The capital of a several-year-old country
If, after reading the title, someone has thought of a trip to China, they may be surprised. Burek is a tasty pastry stuffed with meat, cheese or potatoes that we can eat in Serbia and several other countries, mainly Mediterranean. And it will be a story about Serbia, and more specifically about its capital and, at the same time, one of the oldest cities in Europe, Belgrade.
The aforementioned Belgrade lies at the mouth of the Sava and the Danube. He is teeming with life, as if he no longer remembers the terrible times from a dozen or so years ago, when bombs fell on him. After all, Serbia has enjoyed the status of a republic only since 2006, earlier conflicts broke out in it, the capital was moved, and Belgrade itself was occupied by the troops of various countries. Today it pleases the eyes of tourists with the beauty of its monuments, and caresses the ears with beautiful Balkan music played every evening by Serbian ensembles. However, it is impossible not to notice the buildings that have not been renovated yet - some of them serve as a painful reminder of the NATO attacks of 1999.
Tourist attractions of Belgrade
During the day, you can stroll for hours through the atmospheric streets, the most famous of which is Skadarlija with its stylish restaurants. They pride themselves not only on delicious food, but also on the stars who visited them in the past. Anyway, no wonder - Alfred Hitchcock and Jimi Hendrix ate here himself. The second famous street with restaurants worth recommending is Knez Mihailova Street, a pedestrian street with many shops and cafes. Tourists can get to know the dishes of traditional Balkan cuisine, and being here, it would be a sin not to take advantage of this opportunity.
Another place that everyone who comes to Belgrade should see is the 18th-century Kalemegdan Fortress. It is situated on a hill with a wonderful view of the entire city, and apart from the ruins of the fortress (Beogradska tvrdava), there is a huge park, terraces perfect for romantic meetings and two interesting Orthodox churches. In the capital of Serbia, there is no shortage of interesting churches in general - the church of St. Sava, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, as well as the cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel, with a richly decorated interior.
Also, do not miss the opportunity to see the National Museum, located right next to the National Theater and, of course, the Flower House (Kuća Cveća). This beautiful name is used to describe the Mausoleum of Josip Broz Tito, one of the most important tourist attractions in Belgrade. Today, the tomb is not surrounded by so many flowers, but it is still a place worth paying a lot of attention to. We can find them in the Dedinje district.
Amusing city life
Belgrade never sleeps. On Friday evenings, you can party until dawn in the dancing discos floating on the water. This is another thing that the city is famous for - the so-called splavovi, barges floating on the waves along the Sava and Danube. You can hear different music on each of them, and the fun is so great that you have to book a lot in advance. There are small splavs that function as a club or restaurant, as well as large barges where concerts are held. Floating discos operate from early spring to fall and attract party goers from all over Yugoslavia.
But even during the week, no one will complain about the lack of entertainment. Every day there are concerts of local and foreign bands, as well as various types of events. During the day, especially in summer, you can spend many hours at Ada Ciganlija. It is a recreational and sports complex currently connected with the city, and in the past it was a separate island. Belgradeers like to play golf, volleyball and basketball here, and you can also do bungee jumping.
To Belgrade by camper
If the main purpose of our trip to Serbia is to explore the capital, it is worth choosing a campsite that is as close to the city as possible. The camping Dunav Batajnički put, Zemun is highly recommended. It is located about 10 km from Belgrade and 1 km from the E-75 highway, on the banks of the Danube. It is not too big, but it is an ideal starting point for tourists who came especially to get to know the atmosphere of the city which is the heart of Serbian cinematography. Especially since it works all year round, so no matter what time of year you can be sure that there will be a place here.
Approximate prices of stay are: accommodation for 1 person - 350 Serbian dinars (RSD) / day (about PLN 13, depending on the course), camper - 550 RSD / day, access to electricity - 320 RSD / day. Children up to 5 years old receive a 50% discount. The campsite tempts not only with a beautiful view of Belgrade or the Danube - wireless Internet is available throughout the area, and you can try delicious local dishes in the restaurant. The place was honored to be the best Serbian campsite 2010 - deservedly so.
For those who would like to be even closer, there is an option: Camping Club Serbia (Višnjička 25). This is a caravan park located in the very center of Belgrade. To find out the latest prices, it is best to contact the office - it is worth noting that tourists praise the quick responses to e-mails.
Belgrade - a bridge to the Balkans
Regardless of whether we are passing through Serbia, going further, or visiting the country itself, it is worth spending at least a weekend to stay in Belgrade. Until recently, it was bypassed by tourists due to political turmoil, today it is visited more and more willingly. It's worth getting to know him.
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