The former capital of Yugoslavia, and the now the centrepoint of the Serbian Government. Belgrade is a large city dominated by towering buildings and an efficient tram network. Air raids during the Second World War and more recently during the Balkan conflict destroyed many buildings in the city. However, with the exception of the left-in-place military headquarters. There is little trace of this turbulent past. For those expecting Serbia to be some kind of war mongering nation – think again! Serbs are friendly,welcoming hosts, while the city is bustling with a good bar and club scene.
Gyros kebab and fried meat stands are dotted around Belgrade. It is easy to find fast food or a sandwich for less than 1.5 Euros. Veggie lovers might have more of a struggle on their hands as the diet is very meat based, but bakeries sell cheese bureks and there are a few food markets selling fresh produce.
The city is large, so depending on where your accommodation is, the tram is often the best option to get to the centre. It’s regular and reasonably quick. A single journey ticket is less than €1. The main sights are all quite close to each other, so once you arrive by the Square, you can walk to the Fortress and markets. One problem that may arise is interpreting Cyrillic Language signs. Read the before you leave page for more info.
• Check out the historic Fortress – Its grounds are free to visit and provide a good refuge from the heat on a summers day. There’s also a military museum and vintage tanks outside the Fortress walls, making a nice place for photo opportunities.
• Go to Republic Square – the scene of mass protests by the Serbs against their former President Milosevic – the square is centrally located at the head of the main shopping boulevard. Most of the international clothes stores are based here if you feel like splashing out.
• Step back in time – For those seeking more history, the areas of Kosancicieve Venac and Skadarska Street provide a taste of vintage Belgrade with cobbled streets and outdoor cafes.
• Sample the nightlife – The city nightlife is modern and world renowned with a number of dance music clubs and bars. Belgrade beer fest is growing in popularity and is held in the middle of August – a good alternative for those weary of Munich’s Oktoberfest.
• Visit the island of Ada Ciganlija – A free of charge park in the middle of the Danube river. Locals go here to relax, cycle and swim. It’s a cool place to hang out.
• Learn about Serbia’s past – go to the museum of Nikola Tesla, one of the pioneers of electricity and learn about his life and inventions.
• Explore the Markets – Belgrade has many markets selling fresh food, and also flea markets selling any old items. If your walking the streets it wont take you too long to find one. Bajloni market is large and popular. It’s near to Skadarska Street so combine the two areas into one trip.
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