Lepenski Vir represents the confluence in which the many layers of abundant cultural heritage meet a luxurious natural environment
Getting out of the city is the most successful when it really means a change – the ability to experience something different and atypical. Then the distance towards our own everyday life becomes better. Comparing to everyday rhythm and way of life in cities, a step forward from the rhythym provides the most content when it brings a mixture of hedonism, culture, discovery and getting familiar with the new one. Lepenski Vir is exactly such a destination, within global frame. At the same time it is only 180 km from Belgrade.
Getting to know distant culture that had its own order and established way of life is an unusual experience. Lepenski Vir is precisely this – a unique culture that emerged in the seventh millennium BC, from the transition from the Mesolithic to the Neolithic era. The discovery of this site during the 1960s has brought great popularity to the Djerdap area because the news of the newly discovered culture echoed in the domestic and international public. When it was decided that Lepenski Vir should be moved from its original location and thus saved from immersion, it was clear that this cultural treasure must be somewhat more than an ordinary archeological site.
The culture of Lepenski Vir provides a powerful incentive to the modern imagination. How did this part of the European population lived in one very distant unimaginible time? In architectural buildings that repeat the shape of the cave since they had circular or triangular shape, with stone hearths and the first forms of home cellar.
With the completion of the “Đerdap I” hydroelectric power plant construction, the whole coastal area was flooded, which prevented further search for cultural heritage but the most valuable was saved.
In the first years after it was discovered, the name Lepenski Vir began to be recognizable and during the construction of a large hotel in Donji Milanovac it was decided that the hotel should be named based on this culture, thus the term Lepenski Vir became recognizable in the segment of the touristic offers. This connection of tourism and cultural heritage led to the formation of a tourist site in the protected area of Lepenski Vir. With the completion of the construction of a new and modern centre for visitors, Lepenski Vir was declared as a tourist area, and since 2011 promotion of tourism and cultural heritage has been initiated on a whole new way, in order to connect more clearly what was quite obvious which is the development of tourism through the promotion and presentation of Lepenski Vir as a unique culture in Europe. This approach led to an increase of number of visitors, so we had 43,486 visitors during 2017 which is record visit to this locality. About 30% of visitors are foreign tourist, making a small contribution to the popularization of our cultural heritage in the world. It is worth mentioning that in addition to the rich cultural heritage, very important role in this area is unique natural envioronment that is under protection within the National Park Djerdap.