Pristina Travel Guide

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Pristina Things to Do

  • Gracanica Monastery

    Gracanica is a Serbian enclave outside of Pristina. It is probably the main attraction in the area because of it's famous monastery. The monastery was founded in 1321 by the Serbian king Stefan Milutin. It is one of the most famous monument in Kosovo. After Kosovo war of 1999 the monastery became the national and political center of Serbian people...

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  • Skenderbeg Statue

    Skenderbeg (Iskender Bey in Turkish) is the Albanian national hero, a man named Gjergj Kastrioti who was an officer in the Ottoman army in the region in the 15th century. He revolted against the Ottoman Sultan and united all of northern Albania and Kosovo, before the revolt was crushed. Next to the Parliament building is a large statue of...

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  • Walking

    There are a lot of interesting places to see in Pristina. If I were going to do a walking tour, I would start at the UNMIK Mission HQ downtown. From there, I would walk up to the Grand Hotel and take a left on Mother Theresa. - Check out the statue across from the Grand Hotel of the KLA figher. - Look for the statue of Mother Theresa before you...

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Pristina Hotels

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  • Swiss Diamond Hotel Prishtina

    Nene Tereze, Pristina 10 000, Kosovo

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Ambasador

    Rr. Ardian Krasniqi, Nr. 1, Kosovo, Pristina, 10000, Kosovo

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Afa Hotel

    Newly build hotel in the broaden center of Prishtina with nice looking rooms and conference...

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Pristina Restaurants

  • Great combination of food and atmosphere

    Perparim, the owner of restaurant, is the perfect example of kosovar hospitality.Be prepared for a mixure of very cosy atmosphere with great music and delicious food. For those who like to be treated as friends, this is the place! Every dish is wonderfull even pad-thai is an exit. At the end, expect a drink or desert , usually ice cream with rice,...

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  • A disappointing snack in Pristina

    We ate at P4 Meal during a day trip to Pristina in March 2012.Our decision to make an afternoon visit to Pristina from Skopje was a last minute one, so we hadn't researched places to eat and we didn't have much time in the city. What little time we did have there we wanted to spend on sightseeing. Having rushed around the city's sights, culminating...

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  • Good Food In a Traditional Country...

    Kulla is the the name of fortified houses built in the Balkans and this countryside restaurant looks like a traditional Kulla. It serves traditional Albanian food and lots of it. It is located in Zllatar which is a 20-30 minutes ride from downtown but it is worth the time. We ate outside and it was very pleasant even in July. We went there as...

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Pristina Nightlife

  • Ye Olde English Pub

    It is a nice Brit style bar on one of the main drags in Pristina. It is easy to find (this is a real plus as taxi cab drivers in Pristina have real problems finding their way anywhere). It is an expat crowd and very British Islands/Ireland orientation as the sports on TV are international football and snooker and darts not a likely draw for...

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  • Act it out ...

    After the NATO intervention the Kosova culture came back to life. Please see the website below for an account of "The Return".

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  • Lot of new bars in Pristine

    Just back from Kosovo and in the two years since last visiting a lot has changed. Pristine has a lot of new very stylish bars. Sadly some of the old bars have gone such as the Pheonix. Still something there but not what it was. A lot of the bars are still up on Rexhep Luchi. Strip Depot is still there. Have a look down some side streets for some...

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Pristina Transportation

  • By bus from Pristina to Podgorica

    I was told at the bus terminal (may 2011) there are every day 2 night buses, leaving at 5 and 9 pm, and 2 times per week a daytime bus at 10am (sunday and ?). The 5 pm bus was actually at 5.45 pm and was supposed to arrive at 3 am in Podgorica (first bus from there to Budva, Tivat airport and Herzog Novi at 6.22), but did arrive at 4 am (continuig...

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  • Buses between Pristina and Skopje

    During a visit to Macedonia in March 2012, we decided to make a short visit to the Kosovan capital, Pristina.This was a last minute decision and was a rather rushed trip. We were in Ohrid and planning our return to Skopje, when I realised that if we caught an early bus from Ohrid we might just be able to squeeze in an afternoon in Pristina. So, we...

