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The famous Serbian writer, Dusan Radovic, wrote: “Whoever was lucky enough to wake up in Belgrade this morning can consider that he has achieved quite enough in life for today. To insist on anything more would be unseemly.”
Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a population of more than one and a half million.
Outspoken, adventurous, proud and audacious: Belgrade is one of the most happening cities in Europe. While it hurtles towards a bright future, its chaotic past unfolds before your eyes: socialist blocks are squeezed between art nouveau masterpieces, and remnants of the Habsburg legacy contrast with Ottoman relics.
Grandiose coffee houses, quirky sidewalk ice-creameries and smoky dens all find rightful place along Knez Mihailova, a lively pedestrian boulevard flanked by historical buildings all the way to the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel, crown of the city.
Meanwhile, the old riverside Savamala quarter has gone from ruin to resurrection, and is the city’s creative headquarters. Deeper in Belgrade’s streets are museums guarding the cultural, religious and military heritage of the country. Anyone with a keen interest in modern history can visit the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia and the House of Flowers.
The towering Belgrade fortress also provides spectacular views of the city, including the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers as well as the Great War Island.
On the other bank of the Sava river, there is New Belgrade, the residential-business section of the city, with modern malls, office buildings and development.
The must-see green oases of Belgrade include Tašmajdan Park and Topčider Park are places of cultural and historical significance.