Djerdap National Park stretches along the right bank of the Danube River from the Golubac Fortress to the dam near Novi Sip, Serbia. It was established in 1974 and spreads on 63,786.5 ha (157,620 acres). The park management office is in the town of Donji Milanovac on the Danube. Across the river is the Parcul Natural Porțile de Fier in Romania.
In July 2020 the wider area of the national park was designated as the UNESCO global geopark, as the first protected area from Serbia labeled that way. Apart from the Iron Gates Gorge, the geopark includes parts of the Miroč and Kučaj mountain massifs, with total area of 1,330 km2 (510 sq mi).
The national park is located close to Belgrade and the drive from the city is only around 2 hours and 30 minutes. This makes the national park a great destination for weekend trips from the capital. There are plenty of international flights going to Belgrade from major European airports.
When to visit
The national park is popular in all seasons. The most popular time to visit is during spring, summer and fall. The area gets cold during winter and you should properly prepare if you plan to visit the park during this season.
Map of Djerdap National Park
Image gallery of Djerdap National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Djerdap National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Mushroom hunting in Djerdap National Park
Serbia is generally a popular country for foraging. There will be plenty of competition from the locals who love to go foraging for mushrooms. Make sure to check with local authorities before you start any foraging within the park limits.
Camping rules in Djerdap National Park
Wild camping is officially prohibited in Serbia. However, there are many places where it is tolerated. Make sure to take the necessary precautions in areas with bears. Speak to local authorities if you have any doubt about camping.