- Belgrade is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them.
Belgrade (Serbian: Београд, Beograd) — meaning 'White City' — is the capital of the Republic of Serbia. Various styles of architecture dominate the city while its recent resurgence as the leading hub in south-eastern Europe makes it a must-see destination.
Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and is, as such, the country's largest city with a population of about 1.7 million people. It lies on the confluence of the two major European rivers, Sava and Danube. The city has a long history, dating back to the 4th century BC, when the area was settled by Celtic tribes. Later on, it became the Roman city of Singidunum, and relics of that era can still be seen in the city, particularly at Kalemegdan Fortress. During the Middle Ages the town changed hands between the Kingdom of Hungary and the Serbian Despotate (of which it was the capital) until 1521, when it was captured by the Ottoman Empire. Until Serbia retained its independence in 1878, the city again changed hands multiple times, but between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburg Empire.
After the First World War, Belgrade became the seat of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, from 1929) until its collapse in 1941, after the subsequent German invasion. During the Second World War it was the seat of the Nazi puppet Government of National Salvation and it was heavily bombed twice, once by the Germans and once by the Allies. It was again liberated by the joint Yugoslav - Soviet Army.
In 1945 Belgrade became the capital of communist Yugoslavia (although the country wasn't part of the Eastern Bloc after the notorious Yugoslav - Soviet split in 1948), led by Marshal Josip Broz Tito until his death in 1980. During this period Belgrade became the economic, cultural and political center of the Balkans, as the country was balancing itself between the East and the West.
This period of stability did not last, and the country broke up into five new republics after the Yugoslav wars. Not long after that, the city saw violence again in 1999, as it was heavily bombed for 78 days by NATO forces. Finally in 2006, the city became the capital city of the independent Republic of Serbia. This often violent history and outside influence has colored much of Belgrade's evolution, which is evident in its culture and architecture. Often caught between the hammer and anvil of clashing empires, the city has taken on a unique character, reminiscent of both Austrian and Turkish influences, with a unique set of Communist elements thrown in by the Marshal Tito Government. Yet, the city has its own spirit, and in it can be found some not only unique features, but also a healthy joie de vivre in its café culture, nightlife and often a Mediterranean flavor in its lifestyle.
While there isn't much ethnic or cultural diversity in Belgrade compared to other European cities, there are some minority communities (largely Roma and Chinese), as well as people from other former Yugoslav republics, such as Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia. There is also a small expat community.
Cultural events from around the world, however, are starting to become increasingly common, particularly in the spring and summer months, due to the involvement of local arts and culture organizations, as well as foreign embassies and cultural centers. These attract a good deal of local attention, and are helping in raising the city's profile as a cultural hotspot. Belgrade is an energetic city re-discovering its tourism potential.
Belgrade has a typical humid continental climate. Temperatures from December to January are usually around freezing during the night and around 5°C (42°F) during the day. The mercury can occasionally drop down to -10°C (14°F) when cold waves from Siberia hit Serbia and the record low is -18°C (0°F). Snow is frequent during the winter and can fall as early as November and as late as April. Winters are also really cloudy with only 65.4 hours of sunlights on average in December. Summers on the other hand are sunny and can become hot during the afternoon and the heat can feel much more oppressive in the city. Temperatures can reach 35°C (95°F) sometimes and, rarely, 38°C (100°F). The record high is 43.6°C (110.5°F). Belgrade also receives a moderate amount of precipitation during the summer mainly in the form of thunderstorms.
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (IATA: BEG) is 18km west of the city center, located in the vicinity of Surčin and is the home base of Air Serbia (IATA: JU), which flies to nearly 50 destinations worldwide. The airport has been recently renovated and new facilites have been opened as it is becoming a regional hub. Other major airlines that fly to Belgrade are Aeroflot, Qatar Airways, Turkish, Lufthansa, Austrian, Alitalia and Swiss International. Discount and no-frills carriers offer a modest number of flights, including Wizz Air, Pegasus Airlines, Germanwings, Norwegian Air, easyJet, FlyDubai. Here is the full list of carriers which operate to and from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport:
|Airline + destinations|
|Aeroflot  - Moscow - Sheremetyevo|
|Aegean Airlines  - Athens|
|Air Cairo  - Hurghada|
|Air Serbia  - Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Athens, Banja Luka, Beirut, Berlin - Tegel, Brussels - Zaventem, Bucharest - Henri Coanda, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik (seasonal), Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Istanbul - Atatürk, Kiev - Boryspil, Larnaca, Ljubljana, London - Heathrow, Milan - Malpensa, Monastir, Moscow -Sheremetyevo, New York - JFK, Ohrid (seasonal), Paris - Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Prague, Rome - Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Split, Stockholm - Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Tivat, Vienna, Warsaw - Chopin, Zagreb, Zürich|
|Aviolet  (operated by Air Serbia) - Almería, Antalya, Aqaba, Barcelona - El Prat, Bodrum, Burgas, Catania, Cephalonia, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Dalaman, Girona, Heraklion, Hurghada, Karpathos, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lefkada, Lemnos, Mytilene, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Sharm el-Sheikh, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Zakynthos (all seasonal)|
|Alitalia  - Rome - Fiumicino|
|Austrian Airlines  - Vienna|
|Belavia  - Budapest, Minsk|
|Croatia Airlines  - Split, Dubrovnik (seasonal)|
|easyJet  - Geneva|
|Etihad Airways  - Abu Dhabi|
|flyDubai  - Dubai|
|LOT Polish Airlines  - Warsaw - Chopin|
|Lufthansa  - Frankfurt, Munich|
|Montenegro Airlines  - Podgorica, Tivat|
|Norwegian  - Copenhagen - Kastrup, Oslo - Gardermoen, Stockholm - Arlanda,|
|Pegasus Airlines  - Istanbul - Sabiha Gökçen|
|Qatar Airways  - Doha|
|Qeshm Air  - Tehran - Imam Khomeini|
|Swiss International Airlines  - Zürich, Geneva|
|TAROM  - Bucharest - Henri Coanda|
|Tunisair  - Enfidha, Tunis|
|Turkish Airlines  - Istanbul - Atatürk|
|Vueling Airlines  - Barcelona - El Prat (summer seasonal)|
|Wizz Air  - Basel, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Gothenburg - Landvetter, Karlsruhe - Baden Baden, Larnaca, London - Luton, Malmö, Memmingen, Paris - Beauvais Tille, Stockholm - Skavsta|
To travel between the airport and the city consult the website of Nikola Tesla Airport with information on how to get to or from Belgrade, go to the link associated here.
- Bus 72 runs approx. 2x per hour from upper departures level at Terminal 1 to Zeleni Venac market in the city centre. The tickets (except for the one ride ticket) can be bought from the shop that sells food and newspapers inside the departures hall, although they may not be available and suggest you buy on the bus. The trip takes about 40 - 60 minutes (depending on the traffic) and the buses run from 04:00 to 00:00. See this URL link for the current schedule and route map. As of November 2018, the ticket prices are:
- 89 RSD (time-limited ticket, 90 minutes)
- 150 (one ride ticket, this is the price if the ticket is bought in the bus).
- 280 RSD (daily ticket)
- 720 RSD (3 day ticket)
- 1100 RSD (5 day ticket)
- Minibus A1, operates between the airport and Slavija Square, stopping at Fontana (Novi Beograd) and Belgrade - Glavna railway station. The buses are comfortable and air-conditioned. The fare is 300 RSD, which is paid on-board; be sure to tell the driver what your destination is before departure. The trip takes 30-40 minutes.
- If you prefer to take a taxi, read General precautions below. The taxi fare from the airport is fixed - most taxi companies have a price list in multiple languages. The price range is from 1400 RSD to Novi Beograd, 1800 RSD to central Belgrade and from 2200 RSD to the suburbs. Luggage fees are usually non - existent, but some companies charge them for luggage which weighs over 30 kg. You can order a taxi by phone or simply go upstairs to the left until you get to the departure section and catch one of the taxis dropping off passengers. You can find the list of the most reliable taxi companies which operate out of Nikola Tesla airport on this link 
It is worth noting that you cannot change dinars inside the airport, and while the airport shops will accept dinars, all prices will be stated in Euros.
It's also worth noting that the airport duty free is vastly overpriced. For example, bottles of viljamovka - pear rakija with a pear grown inside the bottle - sells for the equivalent of around 10 euros in convenience stores throughout the city centre but is priced at 74 euros in the airport. If you're planning to take bottles home as souvenirs you would be best placing them in your hold luggage.
Update The Main Railway Station - Glavna Railway Station - in the centre of the city is closed.
As of 1 July 2018 all domestic and international trains depart from and arrive to the new main railway station officially called Beograd Centar but more commonly known by the name Prokop amongst locals. The exception to this are the Belgrade-Bar trains which depart from Topčider Station (reached using tram No. 3).
The new Beograd Centar - Prokop station is located between the Senjak and Autokomanda areas of Belgrade and can be reached by public transport, by taking buses 34 and 36, trolleybuses 40 and 41.
The new Prokop station has minimal facilities for now so it is recommended that you buy everything you need for your journey before arriving at the station, such as food and water.
- Budapest: Two daily trains between Budapest and Belgrade. InterCity Avala leaves at 12:05 from Budapest - Keleti station, arriving in Belgrade at 20:13. Another daily train, the Ivo Andrić leaves at 08:05 from Budapest - Keleti station, arriving at 16:32. In addition to that, the overnight train Beograd leaves at 22:25 from Budapest - Keleti station and arrives to Belgrade at 6:21. There are reservation - free seats for all trains. One way ticket is 15 EUR and the return ticket is 26 EUR (this offer is called the "Belgrade special", as of July 2016). Beware of people posing as very friendly guards, trying to enter your sleeping compartments on the night train from Belgrade to "help" you, as they are trying to rob you. They will leave your compartment door unlocked and rob you when you fall asleep. Do not listen to them and ask them to show you their work credentials to be sure. Also it is good to secure your door apart from the lock, just to make sure, as these people know how to break into compartments. This is known to have occured as soon as you cross the border into Hungary, but it is a quite rare occurence.
- Ljubljana: One daytime train, leaving at 8:25 and one seasonal night train, leaving at 21:05. There is a discounted Belgrade Special ticket, non - refundable and bound to specified train and day, costs 29 EUR (one way, reservation included in price).
- Podgorica and Bar, Montenegro: One daytime and one night train (plus 2 more during the summer season). The price to Bar is 21 EUR plus a 3 EUR compulsory seat reservation or 6 EUR couchette reservation (6 seats).
- Skopje: One daytime train, leaving at 8:20 and a night train, leaving at 22:14. Return ticket costs EUR 32.60 EUR ("Serbia special").
- Sofia: One night train, which leaves at 20:30. One way ticket costs 20.60 EUR and 6 EUR for couchette reservation.
- Thessaloniki: There is a train which leaves at 18:30. One way ticket costs 33.80 EUR, return 54 EUR.
- Timişoara: Two daily trains (6:50h and 15:38h). You'll have to make 2 easy train changes to Belgrade: First, from Timişoara - Nord station take the short train trip to Vršac station and then you catch a train from Vršac station to Belgrade - Dunav station. The return ticket from Timişoara - Nord to Belgrade - Dunav costs 14 EUR, just ask for the "Banat Special". There are no direct trains to Bucharest.
- Vienna: Daily train from Vienna - Hauptbanhof at 9:12h. The return ticket costs 70 EUR.
- Zagreb: One daytime train, leaving at 11:05 and one night train, leaving at 23:48. The regular ticket costs 24.40 EUR one way, while the return ticket costs 48.80 EUR. It is important to emphasize that every additional passenger has a 50% discount for the return ticket (just ask for the "City Star" ticket). For example, the "City Star" return ticket costs 73.20 EUR for two passengers.
