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Name: Bjeshkët e Nemuna National Park
Location: Peć Districts, Kosovo
The Bjeshkët e Nemuna National Park is a national park in Gjakova and Peć Districts of Western Kosovo along the borders with Albania and Montenegro. It encompasses 63,028 hectares of mountainous terrain, with numerous lakes, dense deciduous and coniferous forests and alpine landscapes. The park was established to protect its ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of the park.

The wide range of elevations and rugged topography of the mountains has created favorable conditions for a diverse vegetation and biodiversity. Large mammals such as wildcats, chamoises, roe deers, grey wolves, as well as rare or endangered species like lynxes and brown bears can be found within the forests of the park. A high number of species of birds, more than a dozen fish species, and a few reptile and amphibian species have been reported. Almost 37 species of mammals, 148 species of birds, 10 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibia and 129 species of butterflies have been documented to occur within the boundaries of the park. A total of over 1,000 plant species have been identified parkwide.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjeshkët_e_Nemuna_National_Park
Name: Gazivoda Lake
Location: Kosovo
Gazivoda Lake or Gazivode Lake is an artificial lake in Serbia and Kosovo. Gazivoda Lake has an area of 11.9 km2 (4.6 sq mi) of which 9.2 km2 (3.6 sq mi) reside in Kosovo's territory and 2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi) in Serbia's territory. The lake is formed by the damming of the Ibar River, which flows into the lake.

The control of the lake and the dam has been a matter of dispute between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo for years. The dam is currently controlled by the Serbs from North Kosovo loyal to Serbia.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gazivoda_Lake
Name: Đeravica
Location: near Deçan, Kosovo
Đeravica or Gjeravica is the second-highest mountain peak in the Prokletije mountain range and the Dinaric Alps chain, after Maja Jezercë. It is the highest mountain in Kosovo, and, according to the view held by the government of Serbia that Kosovo is part of Serbia, the highest mountain of Serbia. It has an elevation of 2,656 m (8,714 ft) above sea level. Đeravica is in the western part of Kosovo, in the municipality of Junik. Before the 20th century, Đeravica used to be called Kaluđerovica (Kaluđer means monk in Serbian).

Đeravica is somewhat different from the rest of the Prokletije mountains in its lack of the stony, limestone texture the other mountains in Prokletije have Many large and small glacial lakes can be found near the summit. The largest of the lakes is Đeravica Lake, which is just under the summit and is the origin of the Erenik river.

Đeravica and the Prokletije are mostly known for the growth of chestnuts. There are also wild strawberries growing in Đeravica during the summer.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Đeravica
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COUNTRY INFORMATION GUIDE
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FACTS:
Official Languages: Albanian / Serbian
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time zone: CET (UTC+1) / CEST (UTC+2)
Drives on the right
Calling code: +383
Local / up-to-date weather in Pristina (and other regions): BBC global weather – click here
US GOVT TRAVEL LINKS:

For more useful information on safety & security, local laws / customs, health and more, please see the below official US travel.state.gov web link for Kosovo travel advice. NB: Entry requirements herein listed are for US nationals only, unless stated otherwise.

You can also find recommended information on vaccinations, malaria and other more detailed health considerations for travel to Kosovo, at the below official US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weblink.

BUSINESS VISITOR ACTIVITIES*:
Activities you may undertake on a business visa / as a business visitor:
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ATTENDING A CONFERENCE: TBC
RECEIVING TRAINING (CLASSROOM-BASED): TBC
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AUDIT WORK: TBC
PROVIDING TRAINING: TBC
PROJECT WORK: TBC
*This information does not constitute legal advice and is not an exhaustive list. For a full legal assessment on business visitor activities, please revert to your internal company legal team / counsel.
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It is highly recommenced that you access the above official US travel.state.gov web link and read all safety & security information prior to making your travel arrangements / planning your trip.
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Kosovo uses the euro, like several other European countries. One euro is divided into 100 cents. The official symbol for the euro is €, and its ISO code is EUR. There is no official symbol for the cent.

