Djerdap

The Iron Gates is the area located in the middle of the Danube course, where the river separates Carpatian Mountains on the Romanian side, and the Balkan Mountains on the Serbian side of th...

Country: Serbia

The Iron Gates is the area located in the middle of the Danube course, where the river separates Carpatian Mountains on the Romanian side, and the Balkan Mountains on the Serbian side of the river. The water carved its passage through the mountains, forming the largest gorge in Europe and, at the same time, one of the most scenic parts of the Danube landscapes. It is a destination with spectacular landscapes, diversity of flora and fauna, and a large number of cultural and historical sites dating back from the Neolithic period, Roman Empire and medieval times. The area, which spreads 100 km along the Danube course, is under protection, as The National Park Djerdap.

There are three gorges within the Park. Golubac gorge is 14.5 km long and only 230m wide at its narrowest point. Second gorge, Gospodjin Vir, is15 km long, 220 m wide and 500 m high at some points. The third one, Veliki i Mali kazan, is the most famous gorge of the whole route: the river here narrows to only 150 m and reaches a depth up to 80 m, which is one the largest river depths in the world.

At the top of the first gorge, there is medieval fortress Golubac. Since no one knows who built it, a number of local legends tell the story of its origins.

Lepenski vir, one of the most important archeological sites in Southeastern Europe, was excavated in the 1960's, in the area of Gospodjin Vir, proving that the banks of the Danube were inhabited in Neolithic era.

In the area of Veliki i Mali Kazan, there is a plaque carved in the stone, commemorating the Roman emperor Trajan, preceding his final conquest of Dacia (Romania). Both the plaquee and the archeological site Lepenski vir were relocated in 1970's, when Serbia and Romania together built a new power plant. The water level rose up for about 30 m, and an artificial lake was formed at the dam.

Thanks to high wooded cliffs and a very narrow flow, the colour of the Danube at The Iron Gates is dark blue-green, which is equaly impressive as everything else this destination has to offer.

Landmarks and activities

  • Gospojin Vir

    Dobra is village near the Golubac. It is in the ar...

  • Vratna Stone Gates

    Near by the Monastery of Vratna, on the mountain r...

  • Golubac Fortress

    Golubac fortress is located at the entrance of The...

  • Tuman Monastery

    Tuman monastery is located 9 km from Golubac. It w...

Accomodation & Food

  • Vinarija Pavlovic

    The Pavlovic family household, categorized with tw...

  • Guest house Vlajkovic

    Guest house and apartements...

  • Hotel Danubia Park

    New hotel company Silver Lake, which has a fitness...

  • Golden Inn Hotel

    Golden Inn Hotel is located in the very center of ...

  • Guest house Vukic

    Tural tourism household belonging to Ms Jasminka V...

  • Apartman Popovic

    Comfortable and cozy two bedroom apartment on Danu...

  • Household Stojimirovic

    Stojmirovic Dejan, rural household is located in v...

  • Pavlovic family home

    The hotel has two triples, one four and one double...

  • Dunjin konak

    Old country house, with 6 rooms and 12 beds...

  • Hotel Beograd

    Hotel Beograd is a two-star (garni)hotel situated ...

  • Guest house Macogovic

    Household has 5 double bedrooms, dining room and 2...

  • Villa Zivanovic

    "Villa Zivanovic" is set in the picturesque surrou...

Cities

  • Negotin

    Negotin Krajina is located in the valley surrounde...

  • Lepenski Vir

    Archaeological site Lepenski vir was discovered in...

  • Donji Milanovac

    Donji Milanovac is a town on the right coast of th...

  • Majdanpek

    Majdanpek is the administrative capital. It is a t...

  • Veliko Gradiste

    Veliko Gradiste is located in the northeastern par...

  • Kladovo

    Municipality of Kladovo has significant tourist po...

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