Vrnjacka Banja – a walk through the town
“The queen of spa tourism”, Vrnjacka Banja, will charm every visitor. Step out of the hotel, head for the town centre and get to know some of the most beautiful town sites.
The park of Vrnjacka Banja
The park is located only 150 meters from the hotel. The best way to get to know Vrnjacka Banja is the take a ride in the carriage to the “Bridge of Love” through the vast and amazingly green park. All along the river Vrnjci there are promenades engulfed in lime trees – nearly two kilometres long. This tracks were visited by Desanka Maksimovic, Ivo Andric, Maksim Gorki, Danilo Bata Stojkovic...as well as millions of tourists and visitors from Serbia. Open your eyes wide and take in the quiet and sounds of nature while touring and you will see that each epithet used to describe Vrnjacka Banja is true.
The Bridge of Love
The bridge of love has a beautiful and equally tragic story. In the wake of World War I, a teacher named Nada and a Serbian officer named Relja fell in love. It was a great love story, known throughout the town. But, the war came with all its horrors. Relja was sent to Greece. While there, he fell in love with a Greek girl and broke off the engagement with Nada. What became of him the legend doesn’t say, but everyone visiting this town knows what became of Nada. Grief stricken and alone, she fell into disarray and eventually died, young and desolate.
Girls wanting to save their love, and upset by Nada’s story, decided to write their names and the names of their suitors on lock pads and tie them to the bridge where Relja and Nada had often met, and threw the keys in the river. New wars and heart-aches came. The story may be forgotten, but the custom of “tying up” your love become a known ritual for all lovers who visit here.
Japanese garden was built in 2011 and encircles 3000 square metres. It has enriched the Vrnjacki park with new cultural contents. The visitors will get to know the Japanese culture and flora with plant divided into different horticultural styles. The essence of the garden is a small pond with an island, tea house and a hill with a cascade waterfall and bridge.
The summerhouse of General Jovan Belimarkovic, the King’s Regent during the juvenility of King Aleksandar Obrenovic, is, a part from the Church and Spa, the oldest and most outstanding construction. Built on the slope above the thermal spring, it was constructed following the model of North Italian-Polish castles of that time. Nowadays it houses the Homeland Museum of a complex type appertaining to the territory of Vrnjacka Banja with the vicinity, displaying archaeological, ethnographic, historical (collection of graphical-tourist propaganda of Vrnjci, collection of the construction inheritance, collections of old postcards, photographs, and old photo negatives) art work (sculptures, paintings, graphics…) and natural collections.
Vrnjacka Banja offers something interesting in every street, and it seems it is impossible to get lost here, almost as impossible as it is to leave. Many visitors came back over and over again to find the peace and tranquility among the seemingly contrary architectural combinations and spacious green surfaces. The atmosphere on the streets of Vrnjacka Banja is filled with love generously given by the faithful visitors of this wellness and tourist town. This emotion is hard to describe properly, it must be felt, which is why we invite you to draw your own map and leave your mark on its streets and paths.
Vrnjacka Banja – a walk outside of town
Tucked in the heart of Serbia, in the county of Raska, historically important for Serbia, with traces and glimpses of the past among its basins and valleys, Vrnjacka Banja features colourful and exceptional surroundings.
Three mountains closest to Vrnjacka Banja – Goc, Zeljin and Gledicke Mountains – compete with its beauty, rising high above the clouds.
Vrnjacka Banja has a relaxing atmosphere where you can truly appreciate the wondrous creations of nature, one-hundred year old parks, flower beds and the abundance of peace and quiet. Mineral water in Vrnjacka Banja are used for centuries, originating from the old Romans, and the modern spa history is identified with the year 1868. Apart from many springs with healing powers, Vrnjacka Banja offers peace for anybody in its surroundings. Municipality of Vrnjacka Banja has 7 springs up to date, and their water is used effectively in helping cure diabetes, liver diseases, digestive system problems, kidney and urinary tract infections, etc.
The river Zapadna Morava is located near Vrnjacka Banja. It is an oasis for fishing enthusiasts and for those seeking refreshment by the river. Only 11 kilometres away from the centre of Vrnjacka Banja you will find the unspoiled nature of the mountain Goc. In the summer, it offers brisk mountain walks and visits to ethnic restaurants, while in the winter it becomes available for day and night time skiing trips.
Vrnjacka banja is located near Raska, the first capital in the Serbian history. For this reason, this area is abundant with monuments and medieval monasteries: Maglic (built from 1324-1337), Ras, monastery Studenica (1196) and Djurdjevi stupovi (1168), legacies of Stefan Nemanja, Zica (1210), legacy of Stefan Nemanjic, first king of Serbia, Gradac monastery (1272), legacy of queen Jelena Anzujska, Ljubostinja monastery (1405), legacy of queen Milica, Sveta Petka monastery and Jerinin grad (town of Jerina the Cursed).