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    St. Michael's Cathedral

    by Odiseya Updated Apr 10, 2015

    Favorite thing: Old town in Belgrade had many interesting corners. Architecture here are very divers and it reflected different epochs of development of Belgrade and it is treat for any architecture fan or expert. There is very different architectures style stand each other.

    Fondest memory: St. Michael's Cathedral is real examples of Neoclassicism. That style is unusual for Serbian Orthodox Church south from territory that was under Habsburg monarchy.

    This is not only interesting religious and historical monument but also and special place because you can see here burials of notable Serbs. Inside church there is burial place of Miloš Obrenović I, Prince of Serbia. In front of church there is two burial place post opposite each other. Dositej Obradović, Milan Obrenović II, Prince of Serbia

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    Downtown

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    Favorite thing: Historical core of Belgrade is places of interest. Precisely, this is one part of historical center of Belgrade that connected area south from the Danube and east from the Sava river.

    There is very extensive and divers offers for visitors of choices when it comes to what to do and see. Many popular tourist attraction was there and popular restaurants. There is also and numerous bookstores and boutiques.

    Knez Mihajlova street
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    Belgrade Zoo

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 30, 2014

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    Favorite thing: The Belgrade Zoo is one of oldest zoos in Europe. Since 1936 Belgrade is home of very divers fauna. Official name of Belgrade zoo is The Belgrade Good Hope Garden.

    Fondest memory: Belgrade Zoo have very unique location. It is settled among old walls of Belgrade fortress. It even have and streets with interesting names.

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    Books

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 30, 2014

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    Favorite thing: There is very entrenched belief that books are not popular as was earlier before all new modern ways and forms of dissemination of information. But books are my favorite and earliest connection with Belgrade. Start with schools books, manuscripts and copies for study to festival of Book.
    Belgrade is center and one of leader of literacy and literature in Balkans.

    Fondest memory: I find on popular pedestrianized zone of Belgrade downtown many books on street, bookshops and libraries.

    I find here and new moment what I would like to call promotions of words and books. In Belgrade Book Fair, which is my favorite cultural event and manifestation ever, I find one interesting project.
    "Living Library" is project of presentation of people who have been discriminated against, the target of prejudice and stereotypes and that his experience talking in a direct conversation, and this year will be on the Book Fair, under the Education Fair "BELL".

    Second, in pedestrianized zone of Belgrade downtown, there is one interesting object and project. This is Open library, project and initiative of Goethe institution in Belgrade. Principle of library is very simple - each book can take as long to leave another one there, or that book he borrowed will return on time.

    Belgrade City Library Open library Books on street Belgrade Book Fair
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    Cultural events

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 29, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Belgrade is real cultural hub of Balkans. Its offers of cultural events, manifestation, institutions are enormous and very divers.
    City is organizer or co-organizer many traditional cultural events, manifestations and public celebration for every possible reason. It is also support many smaller, independent creative project.
    Local art and culture is real potential and inspiration.
    This is biggest reason why I would like to live here in spite all odds.

    There are many places of interests for art and culture.

    Fondest memory: Belgrade's diverse cultural offer that can truly enrich your stay here.

    You don't even go far or pay your ticket. Art is note that enrich chaotic mess of big city. Its streets are full of inspiration.

    I remember that in city center I always pay attention to street artist. You could witness and creation of art peaces or be part of it.

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    Belgrade Fair

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 25, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Belgrade Fair is popular attraction. It have events through whole year on every possible reasons.
    Whole complex is huge. It have interesting architecture details that I like.

    Fondest memory: My favorite event there is Belgrade international book fair. I visit it regularly few years. You can see complex cultural offer. If you have luck enough you can meet and greet yours favorite book authors.

    Ljubivoje Rsumović Architecture Belgrade Book Fair Belgrade Book Fair
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    Sava promenade exhibit

    by Odiseya Updated Nov 23, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Panoramic look of Kalemegdan, its terraces, massive walls, towers and monuments were the inspiration through the centuries.

    Fondest memory: I discover exhibit section on Sava promenade. It is nice concept of using public space for presentation of local art and culture. I just love it!!!

    There is two sets of presentation boards. Base of boards is in shape of triangle and each of them have three side. Boards are big and with Serbian and English inscription.
    All exhibit I saw have good concept with nice photography. It show how theme is connected with local and national history, art and culture and promotion of tourism and it have good concept of presentation.

    I especial liked exhibit call "Belgrade in old postcards 1895-1941" and exhibit "National Library of Serbia from 1832 to 2013".

    Sava promenade exhibit Sava promenade exhibit Sava promenade exhibit Old postcard from exhibit
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    Gypsy Music

    by antistar Updated Jan 8, 2014

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    Favorite thing: I love the Gypsy music of the Balkans. And while most Serbians seem to hate it, it has strong roots here too. Boban Markovic is the king of Belgradian gypsy music, having appeared with his band as the gypsy trumpeters that follow the two gangsters throughout Underground, a cult Serbian movie with great music orchestrated by Bosnian-Serb Goran Bregovic. Bregovic is also great, but he's more likely to be seen in the US than Serbia these days.

    Gypsy bands play in some restaurants, at one or two clubs, or at the station when a young man is leaving to join the army. The best place to listen to it, however, is probably at the Guca festival, in a small village a few hours from Belgrade. This is held once a year and attracts the best gypsy bands from the entire region. It's a festival I intend to travel to one year very soon.

    If you want to listen to Gypsy music of the region try:

    Goran Bregovic (Bosnian Serb), especially the soundtracks to Underground and Black Cat/White Cat;
    Boban Markovic (Serbian);
    Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia);
    Fanfare Ciocarlia (Romania);
    Taraf de Haidouk (Romania).