Belgrade Bus Station, also known as BAS (short for Beogradska Autobuska Stanica), is right next to the central train station, in Karađorđeva street. While coach service to national and international destinations is frequent and departure times are usually reliable, beware that the arrival times may be not. The timetables aren't clearly posted and are in Serbian only, so ask for information inside the terminal. When buying a bus ticket for national travel, you will also receive a token to enter the platform area. For international travel, you will be given a paper stub to present at the platform gate.
Be aware that most coach drivers will charge you a fee of approximately 100 RSD per bag for baggage handling in the cargo compartment, though this is not a uniform practice with international travel. Also beware that drivers rarely speak English or any other foreign language. Inform yourself about your trip prior to departure as much as you can; if in doubt, ask a fellow passenger for assistance. Coach travel in Serbia is a hit-and-miss experience. While there is a huge number of companies to chose from, not all of them have clean, modern coach fleets, particularly for travel within Serbia or to neighbouring ex - Yugoslav countries. Coaches are more often clean and modern when embarking on trips to Western Europe. For long trips, drivers usually stop for 15 min breaks roughly every two hours, though this isn't by any means guaranteed. Pack appropriately with food and bottled water. When disembarking on breaks during the trip, make sure to either secure your belongings, or take them with you. When you get off the bus, you'll probably be offered a taxi ride or baggage - carrying by some men. Do not accept these offers. They may be illegal and the intention may be to rip you off.
For international trips to the rest of Europe, Lasta is the Eurolines carrier.
If you are coming from Hungary, you should use the E75 highway (M5 in Hungary, A1 in Serbia). After crossing the border at Horgoš - Röszke, you will pass through Subotica and Novi Sad. It is 2 hour ride from the border.
Use the E763 highway, also known as the Ibarska magistrala (M22 in Serbia). After crossing the border at Gostun - Dobrakovo, you are going pass through Zlatibor, Užice and Čačak before reaching Belgrade, But beware that this is a mountainous road and accidents are common, especially during the summer. It takes about 5 - 6 hours from the border to Belgrade. Also beware of the road works, as the road is slowly being upgraded to a dual - carriageway. The first section, from Ljig to Preljina will open on the 25th of August, 2016.
From Slovenia and Croatia
Use the E75 highway (A1 in Macedonia and Serbia). You will cross the border at Tabanovce - Preševo, and go through Niš and Kragujevac, before reaching Belgrade. It takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes to get to Belgrade.
Use the E80, and the E75 highways (A4 and A1 in Serbia). After crossing the border at Kalotina - Gradina, use to E80 to Niš, and join into the E75 there, continuing to Belgrade. It takes 4 hours to complete the trip from the border.
Use the Tirana - Priština highway, then continue to Niš and join into the E75 highway to Belgrade. It takes 6 hours to complete the trip from the first border. Beware that you will be crossing 2 borders, out of which, one is administrative.
Belgrade lies where the rivers Sava and the Danube meet. Passenger ships enable you to reach every place along the Danube in a very convenient and meditative manner with many fascinating attractions along the way, but it is a quite slow and rather expensive way of travelling.
Belgrade is located on European bicycle route Eurovelo 6 which connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea.
By public transportEdit
GSP Beograde (ГСП in Serbian Cyrillic) operates extensive public transport network of buses, trolleybuses, and trams in the city and suburbs. Maps are available online. There is a BusPlus android app for checking wait times for the next vehicle to arrive at any given stop. Also you can use the Plan Plus website and Android App for route planning
There are 12 tram lines, hundreds of bus lines, 8 trolleybus lines, and 9 public minibus lines (E1–E9).
Bus Plus is the payment system for all modes of public transport except minibuses. From the 1st of October the prices of fares have changed and new tariff zones have been introduced.
There are two farecard options for non-residents, which can be bought at kiosks:
- Paper card for 40 RSD (plus credit for rides). These last for one use only . They are used for one-day tickets, three-day tickets and five-day tickets. This is probably the best option for tourists.
- Plastic card for 250 RSD (plus credit for rides) valid for 3 years. They can be used for all types of fares.
City transport is divided into four tariff zones. The first tariff zone is for all the buses within the inner city limits, the second tariff zone includes the outer city area, the third zone includes the suburban areas of Grocka, Barajevo, Sopot and Obrenovac and the forth zone includes the cities of Mladenovac and Lazarevac. You can see the full map of the new tariff system here. If you are staying in Belgrade, you will mostly be riding in the first tariff zone, therefore the prices in this article are for the first and the second tariff zone. You can see the full prices here.
If you are riding through several tariff zones, you have to select the appropriate tariff zone on the ticket validator before validating the ticket. The validator can be confusing at first glance but there is an option for the English language on the top right corner of the validator (press ENG). Just select the zone to where you want to ride to and validate the ticket (of course if you are riding through only one zone you do not have to do that). You also have a option to validate a group ticket on the validator. Every station should be clearly marked on which zone it belongs to, and you also have the option to check the validator what stop is the next one and which zone it belongs to (the Serbian word for zone is "Zona" ).
You cannot purchase a ticket for a single ride. This ticket has been replaced by a 90-minute ticket and the price is RSD89. When you enter a bus, you have to validate your ticket on a validator and from then on you can ride on any bus for the next 90 minutes. Every time you enter the bus you have to validate your ticket. Keep in mind that the 90-minute period in which your ticket is valid does not mean you have to leave the bus once the 90 minutes are up, but you cannot validate the ticket anymore once the 90 minutes expire. For example, if you enter the first bus and validate your ticket at 13:30, you can enter another bus at 14:59, validate your ticket and ride the bus as long as you want.
If you plan to use the public transportation often, you can buy a 1-day ticket (280 RSD), a 3-day ticket (720RSD) or a 5-day ticket(1100RSD) using your BusPlus card. These types of tickets are different from the 90-minutes ticket - the time limit for these tickets start when you buy them, not when you validate your ticket when you enter your bus. When you buy this type of ticket, you will get a reciept which will tell you when exactly does your ticket expire. These tickets also have to be validated when you enter the bus. Also note that these types of tickets are not valid for the night buses(from 00:00 hours untill 04:00 hours, also there are some daily buses that depart at 00:00. The night buses have the N suffix on the number of the line). If the ticket is purchased from the driver, the fare is 150RSD and the ticket is valid for one ride only. Children under the age of 7 ride free.
All tickets (except those bought from the driver) must be validated on machines inside the vehicle. Tickets are also valid for BG:Voz commuter rail, but not for BeoVoz and minibuses.
Minibus fares are RSD150, payable to the driver.
Ticket inspection in the daily buses is carried out by the Direction of public transportation of Belgrade and the "BusPlus" company. You will recognize the ticket inspectors easily as they carry small black devices for the ticket inspection. If you are caught without a ticket the fine is 2000RSD and you can pay on the spot (you will then receive a receipt and you can use it to ride until the end of the day with no additional charge) or you can give the ticket inspectors your identification card so you can receive your fine of 6000RSD (3000RSD if you pay in the next 8 days). The fine is regulated by the Penal Code of the Republic of Serbia. Please note that you are not obliged to give the ticket inspectors your identification card, but if you refuse the ticket inspector may call the communal police. It is for the best however that you save yourself the inconvenience and buy the ticket. If you are caught without one, or the ticket wasn't validated for some reason, apologize to the ticket inspectors and ask to get off at the next stop.
Daily transport starts at 04:00 and ends at 00:00. Night transportation is operated only by buses. It is sparse and goes every half-hour to every hour, but there are plans to make all night lines depart every half-hour. It is best to ask where and when to use it since some of the night lines are modified versions of the daily ones. Here is a map of night lines.
Tram Line 2 is famous in the city with a circular route, running in both directions. The circle is known as krug dvojke (#2's circle) and rings the central city streets. Line 3 is famous for a beautiful neighborhoods it goes through, particularly Miloš's Konak Park.3
By commuter railEdit
BG:Voz (BG:Train) is an additional line. These trains run according to schedule which is every 30 minutes (15 minutes on rush hour). Timetables for both Beovoz and Bg:Voz are available here .
Note that trains are often late and delayed.
Taxis are cheap by European standards, though far more expensive than anywhere else in Serbia.
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Taxi scams are common in Belgrade. It is always best if you order taxi by phone since your order will be saved in the operator database. Here is the official info about taxi service in Belgrade. Taxi fares are regulated by the government and are as follows: RSD140 to start a ride, RSD55-110 per kilometer (depending on time of day) and RSD12.5 per minute waiting time.
Be sure to chose a taxi with a roof sign with the city coat of arms and a number, indicating it's a city-regulated radio taxi. Never take a privately owned cab - the ones with the white marker on the top that does not list the name of the company - since you can pay up to four times the normal price. Also, legal taxis must have their license plates ending with TX (for example: BG-1234-TX).
Insist that the trip be metered. The only exception is the case when you take taxi from the airport, where you may approach the taxi desk for a receipt stating a fixed price for travel to various parts of the city. You will pay the driver the exact amount stated on the receipt given to you at the airport desk. Tipping taxi drivers is welcomed but not required, and your luggage transport is included in the metered price.
If you believe that the driver is trying to rip you off, call the operator of that taxi association to check if the price is regular for the specified distance. Afraid of the inspection, they might call back the driver and bring him to reason. Also, ask for a signed bill indicating date, time, start and end destination, price and drivers signature. Write down the number on the blue sign on the vehicle roof, as well as the license plates. Report the incident to city inspection (+381-11/3227-000) and if you are going from or to the airport, report it also to airport inspection (+381-11/2097-373, [email protected]). If the driver is aggresive towards you, call the police.
As in most of Europe you must keep to the right side of the road. Avoid rush hours (8:30–9:30AM, 4:00–6:00PM). Belgrade is not Rome, Moscow or Beijing, but getting around can be stressful if you aren't used to traffic congestion combined with aggressive local driving habits. Plan your journey if you are going in to the city core, and expect to have a hard time finding free parking places on the streets during Friday and Saturday evenings in the center. Garages might be a better choice.
Keep your low beam headlights turned on, during both day and night. Speed limit on the streets of the city is 50 km/h, near schools even less, on the highway is higher. Police is known to wait at places where you might feel comfortable to drive over the limit, but almost never on the highway. Take special care while crossing Branko's bridge, and driving on following streets: Bulevar Mihaila Pupina, Jurija Gagarina, Vladimira Popovića, and other major ones. Keep your seat belts fastened. Other passengers must also do the same, even when sitting in the back seat (if there are seat belts installed).
Allowed level of blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.03%, which is roughly equal to one drink. If you do go by car to drink, consider going back using taxi or Safe driver service, +381-64/1746-411. They will come to pick you up on the small, folding motorcycle, pack it in your trunk, and drive you back home in your car. Their charge is modest, and slightly higher than one-way ride with the taxi (~5€ for <5km, ~7€ for <10km, and ~10€ for >10km).
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Many boulevards and some streets have yellow lanes. They are reserved for public transport, i.e. buses and taxis, and you are not allowed to use them. The yellow lanes are marked with a yellow line, and are indicated on traffic signs. Some yellow lanes, though, are active only in certain periods of the day, usually during rush hours.
There are spaces for parking in the city center. There is a large parking garage with 500 spaces under the old palace in the city center, across from the parliament building.
Also, take into consideration that in the center almost all of the parking spaces in the central streets have zones marked with green, yellow or red paint on the street (yellow zone spaces are actually marked orange, to avoid confusion with other marks). You can only stay for 3, 2 or 1 hours, respectively, in those spots. You can pay using the machine usually found near the parking spots, buy the parking ticket at a kiosk or by cell phone (just text your car's license plate number (for example: BG123456) to numbers 9111 (red zone), 9112 (yellow) or 9113 (green)). Every message you send is valid for one hour and, some 5 minutes before the hour has passed, you get a text message telling you that you can send another SMS if you want to extend your parking for the next hour. Of course, this only applies in yellow and green zones, in which you can park for more than 1 hour. After the time is up, you'll have to re-park or risk paying a fine (around €15). All of this only applies on weekdays, from 7AM to 9PM and from 7AM to 2PM on Saturdays. After that (Sa 2PM – Mo 7AM) parking is free.
