Having come through the troubles and conflict of the 1990s, Serbia became a country in its own right in 2006 after Montenegro claimed independence.
Located at the crossroads of central and south-eastern Europe, the country offers a variety of natural landscapes; from the fertile plains in the north giving way to lush rolling hills, to wooded valleys rising to the Dinaric Alps in the south. History is visible in the mix of socialist blocks, Orthodox churches, imperial palaces and 18th-century fortresses in the capital, Belgrade – one of the oldest cities in Europe.
Serbia is still relatively untouched by tourism – so be sure to visit this underrated Balkan nation before the secret gets out.
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Official language(s) Serbian
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The Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, which dates back to the 17th century, has a long history – the citadel has been destroyed over 40 times. Today it contains a military museum and extensive parkland overlooking both the Danube and Sava rivers.
Explore palaces in Belgrade
The Royal and White Palaces in Belgrade are the former residences of the imperial family. Commissioned by King Alexander I in the 1930s, these palaces contain various artefacts and paintings belonging to the royal family.
Visit the Petrovaradin Fortress
The Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad is regarded as one of the greatest and best preserved 18th-century fortresses of its kind, with recent excavations providing evidence of habitation dating back to the Palaeolithic period.
See Ottoman sights
Visit the Ottoman sights of Nis, one of the oldest cities in Europe and Serbia's third largest city. See the 18th-century Fortress of Nis, the Skull Tower (Cele Kula), a monument to the Serbian revolutionaries killed during the Battle of Cegar, and the remains of Mediana, an imperial villa from the late Roman period located on the road leading to Sofia near EI Nis.
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