As promised, here is the second part of our Balkan special. Read about 3 other fantastic destinations in the Balkans. Now it’s your time to chose which destination is your favourite and book your car hire to get along easy.
Where: Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana is located in Central Europe between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. With under 300,000 inhabitants, it is a city that can easily be explored.
Why: If you want to try an unknown alternative to related neighboring cities such as Vienna and Prague, the capital of Slovenia a very good option. In Ljubljana you can experience the cozy café scene along the Ljubljanica River and the interesting, diverse architecture on which the famous architect, Joze Plecnik has left his mark. Finally, the city and its location between the coast and the mountains, is a good starting point to explore the natural beauty – including some of the unique underground caves, located just a short drive away.
Highlights: Ljubljana is a city without major iconic sights, such as the city’s beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, the marketplace and Joze Plecniks triple.
When: Ljubljana is to visit in the summer, but the city is also charming around Christmas and New Year, where the city is decorated with lights. Should you be fond of skiing, Ljubljana is not far from the World Cup slopes in Kranjska Gora.
Where: Serbia’s capital city is beautifully situated on the banks of the rivers Sava and Danube and with its two million inhabitants; it is the largest and most vibrant of cosmopolitan city in South Eastern Europe.
Why: Belgrade has been Serbia’s capital for more than 600 years and with a history stretching 7,000 years back in time, it is one of the oldest cities in Europe. An interesting part of the city, is how the modern urban life unfolds around the main shopping street, Knez Mihailova and the river Sava, where old warehouses have been given new life with exciting restaurants, jazz clubs and good bars. You should also visit Belgrade, if you are interested in art and culture – a number of fine private galleries show interesting art that we rarely get the opportunity to see in Northern Europe.
Highlights: Belgrade’s landmark is the hilltop fortress, Kalemegdan. The fortress offers stunning views over the town and the two rivers Sava and Danube. Moreover, it is worth to visit the Sveti Sava, which is the largest Orthodox church in the Balkans. Be also sure to experience the festive city life, which pops up along the river and shop at the fine concept stores or the small shops in the design neighborhoods.
When: Belgrade is undoubtedly nicer in the summer months and a fine town for a beach holiday, with the beach just a few kilometers outside the city center. Here it will be possible to get a refreshing dip when the dry summers begins.
Where: Bosnia’s capital is situated by the Miljacka River, beautifully framed by the Dinaric Alps and with its approx. 320,000 inhabitants, the largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Why: Sarajevo is not always the most preferred city for a summer holiday destination but it is a city that is full of history but has developed a lot throughout the past years. It was in Sarajevo that the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was liquidated in 1914, which led to the first World War exclaiming. In the early 1990s, the city suffered the longest siege of a city since the second World War II. Both have left traces – traces that are interesting to explore around the city.
Highlights: The city also shows the traces left over from the Ottomans, who ruled here for centuries, and Sarajevo’s main asset is the old part of town with its bustling and charming bazaar streets, the cozy bars and hookah cafes. Here you will also find the beautiful Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque, which is considered to be among the most beautiful examples of Ottoman architecture in the world. The modern Sarajevo unfolds with square buildings, communist aesthetics and towers.
When: Sarajevo can be experienced all year round. The best urban experiences you get in the summer, but winter is in turn an opportunity to explore the Olympic slopes in the Alps, which are just half hour drive out of town.