It's one of the upcoming destinations for 2010, with great style, nightlife and food. But where do you start exploring a city rising out of a memory of war? We’ve done the hard work and found you the top ten spots that’ll help you get under the skin of this fascinating metropolis.
If you only go to one bar in Belgrade, go to this one. But first you’ll need to find the address. In times of war, Serbs met in underground secret bars to drink the blues away, and the World Traveller Club was a hotspot for this kind of activity. Knock on a door, descend a mysterious passageway and find yourself cocooned in a place that serves just about every cocktail you can think of. And it’s all in secret, like an eternal lock-in. Shhhh …
Bulevar Despota Stefana 7, 11000 Belgrade.
Visit The World Traveller Club’s website.
This newly opened boutique hotel in the centre of the city is an iconic example of just how far new Belgrade has become a hotbed for style. It’s your best bet for a romantic getaway, with honeymooners revelling in its sumptuous atmosphere.
Visit townhouse27.com for more information.
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian scientist and electrical engineer who is credited with contributing to the birth of commercial electricity, helping to develop modern X-rays and inventing the radio. He was an interesting man with many odd quirks and phobias: for example, he was physically revolted by jewellery, yet bizarrely obsessed with pigeons! The museum holds thousands of original documents and photographs belonging to the scientist as well as his scientific apparatus and instruments.
For more information visit tesla-museum.org
Otherwise known as Strahinjica Bana Street. Belgrade is a place where, should you wish to, you can find bargain plastic surgery such as silicone implants, facelifts and cosmetic dentistry. It is rumoured that this bar-strewn street is where people go to show off their newly enhanced look.
This is one of the smallest and the most beautiful churches in the city, situated inside the Kalemegdan fortress. The original chapel was supposedly built in 1867 and was next to a miraculous spring. In 1937 however, it was later rebuilt by the architect Momir Korunović. Inside it is covered in stunning mosaics created by the artist Đuro Radulović between 1980-1983.
This is the site where the former Communist leader of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito, is buried. He was one of the most charismatic leaders of recent years and is still revered by many people. Kuća cveća was his place of residence and derives its name from a glassed-in winter garden where Tito used to roam among the flowers. The minimalist building now houses a museum showing off an impressive array of gifts that were given to Tito by foreign leaders.
Originally built in 1935 as a residential villa for the mayor of Belgrade, the hotel is lavishly furnished with period pieces. One is decorated in the Russian Empire style (19th century), another in the French Empire style (19th century), and one furnished in the Italian Baroque style (18th century). So you can tour classical Europe in under an hour!
For more information visit hoteladmiralclubbeograd.com
Held in Novi Sad, this music festival is about an hour’s travel from Belgrade, but is the biggest of all the festivals in the Balkans and one of the biggest in Europe. Some say it´s in danger of losing its indie vibe, but it still remains a refreshing alternative to mainstream festivals. Exit will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2010, and is likely to be one of the best music events of the summer.
For more informtion and to buy tickets visit exitfest.org
These two huge shopping malls symbolise Belgrade’s complete move away from the communist rule of earlier years and its adoption of Western capitalism. Delta City and Uće contain all the latest shops, as well as multi-screen cinemas, restaurants and play areas for kids.
Like heavy metal music, this place was once popular in the Seventies and Eighties, but sadly it was destroyed by the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. A huge revamp is due to be finished by Spring 2010 and visitors will be able to enjoy a spectacular view of Belgrade from the restaurant on top of the tower.