If you have not been to Belgrade, this city will surprise you. It has been described as “Berlin of the Balkans”, or “Urban capital of cool”. And as “the most perspective city in Europe”, Belgrade is a hip dynamic city which embraces visitors from all around the world.

A European metropolis in the heart of the Balkans, Belg-rade is a great weekend, or long weekend break, with tons of interesting sights and attractions, splendid architecture, a fast-paced nightlife, great and affordable shopping, as well as a thriving cultural scene.

Belgrade has an abundance of cultural attractions and a wide range of events that draw visitors from across Europe. Enjoy the view from the Belgrade Fortress; walk down Knez Mihailova or Skadarska Street; indulge your senses in one of the national restaurants with domestic dishes, wines and music that will undoubtedly make you dance; visit some of the bars, night clubs where the entertainment lasts until dawn and just when you start feeling like you want to lie down, the smell of fresh coffee will invite you back. Enjoy the rivers, parks, muse- ums, theatres… and make sure to schedule yourvisit around some of many events in Belgrade.

PLACES TO SEE

BELGRADE FORTRESS The life at the ridge över the confluence of the Sava and Danube has lasted for över two millenniums. The core of today’s two mil- lion agglomerations is the Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park. They form a unique spatial entity with clearly visible remains of the Fortress divided into Upper and Lower Town, with two distinct styles – elements of medieval architecture combined with dominant baroque solutions typical for the 18th century.

KALEMEGDAN PARK The Kalemegdan Park, Large and Little, developed in the area that önce was the town field, are the place to rest andjoy. The Belgrade Fortress and the Kalemegdan Park together represent a cultural monument of exceptional importance, the area where various sport, cultural and arts events take place, and are fun andjoy for ali generations of Belgraders and numerous visitors of the city.

SAINT SAVA TEMPLE The most dominant feature of modern Vracar is the second largest Orthodox church in the world, Temple of Saint Sava. Its construction shaped not just the present appearance of the plateau, but also the skyline of the entire Belgrade and it is visible from most parts of the city. The plateau has been reshaped in the early 2000’s, with fountains, marble access roads to the temple with pillars and playgrounds added, while the already existing monument to the leader of the First Serbian Uprising, Karadjordje. The plateau is also the location of the National Library of Serbia and Karadjordjev Park.

MUSEUM NIKOLA TESLA The museum preserves the complete heritage of the greatest Serbian scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla and is located in the heart of Belgrade, in a beautiful residential villa built in 1929, designed by the notable Serbian architect Dragisa Brasovan. In accordance with Tesla’s last will and testament, his heritage was moved to Belgrade in 1951. The permanent exhibit consists of the original documents, books, magazines, plans and drawings of the greatest Serbian inventor.

ADA CIGANLIJA Ada Ciganija is the most famous summer resort in Belgrade. Önce an island, now a peninsula, Ada is the largest, most beautiful and one of the most visited places in Belgrade. After stepping into Ada, you will enter the world of fun, relaxation and recreation situated in a small, quiet oasis in the midst of the city. The Lake is surrounded by more than 7 km of beaches awarded with the Blue Flag for the quality of the beach, and offers ali possibilities for spending hot summer days in the city. During summer, Ada Ciganlija becomes like a small city with daily population of more than 100,000 visitors (300,000 visitors during weekends) who come here to swim, run, play ali kinds of sports orjust enjoy a hot summer afternoon while sipping cold drinks in cafes. In autumn and winter, Ada Ciganlija has a beautiful promenade, flanked by cafes and nightclubs ad is not crowded. Ada Ciganlija has more than 50 open-air sports fields, including a golf course, and cable- ski Circuit. There are football pitches, tennis courts, handball, volleyball and basketball courts, as well as baseball, rugby and hockey pitches, also facilities for the extreme sports of bungee-jumping, wall-climbing and paintball.

ZEMUN Once a separate city now famous part of Belgrade for its river taverns and restaurants, specific atmosphere and tasteful fish dishes, fresh from the river Danube. İn the Main Street is a Homeland museum and Madlenianum Opera and Theatre. On the bank of Danube, Zemunski kej, is a kilometers long promenade, with barges-cafes, amusement park and formerly largest hotel in Belgrade, Hotel Jugoslavija, now home to Grand Casino. At night, these barges-cafes are the epicentre of night life, and they are open till dawn. Gardos Tower is the most recognizable Symbol of Zemun that offers panoramic view of Belgrade. This neighborhood preserved its old looks, with narrow, mostly cobblestone streets and individual residential houses.

THE ROYAL PALACE The Royal Palace was built between 1924 and 1929, on orders by King Alexander I, as the official royal residence. İt is designed in the Serbian-Byzantine style, surrounded by pergolas, park terraces, pools, a pavilion and a concert terrace. Located on the ridge of a hill, it provides a magnificent view of Dedinje, the Kosutnjak forest, Topcider and Avala. Within the same complex, a residence for the sons of King Alexander I had been built and it was named the White Palace. Its salons are arranged in the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI and it contains a valuable art collection including notable art works by Rembrandt, Fromentin, Vouet, Poussin, Bourdou, Jaksic, Mestrovic and many others. The palace is öpen for visits on weekends, during the tourist season, as it is a home of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and his family.

KNEZ MIHAILOVA& REPUBLIC SQUARE The Republic Square is literally the epicenter of the city, being surrounded by National Theatre and National Museum, but it is best known for the statue of Prince Mihailo on the horse, which is the most popular meeting place for Belgradians.

Knez Mihailova Street is the pedestrian area that unifies the beautiful architecture, and leads towards the Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park, while on the other way leads to Terazije, and famous Terazijska cesma, drinking fountain in front of the Hotel Moskva, which is a great lookout point to the Sava river valley.

SKADARLIJA- BOHEMİAN QUARTER Skadarlija is an old bohemian quarter of Belgrade, which is vibrant and lives 24/7. İt arose during the ıgth century, with a large number of inns (called “kafana”), and since then, has been a gathering spot of the most renowned personalities in Belgrade. It is frequently compared to the Montmartre of Paris – both in appearance, and atmosphere. İn ali the inns, a visitor may taste typical Serbian food, drink local wines and listen to live traditional music until the early morning hours.

Skadarlija restaurants have hosted many celebrities över the decades, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimi Hendrix, Josip Broz Tito, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, chess playerAnatoly Karpov and many others. Best known kafanas are Sesir moj(This old hat of mine), Tri sesira (Three Hats), Dva jelena (Two Deer), Zlatni bokal (The Golden Chalice), İma dana (There will be days) and Dva bela goluba (Two White Doves).

The present Skadarlija, a short and curved Street, is a remark- able Belgrade tourist attraction. Since 1993, the official opening of the summer season in Skadarlija has been marked by rising a “bohemian flag”. The ceremony is always attended by celebrities, including popularand opera singers, actors, and artists.