Contributor: Ines Baricic, Croatia
Belgrade (Capital of Serbia) is an outspoken city with abundant history and a vivid present. The “White City” thrives to progress and future from one point of the view, while from the other it commemorates its chaotic past. The modernized and restored city parts oppose to the socialist blocks and relicts that derive from the Ottoman and Habsburg legacy that unfolds its abundant past. Belgrade offers plenty to see, sense and feel and everyone can find their delight, whether being a nature, sports, history, culture, or fashion lover.
Skadarlija – is a must see for anyone who’s even passing through Belgrade. This famous bohemian quarter still reflects the spirit of old times. The cobblestone streets, small taverns leaning against each other, the smell of traditional Serbian cuisine and the sound of live music of joyful tambouritza players will carve into one’s soul and leave an emotional memory until the next visit.
Knez Mihailova – take a walk on the main pedestrian promenade that’s filled with cafés and restaurants where you can take a break from visiting all the shopping malls that surround the Knez Mihailova street. It’s a vivid place always full of people and the music of the street musicians. This appealing boulevard will bring you all the way to the ancient Kalemegdan citadel.
Kalemegdan citadel – every nature lover will fall in love with the park that resides on the hill that looks at the confluence of two rivers, Sava and Danube. This medieval area is home to many museums, galleries, sport courts and restaurants.
Church of Saint Sava – this is an inevitable sight for every culture lover historian or religious man. Some people call it the Eastern Europe’s Sagrada Familia. It’s one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and it tells an interesting story about St. Sava. Be sure to have a guide near that will tell you all about it.
Savamala – the urban neighborhood in Belgrade filled with top bars will be loved by those who love clubbing and a good nightlife. This riverside quarter has resurrected from ruins and is now a jewel for having a good time in clubs, pubs, bars and taverns.
Belgrade offers much more than we mentioned, but we’ll leave something for you to discover on your own. What we can tell for sure is that, it is definitely a city with a true Slavic soul.