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Mokra Gora – special place with a special energy

Mokra Gora is a picturesque mountain destination nestled in the south west of Serbia. It became popular after 2004th when world famous director on this location recorded his movie ”Life Is a Miracle”. He felt in love with Mokra Gora and the surrounding area. On the Mecavnik hill, Emir Kusturica built Drvengrad – unigue etno village tourist resort.

Introduction of Mokra Gora

First time I visited Mokra Gora in the late 2000s as a guide with a group of student. After first visit I become regular visitor as a guide and private with a family.
How to get to Mokra Gora? You can take some of the organized private or group tours on a daily or weekend basis. If you are coming with a car or rent a car from Belgrade take highway Milos Veliki to Čačak. Than follow the road to Uzice and to Mokra Gora.


Once you get there, you will have unique opportunity to explore the enchanting nature of Mokra Gora, the nearby attractions, as well as the unique experience of the famous Sargan Eight railway. Moreover, don’t miss the opportunity to delve into the charm of Drvengrad, one of the most popular accommodation options of its kind in Serbia. Not so far away is Visegrad in Bosnia.


Nature of Mokra Gora

Let’s start by immersing ourselves in the breathtaking nature that surrounds Mokra Gora. Known for its lush greenery, rolling hills, and crystal-clear springs, this region offers a serene escape for nature enthusiasts. Whether you are an avid hiker, a fan of stunning viewpoints, or simply someone who enjoys the tranquil sounds of nature, Mokra Gora has something to offer for everyone. The pristine landscapes make it a perfect spot for capturing remarkable photos and creating unforgettable memories. Make sure to pay a visit to a hidden valley White Water with a white water spring and a church. A beautiful walking trail.

Surrounding of Mokra


Another highlight of Mokra Gora is its proximity to two other renowned tourist destinations, Tara and Zlatibor. Just a short drive away, you can explore the captivating beauty of Tara National Park. Known for its dense forests, deep canyons, and gushing rivers, Tara offers a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and even wildlife spotting. On the other hand, Zlatibor is a beloved mountain resort that allures visitors with its stunning landscapes, cozy chalets, and a plethora of recreational activities. Whether you are seeking adventure or relaxation, these nearby wonders are a must-visit for any traveler in Mokra Gora.

Sargan Eight railway

Now let’s step aboard the Sargan Eight railway, an experience that should not be missed during your visit. This narrow-gauge heritage railway takes you on a thrilling ride through the untamed beauty of Mokra Gora’s landscape. As you travel along the winding tracks, you will be treated to panoramic vistas, towering cliffs, and picturesque villages. The journey is truly a step back in time, as the vintage steam locomotive chugs along the famous figure-eight-shaped track.

Sargan Eight exerience

Sargan Eight is one of the most breathtaking tourist trains in this part of Europe. The sheer beauty and charm of this journey have left an indelible mark on my memory, and I believe it deserves to be celebrated as a true treasure. Imagine a picturesque landscape, where lush green valleys meet majestic mountains. This is the backdrop for the Sargan Eight, a narrow-gauge railway located in Serbia. The train route follows the path of the historical Belgrade-Sarajevo railway and offers an unforgettable ride through the stunning nature of the Mokra Gora region.

From the moment I boarded the train, I was captivated by the nostalgic atmosphere and old-world charm. The train’s vintage carriages, meticulously restored to their former glory, transported me back in time. As I stud by the open window, the gentle breeze caressed my face, and the rhythmic clatter of the wheels created a soothing soundtrack for the journey ahead. My son felt asleep.

The Sargan Eight gets its name from the shape of the railway track, which resembles the number eight. This unique layout allows the train to navigate the steep gradients and sharp turns of the mountainous terrain, offering passengers an exciting and dynamic ride. As the train chugs along the tracks, it passes through 22 tunnels and crosses over five impressive bridges, each with its own story to tell.


Conect with a locals

One of the highlights of the journey is theview on “Drvengrad” from opposite hill. This ethereal hamlet, nestled in the heart of the Mokra Gora nature park, seems like it belongs to a fairytale. Throughout the journey, the train meanders through dense forests, vast meadows, and enchanting valleys. The ever-changing landscape reveals the raw beauty of this untouched corner of Europe. The verdant hills, adorned with vibrant wildflowers, paint an idyllic picture, soothing the soul and invigorating the spirit.

As the train stops briefly at various stations along the way, passengers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture. Traditional Serbian folk music fills the air, creating a festive ambiance. Local artisans display their exquisite crafts, allowing visitors to take a piece of this enchanting journey home with them.
The hospitality of the train crew adds another layer of warmth to the experience. Attentive and knowledgeable, they share fascinating anecdotes about the history and significance of the Sargan Eight. Their passion for preserving this heritage is palpable, and it only enhances the sense of wonder one feels on this extraordinary voyage.

Drvengrad – Wooden Town

After exploring the wonders of Mokra Gora, it’s time to relax and unwind in the distinctive village of Drvengrad. Created by the famous filmmaker Emir Kusturica, this ethno-complex transports visitors to a world of rustic charm and cultural richness. The wooden cottages, art galleries, and traditional Serbian cuisine create an atmosphere that is both intimate and captivating. Drvengrad is not just a place to rest your head; it’s an immersive experience that allows you to dive into the essence of Serbian culture.

Exploring Drvengrad
Nestled amidst the breathtaking Serbian landscape on Mecavnik hill. Drvengrad stands as a testament to the artistic vision of the renowned filmmaker Emir Kusturica. This ethereal village, also known as Küstendorf, offers a fusion of stunning architecture, cultural vibrancy, and natural beauty that captivates visitors from all around the globe. If you choose to spend some time using hotel facilities there are swimming pool, wood heated traditional finish sauna, gym, sun deck. Also you can find a movie theater which will, if needed, play a movie just for you. 

Accomodation – Hotel Mećavnik

When it comes to accommodation, Hotel Mećavnik offers a range of options to suit every traveler’s preference. From traditional wooden cottages that embrace the rustic charm of the region to modern studios designed with contemporary comforts, Drvengrad caters to diverse needs. Each room is thoughtfully decorated with a touch of local artistry, exuding a warm and authentic ambiance. Regardless of your choice, an unforgettable stay awaits you.


Architectural Marvels
As soon as you step foot into Drvengrad, you are transported into a fairytale-like world. The intricate wooden structures, meticulously designed by Kusturica himself, exude an aura of tranquility and harmony with nature. Each building tells a unique story and portrays the essence of Serbian heritage, making Drvengrad a true architectural marvel.

Cultural Delights
Beyond its architectural splendor, Drvengrad offers a vast array of cultural delights that will enchant every visitor. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a world of art, cinema, music, and literature. The village hosts the annual Küstendorf Film and Music Festival, attracting filmmakers, musicians, and artists from all corners of the globe. This event showcases the incredible talents of emerging artists and fosters a vibrant atmosphere that is impossible to resist.

Culinary Delights

No visit to Drvengrad would be complete without indulging in the delectable Serbian cuisine that awaits you. From hearty grilled specialties to mouthwatering local delicacies, the village’s restaurants offer a symphony of flavors that will leave your taste buds craving for more. Allow yourself to savor traditional dishes paired with fine Serbian wines, creating an unforgettable gastronomic experience.