A blend of time and nature on land and water, the largest national park in Serbia, Djerdap National Park, is located in north-eastern Serbia, on the border with Romania. Spanning 637.99 square kilometers along 100 km of the Danube’s right bank, from Golubac to Karataš near Kladovo, the National Park comprises zones with various protection regimes for natural objects, cultural monuments, fauna and relict plant species, which illustrate the development of vegetation series from times immemorial until the present day. The first level of protection comprises 8.83% ie. 56.33 km2 territory of the Park, the second degree comprises 21.03% ie. 134.15 km2, and finally, the third level comprises 70.14% ie. 447.51 km2. Djerdap National Park is often called ‘river national park’ because the Danube makes up a significant portion of the Park. The miraculous Iron Gate, the largest and longest water breakthrough in Europe, is also a natural botanical garden and the biggest European archeological open-air museum.

Natural Heritage


The richness of the flora of Djerdap National Park is reflected in over a thousand plant species and more than 20 elements of the flora, including the Sub-mediterranean, Pontian, Moesian, Balkan etc. all of which indicates a specific history and present characteristics of this are. The Djerdap area was and still is quite intriguing for botanists, which is upheld by the fact that during his research of the flora of the Kingdom of Serbia, Serbian botanist Josif Pančić visited Djerdap and its surroundings no fewer than 12 times in the period from 1853 to 1876.

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Cultural Heritage


Djerdap National Park presents a unique blend of Serbia’s natural and cultural heritage, because the specific natural features of this area yielded extremely valuable cultural heritage. The Danube’s riparian area in the Djerdap Gorge was inhabited as far back as the Neolithic Age and uncovered archeological treasures – from the monumental Neolithic culture of Lepenski Vir, through ancient and medieval monuments, to the modern age – affirm that it was continuously inhabited. For thousands of years, the Djerdap Gorge, also known as the Iron Gate, has posed a challenge for travellers, traders, warriors and peacemakers…

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Tourism


Djerdap National Park is open to visitors all year round. Apart from visiting a number of lookout points with breathtaking views, walking along hiking trails or stopping by the Visitor Centre in Donji Milanovac, you can get to know the National Park via the Golubac Fort, Lepenski Vir archeological site, Trajan’s Tablet and Diana castrum in Karataš, a plethora of souvenirs and gastronomic specialties offered by local restaurants.

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