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In recent years Serbia has emerged as one of Eastern Europe's hottest 'undiscovered' destinations. The capital Belgrade has plenty to offer, with excellent museums and galleries, a wide range of restaurants and cafés, and some of the best nightlife in southeast Europe.
Away from the capital, Novi Sad is an attractive, lively city with an elegant centre and picturesque fortress overlooking over the Danube. In the far north, Subotica has an array of secessionist architecture and a notable Hungarian character.
The province of Vojvodina, north of Belgrade, has some excellent wetland habitat that is home to numerous bird species, while south of the capital, the countryside consists of lush, wooded valleys with hidden-away Orthodox monasteries. Scattered among the country's more mountainous regions are a number of vast national parks.
Last updated: 21 December 2014
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Parts of western and central Serbia remain affected by May’s severe flooding. Areas were flooded around the rivers Sava, Kolubara, Jasenica, Morava, Danube and others, including near to Belgrade. Water levels have returned to normal, but landslide warnings remain in place in some areas, and extensive clean-up operations are ongoing in the worst affected places.
All railway lines are now open, as are many regional roads in central Serbia. Drivers should still be aware of increased danger of landslides and/or rockslides and roads being closed temporarily pending or during repairs. Up to date information on the traffic situation is available on the Serbian AA website.
The issue of Kosovo remains a potential cause for unrest. Keep up to date with local developments and avoid any large crowds and demonstrations.
You may have difficulty entering Serbia if you have a Republic of Kosovo stamp in your passport.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism.
Most visits to Serbia are trouble-free.
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