I must admit I’ve had a problematic relationship with Belgrade, Serbia – the capital of the country and the biggest city in the Balkans. I partly blame myself for that as I had some prejudices towards the city. It has never seemed as attractive as other Balkan highlights; I didn’t know much about Belgrade attractions and most of all – during my first, brief visit to the city I had a very unpleasant incident with bedbugs in the hostel. That’s why the city has never been very high on my bucket list, and I wasn’t very eager to visit Belgrade again.
During my numerous Balkan travels I passed by Belgrade so many times on the way either to Kotor, to Sarajevo or Novi Sad but I’ve never really given much of my time to the city itself. Or maybe I needed time and Belgrade had to grow on me?
Eventually, I gave the city a proper chance and spent a sunny weekend in the capital of Serbia. The city turned out to be so much fun and two days were not enough to see all I wanted to! Now I really wish I had discovered it earlier!
How is Belgrade, Serbia?
I read somewhere that Belgrade is kind of like Warsaw, Poland – harsh at first, with difficult history and not so many things to do, yet once you get to know it better and find some of the best hidden or weird spots you fell for the city. That’s what happened to me with Warsaw a couple of years ago, that’s also what happened to me with Belgrade recently.
Besides the typical Belgrade sightseeing, I found myself hyperventilating so many times when finding so many quirky gems around. Even the stunning sunset over the city watched from the Kalemegdan fortress made my heart beat faster!
Belgrade is one of those cities that you either love or hate. And if you happen to be among the first group – the more time you spend there, the more you get to know it the more you fall for it. My recent weekend in Belgrade was not enough to even scratch the surface of the place, my list of things to do in Belgrade was getting longer and longer with every minute spent in the city, and I know I need to visit Belgrade properly again, the sooner, the better.
Who should visit Belgrade
If you like beautiful cities with cute old towns and pastel houses, then Belgrade might not be for you. But if you don’t mind more of an edgy place, with the funky vibe, great cafe scene and nightlife, some cool street art around and a peculiar mix of architecture (with some of the best examples of brutalism), then Belgrade is your place.
And don’t worry, you can get your share of charming place here too, just take the bus to Zemun – the suburb located on the Danube shore that used to be part of Austria-Hungary (whereas Belgrade wasn’t) and has this ubiquitous Central European charm.
For me always the biggest inspiration comes from pictures. A single photo can be a reason good enough for me to plan a trip to a specific destination. So before I start telling you properly about the capital of Serbia let me show you some Belgrade pictures that will hopefully inspire you to visit Belgrade too.
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