Vrnjačka Banja

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Vrnjačka Banja
Врњачка Бања
Town and municipality
Vrnjačka Banja
The Bridge of love (Most ljubavi)
The Bridge of love (Most ljubavi)
Flag of Vrnjačka Banja
Flag
Coat of arms of Vrnjačka Banja
Coat of arms
Location of the municipality of Vrnjačka Banja within Serbia
Location of the municipality of Vrnjačka Banja within Serbia
Coordinates: 43°37′25″N 20°53′37″E / 43.62361°N 20.89361°E / 43.62361; 20.89361Coordinates: 43°37′25″N 20°53′37″E / 43.62361°N 20.89361°E / 43.62361; 20.89361
Country  Serbia
Region Šumadija and Western Serbia
District Raška
Settlements 14
Government
 • Mayor Zoran Seizović (DS)
Area[1]
 • Municipality 239 km2 (92 sq mi)
Elevation 217 m (712 ft)
Population (2011 census)[2]
 • Town 10,065
 • Municipality 27,527
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 36210
Area code +381(0)36
Car plates ВБ
Website www.vrnjackabanja.gov.rs

Vrnjačka Banja (Serbian Cyrillic: Врњачка Бања) is a town and municipality located in the Raška District of the western Serbia. The population of the town is 10,065 inhabitants, while the population of the municipality is 27,527 inhabitants. It is home to hot springs with temperatures measuring exactly that of the human body (36.5 degrees Celsius).[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1948 15,916 —    
1953 17,394 +9.3%
1961 18,820 +8.2%
1971 21,940 +16.6%
1981 24,768 +12.9%
1991 25,875 +4.5%
2002 26,492 +2.4%
2011 27,527 +3.9%
Source: [4]

According to the last official census done in 2011, the Municipality of Vrnjačka Banja has 27,527 inhabitants. Most of its population is of Serbian nationality (96.2%) while 36.6% of the municipality’s population is urban. Population density on the territory of the municipality is 115.2 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Ethnic groups[edit]

Ethnic composition of the municipality:[5]

Ethnic group Population
Serbs 26,482
Roma 334
Montenegrins 107
Macedonians 33
Yugoslavs 30
Others 541
Total 27,527

Tourism[edit]

Vrnjačka Banja is the most celebrated and most popular spa town of Serbia and at same time, a very attractive recreative centre. Situated in a great park full of trees with particularly charming houses, the town has a promsing future. Surrounding Vrnjačka Banja are UNESCO protected medieval buildings, which serve as a reminder to early European civilisation. Other nearby landmarks include the first court of the Serbian Archbishop, the Žiča Monastery and the beautifully frescoed Sopoćani Monastery which both date back to the thirteenth century and the twelfth century Studenica Monastery all of which are nestled in the colourful Ibar River Valley.

It owes its reputation to its therapeutic effects known already to the Roman troops in the second century AD. It was upgraded by the Czech Baron Herder in 1835 after Prince Miloš Obrenović wanted it to be like Karlovy Vary, it has since received people from all of southern Europe, who came to rest or for treatment. Summers are pleasant, and the winter is mild. With organized walks along the tree bordered paths, Vrnjačka Banja is an ideal place to come to for one's own salvation. Natural springs can be found on five mineral water sources well positioned in the park. The warm water (36 degrees Celsius) is ideal for massage, and cool (17 degrees Celsius) sufficiently reviving.

There are seven mineral springs +1 Legend in Vrnjačka Banja, from which first four are used for medical treatment:

  • Topla voda (36.5°C)
  • Snežnik (17°C)
  • Slatina (24°C)
  • Jezero (27°C)
  • Beli izvor
  • Borjak
  • Vrnjačko vrelo

The hotels are numerous and have swimming pools and halls for games. In winter, it is convenient for skiing on the Goc, just a few kilometres away. In the summer, Vrnjačka Banja is transformed into one of greatest cultural centres in Serbia: literary soirées in a very nice library of the modern style, classical concerts under the column capitals and the festival of the cinema scenario. The restaurants are often on the border of a water current and offer terraces under the trees of the park.

Vrnjacka Banja, the biggest and the most popular Serbian spa resort has travel card, called VB tourist & Shopping Card. This is unique card designed for tourists to accrue savings in time and money. By purchasing a card, tourists get discounts for purchasing goods and services.

The largest Opanak in the world, in the Guinness World Records since 2006, is the 3.2m shoe, size 450, weighing 222 kg (489 lb), made by opančar Slavko Strugarević, from Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia.[6]

Currently the closest International Airport is Niš Constantine the Great Airport.

Bridge of Love[edit]

One of the famous landmarks of Vrnjačka Banja is the Bridge of Love.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities of Serbia, 2006". Statistical Office of Serbia. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  2. ^ "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia: Comparative Overview of the Number of Population in 1948, 1953, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2002 and 2011, Data by settlements" (PDF). Statistical Office of Republic Of Serbia, Belgrade. 2014. ISBN 978-86-6161-109-4. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  3. ^ "VRNJACKA BANJA". solarisresort.com. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "2011 Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Serbia" (PDF). stat.gov.rs. Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Попис становништва, домаћинстава и станова 2011. у Републици Србији" (PDF). stat.gov.rs. Republički zavod za statistiku. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Smedia.rs, Napravio najveći opanak na svetu! (Serbo-Croatian)

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