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Belgrade (meaning ‘White City) is the capital of Serbia and one of the hidden gems of Eastern Europe. Fly to Belgrade with Qatar Airways and you’ll discover a city with a history stretching back to the 4th century BC, and one that today is rapidly becoming one of the powerhouses of Eastern Europe’s booming economy. Flights to Belgrade are plentiful, and more visitors are exploring this eclectic city than ever before.
A trip to Belgrade is the perfect way to discover the timeline of Eastern Europe, all conveniently packaged up in one location. From Roman ruins to ultra-modern museums and galleries, Belgrade is a rich tapestry of culture and history. Get a panoramic view of the city and the two rivers (Sava and the Danube) that give this location its unique character from Kalemegdan, or the Belgrade Fortress. Once a major fortification, it’s now Belgrade’s central park. The view at sunset is particularly spectacular.
Belgrade is a city of palaces. The Old Palace in Nikola Pasic Square was once the residence of kings, while The White Palace is part of the royal compound. The New Palace was originally the residence of King Petar I Karađorđević, but is now the President’s official residence. The bohemian quarter of Belgrade is Skadarlija, and is home to a thriving artists’ community. It is known as the ‘sister’ of Paris’ Montmartre quarter. There are also a cluster of squares to explore, including Terazije Square, Slavija Square and the Republic Square.
Belgrade is a vibrant city, and to capture the spirit of this bustling location they have developed a ‘Fun zone’ that is primarily centred on Strahinjića Bana Street, where you’ll find restaurants and plenty of entertainment venues. The National Theatre at Francuska 3 puts on some excellent opera and ballet productions including international artists. If you are interested in science then the Nikola Tesla Museum charts the life and achievements of one of the greatest innovators of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The main leisure activity during a trip to Belgrade is simply wandering the cobbled streets and exploring the elegant architecture and café culture of this laid back city.
Head to the shores of the Danube and Sava rivers and you’ll discover a series of splavs (rafts). Many of these are restaurants, offering the unique Serbian menu accompanied with traditional folk music and dancing. Most Serbian restaurants have roštilj on the menu, which is a platter of unseasoned grilled meats, accompanied by salads or vegetables.
For food on the go check out the pekare or bakeries, where you’ll find speciality sweet and savoury pastries. The most popular dish in Serbia is ćevapčići, which is chopped meat (usually lamb) that is grilled and eaten with diced onions. For high-end international flavours, head to Skadarska Street for an eclectic mix of cuisine at some of the more bohemian restaurants.
Travel to Belgrade and you’ll discover a rich selection of retail opportunities. Belgrade’s shops range from the small, independent boutiques to large, high-end brands. Flagship stores for many haute couture brands are located on Knez Mihailova Street and the Terazije square. Local Belgrade designers are presented in the Choomich area of the city, also known as the Belgrade Design District shopping centre. There are more than 20 stores providing a selection of the latest Serb fashion designers’ collections.
Belgrade has three main shopping malls in the city - Delta City, Stadion and Ušće Shopping Center. There are a further 30 smaller shopping centre such as Merkator, Immo Centar, Piramida, Zira and City Hall. For bargains, head to the Buvljak flea market and Blok 70 shopping centre.
Despite its long history, Belgrade is a modern, forward thinking city, and you should have no problems with cultural differences when travelling to Belgrade. However, beware of pickpockets on public transport.
Flights to Belgrade with Qatar Airways land at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, approximately 12km from the city centre.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Belgrade please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Serbian Dinar (RSD)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / F
International dialing code: +381