House in The Middle of The Drina River


A solitary house on the Drina River in Serbia has been attracting curious travelers from across the globe, after an image of the house was published in National Geographic in August last year. The tiny house stands on an exposed rock in the middle of the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia. The town lies in the valley of the Drina River at the eastern edge of Tara National Park.

The beauty of the house was captured by Hungarian photographer Irene Becker in August. The picture soon became a hit on the Internet. The house, despite having just found its recent fame, has been standing in the middle of the river for more than 40 years.


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The house was built in 1968 by a group of young boys who needed a place to sunbath. As the rock was not exactly the most comfortable place to lie down, they brought some boards from a nearby ruined shed. The following year the boys put up a roof and walls and a house materialized. To transport the materials they used boats and kayaks. Larger pieces were lowered into the water just a few miles upstream, and then caught at the rock.

The house was nearly destroyed several times during flood, but every time it was built from ground up.


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  1. I'm noticing this picture series shows the house going through two different roofs. The first shot shows a pretty green roof with a shingled hip roof line, and later what appears to be a gable roof line covered in darker colored corrugated aluminum roof panels. I wonder which is the more recent roof?


  2. Explanations about the roof: The river Drina, a very mighty river has repeatedly crashed the box due to higher water levels. A house is built over and over again, as a symbol of perseverance of man versus nature. More abaut hause on river Drina can be found on the FB page :

  3. Drina River is awesome place to see. This house very famouse in Serbia. The Drina flows between the mountains of Zvijezda and Sušica.

  4. Next time the river takes away the house simply build the concrete fundation 4-5 metres higher. Problem solved, no need of man again nature romantics.

  5. The river Drina, I have plan to see specially to see this house. I really want to camping cros of the river there. Thanks.

  6. Amazing color, amazing view. Peacefull.


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