Travelers in search of a new astonishing and hair-raising adventure shall look no further, as the Via Ferrata Berim opened up In Kosovo, with bragging rights for being the longest and highest attraction of its kind in the Balkans.
While much of Europe gets a great deal of attention from travelers, most countries in the Balkans with the possible exception of Greece, tend not to get the international profiles like France, Spain, Germany, and all those other headline-grabbing nations. Too bad, because what's available in the European underbelly is a massive array of hidden finds, especially for more rustic visitors.
Take the Via Ferrata Berim, for example. With Kosovo celebrating 10 years of independence after getting backing from the United Nations to break away from Serbia, the new nation is more than happy to show off the natural splendor of its rugged landscape, especially the Via Ferrata Berim. Recognized geographically as the highest and longest natural draw in all of the Balkans, this strip of tourism territory is lauded by climbers and hikers alike as a "must-try" point of interest.
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And no wonder. The trail's located on a mountain dubbed Mokra Gora, which boasts four peaks, with the tallest one standing at nearly 5,700 feet. for sure, the course provides a splendid feast for the eyes, not to mention a bit of a muscular test for those who climb a trail that's nearly two miles long. Easy, right?
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Not when you compare the difference in altitudes at extreme opposites, especially on a mountain that facilitates an upward hike of over 1,700 feet as hikers master the art of treading over a lengthy section of steel ropes and stairs drilled right into the mountain face. Some sections of the hike involve going through a cliff cave and traversing a couple of hanging bridges including one that requires a bit of tightrope precision and a lot of fortitude. In all, pundits who've gone across the trail several times state that hiking the entire way is a trip that could take as long as six hours.
Those who don't want to give those mountain legs a workout can check out other mountain routes that have their own degrees of difficulty, including one or two trails for novices. In all, Mokra Gora is home to some 90 miles of trails for foot traffic and even adventure cyclists. Or the more laid-back visitors can laze about on one of the artificial beaches of man-made Lake Gazivode, the largest body of water of its kind in Kosovo.