WHY TO VISIT BELGRADE
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and is located where the territory of the Iberian Peninsula meets Pannonia; its historic center is located on the right bank of the Sava and Danube rivers.
Belgrade has very ancient origins and a history full of vicissitudes. It was founded in the fourth century BC from the Singa, a Celtic population, along the confluence of the Sava river with the Danube, and prospered as a center of trades between East and West. The Romans made this settlement, then called Singidum, from the first century AD. a defensive bastion in the chain of fortifications along the Danube. With the arrival of the barbarian populations, after the fall of the Roman Empire, Belgrade knew different dominations: it was first Ostrogota, later it passed to the Gepidae, the Avars and the Slavs, who gave it the current name of "Beograd". It became the Capital of the Autonomous Kingdom of Serbia until the fifteenth century, when it was incorporated by the neighboring Kingdom of Hungary. It was conquered by the Ottomans in 1521, from which it obtained the Independence in 1830. In 1918 it became the Capital of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and in 1944 Capital of the Republic of Yugoslavia.
The typical gastronomy of Belgrade reflects the Serbian gastronomy, which undergoes the influences of the Turkish one. The most characteristic dishes are: Pljeskavica beef accompanied by the Kajmak milk cream, the Cevapi, Karadjordjeva šnica a rolled breaded veal or pork steak stuffed with ham and cheese, Ajvar: an exquisite cream of peppers, Sarma and many variations of soups, in Serbian Corba.
Belgrade is a very active city that is full of events. Among the most famous we have: the FEST - International Film Festival, the Guitar Art Festival - International Guitar Festival, In Vino, the Documentary and Short Film Festival, the Belgrade Marathon, the Belgrade Fashion Week, the Night of Museums, the BELEF - Summer Festival, the EXIT Festival for lovers of electronic music, the Nišville - International Jazz Festival, the BITEF - International Theater Festival and many more.
WHAT TO SEE IN BELGRADE
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- The Belgrade Fortress
- Church of the Holy Mother of God (Crkva Ruzica)
- Saint Petka's Chapel
- Knez Mihailova
- The National Assembly
- Crkva Svetog Marka
- Museum of Aviation
- St. Michael's Cathedral
- St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save)
- Gardoš Tower
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
- Zepter Museum
- Ćošak Salvadora Dalija (The Salvador Dali Corner)
- Street art gallery on Čavke’s passage
WHEN TO GO TO BELGRADE
Best period to visit Belgrade is from April to October.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Belgrade.
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN BELGRADE
main airport is Belgrade Airport.
download the transportation map
WHAT TO DO IN BELGRADE
typical dishes of Belgrade are:
- Pljeskavica: national dish, a spiced meat patty mixture of pork, beef and lamb, served with onions, kajmak (milk cream), ajvar (relish), and urnebes (spicy cheese salad), either on plate with side dishes or as an hamburger with lepinja (flatbread).
- Pihtije: Jellied pork or duck.
- Ćevapčići: charcoal-grilled skinless sausages on sticks.
- Raznjici. Skewered meat.
- Sarma or Japrak: Vine or cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and rice.
- Pljeskavica: Meat patties of pork, beef and lamb.
- Karađorđevašnicla: Stuffed and bread veal steak, served with tartar sauce.
- Srpskiđuveč: Casserole prepared with tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, rice, hot chilli peppers, diced pork and onion, first fried and then baked in the oven.
- Telećišumadijskikotlet: Veal cutlet served with Serbian cheese, tomatoes, bacon, sour cream, potato, rice and hot chilli peppers.
- Dimljenavešalica: Smoked, grilled strip of pork.
- Pasulj: Serbian beans preapred in a broth or a soup cooked with onion, bay leaves, bacon or smoked spare-ribs.
- Riblja čorba: A fiery fish stew made with plenty of pepper and paprika.
- Sarma: grape, cabbage, or chard leaves rolled around minced meat (usually beef, pork, lamb or veal).
- Pečenje: roasted meat (whole roasted pork, lamb and goat)
- Đuveč: stewed vegetables and pork.
- Tavče gravče: stewed vegetables.
- Karađorđeva šnicla: breaded rolled steak stuffed with kajmak (a diary product).
- Moussaka: made with aubergines/eggplant, potatoes or zucchini.
- Mućkalica: diced pork with a pepper and tomato hot sauce.
- Podvarak: stewed sauerkraut, usually with meat and bacon pieces.
- Prebranac: baked beans in sauce.
- Rezanci s makom: noodles with poppy.
- Pasulj: thin bean stew.
- Slivovica: Potent plum brandy.
- Rakija: Traditional regional spirit derived from grapes.
typical souvenirs of Belgrade are:
- wooden icons
- embroidered tablecloths
- coffee mills
The main theatre of Belgrade is the National Theatre.