    Also check out anything by German DJ Shantel and the Bucovina Club. He creates amazing dance floor remixes of Balkan music, and became so popular that his small Frankfurt club got world recognition and started a perpetual world tour. Last time the show was on tour, they were supporting Borat of Ali G fame.

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    Walking around Old Belgrade

    by MacedonianUK Updated Feb 1, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Old Belgrade is wonderfully full of surprises..
    I discovered very good walking Guide around Belgrade by Lj Chorovich.
    It has 10 different walks, all lasting around 3 hrs, and its takes you around very interesting neighborhoods in the old part of town. Also one such a walk include Zemun and one is solely dedicated to Kalemegdan fortress.

    Worth every effort to get out and spend morning or afternoon walking the streets.
    Belgrade hides lots of history and interesting facts. Lots of famous ppl lived and worked in this city. So get the book and start exploring.
    Make sure you have plenty of water, good walking boots and lots of camera batteries.
    Book can be purchised at any good book shop in town, specially the numerous ones on Knez Mihajlova Stor you can try on Amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/Belgrade-Tourist-Guide-Ljubica-Corovic/dp/8677812423

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    Republic Square

    by etfromnc Written Aug 15, 2011

    Favorite thing: I have been assured that Republic Square is not the literal center of Belgrade but it is only about 100 yards from Terazije which is the official center of Belgrade. Nevertheless, every time that I have been asked to meet someone in Belgrade it has been either "at the horse statue,"(which is in Republic Square) or at the train/bus station. Many bus lines stop by Republic Square. It is also the site of some of Belgrade's most recognizable public buildings, including the National Museum and the National Theatre.
    "The horse statue" is actually a bronze statue of Prince Michael (or Mihailo" on a horse, by the Italian sculptor Enrico Pazzi. It was erected in 1882 in honor of the Prince's most important political achievement, the complete expulsion of the Turks from Serbia and liberation of the remaining seven cities within what was then (in 1867) Serbian territory. The names of the cities are carved on plates on the monument, on the statue's pedestal, and the prince is allegedly sculpted with his hand pointing toward Constantinople, indicating where he wanted the Turks to go. However, his hand actually points to the north-east instead of the south-east, which is the cottect direction from Belgrade to Turkey. In recent years, the honor accorded to Prince Mihailo has declined significantly and the statue is often referred to simply as kod konja (Serbian for 'at the horse'). Even the nearby restaurant is named, Kod Konja.

    Republic Square: the horse & Natl Theater VTers waiting at the horse statue Prince Mihailo & horse overlooking waiting VTers How long must i wait?  Almost finished the Qu'ran.
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    Walking sunday

    by xaver Written Oct 8, 2010

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    Favorite thing: A sunday morning I woke up in Belgrade and, after breakfast started going for a walk. Being my hotel in a pedestrian area, at the beginning I did not notice what was happening but soon realised all the city centre was traffic free, no cars, no busses, no taxi, nothing. This is not the first time I see a walking town centre but it's the first time I see that in a big city and, the free space for people to walk, skate bike and play with ball was impresseive as the streets were huge.

    Fondest memory: I really left Belgrade thinking of this sunday morning with citizens enjoying the streets usually full of cars, noise, smell. I don't think this happens all the sundays, but it was a nice chance to actually measure how much space transports need.

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    The Cyrillic alphabet

    by georeiser Written Feb 18, 2010

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    Fondest memory: The cyrillic alphabet is hard to understand for foreigners. How to pronounce...

    А = a
    Б = b
    В = v
    Г = g
    Д = d
    Е = je
    Ё = jø
    Ж = zh
    З = z
    И = i
    Й = j
    К = k
    Л = l
    М = m
    Н = n
    О = o
    П = p
    Р = r
    С = s
    Т = t
    У = u
    Ф = f
    Х = h
    Ц = ts
    Ч = tsj
    Ш = sj
    Щ = sjtsj
    Ъ = _
    Ы = y
    Ь = '
    Э = e
    Ю = ju
    Я = ja

    The Cyrillic alphabet
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    Bonio's good beer guide!

    by bonio Updated Jun 5, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Here's a few of the local beers we found,
    Jelen was the usual offering and probably our favourite, also the wonderfully named "Lav" was common also tried a dark beer made by Nikšiæko which was pretty tasty too.
    As ever local beers far cheaper than imported ones.
    For info (in Serbian) try http://www.jelenpivo.com/
    Friendliest bar visited "CYTP" corner is the Cyrillic spelling and my translation is Sutr corner.
    It's close to the Red Star stadium on Bulevar JNA, stadium side of the roundabout. Lovely friendly place for a beer.

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    Relaxing day by the river

    by MacedonianUK Updated May 2, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Well Belgrade has lots to offer. Great out door caffes, shopping, parks, arhitecture, rocking nitelife, great restaurants....
    Recently voted for one of the Party towns in Europe. As is emerging from the isolation, Belgarde is relativly cheap and funky.
    What I like out the City, is that have lots to offer, from backpaking, budget hotels, to refined dinning, also it is great for familys. So if you have your young ones with you, and you are questioning do you go there , do not think , just go.

    stroll by the river Danube Lifes priority. Danube & Ratno ostrvo (war island

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    Online map of Belgrade

    by lakijanovic Updated Jun 11, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This online map might be usefull for those who plan to visit Belgrade.

    CLICK HERE for online map of Belgrade

    There is an option for english and a solid tips for search by name and category, or by street name.
    On planplus you can find also other cities in Serbia like Novi Sad, Nis, Kraljevo...

    Enjoy. :)

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