Travel journalists and bloggers around the glob write and speak about Belgrade in the most positive contexts. This city is labeled as the “upcoming European metropolis” and the “Europe’s latest urban success story” by NY Times. Today we will give you 5 good reasons to visit Belgrade.
The city stands on the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers, in the spot where Pannonian plane meets the Balkan peninsula. With all the suburbs Belgrade includes a population of 2 million. Rivers enable Belgrade port, but also spectacular views, clubs and barges on the rivers, islands and beaches such as the Big war island, Ada Ciganlija lake and shorelines Ada Huja and Ada Medjica. The weather is mostly nice consisting of 4 seasons.
Belgrade is marked with turbulent and long history. Believe it or not, it’s one of the oldest cities in the entire old continent. Due to its geographical position, the city was a frequent target of eastern, northern and western invaders. The first city was made by Celtics and it was named Singidunum. Romans occupied Belgrade in the 1st century AD. The trademark of the city is a Kalemegdan Fortress located in the city center.
It’s not a secret that Belgrade has the most vivid nightlife in the Balkans. The most popular clubs are certainly splavs (barges on the rivers) and indoor clubs in Savamala and Dorćol neighborhoods. If you prefer mainstream and popular clubs don’t skip Shake & Shake, Freestyle, Sound, Hot Mass and Drugstore play on the banks of the Sava river.
But, if you prefer more alternative venues, than you can attend parties on the boat 20/44 and Svemirska kafana. In Savamala neighborhood cool clubs are Peron, KC Grad and Mladost. For lovers of techno and hard groove we recommend Barutana located in the lower part of Kalemegdan Fortress, as well as the Tube in the neighborhood of Dorćol and the techno cathedral Drugstore in the neighborhood of Palilula.
Savamala creative district
On the riverfront, in the municipality of Savski venac and below Kalemegdan fortress stands Savamala. In the recent years it became both creative and clubbing district of Belgrade. Facades covered with murals and graffiti and independent bars are the main features of this city area. Savamala is also a home of art galleries, such as G12 New Media Hub and Culture Centre Grad.
Emerging restaurant culture
There are more than 400 restaurants in the city of Belgrade. The most famous are traditional, local taverns called kafanas in Skadarlija street in the city center. In Skadarlija you can eat some of the traditional dishes and hear some of the proper traditional music. Additionally, many fusion and contemporary cuisine restaurants are emerging. Popular neighborhoods for dining are Lower Dorćol, Zemun, Vračar and Beton hala on the riverfront.