It’s no secret that Belgrade has endured a turbulent past. The capital of the former Yugoslavia and now informal central hub for the Balkans, Belgrade continues to be recognised as an important city that attracts many European tourists throughout the year.
While it may be popular among Europeans and the more adventurous travellers visiting Europe from abroad, Belgrade somehow remains an underrated capital that sees far fewer Westerners than it should, given its’ charm and unrivalled cultural offerings.
Getting There: Wizz Air fly from London Luton and offer some incredible deals on flights – wizzair.com.
When you arrive: Taxis from the airport are affordable but the bus is the cheapest option. It’s also a relatively quick 45 minute journey and surprisingly clean/comfortable. Take bus 72 (twice per hour) and you will soon arrive in the city centre for just 100 dinars (a little more than $1).
Where to stay: Hotel Prag is perfectly positioned and extremely well priced, around the 60 euro per night mark. It’s just a short walk to all of the main sites and attractions from here.
3 Must see sites: Belgrade Fortress, Cathedral of Saint Sava, Knez Mihailova.
Make sure you eat: Moritz Eis ice cream – an absolute must try (avoid peak times and weekends, the queue is likely to be out the door and down the street).
Make sure you drink: Belgrade is plagued with al fresco bars and restaurants, giving visitors too many options to choose from. Keep it simple: wander until you find something that takes your fancy and judge the quality based on how many people are already seated. If it’s busy, it’s good, If it’s quiet, try the next place that intrigues you.
Know before you go: It is best to avoid the topics of politics and the war, however Serbia is well and truly looking to the future as opposed to dwelling on the past. The official currency is dinars. Quality food is not hard to find…. The Serbs love their food. Belgrade is one of the cheapest capitals in Europe.
World of Wanderlust was a guest of Visit Belgrade, however my opinion is, as always, my own.