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How to get to Kosovo
By plane
Several European airlines have started to offer direct flights from their hubs to the International Airport of Pristina Examples are British Airways, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, SWISS, Belle Air, Croatia Airlines, Air Berlin and Austrian Airlines. Adria Airways has a regional hub in Pristina. During the summer, several additional charter flights are available for travellers.
By bus
From Montenegro, you can enter through Rozaje to Peja/Pec(approximately 2.0 hours).
From Macedonia, you can take a bus to Prishtina (approximately 2.5 h).There is a border crossing in the Presevo Valley in Serbia.There are a couple companies offering buses from Istanbul via Skopje. From Albania, you can enter through Prizren on a nice new road; gone are the days of the "nightmare" 10 h mountain ride. The trip from Tirane costs 10€ and takes 4 h, with two stops.
By car
To enter Kosovo, the validity and acceptance of the International Motor Insurance Card is in doubt. At the border you will need to pay €30 for an insurance extra which will cover you throughout Kosovo for two weeks. Ensure also that you have your vehicle registration and a power of attorney from the owner if the car is not yours. During the summer holidays in Germany and Switzerland expect long queues at the border crossing in Merdare (up to 3h)
By train
There are also trains crossing the Kosovo border. Two daily services connects Kraljevo in Serbia with all towns on the Leshak, Fushë Kosovë (Kosovo Polje). Connections from Beograd are possible but includes a long stay between train at Kraljevo, thus bringing the journey to more than 12 hours for 399 km. This service has vanished from Kosovo Railways' timetable but it is reported that Serbian Railways run a twice daily service from Zvecan (just after Mitrovica) all the way to Kraljevo. Since March 1, 2006, an identical service, twice daily, runs from Skopje in Macedonia to Prishtina in Kosovo. It is hard to gets timings for these trains. Trains are very slow and convey second class only. The timetable is available at the Kosovo railways website. http://www.kosovorailway.com/?lang=en
When to visit Being a landlocked and mountainous country Kosovo is best to be visited  in spring, summer and autumn when the temperatures are just perfect, neither too hot or too cool. Winter skiing its always a possibility in a country which is surrounded by mountains.
Visa Info Citizens of the EU, the USA and Canada and can stay in Kosovo for 90 days without further paperwork. As Serbia does not acknowledge Kosovo's independence, it considers it illegal for anyone to be there without a valid Serbian entry stamp, but as long as you enter and leave from a third country, there's not much they can do about it. However, if travelling from Kosovo to Serbia note that you won't be able to leave Serbia any other way than back via Kosovo. Entering Serbia from another country with a Kosovo border stamp in your passport may result in petty harassment and a cool but otherwise meaningless 'annulled' stamp firmly placed on top of it, but little else. It's not a problem to travel through Serbia to Kosovo and then leave to a third country.
Currency  The euro (€, divided in 100 cents) is the official currency of Kosovo, though Serbian dinars are also used in some Serb-majority areas. Euro banknotes can look pretty crummy as they're not replaced as often as in Eurozone countries.
Useful Contact numbers
Police: 92 (landline)
Police: 192 (cell phone)
Police: 922 (cell phone)
Firefighters:  93
Hospital Emergency:  94
Fixed Telephony:  977
Directory: 98


What to Visit
Pristina is the capital city of Kosovo.. Places that should be visited in Prishtina is the quarter near the National Museum of Kosova. Archaeological artefacts are presented, and when you exit, you see the old mosques, since the Ottoman Empire.
Waterfall Of The Drini River - Located north of Peja behind the Berdynaj village, this place is fantastic in summer, and the road to the river is an amazing, narrow road leading to this is great natural monument.
The Peć Patriarchy. The Peć patriarchy lies 2km to the north west of the Peja (Pec) city centre. It was the seat of the Patriarchy of the Serbian Orthodox Church starting in 1302 and for many Serbs is considered to be of extreme national importance. It is a beautiful monastery with many spectacular paintings. If you go, dress conservatively.
The Rugova Gorge. The Rugova gorge is also to the north west of Peja and can be found by following the same road that leads to the Pec Patriarchy. Just drive further. The canyon has extremely steep walls reaching possibly up to 300 meters.
The Gjakova Old Bazaar. A very beautiful old "shopping centre" from 17th century. It was burned down during the war in 1999 and reconstructed recently. Also in the centre of the bazaar is located an old mosque that was built in the 15th century.
The Mitrovica Bridge. An interesting symbol of the division of the population in Kosovo. This bridge is the dividing line between Serbs and Albanians in Mitrovice/Mitrovica. It will almost always be safe to approach the bridge and look at it.
Decani Monastery. UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo. It is famous for its elegant and peculiar architecture. As an orthodox monastery from the 13th century, it successfully mixes western and eastern church building elements to form a particular hybrid style only known on the territory of old Serbia. This monastery is particularly noted for some of the world's finest medieval frescoes adorning its walls.
Gračanica Monastery. UNESCO World Heritage Site One of the most beautiful examples of Serbian medieval (14th c.) ecclesiastical architecture, it was built by the Serbian king Milutin in the Serb-byzantine style. It is noted for its frescoes, and being the only medieval Serbian monastery found in an urban setting complete with an old school and archives.
Prizren. The most historical city in Kosovo. It has plenty of examples of beautiful Islamic architecture.
Brezovica Ski Centre - Old infrastructure but great slopes, located in Southern Kosova.
Novo Brdo was mentioned in the historical documents as early as 1326. Novo Brdo was a metropolis at the time, with a huge medieval fortress built on the top of an extinct volcano cone, the remains of which can be visited today.The castle, or fortress, was thought at one point to have dated back to the Byzantine Empire.

Ulpiana, one of the oldest cities in the Balkan peninsula, is just 20-30 minutes away from Pristina towards Gjilan and that is the city that is known to have been re-constructed by Justinian I emperor.


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