Kraljevo (in English "King's town") is a town and the administrative center of Raska District of Serbia. Kraljevo is located in central part of Serbia, at the confluence of the Ibar to the Zapadna Morava. It is, by its territory, the largest municipality in the Republic of Serbia.
This is the most recommendable option when visiting Kraljevo. The drive from Belgrade lasts 3 hours and tickets can be purchased at Belgrade's bus station for about 10 euros round trip.
In the last decade of the XX century, Kraljevo became a very remarkable cultural centre in Serbia both by the work of its cultural institutions and by individual achievements.
- Studenica, 12th-century Serb Orthodox monastery and one of the four UNESCO sites in Serbia. It's one of the largest monasteries in the country, containing priceless Byzantine-style frescoes. The founder of the monastery was Stefan Nemanja, who was also the founder of the medieval Serb state. It's about 40 km southwest of Kraljevo.
- Žiča (Serbian Cyrillic: Жича), a Serb Orthodox monastery, is the Coronation church and together with the Church of the Holy Dormition, was built by the first King of Serbia, Stefan the First-Crowned. Žiča was by tradition royal church of Serbian kings, and although king could be crowned in any Serbian church, he was never considered true king until he was anointed in Žiča. A taxi between here and the centre of Kraljevo costs around 300RSD one way, the bus between here and the centre of Kraljevo costs around 100RSD one way (both as of February 2013).
- The National Museum in Kraljevo (founded in 1950) collects and exhibits documents and objects from its archaeological, ethnological, historical and art collections.
- The New Gallery (1995), in the former Grammar School building, has become the space for prominent exhibitions from all fields of the Museum work but also the place for holding scientific meetings, musical, literary and other events.
- The Institute for Protection of Cultural Heritage (1996) works on a vast territory with numerous buildings from mediaeval Serbia (among which there are some oldest and most important buildings) and valuable monuments from the recent times. The Historical Archive (1960) cares for the archive part of the heritage.
- Hotel Crystal, Ibarska 44, ☎ +381 36 329 140 ([email protected], fax: +381 36 329 171), . Opened in June 2009, the stylish and elegant Hotel Crystal offers well-equipped accommodation, mouth-watering cuisine and superb facilities in Kraljevo. edit
- Hotal Royal, Karadjordjeva 107, ☎ +381 36 354 004, . edit
- Hotel Tehnograd, Kovanlučka 1, (toll free: Internet and parking). checkin: 13:00 - 00:00 hours; checkout: Until 12:00 hours. edit