Four Best Places to Visit in the Republic of Kosovo

Visiting the Republic of Kosovo is not as difficult as many think, and in fact there are plenty of places to see and things to do. In this article we will be highlighting some of the best places to visit while visiting this Balkan country.

We had quite different expectations before we finally decided to visit the Republic of Kosovo. The country surprised us with its clean and tidy public spaces, great views, tasty food, and smiling people. Definitely a great place to check out for a couple of days and one of the most affordable places to visit in Europe (and their currency is the euro so it’s quite easy to get around). Here are 4 best places to visit in the Republic of Kosovo.

Sinan Pasha Mosque, Prizren, Republic of Kosovo

Places to visit in Pristina

We were lucky to visit Pristina during the biennale Manifesta 14 and all the exhibitions gave an artistic vibe to all the places we visited (Grand Hamam, we’re looking at you mainly). However, we do believe that the places of interest are well worth a visit anytime of the year.

The capital of the Republic of Kosovo, Pristina, is a beautiful, bustling city with plenty of sights and attractions to keep visitors busy for a week or longer. Its mix of old and new architecture is one of the main draws of this city. There are a variety of museums, cafes and nightclubs, and the best way to explore the city is on foot.

View of Pristina, Republic of Kosovo
The view from our balcony in Pristina | ORA-PRN,cosy apartment in the city center

One of the oldest surviving buildings in Kosovo, the Ethnological Museum is housed in an Ottoman-style mansion. It has departments of ethnography, archaeology and natural science. The museum is a good place to start if you are interested in learning about Kosovo’s rich cultural history.

The NEWBORN monument is another popular tourist destination in Pristina. This sculpture represents the birth of the new Kosovo nation. It was unveiled on February 17th, 2008, the day Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. The monument’s design changes every year, and the symbolism is very positive.

Another must-see attraction nearby Pristina is the Gracanica Monastery, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its interiors are rich in art and artifacts from the Byzantine Empire. It’s a beautiful place to visit, especially at night.

Located in Pristina’s pedestrian zone, Boulevard Nene Tereza is one of the most important streets in the city’s center. It’s also home to several lively pubs and cafes, restaurants and street merchants.

The Old City is another must-see in Pristina. It’s located near many other landmarks, and is an excellent place to learn about the city’s history. It’s also home to many restaurants, cafes, and shops. The market in the Old City is a wonderful place to shop for local and international goods. The Green Market is another popular place to shop for exotic produce. It’s also a great place to people watch.

Another must-see in Pristina is the National Library of Kosovo. The library has an impressive collection of books and other works documenting the history of Kosovo. The building is one of the best-preserved in the country, and has a striking architecture. We highly recommend spending at least an hour exploring it from the inside and outside.

The Old Bazaar in Pristina is a must-see if you are looking for a taste of local life. The bazaar is a busy market where locals barter for the freshest produce. It’s a good place to buy ajvar, feta cheese, and other local delicacies.

Visiting the town of Prizren

Visiting the town of Prizren in The Republic of Kosovo is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the culture, history, and nature of this small country. Prizren is a fascinating town with beautiful architecture. There are lots of mosques, churches, and old houses. We loved walking on some of the many hidden streets.

Prizren’s most important landmark is the Sinan Pasha Mosque, which is the largest and most iconic mosque in the city. It is located on the Stone Bridge and is a short walk from the center of the town. The interior of the mosque is a fascinating display of floral patterns and Quran verses.

Another important landmark in Prizren is the 14th-century ‘Our Lady of Ljevis’ Cathedral, which is part of Kosovo’s UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It was destroyed during the 2004 riots, but was restored. It is now guarded by the police.

The Prizren Fortress is one of the best viewpoints in Prizren. It sits on top of a hill, allowing you to get a perfect panoramic view of the city. It is accessible via two roads, and is a great way to enjoy the sights of Prizren.

Prizren has a unique combination of Ottoman and western architecture, and it is easy to explore the city by foot. There are many restaurants and cafes, and there is also a Dokufest documentary film festival in early August. We will remember the town with its beautiful stone bridges and red roofed houses.

