the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a known history spanning some 7000 turbulent years with the remains of the Celts and Roman and Byzantine Empires, medieval Ottoman Empire and Habsburg Monarchy.
Belgrade Fortress is a good place to start exploring where you can see evidence of the Turkish and Austro-Hungarian occupations and enjoy the magnificent view of the confluence of the Danube and Sava.
Strolling along Knez Mihailova Street, the pedestrianised retail artery, allows you to view grand, late 19th-century architecture and takes you towards the Serbian parliament. The place where the real Belgrade’s Bohemian spirit can be experienced is the Bohemian quarter Skadarlija.
Something that should not be missed in Belgrade is definitely its night life. A specialty of Belgrade are undoubtedly rafts turned into floating clubs, most of which are open until the early morning hours. Live it up and brace yourself for boat-based clubs with a grown-up crowd, al fresco terraces overlooking the Danube and pop-up exhibitions where you can sift through local artworks.
“No one would describe Belgrade as beautiful. There’s too much grey concrete for that. But you’d hardly describe Berlin as a beautiful city either, and Belgrade shares many character traits — turbulent history, ever-present sense of change and unstinting ability to have a good time. Pretty? No. Fun and fascinating? Heavens, yes.”
“Ko je imao sreće da se jutros probudi u Beogradu, može se smatrati da je za danas dovoljno postigao u životu. Svako dalje insistiranje na još nečemu, bilo bi neskromno.”
“Who was lucky enough to wake up in Belgrade this morning is considered to have achieved enough in life for today. Any further insistence on something else, would be immodest.”
– Duško Radović
“There is nothing better to usher a stranger into a city, home, or day than a few bites of burek- crispy arms outstretched, ready to engulf you in a warm, welcoming bliss.”
– Reporting Balkans
“The city’s prettiest historical district, Zemun, is perfect for a Sunday stroll. The 19th-century Gardos Tower, a.k.a. the Millennium Tower, lords over the landscape from the hilltop, offering 360-degree views from its circular balcony. Over the sea of orange-tile roofs, the view opens onto the Danube and Sava Rivers and the distant skyline of central Belgrade and Kalemegdan Park, where your journey began.”
– The New York Times
“Belgrade as a grid of allies, dark streets and vaults, cobbled and macadam streets, fences and huts – antiquities, sometimes not respected enough. They are all over the place, but unnoticed for many, among buildings and skyscrapers, boulevards and parks…They unveil the spirit of this cosmopolitan city, in which East and West melt in perfect harmony.”