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Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and one of the most populated cities in South-Eastern Europe.The original name, Beograd comes from Beo that in Serbian means white and Grad that means city.It is located in a prominent position, where the river Sava merges into the Danube. The historical core of Belgrade, Kalemegdan, was on the right riverbanks. Since 19th Century the city has been expanding to south and east and after the World War II, New Belgrade was built on the left bank of Sava river. In the past due to its position Belgrade was properly called "the gate of the Balkans" and "the door of Middle Europe".

Belgrade covers an area of 322.268 kilometers squared and has a population of 1.750.000 people (21% of the total population of Serbia). Moreover Belgrade is a young city: more than 40% of its citizens are between 15 and 44 years of age.

Serbian is the official language, part of the group of south Slavic languages; Cyrillic script and Latin script are both officially used and taught in schools. The Serbian Cyrillic has 30 letters (one letter for each phoneme) that makes it unique among scripts.

Belgrade view
City tours Night life Sports Activities Shopping Areas
Sightseeing by Bus Skadarlija Ada Ciganlija Usce Shopping Mall
Sightseeing by Bike Belgrade Clubbing Belgrade Hippodrome Stadion Shopping Mall
Sightseeing by Ship Kafanas Wellness and Gym Knez Mihailova
Belgrade Walks Belgrade on Water Tennis Center "Novak" Delta City Shopping Mall

A brief look at the history of Belgrade

The history of Belgrade dates back to at least 7000 BC. One of the largest prehistoric cultures of Europe, the Vinca culture, evolved from the Belgrade area in the 6th millennium BC. It was conquered by the Romans during the reign of Augustus. It was settled by the Slavs in the 520s, and changed hands several times before it became the capital of King Stefan Dragutin (1282-1316). In 1521 Belgrade was conquered by the Ottoman Empire. It frequently passed from Ottoman to Habsburg rule, which saw the destruction of most of the city during the Austro-Ottoman wars. That is the reason why you can see very diverse architecture and culture in one place. Belgrade was again named the capital of Serbia in 1841. The north of Belgrade remained a Habsburg outpost until 1918, when it was merged into the capital city. As a strategic location, the city was battled over in 115 wars and razed to the ground 44 times. Belgrade was the capital of Yugoslavia (in various forms of governments) from its creation in 1918, to its final dissolution in 2006. Today, it is the capital of Republic of Serbia.

Belgrade today

Must-see tourist locations

  • Knez Mihailova Street
  • National theatre
  • Skadarlija
  • Kalemegdan Fortress
  • Nikola Tesla Museum
  • Church of Saint Sava
  • Musum of Yugoslavia
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Ethnographic Museum
  • Ada Ciganlija
  • Belgrade Zoo
  • National Museum of Serbia
  • Beli Dvor
  • Historical Museum of Serbia
  • Republic Square
  • Tasmajdan Park
  • Monument to the Unknown Hero
  • St Mark's Church
  • Zemun
    • Gardos
    • Zemun Waterfront
    • Zemun Park with Zemun Gymnasium
    • Madlenianum Opera and Theatre
    • Great War Island
    • Tower of Sibinjanin Janko

Some interesting facts about Belgrade

  1. Kalemegdan Fortress known as Belgrade Fortress and the statue of Victor designed by the famous Yugoslav and European sculptor Ivan Mestrovic are the landmarks of Belgrade.
  2. Belgrade hosted the Eurovision song contest in 2008 in Belgrade Arena.
  3. Ivanovic and Djokovic are the first female and male Belgraders, respectively, to win Grand Slam singles titles and been ATP number 1.
  4. Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in the entire Old continent. Way back in history, Thraco-Dacians used to inhabit the region, and after 279 BC the Celts conquered the city, naming it Singidunum. It was conquered by the Romans during the reign of Augustus, and granted the city rights in the mid-2nd century.
  5. Belgrade has been destroyed and rebuilt more than 50 times in its history
  6. Belgrade was bombed several times in the 20 century, both in the First and Second World Wars and once again in 1999 by NATO.
  7. The bulk of the architecture in Belgrade has originated in the period after the WW II, but one can find also old Oriental Ottoman style of housing, neoclassicism, baroque and Art Nouveau.
  8. Belgrade is well known for its nightlife and clubs ("splavovi") on the rivers Sava and Danube.
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The Victor in the fog - Kalemegdan Fortress

Industry of Belgrade

Belgrade is the financial center of Serbia and Southeast Europe with total 17 million square meters (180 million square feet) office space and is home to the country's central bank. Currently, over 600,000 people are employed in 120,286 companies, 60,000 enterprises and 50,000 shops.

As of 2009, over 40% of Serbia's GDP is generated by the city, which also has 31.4% of Serbia's employed population. The city of Belgrade's 2014 nominal GDP is estimated at 16.97 billion USD, which amounts to 859,329 RSD ($10,086) per capita.

