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Subject: Geography of Kosovo, List of mountains in Kosovo, Geology of Serbia, Geography of Serbia, Serbia
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Pančić's Peak, during winter
Highest point
Peak Pančić's Peak
Elevation 2,017 m (6,617 ft)
Kopaonik is located in Serbia
Location Central Serbia
State/Province RS
IUCN category II (national park)
Kopaonik National Park
Area 118.1 km²
Established 1981

Kopaonik (pronounced  or ; Serbian Cyrillic: Копаоник, Albanian: Kopaoniku, Mali i Kopaonikut); is one of the larger mountain ranges of Serbia. It is located in the central part of Serbia. Its highest point, Pančić's Peak, is 2,017 m (6,617 ft) above sea level.

Kopaonik is the major ski resort of Serbia, with total of 25 ski lifts with capacity of 32.000 skiers per hour.[1][2] A national park spread over 118.1 km2 (45.6 sq mi) of the central part of the Kopaonik plateau was established in 1981..


  • History 1
  • Flora and Fauna 2
  • National Park 3
  • Ski Resort 4
  • Transportation 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Shrine of Metodje

Kopaonik has a rich historical heritage.[3] The area was an important mining center during medieval times with many Saxons operating in the area as miners. During those days there was an intensive trade with Ragusa (Dubrovnik).

Besides old churches and monasteries like Đurđevi stupovi, Studenica monastery, Sopoćani and Gradac Monastery,[3] there are also several early and medieval fortresses that can be found on the heights, built by Serbian dynasties. The nearest Serbian medieval castle is Maglič.

Flora and Fauna

Kopaonik's flora is characterized by a large number of autochthonous plant species (the Balkan beech, fir, spruce, yew, several kinds of maple, pine and oak). The fauna is also diverse but its concentration varies, depending on the quality of the habitat.

National Park

Kopaonik's national park was established in 1981. Deciduous forests and native coniferous woodland make up most of the forested land in the park. Kopaonik has many species of birds, such as rock partridge, scops owl, red-backed shrike, and the wood lark. Soil erosion is great threat as there is a lot of logging and deforestation in the park.

The national park is situated on a relatively flat region, at an altitude of about 1,700 m (5,577 ft). This central Kopaonik

  • National Park Kopaonik
  • British site promotion of Kopaonik
  • Kopaonik Ski Resort - news, photos, ski info, web cams, weather, accommodation, forum, impressions
  • 2800 pictures from Kopaonik
  • BirdLife Kopaonik factsheet
A British promotional video on Kopaonik.
  •   Kopaonik, Serbia

External links

  1. ^ "Kopaonik". Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Turistički centar Kopaonik". Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  3. ^ a b [8]
  4. ^ "Turistički centar Kopaonik". Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  5. ^ [9]
  6. ^ a b c "Putovanja - Destinacije - Kopaonik - skijanje i uživanje - B92 Putovanja". 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Turistički centar Kopaonik". 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  8. ^ [10]
  9. ^ [11]
  10. ^ Miloš Teodorović (2009-02-03). "Lukašenko na Kopaoniku". Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Blic Online | Šeik iz Emirata "skenirao" i Kopaonik zbog novih investicija". Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
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Kopaonik is well-connected with the main transport routes in Serbia. The central part of Kopaonik with the tourist center and ski slopes are linked with the Ibar highway, and the nearest international airport is in Niš. A public helioport is located in a military base half a mile north of the resort.


Kopaonik is a meeting place for the Serbian and European elite. Many diplomats and presidents of foreign countries spent their holidays here.[9][10][11] The crown prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Novak Djokovic are planning to build hotels and private residences in central Kopaonik.[12][13][14]

, excellent ski slopes, spa's, and many other tourist facilities. chairlifts The tourist resort on the Kopaonik includes hotels, rest houses, [8] This mountain range has enormous resources for the development of tourism. The entire park is characterized by its extraordinary natural beauty: vast expanses of grassland, picturesque forests composed of a wide variety of [7] for extreme skiers and snowboarders.Snow Park The ski resort has a [6] Festival from March 23 to March 29 every year. The festival gathers international reggae,jazz and electronic music performers.Big Snow There is also a music [6] There are on average about 200 sunny days annually with 160 days covered with snow.

The duration and quality of snowfall and ideal skiing grounds have been attracting a rapidly increasing number of guests. Kopaonik has mild winters with lots of snowfall.[6]

It has 24 ski lifts, with 70 km (43 mi) of ski slopes for all categories. Currently under construction is a gondola that will connect Brzece and the ski resort.[5]

Sports and recreation are key factors to the tourism of Kopaonik. Kopaonik is mainly a destination for skiing and snowboarding. There are various other activities as well, such as tennis. Other features which attract tourists are a luxurious hotel, and entertainment. Kopaonik has many cafes, bars and night clubs.

Kopaonik ski resort
Nebeske Stolice hotel at Kopaonik
Nebeske Stolice hotel at Kopaonik
Location Kopaonik, Serbia
Nearest city Brus, Serbia
Top elevation 2,017 m
Base elevation 1,770 m
Skiable area 62 km
Runs 24
Longest run 3.5 km
Lift system 28 total (8-passenger gondola (u/c), 3 high-speed 6-passenger Superchairs, 7 High-speed quad chairs, 2 double chairs, 11 Surface and 3 kid-surface)
Lift capacity <32.000/hour>
Website Kopaonik

Ski Resort


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