There are also several public parking garages and parking lots where you can park for an unlimited amount of time during day. Fees are charged on an hourly basis (price varies, usually around €0.7-0.9/hour). In some non-zoned areas, you also pay for parking depending on the duration of your stay, and this is paid in cash to the parking attendant.
Detailed information can be found on the Parking Service website .
Parking violations are dealt with rather swiftly in the city center and with less commitment in the peripheral zones. Failure to pay for parking in a marked spot is handled by parking enforcement officers and can only result in a fine which would be difficult to collect if you're operating a foreign licensed vehicle. On the other hand, illegally parked vehicles are handled by the traffic police. Once spotted, the police are required to wait for 15 minutes for the driver to return. If you do return in time, you will be issued a sanction and a fine (around €50). When the 15 minutes are up, your car will get towed to one of 4 designated lots in the city. Once at the lot, you will be required to present a valid form of ID and the vehicle matriculation papers, pay the mandatory fine and towing expenses (around €90 in total).
Other parking options
At the same time there are a lot of unused private parking spaces all around the city. In time when everybody has a smartphone, there's a new possibility - parking share. Lako parkiraj is an online service that connects owners of parking spaces with those who need to park. You can use it to easily find and book parking places in Serbia in advance. Detailed information can be found on the Lako Parkiraj website.
Old Belgrade is pretty hilly and the bicycle infrastructure is scarce, so bicycle transport isn't in wide use. However, New Belgrade and Zemun are relatively flat and offer enough space for bikes to be used. Bicycle tracks link Zemun, Dorćol, Ada Ciganlija, New Belgrade and Bežanijska kosa. There is a bike lift on Brankov Bridge operating 365 days and the ride is free of charge. There is also more than 50 bicycle racks around the city.
Riding a bike on the same roads with cars and buses is considered too dangerous, although on smaller streets it can be reasonably safe. Avoid riding on major (multilane) roads. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to bring bikes into public transport vehicles.
Bicycle rentals are available mostly at recreational areas like Ada Ciganlija or Zemun quay. Average price is around 1.5€/hour and 4€/day.
Small boats connecting Ada Ciganlija to Novi Beograd's Block 70a are the only mode of public transport on rivers. Also, there are several tourist boats which offer day and night cruises along the Sava and Danube.
Belgrade is mostly pedestrian friendly. The city center can be seen on foot and the main pedestrian street is Knez Mihajlova which connects to the Kalemegdan fortress. The riverbanks are also full of people on weekends when the weather is nice. Belgrade also has a lot of beautiful parks. The pedestrian paths are mostly in good shape but be careful in some places, especially in Skadarlija where the old cobble path is in pretty bad shape.
There are plans to expand the pedestrian zone near the Knez Mihajlova street. Work has already begun to transform several streets into pedestrian areas and in a couple of years, the entire area around Knez Mihajlova and the Republic square should be traffic-free.
As mentioned, Belgrade city core is not too big. Everything between Kalemegdan, Knez Mihajlova street and Skadarska street is best viewed by foot. Other than that, it is recommended to use other means of transportation. Note that many of Belgrade's museums are closed on Monday. It may be wise to check before making a visit.
- Kalemegdan - Belgrade Fortress. Once an important military fortification, it now serves as the central park of Belgrade. Accessible from the end of the Knez Mihailova street, it offers beautiful views, especially during sunset. The largest part of is a park, along with the fortress walls, with several cafes, tennis and basketball courts, museums and an observatory. Don't forget to take a look at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, and the statue of Pobednik (Winner), one of the symbols of Belgrade.Take tram number 2 from the railway station and disembark at the 4th stop (Kalemdag)to avoid the walking uphill.
- Knez Mihailova Street (Serbian Cyrillic: Кнез Михаилова улица). Main pedestrian street in Belgrade. Crowded during the day and night. Mostly shopping and numerous cafes.
- Republic Square (Main Square). Main meeting point in the city (also called kod konja - "by the horse"), right next to the statue of Mihailo Obrenovic (riding a horse), National Theater, National Museum and Knez Mihailova Street. Best place to arrange a meeting.
- Skadarlija (Skadarska street). Pedestrian street filled with restaurants and cafes, most in the spirit of old Belgrade. Live bands playing old Belgrade music can be heard here in the evenings. The street is paved in cobblestone so high heels are not advised. Blank-walled buildings on the south side have been painted with impressive 'trompe-l'oeil' paintings to add to the atmosphere.
- Srpskih vladara (Kralja Milana) street, connecting Belgrade Fortress, Knez Mihailova street and Republic Square with Slavija Square and The Temple of Saint Sava dominate the view as you walk towards it. Notice Terazije Fountain, Hotel Moskva (Former Palace of Russia), The Old Royal Palace, following the New Palace, and theater Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozorište, as you wander around.
- The Old Royal Palace (Serbian Cyrillic: Стари Двор), at Nikola Pasic Sqaure, built in 1881, it was residence of Serbian kings, now used as Town Hall.
- The White Palace (Бели Двор) - (Serbian Cyrillic: Бели двор; English: White Court or White Palace) is a mansion located in Belgrade, Serbia. The mansion is part of the Royal Compound, a real estate of royal residences and parklands located in Dedinje, an exclusive area of Belgrade
- The New Palace (Serbian Cyrillic: Нови Двор / Latin: Novi Dvor)-The New Palace is located next to Тhe Old Royal Palace, the square Andrićev venac(Андрићев венац) no. 1st. It was built between 1911 and 1922, as the residence of King Petar I Karađorđević. Today is the official seat of the President of the Republic of Serbia.
- The National Assembly of Serbia (Serbian Cyrillic: Народна Скупштина Србије), located across from the Old Royal Palace, at Nikola Pasic Sqaure.
- Gardosh (Serbian Cyrillic: Гардош / Latin: Gardoš) is an urban neighborhood of Belgrade. It is located in Belgrade's municipality of Zemun. Gardos the hill, located on the right side of the river Danube, is a historical and authentic cultural environment with narrow streets, houses and historic churches. At the top of the hill, there is a tower "Sibinjanin Janko" (or Millennium Tower) - height of 36m, which opened in 1896, with a gallery and a beautiful view of the river, and Belgrade. On the hill and near by the river is a large number of restaurants with local food, seafood restaurants and floating (splav) restaurants.
- Belgrade Zoo, Mali Kalemegdan 8. Summer: Daily: 8:00AM–8:30PM, Winter: Daily: 8AM – 5PM. , located inside the Belgrade Fortress edit
Churches and MonasteriesEdit
- Saint Sava Temple (Serbian Cyrillic: Храм Светог Саве). The largest Orthodox church in Serbia, and one of the biggest Orthodox churches in the whole world. In 1594, Turkish vizier Sinan-paşa burned the holy relics of Saint Sava (1174-1236), founder of the autocephalous Serbian Orthodox Church, on the spot where the temple is located today, in retaliation for the rebellion of the Serbian people. Since then, the Serbs wished to erect a church in honour of Saint Sava at this location, and have first built a smaller church next to the place of the burning of the relics (this church also still stands, and is located to the left of the main entrance to the big temple). The temple was built from 1935 in several phases - interrupted first in 1941 by WWII, and later by Communist authorities, the work was only resumed in 1985. Interior decoration is not yet finished, however visitors have access to the north aisle which is complete and in use. From the quality of the marble and plaster work already in place, it will be stupendous when it is finished. The underground crypt, future burial site of Serbian patriarchs, dedicated to Saint Lazarus of Serbia, is also nearly completed. It is located near Slavija square, easily accessed from Bulevar Oslobodjenja, and visible from most points of the city. Due to its impressive size, it is often called a cathedral, although it is not yet the seat of a bishop or the patriarch.
- Belgrade Cathedral (Serbian Cyrillic: Саборна црква) is dedicated to Saint Archangel Michael, and is located near Belgrade Fortress (Kalemegdan) at Kneza Sime Markovića 3. It was completed in 1840, and its interior was richly decorated in the fashion of Serbian neo-classicism. Building of the Serbian Patriarchate is located opposite the Cathedral, and it is also the location of the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as a beautiful patriarchal chapel dedicated to Saint Symeon.
- St. Mark's Church (Serbian Cyrillic: Црква Св. Марка) built from 1931 to 1940 is located in Tašmajdan park in Belgrade, near the Parliament of Serbia. It was designed as a copy of the famous Gračanica monastery near Priština. Behind the church, there is the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, built by White Russian immigrants who came to Serbia after the Russian Revolution of 1917-1922.
- Ružica Church (Црква Ружица) and Church of Saint Petka (Црква Свете Петке) are located on Kalemegdan fortress, near the observatory (easy to miss, ask for directions). Ružica Church, dedicated to the Birth of the Holy Virgin Mary, was first mentioned in the 15th century; it was destroyed in the early 18th century, and later rebuilt in its present location. It was the military church of the garrison that was located in the fortress. It was once again destroyed in WWI by Central Powers, and then rebuilt again in 1925. At this time the church received its unique bronze soldier statues and the unusual chandeliers made out of bullet shells, swords and bayonets, a unique example of trench art with religious motifs. Church of Saint Petka (Paraskevi) is located next to it; it was built around a miraculous spring, and in honour of Saint Petka whose relics were kept in Belgrade fortress during the Middle Ages.
- Church of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist (Serbian Cyrillic: Црква Рођења светог Јована Крститеља), Central Cemetery (Centralno groblje), Zaplanjska 47a. A small graveyard church, located in the Voždovac municipality, contains a unique historical relic of large significance, protected by UNESCO: the iconostasis that was brought to the church in the 70's was built by Serbian and Russian officers who were interned in Bad Sulza concentration camp for the chapel in the camp.
- Church of Saint Alexander Nevsky (Serbian Cyrillic: Црква Светог Александра Невског), Cara Dušana 63, Dorćol (near Skadarlija). The history of this church dates back to the time of the Serbian-Turkish war (1876), when Russian volunteers arrived in Serbia under the command of General Mikhail Chernyaev. The old church was built in 1877, but was later demolished in order to build a bigger one, which was completed in 1912, and designed by the famous Serbian female architect Jelisaveta Načić. There is a memorial plaque in honour of the fallen Serbian and Yugoslav soldiers, Russian czar Nicholas II and King Alexander Obrenović inside the church. The frescoes have eroded over time, and the interior is currently rather simple, apart from the impressive marble iconostasis.
- Church of the Translation of Relics of Saint Nicholas (Nikolajevska) (Serbian Cyrillic: Николајевска Црква), built in 1745, it is currently the oldest church building in Belgrade. It contains one of the most beautiful baroque iconostases in Serbia. It is located at the foot of the hill known as Gardoš (Гардош), near the Danube, in the municipality of Zemun.
- Church of the Holy Virgin (Serbian Cyrillic: Црква Покрова Пресвете Богородице), Kajmakčalanska 55, Zvezdara, Belgrade. It was built in 1933, in the Serbian-Byzantine style, richly adorned with frescoes, mosaics, has a rich collection of relics. It is located between Buevara King Alexander, and Žiča street, near the "Red Cross Square" (Црвени Крст).
- Monastery Rakovica (Serbian Cyrillic: Манастир Раковица) - dedicated to St. Archangel Michael and Gabriel. Monastery went through a turbulent history. Rakovica Monastery is located 11 km from the city center, on a circular route, which the Rakovička river turns to the Avala. The Monastery has important relics, and there are also tombs of famous personalities (Vasa Čarapić, Patriarch Dimitrije), and most recently Serbian Patriarch Pavle.
