The Bridge of Love (Most ljubavi)
Location of the municipality of Vrnjačka Banja within Serbia
|Region||Šumadija and Western Serbia|
|• Mayor||Boban Đurović (SNS)|
|• Town||19.06 km2 (7.36 sq mi)|
|• Municipality||239 km2 (92 sq mi)|
|Elevation||217 m (712 ft)|
|• Town density||530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|• Municipality density||120/km2 (300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Vrnjačka Banja (Serbian Cyrillic: Врњачка Бања) is a town and municipality located in the Raška District of central Serbia. The population of the town is 10,065 inhabitants, while the population of the municipality is 27,527 inhabitants.
Vrnjačka Banja has many hot springs with temperatures measuring exactly that of the human body (37.5 degrees Celsius). It is home to a summer music festival Lovefest.
Aside from the town of Vrnjačka Banja, the municipality includes the following settlements:
According to the last official census done in 2011, the municipality of Vrnjačka Banja has 27,527 inhabitants. Population density on the territory of the municipality is 115.2 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Most of its population is of Serbian ethnicity (96.2%) and 36.6% of the municipality’s population is urban. The ethnic composition of the municipality:
The following table gives a preview of total number of employed people per their core activity (as of 2016):
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||160|
|Distribution of power, gas and water||55|
|Distribution of water and water waste management||215|
|Wholesale and retail, repair||1,050|
|Traffic, storage and communication||256|
|Hotels and restaurants||861|
|Media and telecommunications||41|
|Finance and insurance||63|
|Property stock and charter||15|
|Professional, scientific, innovative and technical activities||206|
|Administrative and other services||63|
|Administration and social assurance||428|
|Healthcare and social work||802|
|Art, leisure and recreation||99|
Situated in a great park full of trees with particularly charming houses, Vrnjačka Banja is the most celebrated and most popular spa town of Serbia and at same time, a very attractive recreation center. Surrounding Vrnjačka Banja are UNESCO protected medieval buildings, which serve as a reminder to early European civilization. Other nearby landmarks include the first court of the Serbian Archbishop, the Žiča Monastery and Sopoćani Monastery which both date back to the thirteenth century and the twelfth century Studenica Monastery all of which are nestled in the colorful 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
- Vrnjačko vrelo
The hotels are numerous and have swimming pools and halls for games. In winter, it is convenient for skiing on the Goč, 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.
Bridge of Love
One of the famous landmarks of Vrnjačka Banja is the Bridge of Love.
Padlocks of the Bridge of Love'
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