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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,901 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The gorge was fabulous, as we cruised along surrounded by Serbia and Romania. The Statue of King Decebelus carved into the rock and the giant iron gates - just a great big lock!
Officially, the Iron Gates refers to the 2 hydroelectric power plants in the Danube. But more apparentlyly, the "Iron Gates" also refers to the smaller part of the river around the power plants.
Written 6 March 2024
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gary s
Garforth, UK135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We sailed through the iron gates at the hydro electric power station, which was impressive. Then into the gorge, with it's steep sides also the famous statue of Decebalus.
Written 19 September 2023
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paula c
Atlanta, GA856 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We went through the iron gate as part of a river cruise. It was beautiful and interesting to hear the history.
Written 20 August 2023
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Ian K
Alnwick, UK702 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
What a brilliant experience! Expert ship steering through majestic cliffs, with so much history, including a huge rock carving and a beautiful monastery. A 'must'.
Written 24 May 2023
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mrc282
World8,477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This review is supposed to be for the experience from Romanian side, but since I cant find the equivalent for Serbia, i will just post my experience here

The Danube River spans the southeastern edge of Serbia / northwestern edge of Romania, as well as many other countries before and after it, before ending at Black Sea.

I drove the Danube Gorge / Iron Gates on the Serbian side, specifically from Kladovo (south) to Belgrade (north) in May 2023. It was a little rainy and foggy, but traffic is sparse.

On the Serbian side, road is slightly elevated at the southern end, so you have better vantage point of the gorge. Road becomes level with the river surface towards the north. Along the way are mostly small towns and villages, as well as turn-outs for photo opportunities


Interesting sites along this drive, from south to north, include
1) Fetislam Fortress
- newly restored, free entry
2) Hydroelectric power plant
- guided tour available
3) Tito Spomen Memorial park
- viewable from power plant parking lot. there is also a 10 min dirt trail up from the road
4) Tekija
- this is the departure point for many danube sightseeing cruise. not operating actively in May.
5) Trajan's Plaque
- viewable from water only, since it's on the Serbian Danube shore
6) Daclan Chief Decebalus Face
- the famous stone face. viewable from land and water.
7) Mraconia Monastery
- the famous monastery with Romanian flag, naturally, on Romanian Danube shore. viewable from land and water.
8) Boljetin River Canyon
- a quick detour on a one-lane road
9) Lepenski vir
- archaeological site worthy of 30 min
10) Golubac Fortress
- probably the most popular attraction on this side of the Danube River, with different ticket pricing based on access zones
11) Ramska Fortress
- small and compact, worth a 20 min stop
12) Archaeological Park Viminacium
- probably the best surprise for me. like this better than Lepenski Vir. tour is guided, with visits to 4 separate sites in the same vicinity. 1.5h visit at a minimum
13) Smederevo Fortress
- step sister to the Golubac Fortress

I suggest dedicating 2 full days to do this road trip
Written 18 May 2023
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Alex F
The Villages, FL1,994 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
You must me on a boat. Nothing but nature around you. Colorful, magnificent, quiet. Hope not to encounter many tourists boats to really enjoy the tranquility of this place.
Written 21 April 2023
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We were on an Eastern European River Cruise along the Danube. It is a beautiful stretch with different scenery - primarily because of the stone mountains. It is actually a pretty lengthy part of the Danube - not a particular point. Sit on the deck, relax, and enjoy the scenery.
Written 23 July 2022
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William P
Glendale, AZ1,262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The Iron Gates are the part of the gorge on the Danube separating Serbia from Romania. The steep walls of the canyon (gorge) give it almost a mystical beautiful appearance.
Written 18 April 2022
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Film Chill
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Not a lot to see here, but a good place to visit, it takes your breath for a while! It's a good place to visit with friends.
Written 18 January 2022
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Iron Gates refers to a lengthy gorge on the Danube river with Serbia on the northern side and Romania on the southern side. It has a fairly broad reference range and encompasses a number of separate sites, including two modern hydroelectric dams, an ancient Roman tablet, and a rock sculpture of the Dacian King Decebalus, among numerous other features. I visited here with my guide during my first full day in the country; we drove on the northern side of the river and stopped at Orsova for lunch, continuing west to pass through the entire length of the canyon. Overall this was a memorable introduction to Romania and encompassed topics of history, geology, geography, modern economics, and most importantly just plain-old natural beauty. A recommended passage for any length of time if you are in the area, on land or water. Although we did somewhat of a “drive-by” visit, others may prefer several days (aka "a vacation") to soak up all the area has to offer.
Written 8 November 2021
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