- Presentation of the Virgin Monastery (Serbian Cyrillic: Манастир Ваведења Пресвете Богородице), Ljube Jovanovića Street No. 8, Senjak (Dedinje). It is located near the center, the Topcidersko hill, surrounded by woods. The church was built in 1935. This beautiful church ("Monastery of the Presentation") was built in the Serbian-Byzantine style with richly painted frescoes and a rich treasury.
Museums and galleriesEdit
- The National Museum of Serbia ((Serbian Cyrillic: Народни Музеј)), 1а Trg republike, . Reopened 28 June 2018. Located at Republic square. Founded in 1844, has more than 400,000 items including Italian Art Collection (230 works) including Titian, Raphael, Tintoretto, Lorenzo di Credi, Canaletto, Tiepollo, Carpaccio etc. French Art Collection (250 paintings) includes Renoir (82 works), Monet, Degas, Signac, Lautrec, Matisse, Gaughen, Cezanne, Pissaro, Corot etc. Dutch and Flemish Art Collection (120 works) include Juan de Flandes, Bosch, Vincent van Gogh, Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Breughel, Mondrian... Japanase Art Collection has 82 works which include Kunisada, Toyokuni, Hirosige etc ... Yugoslav (Serbian) Art Collection includes Paja Jovanovic, Uros Predic, Lubarda. Other Art Collections (German, Austrian, Russian...) include Picasso, Durer, Klimt, Kandinsky, Sisley, Marc Chagall , Kassat, Roerich, Ryepin, etc. edit
- Gallery of Frescoes of the National Museum (Serbian Cyrillic: Галерија Фресака), Cara Uroša 20, ☎ +381 11 306 052, . Closed on Mondays.. The gallery was founded in 1953, as a special institution for the collection, study and exhibit of the Serbian medieval art. It is now part of the National Museum and contains a rich collection of murals and medieval sculptures.</see * <see name="Historical Museum of Serbia" alt="Serbian Cyrillic: Историјски Музеј Србије" address="Square Nikole Pasica 11" directions="next to the National Assembly of Serbia." lat="" long="" phone="+381 11 3398 018; 3398 335" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.imus.org.rs/" hours="Every day except Mondays." price="">Museum has a rich collection of materials related to the Serbian nation and Serbia from ancient times to the present. There is no permanent exhibition in the museum, only various temporal exhibitions throughout the year. edit
- Ethnographic Museum (Serbian Cyrillic: Етнографски музеј), Studentski trg 13, ☎ +381 11 3281 888, . Tu–Sa: 10AM–5PM, Su: 9AM–2PM.. Permanent exhibition of Serbian costumes, tools, culture and everyday life in past centuries. Temporary exhibitions covering related topics. edit
- Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church (Serbian Cyrillic: Музеј Српске Православне Цркве), (Located across from the Belgrade Cathedral(Саборна црква), The Residence of Princess Ljubica, near Knez Mihailova Street / entrance from the street Kralja Petra I br. 5th.), . weekdays from 8-16C, 09-12C on Saturdays, Sundays 11-13C. Across the street is the Orthodox Academy of Art and Conservation (frescoes, mosaics, and icon painting) edit
- Nikola Tesla Museum, Krunska 51, ☎ +381 (0) 11 24 33 886 ([email protected], fax: +381 (0) 11 24 36 408), . Tu–Su: 10AM–8PM. Museum dedicated to the man whom Serbs revere. Nikola Tesla (Никола Тесла) made significant contributions to the development of electric engineering, pioneering alternating current (making long-distance high-energy transfers possible), radio (making base work for today's mobile communications) and AC motors (widely used today, e.g. blenders, vacuum cleaners and elevators), among other numerous inventions. Half of this small museum is dedicated to Tesla's personal effects, while the other half contains models of his inventions. There are English-speaking guides who are students from the Engineering Department of the University of Belgrade who can help you understand the sometimes-complicated science. Entrance fee for the guided tour in English is RSD 500, entrance for children up to 7 years old is free. edit
- The Residence of Princess Ljubica (Serbian Cyrillic: Конак кнегиње Љубице / Latin: Konak kneginje Ljubice), Kneza Sime Markovića 8, . The residence is now managed by the Museum of Belgrade and is used to display the museum material and painting exhibitions. The permanent exhibition at the Residence consists of original furniture, made in Oriental-Balkan style and other styles of the time (Classicism, Biedermeier, neo-baroque). edit
- Ivo Andric Museum, Andrićev Venac 8, . Closed on Mondays.. Memorial Museum of Ivo Andric, is dedicated to our writer, Nobel laureate. edit
- Tito's Mausoleum and the Museum of the History of Yugoslavia (Serbian Cyrillic: Музеј Историје Југославије), Botićeva 6 (Take trolleybus #40 or #41 from Studentski Trg or from Kneza Miloša Street in the direction of Dedinje and ask for Kuća cveća (House of flowers)), . Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm from 10/16 to 4/23, 10am-8pm from 4/24 to 10/15.. Artifacts from the former Yugoslavia and around the world given to Tito in his years as president. RSD400, Students: RSD200. edit
- The Military Museum (Serbian Cyrillic: Војни Музеј), (inside the Belgrade Fortress), . every day except monday, 10am-5pm. Museum has around 30,000 objects in 12 collections and very impressive photo collection with over 100,000 photographs, etc RSD150. edit
- Museum of Roma Culture, Ruzveltova street 41-43, . Tu-Su: 11AM-4PM. The museum is situated in a small storage room in a public building in downtown Belgrade. Its walls are covered with photographs and documents in the Roma language. There are temporal exhibitions, different programs and events. edit
- Aeronautical Museum (Serbian Cyrillic: Музеј Ваздухопловства), (adjacent to Nikola Tesla Airport. Take bus number 72 which departs from Zeleni Venac terminus/station, one stop before departures (terminal) which called Rodni Terminal.The bus line uses mostly modern air con carriages(Aug 2015) with telematic and stop announcement but even if you loose it simply arrive in the departures , stay in the bus and disembark in the first stop after the bus leaves the airport.), . The main collection is housed in an architecturally noteworthy geodesic-based glass building, with additional aircraft displayed on the surrounding grounds. The museum owns over 200 aircraft that have been operated by the Serbian and Yugoslav Air Forces, Aeronautical clubs and Avio-companies, from gliders to helicopters to jet fighters. There are a number of rare aircraft and other aviation equipment. The museum also displays relics of US and NATO aircraft "donated" during the 1990s Balkans conflicts, including wreckage from a US F-117 Nighthawk RSD500. edit
- Ada Ciganlija is a river island on Sava River with an artificial lake in the center of the city. The lake has an 8 km long gravel beach, which is visited by thousands of bathers during the summer. This is a great place for sports and picnics (barbecue is allowed in the allotted space) . It also contains a lot of cafes and restaurants,river rafts (bars-restaurants), some of which are opened whole year round. In summer, it is swamped with people wanting to cool down in the water. Beaches in Ada Ciganlija, with restaurants, cafes on the beach, as well as umbrellas,beds and water sports, reminiscent of many sea beaches, and are the right place for swimming, recreation and enjoyment. You may rent bikes or inline skates at several points near the entry to the island. Lanes for pedestrians and bikers are separated. You have over-the-water bungee jumping facility, as well as water skiing. There are terrains for football, basketball, beach volley, golf and tennis. If you are coming from the direction of New Belgrade or Zemun, consider using small boats from Block 70a edge, New Belgrade, which can take you over the river for around €1. During summer season they go every 15 minutes or less, and offer bike transportation as well. There are also many regular bus services from the city center and other districts to Ada Ciganlija. Additional facilities:
- Adventure Park is open during summer season (usually from beginning of May until the end of September) +381-64/8210-218, +381-63/1679-787. Price for one go through the park is RSD 800.
- Segway Rides on small flat track, near cafe Plaža, +381-69/734-929.
- Outdoor Ice Skating (during winter), or ski and snowboard simulator (all year round)
- BeoQuest scavenger hunts, ☎ +381 63 858-1138 ([email protected]), . can be played at city center. edit
- Public Observatory (placed at Kalemegdan fortress) features four panoramic telescopes installed for daily observations of the city's panorama.
- National Theatre features opera, ballet and plays. The main hall is simply amazing - decorated with gold and artworks.
- Zemun quay is the most visited Waterfront in Belgrade. Here you can ride a bike, inline skates or walk next to Danube River. For a break, just hop on one of the raft bars or restaurants.
- Strahinjića Bana Street (Serbian Cyrillic:Страхињића Бана улица) is known as the Silicon Valley (Силиконска Долина), located in downtown Belgrade, at the end of Skadarska Street (popularly Skadarlija) laterally, and extends to the Kalemegdan fortress and the zoo. Here are popular bars, restaurants, cafes, and gardens (with slightly higher prices).
- Old Brewery Bajloni(Serbian Cyrillic: Стара Бајлoни пивара) - complex at Cetinjska 15. street (parallel to the bohemian street Skadarlija), are center of unusual newly opened bars, cafes and clubs for entertainment, special fun on weekends late at night...
- Go bowling, available at:
- Ice skating is available during winter months at:
- Room Escape:
- EscapeMania, Terazije 38/1, +381 62 149 20 30, RSD4000. Two rooms: Voodoo Tales and Robin Hood.
- The Great War Island (Veliko ratno ostrvo) is a river island at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, for picnics and bird spotting.
- Mount Avala is a 511m mountain near Belgrade with the 204m Avala Tower at the top. Viewing platform is accessible via a lift with great views of Belgrade and parts of Vojvodina and Šumadija. Entrance fee is RSD50 per person. At the top of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, and the motel and a few restaurants. During the descent, turn right, there is a mountain lodge "Čarapića Brest" (Чарапића Брест), with rooms and good restaurant.
- Visit a splav (literally: raft) – a barge restaurant located along the Sava and Danube rivers. There are two kinds of "splav". Some are restaurants, but most are nightclubs. You can literally club-hop all night long. There is no cover charge to get into any of them. Some ultra popular ones may require that you have an invitation or be on the guest list, but if you tell them that you are a foreigner and that you didn't know they'll usually let you in. Women are not required to be on a "guest list". The music played on the barges is highly varied and can include live bands, Serbian folk music, pop, and dance.
You can also book fun experiences such as panoramic flying, outdoor and indoor shooting, and bubble football experience through an all-inclusive service such as Concierge Belgrade
Movies in Serbia are subtitled, not dubbed. Best movie theaters are:
- Cineplexx Ušće at Usce shopping mall, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina, +381-11/2854-495, 3D projections available
- Cineplexx Delta City, at Delta City shopping mall, Jurija Gagarina 16, +381-11/2203-400, Cineplexx Cinemas
- Roda Intermezzo Cineplex, Požeška 83a, +381-11/2545-260
- Tuckwood cineplex, Kneza Miloša 7a, +381-11/3236-517, in the city center, a bit old, and sometimes too loud.
