Hostel Central Station
Karadjordjeva 87, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia
Good location, friendly hosts.
My first Hostel experience surprisingly became 4 nights of homely comfort. HSC has two main qualities; a central location and an especially friendly staff. The Hostel consists of 2 separate sections; an older main section and a new section. Although I didn’t inspect the main section, I believe it is more like a conventional hostel with dorms. I booked to stay in the new section in a private room, this section is essentially an apartment in an old building facing the rear street. The new section consists of 5 rooms of differing sizes and bed capacity, a common/living room, kitchen and male and female bathrooms.
My room was very basic with a double bed, cupboard, two headlamps and an electric heater; a must in winter months. The common/living room had a TV, phone and computer with free internet. The kitchen was well equipped with utensils, fridge and lots of cleaning materials. The bathroom had no soap or shampoo, so it’s advisable to bring your own. The linen and bedding was clean and hot water was available 24 hours however. Unfortunately, however, the apartment was a bit dusty and in need of attention, the traffic noise can be disturbing at night and the building trembles when a big bus or tram passed nearby, or so I assume given as I had a massage bed.
Overall, the price might be a little high for what you get, but if you are not exceptionally fussy about some dust and traffic noise then HCS is one of the best Hostels in the district. I particularly recommend the newer section for couples and mature travellers. After the second night, my friends and I were the only residents in this section and it was like our own private apartment.
Thanks to Jelena, Danilo and Vlada for their friendship and hospitality. One last word: If you are looking for a good place to eat, get advice from Vlada.
Unique Quality: Near train and bus station, central location, easy to reach everywhere, friendly and helpful hosts.
Directions: Train Station
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Playing soccer in Beograd
I've been in Belgrade for nearly a month now and I will be staying for another two weeks at least. So, I am looking for a soccer team to train with for the next few weeks until I return home. I would appreciate it if anyone who had any information about this or plays for a team who would be willing to allow me to train/play with them for a while could contact me by posting here. I play football at home and I need to train with a team while I am here.
I have a Serbian mobile number through which I can be contacted further.
Re: Playing soccer in Beograd
Depends which part of Belgrade you are in, you will find locals getting together for 5 a side footie.
But best is to chek some Belgrade sites like:
Also I have question for you, do you speak the lingo?
If you do, than some of your friends/relatives can ask around.
The amateur teams are getting together around second week in September for the new season, that might be too late for you.
Also there is caged football field on KEJ OSLOBODJENJA, just south of KEOPS Pankake splav.
There are many people playing footie till late as is floodlit.
It might be good idea to pay visit to Kej Oslobodjenja and take walk for the top near Hotel Jugoslavia down to Ushche near the new shopping center.
Travel Tips for Belgrade
The Cyrillic Alphabet
Before going to Serbia (or in fact this can apply to any off the former Soviet states and some of what was Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria) it will make life a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable if you familiarise yourself with the Cyrillic alphabet! Different countries use slightly different versions of the alphabet but use google or another major search engine to get the different versions.
Here is a useful link I found: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/serbo-croat.htm
It was Saturday, high noon. I was determined to make it through the afternoon without being pick-pocketed or ripped off. Armed with a large duffel bag and a mental shopping list, we made our way to Buvljak, Belgrade's largest outdoor market. The sounds of hawking grew loud and the smell of grilled meat filled the air as we approached closer to the market. Offers to buy unusual items such as shovel heads and leather laces were shouted from the sidewalk.
'C'mon Citizens,' yelled one man. 'You haven't bought it yet.'
I clutching onto my shopping bag tightly and tried not to loose my companions.
'Why would anybody buy this stuff?' commented Sasa upon seeing an assortment of odds and ends that appeared to have come out of somebody's attic.
History - A long time ago...
(7000 B.C.) First Neolithic settlement
(End of the first century A.D.) The Romans colonized Singidunum
(91 A.D.) Singidunum was a Roman military camp of Flavius' IV legion
(441) The Huns destroyed Belgrade
(After 450) Singidunum under the rule of the Sarmatians
(c. 470) The Eastern Goths expelled the Sarmatians from the town
(488) The Gepidaes conquered Singidunum
(504) The Goths captured the town
(510) According to the peace treaty, the town went to the Byzantine Empire
(535) Byzantine emperor Justinian The First renewed Singidunum
(584) The Avars conquered and sacked the ancient Singidunum
(592) Byzantine Empire regained the town
(7th century) The Avars destroyed and burnt down the town
(c. 630) The Slavs conquered Singidunum
(827) The Bulgarians took the fortress under control
(878) The first written record of the Slavic name "Beograd"
(896) Hungarian army attacked Belgrade
(971) Byzantine Empire conquered Belgrade after
(976) Emperor Samuel took the town
History - 20th century
(1903) May coup d'etat - after the assassination of King Aleksandar Obrenovic, King Petar The First Karadjordjevic came to the throne of Serbia
(1914) The Austrians bombed and captured Belgrade, but in the same year the Serbs set it free
(1915) German and Austrian troops under the command of field marshal Mackensen captured Belgrade
(1918) The Serbs and parts of allied forces set Belgrade free
(1918) Belgrade became the capital of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1923) Paris - Budapest airline was extended to Belgrade
(1927) Belgrade Airport was opened
(1929) Radio Belgrade started to broadcast
(1935) The first bridge over the Danube “Pancevacki most” was put into operation
(1941) The Germans bombed Belgrade on 6th April, and occupied it on 12th April
(1944) The Americans and other allies bombed Belgrade. On October 20, the People’s Liberation Army of Yugoslavia with help of Russian Red Army liberated Belgrade
(1945) On 29th November in Belgrade the Constitutional Assembly proclaimed the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia. Monarchy was abolished and the communist rule of Josip Broz Tito officially started
(1958) Regular TV Belgrade broadcast began
(1971) The Gazela bridge and highway through Belgrade were built
(1992) The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed. The UN Security Council imposed economic sanctions on FR Yugoslavia on 30th May
(1993) Highest hyperinflation in the history of mankind brought many citizens of Belgrade to the edge of existence
(1999) For three months NATO has bombed Yugoslavia, including targets in the center of Belgrade
(2003) Yugoslavia changed the name in Serbia and Montenegro
Modern Cyrillic was standardized about 150 years ago, mostly by the 19th century philologist Vuk Stafanovic Karadzic (1787-1864), who reformed the alphabet so that each of its 30 letters corresponds to a unique sound; this quality makes Cyrillic completely phonetic and thus very easy to read and write once one knows the spoken tongue.
He said.(maybe not completely correct quote)
write what you say and say what you write.
There is a statue of him in a square off Bulavar revolucije( Kralja Aleksandar) and underneath there is a trainstation.
This picture is very touristic, but it's one we needed to take. These are my fellow students Steve(england) Me, Ana and Tanja( Russia) and a romanian girl I simply can't remember the name off. how embaressing!
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