Kosovo has a rich history and was ruled by the Ottoman Empire for almost 500 years, but it came to international prominence during the 1998-99 Kosovo War, when NATO forces attacked Serbian forces. A ten-year UN peacekeeping presence was the outcome, and when that expired in 2008 there was a declaration of independence to prevent any attempts by Serb forces to return. It was quickly recognised by most NATO countries and a host of others.

It has wild mountain scenery and a curious mix of architecture from different cultures and ages, though much damage was caused by the war. There is some tension in the north close to the Serbian border. Serbia still claims Kosovo.


Kosovo flag

Why you should go:

You are a fan of humanitarian military intervention.

Why you shouldn't:

You are a Serbian nationalist.

Map of Kosovo