If you prefer theaters in the city core, check also:
- Dom sindikata, Trg Nikole Pašića 5, +381-11/3234-849
- Akademija 28, Nemanjina 28, +381-11/3616-020
Festivals and eventsEdit
- BITEF, Belgrade International Theater Festival, mid-September
- BEMUS, Belgrade Music Festival, mid-October
- Belgrade Jazz Festival, around October
- Belgrade Tango Festival, around November
- mid-December, festival of traditional Serbian distilled alcoholic beverage
- Street of Open Heart, mini carnival held on 1 January, starting at noon, on streets of Makedonska and Svetogorska
- Guitar Art Festival, mid-February
- International Wine Fair, around February, Belgrade Fair
- Belgrade Tango Encuentro, around April
- Festival of new and improvised music – around May
- FERAM, Belgrade Early Music Festival, mid-June
- Belgrade Light Music Festival, around June/July
- Summertime Jazz Festival, around July
- Belgrade Summer Festival, around July–August
- Belgrade Beer Festival, around August
- GREEN FEST International green culture festival , around October-November
Association football is the most popular spectator sport in Serbia. The local derby between Partizan Belgrade and Red Star Belgrade (won both European and International Cup in 1991), also known as the Eternal Derby (Вечити дерби), is considered to be one of the most intensive sport events. Even if you do not support either club, but you enjoy cheering, watching one of the matches between the two sides is still recommended to experience the atmosphere. Due to the intensity of the rivalry, it is not recommended to wear either team's colors outside the stadium.
Tickets for the game are usually sold a couple of days before the game at the stadium, and are usually available at match day as well. The price of the ticket usually ranges from 5 to 15 euros.
Note: It is recommended you avoid the northern and southern stand where the most loyal supporters are located and instead buy tickets for the eastern and western stand.
Basketball and tennisEdit
Both Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade have basketball clubs as well and both of them have a rich history. Every season, one of these two clubs, if not both of them, participate in the Euroleague and the quality of the basketball games is much higher than football games, however the tickets for the basketball "Eternal derby" games are usually not sold, instead they are distrubuted to the fans so if you want to attent the game it will be difficult, but not impossible for you to get the tickets for the games. If you are a basketball fan, do not miss the fantastic atmosphere the supporters of these two clubs create on Euroleague games!
Tennis is played at the Novak Tennis Center (Serbia Open), as well as in Kombank Arena (Davis Cup matches).
Serbian courses for foreigners are organized in several places including:
For information on the Serbian currency, see Serbia#Buy. Menjačnica Mićko (Vuka Karadzica street #4), changes all currencies, including rare ones.
Most stores operate late hours during work days, while on Saturdays they normally close around 15.00 and most of them are not open on Sundays. However, shopping malls are open late every day, including weekends.
Clothes and AccessoriesEdit
Import taxes make clothes and shoes in Serbia very expensive. Many items from common European chains can be found for 20% less in Budapest. Still, Belgrade has many flagship stores, mostly located on Knez Mihailova Street and the Terazije square, or the pedestrian zone, representing assorted high-fashion brands.
Almost all of the major European brands are present, including H&M, Guess, New Yorker, Zara, Bershka, Hugo Boss, Springfield, Stradivarius, Mango, Diesel, Liu Jo, C&A, and Pull & Bear. More expensive clothes & accessories (such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Lanvin, Marni, D&G, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, YSL, Mulberry and many others) can be usually found either at the Kralja Petra street (Dorćol) in Distante Fashion center, as well as in XYZ stores that are located in Ušće Shopping Center and Delta City.
Local department store chains include Artisti and Land.
Local Belgrade designers are present in the Belgrade Design District shopping center.
The biggest bookstores in Belgrade selling beside Serbian also foreign (mostly English) books are located in the city center. Vulkan is at the beginning and Plato is at the end of Knez Mihailova street. The shopping malls also have large bookstores. There are also some shops that sell newspapers and magazines in English, German, French, Italian, Russian and other foreign languages.
- Delfi, Kralja Milana 48 (inside Student Cultural Center (SKC)), ☎ +381-11/2645-783, . Mo–Sa: 09AM–10PM, Su: 12AM–21PM. edit
- Vulkan, corner of Sremska and Knez Mihajlova, ☎ +381-11/2639-060, . Mo–Sa: 09AM–10PM, Su: 12AM–22PM. edit
International Newspapers and MagazinesEdit
Newsstands and bookstores in the city sell foreign newspapers and magazines. These include Delfi, Plato Press (near Studentski trg), Tell Me (next to the Plato store) and Inmedio (three locations - Delta City, Usce Center, Zira Center). Newspapers and magazines can be found in various international languages like English, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, German and others.
Belgrade has 3 shopping malls in the city - Delta City, Stadion and Ušće Shopping Center - and more than 30 shopping centers like Merkator, Immo Centar, Millenium, Piramida, City Hall, Zira and others.
- Ušće Shopping Center, (located in New Belgrade, just across Branko's Bridge. It can even be reached on foot from the old city. tram 7, 9, 13 or any New Belgrade-bound bus), . is the largest modern shopping center in Serbia and the region. edit
- Delta City, Jurija Gagarina 16 (located in New Belgrade, Take tram number 7, 9 or 13, bus number 95 or minibus), . the second largest shopping mall in the city edit
- Block 70 Chinese Market. You can buy dirt-cheap clothing imported from China. Quality is lower. Closed on Tuesdays! edit
- Mercator Center, Bulevar umetnosti 4 (bus number 71, 72 or 75, close to Novi Beograd police station and municipal building), . edit
- Otvoreni tržni centar (Buvljak), Antifašističke borbe bb. Hundreds of independent shop owners have stores (all brand new goods) under the open sky. You can buy anything and everything there, from any type of clothes like Italian jeans (some are real, some are real good copies from Novi Pazar) to gadgets, toiletries, cell phone accessories to the most obscure screw or nail. Pricing is way less than the malls and they actually have sizes for all shapes and sizes! You could spend a full day at the OTC and not see everything. edit
- Super Vero Hypermarkets, Milutina Milankovića 86a - Novi Beograd; Vojislava Ilića bb - Konjarnik; Nikodima Milaša 2 - Centet Zira; Vojvode Stepe 251 - Voždovac, . edit
- Metro Cash & Carry, Krnjača; Zemun; Vidikovac, . Metro is actually a wholesaler, not a retailer, so you need a special card to shop there. These cards are available only to business owners, self-employed artists and the like. Fortunately you can borrow a card from a Serbian friend who has it. edit
For information on Serbian cuisine, see Serbia#Eat
Belgrade has hundreds of restaurants specializing in local cuisine and a number of international restaurants. On the whole, prices are cheap compared to Western Europe with main dishes ranging from €5–20 per person.
Stepin Vajat(Степин Вајат) and Duff at Autokomanda, Mega Mesko on the south corner of Republic Square, Mara in downtown area and Iva in Žarkovo are the best grill fast food restaurants in town.
For good-tasting Sarajevo pies try Fofa (Cyrillic: Фофа) at Kralja Petra 75. Nice gesture is that Fofa does not charge to pregnant women.
Depending on the season, an amazing assortment of fruit and vegetables can be found in farmer's markets, including watermelons, olives, wild mushrooms, and fresh figs. Take the time to explore the stalls, and compare the quality and prices of the produce. Most produce at the farmer's markets in Belgrade are organic and fresh from the farmer's gardens brought over daily from the villages surrounding the city. You will notice the particularly good taste of this produce.
- Pijaca Zeleni Venac (The farmer's market at Zeleni Venac), (close to the Hotel Moscow), . This is not the largest, but it is the cheapest in the city. Contained in a newly-built complex, it makes for an enjoyable Saturday morning experience, with the lively hustle and bustle of people milling about and stall-owners trying to attract customers. edit
- Pijaca Skadarlija (The farmer's market at the bottom of Skadarlija), Džordža Vašingtona 55, . edit
- Palilulska Pijaca (The farmer's market near Palilulska Pijaca bus stop), . (44.811550,20.472677) edit
There are a handful of international restaurants, including Italian, Chinese and Japanese. These are moderately priced to very expensive.
- Mao Tao, Gracanicka 18, ☎ 011 2627 059. edit
- Dju-Dju, Ulica Rige od Fere, ☎ +381112182276. edit
- Ikki Sushi Bar, Gospodar Jovanova 46, ☎ (011) 2184 – 183, . Every day from noon to midnight. A concept made in Las Vegas edit
- Restoran Zapata Beograd, Vojvode Bogdana 13, ☎ +381-11/3809-207, . The best (and pretty much only) Mexican restaurant in town/ edit
- Botako, Nevesinjska 6 (close to St. Sava's cathedral), . Probably the best pizzas in town. €4-12. edit
- Caruso, Terazije 23/8, ☎ +381-11/3248-037, . 8th floor restaurant, recommended for memorable view of Terazije, river Sava and summer sunset. €5-10. edit
- Lorenzo & Kakalamba, Cvijićeva 110, . Specialties of Italian and southeastern Serbian cuisine. RSD600-1850. edit
- Restoran Casa Nova, Gospodar Jovanova 42a, ☎ +381-11/3036-868, . Recommendation: Sicilian wheel €8-15. edit
- PizzaPizza, Браће Крсмановић 3 (next to the Brankov Bridge), ☎ +381-11/2622-812, . Good pizzas. €3-5. edit
- Spaghetteria Trag, Đorđa Jovanovića 2, ☎ +381-11/3037-565. Mostly Italian pastas at affordable prices. €5-10. edit
- Note: Restaurant/ tavern (Serbian Cyrillic: Кафана / lat: Kafana)
- Dva jelena (Serbian Cyrillic: Два јелена ) kafana (restaurant), Skadarska 32, +381-11/7234885, Skadarlija district. Situated in center of Skadarlija street the Two Deer Restaurant is the iconic Belgrade restaurant more then 180 years old. Authentic traditional food and Bohemian atmosphere are the landmark of Skadarlija and Dva jelena restaurant 
For those interested in what would be a typical Serbian meal, check out these places :
- Borik, Close to airport, on the way to the museum, on the left when you pass the Tesla Monument.Good meals and large garden under trees.Suitable to spend your time if you have a connection flight.Cheaper than airport prices.
- Čobanov odmor (Serbian Cyrillic: Чобанов одмор), 34th Vojvode Šupljikca, municipality of Vračar (Crveni Krst). Čobanov odmor means "shepherd's home/rest", it's authentic Serbian fast food with service in etno style. 
- Dačo (Serbian Cyrillic: Дачо) kafana (restaurant), Patrisa Lumumbe 49, +381-11/2781-009, offering Serbian cuisine extensively, cosy, and a bit kitschy decorated as old style Serbian house. Main dishes range €8-15. Recommendation: Monastery steak, or any other specialty.
- Leskovcanin (Serbian Cyrillic: Лeckoвчaнин), Balkanska 5. Fast food, grill in the traditional way, tasty and varied. It is located next to "Hotel Moskva", (near Terazije).
- Little Bay, Dositejeva 9a, +381-11-32-88-995. A British concept, Little Bay has set up a restaurant in Belgrade in the fancy Dorćol district, not far from Skadarlija, close to the Dutch Embassy. The venue shows Opera-style furniture, and over the weekends opera singers perform while people eat. Dishes are Serbian style, slightly more elaborate than usual but still relatively inexpensive. A must for Opera-fans and romantic dinners. Book in advance (or try your luck) and order the duck en croute dish. Prices: 650 RSD/1300 RSD. Full meal for around 1500-2000 RSD
- Manjež (Serbian Cyrillic: Мањеж) restaurant (kafana), Svetozara Markovića 49. Famous restaurant with distinctive service. Large selection of traditional Serbian food, great spirits (rakija), premium wines and cakes. It is located near the Yugoslav Drama Theatre and the park, the main street between the Srpskih Vladara (Kralja Milana) and Nemanjina, near Slavija Square. 
- Orač (Serbian Cyrillic: Орач) кафана (kafana), Mekenzijeva 81. It is located in the part Čubura - Vračar, near the Slavija square and the Temple of Saint Sava.Kafana, Orač (means "plowman") is a tavern with a long tradition, local specialties, and good barbecue. A few years ago (from a nearby old location) moved to this new location.
- Orašac (Serbian Cyrillic: Орашац), Kralja Aleksandra 122, is garden restaurant with traditional Serbian cuisine. Grill and food prepared by recipes from the old Serbian cuisine. Located near subway stations and monuments "Vuk Karadzic" (called: Kod Vuka), in addition to more colleges, in the main street.
