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Top Destinations in Serbia

Located in Southeastern Europe, Serbia is known as the “Bad Boy of the Balkans.” Serbia is one of the countries that is part of the famous Balkan Peninsula, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, The Republic of Macedonia, and Montenegro as its neighboring countries. Serbia also shares borders with Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania, making it a landlocked country. Below is a list of places you can visit when going to Serbia.

Kalemegdan Park

Kalemegdan is the biggest park in Belgrade and is home to the historic Kalemegdan Fortress. Kalemagdan Park offers many activities to those who want to visit the park. You can explore the historic fortress, go inside the planetarium, visit the famous Military Museum, or just take a leisurely walk across the park.

There is so much in store in Kalemegdan Park, as there are many hidden gems throughout the place. You can also visit the zoo, take a picture of Victor – the symbol of Belgrade, watch concerts, and even see art exhibits. Once you’re done exploring the place, don’t forget to try the local cuisine, as Kalemegdan park is surrounded by many romantic restaurants and cafes.

Driving Directions:

  • From Nikola Tesla Airport, head north on E75.
  • Continue to follow E75 until the exit to Milentija Popovića.
  • Take Milentija Popovića.
  • Turn right at Bulevar Mihajla Pupina.
  • Continue onto Brankova.
  • Turn left onto Stambeni kompleks Brankova 37 toward Pop-Lukina.
  • Continue on Pop-Lukina until you reach Pariska St.
  • Turn left at Sky Gradnja until you reach Kalemegdan Park.

Be sure to apply for an international driver’s license today to prepare for your trip to Serbia. An international driver’s license for Serbia is one of the requirements for you to be able to drive in this wonderful country. You can apply for an international driver’s license online through our website. Applying through our website is more convenient as the international Driver’s Permit for Serbia form is straightforward and easy.

You can also view on the website a sample for an International Driver’s Permit Serbia. We will also give you updates in tracking your International Driver’s Permit for Serbia.

Devil’s Town

Devil’s Town or Djavolja Varoš is a famous geographical formation found in the village of Djake, which means blood. Devil’s Town features 200 stone formations that are said to be wedding guests that were petrified by the devil. The local lore tells us that the wedding was that of siblings’; because of this, the devil was said to curse everyone who attended the ceremony.

If you explore the outskirts of Devil’s Town, you will find ravines called Djavolja (Devil’s) and Paklena (Hell’s). It is also said that there are two natural springs surrounding the area. One will cause you to be petrified or cursed by the devil, while the other natural spring will cure any disease or affliction.

Driving Directions:

  • From Nikola Tesla Airport, head north A1 to Route 35.
  • Continue on A1 until the exit to Route 35.
  • Drive onto Route 35.
  • Turn right onto 21 Srpske Divizije..
  • Make a left onto Kosovska.
  • Continue by turning right onto Koste Vojinovića.
  • Turn left onto Route 228.
  • Follow Route 228 until you reach Devil’s Town.

Stara Planina Nature Reserve

Stara Planina Nature Reserve is a beautiful nature reserve filled with miles of untouched nature. The nature reserve is often visited by adventure seekers who want to climb frozen waterfalls or those who wish to ski down the slopes of the mountains. If you want a more laid-back experience, you can also visit the famous climbing spots, go fishing by the long rivers, see the ruins, or just bask in nature’s glory.

You can also find various remains of medieval architecture, monasteries, and even tools from the prehistoric period. The nature reserve is also the home to various endangered and rare species of both plants and animals, making it one of the most ecologically diverse places in Serbia.

Driving Directions:

  • From Nikola Tesla Airport, head north on A1.
  • Take the exit toward Nis and continue onto A4.
  • Once you reach the toll road, take Route 8.
  • Keep left and stay on Route 8.
  • At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit to Route 18.
  • Take the ramp to Varna/ Burgas/Svilengrad/Ruse/Vidin.
  • Continue to Route 6.
  • Follow Route 6 until you reach Stara Planina Nature Reserve.

Nis

Nis is the third-largest city in Serbia and is filled with diverse attractions for all ages. From blood-pumping adventures to laidback historical strolls, Nis has everything you could ask for. Get a glimpse of Serbia during the Ottoman Empire and visit places like the Skull Tower and Oplenac Church – one of the most majestic churches in the region, featuring mosaics and glass paintings. Oplenac church also acts as a mausoleum for the members of the Karađorđević dynasty.

You can also go on a food adventure and visit the different food stalls along the streets of Nis. After all, Nis is known for being one of the places with the best food in all of Serbia. If you want to see the city from above, you can also go paragliding to get the best view of this charming city. Before leaving the city, be sure to also check out the little alleys and streets that offer souvenirs and metal charms.

Driving Directions:

  • From Nikola Tesla Airport, head north to A1.
  • Take A1 and continue until the exit towards Nis.
  • Take A4 until the exit towards Bulevar 12.
  • Continue on Bulevar 12 until the exit to Route 35.
  • Follow Route 35 until the exit to Nis.

Uvac Canyon

Uvac Canyon is the best place for you to see the famous Uvac River – a lime green river that runs in a zigzag. Follow the hiking trail that passes through lookouts, a two-kilometer ice cave, and places great for bird watching. Once you reach the top of the canyon, you will be in awe as you see the Uyac River and the mountains ahead.

