Monday, April 30, 2018

10 facts about Kosovo-Blick newspaper promotes Kosovo

From Kosovo’s world famous artists, to natural attractions and culture, “Blick", a Swiss German-language daily newspaper lists 10 interesting facts about Kosovo.
Natural gems of Kosovo are: Miruesha Waterfall, Gjeravica Mountain (Kosovo’s highest peak), Brezovica Ski Resort. You are most likely to admire also the cultural heritage of Kosovo: beautiful architecture of monasteries, mosques and castles. Blick also highlights the coffee culture in Kosovo writing: “Sorry, Italy, but the best coffee is in Kosovo. Everywhere you will find pretty little coffees with silvery glossy espresso machines.”
Mirusha Waterfalls
Credits: Kosovo Holidays 

The youngest country on the European continent has left the war turmoil behind. The Kosovars are proud of their homeland and welcoming visitors so far. The small Balkan state has its own special charms. If you are looking for a different adventure, you will find it here.

Kosovo’s Pop Artist 
Just now she stormed the charts again: The 27-year-old British pop singer Rita Ora (born Rita Sahatçiu) is a daughter of Kosovo. She was born in the Pristina capital of Kosovo in 1990 and fled to London a year later with her parents and siblings. The Kosovars are nevertheless proud of their "successful" and beautiful music export. And Rita Ora is also interested in her roots - since 2015 she is honorary ambassador of the country.
Rita Ora-Kosovo's famous Pop Artist

Mirusha waterfalls
The Mirusha Falls (in Albanian Ujëvarët e Mirushës) are one of the most impressive natural spectacles in Kosovo. Mirusha Waterfalls is a chain of waterfalls found in the Mirusha River, situated on the south of the Gremnik Mountains; on the way to Gjakova at an altitude of 572 meters. Its distance from the capital city is approximately one hour.
Mirusha River engraved a 10 km long canyon and created 13 river lakes with 12 waterfalls between them. The waterfall with the biggest height is the one between the sixth and seventh lake, and it is 22 meters high.
Those waterfalls between the lakes, together with the stunning landscape, and rocks and caves around the waterfalls, form an overwhelming sight and present a special tourism attraction. Although the water temperature is usually quite cold, throughout summer when the temperature is high, swimming there can be incredibly pleasant.

Novo Brdo: castle ruins as in «Game of Thrones»
From a distance, the castle ruins of Novo Brdo look like one of the rundown castles from the cult series "Game of Thrones". The structure towers powerfully on the extinct volcano, after which it is named, the Novo Brdo (which means "new hill"). The fortress was built in Byzantine times. In the 13th century it was pimped up by Serbian kings and served to secure the numerous mines, which were primarily looking for silver.
Novo Brdo

Coffee Culture
Sorry, Italy, but the best coffee is in Kosovo. Nowhere is the black brew prepared with more love than in the small Balkan state - say connoisseurs. Everywhere you will find pretty little coffees with silvery glossy espresso machines. One of the most famous is the Café Soma near the pedestrian zone "Nënë Tereza" in the center of Pristina. If you want to do it like the Kosovars, do not order an espresso or cappuccino, but a "macchiato" (espresso with milk froth).
Soma Cafe
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The first Kosovar on Everest
When the mountaineering group in Nepal's Everest Basecamp announced that they would not take them to the summit because it was all too hard for women, Utah Ibrahimi (34) only spurred on. The former marketing woman and successful tourism organizer grabbed her Sherpa and climbed alone with him the highest peak in the world. She was the first Kosovar on Everest - now she wants to climb the remaining thirteen 8000er. If you want to go climbing or hiking with the lively young woman or do yoga with her outdoors, you can visit her homepage for her outdoor activities.
Kosovar National Theater
The National Theater in the capital Pristina is the only theater in the country. It was founded in 1946 and declared "National Theater" after the end of the War of Independence against Serbia in 1999. Over 400 in-house productions have been performed in the venerable house, including politically extremely courageous and controversial productions - sometimes even under police protection. Slightly less controversial are the performances of the Kosovar National Ballet, which also take place here.

On the way to Europe
Kosovo and the EU, so far a rather unfortunate love story. The Kosovars hardly want anything more than to finally belong to the EU. Twenty-three out of the 28 EU Member States have even recognized the country (all but Greece, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Cyprus). For years, the EU's Eulex Mission has been trying to help Kosovo build the rule of law. Nevertheless, the road to Europe is even further for the Kosovars. Together with the Belarusians they still need a visa if they want to enter the Schengen area.

Cultural metropolis Peja
The city on the "White Drin", the largest river in the country, abounds with cultural historical monuments. Not only the World Heritage Monastery Visoki Dečani of the 100,000-inhabitant city attracts visitors. The Red Mosque (built in 1173), the Bajrakli mosque also have beautiful ornaments and a lot of history. The Church of St. Catherine is the spiritual center of the region's Catholic Albanians. On a themed trail, the religious sites can be explored in about two hours.

Brezovica: Kosovo's ski resort

Just 68 people live in the small, Serbian-dominated village in the south of Kosovo. As a winter sports resort Brezovica is probably the most important spot in the country. The approximately 80-kilometer-long mountain range that extends between Kosovo and Macedonia, reaches heights of over 2000 meters. In the ski center (one of three winter sports facilities in Kosovo), nine prepared tracks and several powder snow slopes await skiers and snowboarders. Once they were to serve as evasive slopes for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Gjeravica: Kosovo's highest peak
With 2566 meters, the Gjeravica is the highest mountain in Kosovo - officially, at least. For a few years ago, when the border with Macedonia was redrawn, the "Maja e Njerit" suddenly stood on Kosovar territory. At 2568 meters, the summit is a whopping two meters higher than the Gjeravica. He is not yet officially recognized. Nonetheless, the "smaller" mountain in the west of the country remains one of the most popular hiking destinations.

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