On the rise as the next popular Balkan hotspot, Belgrade has made great strides in the past ten years. Visitors should look beyond the Serbian capital’s Soviet era urban architecture to find vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene, colorful art scene as well as year round calendar of popular events sprinkled with both local and global mega star talent.
Serbia’s capital city sits on two rivers, Sava and Danube, in the heart of the landlocked Balkan country. Like many of its neighbors, the country has had a turbulent past, visible in the layers of architectural styles; medieval forts mix with Ottoman and Habsburg styles, in the midst of social era blocks and sleek modern buildings. Among main cultural sites, visitors should not miss the opportunity to see the largest Orthodox Church in the World, the impressive Sveti Sava, which after 80 years is still under construction. Many tourist guides warn that Belgrade is not the prettiest of Europe’s capitals, but more and more they are also urging travelers to look past that. Belgrade’s main square, Trg Republike, is the central meeting place for many residents and visitors, as many start their day here, in the vibrant Old Town, meeting friends for a cup of coffee and stroll down the pedestrian Kneza Mihailova Street for the city’s best shopping. Those in the know will head to Belgrade’s own Silicon Valley, a stretch of very trendy bars and restaurants along the Strahinjica Bana strip in downtown Belgrade. On the other hand, there is the historic Skadarlija neighborhood, which has been attracting artists to its avant-garde art galleries and local taverns since the 19th century. Long known for its vibrant nightlife along the floating bars and clubs on Sava River, Belgrade is coming to its own as a tourist destination offering something for every type of a traveler.