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  • Taxis to and from the bus station

    We arrived in Pristina after a 2 hour bus journey from Skopje in March 2012.We didn't have much time (and we didn't have a map either!) so we decided that taking a taxi from the bus station to the centre of town would be our best option.I had read that the bus station is around 2km from the centre of town and that the journey should cost no more...

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Pristina Shopping

  • Kosovo Souvenirs

    Just in case you've been in a coma these past few weeks/months, on the 17th February, Kosovo declared independence. Visiting so soon after independence, many streets had stalls selling lots of tacky items bearing the Kosovo and/or Albanian flags. Places to look: - Outside the Grand Hotel among the booksellers.- In Prishtina market.- Outside Boro...

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  • Prishtina Market (treg)

    Head downhill from Xhamia e Madhe, past all the Islamic bookshops, and you'll soon find yourself in the middle of the central Treg or market. Not the liveliest of markets, although it is an interesting place to wander around, and is more extensive than it appears at first. The stalls mostly cater to locals (fruit & veg, electrical stuff, clothes,...

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  • Anything You Want - Almost

    Pristina's "Green Market" - what a find! A large maze of market stalls spanning about four square blocks, the Green Market sells everything from fruits/vegitables (beautiful!), spices, meat, kitchen ware, and electronics (MANY MANY remote controls). This is where the local Kosovars do their shopping! It's crowded, loud, but very fun! It was so much...

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Pristina Local Customs

  • How you know who is a Serb in Kosovo?

    Before venturing to southern part of Kosovo I warned everyone, in particular my mother under any circumstances NOT to use Russian language. That did sound logical.On one occasion I did shock my family. We were driving between Pristina and Prizren. I asked a gas station attendant (presumably an Albanian) the directions in English. That wasn't...

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  • No electricity in Gracanica - "thanks"...

    KEK (corruption-ridden Kosovo electricity company, "run"(?) by Albanians) is infamous even in Albanian community.And (of course!) they make the life of Serbs as difficult as possible. That means: the Gracanica monastery is without electricity most of the day.The Swedish KFOR military contingent has floodlights and own generator. They are not...

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  • Tipping

    While Kosovars are not expected by local waitstaff to leave a tip after a meal, it is often expected that foreigners will leave around 10% of the total bill. This is optional and certainly not obligatory.

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Pristina Warnings and Dangers

  • Crossing the street

    I'm used to chaos on the roads...after living in the Middle East, crossing a busy road can often seem a life-threatening experience, but at least you know the drivers will swerve to avoid you. In the Balkans, matters are confused by the addition of crossing points. Now, being from Britain, I tend to trust the little green man...when he's red, i...

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  • Power Cuts

    Take a torch! Prishtina is a city of potholes and frequent electricity cuts, and the two combined make for exciting escapades if walking around at night. The main cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and hotels all have generators (noisy ones, often), but some streets can be pitch black. It didn't feel particularly menacing or edgy whenever the power...

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  • Money

    Prishtina has a number of ATMs (cashpoints for us Brits) dotted around, most claiming to accept Maestro, Visa and Mastercard. In practice, only a few of them actually do, and nine times out of ten your card will be refused. Once you learn which ATMs accept your card, remember them!Changing cash is more tricky than it needs to be. After being used...

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Pristina Tourist Traps

  • Taxi Drivers from the Bus Station

    If arriving into Pristina by bus, please note that a taxi from the bus station to virtually anywhere in Pristina should be 3 Euros or less. As is typical for most places, the taxi drivers at the bus station do not use meters and will try to get travelors to pay upwards of 6 Euros per trip. Call one of the many Taxi companies in Pristina and have...

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  • Knock-Off DVDs

    Kosovo is awash with knock-off DVD and CD stores. It's virtually impossible to actually purchase an original unless you have access to an international PX. The prices are quite low for fakes. DVDs are around 2-3 Euros and CDs are only 1.5 Euros. I'm not advocating that people avoid shopping for fake DVDs because it does help the time pass....

