Once known as the "City of Silver and Gold" because of an ancient mint, Pristina is central to Serbian history: It was just outside the city that the Battle of Kosovo was fought in 1389. If you go, plan two nights in the city and make it a base for exploring the surrounding territory. Pristina's sights include many mosques, the Gracanica Monastery and the Mausoleum of Sultan Murat. The city's twisting, unpaved roads also lead to a 13th-century fortress, Turkish baths and shops filled with filigree jewelry. It is also an important seat of Kosovo higher education and home to the University of Prishtina.

Note that because of regional problems, water, electricity and communication systems do not often work efficiently within Pristina. Additionally, it is recommended to drink bottled water there. The tap water is often turned off in the late-evening/early-morning hours, and the water quality cannot be guaranteed. 160 mi/260 km south of Belgrade.

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