We walked to the end of the world. A slightly tendentious claim, since the last astronauts walked the Moon in 1972. However, our claim is inspired by the experience in southern Europe, in the hilly country of the peasants in the Balkans. In addition, as many already know, our eternal path is Serbia, and on this journey, we visited two industrial centers – Bor and Majdanpek.
Several tourist experts would ask – what is the reason for travel bloggers to visit places that are not known for any medieval castle or ethno complex? In order to provide a valid answer, we need to go back to the capital.
Autumn afternoon. At this moment, thousands of our fellow citizens spend time between concrete blocks, cellular constructions, and dim lights that follow new European trend. The trend is related to industrial design of the interior. We enjoy the surroundings of these unfinished walls, seemingly collapsed facades and uncomfortable chairs that create the impression of staying at the factory. These are just factories of leisure and enjoyment. Why shouldn’t take a step further?
This step extends to city of Bor. In accordance with the need for exploitation of ore, this city revived in the beginning of the last century. It is commonly known in our country – as the place where the mine is. And when you step into the city, you realize that you have entered the living museum of mining. Welcome to his majesty – Damper. This gigantic vehicle heavy over six tons was used for the transfer of ore. The parts for the vehicle were manufactured in US, according to needs of domestic engineers. Because of its dimensions, locals nicknamed it – Gulliver. Surely, the biggest vehicle we have ever seen!
The tour continues through the city center through the street of a man with from a red banknote. Before you check your wallet and remember who it is, let it be said – this man was the governor of the National Bank of Serbia. It is Djordje Weifert – the industrialist and father of modern ore production in these areas. When you walk his street – soon you will reach the beginning of our present story.
The end of the world – directed by the inhabitant of Bor – is located only a few minutes from the city center. The picture will only describe some of our mixed feelings of admiration and astonishment. This hole can accept 36 cubic meters of liquid – so much water stays in an average lake. You can admire the view from several places. If you have not visited the Moon so far, we suggest coming to Bor. It is more accessible, and we believe that even Nick Armstrong would be surprised. To extend the feeling, the miners made the café bar –called Jama (Hole) . The sensation lies in the fact that this café is 400 meters below the ground. Those with underlain in the heart should announce their visit to the local tourist organization and spend an unforgettable time below the ground.
As you cannot write book with one letter, Bor also is not left alone in its desire to exploit the possibilities of industrial tourism. Entrance to Majdanpek , another little mining in habitat, is at the same time the center of all fun. As you approach the castle, the view reaches unprecedented distances. The impression of the female members of the Traveling Five – the scene is like from the other planet.
What conclusion can be drawn, at the end of this article? We leave our readers to find out more about growing trend of industrial tourism is in the world. From the visits to the old factories, monitoring the way of production, staying in abandoned plants, driving through the mining caves – the world has long ago recognized how the purpose of an object can change – and bring profits to those who invest in ideas. Our country has a great chance to take over the primacy in this business.
Moreover, those who still sit in the fabulous factory of leisure can learn about the true glow of industrial glamor. No need for astronaut’s steps!
Aleksandra Miladinović, Bojan Vasojević, Marjan Dragić, Rade Rogač and Tanja Vasojević – A Traveling five who stands behind the name TrippinSrbija. TrippinSrbija is a unique project in this region, and beyond. In the era of new technologies, they are the first and for now the only domestic travel blogfocused exclusively on Serbia.
Famous under the wing “You have no excuse, visit Serbia” since 2016, they represent a sort of authoritywhen it comes to domestic tourism. Under the concept “one day – once a month” they have crossed more than 12000km to date and pinned over 150 locations to their map.
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