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Belgrade is fast building a reputation as a city that really knows how to enjoy itself, with excellent museums, a vast selection of restaurants and cafés, and probably the best nightlife in southeast Europe. Modern-day Serbia has worked hard to put the torrid 1990s behind it, with most visitors speaking warmly of the friendliness and generosity of Belgradians.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and one of the largest cities in Southeast Europe. Its name literally means “the white city”. The urban area is populated with 1.35 million+, while over 1.65 million+ people live within its administrative borders.
Overlooking the convergence of its mighty rivers Danube and Sava is the stunning fortress of Kalemegdan, one of Belgrade’s most impressive sights, set within a large and pleasant park that rises into a sheer hill. The battlements were built to defend the city from various invaders.
The city has a long and tumultuous history, dating back to the 4th century BC, when the area was settled by Celtic tribes. In the Roman times, the city became the Roman city of Singidunum, and relics of that era can still be seen in the city, particularly at the Kalemegdan Fortress. During the Middle Ages the town changed hands between the Kingdom of Hungary, the Serbian Despotate and the Ottoman Empire. The first time the city became the Serbian capital was during the medieval Serbian Despotate in the 15th c. If you visit Serbia you can discover a great cultural heritage influenced by the entire European culture.
Today’s Belgrade is an energetic city re-discovering its potential as an inviting travel destination.
It is recognized for its quality food and drinks.
The city has hundreds of restaurants specializing in local cuisine and a number of international restaurants. On the whole, prices are cheap compared to Western Europe with main dishes ranging from €5–20 per person. The Serbian cuisine is famous for its heavy use of varied vegetables, fresh or cooked. Most Serbian restaurants offer “roštilj” (ROSH-teel), which is a large plate of various grilled meat, including grilled chicken wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese. The most celebrated ingredient of a “roštilj“ plate is ćevapčići, also called “Ćevapi”, the most famous dish in Serbia (pronounced: chay-VAP-chitchee). It is a traditional food eaten throughout the Balkans.
Coffee culture is particularly splendid in Serbia. Walking about the central areas of the city you will find sprawling terraces and cafés, serving all types of coffee and sweets. Be sure to try Serbian “Turkish” coffee and chestnut purée with whipped cream.
There are plenty of places to stay in Belgrade and try all of its delicacies – all you have to do is chose your favorite accommodation in Belgrade.