Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a country located at the crossroads between Central and Southeastern Europe, covering the Southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. A landlocked country, it is bordered by Hungary to the North, Romania and Bulgaria to the East, Macedonia to the South, and Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro to the West. Its capital, Belgrade, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and one of the largest in Southeast Europe.
The country established several states in the early Middle Ages following the Slavic migrations. The Serbian Kingdom obtained recognition from Rome and Constantinople in 1217, elevating it to the Serbian Empire in 1346. More years have passed, the Serbian Revolution took place in the 19th century, establishing the first constitutional monarchy in the region, subsequently expanding its territory and pioneering in the abolition of feudalism in the Balkans.
Today, the country stands as one of the region's highest-scored free countries, and is an upper-middle income economy, with the service sector dominating its Gross Domestic and Gross National Products. The country is also among the 10 leading European countries by participation in UN civil missions, and is an official candidate for membership in the European Union.
What to see & do
While Serbia presents itself as a timid, quiet, and relaxed 'countryside' retreat due to its Russian influences and European relations, it actually is a feisty minx. The country doesn't really do the mild, but is rather wild, especially when it comes to nightlife. Its capital, Belgrade, is one of the world's wildest party destinations, while the northern town of Novi Sad annually hosts the rocking EXIT Festival. Moreover, the political will and correctness of its government does not bar the cultural hullabaloos happening in the city centres: art nouveau town of Subotica revels in its proximity to Hungary, making it its inspiration, bohemian vicinity Niš echoes to the clip-clop of Roma horse carts, mountainous Kopaonik and Zlatibor regions where ancient tradition coexist with après-ski bling, and minaret-studded Bovi Pazar nudges some of the most sacred sites in Serbian Orthodoxy. What an eclectic party! Best to forget the stereotypes about Serbia – it is quite crazy here.
How to get around within Serbia
Going around Serbia can be done in three major ways. First, the most common and convenient way of getting around is by bus. Bus travel is extensive in Serbia, especially in the city centres of Belgrade, Novi Sad, and others. Other destinations and inter-city vicinities are reachable by buses, and they are everywhere – so it is easy to catch one. Check for schedules online before going out so as to be sure as to what time the bus arrives. Next is by train. Trains are cheap and existent in Serbia, but can be quite uncomfortable and slow. Usually prone to delays, take the train only if there are no scheduled appointments or just plainly basking into the Serbian culture – just for kicks. Cars are the last major way to travel around Serbia. Cars can be rented in the country, and to avoid hassle, travellers are advised to pre-book cars before flying down to the city – saves time and gives ease of access. Other means, such as biking and walking, are also possible, although only advised for short distances.
How to get there
The Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, located 18 kilometres from downtown Belgrade, is the main international airport connecting Belgrade to the rest of the world. Major international airlines like Aeroflot, Air Serbia, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, easyJet, Etihad, flyDubai, and many others, fly to this destination, so travellers will find it easy to fly down the destination. For cheap flights, visit and check out Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide, travelling to various international and domestic destinations everywhere. Search for flights and schedules, and get the cheapest flights to the desired destination using the website, www.skyscanner.com.
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