Kosovo

Kosovo

Things to do - general

Landlocked Kosovo, ringed by mountains, is ideal for pioneering travellers keen to discover Europe’s newest country which only declared independence in 2008. Discover a country with snow-capped mountains, wide open plains, wildflower meadows, gorges and waterfalls. In the towns and villages the legacy of the influences of Islam and Orthodox Christian is evident with a wealth of mosques and monasteries.

The lively capital, Prishtina, is awash with UN and EU personnel and, combined with a population mainly aged under 35, you are guaranteed a warm welcome and lots of fun. On your tour to Kosovo, use Prishtina as a base to explore the Serb enclave of Gracanica where Byzantine frescoes adorn the 12th-century Orthodox monastery.

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Don’t miss the glorious Ottoman city of Prizren, nestled at the foot of the Sharri Mountains, its narrow cobbled streets crammed with old stone houses, exquisite mosques and Turkish baths.

Follow walking and biking trails through the countryside and up into the imposing mountains where you can join the locals skiing in the winter in Brezovica and relish the stunning scenery.

Consider including a visit to Gjakova on your holiday in Kosovo. The overwhelming hospitality of the Gjakovans is legendary and the food just seems to keep coming. Usually in Gjakova, on our group tours, we meet the leader (baba) of the Bektashi Dervish Order in the Bektashi Tekke. A very warm welcome is always guaranteed by this benevolent, kind man, who through the aid of a translator, shares the history of this fascinating order.

Country Kosovo
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The exemption from the visa requirement applies to the citizens of the following countries:

Albania Andorra Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Australia Austria* Bahamas Bahrain Barbados Belgium* Belize Botswana Brazil Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria* Canada Chile Columbia Costa Rica Croatia* Cyprus* Czech Republic* Denmark* Dominica East Timor El Salvador Estonia* Fiji Finland* France* Germany* Greece* Grenada Guatemala Guiana Holly See* Honduras Hungary* Iceland* Israel Ireland* Italy* Japan Jordan Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Kiribati Kuwait Latvia* Lesotho Liechtenstein* Lithuania* Luxembourg Macedonia Malawi Malaysia Maldives Malta* Marshall Islands Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Monaco* Montenegro Namibia Nauru Netherlands* New Papua Guinea New Zealand Nicaragua Norway* Oman Palau Panama Paraguay Poland* Portugal* Qatar Romania* Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and Grenadine Samoa San Marino* Sao Tome and Principe Serbia Seychelles Islands Slovakia* Slovenia* Solomon Islands South Africa South Korea Spain* Swaziland Sweden* Swiss Confederation* Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Turkey Tuvalu United Arab Emirates United Kingdom and Northern Ireland* United States of America Uruguay Vanuatu Venezuela

*EU or Schengen member states

Languages spokenAlbanian
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)10.908 km²

Nightlife info

Pristina is the capital of the republic of Kosovo, Serbia, which declared its independence in 2008. It lies beside the Goljak Mountains and enjoys a humid Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and cold winters. The city still is in the process of rebuilding after years of war, but offers enough attractions to make it an enjoyable destination for a weekend vacation.

Whether you mingle with ex-pats downing Guinness and Budweiser or the trendier Kosovar IT-crowd in hip nightclubs, there is beer, bonhomie and banging tunes to suit all tastes, particularly around Garibaldi and Fehmi Agani streets, and Pejton (Peyton) district.

Visit Prizren

This historic city lies approximately 45 miles from downtown Pristin, and a regular bus service operates between the two cities. The Shadervan piazza lies at the heart of downtown Prizren and is surrounded by cafés, bars, barbecue restaurants and ice cream parlors. Take a scenic walk along the Marash, which runs parallel to the river, or browse for locally crafted filigree ware. Landmarks include the Prizren Hammam, a fine example of Ottoman architecture that now is used for art exhibitions, and several beautiful mosques, including the 17th century Sofi Sinan Pasha Mosque.

Dining and Nightlife

Pristina enjoys a lively nightlife, with dozens of cafés, bars and clubs. These are mainly concentrated around the Rruga Fehmi Agani and Pejton areas of the city. Most tourist bars, such as Paddy O'Brien's Irish pub (paddyobriens.com), adopt a Western attitude, but Pristina's backstreet bars often are exclusively male territory. Coffee drinking is a popular activity and many coffee bars stay open late. Nightclubs include the Strip Depot (stripdepot.com), named for its comic strip décor and open day and evening, seven days a week, and the Spray Club (sprayclub.com), which attracts top-quality DJs and live bands. For a cultural evening, visit the ODA Theater (Teatrioda.com -- Albanian language only), which hosts concerts, exhibitions, jazz festivals and plays.

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Culture and history info

Even though it doesn’t seem to offer much, at first sight, it still has a lot to offer; from the different building that unfold its history, cultural activities, night life, and many other attractions, but above all is the love that its citizens have for their city. The city has inspired many generations that have given it a rich cultural life.

For a promenade through historical compounds and monuments, one should start at the Mother Theresa Square, recently constructed, even though it has served as a walking boulevard, long time ago.

Through the walk in the square, at the first street on the right, there are the old city pubs known as the Rakia (Balkans strong alcoholic drink) places. These are pleasant pubs, serving homemade Rakia with different appetizers, mostly grilled meat and different salads followed by old traditional Albanian music. At café Tirona, you may also experience the breezy terrace and a collection of city’s old images, so little preserved nowadays.

