Belgrade, the capital of Serbia is a modern European city. It is an administrative, political and cultural center of the country. It is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers and at the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkan Peninsula.
The population of the Belgrade metropolitan area is 1,685,563, according to the 2022 census. It is the third most populated of all cities on the Danube river. Since it has been inhabited from ancient times, you can find archaeological sites and traces of the long history in the city. (Source: Wikipedia)
Belgrade is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe and the world. One of the most important prehistoric cultures of Europe, the Vinča culture, evolved within the Belgrade area in the 6th millennium BC. In antiquity, Thraco-Dacians inhabited the region and, after 279 BC, Celts settled the city, naming it Singidūn. It was conquered by the Romans under the reign of Augustus and awarded Roman city rights in the mid-2nd century. It was settled by the Slavs in the 520s, and changed hands several times between the Byzantine Empire, the Frankish Empire, the Bulgarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Hungary before it became the seat of the Serbian king Stefan Dragutin in 1284. Belgrade served as capital of the Serbian Despotate during the reign of Stefan Lazarević, and then his successor Đurađ Branković returned it to the Hungarian king in 1427. Noon bells in support of the Hungarian army against the Ottoman Empire during the siege in 1456 have remained a widespread church tradition to this day. In 1521, Belgrade was conquered by the Ottomans and became the seat of the Sanjak of Smederevo. It frequently passed from Ottoman to Habsburg rule, which saw the destruction of most of the city during the Ottoman–Habsburg wars.
Following the Serbian Revolution, Belgrade was once again named the capital of Serbia in 1841. Northern Belgrade remained the southernmost Habsburg post until 1918, when it was attached to the city, due to former Austro-Hungarian territories becoming part of the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes after World War I. Belgrade was the capital of Yugoslavia from its creation in 1918 to its dissolution in 2006. In a fatally strategic position, the city has been battled over in 115 wars and razed 44 times, being bombed five times and besieged many times.
Belgrade is classified as a Beta-Global City. The city is home to the Clinical Centre of Serbia, one of the hospital complexes with the largest capacity in the world, the Church of Saint Sava, one of the largest Orthodox church buildings, and the Arena, one of the largest capacity indoor arenas in Europe. Belgrade hosted major international events such as the Danube River Conference of 1948, the first Non-Aligned Movement Summit (1961), the first major gathering of the OSCE (1977–1978), the Eurovision Song Contest (2008), as well as sports events such as the first FINA World Aquatics Championships (1973), UEFA Euro (1976), Summer Universiade (2009) and EuroBasket three times (1961, 1975, 2005).
The most frequently visited place in Belgrade by is the Kalemegdan fortress, built on the confluence of two rivers, where the remains of the old fortress and city are located within the huge green area almost in the city center. A 10-minutes walk from the venue.
Skadarlija – Bohemian Quarter
Skadarlija partially preserved the ambience of the traditional urban architecture, including its archaic urban organization, and is known as the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade, similar to Paris’ Montmartre. After Kalemegdan, Skadarlija is the second most visited tourist attraction in Belgrade. For more information follow this link. A 10-minutes walk from the venue.
The National Museum of Serbia
The National Museum of Serbia is the largest and oldest museum in Belgrade, Serbia. The museum was established on 10 May 1844. Since its founding, the museum’s collection has grown to over 400,000 objects, including many foreign masterpieces. For more information follow this link. A 5-minutes walk from the venue.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Since its foundation in 1965, the Museum of Contemporary Art has based its display policy on the representation of the most relevant artists, periods, movements and tendencies in Yugoslav, Serbian and international art of the 20th century.
Furthermore, the Museum held a respectable position on the map of European and international museums of modern and contemporary art, which enabled it to intensely cooperate with relevant foreign museums, galleries, collections, curators and critics.
The Museum also takes an active role in the promotion of local art abroad, and has often had the opportunity to organize the appearance of domestic artists at international biennials and triennials (Venice, Sao Paolo, Paris etc.).
Museum of Nikola Tesla
Dive into the magical world of Nikola Tesla in the permanent collection created by dr Branimir Jovanović. See Tesla’s development as an inventor and as a person through mix of modern and authentic technologies from the time of Nikola Tesla. Meet the outstanding heights he reached as an inventor and his very intensive approach to life. Our specially trained guides will present to you the magnificent working models of Tesla’s machines, his various personal items, and his visions of the future. Guided tours are held in Serbian and English.
Getting to and from Belgrade
Nikola Tesla airport (BEG) Serbia’s main international airport is generally an easy task with few options available. Distance from Belgrade airport to the city centre is about 20 km. The trip takes around 30 minutes by car or 45 minutes by bus. Travel by Taxi On the airport exit there is a Taxi information desk, where you can order taxi with the fixed price. From the airport to the city centre the fix price is approx. 3000 dinars (€25). You just have to say the address to the Taxi information desk officer, they will give you a voucher with fixed price and will be going with you right to the first available taxi driver and you are paying that amount when you get to the desired address. Charge per piece of baggage in the boot sometimes is free, sometimes is approx. 100 dinars. There is no Uber service in Belgrade. Bus service – Mini Bus A1: Near airport exit gate there is bus station for “Mini Bus A1”. Mini bus A1 operate between airport and Slavija Square. Bus stop also in New Belgrade (Fontana stop) and near Belgrade main bus station. Tickets can be purchased in the bus and the cost is approx. 400 dinars (€3.5). Also, you can use regular city bus line 72. Tickets can be purchased in the bus and the cost is approx. 150 dinars (€1.2). Further information and bus schedule you can find on following links:
Belgrade main bus station (BAS) is located at the address Zeleznicka 4, close to the city centre. It is easy to reach the city centre from the main bus station, either by foot or by taking tram lines 2, 7, 9 and bus lines 78 and 83. It is also possible to take a taxi, but first ask for the price.
The Belgrade Centre railway station, colloquially known as Prokop (Serbian Cyrillic: Прокоп), is the new central railway station in Belgrade, Serbia. The easiest way to reach the city center is to take trolybus 41. It is also possible to take a taxi, but first ask for the price.
Public transport. In belgrade you can use buses, trams, trolybuses. One ride of 90 minutes cost 89 RSD. You need to have BusPlus card (250RSD) and to charege it with any amount you wish. Also, you can use day (250RSD), three (700RSD) or 5 day (1000RSD) ticket. The cards could be bought and charged at the majority of the city kiosks.
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Additional practical information
Currency: The official currency of Serbia is the Serbian Dinar (RSD) Exchange offices accept euros, US. dollars, pounds, CHF, etc. The exchange rate is between 117,00 and 118,00 Serbian dinars for 1 euro. Banks also perform currency exchange, but almost always at less favourable exchange rates than exchange offices. The most of the restaurants and shops accept credit cards.
Language: Serbian, but almost everyone speaks English, so do not be afraid of asking for directions.
Power: regular European (Cyprus/British will need an adapter)
Weather: The best local hour-by-hour weather forecast here.
Visa requirements: More information on visa requirements available at the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.