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    Belgrade – a brief overview

    The Serbian capital is a mirror of its history, caught between the Austro-Hungarian Empire on one side and the Ottoman Empire on the other. The ruined walls of the Belgrade citadel bear testament to these imperial ambitions. Belgrade also bears the scars of the more recent 1990s conflict, but peace has returned to the confluence of the Sava and Danube

    Rivers, and the city is modernising fast. Belgrade is a city of tranquil parks, Orthodox churches, lively markets and crowded cafés. Fascinating museums and lavish palaces are scattered around the centre, alongside a series of unfinished churches, whose construction was interrupted by the tumultuous events of the 20th century.

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    Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan Park

    Kalemegdan Park
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
    Tel: (011) 262 0685
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1100-1900 (fortress)

    Set in the sprawling green expanse of Kalemegdan Park, the ruins of the fortress of Belgrade provide an evocative vantage point to look out over the city. Dotted among the broken walls are cannons and guns from a succession of conflicts.

    Hram Svetog Save

    Krušedolska 2A
    11000 Belgrade
    Serbia
    Tel: 0903 141 414
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    Opening times:
    Open for services

    The world’s largest Orthodox church has a commanding position on the Belgrade skyline. This towering monument was modelled after the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and the final stage of decorating the interior with murals and mosaics continues today.

    Royal Palace

    Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karađorđevića
    11040 Belgrade
    Serbia
    Tel: (011) 263 5622
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    Opening times:
    Tours: Sat-Sun 1100 and 1400 (Apr-Oct)

    The elegant Royal Palace of Belgrade was constructed in the 1920s for the grandfather of the current king of Serbia. Set in ornamental gardens, the palace is even more lavish inside, with ornately painted vaulted ceilings, Ottoman doorways and its own Orthodox chapel.

    Victor Monument

    Stari Grad
    Belgrade
    Serbia
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    Created by Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović in 1929, the Victor Monument, or Pobednik, has pride of place amidst the ruins of the Belgrade citadel. Topped by a statue of ‘the Victor’, the monument commemorates the Serb victories that led to independence from both the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires.

    St Mark's Church

    Palilula
    Belgrade
    Serbia
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1900

    The graceful church of St Marko was constructed between 1931 and 1940 by Petar and Branko Krstić, both professors of the Belgrade Faculty of Architecture, to replace an earlier church from 1835. Although the interior is still incomplete, the church treasury contains a series of valuable icons, rescued from the original church.

    Palace of Princess Ljubica

    Kneza Sime Markovića 8
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri 1000-1700
    Thu 1200-2000
    Sat 1100-1700
    Sun 1000-1400

    The palatial former home of Miloš Obrenović and his wife Ljubica was built in 1829, using modern architectural ideas. Fusing Ottoman, classical and neo-baroque elements, the mansion is used as a setting for contemporary exhibitions for the Belgrade City Museum.

    National Museum

    1а Trg republike
    Belgrade 104303
    Serbia
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri 1000-1700
    Thu and Sat 1200-2000
    Sun 1000-1400

    Set in a grand mansion from 1844, the national history museum’s collection has expanded to some 400,000 items over the centuries. Because of extensive renovation works, many displays have been moved to locations around Belgrade, but themed exhibitions continue in the museum’s atrium.

    Museum of Contemporary Art

    Ušće 10, blok 15
    11070 Belgrade
    Serbia
    Tel: (011) 367 6288
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1200-2000

    This museum boasts an impressive collection of artworks, including thought-provoking pieces from before and after the breakdown of Yugoslavia. The collection continues across three additional display spaces – the Salon at Pariska 14, the Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić & Rodoljub Čolaković on Rodoljuba Čolakovića and the Gallery of Petar Dobrović on Kralja Petra 36/IV. The main building is currently under renovation.

    Stari Dvor

    Kralja Milana Street
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Opening times:
    Tours by arrangement

    The City Assembly of Belgrade is set in the imposing Stari Dvor, or Old Palace, constructed in 1881 as the official residence of the Obrenović dynasty. The stately neoclassical halls are now used for city functions, but visitors can see the grandeur inside on organised tours.