All banknotes and coins of this common currency are legal tender within all the countries, except that low-denomination coins (one and two cent) are phased out in some of them. The banknotes look the same across countries, while coins have a standard common design on one side and a national country-specific design on the other. The latter side is also used for different designs of commemorative coins. The design on the national side does not affect the use of the coin.

In Serbian-majority municipalities:

The Serbian dinar is used in the four Serbian-majority municipalities in northern Kosovo and in Gracanica and Strpce. Exchange offices are found almost everywhere. Note that in these locations while euros are accepted generally, all prices are listed in dinar.

BY BUS:

The best way to travel intercity in Kosovo is by bus. The buses are relatively cheap and comfortable (for example from Pristina to Peja is €4), with discounts available for students. Payment is usually made on the bus to a representative of the bus company coming around once the journey has started – you may or may not receive a physical ticket, depending on the company.

Between some cities you may also have the option of minivans, running from nearby the main bus station. These leave when full and are usually a similar price to the regular buses.

BY TRAIN:

There are two daily trains from Pristina to Peja which are a comfortable way to make this journey (€3).

BY CAR:

Major construction of highways in recent years has cut car travel times between major cities significantly, and more highways are being built and improved.

Driving in Kosovo, particularly in cities, can be a little stressful to begin with, and it can be best to go in with the attitude of “expect the unexpected.” Pedestrians crossing in front of you unexpectedly, cyclists coming towards you on the wrong side of the road, and potholes appearing out of nowhere are all familiar sights, as are just-in-time overtaking maneuvers and swerving lane-changes, while roundabouts bring with them their own unique customs. You are likely to quickly get used to it, though, and as long as you stay alert – and look out for sudden changes in road surfaces – you should be fine!

Parking can be a challenge, particularly in Pristina and major cities, but there are plenty of informal car parks (at around 1-2 euros for the day), where your vehicle should be safe. Lots of locals choose to park up at the side of the road, on pavements, or wherever there are a few square meters, although the police have begun to remove illegally parked vehicles in some areas.

Road signs and place names usually appear in both Albanian and Serbian, although it is not uncommon for the minority language to be scratched out – a useful indication of the majority population of the area you’re in.

BY TAXI:

It is best to use registered taxis as they have fixed prices and are metered. Registered taxis are clearly marked with a company name and phone number printed on the vehicle. Unregistered taxis are usually cars with a yellow taxi sign affixed to the roof, they are safe, but the price is entirely at the driver’s discretion. For more information on taxi companies see the pages for individual cities.

EAT:

Best restaurants to eat at are those that are located in the villages near by big cities; they tend to have the best meat dishes and the best sea food. Trout, seabass and salmon fish are very common and popular and are kept fresh in their pools and are nearly always fried when you order. Prices are pretty average and, for some countries’ nationals, cheap.

Lots of great burek (baked pastry stuffed with cheese, meat or spinach). Try the drinkable yogurt (Ayran) — it’s superb. Lots of kebabs and other Ottoman Turkish style food.

As far as you are in an Albanian territory, you could try Albanian food as well. Fli, a very good pastry, can be found in different traditional restaurants.

At the bakery, you can buy a fantastic loaf of bread for under €1.

The grocery stores have a plentiful supply of Western food.

DRINK:

Alcoholic:

Beer brewed in Peja and named after the city of its origin can be found across Kosovo. Peja Premium is a slightly stronger beer from the same brewery but less widely available. Sabaja is the second beer in Kosovo. It is a home brew ale beer. It is mostly found in Pristina but maybe also in different cities. Other local beers include Grembeer and Prishtina.

Kosovo was known for wine production with vineyeards in its southwest in the Rahovec-Suhareka region, with Stonecastle one of the larger wine producers. Even though the Albanians are predominantly of Muslim heritage, attitudes to drinking are quite liberal.

Raki is another alcoholic beverage popular in Kosovo. It is made from local fruits (most commonly from grape, plum, pear and quince).

