In the rolling hills of Central Serbia sits the idyllic spa town of Vrnjačka Banja, harmoniously balanced in its beautiful natural surroundings. Come to soak in waters that have been known for their curative properties since Roman times, where in the 19th century Prince Milos built a spa to rival the greatest spas in Europe, naturally followed by the aristocratic class building their stunning vacation villas… In the areas surrounding Vrnjačka Banja you can also find centuries-old vineyards and a tradition of winemaking that stretches through generations, quaint villages where life is being preserved in its rural state, and the 12th and 13th century monasteries of Studenica and Žiča, the endowments of the long-ago Serbian kings.
Today Vrnjačka Banja is a well-developed tourist destination, popular among domestic and foreign guests seeking spa treatments or a relaxing getaway in the countryside. Many hotels and restaurants cater to the needs of spa guests, delivering excellent service and accommodation.
First established as a tourist spa in 1868, Vrnjačka Banja has long been known as one of Serbia’s most popular European-styled spas, complete with curative mineral water springs, clean air and natural beauty. Its stunning location provides a unique microclimate, which has led to the development of lush landscaped grounds that provide an oasis of tranquility and beauty for guests to enjoy and relax.
Vrnjačka Banja is not only rich in nature, but also in culture. The region sits on the historic borders of empires and strategically important communication lines that have left many lasting influences such as historic monuments and centuries-old monasteries.
The natural surroundings of Vrnjačka Banja includes wooded mountain slopes, meadows and pastures rich in wild flowers and herbs, and many types of wild animals and birds. The many parks and trails at Vrnjačka Banja are an ideal setting for walking, hiking and or simply relaxing outdoors.
Vrnjačka Banja offers much in the way of outdoor activities, ranging from light activities to intense workouts in beautiful natural surroundings. Active locals and adventurous tourists take part in summer recreation such as cycling and mountain biking, hiking and walking, river rafting, mountaineering and fishing. In winter months cross country skiers enjoy the many local trails, while downhill skiers and snowboarders can make the short trip to one of Serbia’s premier ski resorts, Mt. Kopaonik.
Throughout the year, Vrnjačka Banja plays host to many culinary, music, sporting and cultural events. Some of these events include: Vrnjački Carnival, Župa Wine Festival and other local events.
The youngest faculty of the University of Kragujevac is settled in Vrnjačka Banja- Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism.