What can you see in Serbia?
We present 11 amazing places from video ‘SERBIA – LAND COLOURED WITH LIFE’.
It’s been less than two months from the first publication of our video, which won the hearts not only of Serbs but met with a very nice response from people around the world. So far, we receive lot messages about the next publications in the media and we hope that „Serbia- Land Coloured With Life” will remain on the network for a long time. For us it was the most surprising experience this year. At the same time we only confirmed ourselves in the conviction that the path that we started to follow since early March has meaning and inspires us with every single success. Along with the publication of the video on Vimeo we put the extensive commentary, which explained i.a. reason we came to Serbia, the experience gained by these two weeks, and the places we visited. However, many people have asked us about specific area, giving the selected second or enclosing screenshot. So we decided to create a list of the most important places from our video with a brief description, and make them a reference on the map. Perhaps it can help you to plan your visit to this surprising, naturally beautiful and diverse country.
1. Golubac Fortress
We started visiting Serbia from its eastern part. Golubac Fortress was the first place where we arrived. Built in the fourteenth century, spectacular, located by the Danube river, looking spectacular at any time of the day. Even before the arrival we imagined these fabulous aerial shots over the fortress. Unfortunately, it turned out that fortress is in the reconstruction… Tough luck! After all, we did not give up. We moved a few km away, set up the equipment and did a fantastic time-lapse with sunset and visible contours of the fortress. By the way, we learned that the history of the fortress also has a Polish accent. Accidentally we met the owner of a small restaurant and he told us about the merits of a knight Zawisza Czarny, who became famous in Golubac (not the first time, although the last one) because of his incredible heroism and valor.
2. Djerdap National Park
Personally, I think this is one of the most beautiful national park in Serbia. Djerdap was also the reason why we decided to visit the eastern part of the country. The scenic route along the Danube makes the drive through the park certainly will take longer. Across the river you can see Romania. It is just impossible not to stop on the road and admire the landscape, which looks in some places as a copy of the Norwegian fjords. The wide river valleys, gorges, cliffs. For people who have more time and kilter, we also recommend Miroc top, which offers fantastic views of the Danube valley. Visitors interested in history and archaeology should also see the oldest in Europe, Mesolithic, stone sculptures by visiting Lepenski Vir.
3. Vratna Gates
Near the small village of Vratna, there is the fourteenth century nunnery and three natural rock arches as a result of many years of formation by the flowing river. Just approx. 20 minutes light walk from the parking and you are just in front of two of them. The view it’s really spectacular! Along the way, watch for turtles, which sometimes “pop up” on trail 😉 We most liked the fact that for 3 hours we were there completely alone.
4. Krupajsko Vrelo
About this place probably we’ve got the most of all questions … On the other hand, it comes as no surprise, since each photograph or video of Krupajsko Vrelo look like taken straight from some exotic postcard. These pictures from the Internet were for us GPS to come there and shoot interesting shots. In fact, the area Krupajsko Vrelo is… a holiday farm. We have no doubts that location is the most important thing here. Looking at the lake and waterfalls we can find all shades of blue. Experienced divers can delve into the mystery of underwater caves and weekend tourists (in summer it is quite crowded) eagerly consume fresh trout from the kennel.
5. Davolja Varos – Devil’s Town.
Actually, this is not no city. This is an area of unusual rock formations that look like soaring towers. This orange lunar landscape was created in the process of erosion, and more specifically as a result of intense volcanic activity. With this place (as well as the name suggests) it involves a lot of legends. If you want to delve into the topic just ask uncle google about it or read relevant books. For us it was the first such very touristy place we visited. We were not too thrilled when we were shooting with the “hell of” high temperature and the presence of so many tourists…
6. Kopaonik National Park
During the summer it wowed us with its space, regular, green hills, clean air. We were not in such a place for ages. We have not felt such a freedom, spending the night under a tent in the wild. We have not seen such a sky, which discovered the Milky Way before us in all its glory. From there we made some of the best shots to „Serbia – Land Coloured With Life”. We will come back in the winter to check the ski slopes
7. Kamena Gora
Small, inconspicuous village. Near the border with Montenegro, in Kamena Gora is growing sacred tree that stands there alone for hundreds of years. Courtesy of the owner we could drive through the his field, next to the pine, to facilitate filming. Pine’s view with the background of storm clouds caused in us a feeling of meditation, reflection on life. The conversation with the owner discovered the story of the tree, which already has become famous in the film. A few years ago the scene was filmed here with Monica Belucci. In the end we got a souvenir from the owner – two holy cones of pine. For many years of happiness.
8. Uvac Special Nature Reserve
We would have never expected that in Serbia can be as spectacular places like the nature reserve Uvac. It started with a stop on the way to the camp, where we saw a great swing overlooking the river and the high limestone cliffs. We spent a lot of time there. After that, it already has verified our future plans. It was too beautiful to go further. We took our equipment and started walking trail to the viewpoint Molitva, past meandering river and watching the circling vultures overhead. It seemed to me that such places are already rare in Europe. I just really hope that Serbia respectively will take care of this jewel to be able to delight Uvac for a long time.
If someone asked us now for a place in Serbia where we would like to move – I think without a doubt the answer would be – Tara National Park. We regret that we were only there a few hours and all in all we saw only one of the most popular view point – Banjska Stena. Something incredibly beautiful. How is it possible that such places in Serbia are still visited by few people? From these spots were created our the most beautiful time-lapses. We have the plan to rent a wooden hut in the forest, do the daily treks through the mountains and listening to the sounds of nature. That’s the plan for the nearest future. Our best spot number 1.
10. Bajina Basta
We left this small village almost at the end of your stay in Serbia. Bajina Basta charmed us with its lonely house located in the middle of the river Drina. Before arrival we saw a lot of pictures depicting the beauty of this spot. What let us down? Big yellow advertisement placed on the two walls, which totally took it to its original charm… Such a pity!
The capital of Serbia, we left for ourselves at the end. We rented a room in a cool area and began exploring the city. From the first moment we felt very positive vibrations. For two days did sightseeing probably the most-popular attractions from Skadarlija Street, Kalemegdan Fortress, Knez Mihailova pedestrian zone, the Parliament of Serbia, Orthodox churches St. Sava, Ada Ciganlija. I think the sunset at Kalemegdan was one of the most beautiful we have seen in Serbia.
We mentioned only a dozen of the sites that appeared in our video Serbia – Land Coloured With Life. Many scenes were created quite by accident while stopping for coffee, by inviting to the Serbian home, or swerved from the main road. I think that we might plan an initial route, but sometimes we should follow our intuition, take advantage of local tips, just enjoy the moment and bring back home a thousand of great memories. This is how we did it.
Maybe you were in Serbia and would like to add some of your favourite places? If so, please leave comment below. In the near future we would like to to come back to this Balkan pearl so every inspiration is like gold dust!