Prizren Travel Guide

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Prizren Things to Do

  • The Castle.

    The castle overlooks the city from atop its hill east of town. It is not known when was the castle built but suggestions have been made that a castle has existed on this site since the 6th century. The present castle is medieval,though. It was used for military purposes as late as until 1912. In the Ottoman time it consisted of an upper and a lower...

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  • The Sinan Pasha Mosque.

    The Sinan Pasha Mosque, (Xhamia e Sinan Pashës) is considered the main mosque in Prizren. It was built in 1615. The interior murals are original from about 1628.

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  • The Stone Bridge.

    The Stone Bridge (Ura e gutit) is one of the landmarks of Prizren. It was the first to be constructed with stones as it was the most important in the city, linking Shadërvan Square with the hamam and mosque complex across the river. It dates from the 16th century, and stood strong for four centuries before heavy floods more or less washed it away...

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  • Drinking Fountain.

    The area called Shadervan on the south side of the water is a pedestrianised area with several cafés and little shops. In the middle of the tiny round square stands a public drinking fountain, "shadervan" in Turkish, hence the name of the area. The ancient fountain is a protected cultural monument. It is one of the main symbols of the city with...

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  • Mosque of Arasta Minaret.

    The Mosque of Arasta was built between the years 1526 and 1538.The mosque preserved its original function until 1960 when the government of the time decided to destroy the image of an oriental Town. They then demolished entire neighbourhoods of the old Prizren, which unfortunately also included the mosque and the “Arasta” neighbourhood. The minaret...

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  • Gazi Mehmet Pasha Hammam.

    The Gazi Mehmet Pasha Hammam was built in 1573. It is considered to be one of the biggest in the Balkans and belongs to the most successful period of Ottoman architecture. The baths consisted of separate male and female areas. It operated fully until 1926 when the female area was closed. The baths was then closed completely in 1944. From then it...

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Prizren Hotels

  • Oltas Pension

    One Monday evening in May 2011 we arrived at around 18:30 h in Prizren after a long bus trip from...

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Prizren Restaurants

  • A fast food restaurant near the bus...

    The second day when I came to the bus station I had lunch at a fast food restaurant, Qebaptore Shqiprimi, just on the other side of the fence. Not exactly a luxury restaurant but it did fulfill its task. I had a kebap with bread and sallad, and to that a soft drink. Al in all it cost me no more than 3,30 € and it tasted good.

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  • Fast Food Bea's

    Bea's is a local fast food chain with two restaurants in Prizren. It seems to be frequented mainly by the younger crowd.We once chose their riverside restaurant for a quick lunch break and some people watching. They have some tables right at the river bank from where both the Sinan Pasha Mosque and the bridges can be seen.The menu offers a...

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  • Restaurant Alhambra - Te Syla

    Restaurant Alhambra used to be called Te Syla; both names still seem to be well known among the local people. It is one of the traditional Balkan riverside restaurants, which is specialised in local grilled meat dishes.They have s few outside tables right by the river bank as well as next to the restaurant on the other side of the street..As main...

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Prizren Nightlife

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    Cafe Haus

    by maykal Written Apr 11, 2008

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    Prizren has many many cafes and bars. Actually, there's not much difference between the two, as both seem to stay open late and serve both alcohol and hot drinks. I tried out several, in the name of research, and arrived at my favourite...Cafe Haus, in the alleyway leading up the side of the large Serbian church with the yellow belltower, just off the square. Why was this such a great cafe? Well, the waiters were friendly, the coffee was good, the music cool, the ambience trendy without being pretentious or ridiculous or pricey. And it offers the chance to sit outside, right next to the barbed wire barricade surrounding the church...a very unusual view, beautiful and sad at the same time. In the evenings, this is prime people-watching soil...

    The square has several cafes, with people-watching terraces...look out for the little hole in the wall selling fresh donuts, open only in the evenings. Off the square is a strange modernish building with some incredibly busy bars inside, along with live bands playing. Up river, under the castle cliffs with a backdrop of gutted buildings, is a series of pubs, with very crowded outdoor terraces by the river. Over the river, a noisy club with what sounded like traditional Turkish music was the lively Up Club, in the direction of the bus station. All over Prizren, trendy cafes and bars pop up in the most unlikely places, often right next to a derelict or burnt-out house...it would take weeks to hunt them all down!

    Prizren, somewhat surprisingly, is a very happening place at night.

    Cafe Haus is next to the yellow church, Prizren Riverside cafes and pubs, Prizren Shadervan Square, Prizren Early evening in Prizren Cafes in Shadervan, Prizren

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Prizren Transportation

  • Bus station.

    I arrived in Prizren by bus from Skopje. The journey took around 3,5 - 4 hours, a bit longer than usual because there was some road works along a stretch of several kilometres. So I arrived in darkness. There were taxis waiting to take the passengers into the city centre for 3 €. Perhaps an overprice but, so what?I came back to the bus station the...

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  • To Prizren by bus

    We arrived in Prizren by bus from Pristina, where we got to by bus from Tetovo in Macedonia. The route between Pristina and Prizren is served about every 30 Minutes and a single ticket cost 4 Euro. The trip takes around 2 hours.We also used a bus from Prizren's bus station for a side trip to Gjakova. This route is also served about every 30...

