With beautiful nature, amazing food and landscapes that will take your breath away, western Serbia will easily make its way to your heart. If you want to uncover its hidden potential, but do not seem to have much time, hop on the Western Serbia Express and let us show you some of the gems of this part of Serbia! And, since we’re so close, why not pay a quick visit to Bosnia?
Highlights: Drvengrad Wooden Town, Andric grad, Sarganska Osmica (Sargan Eight) old train ride, Bridge on the Drina river
On this tour we’ll discover:
The Wooden Town, also known as Küstendorf and Mecavnik, is a traditional village that the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica built for his film entitled “Life is a Miracle”. It is located near National park “Tara”, two hundred kilometers southwest of Serbia’s capital, Belgrade. Because of the Wooden Town, Kusturica was the 2005 recipient of the Philippe Rotthier European Architecture award.
The Wooden Town has a library, named the Ivo Andrić Library; an art gallery named Macola in honor of sculptor Dragan Jovićević (it was previously known as Anika, after a character from Ivo Andric’s fiction); Stanley Kubrick Cinema; a main house which houses a cinema-hall in the cellar, a living room, a guest room, a closed yard, a swimming pool, a gym, a sauna and private rooms for the Kusturica family; a sports hall; a restaurant; a cake shop, as well as a souvenir shop; and finally, a Church dedicated to St. Sava.
The streets in the village bear the names of various individuals that Kusturica holds in high esteem or finds to be personally significant: Nikola Tesla, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Diego Maradona, Miodrag Petrović Čkalja, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Joe Strummer, Novak Đoković and of course, Ivo Andrić, who the main street is named after.
The Sargan Eight is a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Serbia, running from the village of Mokra Gora to the Šargan Vitasi station. An extension to Višegrad in the Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, was finished on August 28th, 2010. The former East Bosnian railway with a gauge of 760 mm (2 ft 5 15⁄16 in) was an important part of the former narrow-gauge main line from Sarajevo to Belgrade and closed in 1974. Between 1999 and 2003 the section over the Šargan pass was rebuilt by the Serbian Ministry of Tourism and the Yugoslav State Railway (now the Serbian Railways), with great help from Emir Kusturica. Nowadays, travellers have the chance to go on an amazing train ride around the mountains in the Šargan Eight.
Andric grad is a tourist, cultural, administrative and educational complex. It is situated on a peninsula between the rivers Drina and Rzav in Višegrad (Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina). Andric grad is also a project of Emir Kusturica, inspired by the literary works and characters of Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric. Its architecture is a mixture of different eras and styles that throughout Visegrad history seems to have gone through: the Byzantine style, the Ottoman period, the Renaissance, the Classicism. Some of the main attractions of Andrić grad are: the Ivo Andric Institute with a centre for Slavic languages, the Fine Arts Academy, the Town Hall, the Renaissance Theatre, the multiplex cinema, hotels and much more.
Price per person:
250 e (1 pax), 160 e (2 pax), 110 e (3 pax), 90 e (4-7 pax), 80 e (8 pax and more)
Included: English-speaking guide, transport (car or van), visit to Drvengrad, train ticket on the Sargan Eight, visit to Andricgrad and an old bridge on the Drina river (UNESCO protected), Serbian traditional meal, refreshments
Length of stay: 16 hours
Total transfer time: around 8 hours
Pick up: anywhere in Belgrade
Our partners: Talas Travel agency
Additionally this tour can be combined with Drina Kayaking Tour upon request.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.