- Roll Bar, Obilicev Venac 1. Located in the main pedestrian area and value for money. Popular with young people.
- Salaš (Serbian Cyrillic: Салаш) restaurant, Sindjeliceva 34, Gardoš (near Danube) - municipality of Zemun. Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the "Salaš (Ranch) specialties" of meat or fish, good wine and views of the river and the whole city. 
- Sinđelić (Serbian Cyrillic: Синђелић) National Restaurant, Vojislava Ilica 86. National restaurant with traditional Serbian cuisine. It is located near the stadium Sinđelić. From the city center, you can quickly get to the restaurant by city bus no. 31 and trolley bus no. 19 and 29 (from Slavia Square).
- Skadarlija is a pleasant street filled with Serbian and Italian restaurants, not to be missed by gourmands. It is famous for its old restaurants, some of which have been around for over 100 years. Most of the restaurants have string orchestras which play a selection of traditional and modern Serbian songs, like in Lagum 33, Simina 33. The cheapest and most original kafana on Skadarlija is probably Skadarlijska Noć (Skadarska 40).
- Srpska brvnara (Serbian Cyrillic: Српска брвнара) restoran (kafana), Savski kej bb, 44 blok, Novi Beograd. National House "Srpska brvnara" is a floating restaurant (on a raft), located on the banks of the River Sava. Ethno-friendly environment, national cuisine, music tambourine. 
- Srpska kafana (Serbian Cyrillic: Српска кафана), Svetogorska 25., traditional Serbian cuisine. Cult town tavern, the place in which are built in a decade bohemian life. The restaurant is located next to the theater "Atelje 212". Local specialties (home cooked meals, grill, Gibanica - something like pie...) 
- Stepin vajat (Serbian Cyrillic: Степин Вајат), Vojvode Stepe 2l. Fast food, grill in the traditional way, tasty and varied. It is located next to "Autokomanda" square, and Red Star (Црвена Зевезда) football stadium, (near Slavija Square). The shop is in the Serbian-style, wooden house.
- ? ("Znak pitanja", "Question mark" in Serbian) kafana, Kralja Petra 6, traditional Serbian cuisine. Good place to try ćevapčići sa kajmakom (grilled minced meat with cream), or if you have a strong stomach and will to experiment, you might choose (in translation): young bull's sex glands, bowels or glands.
Some restaurants are famous not only by the quality, but also the quantity of the meals:
- Malo korzo, Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 468, +381-11/419-922, cheap but warm restaurant offering barbecue and other Serbian specialities in enormous portions.
- Srbija, located 15km from Belgrade downtown, on Ibar highway (M-22), just after Tilia forrest (Lipovačka šuma), +381-11/8340-055. If you happen to pass that way, or you are willing to spend half-hour drive from center to find it, it is recommended to visit. Decent restaurant build between village houses, with kind personell and both tasteful and oversized dishes.
If you prefer fish try fish restaurants:
- Mika Alas, Stari Obrenovački put 14 (close to Ada Ciganlija), +381-11/2544-448, . Be sure to try their delicious fish soup "riblja corba" and their very own house specialty, "smudj romanov", Pike Perch fillet in white wine cream sauce. Excellent food for an acceptable price.
- Ivanjica, Stari obrenovački put 8 (also close to Ada Ciganlija), +381-11/3551-938, +381-63/8383-439.
- Šaran, Kej Oslobođenja 53 (Zemun quay), +381-11/2618-235. Restaurant by the river, terrace available during summer months, excellent atmosphere, guest cooks from different countries, live old Belgrade music.
- "Restaurant Club Bacchus" One of the best restaurant in the city and on the river Danube. Place of pleasure and an unforgettable ekpereance with sophisticade food and wine.
Price is not so high, the best value for money. tel: +381 11 30 15 082 +381 11 30 15 083
Lila - svet izobilja, Palmotićeva 5 (center), +81 11 334 1845. Indian food with a day menu. There is a fixed price for 1 kilogram for all meals, the price you pay depends on the amount of food you take. Lila also serves desserts and lassi.
Jazzayoga Kralja Aleksandra 48 (center), 011 32 42 173. Sandwiches, wraps, juices, and baked goods.
Tel Aviv Hummus House Carica Milice 3, across from the McDonald's at Zeleni Venac. Delicious and cheap Middle Eastern food. Falafel sandwich is healthy and quick and costs less than 3 euro.
Radost Fina Kuhinjica, Pariska 3 (center), 061 60 4444 5. . Located just below Kalemegdan Park they offer vegetarian/vegan food Wednesday-Sunday 2pm-11pm. Very Chic and trendy but still cozy. Reasonable prices for great food and good service!
Belgrade used to be famous for its nightlife but not so anymore. Nowadays local legislation states that all bars in the city must close at 1 a m. There are some bars that close later but they are difficult to find. Only out of centre night clubs operate after 1 a m and it might be difficult to get in as a foreigner.
Tap water in Belgrade is perfectly safe. There is a wide range of bottled waters on offer in grocery stores, supermarkets, and kiosks.
Serbs love beer, and it is possible to buy a variety of domestic beers such as Jelen, Lav, MB, Pils... along with a few imported beers, at very cheap prices. The domestic beers are quite decent. Made in Serbia beers also include Heineken, Amstel, Tuborg, Stella Artois, and Beck's. Belgrade holds a Beer Festival annually in August.
Culture Tip: How to toast, Serbian style
Local wines can be good, although more expensive ones tend to be more drinkable, and many of the less expensive bottles are less than satisfactory. The national alcoholic drink is rakija, a Serbian brandy that is very strong and makes a good souvenir.
For the sober crowd, Belgrade has blueberry, raspberry, tomato, peach, apple, strawberry, and any other kind of juice you can think of.
All cafés serve the usual continental coffees, such as espresso and cappuccino. However, regular coffee comes in the form of Turkish coffee, not filtered coffee. If you want a filtered coffee, you need to specify this when ordering, and not all coffee shops have it. Also very popular is whipped instant coffee, commonly referred to simply as 'Nes' (as in, Nescafé). A cafe called Mali Prag (across from the Hotel Prag) is thought by some to offer the best "Serb Coffee" in the world.
There are a couple of places worth visiting if you are a fan of cafe culture. The street best known for its trendy cafes is definitely Strahinjića Bana. On this street, cafes are full even on weekdays. The best atmosphere is on Friday evenings when the trendy youth of Belgrade descend to enjoy the music and each other. Out of numerous cafes, the best ones are:
- KontraBar, (no alternative place, there are only yuppies and it is quite expensive for Beograd)
- Buongiornio (also a pastry shop),
- Veprov Dah (a scottish pub),
- Duomo (Italian and Mediterranean restaurant and cafe),
- Ipanema and
- Cosy, a new French Café with excellent ambiance in Makedonska 30 etc.
The second cafe zone is Obilićev Venac (a street parallel to Knez Mihailova). The best cafes there are:
- Zu Zu's,
- Irish pub,
- Simbol and many others.
Third cafe zone (also a going out zone) is quay next to hotel Yugoslavia in Zemun. On the quay are numerous river boats (splavovi), many of them are cafes, restaurants and clubs.
- Old Brewery Bajloni(Serbian Cyrillic: Стара Бајлoни пивара) - complex at Cetinjska 15. street (parallel to the bohemian street Skadarlija), are center of unusual newly opened bars, cafes and clubs for entertainment, special fun on weekends late at night. Accessible fun for all.
Other places worth visiting:
- The Three Carrots Irish pub bills itself as the first Irish pub in Belgrade, quite easy to miss, just turn left at the bombed out buildings coming up from the train station and walk on the left hand side of the road.
- The Black Turtle II Pub, Kosančićev venac 30 (near Kalemegdan), +381-11/3286-656 . Well-known for beer mixed with lemon and blueberry syrup, as well as memorable river view at summer sunset, if you are among the lucky ones who manage to get one of the few outdoor tables. If you care about the beer or the atmosphere more than the view, check other Black Turtle Pubs.
- Tijuana - Latin Cocktail Bar in Belgrade, , call Victor: +381637108833 // or // Dennis: +38162251494, If you are searching for a nice looking cafe to impress your latest hot date, look away now, but if you want an original experience as far as Belgrade’s nightlife goes, then you should check out Tijuana.
There are plenty of places to stay in Belgrade - just walk around and you will find something.