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  • Explore Prizren on foot

    Although Prizren has a population of around 130.000, it is still small enough to be explored exclusively on foot. All sights are located within walking distance from the city's main square Shadervan.Also a walk uphill to the fortress (Kalaja), which is probably the farthest sight, won't take much more than 30 minutes.Prizren's historic old town has...

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Prizren Shopping

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    .: Buy traditional clothes.

    by Askla Written Dec 1, 2015

    On my way to the church "Our lady of Ljevis" I passed by this along shop Selling tradiotional clothes. It was situated along the Saracët street. The clothes are really nice but I wonder how to wash them so they will not be damaged.

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Prizren Local Customs

  • Old, traditional clothes.

    Before I went to Kosovo I had seen pictures where women were dressed in a traditional way with something that looked quite strange - the skirts or aprons seemed to be very wide at waist in an odd way. I ddin't understand how this was done. On my way to the bus station the last day I saw this lady on the photos dressed in the same way. I don't know...

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  • International organisations in Kosovo

    When we wandered around the streets of Prizren we recognised many cross country vehicles of all sorts of international organisations, such as the OSCE or the Red Cross. These are all stationed in the area to support the country and the local people to manage their daily life peacefully.Of course we also saw several vehicles and persons of the KFOR...

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  • Birra Peja

    Kosovo's most popular local beer is Birra Peja, which is brewed in Peja, a city in north-western Kosovo. The brewery was established in 1968 and brews beer since 1971.The brewery produces a Pilsner style beer and since 2010 also imports beer of the Slovenian Union brewery.Website: http://www.birrapeja.com/

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Prizren Warnings and Dangers

  • Strong Pro-Albanian Sentiment

    Prizren, along with Peja, is considered one of the most politically-charged cities in Kosovo. During 2004 ethnic riots, many Serbian houses in the city were burnt to the ground (remains of these houses can be seen on the hillside near the old town). Given it's reputation for being at the center of rebellion, I would suggest stearing clear of...

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  • Curfew!

    Kosovo is divided into military zones, each managed by a different country. When I was there Prizren was in the German sector and, as you would expect, curfew was strictly enforced. On the streets after 11pm? You will spend the night in the slammer. No ifs or buts. The German squaddies (think Robocop meets Baron Von Trapp) are not interested in...

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  • Crime and bombs

    There did not appear to be much crime in the town, at least the place did not feel threatening. In case of bother, there are German (and Turkish) soldiers everywhere as well as the UN police (called coca-colas due to their red and white Land Cruisers) and the recently formed Kosovo Police.The one thing that does (or should) get drummed into you is...

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Prizren Tourist Traps

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    Hahaha

    by maykal Written Apr 11, 2008

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    For the moment, most tourists visiting Prizren are local...either Kosovans or "internationals" based in Kosovo, or off duty KFOR troops. So tourist traps don't really exist yet. If things remain calm and stable, and Kosovo loses its bad image, I'm sure this will change, and the man who waits to take tourists on his horse and carriage will be charging a fortune...but for now, he'll probably just be glad of some business...

    Not yet a tourist trap...not yet...

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Prizren What to Pack

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    In Your Pocket - Prizren

    by HORSCHECK Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    Miscellaneous: I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" guides.

    They are usually an excellent resource for information about travels to Eastern and Central European cities.

    So I was more than happy to download the Prizren guide from the In Your Pocket website, especially as it was a bit difficult to find good travel guides about Kosovo.

    There are two different printed versions available: A free of charge version which seems to be available through guesthouses and hotels; and a pay version for 2 Euro, which can be bought from kiosks in the town.

    The guide not only provides helpful basics, but also many off the beaten path tips and background information. Besides info about Prizren, the guide also offers helpful tips about Gjakova and other day trip destinations.

    In Your Pocket - Prizren
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Prizren Off The Beaten Path

  • Sidetrip to Gjakova

    From Prizren we took a half-day trip to Gjakova by bus. The route is served almost half hourly and a bus ticket costs only 2,50 Euro. Unfortunately we missed the last bus back to Prizren and therefore had to take a taxi for 15 Euro, which was still a reasonable price. The bus trip took about 1 hour.Gjakova has one of the largest Catholic...

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  • Zhupa Valley

    If you've got time at your disposal, and fancy escaping the city for a while, make your way past the Maskut Pasha Mosque and head towards the big blue and white striped sports tent. Behind this, a path follows the river for some kilometres upstream through the Zhupa Valley, taking you to a monastery (ruined) and a castle (also ruined). On weekends,...

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  • Namazgah

    Opposite the bus station, a fair distance from all the other sights, is a curious "mini-mosque", the Namazgah. A namazgah is an outdoor mosque, basically an area for prayer out in the open, according to a notice in Turkish and Albanian. I'm not sure if it serves its original purpose nowadays (doubtful), but it is a park, and makes a pleasant...

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Prizren General

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  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Environmental awareness.

    It seems like the consciousness about the environment and environmental issues is not very well developed yet. Walking into town again after visiting the old platan tree I passed the bridge at the bend of the river,Ura e Marashit. There was a lot of plastic bottles floating in the water under the bridge. Since the water made a kind of a whirl...

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  • The currency.

    Although Kosovo is by no means a member of the EU or belongs to the Eurozone, they still use the Euro as their currency by an arrangeement with the Euro-using countries. They can of course not issue their own bills or coins.

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