Sinan Pasha Mosque, Prizren, Republic of Kosovo

Shar Mountains in Kosovo

Throughout history, different countries have exploited the natural resources of the Shar Mountains in the Republic of Kosovo. These include Italy, Germany and the Ottoman Empire. In 1999, a group of international organizations spearheaded a conservation initiative to protect the area.

Currently, the region is home to more than two thousand plant species. Its Balkan mixed forest ecosystem is characterized by high humidity, a temperate climate and high rainfall. This is complemented by its many rivers and deep valleys.

The area has many interesting mammals, including Balkan wildcats and wolves, and some endangered species like the Balkan chamois. Its cirques contain beautiful glacial lakes. The most common animal is the roe deer. It is also home to several relict species, which survived the Glacial period. The results of a study showed that the area has more than two hundred pure water springs. 

We’d definitely want to explore more of the Shar Mountains when we visit Kosovo again. We loved the views and the fresh air so much, and we will be back for more!

Hija e Maleve, Shar Mountains, Republic of Kosovo

Bear Sanctuary Prishtina

Located close to the city of Pristina, the Bear Sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction in Kosovo. The bear sanctuary has been created to offer a safe and secure home for rescued brown bears. The bears at the sanctuary are kept in a peaceful environment and allowed to roam freely.

There are currently twenty bears at the sanctuary. These bears were rescued from places where they were kept in dilapidated cages next to restaurants, and were not provided with proper diets or exercise. They used them as an instrument of “entertainment” forcing them to live imprisoned, eat whatever the guests gave to them and drink as many as 20 beers per day.

The bears at the bear sanctuary are allowed to roam free and can go through the forest or roam around small caves. They are not aggressive due to their interactions with humans and can be observed on a 1.5 km track that leads them through the sanctuary. The track makes for a very pleasant walk in nature.

The sanctuary is open year round. The bears can be observed from the main building, which is also home to a restaurant. This building also has a gift shop and a small play area for children.

The park is 62 square kilometers in size and is considered to be one of the most exquisite parks in the city of Pristina. This park features well-kept paths, oak and beech forests, and a variety of recreational activities. The park is also home to a large variety of endangered species.

Four Paws is a nonprofit organization that aims to rescue animals in need and provide them with a place to recuperate. The organization also works to educate the public about animals and their habitat. They also support the Dancing Bears park near Belitsa in Bulgaria.

The highlight of our tour in the Bear Sanctuary was meeting the bear named Kasandra. She and Nace instantly clicked, when she lovingly growled at him right before she defecated in front of us. I knew the best gift for Nace would be a badge with a picture of Kasandra so he would have her on his backpack at all times.

Traditional Foods From Kosovo

We pretty much enjoyed everything we ate in Kosovo, but a highlight was a plateau of traditional cheeses and breads and as usual, we didn’t take note of their names. The place we tried them was Hija e Maleve with these amazing views over the Shar Mountains. But we’re sure that many restaurants in Kosovo can offer you those delicacies.

Among the various popular foods from Kosovo are fasule, Burek, halva, and Pasulj. These are also traditional foods that have long been a staple in the country. They are also highly nutritious and delicious. 

Fasule is made from a mixture of meat, rice, and kefir. Traditionally, it was the easiest dish to prepare and was considered a great meal. It is usually served cold. The flavor gets better the next day. Another traditional food from Kosovo is burek, which is usually baked in circular pans. It is made from pastry layers filled with minced meat. It is best served with yogurt. This dish is usually eaten in the winter.

Another popular food from Kosovo is fli or flia, which is a pancake-like pastry layered with cream. Each layer is baked for a number of hours, making it crisp on the outside. Stuffed peppers are also popular in Kosovo. They are usually green or yellow in color and are filled with cheese, kefir, and rice. They are often served with yogurt and cream.

A traditional drink is called rakia (which is also traditional to many Balkan countries), which can be made from grapes or other fruits. It is fermented and exceptionally strong. Tea and coffee are also popular in Kosovo. Other beverages include kompot, a sweet drink made from local fruits. Ayran is a yogurt drink that is often drunk with pastries.

Aside from the food, the country is also known for its great wine. Wine is produced in the southern part of Kosovo, and is in high demand internationally.

Traditional food from the Republic of Kosovo - breads and cheeses

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