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‘Thanks for a great guide’, Aleksander & Nancy Videnovic, Chicago

‘I'm from Belgrade. I wanted to thank you for the beautiful Serbia guide. I've bought it and it’s fantastic, something that Serbia needed. We really needed this.’
Aleksandar Nikolic, Belgrade

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Serbia has shaken off the legacy of war to emerge as one of Europe's freshest tourist destinations. Stability and optimism have prevailed since the 2004 elections, and this is now a country begging to be explored. Colorful folk traditions, half-hidden monasteries and peaceful national parks guarantee excitement and romance.
This first full-country guide in English leads you from medieval castles by the Danube to vibrant nightclubs in Belgrade. Alongside comprehensive practical information are the absorbing details of a culture fashioned at the historical meeting point of East and West.

Discover:
The only guide to Serbia in English
Where to stay, where to eat, where to go
The dynamic Belgrade, the multicultural Vojvodina, the graceful Novi Sad
Wildlife and national parks - the mountains and wetland areas
Some of southeast Europe's biggest music festival
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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 2nd edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622036
  • ASIN: B001PO6B0S
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Branislav Rabotic on June 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book is authored by Laurence Mitchell and published as his first contribution to the Bradt guides. People in the know are aware of how difficult and complicated Serbia is, or what might be the problems the author had to solve while collecting data and checking out the situation on the spot. It is for this that the book should be additionally and particularly appreciated.

Bradt's 'Serbia' is amazingly informative, surprisingly accurate and, most of all, supplied with well-judged and sincere comments. The text consists of 9 chapters, including background information on geography, history, Art and architecture, literature, even cinema and music. The author made use of additional 'boxes' in order to focus the reader's attention on some more important or interesting details, such as biographies of historical personalities, important historical events, local customs, offbeat or weird attractions and sights, and the like. Apart from an insight into literally all geographical regions of this country, the author offers a lot of helpful practical information and suggestions. After paging through this book one almost feels intimately knowledgeable with all aspects of Serbia: its history, the people and culture.

Here are just two examples that ilustrate his charming writing sytle. Depicting a local town hotel somewhere inside Serbia, he writes: 'You cannot fail to notice this 3 star monstrosity in the centre of town... The carpets range from threadbare to completely worn out, and the eccentric and numerous light fittings, have clearly seen better days - I counted 13 in my room, 7 of which worked.' In case of the largest Belgrade's open-air market, Mitchell comments: "...
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Format: Paperback
In the 2nd edition of his already excellent guidebook L. Mitchell has given a considerably enlarged, significantly improved and fully updated story about the country where I work as a licensed tourist guide and therefore I thought I knew it best.

To my surprise, I was able to discover in this book not only a great deal of practical information mainly useful for visitors and tourists alike, but also some really amazing, less known and unfamiliar stories about the country and its people.

The 2nd edition included expanded coverage on various background topics, such as Serbian cinema, literature and music, with boxes on Serbian personalities in these fields (for instance, Emir Kusturica or Ceca, an extravagant Balkan diva) as well as popular festivals like the annual Guca Trumpet Festival and EXIT. Many more boxes on subjects as diverse as the narrow gauge 'Sargan Eight' railway and curiosities like the 'Kremna Prophecies' and the 'Wild Man of Fruska Gora'. However, one of my favorite boxes is `Rocky comes to rescue of Serbian village' which really gives additional flavor to what is generally known or percieved about the Serbian mentality.

More information are also given on natural history and National Parks in Serbia.

I noticed as well that the author extended the listings, now including many of the new restaurants, cafes and bars and low-cost hostels that have opened for business in Belgrade in the last couple of years, along with privately run mid-range, luxury (`boutique') and hotels in the capital and beyond.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GMO on June 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this guide book when I found out I would be visiting Serbia for business, mostly because it was the only guide to Serbia in English I could find. I was pleasantly surprised at the cultural background, political and social context, and historical perspective that this book provided. Before I even stepped on Serbian soil, I had a sense of what mysteries I was in store to explore. Repeatedly in my week visiting half of Serbia, my hosts would remark how I knew of little-known tidbits about this town, or that restaurant. Very impressive first impression and makes me want to check out other Bradt guides. If you're visiting Serbia, this is a MUST HAVE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Velickovic on December 12, 2008
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I am Serbian but have lived in the states for most of my life. When my husband and I took a trip this part fall, we decided to tour the country side for a week and escape the obligation of seeing relatives and friends. Best decision we ever made... particularly since it got us out of Belgrade, my home, but, a city I don't think I would ever recommend to travelers... at least not until many, MANY things change. This book helped us, including me, a native, find the gems many Serbs haven't explored. A few such gems included Mokra Gora, Djerdap, and any number of monasteries, many of which have recently been repaired to their original grandeur! However, not only was this book an amazing way to help make our trip easy navigation to the hidden treasures of Serbia, it was also invaluable to fill in the (many) holes in my knowledge of Serbian history. By the end of the trip, my husband, a pure-bred American, was quizzing me on things such as "the significance of Manasija Monastery..." :-) In other words, I recommend this book to tourists as well as Serbian natives who wish to explore more deeply parts of their home!
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