New flights to Macedonia11.02.2016
A diversified landscape between lakes and mountains
Macedonia is a mountainous country with an abundance of lakes and valleys. At 2,764 metres, the highest mountain is Golem Korab on the border with Albania. The country’s biggest lake, Lake Ohrid, is the oldest lake in Europe and one of the oldest lakes on earth.
The lively capital of Skopje
The political and cultural hub of the country – the capital Skopje – lies to the north of Macedonia, some 18 kilometres south of the border with Kosovo, and with more than 500,000 inhabitants, is the biggest city. Over a quarter of the country’s population lives here. The River Vardar, the most important river in Macedonia, meanders through the city, flowing the length of the country from north-west to south-east and across Greece into the Aegean Sea. The wide Vardar Valley constitutes Macedonia’s main traffic axis, with the most important railway line and the motorway connecting the capital Skopje with Belgrade and the Greek port of Thessaloniki.
The country’s most important museums and galleries can be found in Skopje, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Arts Gallery of Macedonia and the Natural History Museum. Skopje is also host to a number of festivals. In particular, the Blues and Soul Festival held throughout July in pubs and clubs as well as the annual Skopje Jazz Festival, which has been held every year at the beginning of October since 1982. Lovers of classical music, the theatre and literature will also be in their element thanks to Skopje’s varied calendar of events. And for those who prefer to shop: the Skopje City Mall which opened in 2012 offers some 130 stores.
Discover 2,000 years of history
The history of Skopje can be traced back to the settlement of the Romans in the 2nd century BC. The earliest traces of human settlement however date all the way back to the Neolithic Age, making them over 6,000 years old. These were found within the old Kale Fortress, a Skopje landmark that overlooks the city.
Steeped in over 2,000 years of settlement history, Skopje features a number of buildings and monuments from various eras. For example the Aqueduct of the Ancient City Scupi, which has been preserved from Roman times.
During the 15th century, Ottoman architects built a 213-metre-long Stone Bridge across the Vardar, creating yet another city landmark.
The list could go on and on. Thanks to its eventful history, Skopje has long been a melting pot of cultures and religions that shape the city in various ways. Its numerous mosques also lend the city an Oriental flair.
More recent developments include the Holy Mother of God Church from 1835, the Church of Saint Clement of Ohrid from 1990, the Museum of the City of Skopje in the centre as well as the Millennium Cross on top of Mount Vodno, Skopje’s local mountain.
Skopje ‘Alexander the Great’ Airport is around 20 kilometres east of the city and is one of the country’s biggest airports. As of 21 March 2016, Wizz Air, one of Europe’s biggest low-cost airlines, will be operating direct flights between the German capital and Skopje. Two weekly flights will be offered to the capital of Macedonia. Flights will depart from Berlin Schönefeld every Tuesday and Saturday.