What to Do in Kosovo?

kosovoIf you think there is nothing to do in Kosovo, you’re completely wrong. Despite being a small country, it houses a lot of beautiful tourist spots, mostly tied to the country’s history. Here are some of the most interesting things you could do in this European country.

Visit the Ethnographic Museum of Kosovo

Established in 1963, the Ethnographic Museum of Kosovo showcases a number of well-preserved structures that exists from 1700s-1800s. All of the buildings of the said museum exhibit over 50 thousand items. Basically, it narrates the life in the country from the 15th century, up until the 20th century. Currently, it is located in the old parts of the city of Priština. The centerpiece of this museum is the Hynesha në Fron, which represents the Sitting Goddess of Tjerrtorja, which is the city’s emblem.

Experience Adventure in the Region of Rugova

Rugova, or also known as the Albanian Alps is the Mountainous region of Kosova. A very ethnographically diverse part of Kosovo, it is also a great place for hikers, skiers, mountaineers, paragliders, and even people who just want to have a picnic in the said area. Adventurers will definitely love the place for Rugova is very rich in many kinds of landforms, including caves, waterfalls, glacial lakes, high mountain peaks and even tunnels.

One of the many companies that provide great experience for tourists is the “Rugova Experience”. They provide homestays in mountain villages and host trekking tours. They also have a great English-speaking staff to help you with what you need.

Feel Like an 11th Century Royalty in the Fortress of Kaljaja

Also known as the Prizren Fortress, the Kaljaja Fotress can be found on a hill above the Prizrenska Bristrica in the region of Prizren. It may be a hassle going travelling to the fortress, but as soon as you arrive in the place, you know that it was definitely worth it. Over years, a lot of improvements were made to keep the place well-preserved. It also houses a small museum with historic photos to keep you entertained and indulged into its history. You will also enjoy the view from the fortress and take photos of the beautiful view of the city.

Bring Your Family to Kosovo’s Gërmia Park

The Gërmia National Park is currently one of the biggest parks in the city of Pristina. This regional park is covered with pine trees on both sides and provide recreational possibilities for you to be able to do fun activities like swimming in its big pool. There are also areas for other activities such as basketball, jogging, skiing and many more.

If you feel hungry, there are also several restaurants you can pick, serving different types of delicious food.

Have a Spiritual Tour in the Mosque of Sinan Pasha

Built in 1615, the Mosque of Sinan Pasha is one of the most beautiful mosques in Prizren. The mosque is a significant feature in the town’s skyline. In 1990, it was declared to be a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance by the Republic of Serbia. Aside from being a holy ground, it is also a museum of oriental manuscripts. There has been a lot of renovations made to this mosque, keeping it well-preserved.

Tips and Advices: Starting a Business in Kosovo?

kosLike in any other country, starting a business in Kosovo is difficult. If you’re planning to start a business of your own in this European country, here are some things that you should remember.

Give them What They Want, and Not What You Want to Sell

A lot of entrepreneurs want to start a business of an idea or product they think that would sell, instead of selling something that has proven its worth in the Kosovo market.

Therefore, instead of making and selling a new bag with the latest design and materials, your business will do better if you focus on the wide category of bags. And then, you can start thinking about a subcategory of bags.

Make Sure Profit Will Flow Immediately
If you can’t make a cash flow as soon as you establish your business, it will be in a verge of shutting down early. Therefore, you’ll have to find methods to keep the cash flowing. One way is by asking a deposit on work up-front, which can be done for professional service businesses or retail owners.

Find Ways to Make Your Costs Low
For cash to smoothly flow, you’ll have to bring more cash than you pay out in your business. Therefore, to do this you’ll have to maintain low business costs and expenses.

Focus Your Attention on Sales and Marketing Obsessively
When doing business, nothing will happen until you’ve made your first sale. To be able to get some action, you’ll have to find methods to obtain leads, transition leads into sales, and keeping sure that you will get repeat sales from our customers.

