Facts about Belgrade:
Belgrade is located in Serbia, on the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube, the place where Balkan Peninsula meets the Central European Panonian plain.
The official language is Serbian (Srpski).
CURRENCY AND COINAGE
The official currency of the country is the Serbian Dinar (RSD).
Dinar coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20
Dinar bills: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 5000
As in most cities of Continental Europe, the electricity voltage in Belgrade is 220V. Electrical outlets are standard European.
The urban area officially has 1,154,589 inhabitants, and the metropolitan area has 1,639,121.
Belgrade is one of the oldest capitals in the world, with over 7000 years of continuity. Due to it’s extraordinary location, it has attracted people since the neolithic times, and several neolithic settlements have been found throughout the city territory, the most important one being Vinča
(a Danube suburb of Belgrade).
Celts have settled the city around the 4th century B.C. and named it Singidunum. Then came the Romans, developing a luxurious city over the centuries. In the 5th century A.D. it was destroyed by the Huns and later conquered and reconquered by Goths, Byzantines, Slavs, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Serbs, Turks, Austrians until it finally become Serbian again in the nineteenth century.
Since then the city grew rapidly, and the old site at Kalemegdan
was converted to a park and open air museum, and the city spread in all directions. The most glorious moments of Belgrade were under the Roman rule (around 4th century A.D.), in the early 15th century under Serbian Despot Stefan Lazarević, and in the early 18th century under Austrian rule. A very important and most visible trail was left by the “Between Wars” society of the twenties and thirties of the 20th century.
Belgrade and Serbia are in the CET (Central European Time) zone, same as most of Europe (Excluding Britain, Portugal, Romania and Greece) – UTC+1.
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS IN BELGRADE:
1. Discover the Kalemegdan fortress featuring some of Belgrade’s top landmarks.
2. Discover the downtown with our self-guided tours: Knez Mihailova street, the Orthodox cathedral,Kosančićev Venac and Dorćol neighborhoods.
3. Spend an active day at Ada Ciganlija: swimming, water skiing, bungee jumping, you name it.
4. Enjoy the nightlife at the world-famous splavs – floating clubs such as Freestyler, Sound, H2O…
5. Dine in Skadarlija. Try ćevapčići (grilled minced meat) with onion, or any other grilled specialties.
6. Take the circular tram no 2 for a ride around the city center. There is a stop at the end of Knez Mihailova at Kalemegdan, or another one in the port or below Brankov bridge.
7. Explore the Zeleni Venac or Skadarlija green markets.
8. Go to the top of Ušće tower for spectacular views of the entire city and surrounding areas.
9. Visit Nikola Pašić square with the National Parliament and the Old and New Royal Palaces.
10. Explore the most important (open) museums to learn a bit more about the local culture, history and tradition. We suggest the Ethnographic museum, Military history museum, the SANU gallery and the Frescoes (Medieval art) gallery.