About Serbia & Belgrade

Republic of Serbia is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe in the southern Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. It borders Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; Macedonia to the south; Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro to the west. Serbia numbers around 7 million residents.Its capital, Belgrade, ranks among the oldest and largest cities in southeastern Europe.

Serbian Dinar is the currency and the language is Serbian while the official script is Cyrillic. In its multinational environment other languages such as Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, and Croatian are also in use. Latin script, which is very widespread in Serbia, is also learned in schools. The dominant religion among the majority of population is Orthodox Christianity (84.98 percent), followed by Roman Catholic, Islam and Protestantism.

Belgrade

It is interesting to know that Serbia is the largest exporter of raspberry in the world. Moreover, Serbia is one of the leading exporters of plum, apple and pear export in Europe as well. Another entertaining fact about this country is that its clock making industry goes way back than the famous Swiss one. In general, this country is famous for its festivities. You shouldn’t be surprised when you get kissed as many as three times, as such are the customs in Serbia, just like yelling out “Živeli!” (Cheers!) by which you reciprocate the host’s kindness in the best way.

Belgrade (Beograd) is the capital of Serbia, and has a population of around 1.6 million. It is situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Belgrade is famous for being the capital of Serbian culture, education, science and economy.

In the inner area of the City of Belgrade there are over 5,500 streets, 16 plazas and 32 squares. The oldest streets that have retained their original routes are: Vase Čarapića, Kralja Petra, Cara Dušana, Jevrejska, Narodnogfronta, GavrilaPrincipa, and Karađorđeva Streets. The oldest square is the Student Square, and the most famous one is the Republic Square.

KnezMihailova Street is a pedestrian zone and shopping center. The interesting fact about this zone is that it is protected by law as one of the oldest and most valuable monumental complexes of the city.  High above the Sava and Danube confluence, on the rocky ridge which opens the view of Novi Beograd, Zemun and wide plains of Pannonia, there is the Belgrade Fortress with Kalemegdan, the former historical and urban center of Belgrade. This spatial complex consists of: The Fortress, divided into Upper Town and Lower Town, and the Kalemegdanpark, the most popular promenade for Belgrade citizens. Kalemegdan now includes the Military Museum, CvijetaZuzorić Art Pavilion, City Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments, Zoo, a children’s amusement park, a large number of sports fields, restaurants and so forth.

Additional important sights in Belgrade are the National Museum, the National Theathre, the Palace of the Assembly of Serbia, the White Palace, “?” Café, KonakKnezaMilosa, KonakKneginjeLjubice, Kapetan-MisinoZdanje, 

Belgrade city public transport is provided through a network of bus, trolleybus and tram routes run by GSP “Beograd”. Serbia has continental climate, with hot summers, especially in Belgrade.

Due to the geographical location of this country and accessibility a lot of meetings and conferences are organized in Belgrade. The developments of Hotels and Conventions centers are visible throughout the city.

Trying out local food is a must. People tend to eat at local bistros called  kafanas. You can try the Ćevapi (or ćevapčići) small sausage, Pljeskavicaa popular patty dishadPečenje meaning roasted meat. Traditional Ribljačorba or Ribljipaprikaš (fish stew with tomato juice and paprika) are also amongst some of the famous Serbian dish. If you want to try some local pastry have a bite of Gibanica, Burek or Proja.

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