The capital of the young country
If a trip to China came to anyone’s mind after reading the title, he may be a bit surprised. Burek is a delicious pastry stuffed with meat, cheese or potatoes, and is a traditional Mediterranean dish, eaten in Serbia and some other countries. And this will be a story about Serbia, but especially about its capital, and at the same time one of the oldest cities in Europe - Belgrade.
Belgrade lies at the mouth of the river Sava and Danube. It’s a city pulsating with life, as if it doesn’t remember the horrible times of bombing a dozen years ago. After all, Serbia has enjoyed the status of a republic barely since 2006. Before this year, the conflicts broke out very often, the capital was transferred, and the Belgrade was occupied by the armies of different countries. Today, the city attracts tourists with the beauty of the monuments, the ears are gently caressed by beautiful Balkan music played every night by the Serbian bands. However, it’s hard not to notice the buildings that haven’t been repaired and serve as a painful reminder of NATO attacks of 1999.
Tourist attractions in Belgrade
During the day you can spend hours wandering though the streets, and feel its fantastic climate. The most famous one is Skadarlija, with its vintage restaurants. The restaurants boast of the great cuisine, but also of the lists of celebrities who have visited the place over the decades. Well, there’s no wonder - Alfred Hitchcock and Jimi Hendrix in person used to eat here. Another famous street with many restaurants is noteworthy Knez Mihailova street, a pedestrian zone with many shops and cafes. Tourists can learn about traditional Balkan cuisine and it would be a sin not to take the advantage of this opportunity.
Another place that everybody coming to Belgrade should see is the eighteenth-century Belgrade Fortress, Kalemegdan. It is located on a hill with panoramic, breathtaking view of the entire city, and apart from the ruins of the fortress (Beogradska tvrdava) there is a huge park, terraces perfect for romantic meetings and two interesting Orthodox churches. Generally, there are a lot of interesting Orthodox churches in the capital of Serbia - the most popular among tourists is the Cathedral of St. Sava, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, but also the Cathedral Church in Belgrade dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, with a richly decorated interior.
It would be a shame to miss the opportunity to see the National Museum, located right next to the National Theatre and, of course, the House of Flowers (Kuća Cveća). This beautiful name refers to Josip Broz Tito's mausoleum, one of the most important tourist attractions of Belgrade. Today, the tomb is not surrounded by so many flowers anymore, but still it’s a place which is worth devoting a lot of attention. They’re located in the district of Dedinje.
City’s entertaining side
Belgrade never sleeps. On Friday nights, you dance on the “floating discos” till the sun comes up. That's another interesting thing about the city – so called “splavovi”, boats floating on the waves along the Sava and the Danube. On each of them you can hear different kind of music, and the place is so popular that you need to book a table well in advance. There are small “splavovi”, serving simply as clubs or restaurants, but there are also big barges, where concerts are held. Floating discos are opened from early spring to autumn and attracts revelers from all over the Yugoslavia.
Even during the week, no one will complain on the lack of entertainment. Every day there are concerts of local and international bands, as well as other events. You can spend hours, especially in summer, on Ada Ciganlija. It’s a sport and leisure complex now connected to the city, but in the past, it was a separate island. Belgrade residents like to play golf, volleyball and basketball here. Those, who are eager for more dangerous adventures can do a bungee jumping.
Belgrade with a camper
If you mainly aim at visiting the Serbian capital, it’s good to choose a campsite located nearest to the city. Worth recommendation is Camping Dunav (Batajnički put, Zemun). It is situated approximately 10km from Belgrade and 1km from the highway E-75, on the banks of the Danube river. It’s quite small, nonetheless, it's a perfect base for tourists who came to experience the climate of the city which is the heart of Serbian cinematography. What’s important, it’s opened all year round, so you will surely find a free spot here, no matter what time of the year.
Approximate prices of your stay are: accommodation for one person - 350 Serbian dinars (RSD) per day (approximately 3,20 €, depending on the course), camper - 550 RSD per day, access to the electricity - 320 RSD per day. Children under 5 have a 50% discount. This campsite is alluring, not only because of its spectacular view of the Belgrade or Danube river. The whole area has a wireless Internet connection, and in the restaurant you can try delicious local cuisine. Place was given the honorable title of the best Serbian campsite of 2010 - most deservedly.
There’s an option for those who would like to be even closer - Camping Club Serbia (Višnjička 25). It’s a car park for campers located in the very center of Belgrade. To get the latest prices, it’s best to contact the office - it is worth noting that the quick response to emails is really appreciated by tourists.
Belgrade - a bridge to the Balkans
No matter if we are just passing through Serbia, or visiting it, it is worth to reserve at least a weekend for Belgrade. Not that much ago avoided by tourists because of the political turmoil, today visited more and more often. It is worth to explore this City.