Follow the Legal Process of Establishing a Business in Kosovo
If you want your business to smoothly run, without causing any legal dispute, you’ll have to follow the legal process of opening a business in Kosovo.

1. Open a Bank Account
Opening a bank account for your business is needed for tax purposes, therefore a Tax administration will have to be able to have access to the information of the said account. It is also required to be able to carry out business activities.

2. Ask and Get a Business Certificate and ‘Business Information’ document, and a Fiscal Number and a Full VAT Registration
For the first two requirements, you’ll be to acquire them in the Kosovo Business Registration Agency or KBRA.

3. Create A Company Seal
Legally speaking, a company seal is not needed. But, a lot of current business in Kosovo have company seals so that they can use them for interactions with the authorities.

4. Have Your Business Location Be Inspected
All the inspections of your business location will be done by the Tax Administration. However, there are times where an inspection will not be imposed for your business.

5. Register Your Employees for the Pension Scheme
For tax purposes, your employees must be registered with the Tax Administration at the Ministry of Finance. For your workers to get a pension, you will have to submit a business certificate, copy of identification cards, and a complete registration form provided by the Tax administration.

Top Places to Eat and Have Coffee in Kosovo

coffeekosovoEven though Kosovo is just a small independent country in Europe, its beauty and culture has attracted a lot of tourists that include its cultural restaurants and unique cafés.

Dit’ e Nat’
Translated to “Day and Night”, Dit’ e Nat’ is not the ordinary coffee shop you usually see back home. They held events such as Poem and Music nights. Since October in the year of 2009, the café’s main goal is to advocate filmmakers in the locality, focusing on the production of digital videos. Despite being in the capital city of Kosovo, a non-English speaking country in the Europe, they do offer services for customers around the world with their friendly English-speaking crew, and a wide variety of reading materials in the English language. They’re basically the only book-coffee shop in the city of Pristina. Aside from the delicious espressos, they also have a wide variety of mouth-watering sandwiches and refreshing cocktails. If you are a business owner you can find the best and top choice of espresso makers for baristas online. For Saeco GranBaristo Avanti review you can check out and read more at coffeeonfleek.

Miqt Taverna
Even though literally hidden in the corner of Nena Tereza, Miqt Taverna is one of the most sought out places to enjoy a cup of coffee, dine with your family, or have drinks with your friends. It is not one of those restaurants or coffee shops that has a foreign environment compared to the place where it is actually in. It’s a small tavern that shows the genuine spirit of Pristina.

Sabaja Craft Brewery
The first brewery in Pristina, Sabaja Craft is one of the city’s big foodie attractions. Founded by a group of friends, including an American who left New York for Pristina, the brewery is all about ‘the beginning of a new craft beer culture in Kosovo’. Sabaja Craft serves a variety of hand-crafted and original beers, including Wit during summers, Pumpkin Ale in autumn, Imperial Stout in winter and Saison in spring. The food menu is well-matched to these specialties, with hamburgers, steaks, sausages and homemade desserts.

Liburnia
Established in the early 1990s, Liburnia is amongst the most beautifully embellished diner in the capital city of Kosovo. It is one of the most popular tourist spots for both local and international visitors who wants to enjoy eating in a romantic and cultural scenery. If you’re looking for a place that will suit your budget without sacrificing the quality, then you should have a taste of the food they serve in Liburnia. If you also want to enjoy a both traditional and modern cuisines, you should also try their pizzas, and their famous chicken rice with sweet chili.

Gagi Café
A family-owned coffee shop, and amongst the most classy places to eat in the capital city of Kosovo. If you’re up for your stomach to be filled with their delicious seafood cuisines, then you should not miss this restaurant while you’re in the vicinity. Aside from the food, they also have a wine bar with a wide variety of wines. And aside from their friendly staff, they also have regular classical instrumental performances. However, make sure you follow their dress code, which helps keep the classy aura of the restaurant.