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Golubac Fortress - A view from our expert author
The impressive Golubac Fortress viewed from across the Danube © B. Jovanovic, Archive National Tourism Organisation Serbia
With a towering profile that complements the rugged geology surrounding it, Golubac is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles along the river’s length.
Golubac is the perfect fairy-tale castle, wonderfully set off by its location in the rugged landscape at the head of the Đerdap Gorge. There are nine ruined towers in all, each between 20m and 25m high. The castle’s crumbling ramparts climb high up the hillside above the main road, which passes through two of the lower gateways. The extensive walls are impressively thick, with an average width of 2.8m. With a towering profile that complements the rugged geology surrounding it, Golubac is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles along the river’s length. If the aspect seen from the road is impressive enough, then the view from the river is even more splendid, especially in the golden light of an early summer’s evening.
The fortress marks the beginning of the narrowing of the Danube at the Iron Gates and the western limit of the Đerdap National Park. As is the case for most ruined castles in Serbia, thereis absolutely nothing in the way of interpretive material and no limits imposed on where you can wander. Although clambering among its ramparts is a tempting proposition, there are absolutely no safety barriers. The rock is quite slippery, and it is an awfully long way to fall down, so be cautious and be very careful where you put your feet. For an excellent view over the fortress, follow the stony track that leads up to the top of a cliff and a quarry from the west side of the fortress.