You can also join or book your own tour in the canyon that lets you go on a kayak adventure. If you want, you can also ask for a guide for the hiking trail. There are also some galleries at the bottom of the canyon where you can see beautiful art and ornaments.

Driving Directions:

  • From Nikola Tesla Airport, head north to Surčin.
  • Head north and take the exit towards A1.
  • When you reach the fork, keep left and continue towards A1.
  • There will be another fork; keep right and merge onto A1.
  • Take the exit towards A2.
  • Continue onto A2.
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit to Route 22.
  • Continue to E763.
  • At the roundabout, take the third exit and stay on E763.
  • Turn left to Kneza Miloša.
  • Continue to Route 180.
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit to Kneza Miloša.
  • Turn left to Albanske Spomenice.
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit to Route 180.
  • Turn left to Route 21.
  • Stay on Route 21 until you reach Uvac Special Nature Reserve.

Sremski Karlovci

Visit Sremski Karlovci, known as Serbia’s prettiest town. Here you can see beautiful baroque-style buildings, as the place was once the home of an ancient Roman fortress. This little town is also known as the city of wine, culture, and spirituality; it is one of the best places in Serbia to fully immerse yourself in the country’s culture and history.

Here you can visit one of the many beautiful churches, enjoy the local wine in one of the many cafes, or take part in the town’s poetry festival. Sremski Karlovci is a place of art and inspiration and a meeting place for famous poets, cultural elites, and prominent figures throughout history. Before leaving the town, don’t forget to drink the water from the Four Lions fountain in the city center. It is said that all those who drink from the fountain will return to Sremski Karlovci and will get married there.

Driving Directions:

  • From Nikola Tesla Airport, continue to Surčin.
  • Head north and take A1 to Route 125.
  • Take the exit towards Sremski Karlovci.
  • Take Route 100.
  • Go straight until you reach Route 125.
  • Turn right onto Novosadski put.
  • Follow Route 100.
  • Turn left to left onto Jovana Jovanovića Zmaja.
  • Turn right onto Preradovićeva.
  • Follow the road until you reach Sremski Karlovci.

Most Important Rules of Driving in Serbia

In order to have a hassle-free and safe trip, you need to follow the driving rules in Serbia. Most of the driving rules in Serbia are the same as most countries’, so brushing up on the general driving rules won't’ be as difficult. Below are some of the most important driving rules in Serbia.

Carry your driver’s license and IDP at all times

In order for you to drive in Serbia, you would need an International Driver's Permit, your local driver’s license, your passport, and your car rental and insurance documents. An IDP is required by Serbia and will be asked from you during checkpoints, inspections, and toll booths. Luckily, applying for an IDP is very easy.

You can apply for an International Driver’s Permit for Serbia online through the International Driver’s Association website. All you need to do is fill up the International Drivers Permit Serbia form by inputting your details such as your name, address, contact number, and zip code. You will also need to upload a passport-sized photo.

Your International Driver’s Permit will be valid for six months in Serbia in accordance with their rules and regulations. Your International Driver’s Permit is not a visa; it is only a translation of your local driver’s license. You will need a separate application for your visa, depending on your country.

Drunk driving is against the law

Drunk driving is prohibited in Serbia, and the authorities are rigorous in implementing this law. There might be random police stops and inspections during your trip, and sometimes they will ask you to perform a breathalyzer test. The blood alcohol limit in Serbia is only 0.02% for the locals and tourists. For professional and commercial drivers, there is a zero percent blood alcohol limit.

Be Cautious in Using Your Horn

There are certain areas in Serbia that do not allow you to use your horn except during imminent danger and emergencies. City centers prohibit you from using your horn from 11:30 PM to 7 AM. However, if you are driving through rural areas, you are expected to use your horn if you intend to pass another vehicle. There will be road signs indicating if you are allowed to honk your horn or not, so you have to be aware of your surroundings.

Wear your seatbelt at all times

Serbian law requires you and the passengers of the vehicle to wear your seatbelt properly. Serbian authorities are also rigorous when implementing this law, and they will not hesitate to pull you over if you are caught not wearing your seatbelt correctly or at all. Serbia wants to increase its seatbelt use percentage in order for them to be at par with other highly developed countries like France and Germany.

Serbian authorities also observed that most of the road accident injuries and fatalities could have been avoided if everyone was wearing a seatbelt. This is also one of the reasons why the Serbian authorities are strict in implementing the seatbelt law. If you are caught by the police, you will be fined.

Driver’s License from Other Countries

One of the most common questions asked is, “Do I need an international driver’s license for Serbia?” The answer is yes. However, there are some driver’s licenses that are an exception to this. Driver’s licenses from the U.K. and UAE do not necessarily need an international driver’s license as long you will not stay for more than three months within a single-entry.

However, it is still highly suggested that nationals from these countries will still apply for an IDP. Most car rental companies will ask for an IDP, regardless of your nationality. During checkpoints and police inspections, you will also be asked for an IDP. To ensure a hassle-free trip, you will need to apply for an IDP before you arrive in Serbia.

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