New Belgrade is the main business district in the country and one of the financial centers in Southeast Europe. It offers a range of facilities such as hotels, congress halls (Sava Centar), class A and class B office buildings, and business parks (Airport City Belgrade). Currently, over 1.2 million square metres (13 million square feet) of land is under construction in New Belgrade and the estimated value of construction in the next three years is over 1.5 billion euros. The Belgrade Stock Exchange is also located in New Belgrade and has a market capitalization of 6.5 billion euros (US$9 billion).

Belgrade IT sector

With 6,924 companies in the IT sector (2013 data), Belgrade is one of the information technology centers in this part of Europe, with strong growth. Microsoft Development Center located in Belgrade was at the time of its establishment fifth such center in the world. Many worlds IT companies choose Belgrade as regional or European center such as Asus, Intel, Dell, Huawei, NCR, etc. In September 2013, the average monthly net salary in Belgrade was 53,564 RSD ($635), while gross salary was 73,970 RSD ($877). In the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey in 2013, Belgrade ranked 86th most expensive among 131 world cities.

People of Belgrade

Knez Mihailova Street

Knez Mihailova Street

Population of Belgrade

Belgrade is home to over million people. It is home to many ethnicities from all over the former Yugoslavia and wider Balkans region. The main ethnic groups are: Serbs (1,505,448), Roma (27,325), Montenegrins (9,902), Yugoslavs (8,061), Croats (7,752), Macedonians (6,970), and Muslims by nationality. Many people came to the city as economic migrants from smaller towns and the countryside. As a result of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, tens of thousands of people arrived as refugees from Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo,. It is interesting that between 10,000 and 20,000 Chinese are estimated to live in Belgrade. Block 70 in New Belgrade is known colloquially as the Chinese quarter.


Although there are several historic religious communities in Belgrade, the religious makeup of the city is relatively homogenous. The Serbian Orthodox community is by far the largest. There are also Muslims, Roman Catholics, and Protestants. There once was a significant Jewish community in Belgrade, but following the World War II Nazi occupation of the city, and subsequent Jewish emigration, their numbers have fallen.

Humans of Belgrade

Inspired by the popular page "Humans of New York", citizens of Belgrade created the Facebook page "Humas of Belgrade". Photos with inspirational stories posted on daily base can give a sense of the everyday life in Belgrade.

Visit Humans of Belgrade Facebook page

Some of the famous people from Belgrade:

Nikola Tesla
- late 19th and early 20th century
- inventor,mechanical and electrical engineer
- discovered commercial electricity
- best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism
Novak Djokovic
- professional tennis player
- currently ranked World No. 3 by ATP
- won two Grand Slam singles titles
- the youngest player to have reached the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments
Vlade Divac
- professional basketball, spent most of his career in the NBA player
- one of the first European Basketball players to transfer to the NBA in the late 1980s
- named one of Euroleague's 50 greatest contributors
- inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in recognition of his play in international competition
Ivo Andric
- novelist and short stories writer
- won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961
Rade Serbedzija
- actor, director and musician
- internationally known mainly for his supporting roles in Hollywood films like X-Men and Mission Impossible
- played the wandmaker Gregorovitch in Harry Potter :)

Festival and Events

Belgrade hosts many annual international cultural events, including the Film Festival, Theatre Festival, Summer Festival, Music Festival, Book Fair, and the Beer Fest.

Exit - Summer of Love


Exit is an award-winning summer music festival which is held in July at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia (a 45 minute drive from the center of Belgrade). It was officially proclaimed as the 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards, which were held in Groningen in January 2014, while its sea edition Sea Dance festival won the "Best Mid-Sized European festival" Award in 2015. The EU Festival Award is considered as one of the most prestigious festival awards in the world.

Some of the preforming acts were: Pet Shop Boys, Billy Idol, Guns N' Roses, Franz Ferdinand, The Cult, White Stripes, Garbage, Snoop Dogg, The Prodigy, Sex Pistols, Lily Allen, Madness, Korn, Moby, Arctic Monkeys, Chemical Brothers, Gloria Gaynor, Pulp, Rudimental, Hurts, Skrillex, Stromae, Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding, Clean Bandit, John Newman, Bastille, Wiz Khalifa, David Guetta, The Killers, Years and Years, Jason Derulo, Hardwell, Tom Odell, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Solomun, Robin Schulz, Duke Dumont, Dimitri Vegas and many more.

Visit official Exit web site

Belgrade Arena

Belgrade Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in Novi Beograd, Belgrade. It is designed as a universal hall for sports, cultural events and other programs. Belgrade Arena is a member of the European Arenas Association (EAA) and is one of the largest European indoor arena with capacity of 22,868 people. It was the place where the Eurovision Song Contest of 2008 was hosted.The venue is used for several different events, such as basketball, concerts, futsal, handball, judo, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and water polo.