the Gracanica Monastery, this is one of the most beautiful monuments and examples of Serbian medieval art in the first half of the 14th century. It is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage and has well preserved and good representatives of Serbian and Byzantine narrative art fresco’s.
A typical Serbian dish is sarma, made of minced meat rolling up in sauerkraut and then boiled. Also commonly eaten is Pita: dough rolls stuffed with cheese, minced meat, spinach and potatoes, baked in the oven. Šljivovica is a really typical Serbian alcoholic beverage made from plums.
Kopaonik National Park in southern Serbia is the largest mountain massif of the country, this park is also famous ski resort of Serbia. On the rivers Drina, Uvac, Lim and Ibar is opportunity for rafting. The Nature Obedska Bara is one of the oldest protected natural resources in the world, was founded in 1874 and is on the UNESCO list of world’s major wetland habitats and is recognized by the IBA for its importance as a bird sanctuary. This beautiful piece of nature located along the river Saba, near Belgrade. It is a perfect place for horseback riding, bird watching and outdoor recreation.
Other popular activities that one in Serbia can take is, fishing, biking, mountain climbing and paragliding.
Citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Holy See (Vatican), Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, United States of America do not need a visa, just a valid passport. Travelers of other countries can request a visa at the diplomatic or consular mission of Serbia.