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Kosovo (Albanian: Kosova, Kosovë Serbian: Kosovo, Kosovo i Metohija) is a landlocked territory in southeastern Europe. It borders Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia (which claims the territory as part of its own).

The Republic of Kosovo (Albanian: Republika e Kosovés; Serbian: Republika Kosovo) is a self-declared independent state which has de facto control over most of the territory, and limited control over the northern part of the territory (Albanian: Kosova Veriore; Serbian: Severno Kosovo). The Republic of Kosovo is recognized by some countries, but not recognized by others which recognize the Serbian claim to sovereignty over the entire territory.

As of 2007, the population of Kosovo was estimated as being 1,804,838. Kosovo's capital and largest city is Pristina (Albanian: Prishtiné or Prishtina; Serbian: Priština), which had a population of about 550,000 as 2006.

Kosovo Country Details


Country Name Kosovo
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southeastern Europe
Principal Languages
  • Albanian
  • Serbian
  • Capital Pristina


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    Kosovo (Bradt Travel Guide)
    By Gail Warrander

    Bradt Travel Guides
    Paperback (360 pages)

    Kosovo (Bradt Travel Guide)
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    This new fully updated 3rd edition of Bradt's Kosovo is the only full-length English guidebook to this land rich in cultural heritage, generous hospitality and stunning scenery which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of unilateral independence from Serbia. Updated by two resident tourism experts, this new edition is an ideal companion, offering maps, contacts and detailed information not easily accessible online, insider knowledge of one of Europe's last unspoiled destinations, and comprehensive detail on sites, attractions and practical information.
    What was once a hub for adventurous backpackers and international organizations has become an outdoor adventure destination in its own right with a compelling buzz thanks in part to a vibrant young population: the average age here is 26. Mega-hiking trails like the Via Dinarica and Peaks of the Balkans have brought attention to the country's unmatched scenery and multitude of 2,500+ meter peaks. New via ferratas – climbing routes – appeal to the adventurous set, while newly restored archaeological sites offer a haven for history buffs. This third edition contains a wealth of new tour operators and fully updated maps to key cities and regions that make it easier than ever to explore Europe's youngest country.
    Ringed by high mountains and recovering from a turbulent past, Kosovo is enjoying a tourism renaissance welcoming people from around the world. American visitor numbers tripled in five years and American flags are displayed prominently throughout the country, while Prishtina marks recent historic connections with roads and a statue to Bill Clinton and George Bush.
    Following this guide, visitors can ski pristine snowfields and hike saw-toothed mountains, explore the ebb and flow of Islam and of Orthodox Christianity at beautiful shrines such as Gracanica Monastery or Prizren's Sinan Pasha Mosque, sample raki at one of the vineyards, visit a traditional stone kulla, and be initiated into Prishtina's coffee-drinking culture.
    Bradt's Kosovo caters for all travelers. With detailed descriptions of the country's lively cafés and wide-ranging restaurants, as well as the thriving outdoor adventure scene, plus accommodation to suit all budgets, this new edition is ideal for tourists, NGOs and long-term visitors.


    Lonely Planet Western Balkans
    By Marika Mcadam; Jayne D'Arcy; Chris Deliso; Peter Dragicevich; Mark Elliott; Vesna Maric; Anja Mutic

    Lonely Planet
    Paperback (452 pages)

    Lonely Planet Western Balkans
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    Experience the best of this diverse region with our 2nd edition: you'll shiver with Mostar's bridge divers as they plunge into the icy waters below; listen for the saint's heartbeat at the tomb of Sveti Naum; and cast off your clothes - and your cares - when you swim off Dubrovnik's Lokrum Island.

    Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

    In This Guide:

    Includes chapters on Kosovo and Montenegro
    Unique color sections highlighting the best of the Balkans
    Fascinating interviews with winemakers, archaeologists, a bar owner and a historian
    Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, James Bainbridge, Peter Dragicevich, Tom Masters & Anja Mutic

    Brand: Lonely Planet
    Paperback (656 pages)

    Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the castles and mountains of Transylvania, walk the walls of Dubrovnik's picturesque old town and relax on the beaches of southern Turkey, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Southeastern Europe and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Southeastern Europe Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - covering history, popular culture, food & drink, literature, wildlife and landscapes
    • Over 80 maps
    • Useful features - including Itineraries, Month by Month (annual festival calendar) and extensive Language section
    • Coverage of Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Southeastern Europe is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

