My 8 favourite places along the Danube in Serbia

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Serbia

This summer I went cycling along the Danube cycle path EuroVelo 6 through eight countries in Eastern-Europe in four months. Two of them I spent only in Serbia. Of course, that was not planned. So, this might give you an idea about how unique and beautiful this country and its people really are. Here are my highlights in case you want to cycle this route, too:

1. Sombor – Welcome to Serbia

Sombor is the first big city that you will go through. A great place! I recommend you stay with Ivana and Predrag in BikeCamp LongTour right on the Danube Cycling Path. Not too far away you will find the so-called beach at the Backa Canal where you can fish, swim, cycle, walk, relax and eat good food. For example at the Andric fish restaurant or at the Café del Sol. I was also very surprised about how well people are able to speak English in Serbia.

Sombor in Serbia, Serbien , Donauradweg EuroVelo 6

2. Bač & Bačka Palanka

You should stop by in Bac and visit the fortress, very impressive. If you would like to stay overnight, I recommend warmshowers.org – also for the whole route. Contact Zoran, a very nice bicycle enthusiast. In Backa Palanka you can camp for free at the scenic spot between the Danube and Lake Tikvara. A day trip to Croatia is only one bridge-length away.

Bac, Backa palanka, Serbia, Serbien , Donauradweg EuroVelo 6

3. Novi Sad

I stayed in the Varad Inn Hostel run by Tijana and Neven. The hostel is located directly on the Danube Cycling Path as well as near the UNESCO fortress Pedrovaradin. Here, every June, Europe’s biggest medium-sized festival the EXIT takes place – a must see for every electro and rock fan. Novi Sad’s place to be is the city beach. Here you can relax, sunbathe, go for a swim and look out for all Novi Sad´s beautiful people. To end your perfect beach day you should go on Sanja’s catamaran from DunavskiRafting and sail into the most beautiful sunset.

Novi Sad in Serbia, Serbien , Donauradweg, EuroVelo 6

4. Belgrade

Europe’s underdog! For me this city offers a mixture of Berlin in the 90s and Sydney. Contact the guys from Wild Serbia and go on a canoe tour to see old ship wrecks, the Great War Island and its beach as well as the eco-tourism project ‘Supernatural’. Stay in Arkabarka or San Art Floating Hostel at the Bulevar Nikole Tesle in New Belgrade which is located directly on the Danube Cycling Path EuroVelo 6. Make sure you visit Ada Ciganlija by bike or bus. This is a beautiful lake with a beach, cafés, restaurants and a guaranteed Mediterranean holiday feeling. I have never experienced anything like this in a big city before. Same goes for the communist tour by Zeljko from BelgradeWalkingTours – a must if you want to understand the interesting and touching history of former Yugoslavia.

Belgrade in Serbia, Serben, Donauradweg

5. Kovin & Kajtasovo – Taste Serbia

Directly on the Danube in an idyllic location you will find Dunavski Plicak Guest House run by Dragana and Alesandro. We spent two nights here, fixed our bikes, swam in the warm water of the Danube, fished and simply enjoyed the beautiful nature and silence. From here we went on to Sneza and Sava who live a nomadic life in the woods not far from the small village of Kajtasovo. Rarely have I eaten such good organic  tasty food and felt a strong connection to someone in such a short time.

Kovin in Serbia, Serbien DonauradwegKladovo in Serbia, Serbien

6. Silver Lake, Veliko Gradiste

In total we spent three weeks at the Silver Lake near Veliko Gradiste. Well, do I need to say more? I recommend you rent a self-catering apartment – if you are two people, it should be around 10 Euro per person per night. Sitting on the promenade enjoying a delicious corncob and playing with numerous dogs and cats. Other activities to enjoy here include: swimming, fishing, renting a boat, visiting the Aqua Park and partying and dancing to Serbian music in the Copacabana night club.

Silver Lake near Veliko Gradiste, Serbia, Serbien

7. Djerdap Nationalpark 

By bike you go through breath taking landscapes in Vinci and Golubac into Djerdap National Park. Do not visit one of the shabby restaurants along the seemingly endless street. Instead visit the small village Dobra and look for the guest house Prenociste Stanojevic. Here you will find traditional homemade food for very little money. An interesting film as well as excavations of the site of the first settlers on the banks of the Danube are on show in the Lepenski Vir museum. You can also camp for free in the museum garden. The next day you will reach Donji Milanovic a small rustic fishing village with an amazing view of the mountains from the Danube beach. Again, a Mediterranean holiday feeling guaranteed! Along the more than 100-km-long Iron Gate you should look out for ‘Tabula Trajana’ as well as the impressive rock sculpture of King Decebal.

Djerdap Nationalpark, Serbia SerbienDjerdap Nationalpark, Serbia, Serbien

8. Tekija, Kladovo, Brza Palancka and Negotin 

At the end of Djerdap National Park in the town of Tekija there is free camping right on the Danube beach in an awesomely idyllic spot. Another Danube beach with free camping is to be found in Brza Palancka where I saw the most beautiful sunrise of my whole trip. Kladovo and Negotin were my last two highlights along the Danube Cycling Path in Serbia. Both cities have a picturesque inner city where you can take a rest in one of the cafés before you say goodbye to #myserbia and cycle further to Bulgaria or Romania.

More: Here are all stories and images from my time cycling through Serbia 🙂 

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Cycle Trip through Serbia - EuroVelo6 - Danube

Aufgewachsen in der deutsch-niederländischen Grenzregion, verließ ich früh mein Elternhaus, studierte Tourismus in den Niederlanden und begab mich auf die Reise. Getrieben von Neugier, Abenteuerlust und auf der Suche nach neuen Herausforderungen, komme ich immer wieder irgendwo an, bleibe und ziehe weiter sobald mich mein Bedürfnis nach Veränderung zum Aufbrechen zwingt. One Lebenskapitel at a time.

Discussion8 Comments

    • Hi Milos,
      thanks for your comment 🙂
      I fell in love with Serbia. Stayed there for 2 months instead for 3 weeks as originally planned. Next time I will be in Novi Sad I will let you know.
      Enjoy your day,
      Matthias

  1. Hi! Great to hear you enjoyed cycling in Serbia so much. Also nice to see you met so many of our great friends. We are going to offer more bicycle tours through Serbia in 2016 with iBikeBelgrade, and your story is the perfect invitation for everybody to join! next time, make sure to join us on a tour in Belgrade or Novi Sad!

    • Hi Linda, thanks a lot for your comment.
      I didn’t know about it either and was so surprised. I can’t wait to see more more of former Yugoslavia.
      Enjoy your day,
      Matthias

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