    Nikola Tesla Museum

    51 Krunska
    Belgrade
    Serbia
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Dedicated to national hero Nikola Tesla, this intriguing museum is housed in a monumental villa, with displays of memorabilia from across the globe. Some of the most interesting exhibits relate to Tesla’s time in the USA, where he worked under Thomas Edison before pioneering the use of alternating electrical currents.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    In recent years Serbia has emerged as one of Eastern Europe’s hottest ‘undiscovered’ destinations.

    Geography

    Serbia borders Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania to the south, Montenegro to the southwest, Bosnia & Herzegovina to the west and Croatia to the northwest. Northern Serbia is dominated by the flat, fertile farmland of the Danube and Tisa valleys.

    The scenery varies from rich Alpine valleys, vast fertile plains and rolling green hills to bare, rocky gorges as much as 1,140m (3,800ft) deep, thick forests and gaunt limestone mountain regions. Belgrade, the capital, lies at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 7243007

    Population Density (per sq km): 93

    Capital: Belgrade.

    Language

    Serbian, which uses both Cyrillic and Latin script, Hungarian in the north and some Albanian.

    Currency

    The official currency in Serbia is the Serbian Dinar. Serbian Dinar (RSD; symbol Дин.) = 100 paras. Notes are in denominations of Дин.5,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Дин.20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. European plugs with two round pins are used.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    Note

    Holidays falling on Sunday are observed the following Monday.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Orthodox Christmas Day: 07. January 2014
    St Sava Day: 27. January 2014
    National Day: 15. February 2014
    Orthodox Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Days: 01. May 2014
    Victory Day: 09. May 2014
    St Vitus Day: 28. June 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Orthodox Christmas Day: 07. January 2015
    St Sava Day: 27. January 2015
    National Day: 15. February 2015
    Orthodox Good Friday: 10. April 2015
    Orthodox Easter Monday: 13. April 2015
    Labour Days: 01. May 2015
    Victory Day: 09. May 2015
    St Vitus Day: 28. June 2015

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    Nightlife in Belgrade

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    Nightlife in Belgrade has become more restrained since late opening was restricted to 1am, but the city still has its share of clubs, cocktail lounges and boisterous beer halls.

    The big trend in town is partying on the water, aboard the splavovi (disco rafts) that cruise the Danube and Sava rivers every summer.

    Federal Association of Globe Trotters

    Bul. Despota Stefana 7/-1
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Like drinking in the lounge of a hippy aunt, this eccentric speakeasy is the place to come for long drinks and deep conversation.

    Mladost & Ludost

    Karadjordjeva 44
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Twin bars with designer interiors, DJs and a loyal local following.

    Bar Central

    Kralja Petra 59
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Locals flock to this downtown watering hole to sample the latest creations from the trainee mixologists behind the bar.

    The Tube

    21 Simina
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Bringing a Berlin vibe to the centre of Belgrade, this hedonistic basement club is a temple to electronic dance beats.

    Rakia Bar

    Dobračina 5
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Sample Serbia’s most famous tipple under the supervision of expert bartenders at this popular shrine to rakia.

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    Restaurants in Belgrade

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    Dining in Belgrade follows a fairly traditional furrow, with an emphasis on old-fashioned Serbian dishes, but many menus show the clear influence of Greece, Hungary and Turkey.

    The cheapest dining options are the informal kafana dotted around the centre, where simple meals and cheap drinks are accompanied by live music after dark.

    Kalemegdanska Terasa

    Stari Grad
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Price: Expensive

    A stylish terrace restaurant with a view to die for, set among the battlements of the Belgrade Citadel.

    Pire

    Cara Lazara 11
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Price: Expensive

    Slow food comes with attentive service at this elegant modern European eatery, owned by one of Serbia’s top fashion designers.

