Established along the old trade routes since 4,000 BC, Belgrade has been fought over more than almost any other city in Europe. From the Greeks, Romans, and Celts, the wars continued with many more conquering armies laying claim to the city until it became the capital of Serbia in the 1800's. By the time the Turks left in 1867, Belgrade was reduced to just 25,000 inhabitants. Today, there are over 1.7 million people who live in a city that is renowned for its hedonistic lifestyle where good food, good wine, and good company are cherished, no more so than in the Bohemian district of Skardalija. A walk along the cobbled streets as you pass the bubbling cafe culture is a delight not to be missed.
Location: The third largest city of Southern Europe
At the 'Doors of Middle Europe' as it was once described, Belgrade stretches along the banks of the River Danube, and has aquatic links that stretch to the Adriatic Sea in the west and the Black Sea to the east. The Nikola Tesla International Airport is less than 20 kilometres to the west, and is easily accessible from the city centre by rail, bus, or car.
Business: A fast growing congress destination for business
Belgrade has four large exhibition and convention halls catering the business community. When you add the excellent choice of hotels in the city centre to the mix, you have a city that is geared to the business traveller, and it is easy to see why it has been awarded the title 'The City of the Future.' It has its own Convention Bureau to assist in the smooth running of any corporate and business event, which includes hotel and congress hall booking, help with travel, and discounted activities for your business guests.
Culture: A city made for walking
With its busy boulevards and quiet gardens, Belgrade is a place of contrasts, where the pace of life is dictated by you. In the area of Savamala, known as the Creative District, you can walk at your own pace through the city and see the history unfold before you. A stop at the Belgrade Fortress, where construction started in the 1st century AD, will show the history behind the city with its marvellous museum of Belgrade now housed within the thick stonewalls. At night, your eyes are drawn to its turrets and towers, which are lit up to provide a wonderful backdrop to the vibrant city that now surrounds it.
Activities: The new nightlife capital of Europe
Join one of the parties on the rafts and boats that float upon the mighty Danube, and experience the laidback atmosphere and friendliness of the locals. With the youngest population of any European city, 40% are aged between 18 and 44, Belgrade has a nightlife that can offer everything from techno to heavy metal with a bit of folk and jazz thrown in for good measure. The city's clubs attract famous DJs from around the world, and if you love to dance, this is the place to do it.