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Serbia Travel Blog: Day Trips from Belgrade, Serbia
While there may be plenty of things to do in Belgrade as it is, you should definitely also take the time to explore some other places in Serbia when visiting the country. Even if you just go to try the great Serban food.
As the capital city, Belgrade is the nation’s premier tourist destination and a great home base for exploring the country. It’s the hub of commerce, arts, culture and so on. That all, of course, makes the city quite a busy place. So, if you’d like to escape the big city, you can go on one of these day trips from Belgrade.
7 Recommended Day Trips from Belgrade
Serbia is not that big a country and you can get pretty much anywhere in the country from Belgrade within just a few hours’ drive. In fact, most of the day trips from Belgrade below are less than two hours by car from the capital. Easy-peasy!
Fruška Gora National Park
Undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations outside of Belgrade, Fruška Gora National Park is named after Fruška Gora, a mountain that used to be an island in the ancient Pannonian Sea. The mountain is the park’s centerpiece, but there’s much more to it than that.
This gorgeous area in northern Serbia is characterized by everything from rolling meadows and vineyards to waterfalls and natural hot springs to more than a dozen centuries-old monasteries. Serbia’s oldest national park should be among your first options if you want to leave the busy city behind and get back to nature.
Serbia’s second-largest city, Novi Sad lies near Fruška Gora National Park and is one of the country’s most livable cities. This is where you’ll find welcoming city parks, a thriving music scene, great art galleries, charming outdoor cafes and busy bars. Architecture lovers will also appreciate this historic city boasting both Serbian and Hungarian architecture.
Additionally, Novi Sad hosts the famous EXIT Festival each year, one of southeastern Europe’s biggest music festivals, attracting many thousands of party-goers from all over the continent.
The imposing Golubac Fortress, dating from the 14th century, is one of Serbia’s greatest historic structures. It lies on the banks of the Danube River in northeastern Serbia and on the border with Romania.
Its strategic location, the very spot where the river is at its most powerful as it squeezes through a majestic gorge in the Carpathian Mountains, known as the Iron Gates of the Danube, has made it a much-desired stronghold over the centuries.
Everyone from the Hungarians and the Austrians to the Turks and the Serbs themselves once controlled this mighty fortress. Its setting is absolutely gorgeous, situated right at the entrance of Đerdap National Park.
Đerdap National Park
Đerdap National Park protects about 100 kilometers of lands along the Danube River, from the Golubac Fortress to the Novi Sip dam. The park’s width ranges between 2 and 8 kilometers. Its main feature is Đerdap Gorge—the Iron Gate—which is a narrow gateway through the rocky slopes of the Carpathians.
The park is open year-round and can be explored by boat on the Danube, by car on its main road and on foot or bicycle on various mountain trails.
The village of Sremski Karlovci might not be big at all, but its sheer beauty makes it one of the greatest day trips from Belgrade. Located near Novi Sad, about an hour’s drive from the capital, this could just be the prettiest village in the entire country.
Set scenically on the banks of the Danube and within striking distance from the green hills of Fruška Gora, Sremski Karlovci is renowned for its long history, rich cultural heritage and—most of all—for its wineries. Check out the numerous religious buildings in the village center before heading out for an afternoon of wine tasting.
One of the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Serbia, the Studenica Monastery is probably the grandest Orthodox monastery in the whole country. A fortified complex, it dates from 1190 when it was founded by Stevan Nemanja, who incidentally also founded the very state of Serbia.
Religion and culture go hand in hand in Serbia, two essential aspects of the country’s national heritage, and there’s no better structure to show that to you than this striking monastery. Take the time to admire the 13th- and 14th-century Byzantine art inside its two large churches.
The small town of Topola in central Serbia may seem rather unassuming, but it does have a serious claim to fame. The beauty of this off-the-beaten-path region did not go unnoticed by the former Serbian royal family. Most specifically, it was house Karađorđević who constructed the magnificent St. George Church on Oplenac Hill. Now, the church is the family’s mausoleum.
House Karađorđević also had several vineyards and cellars built in and around the town. Topola still is a great, albeit undiscovered, wine region in Serbia. This is another excellent destination for day trips from Belgrade, particularly if you’re after a combination of local history, architecture and wine.