‘The New Berlin’. ‘Party capital of Europe’. ‘The Wild East’; Belgrade is called many names. But if you really want to know what makes Belgrade so special and why you need to visit it you will need to come over and experience it yourself. And give it a name yourself.
One thing is sure about Belgrade: it is the city of contradictions: it’s raw and elegant, it’s rich and poor, it’s exiting and boring, it’s moving forward and backwards, it’s the place people want to go to and want to leave from. And you can love it and hate it at the same time.
Since 2011, when it became easier for Serbians to travel through the EU, the first low-cost airline started to fly on Nikola Tesla Airport and tourism started to grow and change. Before that it was mainly the most adventurous travellers coming, but slowly but surely other visitors started to discover that Belgrade is not as scary and dark as many people think. You will experience yourself how there is almost a Mediterranean vibe when you walk pass the full terraces and listen to the music played on every corner. Maybe it gets its vibe from the two big rivers Danube and Sava, that meet at the corner of the Kalemegdan city-park with its beautiful views. Or the old men playing chess in the shade of its trees. Or the elegantly dressed girls using the bustling Knez Mihailova street as their catwalk. Or the teens in love watching the sunset from the walls of the mighty Kalemgdan fortress. Whatever it is, it will get you for sure and before you know it you walk a bit slower, sit down at the terrace for a bit longer than planned and slowly become a little bit Belgradian yourself….