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Welcome to Kosovo

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

How close have you ever been to a bear? Visiting Kosovo gives you the opportunity to visit brown bears that were rescued from captivity by a charity called Four Paws. From tiny cages as restaurant mascots, to excellent living conditions, Four Paws are trying their hardest to make the bears feel loved and normal again, although some of them are sadly still suffering from the trauma. You will have to take a 3 km walk through the beautiful countryside and a gorgeous lake, that is a perfect spot for some lunch.

The Emin Gjiku Ethnographic Museum is located in two beautifully preserved Ottoman houses that is enclosed in a large walled garden. You will be able to have a guided tour with English speaking staff, where you will be able to see both properties and the various unique pieces of clothing, weaponry, jewelry, and house hold items from the Kosovo culture. 

By booking your Kosovo holiday with JiveHippo.travel you will be able to explore Kosovo and its beautiful landmarks such as, the Clock Tower. Situated in the city of Pristina this 26m high tower dates back to the 19th century. The Clock Tower was located central to the bazaar area and its purpose was to dictate when stalls should close for prayers. During the war there was a lot of damage made to the Clock Tower and today it is operated by electricity.

Climate

With Mediterranean and Alpine influences, the Kosovo climate is continental, which results in warm summers and cold winters. 

The average temperature in the country can range from +30ºC in the summer and fall to -10ºC in the winter.

December and Januarya are said to be the coldest months where as July and August are said to be the warmest. 

Duty Free

If you are travelling to Kosovo, your Duty Free allowance includes, 200 cigarettes, one litre of spirits, two litres of wine and 50 g of perfume.

Getting Around

Car Hire is generally easy to do is Kosovo, the tariffs are cheap and the roads are in good conditions.

Bus stops are district blue signs, however if you are running for the bus and done make it to a stop, no worries as the buses in Kosovo can be flagged down anywhere. 

Be careful if you are wanting to cycle around Kosovo, it is not common however, so you will have to be aware of inconsiderate drivers and the suburban scenery.

 

Health

Make sure that you are up to date on your vaccines. In Kosovo there is a risk of Hepatitis A, which you can catch through contaminated food or water, regardless of where you are staying and eating. 

try and stay away from stray animals as the majority carry rabies. If you do come in to contact with a stay animal and get bitten then do visit a local doctor or hospital straight away. 

Language

The official language in Kosovo is Albanian. 

Many locals in the tourist industry of Kosovo do speak languages such as, English, German and Italian.

Money

Kosovo is not yet a member of the European Union, however they can accept the Euro (€). 

Apart form the Eoru they Kosovo will also accept the Dinar (Serbian currency).

ATMs can be found in the main cities, there are not many outside of the cities.

Most places in Kosovo will only accept cash, and the only places that will accept any major credit or debit cards will only be some hotels and upscale restaurants.

Safety

Kosovo is known to have targets against foreign travellers, especially for pick pockets as criminals think that tourists carry large amounts of cash.

While walking around, try and stay away from public gatherings, political rallies and protests.

Left from the 1999 conflict, you may still find danger from residual mines and other un exploded ordnance. Especially in the areas of South Serbia´s Presevo Valley and Kosovo.

Time

Kosovo is in the Central European Time Zone (GMT+01:00).

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