Favorite thing: All book lovers, the end of October is perfect time to visit Belgrade! It's the time when Belgrade International Book Fair (Medjunarodni Beogradski Sajam Knjiga) takes place.
Here you can find a great number of books, Serbian or in some other languages, under the same roof!
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Favorite thing: A lovely park at the confluence of Sava river into the Danube! This particular view is the alley where every important person from the world politics planted a tree in the post WWII area, during Tito's time.
Sv. Vasilije Ostroški
Favorite thing: The church of St. Vasilije Ostroški is situated on Novi Beograd (New Belgrade), at Bežanijska kosa. It is rather new, completed only couple of years ago. I live nearby. :)
It's a pretty weird, unusual church, completely round and with an isolated thin tower, not resembling Orthodox arxhitecture at all, but I guess that the novelty in religious architecture is becoming popular around Serbia.
This is my grrrrrreat friend Sylvia (Skipka at VT) in front of it last summer.
Favorite thing: The Tourist info is very helpfull and they speak English very well. They are an example for many other tourist information agencies. You can get free maps here and they give you the additional "where are we & what you must see nearby talk" without asking.
The Tourist info can be found in the main hall of the train station and at several places in the citycenter including the underground passageways at Terrazije.
A Souvenir that makes you an instant billionaire
Favorite thing: Though you don't see many tourists, they are around. So you also are able to buy some souvenirs. A good option is to buy a pack of banknotes. Locals usually sell these for about 4/5 Euro in the park. You get a pack with banknotes made during 1992/1993 when there was an economic crisis. The notes vary from 100 dinar to 1,000,000,000 dinar (totally useless though). Oh yeah... you can't pay them anymore.
Tourist information centres
Favorite thing: - Belgrade Airport, Phone: 601-555, 605-555 ext. 2638
- Central Railway Station, Phone: 361-2732, 36-12-645
(09.00-20.00, sat 09.00-17.00, sunday closed)
- Terazije, pedestrian subway by "Albanija" Tower,
Phone: 635-622, Phone/Fax 635-343
(09.00-20.00, sat 09.00-17.00, sun 10.00-16.00)
- Knez Mihailova 18, Phone: 2629-992
(09.00-21.00, sat 09.00-17.00, sun 10.00-16.00)
- Sava River Port, Kara©¢or©¢eva (march - november)
Zemun Tourist Center, Zmaj Jovina 14, Phone: 192-094
Tourist Guide Association, Deãanska 1, Phone: 324-8379
Favorite thing: There are different festivals and cultural events in Belgrade all year round. For example the Film festival in March (this year it was opened by Catherine Denevue), the upcoming beer festival or Belgrade's fashion week. To find out about events taking place, simply visit:
Vegetarians you can relax!
Favorite thing: I read on so many pages of VT that vegetarians will die in Belgrade and find it impossible to find anything without meat. I don't think it's really that hard, there are many great and tasty things to eat that are suitable for vegetarians. We have many nice salads, pastries, fish dishes and so on. So relax Vegetarians, you won't starve in Belgrade!
Buy this book!
Favorite thing: A huge problem for tourists visiting Belgrade is that there is very little tourist information available. However, there is one book that is great and should be read by anybody visitng Belgrade, I even used it for info for this page. It's called "Guide to Belgrade" by Ljubica Corovic. There is a version available in English, you can buy it at: http://www.gerila.com/knjige/katalog/504.htm
GASTRONOMY GUIDE- MAIN COURSE
Favorite thing: BEANS is among the favorite local dishes that come in many forms, from soup to chowder, vegetarian and "army style". Beans are cooked with chopped onions, bay leaf and addition of meats, diced bacon or smoked spareribs, with roux in the end. Beans are usually accompanied with sausage, pork chops or similar kinds of meat. Salad is an indispensable accompaniment to beans. We recommend cabbage or roast peppers in oil with garlic. You will appreciate beer or spritzer with it.
Sauerkraut is traditional on the winter menu.
But, we also eat fresh cabbage, as salad, or cooked in many ways. PODVARAK is one of them. One cabbage is chopped in thin slices and sautéed on chopped onion. The vegetables are placed on fat with addition of diced bacon. It is subsequently baked in the oven and served with turkey or pork roast. It is a must on a Serbian dining table for winter holidays. High quality red wine will pair nicely with it.
WEDDING CABBAGE is cooked in a large clay pot for hours on end. It is made of sauerkraut, pieces of mutton, beef, pork and smoked meet with lots of onions and spices (pepper, salt, bay leaves). The taste of the dish is heavenly, and good red wine will make it even better.
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Gastronomy Guide - more meat
Favorite thing: No celebration is complete without SPIT-ROASTED MEAT. But, why only holidays and celebrations? Traveling across our country, you will note spit-roasted lambs or suckling pigs above coal grill as a part of the scenery. The roast is sold by the kilo, and is eaten with fresh salad, or, in winter, with pickles. Red wine will be a nice addition to it.
VEAL CUTLET OF SUMADIJA is prepared of veal cutlet with addition of Serbian white cheese, tomato, bacon, sour cream, potato, rice and hot chili peppers. Good red wine will make a good match.
The tradition of meet preservation with smoking is illustrated with lot of SMOKED MEAT on the menus of local restaurants. The most popular of all is smoked de-boned pork back, but cut longitudinally, as opposed to chops and subsequently grilled. It is usually served with Serbian salad. Some quality red wine will be a pleasant accompaniment to this meal.
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Gastronomy Guide - Drinks
Favorite thing: Regardless of the region of their origin the choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages offered in Belgrade restaurants is truly commendable.
Particularly reputed are restaurants that keep selected types of brandies and wines from their own cellars.
We suggest you try some of the local brands of drinks
Fondest memory: FRUIT BRANDIES blended naturally
(plums, grapes, herbs):
Prepeèenica, Šljivovica, Klekovaèa, Lozovaèa, Travarica, Lincura...
PINK AND RED WINES:
"Car Lazar", Merlot, Kratošija, Plavac, Dingaè, Vranac, Blatina, Ružica, Roze...
Banatski rizling, Karlovaèki rizling, Semion, Smederevka, Burgundac, Žilavka, Traminac, Krstaè...
Beogradsko, Nikšiæko, Vajfert, Pils, Lav...
Next, Golf ,Nectar...
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The Cyrillic Alphabet
Favorite thing: 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
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Favorite thing: 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!
Favorite thing: The Municipality of Sopot covers an area of 27,075 hectares, which is inhabited by a population of 20,527.
The name Sopot is of Old Slavic origin and it means - "a spring or water that pours out". The township of Sopot developed amidst the village of Ropocevo and it was mentioned for the first time on Langer’s map from the beginning of the 19th century, where Ropocevo and Sopot were plotted as separate villages. It has been within the community of Belgrade municipalities since 1956.
Fondest memory: The Day of the Municipality of Sopot is July 2, the date of formation of the Kosmaj Partisan Detachment.
Address: Sopot, Kosmajski trg 5
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