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    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Marika McAdam, Alexis Averbuck, James Bainbridge, Mark Baker, Chris Deliso, Peter Dragicevich, Mark Elliott, Tom Masters, Craig McLachlan, Anja Mutic, Tamara Sheward

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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    Lonely Planet Eastern Europe (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Carolyn Bain, Greg Bloom, Steve Fallon & Tim Richards

    Lonely Planet
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Eastern Europe is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip and what hidden discoveries await you. Sample a locally brewed beer in the heart of Prague's perfectly preserved Old Town, marvel at the masterpieces in St Petersburg's Hermitage museum or explore Croatia's sparkling coastline by boat; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Eastern Europe and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's Eastern Europe Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips and prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, landscapes, wildlife and cuisine.
    • Free, convenient pull-out Prague map (included in print version), plus over 129 maps
    • Useful features - including Itineraries, Month by Month (annual festival calendar) and Countries at a Glance
    • Coverage of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Eastern Europe, our most comprehensive guide to Eastern Europe, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

    • Looking for just a few of the destinations included in this guide? Check out the relevant Lonely Planet Travel Guides, for comprehensive looks into what each country has to offer.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Tom Masters, Carolyn Bain, Mark Baker, Greg Bloom, Chris Deliso, Marc Di Duca, Peter Dragicevich, Mark Elliott, Steve Fallon, Anna Kaminski, Anja Mutic, Brandon Presser, Tim Richards, Tamara Sheward and Luke Waterson.

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

    City Maps Pristina Kosovo
    By James McFee

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (24 pages)

    City Maps Pristina Kosovo
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    City Maps Pristina Kosovo is an easy to use small pocket book filled with all you need for your stay in the big city. Attractions, pubs, bars, restaurants, museums, convenience stores, clothing stores, shopping centers, marketplaces, police, emergency facilities are only some of the places you will find in this map. This collection of maps is up to date with the latest developments of the city as of 2017. We hope you let this map be part of yet another fun Pristina adventure :)
    The Road To Kosovo: A Balkan Diary
    By Greg Campbell

    Brand: Basic Books
    Paperback (288 pages)

    The Road To Kosovo: A Balkan Diary
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    This first-person, on-the-road travel adventure takes us through one of the most dangerous and hate-filled regions on earth—the former republics of Yugoslavia—and into a land still reeling from months of brutal combat. Told in a fast-paced, rollicking style that's funny, sad, thoughtful, and at times horrifying, The Road to Kosovo shows us war and the struggle for peace through the eyes of a young journalist.Two new concluding chapters, written after the author's 1999 visit to Kosovo, provide a rare, on-the-ground assessment of the impact of the NATO peacekeeping mission and the peace agreement with Milosevic. The poignant scenes of death, confusion, and hopelessness that Campbell observes—not from media tents but from the homes of locals, in their bars, and on the side of the road—hearken ominously back to the first days of the peace mission in Bosnia. A vivid, uneasy picture emerges of a region resistant to lasting peace.
    The Peaks of the Balkans Trail: Through Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo
    By Rudolf Abraham

    Cicerone Press Limited
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    The Peaks of the Balkans Trail: Through Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo
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    This guide describes the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, a 192km circular route through the spectacularly wild and rugged borderlands of Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo in Europe, with around a third of the trek lying in each country. Developed to promote sustainable local tourism and transcend political borders, it winds its way through the spectacular scenery of the Prokletije mountains, taking in high passes and remote valleys. Since its launch, the trail's popularity has continued to rise: however, despite increasing visitor numbers, the area – off-limits to foreigners until comparatively recently – remains underdeveloped and unspoilt.

    The route can be hiked in around two weeks: it is presented in 10 daily stages and the guide also includes suggestions for excursions to bag neighbouring peaks and visit local sites of interest. While a moderate level of fitness is assumed, the walking itself is not difficult and makes use of existing paths and tracks. Food and accommodation are offered in traditional guesthouses in villages that often feel like somewhere time forgot.

    Offering comprehensive advice on travel, permits and safety and details of local facilities, services and accommodation, the guide contains all the information needed to plan a successful trip. Clear route description is illustrated with 1:50,000 mapping, and a short summary of the terrain and any particular difficulties is given at the beginning of each stage. Background information on geology, geography and history is also provided, as well as a useful glossary of words and phrases in Montenegrin and Albanian.


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