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  • Faux Clothing & Cigarettes

    Kosovo is big on fakes. Everything from cigarettes to suits can be faux and buyers need to be wary of stores charging normal retail prices.Most of the clothing in Kosovo is imitation brand-name. There are supposed real Boss, Mavi, Lacoste retailers but you really have to be careful! Check the tags for misspellings and be aware that some of the...

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Pristina What to Pack

  • Be Prepared!

    Pristina can get extremely cold and icy in the winter. As such, bring a thick winter jacket and winter gear. I would also strongly suggest bringing some shoe-grippers that can be placed over shoes for additional traction when walking on icy streets. Bring a small FLASH LIGHT! Frequent power outages necessitate this! It can get pretty dark on the...

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  • A Couple Things to Bring

    Bring your favorite jeans, t-shirts, or casual clothes because you'll be hard-pressed to find good clothes in Kosovo. If you do end up purchasing clothes here, you'll find that most of the shirts will shrink to near-childlike proportions after a wash and most of the clothes are "European" style which doesn't sit well with some of the more...

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  • Packing List

    This is kind of a 'reverse' packing list. Instead of worrying about bringing supplies to Pristina, use the stores here to stock up on the necesities that you need for the rest of your Balkans excursion. Think of it like the general store of the wild west.

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Pristina Off The Beaten Path

  • Qebaptores (Kebab Restaurants)!

    Most foreign tourist and expatriates alike miss out on an important aspect of Kosovar cuisine when they visit -- the Qebaptores (Kebab Restaurants). Kebabs -- peices of fried meat, served with salad and turkish-style bread -- are a staple in the Kosovar diet. These restaurants are EVERYWHERE throughout Kosovo, but often go unvisited by foreigners...

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  • Great Off-Roading!

    Kosovo is a great place to go off-roading in a 4-wheel drive. Mines around Pristina have pretty much all been cleared so there is relatively no danger (besides getting stuck in the mud!)There are all sorts of fun little dirt roads near the airport and out towards Gracanica near the Swedish camp. It's difficult to get lost so just start driving and...

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  • Visit the Gracanica Monastery

    Built in the 16th century, the Gracania monastery is the closest and best preserved Orthodox church to Pristina. The architect of the monastery is unknown but the monastery is believed to have been constructed on the ruins of a 13th which was supposedly built on top of a 6th century basilica. The monastery now serves as the seat for the Bishop of...

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Pristina Sports & Outdoors

  • Skiing in Kosovo

    People always say they ski at Brezovica but it is actually Mount Sara where the skiing takes place. Brezovica is the name of the small village that you pass through to get to the ski lodges :) Skiing in Kosovo is quite fun in the winter. There is one main ski lift that almost always works and a couple smaller lifts that function when there is...

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  • The Sports, Cultural and Trade Complex.

    The Sports, Cultural and Trade Complex. The Rilindja publishing house building is next to the complex.

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Pristina Favorites

  • Bradt Kosovo Guidebook

    Bradt's Kosovo guidebook is an excellent resource for both those living and traveling to Kosovo for short visits. It is written by two resident experts on Kosovo and has a wealth of extremely useful information and history. I would strongly reccomend purchasing it prior to your arrival in-country. The people

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  • accomodation in prishtina

    hi bjorn,regarding ur question for an apartment.u'll find a lot of, since i'm a local, i know it.be carefull when it comes to the price, since the locals request higher values for internationals, then for locals. the best way to prevent this is, to let a local call the renter and deal the price.but u can expect a price around 10euro/day, depending...

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  • Living in Dragodan v. Tophane

    It seems as though most of the internationals living long-term in Pristina live in Dragodan. Dragodan has its advantages - namely beautiful views and close proximity to most of Pristina's foreign embassies/"offices." An area of town that is also worth considering if you plan to move to Pristina for an extended period of time is Tophane. More of a...

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