08 Jun Rudnik Mountain // Cvijić’s Peak & Ostrovica
If you’re a mountaineering enthusiast and avid hiker, then the Rudnik Mountain and its 9 peaks that soar over 1,000 m above sea level are what you want to climb. Here you will traverse sharp rocky peaks, wide open pastures and dense forestry, coming across medieval monuments along the way. All of this is located just 100 km south of Belgrade as well, making for an ideal day trip destination from Serbia’s capital.
The Rudnik Mountain is located near the town of Gornji Milanovac in Central Serbia and got its name for being rich in mining resources such as copper, lead and silver. Just 60 km south of here is the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge, perhaps the reason that this mountain is not all that well known. And, 80 km to the west, you will find the Maljen Mountain, where the Divcibare resort is located as well as some hiking and cycling trails.
Cvijić’s Peak is the highest point of the Rudnik Mountain; named after Jovan Cvijic, a famous Serbian geographer, founder of Serbia’s Geography Association and president of Serbia’s Royal Academy. To get to Cvijić’s Peak you will need to start at Manastir Blagoveštenje, nearby which a well marked trail begins. Mostly trekking through forestry, you will come across some openings and will arrive at a Partisan monument after about an hour. From there you continue toward Banetov Peak, followed by Srednji, Veliki and Mali Šturac, with Veliki Šturac also known as Cvijić’s Peak. The journey takes approximately 3.5 hours.
While you’re adventuring throughout this part of the mountain you will come across some medieval ruins known as Gradov. It is believed that Gradov was a 13th-century Catholic church until Turks took over and turned it into a Mosque. Why the building was later abandoned and now lays in ruin is a mystery, however.
Another perhaps more interesting part of the Rudnik Mountain is Ostrovica; located 6 km away from the village of Rudnik and reaching only 758 m above sea level. Believed to be an extinct volcano, Ostrovica is composed of eruptive volcanic rock known as andesite. The climb atop Ostrovica is short yet slightly physically and technically demanding. It takes about 1 hour to get to the top, where you will see the remains of a medieval fortress. To find the best starting point from which to climb Ostrovica, enter the following into your navigator: 44° 10′ 23.49″ 20° 27′ 35.15″ – or see the map just below – you want to start near the Zagrađe bus stop.
Tips & Essentials:
- Take a hiking backpack and fill it with food and water.
- Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
- Take a wind/rain jacket in case of sudden changes in weather conditions.
- Bring your camera and take advantage of excellent photography opportunities.
How to get to the Rudnik Mountain:
Multiple buses travel from Belgrade to Rudnik everyday. If you catch an all-stops service you can get off at Zagrađe and climb Ostrovica along the way. All stops services take roughly 2 hours 20 minutes to get to Rudnik, though limited stops services can get you there in 1 hour 50 minutes.
If you’re using your own mode of transport, then get onto the E75 highway, continue onto the A1 and exit take the exit onto Route 25. Then turn right onto Ivo Andrića to continue on Route 25, just before you get to Mladenovac. Continue on Route 25 until you get to a roundabout and take the 2nd exit to stay on Route 25/Route 27. Then continue onto Route 152 and keep following the road until your reach Rudnik. The whole trip should take roughly 1.5 hours.
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