From the mighty Đerdap Gorge (Iron Gate) to the beautiful villages around Zavojsko Lake, you will find areas of outstanding natural beauty as well as historical sites hidden around every corner of Eastern Serbia.
The whole family can start discovering Eastern Serbia at Viminacium Archaeological Park, near Požarevac. The remains of the former Roman city coupled with an interactive digital presentation will ignite your imagination and you’ll learn about the Roman settlements, military camps, Roman thermae, amphitheatres and more.
Close by is Mammoth Park which is ideal for children. Here you’ll find the remains of ’Vika’, our 5-million-year-old female mammoth. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the ice age and animals that lived in this region long ago.
For those with a particular interest in history, be sure to visit the Lepenski Vir Museum – one of the most important European archaeological sites from the Middle Stone Age. Adults and children alike will be enthralled with the stories of people who lived more than 9,000 years ago, learning about the ancient way of life and the art that flourished in this era.
Proudly standing on the cliffs of Đerdap National Park is the Golubac fortress where you’ll be hard pushed to find better views of the Danube. The fortress is situated at such a point that the Danube resembles a sea. This mystical city, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Đerdap Gorge will make you feel as though you’ve travelled back to a time of medieval kings, princes and princesses.
Đerdap Gorge is one of the most beautiful natural attractions that you can visit in Serbia and fills all that visit with a sense of awe. By far the best way to experience the gorge is to sail the Danube on an open-deck tourist boat. The area is rich with flora and fauna – home to more than 1000 species of plants and 200 species of birds – and is the perfect excursion for budding explorers.
Make sure to visit the hydroelectric plant Đerdap, the largest in Serbia too. Here children can learn about the basics of physics, hydrology and energy. The knowledgeable guides will explain how this powerful creation holds the mighty waters of the Danube and transforms its power into electricity for use in our homes.
If you’re visiting during the high-season, don’t miss out on the catamaran excursions organised by the Tourist Organisation of Kladovo to Tabula Traiana (Trajan’s Plaque). You will hear the legend of this unique Roman monument from the waters of the Danube.
Also on the banks of the Danube is Negotin – a town surrounded by rocks, mountains, waterfalls and the medieval monasteries of Vratna, Bukovo and Koroglaš. No stay in the town is complete without a visit to the Negotin Museum where you can learn more about the cultural and historical sights of the area. And then, why not take a walk to the nearby villages of Rogljevo and Rajac where the wine is still made and preserved in authentic wine cellars – the pivnice – according to the century’s old tradition.
The Zoo in the city of Bor is one of a few in the world where visitors can see the rare white lion. In total Bor Zoo has more than 70 different species of animals (ostriches, tigers, crocodiles, monkeys...) and they will undoubtedly bring a smile to the face of visitors of all ages.
No visit to the Bor region is complete without a visit to Bor Lake where you can make the most of the waterbased activities on offer – swimming, kayaking and paddle boat rides.
The ancient arhcaeological site located at Gamzigrad, near Zaječar, is also well worth a visit. The site of Gamzigrad, or Felix Romuliana, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While visiting the remains of the Emperor Galerius’ lavish palace built in honor of his mother Romula, local guides will tell you about the fort’s strong ramparts with many towers that used to protect the Imperial Palace from potential enemies. Children will be amazed to experience the grandeur of this imperial residence using modern hologram and 3D technology.
The region is full of natural wonders and the spas are no different. Sokobanja Spa is a favourite family holiday destination with both locals and global visitors. The Spa’s well-maintained parks are full of family friendly activities and the vicinity of the spa is ideal for picnics. You can also enjoy a walking trail that leads visitors to the sources of mineral and drinking water.
Located nearby is the Sokobanja aqua-park which will undoubtedly please children. The aqua-park boasts four swimming pools, exciting water slides and much much more. At the end of a busy day exploring the park, you can re-charge your batteries in one of the park’s two wellness centres.
If visitng the mountains are top of your family’s vacation wish-list, visit the Stara Planina Mountain. On an easy walk along the foot-trails you’ll experience the beauty of the mountain, rapid streams and vast fields of wild mushrooms, berries and medicinal herbs. The Star Planina is particularly wonderful in the winter months – ski slopes, ski lifts and a gondola overlooking the mountain forests will ensure your family enjoys a special kind of winter magic.
Among the many natural beauties of Eastern Serbia are its caves which children can’t help but be enthralled by. From the unusual natural ornaments to the echoes, low temperatures and the occasional bat – your children will feel like little adventurers!
Rajkova Pećina Cave near Majdanpek is named after the hajduk leader Rajko, who, according to legends, often found shelter under its arches. Nowadays children and adults alike are fascinated not only by the interesting legends but also by the stalactites, stalagmites and the rimstone pools that adorn the cave’s 2,304 meters long corridors.
Lazareva Pećina Cave’s trails are 900 meters in length. Due to the low temperatures, it’s very cool inside but visitors are rewarded with the splendor of the ornaments in its halls.
On the slopes of the Homolje mountains, the Ceremošnja Cave welcomes visitors with more than 400 meters of well-kept trails and three halls, one of which resembles a beautiful ancient amphitheater.
Ravništarka Cave, situated close to Ceremošnja Cave, has a long channel decorated with cave ornaments that will introduce your children into the interesting world of speleology. And if you get tired of exploring the caves, accommodation can be found nearby in one of the authentic rural households.