White City is the biggest city of Serbia and one of the few capitals that were built on a confluence of two rivers in Balkans, in this case Danube and Sava rivers. This city has a long and complicated history which is known by, but not only – Belgrade is one of the most urban cities of Eastern Europe and it attracts thousands of tourists each season for its amazing nightlife and mixture of modern and new, rich cuisine and one of the friendliest nations you’ll ever get to meet.
When it comes to city itself, it is not as white as the name says – it is definitely colorful and quite unexpected. The city core is not that big – you can check all of the main city attractions by foot, and in case you get lost or unable to find a building you’re looking for, Belgraders are more than glad to help you find your way, sometimes even take you there in the nightlife, sometimes even invite you for a drink or two afterwards!
Cultural-wise, Belgrade’s offer of museums is quite rich – whether you’re into history, geography, ethno culture, sciences, art, there’s something for everybody’s cup of tea. One of the most unique museums has to be Nikola Tesla’s museum, dedicated to a man who contributed to the development of electric engineering and who happened to be a Serb; another most visited one is Museum of History of Yugolavia, where all the Yugoslav lovers can inform (or reminisce) about the golden era of ex-yu president Tito and his life. People who admire nice architecture will be amazed by all the buildings that were kept in different states.
Most of them were built in style which was popular during the communist time and they withstand the time ever since. Some of them are symbols of other, not so good times (such are bombed buildings in KnezaMiloša Street) and other ones are built in honor of saints and history, like The Cathedral of Saint Sava, the largest Serbian Orthodox temple. This church was rebuilt multiple times, but it never stops to amaze us with its beauty and greatness. This and all other Belgrade’s churches and cathedrals are examples of magnificent architecture and synonyms of peace and calmness, even though most of them are situated in the crowded city center.
For all nature lovers, Belgrade has an offer too. With two rivers running through the town, there are lots of promenades, bike and walking paths, which usually have restaurants, cafes and food corners along, so that you can take a break and refresh. Ada Ciganlijalake is the biggest outing area in Belgrade – a former island was artificially turned into peninsula and formed a lake with 8 kilometers long beaches. This place has everything you need for a perfect day or weekend in the nature, including water sports and sports fields, extreme sports, restaurants, beach bars, night clubs…or just a spot for sunbathing or a picnic! For lovers of untouched nature, there’s another island, Ada Međica, and for those who want even more, Avala mountain that overlooks this city is more than a great option.
Must not forget to mention Belgrade’s nightlife – an important item in tourist itineraries. This is where Belgrade stands high among other cities in Europe, as it’s known as the Europe’s new capital of nightlife. Whether it’s clubbing in the city center, on the barges along the riverside or in traditional kafanas – it’s always fun and unforgettable. Belgrade is a city that never sleeps and never stops. Definitely a ’must’ on your Balkans visit list.