Once the proud capital of Tito’s Yugoslavia, but then persona non grata among Europe's metropolises, Belgrade has now earned itself a strong reputation as a party town.
Stories abound of Belgrade’s nightlife, of its restaurants and bars, its floating house clubs such as Klub 20/44, its underground parties and its Roma bands. There are cool lounge restaurants with Brazilian beats and steamers with people dancing on the desks. There’s turbo folk, and there are international DJs.
There’s no doubt about it – the Serbian capital offers plenty to see you through the night! But try not to turn night into day – there’s a whole daytime city to explore. The city at the confluence of the Sava and Danube has much to offer in daylight, too. Today, Belgrade is a wonderful place, a lively metropolis where people listen and are only too happy to offer assistance.
It’s well worth strolling through the venerable Dorcol district, jogging along the Danube or soaking up the sun on Kalemegdan fortress. Novi Beograd, meanwhile, offers top-notch architecture, and you’ll be transported back to Austro-Hungarian times in the narrow streets of Zenum. Belgrade is to Serbia as New York City is to the USA, according to many of its locals – completely haywire, but all positive. While the biggest of Belgrade’s museums remain closed because of a lack of funds, new creative centres are sprouting up elsewhere in the city.
On a sightseeing trip, you will discover buildings in the Eastern style in a mix with imperial buildings of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. And in amongst them, cool graffiti adorns the cityscape. The people of Belgrade are considered extremely friendly and hospitable, relaxed, helpful and charming. And you can get a good espresso almost anywhere. Belgrade is a city in transition.
Capital of Serbia at the mouth of the Save and Danube
About 1.1 million
Approx. 360 km²
- Public transport
Extensive bus network
Moderate continental climate with four distinct seasons.
- Best time to visit
Any time of the year. The most pleasant temperatures are between April and October.
- Good to know
In 2006 the city was named «European City of the Future 2006».
- Nice to know
Belgrade translates as «the white city».
Nikola Tesla, 18 km west of the city
The bus no. 72 goes to the city two to three times an hour. The journey takes approx. 30-45 minutes. The minibus line A1 also travels between the city and the airport roughly every 20 minutes.
There are taxi ranks outside the Arrivals terminal.