We continued our trip toward the Ram fortress, not really thinking it would be anything special. How wrong we were!
Highway E75 to Požarevac, take the bypass around it and when you reach the village of Bradarac, don’t go left toward Viminacium but take a right and you’re in Ram after some 15 km.
From Viminacium there seem to be no shortcuts so you’ll have to go back around the power plant to Bradarac.
The village is located on the Danube shore and features a ferry that can take you to the opposite shore. The ferry exists mostly because the nearest bridge is 60 km away and Romania starts just a couple of kilometers downstream. Kinda neat.
Right there on the shore is also a restaurant with some sleepy patrons. However, the waiter swiftly explained to me how to get to the…
And the fortress is a most charming place!
Built in 15th century on the top of the hill overlooking the river, it is now utterly in ruins.
Don’t let the sign “No entry! Work in progress” fool you – no works are in progress and the fort is empty.
Well, except for a tiny snake or two, but even they were shy and terrified of us.
So we picnicked on the ramparts and enjoyed the light breeze along with this magnificent view.
And passing ships only added to the impression.
Sometimes it’s best to not expect too much.
It’s obviously a good idea to visit this place in the afternoon so you catch the beautiful sun reflection upon the river.
Also, avoid tourists if you can. As soon as we’d left the village, we met two full buses coming from the opposite direction. That was close. 🙂
It may seem like it’s off the main course, but Ram fortress is just too amazing to be missed. So don’t miss it.
The name Ram has nothing to do with male sheep/goat.
My personal favorite
The Danube from here looks like the sea.