Bombed headquarters of the Yugoslav army, and a little further away loud clubs with the latest hits of the dance scene. A bold modernity and a quiet but meaningful past. This is Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and one of the popular destinations for party lovers until dawn.
For some, a stopover in Belgrade is just a stopover on the way further south, for example to Greece. For others, it is a loud, vibrant and dancing place like Berlin or London. It is enough to spend one day here to find out that the capital of Serbia is a large and surprisingly modern city.
Silent traces of the past
Belgrade is surprising, especially in the center. Right next to the shiny, glazed buildings, of which there are not so few, considering the turbulent history, there are proud and rich monuments such as the St. Mark's Church or the building of the National Museum. Beautifully illuminated at night, they delight with the boldness of size and richness of decorations. And a few steps further, sadness comes to the palette of emotions that overwhelm a tourist. The ruined buildings stand in silence, with bomb gaps and bonding elements protruding from the holes. They testify to the tragic events of the end of the 20th century, like a mute remorse.
There are many more buildings that have not been restored after the bombings, but those in the center make the greatest impression on visitors. They create a painful contrast between the youth that can be seen in the streets and what was and what many still remember. At night, in the midst of lights and neon lights, the silent buildings with missile-torn façades look particularly sad. As you pass by, your voice is subconsciously lowered, trivial conversations are silenced, and your gaze wanders to the ground, as if with shame that you are going to the club to celebrate your youth and life.
Serbian Tower of Babel
Despite its dark past, the city tries to go on living. In the main streets it smells like coffee, expensive perfume and food from fast food outlets. Walking along the Knez Mihailova promenade or Terazije Street, we will hear different languages, just like in the Tower of Babel. Apart from English, also German, Italian, not to mention Romanian or Russian. Tourists who are just starting their adventure with Belgrade, the streets filled with multicultural crowds may be a bit surprising, but they will quickly realize that they are staying in a really large, intensively developing city. According to various sources, the capital of Serbia is inhabited by 1.5-2.5 million people.
If someone comes here to dance, he does not have to hurry, because the biggest discos fill up after midnight. The party capital of the Balkans wakes up late - and fast. A quarter of an hour earlier, there could only have been a few people in the club, and after a while dozens of legs are flashing on the dance floor. You can meet absolutely everyone in the local clubs. Everyone has a great time, regardless of age, skin color or sexual orientation. However it sounds, the range of possibilities is not limited to hetero and homo variants.
The party capital of the Balkans
Belgrade clubs provide partygoers with all kinds of music, with particular emphasis on house music - as there are the most of them in the city. The most popular places to visit include The Tube, KC Grad, Peron Club and Plastic clubs located in the city center and its vicinity. There are still new ones, such as the Terassa club or the Drugstore. One thing is for sure - a night in Belgrade is definitely too short to get to know them all.
In summer, you can also party until you drop on the splav, that is, large barge clubs. For those who are willing, among others Club Ninety Four or Lasta, moored at the bridge (Stari savski most). You cannot miss the iconic places like 20/44 , Sound and Povetarac. Some barges are open all year round.
If someone treats their stay in Belgrade as a stopover on their way to vacation, they may not have rest and sleep. There are so many clubs, so many cafes, so many places to have fun that it is difficult to resist the temptation to get into the night and go "on the town".
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