“I lost my city, Sarajevo, during the war. That is why I wished to build my own village (…) for people who want to learn how to make cinema, concerts, ceramics, painting (…) I dream of an open place with cultural diversity which sets up against globalization”
-the words of Emir Kusturica about Kustendorf (also known as Mećavnik, the snowy town), the timber town in Serbia.
The timber town has been built by Emir Kusturica for his movie “Life is a miracle” and now serves also as a creative place where people can come and relax.
The timber getaway is hidden in the mountains, 200km southwest from Belgrade. It is situated in a lovely village called Mokra Gora which, loosely translated to English, means “wet mountain”. This name is not a coincidence, the place is full of springs and small waterfalls, where you can drink fresh water directly from the source!
Once a year the Film and Music Festival is held in the timber town.
When you’re in the town, you can spend an entire day there. There are restaurants, a hotel, a swimming pool and even a gym! (On the top of the beautiful nature and hundreds of kilometres of paths to walk!)
I totally understand why Emir Kusturica chose this region to create Kustendorf. It’s peaceful and beautiful, and there are so many amazing places to see in the area. Keep an eye out for more blog posts about Tara Park and sign up for my newsletter not to miss a thing!
How to get to Mećavnik / Kustendorf?
The timber town is located on a hill in Mokra Gora town, in the Zlatibor district. The best way to get there is by car. If you don’t drive, you can take a bus from Belgrade to Visegrad. Important: tell the driver in advance to drop you off at Mokra Gora train station because it’s not a regular stop!
Once you’ve reached Mokra Gora, Mećavnik is just a couple of minute walk up the hill!
The ticket costs 250 dinars (around 2 EUR) and has no time limit. You can spend as much time in the timber town as you wish.
Have you already been in Drvengrad or other place in the region?
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