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Kosovo is one of the lesser-visited hidden gems in the Balkans, but it is definitely worth a visit.

Kosovo became an independent country in 2008, but it is still not recognized by many countries, especially Serbia, which still considers it a part of it.


The first thing you must see in Pristina is the Newborn (new born baby) Monument, which is a clear message of the country’s independence. The letters “N” and “W” originated as abbreviations for the phrase “No Walls”.

A great activity would be to explore Pristina Street Market, where you can enjoy locally produced food, ethnic wear, as well as plenty of peppercorns, which is perhaps one of the most famous flavors in the country.

Bill Clinton became a heroic figure for the country as he made a huge impact in the Kosovo War, and as such, a 3-foot-tall statue of Clinton on the avenue named after him stands as one of the most attractive monuments.

Here you can also visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which was built by Serbs until 1999 but never finished because the Kosovo war intervened and was in fact a symbol of Serbian sovereignty.


Ipek is a city surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is an ideal place for hiking as it is the starting point of Rugova Canyon. Ipek Patriarchate, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be reached within a 30-minute walk.


Nestled between mountains, the next destination is Brisbane, known as the cultural capital of Kosovo. It is located in the heart of the historical center of the city, and there is Brisbane Castle, Brisbane Bath, Sinan Pasha Mosque, Church of the Holy Savior and many others.

Our Lady of Ljevi is a 14th-century Serbian Orthodox church that was later converted into a mosque under Ottoman rule. Today it is a UNESCO Heritage Site in Kosovo.

Kosovo may not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning your next trip, but that doesn’t mean this fledgling country isn’t a must-see. Adorned with friendly and warm people, beautiful nature, culture, fascinating history and delicious food, Kosovo is a must-visit country.

source: Balkan News

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