Novo Brdo Things to Do
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In the 13th and 14th Century Novo Brdo was one of the largest cities in Kosovo, with some 30,000 inhabitants working mostly in the gold, silver, and copper mines in the immediate vicinity. Novo Brdo Castle was built as protection for the thriving city. It now sits vacant and in general disrepair (though with some support from a rural tourism development project) overlooking the city, which is now a virtual ghost town. What remains is worth a good short trip; a one hour drive from Pristina.
Novo Brdo Castle is long past its hayday, but is worth a visit. Drive up to the village at the base of the hill (route is well marked with signage) and then make the short hike up to the base of the castle. Beautiful views and some interesting architecture make the trip well well worth it.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
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Believe it or not, Novo Brdo has paintball! Tucked away on a small farm, overlooking a beautiful valley, is a small paintball arena that has been funded by an international grant for the purposes of rural tourism development in the region. The course is small and the maximum number of people who can play is 10 (since the owner only has 10 guns). Five Euros rents you the gun (including CO2), protective gear (including headgear and gloves), and 100 paintballs. The arena also provides a limited amount of beer and soda for those who are interested.
When we went, we had a great time! It was nice to be out in the beautiful Novo Brdo countryside and, let's be honest, there aren't many things better than shooting your friends with small balls of paint being shot at a high velocity.
Well worth a visit!
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Novo Brdo Local Customs
When you visit the castle the children who reside in the area will be very curious as to why somebody is up there. They will likely come to great you. They will say in English "give me Candy". If you have hired a translator, try to invite yourself to speak with the patriarch of one of the local houses. He will likely serve you Turkish Coffee and tell stories of Serbian oppression.
Novo Brdo Warnings and Dangers
As mentioned earlier, the town closest to The Castle is Bostane. Bostane is populated by a majority of roma. Watch you pockets when in a crowd. The food is not cooked to US standards, but if you can stomach it...give it a try.
Novo Brdo What to Pack
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sewage...drinking water supply...its all the same. The locally produced bottled water "DEA" was recently tested for purity by the UN. They found traces of human DNA. The Greek bottled water "Bikoc" can be found in Prishtina or in Makedonia, its safe. Take iodine tablets if you are in a pinch. The picture below is a bathroom that flows right into the drinking supply of the town.
Novo Brdo Favorites
Favorite thing: There is a legend that a gigantic gold bell is buried at the castle. Just before the castle was about to be over run the residents ripped the bell from its scaffolding and buried in the area. An interview with an American UN police officer reveled that a few days prior she had caught a group of Polish Soldiers with a mine detector digging on the site. Be advised that it is unlawful to remove any objects from the site