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City Guide : Belgrade

Spreading at the confluence of and around the Danube and the Sava rivers, Belgrade is the capital and the largest city of Serbia. The capital is the cultural, educational, economical and scientific hub of the country. The repeatedly collapsed and rebuilt city has been hosting a great deal of civilizations and nations throughout its history. In addition to this immense historical and cultural accumulation, the city has a green cityscape composed of two rivers, 16 river islands, parks, gardens and wide green areas.

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    Standing as one of the oldest cities of Europe, Belgrade is one of the reflections of briskness. Although it could not procure the permanence of the historical accumulations due to being a route to myriad conquests Belgrade is decorated with countless diversified historical traces and natural elements. Especially, countless architecturally and historically significant houses are found in Belgrade.

    The Old Palace is the house for the City Assembly of Belgrade. Built between 1882 and 1884, this architectural highlight has magnificent carved ceilings of the Turkish time.

    Belgrade houses a great deal of monuments. To mention one, Millenary Monument established in 1896 for the commemoration of the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Hungarian state. These kinds of monuments built by the Hungarians are found at the other parts of the city. You will witness about 300 hundred cultural monuments spread throughout the city.

    Belgrade is home to 65 public parks and more than 40 drinking fountains. Kalemegdan, Pionirski, Tašmajdan, Karađorđev and Gradski Parks are among the most famous parks of the city. Kalemegdan is the largest and the most beautiful park of the city. The park harbors a plenty of monuments, Military Museum, Belgrade ZOO, Cvijeta Zuzorić art pavilion, Belgrade Cultural Protection Institute, an amusement park and Belgrade Fortress. The fortress overlooks Sava and Danube rivers. The two rivers confluence along the fortress.

    Nikola Tesla Museum and National Museum are the two of the best museums of Belgrade.

    The riverbanks of the Sava and Danube rivers have a length of 20 km in the city's urban area. At this area, 16 islands are existed. Ada Ciganlija, Veliko ratno ostrvo and Gročanska ada are the most famous ones of these islands.
  • Culture & Entertainment

    Belgrade is the culture and art capital of Serbia. Theaters, musical and cultural centers, galleries, libraries, concerts and the other cultural events constitute the rich cultural accumulation of Belgrade. The city harbors the most significant culture and art institutions of the state. National Theater, University of Arts, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Library of Serbia are some these cultural entities.

    Built in 1869, National Theater is both an architectural highlight and a crucial performing center. The theater has a large repertoire including drama, ballet, opera and the other cultural events. Pinokio, Ister Theater, Narodno Theater, Dah Theater and Bitef Theater are some of the other theaters.

    Belgrade is home to many orchestras, jazz orchestras and choirs. Opera and ballet are the ingredients of National Theater. Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra of the Artistic Ensemble of the Serbian and Montenegro Army are among the main orchestras of the city.

    Belgrade Municipal Library, National Library of Serbia and Belgrade University Library are the three valuable libraries of the city. The city library has many branches at different parts of the city.

    The city hosts a great deal of cultural events throughout the year. International Film Festival (February-March), Belgrade Summer Festival (July-August), International Music Youth Competition (March), International Theatrical Belgrade Adventure (June), Belgrade International Theater Festival (September), Belgrade Book Fair (October-November) and Belgrade Music Festivities (October) are several important organizations held in the city.

    Belgrade offer great opportunities for recreation and entertainment. Fishing and hunting are the basic parts of social life. The city has two generous rivers and many artificial lakes. These watery environments are rich in fish.

    Ada Ciganlija is the entertainment center of the city. This Island is eligible for pedal boating, bowling, picnic spaces, mini-golf courts. The beach at the island is one of the best ones on artificial lakes. Also, Veliko Ratno Ostrvo (Major War Island) is one of the most beautiful places for nature lovers. The Lido Beach placed at this island represents the famous Zemun beach.
  • Food & Drink

    The cuisine of Belgrade is internationally and nationally rich and diversified. Specialized restaurants and traditional venues offer a great range of delicacies. The traditional culinary culture is pretty wealthy. Fish, salads and desserts have a special place in the city cuisine. Pink, red and white wines, beers, fruit juices and Turkish coffee are the main drinks accompanying the meals.