- BedNBeer Hostel, Zetska 5, ☎ +381 11 4066 788, +381 60 4066 788 ([email protected]), . Bed ‘n’ Beer is located in the middle of Belgrade’s bohemian quarter – Skadarlija! It is one of the best locations you can find in Serbia’s capital. We offer you accommodation in the heart of the city, just minutes from Belgrade’s main attractions – Kalemegdan fortress and main pedestrian street – Knez Mihailova. Also, B’n’ B is close to many cafes, pubs, and nightclubs! From €8, including taxes. edit
- Ferijalni i hostelski savez Srbije - Youth Hostel Association of Serbia (Hostelling International Serbia), Dom Omladine, Makedonska 22/2 (down town), ☎ +381 64 112 1040 ([email protected]), . FHSS - Youth hostel association Serbia is biggest hostel network in Serbia, representative for Hostelling International. edit
- 360 Hostel (Belgrade Hostel), Knez Mihailova 21 (down town), ☎ +381 11 3284 523 ([email protected]), . Roof garden and barbeques. From €15 for dorm bed, €30 for single.. edit
- ArkaBarka Floating Hostel, Bulevar Nikole Tesle bb, ☎ +381 64 9253507, . A floating house on the Danube. From €15. edit
- Backpackers' Lounge Hostel, Cika Ljubina 103, ☎ +381 11 2627 483 ([email protected]), . Clean, comfortable, safe, friendly. Three dorms, two common rooms, kitchen, three bathrooms. Great atmosphere, free internet , free tea/coffee all day. Staff fluent in English and very willing to help. Lockers under the bed for gear that can fit an entire frame backpack. Located on third story of a building. Elevator is eighty years old and has warnings like 'use this and die' printed on it but still works. From €10. edit
- Black Sheep Hostel, Nemanjina 42, 2nd floor, apartment 6 (on the Slavija Square, in Nemanjina Street, just beside McDonald's restaurant.), ☎ +381 64 39 07 123 ([email protected]). Airport bus terminal is just across the street. Black Sheep Hostel is a brand new hostel located next to the biggest and craziest roundabout in Belgrade - Slavija Square. You have access to all top sights of the city and major nightlife with tram and bus lines just in the front of the hostel. All rooms are air-conditioned and each bed has fresh linen, towels, reading lights, security lockers. A spacious bathroom and a separate toilet, full equipped kitchen, living room with TV and chilling area. Free WiFi at all spots in the hostel. From €8, including taxes. edit
- Chillton Hostel, Kataniceva 7 (Vracar), ☎ +381 11 344 18 26, SMS: +381 62 677 004 ([email protected]), . checkin: 00; checkout: 24. 3 stops from the train station with bus 83. Private rooms and dorms, air conditioners in all the rooms. edit
- Chillton 2 Hostel, Vase Carapica 15 (Stari grad), ([email protected]), . checkin: 00; checkout: 24. 4 stops from the train station with tram 2 direction fortress. Private rooms and dorms, air conditioners in all the rooms. edit
- Crossroad Hostel, Gospodar Jevremova 41, ☎ +381 63 252-529 ([email protected]), . In a quiet part but on the crossroads of the four most important tourist city areas. No dorms. Single: €25. edit
- Downtown Central Hostel, Kolarčeva 7 (near Knez Mihailova street and Republic Square), ☎ +381 (0)11 407 38 61, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Wide range of newly furnished accommodation types are offered, reaching a total capacity of 70 beds. €6-17. (44.815348,20.460428) edit
- Fair and Square Hostel, 68, Svetog Nikole, Zvezdara, ☎ +381 60 69 222 66 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Great value for the price. This is a new industrial-inspired designer hostel situated in a peaceful part of Belgrade. Spacious common area with with bench, comfy couches, television, Play Station and a well-equipped kitchen. It is easy to hang out and socialise with other guests. Comprised of 3 buildings, there are options of dormitories and private rooms. Each dormitory room has its own bathroom. Towels provided. There is even an outdoor pool in the summer. Free and fast WiFi throughout premises. Pet-friendly. There are two cats and a dog that can keep your stay enjoyable. Secure parking available for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. Very personalised service from the friendly staff and owner. Direct bus that goes to city centre stops just across the road from the hostel. From €6 onwards. (44.805632,20.490682) edit
- Go2 Hostel Belgrade, Prizrenska 1, ☎ +381 11 3612341 ([email protected]), . Go2 Hostel is located in the core center of Belgrade, on Terazije Square, 2 minutes on foot from the Republic Square and just a couple of blocks (~350m) away from Belgrade’s Main Train and Bus Station. Hostel is on the 2nd floor in a building which has a historic value, across the Balkan Hotel. The place has a reputation for unsavoury staff who overcharge at will despite clearly advertised rates. Facilities are in awful condition and it's very cramped, but what do you expect for this price? dorms from €8. edit
- Good Morning Hostel Belgrade, Takovska 36-38, ☎ +381 11 3295031 ([email protected]), . Owned by experienced people from travel industry, located across Botanical garden, near Serbian Parliament and close to the bus and train station. Big dorms, large private rooms, common room with computers and free wifi. dorms from €6. edit
- Green Studio Hostel, Karadjordjeva 69/42 (From the bus station, you just cross the street with the trams and take a right and look for number 69, it is about a 20 second walk. From the train station take a left out of the door; keep walking across the next intersection into the park. From the park you should cross the street with the trams and look for number 69. About a minute walk.), ☎ +381 11 263 36 26 ([email protected]), . Owned and run by fellow backpackers and locals, free laundry, computer access, high speed WiFi, to beer and rakija, coffee and tea. On the banks of the river, has dorms, large private rooms, and a large open common room always alive. All facilities work and are accessible 24 hours, as well as no check out times - sleep late. From €10. edit
- Happy Hostel, Kralja Milutina 28 (at the corner with Nemanjina street, on the Slavija square), ☎ +381 64 1176 075 414 ([email protected]), . Following facilities are included in the price: linen and towels, washing machine and dryer, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, TV set with DVD player and stereo, cable internet, wireless internet, residence tax, 24-hour reception. From €12. edit
- Hedonist Hostel, Simina 7, ☎ +381 11 3284 798, +381 64 26 20 999 ([email protected]), . On a quiet street of the city center, with a nice garden. Large common area with a common room (cozy traditional Serbian interior) directly connected with the kitchen and the garden. Bedrooms are newly furnished, cozy and always clean and fresh. Room price includes free Wi-Fi, computer access, security lockers for each bed, fresh linen & towels, maps and info, coffee & tea and cable TV & movies. From €9, including taxes. edit
- Hostel Captain, Kapetan Misina 16, ☎ +381 11 218 18 19, Mobile: +381 65 243 9596 ([email protected]), . Safe, comfortable budget accommodation and facilities including bar, internet, chill out areas and atmosphere where it is possible to meet other like minded people. From €12. edit
- Hostel Goodnight Grooves, Zeleni Venac 2, ☎ +381 11 2185824 ([email protected]), . Spacious rooms. Breakfast included. From €9. edit
- Hostelche Hostel, Kralja Petra 8, ☎ +381 11 2637793, cell phone +381 63 8379461 ([email protected]), . New, cozy, clean place. They have free sheets, towels, laundry, games, books, 24–hour reception, internet, Wi-Fi, welcome drink, coffee, and tea. From €14. edit
- Hostel @ Jelica Milanovic School, Krunska 8, ([email protected]), . A high school campus in the middle of town which functions as a hostel in summer, between June 20th and August 30th. RSD1000-1100. edit
- Hostel Revolution One, Nusiceva 4, . Hostel is on the 6th floor of building with an elevator. From €10. edit
- Hotel Center, Gavrila Principa 46a, ☎ +381 11 361 96 86 ([email protected]). 100 m far from main bus and train station. Hostel capacity is 30 beds on 3 floors with 10 beds on every floor. 2x double rooms, 3x 3 bed rooms, 3x 4 bed rooms, 1x 5 bed rooms. Rooms include: air conditioning, 2 SAT-TV, computer LCDTFT 22” (internet access), fax/telephone. There are discounts for groups, longer stay. Accommodation, bed (+tax+residence tax+insurance) €19. breakfast €3, hb(breakfast and dinner) €6.. edit
- Hotel Central Station, Karadjordjeva 87 (opposite to the Central Railway and Central Bus Station), ☎ +381 11 268 50 67 ([email protected]), . Central Station is in a building regarded as a cultural monument and a city landmark. The building has accommodated guests since the beginning of the 20th century. In a completely redecorated and refurbished 150m2 space the hostel offers accommodations in twin-bed, four-bed, 6, 8, 10 bed-rooms. Guests have free internet access, a living room, a safe and secure storage room and gentlemen's and ladies bathrooms at their disposal. All rooms are air conditioned. From €12. edit
- In Old Shoes Hostel, Brankova 18, ☎ +381 11 218 36 50, Mobile/SMS: +381 64 136 65 05 ([email protected]), . Great staff, very good location, free WiFi, maps, coffee and tea, cable TV, air conditioning, 2 and 4 beds private and dormitory rooms. From €10, taxes included. edit
- Indigo Hostel Belgrade, Skadarska 6 (Skadarlija bohemian quarter), ☎ +381 11 26 26 333 ([email protected]), . At the beginning of old bohemian quarter of Skadarlija. Next to Republic Square. 10 minutes walk form bus and train station. Possibility of renting all place, total 20 beds. Private rooms available. From €9. edit
- Madness Hostel, Brace Jugovica 7, ([email protected]), . checkin: 11AM; checkout: 10AM. 14 beds and 1 bathroom. A renovated apartment. Free coffee, tea, and sugar all day. From €12. edit
- Manga Hostel, Resavska 7 (City center), ☎ +381 11 324 38 77, +381 64 261 05 09, . 3-floor house, 1x10, 2x4, 1x1 rooms, 24hrs reception, private yard, air conditioning, free: wifi, lockers, towels, coffee & tea, maps, cable TV and DVDs, 24 hr supermarkets in the surrounds. Train station is just 2 stops away (or 10 minutes walking). Beds from €10. edit
- Melimelo, Kolarceva 3. 3 rooms. From €6. edit
- Montmartre Hostel, Nusiceva Street 17, . checkin: Noon; checkout: 10AM. Free breakfast From €11. edit
- San Art Floating Hostel, Usce bb, ☎ +38163238278, . Unique hostel on water where you come as a guest and leave as a friend. From €15. (44.822161,20.43377) edit
- Sky 10 Hostel, Majora Ilica 13. Cozy hostel. From €6. edit
- Star Hostel Belgrade, Cara Urosa 37, ☎ +381 62 224646 ([email protected]), . One of the very 1st hostels to open in Belgrade, in summer of 2005. Air-conditioned, safe-lockers backpack size, free WIFI, coffee and tea, laundry, maps, big common room with movie collection, x-box, book exchange, very friendly staff, very knowledgeable about Belgrade and are there all the time for all your travel needs. Dorm bed: €10-€12, Single €21. edit
- Sun Hostel Belgrade, Novopazarska 25 (Vracar), ☎ +381 64 12 01 065 ([email protected]), . May accommodate up to 35 people (apartment, private rooms, dorms), very comfortable rooms, air-conditioned, safe-lockers backpack size, two cpu with free internet, very friendly staff. €8-€19. edit
- Sweethouse Hostel, Hilandarska 7a, ☎ +381 11 334 10 79; + 381 69 334 10 79. ([email protected]), . €9 for dorm bed; €30 for private. edit
- Three Black Catz Hostel, Cika Ljubina 7/49, ☎ +381 11 2629826 ([email protected]), . A flat turned into a hostel. Welcome drink, 4-star free laundry service. Nice intimate place - neighbors drop in for a chat - no isolated backpacker ghetto. Dorm bed: €10–11. edit
- Time Hostel, '''Cara Lazara 9''' (Walking down the pedestrian street, Knez Mihailova, towards Kalemegdan just turn left on Nikole Spasića Street and then the first left again.), ☎ +381 11 32 85 160 ([email protected]), . Hospitable and knowledgeable staff, spacious and comfy rooms, fully equipped kitchen, hostel-wide free wi-fi, and a great, central location to explore Belgrade. Beds for 18 people, including a private room, as well as three variously sized dormitory rooms, From €15. edit
- UNI Hostel, (one minute away from trolley loop, line 7l, which stops at the train and bus station), ([email protected]), . Price starts from RSD 800 (8-bed-room) excl. BTO/Tax (RSD 114). edit
- White Owl Hostel ([email protected]), Skadarska 1, Beograd (Head down pedestrian street, first building on the right; opposite Golden Jug restaurant), ☎ +381114070160, . checkin: 1100; checkout: 1400. New boutique hostel that opened in August of 2015, modern/Scandi design throughout the building and chill atmosphere. Air-con and WiFi everywhere and cable TV in lounge. Full kitchen for preparing meals and shared fridge. Beer garden is downstairs away from the rooms. Staff can sort out domestic/international buses and activities here in town. From €13pp for dorm, €35 total for private double (high prices as of August 2015). €13-€35. (44.786568,20.448922) edit
- Yolostel, Uzun Mirkova 6/6, (toll free: +381 64 141 9339, [email protected]), . Reception is open from 09:00 until 17:00. From €15. edit
- Belgrade City Hotel (Белград Сити Хотел), Savski trg 7 (Opposite the railway station Belgrade.), . In a Neo-Renaissance building. edit
- Hotel Bristol, Karađorđeva 50. Old style hotel near the bus station. The breakfast is included. Twin room: €45/night. edit
- Hotel Royal (Ројал Хотел), 56 Kralja Petra (Near Belgrade Fortress and Knez Mihailova Street), . One of the oldest hotels in Belgrade, dating to 1885 edit
- Hotel Srbija (Хотел Србија), Ustanička 127c (Near the sports hall and the park Šumice.), . Quickly connected with the highway and the Slavija square. edit
- Kasina Hotel (Касина Хотел), Terazije 25 (Near the Republic Square and Knez Mihailova Street), . edit
- Nacional Hotel (Национал Хотел), Autoput br. 5 (Next to the highway (Belgrade-Zagreb), the Noewom Belgrade (about 5-6 km from city center)), . edit
- Zeleznicar Konaciste (Железничар коначиште), Savska 6. (near the railway station), ☎ +381 11 2645199, . Means 'Railway guest house' edit
- Hotel Excelsior, Kneza Miloša 5.  In the center, near the National Assembly of Serbia.
- Mr. President Design Hotel, Karadjordjeva 75, ☎ +381 11 3602222 ([email protected], fax: +381 11 6686251), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. This is the first Design Hotel opened in Belgrade in 2007, with new and modern style. Across the street from the city's main train & Bus station. 61 modern rooms with free wireless internet, free international phone calls to landlines, free secured parking and modern conviences. Price range from €74 up to €224 for double. edit
- Best Western Hotel Sumadija, . Free WiFi for the guests in whole hotel. edit
- Nevski Hotel, Venizelosova 24a  Nearby Skadarlija (bohemian street), Strahinjića Bana street (called the Silicon Valley).
- Tulip Inn Putnik HotelPalmira Toljatija 9.  In the central part of New Belgrade, near the Danube.
