What makes Belgrade special?
Belgrade has a special place in my heart. A city ravaged by war and in a tug-o-war between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, that turned into a prosperous center of intellect and culture during the Yugoslavia period to finding it's own unique flavour and style today in our modern world. The architecture is varied, and no two areas of the city look the same.
In the historic center you will find a mix of elegant Austro-Hungarian architecture and historic Ottoman architecture, with some modern buildings and glass high-rises sprinked in as well. Across the river in New Belgrade, you'll find large gray socialist buildings and soviet-inspired architecture.
In my opinion, the people in Belgrade live to live, as opposed to being solely focused on making money similar to my experience in Western-European capitals and the business cities of the world.
Belgrade is a wonderful green city, with trees, parks, and a beautiful nature-filled fort which can be found at the intersection of 2 of Europe's greatest rivers: Sava and Danube.
Belgrade has a up-and-coming arts scene, and you can find art festivals and exhibitions whatever time of year you visit. KC Grad is a venue in the center that hosts fascinating artistic displays and a weekly polyglot gathering. Techno clubs like Drugstore make you feel like you're deep in the techno scene in Berlin, partying in an industrial abandoned slaughterhouse with bass pumping through the speakers.
The prices of Belgrade are among the cheapest in European capitals, and although the local wages are not up to international standards, you can spread your funds further coming as a foreigner.
All of these things combined make Belgrade my absolute favourite city in Europe, and is why I decide to base myself there whenever I'm in Europe. With cheap flights all around the continent from Budapest Airport, and exciting cities just a bus ride away including Skopje, Sofia, Sarajevo, Zagreb, and Ljubljana, it's a well located city as well.
W H A T T O S E E
Beautiful large fort with sunset views, a zoo, gates, open-air-military museum and more!
This main square is the heart of Belgrade which makes a great meeting point. Smack center of the city.
This large orthodox church is one of the largest church building in the wolrld. Located in the bustling Vracar area
The Bohemian Quarter with trendy 'kafanas' (local lively bar/restaurant). This cobblestone street is a must-see, and has a really lovely atmosphere in the evening. Also check out the fresh market nearby. My favourite restaraunt in this area is Tezga.
This is one of my favourite buildings in Belgrade, which represents the rise and fall of Yugoslavia. Once the tallest building in the greater region, this half-abandoned tower is filled with graffiti today.
The main pedestrian and shopping street in Belgrae. Here you can find shops, street musicians, and more.
Across the river from the historic old city, you'll find Novi Beograd or New Belgrade.
District with Lake Ontario views, concerts and festivals at Harbourfront Center, biking trails, and a ferry to the islands.
Nice historic church with a large park around.
The go-to summer spot for enjoying the beaches or going for a relaxing bike ride. The beaches get quite busy during the hotter days, but it's still worth a visit.
W H E R E T O S T A Y
Trendy and hip area. Tree-lined streets with charming architecture. Quiet, but very central. Walking distance to the heart of the city, and the Kalemagdan Fort.
Up and coming area tucked away 30 minutes south of the Center. Here you can find trendy bars, restaraunts, and the St. Sava Church
Central neighbourhood closer to the waterfront. Close to the parties and nightlife centre.
F A V O R I T E S P O T S
Nice European restaurant near Skadarlija
Walter Sarajevski Cevap
Local meat-heavy restaurant
Central restaurant with wide selection
Local atmospheric kafana with music
Record shop/cafe/bar with cool beats
Cafe with good quality coffee
Non-smoking cafe with wide snack selection
Hip cafe steps away from Belgrade Fort
Another cafe with good quality coffee
My favourite bar, underground with cool artists
Craft-beer centric bar with wide beer selection
2nd level bar in the Cetinjska area
Secret bar in residential building in Dorcol
Techno venue in a old slaughterhouse
Ecentric venue w/ dolls and swings
Lively cultural center with many events
Central venue in a more intimate setting
Popular after-hours spot with good music
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