Belgrade - City on two rivers
One of the must see European cities for every travellers list, but Belgrade is a captivating city. Belgrade’s city centre is full of attention-grabbing squares and ancient churches as reminders of this region’s various cultures and religious history. Today Belgrade, however, has some of the most exciting nightlife in the world. Pleasure seekers can during the summer visit the clubs along the Danube River on barges and boats and the city comes alive with many events taking place.
The best way to move along the city is public transportation, by bus there are over 120 urban and over 300 suburban bus lines, there are also several seasonal lines. Tram might be the most traditional way of transportation most of the trams are old and overcrowded, with few being restored, but still give a better insight to the visitor.
Moreover there are several tourist boats to choose with day and night cruises along the Sava and Danube.
There are many places considered as must see in Belgrade such us Kalemegdan fortress, Belgrade Fortress, Knez Mihailova Street, The National Museum, The Temple of Saint Sava, Skadarska st., Republic Square, The Old Royal Palace, Belgrade Zoo, The National Assembly of Serbia, Tito's Mausoleum.
Stadium Crvena Zvezda
The Red Star Stadium, aka European Marakana, is a multi-use stadium in Belgrade. It has started building in 1960 and opened its doors in 1963. Nowadays it’s used mainly for football matches and is the home stadium of Red Star Belgrade. The stadium has a capacity of 55,000 all sited.
The Belgrade Fair located in the municipality of Savski Venac (on the bank of the Sava river), is a large complex of three large domes and dozens of smaller halls which are the location of the major trade fair, the capital city of Serbia.
The Belgrade Fair is the largest institution of its kind in Serbia, all together it has 14 halls which cover an exhibition area of 100.000 m2, dominated by the three large domes including the largest European dome. Belgrade Fair also has commercial space, depositories, and workhouses. Every year Belgrade Fair hosts over 30 regular international fair. Annually the fair has more than 1.500,000 visitors and over 5,000 companies exhibit.
Additional services include post office, bank, tourist agencies, carrier companies, custom, and ambulance. Also, within Fair there are several important hosting object of various purposes. There is a tense put the Belgrade fair under government protection.
Cathedral of Saint Sava
The Cathedral of Saint Sava is an Orthodox church in Belgrade, is one of the largest in the world. The church is dedicated to Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an important figure in medieval Serbia. The cathedral it is perhaps the most monumental building and from its location looks like the guard of the city.
The Cathedral of Saint Sava is the most recent addition to a historic line of important architectural monuments and places in Belgrade, which spread from north to south and east to west: Slavija, the ancient fortress of Belgrade, the Republic Square, the Terazije plateau, with the city's newest skyscraper Beogradanka, Palace Albania and Kalemegdan. The temple has the shape of a Greek Cross.
National Museum of Serbia
The National Museum in Belgrade, Serbia was founded in 1844. It is on Republic Square. Since it was founded, its collections have grown significantly. Today, the museum has a collection of over 400,000 objects including many foreign art exhibits. A glass dome is built in the roof and after the recent renovation was an exiting new interior and exterior.
The Collection of Drawings and Prints of International Artists has over 2,000 items and the Yugoslav Art Collection has more than 6,000 exhibits. Most paintings were collected and donated by Prince Paul of Yugoslavia (Erih Slomovic), a young man from Belgrade. The museum displays the Numismatic Collection with more than 300,000 items (coins, medals, rings, seals).
Skadarlija is a vintage street, located next to central Belgrade. It begins right below the Republic Square along the Skadarska Street, in the Belgrade municipality of Stari Grad. Skadarlija is generally considered the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade and is also one of the most famous streets in Belgrade.
Skadarlija is at present a well know tourist attraction due to famous restaurants, hotels, art galleries, antique and souvenir shops, and the Sebilj fountain. Several performers and groups playing traditional music and actors dressed in traditional Serb costumes perform down the street. Skadarlija is known as a meeting place ideal for families with children, young or older couples.
In Belgrade visitors have to try the typical national cuisine, most notably the grilled meat with local beer. Skadarlija's cafes, restaurants and art exhibits attract up to 20,000 people daily. The street is a car-free zone so no car will distract a perfect day in Skadarlija. If possible try to attend the official opening of the summer season in Skadarlija with the rising of a "bohemian flag". At the ceremony you can always find celebrities, including popular and opera singers, actors, and artists.
In Belgrade there are several shopping malls Shopping Malls. USCE Shopping Center is the largest modern shopping center in Serbia and the region, Delta City is the second largest shopping mall in the city, Mercator Center, Immo Center, Veropoulos Hypermarket (Novi Beograd), Tempo Hypermarket, M - Rodic Megamarket Hypermarket, Verano Object, Merkur Karaburma, Usce Multifunctional Centre the largest shopping center in the city.
What you should do in Belgrade
Visit the public Observatory at Kalemegdan fortress. There are four panoramic telescopes installed for daily observations of the city's panorama. A truly unique place in Belgrade for observations.
Visit the National Museum at Republic Square to see a huge collection of exhibits with world painters.
Visit the National Theatre and if possible watch opera, ballet or a play. The main hall is simply amazing, tip: take a closer look at the gold decorated artworks.
Visit a restaurants located along the Sava and Danube rivers. There you can dine and eat with the extra feature of being on the river and enjoying the view. The music played on the barges is usually a mix of Serbian folk music and pop - amusing, though it hurts the ear.
Events that a visitor should attend
- The European Feature Documentary Film Festival
- Belgrade Beer Festival
Festival of new and improvised music
A football (soccer) match between the city rivals Partizan and Red Star, two of the most popular sports clubs in Serbia.