Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is the third largest city in South-eastern Europe after Istanbul and Athens. Just over 1,700,000 people live in it. Belgrade is the city of youth. More than 40% of its citizens are between 15 and 44 years of age. All citizens of Belgrade love to talk of the spirit of the city. Open and ever ready for fun, many Belgraders will claim to be true hedonists – and many of them really are - knowing all there is to know about good food, wine and music. The citizens of Belgrade like all sorts of things: pleasant conversations and long walks, drinking their morning coffee or days off work, they also love it when they find freshly baked warm bread in the local bakery. They like being in motion and therefore the streets, walkways, cafes and restaurants are always filled with people. More importantly, Belgraders like everyone, so get to know Belgrade by getting to know Belgraders!Let them take you, because there are places in Belgrade you must definitely see and experience. Streets, squares, monuments, parks, drinking fountains, archeological sites... and other sights that deserve recommendation. Many of them have been given the status of cultural assets.
“The sky above Belgrade is expansive and high, shifting yet always beautiful; clear with its chill splendour during the winter; turning into a single downcast cloud during summer storms, driven by the crazy winds and bearing rain mixed with the dust of the Pannonian plain; seeming to flower along with the ground during spring; and growing heavy with roils of autumnal stars during fall. Always beautiful and bountiful, it is a reward to this odd township for all that is missing and a comfort for everything that should not be.”- Ivo Andrić, writer and Nobel Prize winner
“There are places in Belgrade where picket fences still exist, with weeds of a strong and bitter smell growing right next to them... a turtledove is cooing upon the wild pear branch and the lost field mouse is running in terror or hunger... All these things still exist, in a street with no name and a house with no number... Stuck like thistle to the pants of the metropolis, travelling across a time and space they do not belong to.”- Dušan Radović, poet and writer
”Belgrade is a fantastic European city, connected to the world.”- Anrdzej Wajda, film director
”You had so much to rebuild, having been bombed by both the Germans and the Allies. The other cities of Europe have an easy time boasting of their beauty... You have a beautiful little zoo... They told me that during the bombing the zoo was destroyed and the animals fled to the streets, but returned of their own volition... It is truly a lovely tale – though I do not know if it is true...”- Alfred Hitchcock, film director
”I am particularly impressed by the bright and warm atmosphere of Belgrade.”- Samuel Beckett, drama writer
”Back then I needed to meet people who would not treat me superficially as was the case back home, people who could sit at a table for hours just chatting, singing songs and always having an awful lot to say. This Belgrade period simply healed my soul...”- Erskine Caldwell, writer
”This is my first time in Belgrade (1973). I came also because I have never been in this region, in the east of Europe. In a very short time I have found two things, both important to me: the food is excellent, and the approach to cinema is far more intellectual than in America.”- Jack Nicholson, actor
“Belgrade is the ugliest city in the world in the most beautiful place in the world.”- Le Corbusier, architect
"When Corbusier said of Belgrade that it is the ugliest city in the most beautiful place, he was facing the results of centuries of destruction. Those who love and know this city today, do not know it based on what they saw or touched there. Its greatest and perhaps most beautiful part is the one gone forever, never to be seen, recorded or touched again. But the part that has disappeared and will never again be reconstructed also belongs to history, that part of history in us, and not in the world around us. Obviously, Corbusier’s ugliest city in the most beautiful place was, throughout history, frequently the most beautiful city in the most terrible part of the world. To conclude, we might paraphrase the New York Times from the distant year of 1876. Had Serbia and Belgrade (then razed to the ground) not stood in the way of the Turkish conquest of Europe, Germany and France, Vienna, Munich and Marseilles would most certainly look the same today.”- Milorad Pavić, writer
"Belgrade is a low-budget New York."- Momo Kapor, writer
"This slightly disheveled air, combined with the city's vibrancy, fine restaurants, street cafes and northern European atmosphere, would make it an ideal place to spend a few days... ”- Lonely Planet
"Of all the cities I know, this one has the most beautiful position, the greatest amount of light and sunshine. It is indeed a White City, particularly from a distance. It is the whitest, the airiest of all the cities known to me, a white and sunny place, as if it had been chosen to be an image of freedom and the light in our flame…”- A.G. Matosh
"It is no Rome or Paris, and therein lies its appeal - no matter that it is battered, ragged and faded, Belgrade's charm is simply irrepressible. It (Belgrade) is a city where you can dance until sunrise seven nights a week, where hospitality crackles in the air and where looking good is a birthright and a religion in one.“- "24 hours in Belgrade" by Tom Owen, CNN Traveler
Welcome to the city that will draw you back for another visit!!!