    Skadarlija is the Bohemian quarter of the city. Skadarlija is popular with its traditional restaurants. If you want to taste the best flavors of the local cuisine you should visit this part of the city.

    Local Cuisine;

    Salads: Serbian salad (vegetables, salt, oil, cucumber), sopska salad (vegetables and cheese), roasted pepper, sauerkraut, pickles (gherkin, paprika, green tomato, cauliflower and carrot)...

    Fish: Fish chowder, carp with pilaf, perch ala smederevo (perch, tomato, onion, paprika, pepper, lemon), fried catfish...

    Desserts: Dry nut pie, orasnice, strudel, pancakes...
  • Shopping

    Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra is one of the magnets of the shopping world at Belgrade. Being the longest street of the city, the boulevard hosts splendid shops selling everything at a great range of prices. All kinds of goods at different qualities are sold at this shopping zone.

    Around the Terazije Square, you will be able to find a great range of local and international brands sold at exclusive shops.

    Knez Mihailova pedestrian area is a must for you to complete your shopping tour at the city. Here, you will find a great deal of shops of different categories.

    New Millenium, City Passage, Cava Centar and Yu Biznis Centar are among the most significant and impressive shopping centers of the city.
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Belgrade

A common feature of cities that go way back in history is that they are located near water. So it's not difficult to imagine why Belgrade, situated at the confluence of two rivers, suffered so many invasions throughout history and hosted first one culture and then another in rapid succession. Deemed a gift of the gods to the Earth in the Stone Age, the Sava and the Danube were this city's eternal guarantee of survival. What then? Then came the Celts, the Romans, the Bulgars, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, Austria, Yugoslavia and Serbia, all of whom left traces here.

Its almost six-thousand-year past spread out beneath your feet, Belgrade is a city that has defended itself against countless threats, holding its own against time, governments and natural disasters. A city whose nobility lies in its rebellion against authority. With its social and touristic fabric, it has drawn a lot of attention recently and makes an attractive alternative for travelers who expect something different from the usual touristic offerings.

PLACE OF ESCAPE
Speaking of cities whose history dates far back, cities that have managed to defend themselves against dozens of wars, albeit in tatters, a person has trouble deciding exactly where to start. I would suggest that you take a chronological approach and begin with the Kalemegdan, which dates to the 1st century and is regarded as the city's historic center. Originally built by the Romans in the first century A.D., Belgrade Fortress was later restored many times, most notably by the Byzantines and the Ottomans. By the 1980's the area around it had been turned into a park and the fortress itself converted into a haven both for foreign tourists and for locals looking to spend a quiet weekend. With its fortress and military museums, the Cvijeta Zuzoric for art buffs, its zoo and its restaurants, Kalemegdan is a must-see if you go to Belgrade.

Gazing down on the city from above, the fortress makes an impressive appearance rendered even more interesting by a folk  legend which has it that the hill is covered with dungeons dating back to the Roman period. When you enter the fortress, you can see for yourself the Roman Well, whose existence corroborates the legend. If you drop a coin into it, you won't be able to hear it hit bottom. What could be better than a bottomless well for making wishes? If you're going to spend some time in Belgrade, you should also see Kalemegdan by night. With the illumination, you'll feel you're visiting a completely different place.

AN ARCHITECTURAL FEAST
If you head straight for the heart of the city, it makes sense to follow the Knez Mihajlova, an avenue closed to vehicle traffic. You can't miss it. There is one thing almost all the world's big cities have in common: a central pedestrian zone. In Belgrade this is the Knez Mihajlova or, if you have a map in English, Prince Michael or Mikhailo Avenue, the venue of choice for shopping or a coffee break. For one thing, if you've gone into the city, you don't have to choose a street or a direction because there's something to see no matter which way you go. Belgrade boasts examples of every architectural movement that has ever swept Europe. Classical, neoclassical, Baroque… you can even find Art Nouveau buildings here. Consequently, wherever you happen to be in the city you should not only watch where you're stepping but also look up as you walk to see the facades of the buildings above the shops and cafes. Skadarlija (Skadarska Street in the old city), the Old Palace, St. Michael's Cathedral, the Vuk Foundation, the old post office on Kosovsa Street, St. Mark's Church, a work of the Petar and Branko Krstic brothers built over the former Gracanika Monastery, the Serbian Parliament building and Sveti Sava Temple are just some of the must-see buildings that have managed to survive.

A CITY REBORN
Belgrade's network of streets and squares was entirely re-designed in the 19th century and the areas around the squares reorganized like those of other old European cities. The oldest of these squares is Republic Square, created by demolishing the 18th century Stambol Gate built by the Habsburgs. The National Theater, designed by Alexander Bugarski, and the statue of Prince Mikhailo Obrenovic by the Florentine architect Enrico Pazzi might also be of interest to those who want to explore the city in more detail. Unfortunately most of the buildings in this part of the city were irreparably damaged in the Second World War and, deemed beyond restoration, were eventually razed. Some of the old
bomb depots on the other hand were converted into kebab shops, and the bomb shelters taken over for other purposes. When you to go Belgrade you are not going to believe that this was once a city where black-market kerosene was sold in cans. Its once dark nights are full of life and gay adventure now.

NIGHTS ON THE DANUBE
Once a separate city but joined now to the Serbian capital, Zemun is a popular town on the banks of the Danube. Beyond the fact that it's the talk of all Europe, hilltop Zemun is a perfect choice for those who have come to tour Belgrade. Outside yet near the city, it boasts Baroque architecture, narrow streets and 18th century houses. And of course the 'splavovi' or floating nightclubs that host around 280,000 tourists a year. Some of them also serve dinner, but most people go just for the entertainment while floating on the river. The splavs could be said to be Belgrade's answer to Paris's Bateaux-Mouches. I would recommend that you board one to watch the sunrise or sunset in Belgrade.

TASTES OF BELGRADE
But let's turn now to my favorite part, the food. Like Balkan cuisine, Serbian fare exhibits traits of Ottoman and Germano-Hungarian cooking. The kebabs known as 'Cevapcici' are the most popular. This is a cuisine big on meats and sauces in general. For breakfast you can eat savory 'burek' or 'pogacice' and sample the delicious jams. For lunch I would recommend something light like one of the two soups, supa or corba, and for dinner a traditional 'rostilj', or grilled meat with beer.

In step with the times, Belgrade has shed its weary past and thrown itself night and day into the arms of the new age. By its real name, Belgrade, the White City, it awaits those who prefer to visit cities not overrun with tourists.

Ticket Sales Offices : Belgrade

Airport Office
Address Airport Nikola Tesla, 11180 Belgrade 59
Phone +381 (0)11 209 7225
+381 (0)11 209 7226
Fax +381 (0)11 209 7227
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E-Mail BEGTKINFO@THY.COM
Work Hours

Monday: 06:30 - 10:30 / 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 6:30 - 14:30
Wednesday: 06:30 - 10:30 / 17:00 - 21:00
Thursday: 13:00 - 21:00
Friday: 06:30 - 14:30
Saturday: 06:30 - 10:30 / 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 14:

Sales Office
Address Knez Mihailova 30, 5th floor 11000 Belgrade
Phone 381 (0) 11 303 61 95
Fax 381 (0) 11 303 62 90
Telex
E-Mail begtkinfo@thy.com
Work Hours

Weekdays 09:00-17:00

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    Nikola Tesla Airport

    Address : Airport "Nikola Tesla" Belgrade 11180 Belgrade 59 Republic of Serbia
    Phone : +381 11 209 4444
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Area : 360 km²
Population : 1,580,000
Monetary Unit : Serbian Dinar
Phone Code : + 381(0)11
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