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Landlocked Serbia has Belgrade as its beating heart, with everything you’d expect from a gritty but pulsating capital: arts and culture, food and wine, nightlife and more nightlife. To the north, flat Vojvodina is where Balkan and Hungarian cultures mix, with Novi Sad and Subotica presenting an exquisite collection of Art Nouveau architecture. In addition to that, Novi Sad has one of Europe’s most popular music festivals, Exit, which takes place in an 18th-century fortress and hosts some of the hottest names on the contemporary music scene. The plains of Fruška Gora hide numerous Serb Orthodox monasteries amid peaceful vineyards. ...

Landlocked Serbia has Belgrade as its beating heart, with everything you’d expect from a gritty but pulsating capital: arts and culture, food and wine, nightlife and more nightlife. To the north, flat Vojvodina is where Balkan and Hungarian cultures mix, with Novi Sad and Subotica presenting an exquisite collection of Art Nouveau architecture. In addition to that, Novi Sad has one of Europe’s most popular music festivals, Exit, which takes place in an 18th-century fortress and hosts some of the hottest names on the contemporary music scene. The plains of Fruška Gora hide numerous Serb Orthodox monasteries amid peaceful vineyards. Serbia’s sleepy south is filled with stories of former rebellion, with Forts of Topola and Niš keeping the memories alive. The local music festival, Guča, is where you’ll find the famous brass music of Serbia, in a gathering that’ll burst all of your previous festival experiences with its wild parties. This mountainous area also has some excellent ski slopes, such as those in Kopaonik and Zlatibor. Nestling under the heights of Kopaonik is the Sandžak region, with the small Islamic kasbah-like town of Novi Pazar, dividing Serbia from Kosovo and Montenegro.

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Vesna Maric has contributed to Lonely Planet guides since 2004, including titles such as Croatia, Cyprus, Sicily, and Sardinia, as well as sections on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia for Western Balkans and Eastern Europe.

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  • Location: Serbia is a landlocked country, bordering Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; the Republic of Macedonia to the south; and Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the west.
  • Language: Serbian
  • Currency: Serbian Dinar
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall