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A night in Belgrade

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Bombed headquarters of the Yugoslav Army, and noisy clubs with the latest dance hits right next to it. The bold modernity and silent, but eloquent past. It’s Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia and one of the popular destinations for lovers of loud parties.

For some people staying in Belgrade is only a stop on the way to south, for example, to Greece. For others it’s a loud place, very lively and swinging like Berlin or London. It’s enough to spend here one day to find out that the capital of Serbia is a large and modern city.

Silent traces of the past

Belgrade surprises, especially in the center. Despite the turbulent history, this city is full of the gleaming glass buildings and rich historical monuments, such as the church of St. Mark and the building of National Museum. Beautifully illuminated at night, they delight with boldness and sizes of ornaments. And a few steps further, the palette of emotions that arouse in tourists is enriched with sadness. Ruined buildings stand in silence, with bomb holes and protruding elements of construction. This is an evidence and a silent reproach of the tragic events that took place in the late twentieth century.

There’re more buildings that weren’t restored after bombings, but those in the center make the biggest impression on visitors. They form a painful contrast between the youth, which can be seen on the streets, and the past, which is remembered by many. At night, in the midst of lights and neon signs, quiet buildings with jagged façade look particularly sad. When passing by, you subconsciously lower your voice, trivial conversations end, while gaze wanders to the ground, as if in shame.

Serbian Tower of Babel

Despite the gloomy past, the city is trying to move on. Main streets smell with coffee, expensive perfume and food from fast food points. While walking down Knez Mihailova alley, or Terazije Street, you can hear different languages just like in the tower of Babel. Apart from English there’s also German, Italian, not to mention the Romanian or Russian. Tourists, who are just getting started their adventure with Belgrade, may be a bit surprised with the streets filled with multicultural crowd, but soon they’ll realize that they’re staying in really large, rapidly expanding city. According to various sources, the capital of Serbia is inhabited by 1.5 to 2.5 million people.

If someone came here to dance, doesn’t need to hurry because the biggest discotheques fill up after midnight. Partying capital of the Balkans wakes up late - and quickly. Just about fifteen minutes earlier, the club could be almost empty, but after a while the dance floor is flooded with the crowd. In the local clubs you can meet absolutely everyone. And everyone, regardless of the age, skin color or sexual orientation has a great fun. However it may sound, the range of possibilities isn’t limited only to the hetero and homo variants.

Partying capital of the Balkans

Belgrade clubs provide all kinds of music, with particular emphasis on house – it can be heard in the majority of clubs. The most popular spots are located in the center and around: The Tube, KC Grad, Peron Club and Plastic. New clubs emerge constantly, like Terassa or Drugstore. One thing is certain - the night in Belgrade is far too short to get to know them all.

In the summer you can party till down in the so-called splavovi, the floating clubs. Tourists can enjoy, among others, Club Ninety Four or Lasta, moored at the bridge (Stari Savski Most). You cannot miss the iconic sites like 20/44, Sound and Povetarac. Some barges are open all year round.

If someone treats the stay in Belgrade as a stop during the way on holidays, won’t be relaxed relax and won’t get enough sleep. There’re so many clubs, cafes, so many places to have fun, that it's hard to resist the temptation to get a little crazy and hit the city in the evening.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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