An ideal place for a walk, for sports and recreation, the Danube quay is also home to very interesting architecture, monuments, and it passes below Kalemegdan fortress. The two most important landmarks, visible from the Danube and from Kalemegdan, are the medieval “Nebojša” tower, and the recently renewed sports center Milan – Gale Muškatirović, a.k.a 25th. May, with it’s monumental wave-like pool hall. A few years ago, part of the center was reconstructed into the tennis center where Serbia Open takes place each year.
Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe with over 7.000 years of history. It is also one of the largest cities in south-eastern Europe with the population over 2 million. Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, located in the heart of the country, on two large European rivers, the Danube and Sava. In the last few years, Belgrade is also gaining fame as the ultimate party destination. The “city of good vibrations” will probably give you a pleasant surprise when you discover it.LEARN MORE ABOUT BELGRADE
The Sveti Sava (Saint Sava) cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in Belgrade and in the Balkans, and one of the ten largest churches in the world. It is situated on the St. Sava plateau, by the older and smaller church of Saint Sava. The church is dedicated to Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the most important cultural figure in medieval Serbia.
The temple is built in Neo-Byzantine style.
The dome is 70 m (230 ft) high, while the main gold plated cross is another 12 m (39 ft) high, which gives a total of 82 m (269 ft) to the height Cathedral of Saint Sava. The peak is 134 m (440 ft) above the sea level (64 m (210 ft) above the Sava river); therefore the church holds a dominant position in Belgrade’s cityscape and is visible from all approaches to the city.
- The Cathedral of Saint Sava was built on the scene where the Ottoman Turks burnt the remains of this saint in the 16th century, following an uprising in which the Serbs used icon depictions of Sava as their war flags.
- The cathedral is currently the largest Eastern Christian church building in the world.
- The building of the church structure is being financed exclusively by donations.
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The most popular beaches in Belgrade are located on the Sava lake, also known as “Ada” (by the adjacent island – Ada Ciganlija), about 5 km from the city center. Ada is the summer resort of Belgrade, featuring many different ground and water sports and attractions. Most of the 5 km of beaches are pebble beaches, while there’s also a concrete and pontoon access to the water. Surrounding the lake there’s a walking and a biking path, and numerous cafes, fast food stands and kiosks.
Belgrade’s new imposing structure, the bridge towering 200 meters above the Sava river, has been opened on New Year’s eve, at midnight, with a fireworks and light show. Besides of being the tallest of it’s species, what makes this bridge so important is that it’s the first one built in Belgrade in the last 40 years. There have been numerous suggestions for the name, but the final decision was to name it simply Ada bridge (Most na Adi), by the island and recreational zone Ada (Ciganlija), on whose peak lays the main pylon of the bridge.
This saturday (Sep. 3.) the Serbian Association of Historical Vehicles (SSIV) will organize an oldtimers show-off ride around Kalemegdan, marking the ocassion of the 72. anniversary of the one and only Grand Prix race in this part of Europe (Grand Prix – Kalemegdan Park), celebrated on September, 3. 1939.
In the city where some of the most important museums seem to be “permanently” closed due to reconstruction or lack of space, the visitor willing to meet our culture shouldn’t despair.
Here’s some museums and galleries that would give you an insight into the rich culture and history of Serbia and it’s people. Continue reading
You can get to Belgrade flying with “low cost” companies from the cities listed below. You can also find relatively cheap flights by regular carriers from other European cities, such as Rome, Milan, Vienna, etc.
With over 900,000 visitors in five days, Belgrade Beer Fest™ has grown into one of the most recognizable events that Serbia’s capital city has to offer. This year festival’s motto is “Fun for All”, emphasizing the fact that Belgrade Beer Fest is open to all visitors, both domestic and foreign, and that Belgrade is the city whose hospitality and clemency are known throughout Europe and beyond. Continue reading
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A good way to see Belgrade is by tram. There’s the famous line 2, which circles around the city center, and the “Tram called Belgrade” reserved for tours, with audio guide, etc. The first one is part of the regular transportation system and costs about 50 dinars, while the second one is free but you got to book it in advance. They have pretty much the same route.