Brdo Avala Belgrade Reviews
Avala Feb 11, 2017
Avala mountain or more likely hill (because is only 511 m high and for only 11 m is not) is nice natural resort less then 20 km from city center (18 m precisely). It is nice and peaceful place and real contrast to city pavement.
It is not just natural beauty that attract many people here then and his own cultural and historical significant.
Natural park Avala was protected from 1859. In the Middle Ages atop Avala there was a town call Žrnov ( Grain on English), which have important strategic position because from here it is possible controlled access Belgrade. The Turks conquered it in the 15th century and reorder it for your needs. Unfortunately, royal family Karadjordjevic demolish Old fortress and build here new monument - famous Monument to the Unknown solider, beautiful and popular attraction itself. It is dedicated to fallen Serbian soldiers in WWI. That is sculptured by Ivan Meštrović in the form of mausoleum with 8 caryatides (8 female figures, each one representing a woman from a different historical region of Yugoslavia), it was completed in 1938.
Special and significant landmark of Avala is TV tower. Structure high 196 m build 1965, demolish during NATO aggression on Serbia in 29. 4. 1999, rebuild 21. 4. 2010 but higher less then 10 m (204,5 m precisely) is It is currently the tallest tower on Balkan region. I visit only new tower. I enjoy in view over area and here is also restaurant. I pay 50 RSD with ISIC discount (2011).
Besides, those two famous landmarks, on mountain Avala is many others monuments and memorial parks wort to visit. I mention here only few of them: Memorial Park – dedicated to the victims of the WWII, Monument to the Soviet War Veterans and Monument to Vasa Čarapić - Serbian hero of First Serbian Uprising (1804).
Avala is perfect day trip. For longer stay visitors can enjoy in many restaurants and lodging: Hotel "Avala", mountain house "Mitrović home" and Student resort "Čarapićev elm" and others.
Avala is perfect for all kinds of outdoor activity. It has lot a potential for outdoor activities but hiking and biking are very popular. You can see a lot of interpretative maps all around it. There is various forest make this vacation feels like long gateway from cities stress and noise.
How to get here - I found out those information: On weekends during summer time, bus company Lasta organizes open bus rides to Avala. Buses depart from Nikola Pašić Square at 10:00, 13:00, 16:00 and from Avala in 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00. Return ticket costs 500 dinars for adults or 300 dinars for kids. Tickets must be previously purchased in tourist information center at Republic Square, in Lasta offices in Balkanska 35-39 or Savski trg 1a (next to the Railway station).
During weekend, from end of May until the end of August (summer time), public bus line 400 connects Belgrade and Avala. Bus leaves from stop "Voždovac" on every 40 minutes and a single bus ride costs 150 RDS (from bus drivers) or 72 dinars ( trough BusPlus company).
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A Day Trip To Avala Apr 06, 2015
The Avala mountain is 18km from Belgrade with the top on 511m above sea level. I took the tram #9 from the city to Trosarina, from where I continued to Avala by bus 401. There are two roads at the hill foot. The left is for pedestrians, trekking path about 20-30 minutes to the top. On the right is a road for cars, 5km long.
There are eight sources- fountains of clean drinking water, Sakinac is the first from the start of the path.
Avala was first mentioned in the 16th century. The name derives from the Arabic word Havala, meaning lookout or a castel above the town. On the top was the town Zrnov from the Middle Age, built on the Roman ruins. Turkish sultan Murat conquered it and changed its name to Guzelce in 1442. Sultan Suleyman Kanuni conquered Belgrade from Hungarians in 1521, when it became a part of the Ottoman Empire with the administration of the governor Porca. Porca's grave is there on Avala. With the conquest of Belgrade, Avala lost its importance for Turks.
The remains of neglected town were totally destroyed in 1934-8 when on its place was built a mausoleum, a monument to the unknown hero from the First World War. In the written documents it was Sulejman Balic, a Bosnian from Sandzak, who died bravely defending Belgrade. Statues of women in folk in the monument respresent a Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian, Dalmatian, Montenegrin, Vojvodian, Serbian and Macedonian.
On the opposite side of a hotel on Avala there is a TV tower( working hours from Tue- Fri- 10-16:30, Sat-Sun 10- 18, Monday-closed). The new tower was built on 439m above sea level, 204, 8m high, with a lookout at 123m, the highest building on the Balkans. A ticket costs 200 dinars or 400 dinars with included drink in the restaurant on a floor under the lookout. There are two lifts carring visitors by speed of 3m/s to cafe restaurant and a lookout over the whole area. In a nice clear day it is possible to see the mouth of the Sava River into the Danube River, on the south- Šumadija and Vojvodina, on the west is Macva, on the east is Morava river seen as white curvy line, on the north is Srem, the Rudnik Mountain, Fruška gora, the abandoned mine of quick silver Šuplja stena. The Vinca colony was established by miners in the 7th century. On Avala was also found mineral avalit, a bluegreen stone. There are also two Roman ruins, Singidunum, at the foot of Avala.
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