The Serbian capital is a very frequent destination for me, not only because Alex is Serbian and his family lives there, but also due to its ability to surprise me every single time. Whenever I visit, I learn, or see, something new. I am also fascinated by its very intense past and even more promising future.
Belgrade is a very vivid city with very mixed architecture. The buildings reflect the different historic periods and the turmoil the city has gone through. Austrian and Turkish influences, communist elements, neo-classic buildings and Art Nouveau style are the base to Belgrade’s cultural palette.
Where the river Sava meets the Danube, you’ll find Kalemegdan: the largest park in Belgrade and its most visited site. Everyone loves Kalemegdan. It is a kindergarten for the little ones, a paradise for the dogs, a date spot for the lovers, a resort for retired people, an arena for the chess players, a training place for the athletes, and a get away from the city in the heart of the city. Kalemegdan hosts art exhibitions, music concerts and theatrical performances. It is also home to the Natural History Museum, the Military Museum, the Observatory, the Belgrade Zoo (one of the oldest in Europe), two churches and most importantly to Belgrade Fortress (the oldest cultural and historical landmark in Belgrade).
Other points of interest:
- House of the National Assembly of Serbia – located on Nikola Pašić Square, one of the most notable landmarks and tourist attractions in Belgrade.
- Nikola Tesla Museum – thousands of original documents, photos, drawings, technical objects, plans and journals preserved and displayed to honor this great inventor.
- Church of Saint Sava – one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.
- Stari Dvor & Novi Dvor (Old Palace & New Palace) – two palaces across from each other. The Old Palace houses the City Assembly of Belgrade and the New Palace is the seat of the President of Serbia
- Knez Mihailova street – one of the most beautiful pedestrian zones in Eastern Europe, with tons of shops, cafés and restaurants, with a constant buzz of people and tourists, surrounded by the most beautiful buildings in Serbia.
- Skadarlija – a vintage, bohemian, pedestrian 400m street amongst the most famous of Belgrade. Nicknamed the Montmartre of Belgrade, you definitely need to pay a visit.
- Ada Ciganlija –Belgrade’s beach, an island transformed into a peninsula, an area of 800 hectares which serves among others as a cultural and entertainment center featuring almost 50 open air sports and activities from paint-ball, to golf, to water ski.
- Strahinjica Bana (aka Silicon Valley) – a very popular street, lined with cafés, many bars and restaurants nicknamed Silicon Valley because it is allegedly frequented by gold diggers and prospective trophy wives with surgical implants! (not to be confused with California’s Silicon Valley)
Belgrade is an overall win because you don’t need to spend a lot of money. It is considered as a very affordable destination compared to European standards. Food and drink and local brands are a total value for money.
- Dorian Gray – fusion cuisine
- Kovač – Serbian cuisine
- Kalemegdanska Terasa – Serbian & fusion cuisine
- Kasina – fusion cuisine
- Bella Napoli – Italian cuisine
- Zapata – Mexican cuisine
- Burrito Madre – Mexican cuisine (fast food)
A few years ago, Belgrade was voted as the best city in the world for partying, leaving Rio de Janeiro in second place. That alone says a lot about its nightlife. To me, the best clubs are the winter clubs, but even if you visit Belgrade during the summer, you will get to live the on-water experience: The popular Splavs, boat clubs along the Danube and river Sava.