Why Belgrade?

 

... because of rich history

Over the course of history, beside Serbs, Belgrade was ruled by Celtic tribes, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Huns, Ostrogoths, Gepids, Avars, Bulgarian Empire, Hungarian Kingdom, Ottoman Empire, Habsburg (Austrian) Monarchy, and Nazi Germany.

Belgrade was bombarded and severely demolished 44 times, and 115 times was at the state of war.KnezaMilosa ruins

In the 15th and 16th century two great battles were fought for Belgrade, between the Serbs and the Hungarians on one side, and the Ottoman Turks on the other. Throughout the 18th century Belgrade was bombarded and destroyed almost simultaneously by the Austrians and the Ottoman Turks. Then in the 19th century Serbs and Ottomans battled over it. In the Great War (World War I) it was severely bombarded by the Austrians. In the World War II it was bombarded on two occasions, first by the Germans, and in the end by the Allies. Both times the city was demolished almost to the ground. In addition to all of that, Belgrade is the only European city that was bombed after the World War II (in 1999) and you can still see the remains of that in the very center of the city.

... because of beautiful scenery

UsceSavaDanubeBelgrade is the only Capital in the world lying at the confluence of two rivers. A truly wonderful picture of river Sava floating into river Danube can be experienced from the old Belgrade Fortress.

... because of great nightlife that Belgrade is famous for

Tradition of "Splavovi" (River Boats) and "Kafana" (Traditional Serbian Clubs/Restaurants)

 

10 CURIOUS THINGS ABOUT BELGRADE

Longest street in Belgrade goes on for 7.5 kilometers - Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra (King Alexander blvd.) is the longest street in Belgrade and one of the longest municipal streets in Europe. The street numbers (of the buildings on this avenue) go as high as 656.

Belgrade is proud of having its "eternal" football derby between Crvena Zvezda and Partizan
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Highway is going right through the city of Belgrade.

The oldest building in Belgrade is a mosque (Bayrakli mosque), built in 1575 - It is the only mosque that survived in the City of Belgrade. The oldest civil structure still standing in Belgrade is a small house in Cara Dušana street, built in 1730's.

Belgrade still has no Metro - Even though the first plan of building the Metro in Belgrade appeared in the late 1960's, the Serbian Capital remains one of the few major European cities still without this mean of transportation.

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