5 largest rivers in Serbia

Danube river

Rivers are one of the greatest treasures of Serbia, and tourism has been developing more and more on them lately. If you want to make a short, refreshing vacation away from the concrete and noise of the city, rivers in Serbia are one of the best solutions. You can enjoy a light rest and walk on the banks of the plain rivers or try extreme sports and try to tame the mountain rapids. In any case, you will have an unforgettable experience.


The Danube is the second largest river in Europe, and the first if the Eurasian part of the continent is not taken into account. From time immemorial, this mighty river has been crucial for the development of civilizations, so the first traces of life in Europe can be found right on its banks.

It flows through as many as ten countries, in which as many as four capitals lie. It is more of a capital than of another river. Among them, of course, is Belgrade, located in a location that is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The first settlements appeared on the fertile bank of the Danube a long time ago, even before the ancient Belgrade fortress was built for us.

Fortresses are one of the trademarks of this river. If you cruise along its course, you will see a large number of various fortifications on the cliffs and hills along the Danube. The famous Petrovaradin Fortress rises above the river, the most recognizable symbol of Novi Sad. The best preserved fortress, Smederevo Fortress, is also located by the river, as well as the popular tourist attraction Golubac.

Cruising the Danube is an unforgettable experience that delights a large number of tourists every year. On these tours, visitors have the opportunity to see how the sluggish plain river transforms into a real force of nature after passing through the Iron Gate. The course of the Danube has always been a place of many secrets, legends, stories and rich history. He whispers a story about forgotten times, so he is always interesting to visit.


The journey of the Tisza begins in distant Ukraine, on the distant forest massif of Karmaros. On its long adventure through the European continent, the Tisza passes through as many as five countries. She played an important role for each of them, giving them fertile land and landscapes of their shores.

As is the case with the Danube, the Tisza has given life to many cities. The most interesting town on the Serbian course of the Tisza is Becej, a small town with a rich history and incredible charm. The center of Becej is very nice and decorated with beautiful architecture, but the greatest treasure of Becej is still not there. It is Fantast, a mysterious building that is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Vojvodina.

The Tisza is also known for a fairy-tale phenomenon, which exists only on it and on the distant and mysterious rivers of China. Once a year, the entire surface of the Tisza “blooms” and then the surface of the water is covered with tens of thousands of unusual creatures. It is an insect that prints a flower, whose whole life lasts only one evening. In order to experience a rare phenomenon live, residents and tourists descend to the Tisza every year and wait for this event.


In the past, the Sava River was considered the longest river in Yugoslavia and was a link between the three major cities in the country, Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubljana. The Sava is one of the longest rivers in Europe and one of the few European rivers of that length that do not flow directly into the sea, but into another, larger river.

Statistics say that an incredible eight million people live on the banks of the Sava. The big cities that sprouted everywhere along its life-giving flow are grateful for that. One of the most beautiful cities in Serbia, beautifully landscaped Sabac, was born on the bank of the Sava. The history of this city has always been turbulent, which makes it an interesting place to visit.

Numerous beautiful places for rest and relaxation have appeared along the entire course of the river. One of the pearls of nature is an oasis of greenery called Zasavica. It originated in the now abandoned riverbed of the Sava and thus gave a home to many endangered species. Legends say that dragons once lived in the backwaters of the Sava, but also many other fascinating creatures…

Velika Morava

The fact that it is the largest river whose flow is only within the borders of Serbia justifies its grandiose name. Its course has been of crucial importance throughout the history of Serbia. Pomoravlje was the cradle of Serbia of Prince Lazar, which was named Moravian Serbia after the river. Even today, invaluable cultural goods can be found near it.

Moody and unpredictable, Velika Morava gives life at the same time, but also destroys it. Its meanders gave fertile land, but frequent floods and unpredictable nature often threatened settlements on the coast. The only larger settlement on the banks of the Velika Morava is Ćuprija, a town known for one of the most beautiful medieval monasteries.


The Drina is a river in size, but it is probably the first in its beauty. It is known for the divine appearance of its meanders and canyons, as well as for the purity and clarity of the water. Because of all this vacation on the Drina is becoming an increasingly popular tourist activity, especially during the hot summer months.

The course of the river meanders through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire country and is surrounded by numerous famous sights. In the riverbed itself is one of the most recognizable symbols of Serbia, the famous house on the Drina. Two extremely culturally important cities, Bajina Basta and Loznica, also owe their existence to this river.

The crossing of this mighty river created several irresistible artificial lakes, which have now been turned into popular tourist destinations. In the center of attention is Perućac, a lake of unusual turquoise color, surrounded by houses and bungalows perfect for escaping from routine. Cruising the Drina is another unforgettable attraction of this area. It leads through a long, picturesque canyon all the way to the famous Visegrad.

All the rivers of Serbia, whether they are sluggish plain giants or indomitable mountain tributaries full of beeches and rapids, have one thing in common. They all offer a wonderful and refreshing holiday by the woods of their waters. Due to the lack of sea in Serbia, rivers are gaining a significant tourist role and are increasingly developing and preparing to host numerous tourists. So you need to give them a chance and discover all the benefits and charms they offer.

Source: Portal o ekonomiji by www.economy.rs.

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