    Supermarket

    10 Višnjićeva
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Price: Moderate

    A concept restaurant in a concept design store, with innovative, often organic, cuisine and rails of clothes to browse between courses.

    Little Bay

    9a Dositejeva
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Price: Moderate

    Part restaurant, part opera house, Little Bay offers a lively dinner show at a price that won’t raise the roof.

    Kafana Daco

    Patrisa Lumumbe 49
    Belgrade
    Serbia
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    Price: Cheap

    A meal at kitsch and cosy Daco is like dining at Grandma’s house, with homestyle Serbian cooking to match.

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    Calendar of events

    Belgrade Jazz Festival

    23 – 26 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Dom Omladine.

    Jazz festival featuring performers from Europe and the USA.

    New Year's Eve

    31 December 2014 – 1 January 2015

    Venue: Various squares and parks in Belgrade.

    Free event attracting large crowds of revellers.

    Belgrade International Film Festival

    27 February – 8 March 2015

    Venue: Various Belgrade cinemas.

    Annual event that screens the work of filmmakers from all over the world.

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    Hotels in Belgrade

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    International chains are starting to appear in Belgrade, but the majority of the city’s hotels are local affairs. Rooms run the gamut from rustic pensions crammed with chintzy homewares

    to modern design hotels full of modernist furniture. The area around Belgrade railway station is the hub for budget accommodation.

    Square Nine Hotel

    9 Studentski trg
    Belgrade 103933
    Serbia
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    Category: Expensive

    Effortlessly stylish, Belgrade’s top hotel offers sleek rooms with marble bathrooms and just a hint of art deco chic.

    Hyatt Regency Belgrade

    Milentija Popovica 5
    11070 Belgrade
    Serbia
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    Category: Expensive

    A gleaming modern tower, offering angular rooms with starched white sheets and some of the city’s best views.

    Excelsior Hotel

    Kneza Milosa 5
    Belgrade 11000
    Serbia
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    Category: Moderate

    The Excelsior scores highly for its smart, refurbished rooms, and handy location by the Belgrade Parliament.

    Belgrade City Hotel

    Savski trg 7
    11000 Belgrade
    Serbia
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    Category: Moderate

    Set in a handsome neoclassical building, the Belgrade City Hotel offers old-fashioned but comfortable rooms just steps from Belgrade railway station.

    Downtown Apartments Bane

    Nusiceva 16
    Belgrade 11103
    Serbia

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    Category: Budget

    The location is the big drawcard at this tidy apart-hotel in the heart of the city.

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    Best time to visit

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    7°C


    45°F

    wind direction

    south

    wind speed

    4.375 mph

    humidity

    75%

    7 days forecast

    Sunday

    26.10.2014

    11°C / 3°C

    52°F / 37°F

    Monday

    27.10.2014

    11°C / 2°C

    52°F / 36°F

    Tuesday

    28.10.2014

    12°C / 3°C

    54°F / 37°F

    Wednesday

    29.10.2014

    11°C / 3°C

    52°F / 37°F

    Thursday

    30.10.2014

    12°C / 3°C

    54°F / 37°F

    Friday

    31.10.2014

    13°C / 2°C

    55°F / 36°F

    Saturday

    01.11.2014

    14°C / 3°C

    57°F / 37°F

    Climate & best time to visit Serbia

    Serbia has a mild continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. The north of Serbia and the upland regions have a continental climate, with the typical cold winters and hot summers. The summer months of June to August offer a lovely hot climate and little rain. The mountains experience heavy snowfall, and the ski season is generally from December to March.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    20 °C

