Belgrade Travel Guide
Kalemegdan, Belgrade © Jorge-11
Belgrade has developed into a prominent
European capital, its promising growth and optimism seeking to
overshadow its turbulent past. The history of Belgrade goes back
some 6,000 years, and is filled with tales of conflict and tragedy.
But no matter the cost or devastation, the city has always bounced
back and is in the midst of a cultural and creative revival.
Situated where the Sava and Danube rivers
meet on the Balkan Peninsula, the beauty and charm of the city is
not found in gorgeous buildings or sweeping parks. Instead, it
beats with an identity layered with relics of many generations and
the remaining customs of countless invaders. Decidedly Old World
with a hint of the Orient, varying cultural influences and
architectural styles jostle for attention in Belgrade, combining to
imbue the modern city with its own unique aura.
The best place to begin understanding the
city is at the site of its original ancient settlement, the hill
called Kalemegdan, now a fascinating park-like complex of historic
structures overlooking the Old Town (Stari Grad). Here, the
Military Museum traces the history of the city's bloody past, from
its first conflict with the Roman legions in the 1st century BC to
its most recent conflagration, when NATO forces bombed the city for
78 straight days in 1999.
Those less fascinated by history and who
would rather enjoy modern Belgrade will find myriad leisure and
pleasure opportunities in the city. From the techno scene of its
famed nightclubs to the restaurants and street performances of
bohemian Skadarlija Street, visitors to Belgrade will feel welcomed
by the warm and proud residents of this indomitable city.