Unreal beauty near Danube
The Djerdap Gorge, also known as the Iron Gate, is a piece of paradise in eastern Serbia, between the Balkans and the European Union, in which is combined superior beauty of nature and traces of history that testify to its importance in the past. The highest gorge in Europe shows the most beautiful face of the Danube River surrounded by mountains with Serbian and Romanian side of the border.
This is the place of the deepest river point on the entire course of the Danube and river through the gorge capriciously changes its width several times. Romans, Turks and other invaders of the region jealously wanted to have the gorge for several reasons. Djerdap Gorge today seems to be more interesting to the foreign than to domestic tourists.
To get to know the Iron Gates more closely we recommend you the sailing or one-hour cruise on a sunny day. There are no words enough to describe the beauty and the strength of this gorge in Djerdap, but we can give you some strong arguments why you should visit this natural beauty of eastern Serbia. The view from the various sides will create the impression of being at the seaside. However, only when the boat sails, you will see what Mother Nature created near Donji Milanovac.
At midday brightness Danube gets the mesmerizing color and reflection, and the air will refresh you, so you will most certainly forget about several hours trip to the gorge. The sun not only decorates the mighty river of Djerdap, but its rays are refracted through the surrounding mountains making the whole environment look like another world for which you would not believe it exists. The sailing will certainly delight you and relax you at the same time. Ideal day for visiting the Iron Gate is the one with lots of sunshine and temperature around 25 degrees Celsius. There can also be some wind, but that will not spoil the impression during the voyage. It is interesting that during the sailing your boat can directly approach to the Romanian coast, but remember that it is strictly forbidden even to pick a flower or break a twig from the other side of the coast. While sailing you will probably spot a small boat with foreign registry and these are mostly "cabs" from various countries such as Germany, which are touring and enjoying the charms of the Danube. According to tourist guides, there are more foreign tourists who are willing to discover and enjoy the beauty of the Iron Gates.
Iron Gates links four valleys and four gorges through which the Danube shows its changeable nature. Golubac Gorge, Gospodjin Vir, Mali and Veliki Kazan are the gorges that are unified into one - the Iron Gate. Kazan is a place in the Djerdap Gorge in which the river seems to boil (as in boiling cauldron) because of the many vortices located in there. The deepest part of the Danube through the gorge is about 90 meters and it is one of the maximum recorded depths of a river in the world.
Kazan is a place where the Danube is the narrowest (160 meters). From a wall Ploce, located above Kazan, you can see a beautiful view of the Djerdap. At the exit of Mali Kazan there is a Hajducka watermill.
The Europe’s largest monument in the wall is located in Djerdap Gorge. The monument is 40 meters high and it was built by powerful Romanian businessman Constantin Dragan who invested a fortune in the chiseling Decebal statue on the Romanian side of Djerdap gorge. It is said that he invested nearly two million dollars to the monument in which creation participated 12 carvers and several dozen of climbers. Its building lasted for ten years, it was interrupted several times and it is very controversial - especially because a lot of dynamite was spent in its building. The most intriguing is the inscription on the monument: "Decebalus Rex Dragan Fecit” literally translated as "Decebal ruled or won but Dragan built". If you pay attention on the top of the statue you can see the cross - the legend says that a young couple jumped from the top of the monument because of their tragic love.
Sailing through the Iron Gate is not the only thing this area has to offer. We kindly recommend you to visit Golubac Fortress which is still under reconstruction. It is not known exactly when it was built or who built it, but it is first mentioned in the writings from the thirteenth century as a Hungarian facility. It is therefore characterized as a medieval fortress. Golubac Fortress has a rich history, and many battles were fought over this fortress. Serbian Prince Lazar tried to conquer this building several times unsuccessfully, but at the beginning of the fifteenth century this building became Serbian property. Fortress has been neglected for long and left to the ravages of time, but is now under the reconstruction and it is announced that it will be open for visitors during the year. In addition to the fortress a visitor center and bike path are to be build, so there will be a lot of ways you can enjoy this part of the Iron Gates.
We also recommend you to visit Silver Lake and see why it is one of the most popular destinations among domestic tourists. Lepenski Vir is also one of the mandatory stops of the tour that will introduce you to one of the most complex and the most important cultures of the prehistoric period. The archaeological site was discovered in the period from 1965 to 1970 under the leadership of Professor Srejovic from Belgrade University. In Lepenski Vir you will get to know the ancient culture of fisherman and hunters who also had their own religious rituals and the specific cultural heritage in the form of the famous fish-like statues.
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