„Belgrade“ literally translates as „White City“ but don’t misread this, on contrary Serbian capital is saturated with warm colors and amusing details. Its unique position, where the Sava River meets the Danube, made this city important on a European map through centuries. This also contributed to its tumultuous past, and it rightfully earned name “Gates of the Balkans”.
Serbian Novelist Ivo Andrić once described Belgrade as “Ever in motion and rustle, never calm and never knowing tranquility or quiet. The city upon two rivers, on the grand clearing, bound by the winds.” Indeed, Belgrade is home for around 2 millions of people, thereof 100 000 students who create characteristic vibrant spirit of the city.
Best start of sightseeing and meeting point for the locals is „in front of the horse“, which is actually monument of Knez Mihailo (who is riding the horse), in Republic Square. Nearby is ancient Kalemegdan fortress, crown of the city which was built to defend the city from the Ottomans and magnificent Victor monument, as guardian of the best view on the confluence.
Cobblestones in the historical Dorćol neighbourhood will lead to Skadarlija, bohemian street where you can enjoy in „kafana“ (taverns), trying traditional Serbian meals served on chequered-cloth-covered tables, listening to gypsy band’s violins and party like it’s 1900!
Holding a dominant position in the cityscape, Saint Sava Temple is Balkans' biggest (and the world's second biggest) Orthodox church, whose almost 50 bells announce noon every day.
As most important segment, Belgraders have developed hedonistic habits of long walks by the river, cheerful conversations while drinking incredible amounts of coffee in cozy coffee houses along Knez Mihailova pedestrian street, and live-for-the-moment way of partying until dawn. Actually, we couldn't fit all our clubs on the ground, therefore we also made them on the river, so called „splavovi“, as famous and inevitable part of Belgrade nightlife.
Scent of Belgrade is mixture of rakija, domestic coffee, delicious ćevapčići and freshly baked bread in the local bakery, with hospitality and sound of laugh as special ingridient.