THE GLORY AND THE SPIRIT
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Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the only one built on the confluence of two rivers – Danube and Sava. Belgrade is the city that never sleeps and the symbol of great nightlife. Floating clubs on its rivers have become synonyms for never ending fun. Skadarlija, the famous bohemian street, is a place where you can hear music and singing until dawn.
Mix of Tradition & Modern
Belgrade is above all a modern city with population of about 2.5 million people. It is an administrative, political and cultural centre of the country. The sessions of Serbian parliament and government are being held here, and the office of the President is also in it. The buildings that host these institutions are themselves monuments of great cultural importance and therefore a part of every visitor’s itinerary.
The place where city is today has been inhabited from ancient times. One of the cities quarters, Vinca, is the home of prehistoric culture of the same name. Nowadays in it this part of the city you can find an archaeological site. This is perfect for all those interested in very distant history. After this period, many tribes and nations have lived in the area. The Celts have called their settlement Singidun but the Slavs named it “The White City”.
One city – many names
Since the Celts, Belgrade had names – Alba Bulgariae, Alabanandor, Nandoralba, Nandorfejervar, Griechisch Weissenburg, Alba Graeca, Castelbiancho, Singidunum… but the name of the fortress that, when looked at from the Pannonian side and the rivers appears white, remained until today: WHITE city (BEO grad – Belgrade).
All the people that have lived here and the armies that passed through the city have left their marks on the city, and the magnificent monument named “Victor”, the remains of the famous Kalemegdan fortress, the Stambol gate, the Old Palace and many other sites are inviting you to discover them.
The city never stops growing, and when it has crossed the river Sava, it became “new”. New Belgrade (Novi Beograd) is the center of Serbia’s business.
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Kalemegdan - Savamala District - Belgrade Design District - Skadarlija
Kalemegdan Park is Belgrade’s birthplace. Filling much of the promontory where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge, the green sprawl was settled millenniums ago by the Celts and bears traces of many successive peoples and empires. For views and history, enter at the north end of Knez Mihailova Street and head left. Along the clockwise circuit, crenelated stone lookout points offer views of the Sava and the waterside party rafts that flare to life at night — notably Hot Mess (with its own swimming pool) and 20/44 (a retro clubhouse of electro music) — before the path leads into an old citadel, built mostly in the 18th century. The grassy grounds contain a Roman well, 18th-century Austrian clock tower, Ottoman mausoleum, 19th-century Slavic half-timbered mansion and a military museum surrounded by old tanks and artillery: an almost-full retrospective of Serbia’s past.
By day, the gentrifying Savamala district under the Brankov Bridge beckons with art galleries, new wave barbershops and cultural centers like Mikser House, a former industrial space with products by Serbian designers. Come evening, the bar scene features spots like Ben Akiba, a sultry, red, candlelit bohemian bar with vintage furniture and a drinks list thatencompasses everything from Brooklyn Lager (480 dinars) to Tetka Bosiljka (absinthe, apple liqueur, Passoa, basil and apple juice; 550 dinars).Deli 57 is a tiny, minimalist-modern bagel, sandwich and burger joint that at night becomes a packed, D.J.-fueled dance party. Serbian indie brewing provides the buzz, including spicy Supernova IPA by Kabinet (390 dinars).
What is this dusty, dismal, downbeat structure hidden in a charmless passageway just off noisy Makedonska Street? Surprise — it’s Belgrade Design District. Occupying a disused shopping center, the six-year-old initiative has filled the abandoned retail spaces with boutiques by independent Serbian designers. For women’s wear that’s black with a touch of “Blade Runner,” duck into Imi, the store of the designer Ivana Ristic. More colorful and retro, the work of Vesna Kracanovic — for sale at her Modle boutique — includes long-sleeved vests with folkloric striped embroidery, sparkling pink pleated skirts with a 1940s touch and other retro-modern mash-ups.
Past or present? The choice looms at the top of the street called Dzordza Vasingtona — a.k.a. George Washington. Take the street called Skadarska, and you’ll discover a cobbled, tree-shaded pedestrian path lined with wrought-iron streetlamps and Belgrade’s oldest restaurants. The wooden porch of Kaldrma Bar is a pleasant perch for sipping the house cocktail (vodka, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, Red Bull; 495 dinars) while listening to Balkan folk bands that work the street. The ambience changes if you take the street called Cetinjska, where a former brewing complex now pulseswith Belgrade’s newest and noisiest night-life spots. Polet is a stone-walled haven of vintage furniture, artwork and quirky tunes (includingragtime and drum ‘n’ bass) where you can quaff Jelen beer (190 dinars) amid the academics, aging cool cats and thrift-store divas.
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Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe. This “white city” is the only capital built at the confluence of two big rivers – the Danube and the Sava. Step into the attractions of Belgrade, panoramic sightseeing, city center walking tour, city under the city tour, night life tour.... Choose one of our sightseeing tours and enjoy.
Sightseeing By Bus
Panoramic city tour of Belgrade includes the following sites: "Saborna Crkva" - "Konak kneginje Ljubice" - "Zeleni venac" Square - "Terazije" Str. - "Nikola Pasic" Square - The Assembly of The Republic of Serbia - "Kneza Milosa" Str. - "25th of May" museum - "Autokomanda" Square - "Sveti Sava" Temple - "Slavija" square - "The Republic" square. Walk down trough Skadarska street, well known as bohemian part of city, a short break in restaurant "Čardak" for refreshments with local drinks. After Skadarska Street short ride to the "Kalemegdan" fortress.
Route: Art Pavilion "Cvijeta Zuzorić", Belgrade Fortress, Military Museum, Pobednik monument, "Ruđer Bošković" Observatory, Ružica Church, St. Petka Chapel, Nebojša Tower, Emperor Charles Gate, Kalemegdan Park, Gratitude to France monument.In summertime, join the hordes of sea-starved locals (up to 250,000 a day) for sun and fun at this artificial island on the Sava. Cool down with a swim, kayak or windsurf after a leap from the 55m bungee tower. Take bus 52 or 53 from Zeleni Venac.
City Under the City
Discover the secrets of Belgrade in different way. Underground Belgrade has hundreds of locations: caves, dungeons, walled rivers, tunnels, bunkers and other structures that are built and destroyed by people who inhabited Belgrade. Scroll down to the older layers of Belgrade in particular localities. On this tour we will introduce you to the legend of Belgrade, will move through the underground, even when we are on the surface..
Sightseeing By Boat
Route: "Jugoslavija" Hotel, Veliko Ratno Island, "May 25th" Sports Center, Belgrade Fortress, Orthodox Cathedral, bridges on the Sava, Čukarica Channel, Ada Ciganlija, Contemporary Art Museum, "Jugoslavija" Hotel. Enjoy in beautiful view of Belgrade from river.
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