Belgrade or ‘White City’ is my home town. It has special place in my heart and I am sure that who ever had chance to visit this proud and adventurous city shares my opinion. It’s where Sava meets Danube, just under the ancient Kalemegdan, where old Belgrade meets New, where socialist blocks are squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces, a style that took Europe by storm as reaction against the Ottoman relics.
The city full of contrasts.
Through it’s history, Belgrade was part of Roman empire, Ottoman empire, ruled by Bulgarians, Austro-Hungarians, Serbs and occupied by Nazi’s.
Today this is modern city, according to Lonely Planet ‘One of the most happening cities in Europe’.
Belgrade is the center of culture in the whole region, home to music and film festivals ( FEST, BITEF, BELEF and BEMUS).
Belgrade has hosted several relatively major sporting events too, including Eurobasket 2005, the 2005 European Volleyball Championship, the 2006 European Water Polo Championship, and the European Youth Olympic Festival 2007. Belgrade was the host city of the 2009 Summer Universiade chosen over the cities of Monterrey and Poznań; and Belgrade Marathon Race is the largest and the most mass attended sporting event in Serbia.
Belgrade is also home to two most known football clubs ‘Red Star’ ( who won ’90-’91 Europe Cup in Bari & the ’91 International Cup in Tokyo) and ‘Partizan’. The matches between two clubs are known as ‘The Eternal derby’, ranked by British ‘Daily Mail’ fourth among the 10 greatest football rivalries of all time.
While here, you can’t miss grandiose coffee houses, floating night clubs – ‘splavovi’, the old bohemian quarter Skadarlija, Savamala quarter and Nikola Tesla museum.
Last but not least – do not forget to try ‘pljeskavica’.