About Belgrade

Whoever had been lucky to wake up in Belgrade this morning, could be satisfied that for today he achieved enough in life. Any further insistence on something more would be immodest” were the words of one of the most famous Serbian writers, Duško Radović. For the 2021 World Tourist Guides Convention, the main airport is Nikola Tesla, located near the E-75 Belgrade-Novi Sad highway. All who land at this airport have an opportunity to see Belgrade from the air. Belgrade is the capital of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the administrative, educational, financial and cultural centre of the country. It is located at the estuary of two rivers, the Sava River and the Danube, offered as a spectacular view from the Belgrade Fortress, which will be visited during the Convention. You will have the opportunity to spend the morning in this city and to see the most important objects that Belgrade and the Republic of Serbia have been proud of for centuries.

Belgrade is one of the oldest capitals in the world, with over 7000 years of continuity. Due to its 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). All the people that have lived here and the armies that passed through Belgrade have left their marks on the city. 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 became 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 (http://belgrademyway.com, n.d.).

In its rich and turbulent history, Belgrade was battled over in 115 wars and razed 44 times. The first time in history, it became the capital city of Serbia in 1405 and from 1918 it was the capital of many Yugoslovenian states until 2006 when Montenegro separated from Serbia (https://esn.rs, n.d.).

Today, Belgrade, the capital and centre of the Republic of Serbia, has around 1.7 million inhabitants. Thanks to its rich history, it is observed today that Belgrade is a place where East and West meet, in architecture, people, food, lifestyle … Belgrade is a big city, with a rich tourist offer, and all the tourists who want to get to know this city in the right way should stay a few days to visit all the attractions. The main part of the tourist offer is Knez Mihajlova, a shopping street in the city centre, followed by Kalemegdan and Belgrade Fortress, offering a view of New Belgrade and the Sava River, where the rafts are anchored. The rafts represent the main part of Belgrade’s nightlife. Also, nearby are the National Museum, the National Theater and the University of Belgrade. The other popular attractions are the Nikola Tesla Museum, which houses more than 160,000 original documents of this inventor, among other objects. Although significant buildings can be seen in all parts of Belgrade, most are located in the city centre and are easily accessible by foot. Among them are the building of the Beogradjanka and officially Belgrade Palace, a building known as the Old Palace that was the royal residence of the Obrenović dynasty. Today it houses the City Assembly of Belgrade. The building opposite the Old Palace is a New Palace. It was a royal residence of the Karađorđević dynasty of Serbia and later the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Today it is the seat of the President of Serbia. One of the landmarks of Belgrade is the Church of Saint Sava (the Temple of Saint Sava) dedicated to the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It is the largest Orthodox church in Serbia, one of the largest Eastern Orthodox churches and it ranks among the largest churches in the world.

The spirit of Belgrade can be felt at all times of the day since on Balkan it is considered a city that never sleeps and is known for its nightlife, which is why many tourists visit the Republic of Serbia. Belgrade’s nightlife is best known for its anchored rafts on the Sava River turned into night clubs. When it comes to the nightlife of Belgrade, there is an inevitable bohemian district, Skadarlija. In this part, the most famous is Skadarska Street, because of its proximity to the National Theater, a large number of actors lived in this street in the 19th and 20th centuries. Of course, apart from the actors, many other artists, writers, painters also spent their lives here. Thanks to all the significant people who lived here, a large number of cafes and restaurants opened, which still exist today and serve traditional Serbian dishes. This is one of the main parts of the city for tourist visits, and for tourism purposes, it has been reconstructed to resemble that old Skadarska street where some of the most important Serbian historical figures from the art world of the last two centuries lived and gathered. One of the newer parts of Belgrade is the Concrete Hall, also located by the water, a part of the industrial heritage of the city, which has changed its purpose, and now there are a large number of restaurants and cafes that can be enjoyed in a large number of acoustic gigs, and try a large number of traditional and international dishes and drinks.

All of you who decide to join us on the Pre or Post Convention tours will have the opportunity to wake up in Belgrade and see what the famous Duško Radović was very happy to write about. However, if you have decided to attend the Convention alone, you will still have the opportunity to see Belgrade as part of the convention tours.

We are waiting for you at the 19th World Convention of Tourist Guides.

Photo: Dragan Bosnic, TOS
Photo: Dragan Bosnic, TOS
Photo: Dragan Bosnic, TOS
Photo: Dragan Bosnic, TOS