From spacious Bačka plains to the stunning Đerdap gorge (iron Gate), the Danube in Serbia flows through extremely diverse landscapes: dense forests and marshes of the Special Nature Reserve Gornje Podunavlje, sandy shores and river islands, lush filds, the silhouette of the mountain range of Fruška Gora, the landscape of vineyards and orchards, the loess ridges and backwaters, the outlines of the only desert in Europe…
Luxury of the upper Danube region
Nature Reserve Upper Danube Region (Gornje Podunavlje) awaits you at the upper stream of the Danube River in Serbia. If you prefer to be outdoors, you’ll enjoy the navigation on the vast backwaters, gigantic forests like those in Amazonia, hunting, fishing, bird watching… Sombor and Apatin. Sombor is extremely intimate and gallant city. Be sure to visit the gallery of Milan Konjović, a famous Yugoslav expressionist. Sombor is located on the shores of the Great Bačka Canal, and we recommend the navigation on this canal, as well as visits to some of the famous Sombor farms where, with the sounds of the tamburitza, you will enjoy the taste of a Bačka table. Don’t forget to try the superbly prepared fish stew prepared at local fish restaurants. We recommend you visit the largest nautical centre – Apatin. Residents of Apatin are known as skilled fishermen and brewers. Certainly worth a visit is the old building of the Apatin brewery, while Banja Junaković spa in the vicinity will offer you comfortable accommodation and wellness facilities.
Novi Sad Scale: Fruška Gora & Wine roads
One of the proposals for your break near the Danube is a combination of urban magic of Novi Sad and staying at the Fruška Gora National Park, which is “netted” by walking and mount biking paths. The offer of the National Park includes interesting eco tours, bird watching and wildlife. On the slopes of the mountain there is the famous vineyard so we recommend wine tasting in one of about forty wine cellars. Fruška Gora is a treasure trove of cultural heritage. In its area, there aresixteen Orthodox monasteries, the most famous of which are Krušedol, Grgeteg and Mala Ravanica. One of the places that we single out is Banja Vrdnik, settled on the “sunny side” of the mountain. Its healing thermal waters, in conjunction with air and relaxation treatments will surely “energise” and strengthen you. On the list of inspiring places, there is the monumental Petrovradin fortress and the charming baroque town of Sremski Karlovci.
Fascinating Đerdap riviera
The Danube forms the biggest transformation on its way to the Black Sea under the walls of the Golubac fortress, where it plunges its vast waters into the gorges of the Carpathian Mountains. Travelling down Đerdap Gorge – the longest and most beautiful one in Europe – is a special experience. Everything here bears the attributes of the best experience: you cannot capture the view of the whole Danube near Golubac at once, and in the Kazan ravine you can almost touch its shores. The views from the viewpoints of Đerdap National Park are breath-taking. At a place called Lepenski Vir, there is the eponymous archaeological site – the most mysterious European culture and the centre of art of the Stone Age. Tabula Traiana witnesses of superhuman efforts of the Romans to carve a path through the Iron Gate, and there are the remains of Traian’s bridge that for one thousand years had been the largest in the world… Đerdap is a magnificent park of nature and archaeology, with charming towns like Golubac, Donji Milanovac and Kladovo. You can explore it on cruising programmes, as well as on the land routes. The list of recommendations includes the medieval fortress Golubac, that is currently under reconstruction. It is located at the very entrance to the gorge and is therefore called “the Governess of the Danube”. Do not miss to experience the revived medieval magical setting of Golubac Fortress.
Danubian panorama of centuries
The cultural heritage is as diverse as nature, perhaps even more exciting: on the banks of the Danube emerged the famous culture of Lepenski Vir 8 millennia old, as well as the Vinča culture which, among other things, left behind the prehistoric metropolis, Vinča, and Rudna Glava – the oldest copper mine in the world. Traces of the Celts, Romans, Byzantium, the first Slavs, medieval Serbian and Hungarian states, the Ottoman Empire, the Austrian Empire and modern Serbian countries reveal to the traveller a rich historical fabric of the region.
Based on the publication “Danube in Serbia – 588 Imressions”, prepared by Milena Mihaljčić
Photographs: TOS photo archive & BelGuest Magazin photo archive