Užice is a city in Western Serbia.
It has an attractive setting, in a limestone gorge, with red-roofed houses spreading up the hillsides. However, the central area is largely concrete (1960s?) and quite run down. The high number of Yugos on the roads gives the impression that there isn't much money around.
It might be a bit hard to breathe in the town during winter season because of smog/smoke. Buildings don't have central heating, people heat their homes with wood, and the town is located in a valley.
A lot of money was spent repairing the Uzice-Ponikve airport (IATA: UZC) but, as of 6 September 2015, there were still no scheduled flights.
Four fast and six slow trains pass through on the Belgrade-Bar rail line (3 hours from Belgrade). Train from Belgrade cost RSD826 (€8.26) including reservation in 2010.
Train and bus stations are adjacent, south of the river, just a few minutes walk to the centre.
There is a major bus terminal about a five minute walk from the centre, buses will run to most major cities out of Uzice, including Belgrade. A bus from Belgrade to Užice costs c. RSD1,200 (€10).
The best way to get around is on foot but taxis are also available.
There is a useful aerial view map of the town at the train station, from which you can find your way to the Tourist Information Office which closes at 16:00.
- Stari Grad (Стари град; meaning old town) (There are several ways to get there, not marked but easy enough to figure out). Old ruins of a castle just out of town. Historians believe it was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. It is positioned on a large steep cliff, and surrounded on three sides by the river Đetinja. Today it consists of several ruined buildings, including the citadel and many of its surrounding walls.
- Also the St George Serbian Orthodox church in Uzice is a must.
- Walk around and see the sights of Uzice.
- Also take a day trip out and see the lovely mountains around Uzice (to Tara National park or to Uvac river). For more day trips, see more at Podrinje.
- If you are between the ages of 13 to 113, you can also go to techno clubs; there are many and if you don't know where there is a good one just ask around or ask a taxi driver.
- Also drive about 1 hour and visit a small village called Mokra Gora which has a tourist train line (Šagranska Osmica).
Besides traditional Serbian food, it is worth trying lepinja since Užice is considered the town where it was invented. The most popular place among locals is Šuljaga Milana Laziča.
Many types of beer are available, from those brewed in town to the big American brands.
- It seems the only hotel in town is the rather pretentious Hotel Zlatibor, a brutalist concrete tower right in the centre of town.
- Eko Hostel Republik, Zele Durica 34 (5 min walk from town centre), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-out: 12ː00. New (opened in 2013) and modern small hostel with family atmosphere, dormitory, private rooms, a balcony and a patio. Bunk beds €9-12.
- There is Zlatibor mountain, which has great ski resorts which are very active during the winter season in December.
- Višegrad or Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina to which a bus, priced at RSD1,200 leaves every day at 11ː00
- Podgorica or Bar in Montenegro to which a bus, priced at RSD? leaves every day at 12ː00 or 01ː00)