Along the square, after passing the Ministry of Culture – in the walls of which you may see portraits of Kosovar artist – is the Mother Theresa statue and statue of Skenderbeu – our hero, known worldwide – a copy of the original statue in Kruja, Albania. A similar statue is also found in Skopje and Tirana. Opposite to the statue are the debris of the old Hotel Union, an Austro-Hungarian architecture compound, which has served as the referring point for the city. Just beside, is the National Theatre, where one may see the schedule for incoming plays. The same road leads you to the Government Building, and the National Assembly building.

Following is the Prishtina Municipal Assembly building, on the way to the old part of the city. On the left side, you may see an old monument dating from Communist Yugoslavia, symbolizing Unity and Brotherhood. Walking towards the old part, you may see small shops with wooden roofs, silver and goldsmiths, offering mainly fabricated silver and gold, but one may also find hand-crafted jewels.

On the right side, is Carshi Mosque or the market Mosque which was built in the 15th century by Sultan Bajazid. In the yard of the mosque, is the fountain which separates the mosque from the National Museum, which had served as the administrative building for the Vilayet of Kosovo, during the Ottoman Empire. For a period of time it has also served as the headquarters of Yugoslav Army. Currently it serves as Museum, worth visiting for the significance of historical remains exposed there. “Mbretëresha në Fron” (the Sitting Goddess) is among the relics that were stolen during the war.

In the vicinity is the Jashar Pasha Mosque, dating back to 1834. If you continue forward on, you may see Kullën e Sahatit (Clock Tower), which is right next to the city’s tyrbe (tombs of the dervish muslim sect). Opposite to it is the Grand Mosque, and the most beautiful mosque in city. With beautiful paintings in the front wall and a cute yard in front. This mosque was built by Sultan Mehmet II, aroung 1460 – 1461, some eight years before conquering Constantinople. Once upon a time, it had the title of having the biggest cupola in the region.

If you continue through the causeway, along the market to the left and the road to the right; there are many compounds of high cultural significance. Ethnologic Museum of Kosova, old traditional houses compound called Emin Gjiku, which gives the exact impression of how the old Prishtina looked like. The Museum works from 10 am till 6 pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, entrance costing 2 euro.

Other worth visiting places, are the Sports Palace (used to be called Boro and Ramizi), a compound of different shops and sport halls. Just behind the Sports Palace is the city stadium and ODA Theatre. Personalities: Shpend Ahmeti (Current mayor of Prishtina), Astrit Ajdarević (Swedish football player currently playing for Charlton Athletic), Visar Arifaj (Politician and leader of Partia e Fortë), Xhavit Bajrami (Swiss kickboxer), Besart Berisha (Albanian football player currently playing for Brisbane Roar), Etrit Berisha (Albanian football player currently playing for Lazio), Ilir Berisha (Albanian football player currently playing for Örebro SK), Lorik Cana (Albanian football player currently playing for Lazio), Debatik Curri (Albanian football payer playing for Hoverla Uzhhorod), Armend Dallku (Albanian football player currently paying for Vorskla Poltava), Labinot Haliti (Australian football player currently playing for Western Sydney Wanderers), Ahmet Haxhiu (Albanian political activist), Albulena Haxhiu (Albanian politician), Albin Kurti (Political activist and leader of Vetëvendosje), Ermir Lenjani (Albanian football player currently playing for St. Gallen), Xhevdet Llumnica (Kosovar football player currently playing for Limhamn Bunkeflo), Isa Mustafa (Politician, ex-mayor of Prishtina), Jasmina Novokmet (Serbian conductor, Professor of Conducting and former Associate Dean at the University of Pristina Faculty of Arts), Rita Ora (singer-songwriter and actress), Atdhe Nuhiu (Austrian football player currently playing for Sheffield Wednesday), Slobodan Petrović (politician), Petrit Selimi (leader of the Independent Liberal Party), Granit Xhaka (Swiss football player), Taulant Xhaka (Swiss football player).

History

The surrounding territory of Prishtina has been inhabited since the antique age; Neolithic ruins in Matiqan, Graqanica and Ulpiana date back to VIII B.C. During the Roman Empire, city of Ulpiana was one of the most important areas in the Balkans.

The first written artifact about Prishtina, goes back to year 1342 by the Byzantium Emperor, Johan Kantakuzen, who describes Prishtina as a village. After that year, there must have been the Catholic Church of Saint Mary, since in documents of that time there are names of Albanian priests like Don Lasio.

Since during antique age there was the city of Ulpiana (Ulkiana), while during early middle age it was known as Artana, as city of miners, one can come to conclusion that until the period of Ottoman Empire, has not had a significant role. During XIV and XV centuries when Prishtina, Kosovo’s capital today, starts its development period; the capital also starts to become as a significant trading center. The old city was situated between the rivers Vellusha and Prishtevka, whereas none of them can be seen today, since both rivers have been covered.

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Hotel Centrum Prizren

Hotel Centrum Prizren

, Kosovo
In the Old Town of Prizren next to the main pedestrian street and Sinan Pasha Mosque, Hotel Centrum More info
Hotel Victory

Hotel Victory

Mother Teresa, p.n., 10000 Prishtinë, Kosovo
Hotel Victory is in peaceful surroundings, just over half a kilometer from the center of Prishtine. More info
Theranda Hotel

Theranda Hotel

Rruga Adem Jashari 1, 20000 Prizren, Kosovo
Featuring an a-la-carte restaurant, Theranda Hotel is located in the very centre of Prizren next to More info

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Explore Kosovo Tour | With Us! 8 Day

Explore Kosovo Tour | With Us! 8 Day

Kosovo
Discover the highlights of Kosovo on this MASTER-DMC exclusive group tour, from dramatic verdant gor More info

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