    68 °F

    -24 °C

    -11.2 °F

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    73.4 °F

    -25 °C

    -13 °F

    30 °C

    86 °F

    -14 °C

    6.8 °F

    30 °C

    86 °F

    -6 °C

    21.2 °F

    34 °C

    93.2 °F

    -1 °C

    30.2 °F

    36 °C

    96.8 °F

    4 °C

    39.2 °F

    39 °C

    102.2 °F

    8 °C

    46.4 °F

    39 °C

    102.2 °F

    7 °C

    44.6 °F

    41 °C

    105.8 °F

    0 °C

    32 °F

    34 °C

    93.2 °F

    -6 °C

    21.2 °F

    29 °C

    84.2 °F

    -8 °C

    17.6 °F

    21 °C

    69.8 °F

    -19 °C

    -2.2 °F

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ depositdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan20 °C-24 °C2 °C-3 °C82 %48 mm82.3 h
    Feb23 °C-25 °C5 °C-1 °C77 %46 mm83.1 h
    Mar30 °C-14 °C11 °C2 °C66 %49 mm94.6 h
    Apr30 °C-6 °C17 °C7 °C60 %56 mm106.1 h
    May34 °C-1 °C22 °C12 °C63 %75 mm107.2 h
    Jun36 °C4 °C26 °C15 °C65 %95 mm108.4 h
    Jul39 °C8 °C28 °C16 °C63 %67 mm79.4 h
    Aug39 °C7 °C28 °C16 °C62 %53 mm88.8 h
    Sep41 °C0 °C24 °C13 °C66 %51 mm67.3 h
    Oct34 °C-6 °C17 °C8 °C70 %42 mm65.6 h
    Nov29 °C-8 °C10 °C3 °C78 %55 mm92.8 h
    Dec21 °C-19 °C5 °C0 °C81 %57 mm82.0 h
    year41 °C-25 °C16 °C7 °C69 %694 mm995.6 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +381

    Telephone

    There are public payphones in Serbia which accept telephone cards rather than cash. These can be bought at any newsagent or post office. Pre-paid Halo telephone cards costing 200-300 dinars allow both local and international calls, whilst a Halo Plus card allows only international calls at a cheaper rate.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Double-check with your phone company as to whether Serbia is included as part of Europe for data purposes, as some companies classify it outside of the European zone and will charge higher roaming rates. Coverage is good in the north and in Belgrade, but can be patchier in the south.

    Internet

    Internet cafés can be found in the main urban centres. Most hotels and self-catering apartments will have Wi-Fi but it may not be wholly reliable. In Belgrade, free Wi-Fi hotspots can be found within proximity of most Nestle ice-cream stands. You do not have to buy an ice-cream to use their Wi-Fi.

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    Shopping in Belgrade

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    Key Areas

    Downtown is the focal point of shopping in Belgrade – window shop on the pedestrianised streets around Kneza Mihaila, between Kalemegdan Park and Trg Repulike. Most of the city’s malls are west of the Sava River in New Belgrade.

    Markets

    Public ‘green’ markets are still the mainstay of food shopping for many residents, with abundant fresh fruit and vegetables, alongside interesting local delicacies. The largest and busiest

    market is Kalenić Pijaca, between Maksima Gorkog and Njegoševa in the south of the city. In the centre, the Zeleni Venac market is good for fresh fruit from Serbian orchards.

    Shopping Centres

    Megamalls have come to Belgrade in a big way, bringing all the expected international brands. For the best selection, head to Ušće Shopping Centre on Bulevar Mihajla Pupina or the Delta City mall on Jurija Gagarina, both west of the centre in New Belgrade.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Avoid taking pictures of military installations and of obvious bomb damage from 1999, which may cause ill feeling.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe to drink, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is readily available. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat. If in doubt, use common sense and peel, boil or cook food to reduce chances of an upset stomach. Serbia’s exchange rate makes it an attractive place to drink and eat out making the risk of a sore head after overindulging all too high!

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in some rural areas. Precautions such as using repellent and wearing long trousers should be taken. Pre-exposure vaccination is not always available. Any ticks found should be carefully removed and medical attention sought. Hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended for trips longer than one month. Avoid contact with animals, as rabies can be found in in Serbia. Consider getting vaccinated if you are likely to be in close proximity to animals.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dejan Dr. Stojic
    Aerodrom 59
    11000 Belgrade
    Serbia
    Tel. +381-69-1365867

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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