Non-alcoholic:

Yogurt/ayran is a common local drink and is often consumed with pastries. Boza is a malt drink from fermented maize (corn) and wheat and often drank with cakes and pastries.

Local company Frutomania produce 100% natural juices, alongside traditional fruit drinks like limonata (from lemons) and boronica (from blueberries).

Accommodation in Kosovo can be expensive in hotels, but in Pristina, Prizren, Peja and Gjakova in particular, cheap accommodation (hostels or apartments) are very easy to find.

Accommodation options:

  • Apartments
  • Hostels
  • Small hotels (motels)
  • Two and three star hotels (more common)
  • Three five star hotels in Pristina.
  • Guesthouses are also dotted around throughout Kosovo, offering inexpensive alternatives.

For those seeking a souvenir to take back with them from Kosovo, there are many options available: From fine handcrafted Filigree silver to traditional Albanian wool hats (a plis) and musical instruments (the stringed ciftelia). Local food and drink specialties to take home could include honey, raki, a high strength alcohol distilled from fruit, ajvar, a pepper based spread or feferona, spicy local peppers.

**All travel information has been sourced from wikivoyage. However like wikipedia, wikivoyage is an open platform editable by any member of the public. Therefore, although very useful, all above information IS INDICATIVE ONLY and must be verified prior to personal use. Moreover, if you wish to see more information please visit: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kosovo
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Name: Bjeshkët e Nemuna National Park
Location: Peć Districts, Kosovo
The Bjeshkët e Nemuna National Park is a national park in Gjakova and Peć Districts of Western Kosovo along the borders with Albania and Montenegro. It encompasses 63,028 hectares of mountainous terrain, with numerous lakes, dense deciduous and coniferous forests and alpine landscapes. The park was established to protect its ecosystems and biodiversity, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of the park.

The wide range of elevations and rugged topography of the mountains has created favorable conditions for a diverse vegetation and biodiversity. Large mammals such as wildcats, chamoises, roe deers, grey wolves, as well as rare or endangered species like lynxes and brown bears can be found within the forests of the park. A high number of species of birds, more than a dozen fish species, and a few reptile and amphibian species have been reported. Almost 37 species of mammals, 148 species of birds, 10 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibia and 129 species of butterflies have been documented to occur within the boundaries of the park. A total of over 1,000 plant species have been identified parkwide.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjeshkët_e_Nemuna_National_Park
Name: Gazivoda Lake
Location: Kosovo
Gazivoda Lake or Gazivode Lake is an artificial lake in Serbia and Kosovo. Gazivoda Lake has an area of 11.9 km2 (4.6 sq mi) of which 9.2 km2 (3.6 sq mi) reside in Kosovo's territory and 2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi) in Serbia's territory. The lake is formed by the damming of the Ibar River, which flows into the lake.

The control of the lake and the dam has been a matter of dispute between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo for years. The dam is currently controlled by the Serbs from North Kosovo loyal to Serbia.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gazivoda_Lake
Name: Đeravica
Location: near Deçan, Kosovo
Đeravica or Gjeravica is the second-highest mountain peak in the Prokletije mountain range and the Dinaric Alps chain, after Maja Jezercë. It is the highest mountain in Kosovo, and, according to the view held by the government of Serbia that Kosovo is part of Serbia, the highest mountain of Serbia. It has an elevation of 2,656 m (8,714 ft) above sea level. Đeravica is in the western part of Kosovo, in the municipality of Junik. Before the 20th century, Đeravica used to be called Kaluđerovica (Kaluđer means monk in Serbian).

Đeravica is somewhat different from the rest of the Prokletije mountains in its lack of the stony, limestone texture the other mountains in Prokletije have Many large and small glacial lakes can be found near the summit. The largest of the lakes is Đeravica Lake, which is just under the summit and is the origin of the Erenik river.

Đeravica and the Prokletije are mostly known for the growth of chestnuts. There are also wild strawberries growing in Đeravica during the summer.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Đeravica
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