Visit Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. Its name translates to "White city". The urban area of the City of Belgrade has a population of 1.23 million, while over 1.65 million people live within its administrative limits.
Belgrade is fast building a reputation as a city that really knows how to enjoy itself, with excellent museums, a vast selection of restaurants and cafés, and probably the best nightlife in southeast Europe. Modern-day Serbia has worked hard to put the torrid 1990s behind it, with most visitors speaking warmly of the friendliness and generosity of Belgradians.
The Serbian capital is often described as ugly, but that all depends on your taste – with countless different rulers over the centuries, there’s something for everyone. New Belgrade on the western side of the Sava is dominated by striking Soviet-era buildings, as is the commercial centre across the river on the eastern side.
Here are reasons to visit Belgrade
The city is located at the mouth of the Sava and the Danube rivers, where the Panonian Plain meets the Balkans. Complete with all the suburbs Belgrade hosts a population of around 2 million. The rivers gave rise to the Belgrade port, but not just that but spectacular views, riverboats converted into night clubs, bars and restaurants, islands and beaches on Big War Island and Ada Ciganlija, riverbanks such as Ada Huja and Ada Medjica, scenic nature, green parks to name but a few. The Danube quay seems to be perfect for long walks and sports: running, rowing, cycling, playing tennis in one of the tennis courts or working out in the open air gyms. On the island of Ada Ciganlija visitors can enjoy many things, such as: swimming, bungee jumping, roller blading, playing football or baseball, climbing, eating out or just visiting the Adventure park.
If you wish to relish the opportunity of visiting ‘this oasis of peace’, Ada Medjica may well be the right choice for you. If not, you can take one of the IBike tours . Getting to see Belgrade this way gives it a complete new angle.
HOSPITALITY & DYNAMICS
According to Tourist Organisation of Serbia, Belgrade hosted around million tourists last year. Tourists pointed out hospitality as a strong point of Serbia. Generally, citizens of Belgrade tend to be friendly and open to visitors. Belgrade is not as crime ridden as other big cities around the world seem to be, but of course girls and young women will be well advised not to go for nightly walks on their own to some rough parts of the city
The city is dynamic. People are outgoing and they love to get together in the parks, bars and clubs. There’s always something going on. If you know what you want and if you are well-informed, you definitely won’t get bored in Belgrade.
EMERGING FESTIVAL CULTURE
Belgrade hosts around 100 diverse festivals and the most of them are international in character. Some of them are well established as Bitef (theatre), Belef (Belgrade Summer Festival), October Salon (contemporary art), Belgrade Jazz Festival and International Film Festival with a long tradition or emerging festivals as Resonate (Art & Technology), Citam Citas (Books), Belgrade Design Week, Mikser (Art & Design), Free Zone Film Festival, Beldocs (documentary film festival), Belgrade Dance Festival etc. There’s something for everybody from design, movies, contemporary art to music, theater, performing arts and literature. The majority of the festivals offer quality program, useful information and make cool parties and additional events.
Visiting cafeterias and bars is the old habit of the locals, and as you already know ‘old habits die hard’. So, in Belgrade you definitely will not get thirsty because there are bars on every corner of the city. Popular cafeterias are Przionica, Kofein and Kafeterija on Dorćol, but also well known bars are Drinka, Amelie, Smokvica, Tapas, Tezga downtown and Galerija in Zemun. New bars spring up like mushrooms. There are so many of them, starting from coffee places and indoor bars as Bivši and Ljubičica to wine bars and pubs. When people have a space where renting is not an option they tend to convert it into a bar Read our article about best bars in Belgrade.
SUBURBS & NATURE
Belgrade has some delightful suburbs. Some of them are historical parts such as Zemun, in the Roman times known as Taurunum. Then comes Senjak which is located 3 km south-west of downtown Belgrade, on top of the hilly cliff-like western slopes of Topčidersko Brdo, overlooking Belgrade Fairground right underneath and the Sava river. Dedinje is located on the eastern slopes of the hill of Topčidersko Brdo, 7-8 kilometers south of downtown Belgrade to which it is connected via the Kneza Miloša Street. It is adjoining to the neighborhoods of Senjak (west). Dedinje is generally considered the wealthiest part of Belgrade, and it is where numerous villas and mansions are owned by members of the city’s plutocracy, as well as many diplomatic residences. All the areas of Belgrade mentioned are superb in their own right. Don’t forget to visit Vračar, which is viewed as a refined area quite close to downtown. It stands out for its old architecture, residences and fine restaurants.