- Queens Astoria Design Hotel, Milovana Milovanovica 1 (Side street just opposite the railway station.), ☎ +381 11 3605100 ([email protected], fax: +381 11 3605101), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Stylish Apartments are also available. Caffee & Restaurant. Price range from €69 up to €214 for a double room including free wireless internet, free international phone calls to landlines, usage of the hotel gym and breakfast.. edit
- Hotel Rex, (close to the train station), . Very nice business-type hotel with 24 hour reception and friendly english speaking staff. Price around €60.. edit
- Studio APOLLO 011, Suboticka 23 (Zvezdara), ☎ +381 63 1161982, +381 61 1558752 ([email protected]), . It is tidy, comfortable and pleasurable place. edit
- LifeDesign Hotel, ☎ +381 (0)11 35 34 300, . Newly built and modernly designed, elegant architecture, location emanates the spirit of the Balkan capital. A four-star hotel located in commercial and cultural center of the city. edit
- Beograd Art Hotel, ☎ +381 (0)11 3312000, . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Located on Knez Mihailova Street. With 55 uniquely designed rooms and suites, bar, lounge bar, restaurant and 2 meeting rooms, Beograd Art Hotel will meet needs of business people. e-mail: [email protected] €110. edit
- Holiday Inn****, Spanskih Boraca 74, in the dynamic New Belgrade business district, 10 minutes' drive from the centre of the Serbian capital. (fax: 381-011-3100123)
- Hotel Evropa, Terazije 2, ☎ +381 11 36 26 017 ([email protected]), . In a historic building close to the National Assembly building. Air-condition, free Wi-Fi, free access to the spa centre: a sauna, a Turkish bath and a jacuzzi. edit
- Crystal Hotel Belgrade, Internacionalnih brigada 9, ☎ +381 11 7151000 ([email protected]), . New boutique hotel with a beautiful view of St. Sava Temple, the largest Orthodox church in the world. It has 44 rooms with high speed Internet and pay TV. edit
- Balkan Hotel, Prizrenska 2, ☎ +381 11 36-36-000, . A four-star hotel overlooking the Terazije square. Refurbished in 2006, with modernly equipped rooms and international restaurant Orient Express. edit
- Moskva, Balkanska 1, ☎ +381 11 2686-255, . A landmark building which was remodelled in 2009 and features small rooms with wi-fi and satellite TV. The staff apparently has been overhauled as well after previous poor reviews on that front. Counts a number of celebrities amongst its guests from the communist period. edit
- Square Nine Hotel, Studentski Trg 9, ☎ +381 11 333 3500, . A truly upscale hotel located near the Knez Mihailova pedestrian street and the Kalemegdan fortress. edit
- Hyatt Regency Belgrade, Milentija Popovica 5, ☎ +381 11 301 1234, . In New Belgrade some 9 kilometers from the airport. edit
- Crown Plaza Hotel Belgrade, Vladimira Popovica 10, ☎ +381 11 220 4204. Prefix Inter has now been dropped. Located in New Belgrade, and connected thru a passageway with the Sava congress center. edit
- Admiral Club Beograd, Venizelosova 31, ☎ +381 11 303 8260. In the oldest part of Belgrade - Dorćol, near The National Theatre. In addition to the 17 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, the Hotel has unique “Glass Garden”, parlor and pastry - coffee shop. edit
- In Hotel Belgrade, Bulevar Arsenija Carnojevica 56, ☎ +381 11 310 5300, . In New Belgrade and some 9 kilometers from the airport and 200 m from the Belgrade Arena. edit
- Apartment Rialto (Rentals apartment Belgrade), Decanska 7 (down town), ☎ +381 62 8449550, SMS: +381 62 8449550 ([email protected]), . Luxury accommodation in the heart of Belgrade. From €50 for a double. edit
- Apartment City Side Up (Rental apartment Belgrade), Dobracina 50 (City centre Dorcol), ([email protected]). Luxury apartment in the centre of Belgrade with a 4 star rating. A beautiful view of the city can be seen from the balcony , there is free wifi in the entire apartment. It's a perfect place for your Belgrade stay, accommodates 4 people. From €50 per night. edit
- Apartments Residence, Cara Dusana 73/3 Zemun, ☎ +381 69 111 2 330 ([email protected]), . Apartments Residence lies in Zemun part, 800 metres from the Danube River. Free of charge, guests have access to underground, video-surveyed private parking and free Wi-Fi available throughout the accommodation. All air-conditioned apartments feature a balcony and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area. The seating area is provided with a flat-screen TV, satellite channels and a DVD player. The private bathroom is fitted with a hydro-massage bathtub or shower. from 40 euros. edit
- Ela apartment, Tosin bunar 13, ☎ +381 69 113 1345 ([email protected]), . Two identical apartments each with a possibility of lodging 1-3 in each. Personal and secure accommodation on privately owned premises. Fully equipped kitchen and on-suite bathroom. Private parking, transport to and from the airport. Furthest bus station on a 5 minutes walk. edit
- Belgrade Ada Apartments (accommodation in Belgrade), Radnicka (near down town), ☎ +381648776060, SMS: +381648776060 ([email protected]), . checkin: all day; checkout: 11am. Lux accommodation in the Belgrade. From €40 for a double. edit
- Bel Apartments (Apartment in Belgrade), Radnicka (near downtown), ☎ +381648776060, SMS: +381648776060 ([email protected]), . checkin: all day; checkout: 11am. Lux flat in the Belgrade. From €40 for a double. edit
- RentApartmani Beograd℠ (Belgrade Apartments), Vele Nigrinove 10 (Downtown), ☎ +38163 330 017, SMS: +381 63 330 017 ([email protected]), . checkin: all day; checkout: 11am. From budget to lux accommodation From €28 for a double. edit
- BEOGRAD apartmani (BEOGRAD Apartments), Ada Ciganlija (near downtown), ☎ 00381648776060, SMS: +381648776060 ([email protected]), . checkin: all day; checkout: 11am. great quality and location From €30 for a double. edit
- Habitat Developments (Habitat Developments), Prote Mateje 24 (near downtown), ☎ 00381113088377, SMS: +381628721166 ([email protected]), . great quality and location edit
- Very Izzy (Jelena Milic), ☎ +381 61 209 1885 ([email protected]), . Selection of central Belgrade appartments for short stays. edit
- Balkan inn (Apartmani Beograd), (near downtown), ☎ +381 60 55 60 760 ([email protected]), . Balkan-Inn Apartments offer modern-style accommodation edit
- Spa Secret Apartments (Apartmani Beograd), Zemunska 19, ☎ +381 60 440 0404 ([email protected]), . Good connection with the airport and near the highway Belgrade makes them suitable for the accommodation of tourists in transit but also to guests who want to escape from everyday life and give yourself a couple of hours of enjoyment.Apartments are open 24h. Most apartments are equipped with Jacuzzi bath. From €15. (44.812263,20.384477) edit
- Apartmani Beograd (Apartmani u Beogradu), Zmaj Jovina 2 (Belgrade Center), ☎ +38162322092 ([email protected]), . checkin: 10pm; checkout: 10am. Great quality and low price Apartment in heart of Belgrade. From €25. edit
- Klik Apartmani (Apartmani Beograd), Gospodar Jovanova 2 (Belgrade Center), ☎ +381652007333 ([email protected]), . checkin: 10pm; checkout: 10am. High quality and low price Apartments in Belgrade. From €25. edit
Overall, Belgrade is a somewhat safe city, but like anywhere, you should always keep money, mobile phones, travel documents and other valuable personal items in secure places. Pickpockets are known to operate in public transportation, and other crowded places so never wear a backpack or purse on your back and make sure that you have your wallet in one of your front pockets. If you own a car, it is preferable to have a security system. Traffic laws are usually observed although nervous drivers can change lanes suddenly or make dangerous turns when avoiding traffic during rush hour. The taxi drivers are notorious for swerving in and out of lanes. Pay close attention to the traffic signals as a pedestrian.
Also try to avoid getting into conflicts. If you are staying out late in a bar or a club, there is always a small chance that someone will try to pick a fight especially if you are in a group and a single guy is showing hostility. That is a trap by local thugs looking for a brawl. That is not because you are a foreigner: it is just the "law of the streets": anyone can be the target. Just ignore them and walk away no matter what they say or do. The chances that this will happen are very low, but stay alert. Do not try to make fun of the locals in your native language. Almost everyone has at least a basic understanding of English and is familiar with foul words and curses.
In case of an emergency, call 192 (police), 193 (fire) or 194 (ambulance). Always carry the phone number and an address of your embassy with you. In case of injury or illness, the place to go is the Urgentni centar (Emergency center), Pasterova 2 of the Clinical Center of Serbia. Be aware that not all medical facilities have personnel that speak English or other foreign languages. Consult the embassy of your country if possible.
Pharmacies on duty 24/7:
- Prvi maj, Kralja Milana 9, +381-11/3344-923
- Sveti Sava, Nemanjina 2, +381-11/2643-170
- Zemun, Glavna 34, +381-11/2618-582
Gay and lesbianEdit
In Serbia, including Belgrade, violence against gays and lesbians can occur. Gay and lesbian travelers should be discreet. As a rule, public displays of affection between two people of the same sex are likely to be met with verbal abuse and/or physical violence. There are several gay bars and clubs all around the city and they tend to get quite full. Be cautious when arriving at or leaving such clubs. Often there are security personnel guarding the immediate entrance. There are quite a few LGBT parties organized periodically by various organizations and at different locations, such as Loud and Queer events. Avoid football fan crowds at all costs if you think you may be a target because of your appearance which tend to be extremely violent and homophobic. There are several LGBT organisations at your disposal in Belgrade. Find them on sites such as Queeria, Gay-Serbia.com, Labris, etc. Chatting to the LGBT community on Gayromeo.com will help to identify the main hotspots. Search on Facebook and FourSquare.com information on current venues including (LGBT bars) Fenix, Mystic, Smiley; (gay-friendly bars) Cafe Downtown; (gay-friendly restaurants) Supermarket and Zaplet; and (gay clubs) Apartman and Pleasure.
Smiley, in alley off Terazije 5 (Stari Grad, Belgrade) (open 15-01h) opposite Palata Albanija
Egal, Obilićev venac 3a, Stari Grad
KC Grad, Braće Krsmanović 4, Savamala, near the Brankov most Brigde
Kafeterija, Žorža Klemansoa 10, Dorćol
Zaplet, Kajmakcalanska 2, Vracar, 11000 Belgrade, Tel +381 (0)11 240 4142 (closed Mondays)
GAY CLUBS - Friday/Saturday nights only
Pleasure, Kneza Milosa 9 (in courtyard next to Turkish Embassy), (Stari Grad) 11000 Belgrade
International telephone code for Serbia is 381. Most cities in Serbia and mobile operators have 2-digit area code. There is only one area code for Belgrade and that is 11. Typical land-line phone number in Belgrade +381-11/xxx-xxxx. Typical mobile phone number is +381-6x/xxx-xxxx. From Serbian land line phone, use 00 prefix for international calls (e.g. 0031-20/xxx-xxxx for Amsterdam, Netherlands), and prefix 0 for calls inside Serbia but outside your area (e.g. 021/xxx-xxxx for Novi Sad, Serbia or 06x/xxx-xxxx for Serbian mobile). If you dial inside the same area, there is no need to use the prefix (just dial xxx-xxxx).
Basically, the whole city is covered with mobile networks of all three Serbian operators. It is easy to buy and charge cheap pre-paid numbers at the kiosks around the city. If you use 064 pre-paid number, use *100# to check the credit, for 063, use *121#, for 061, use *123#.
There is a number of red-colored payphones across the city, operated by telephone cards available at the kiosks.
Free wireless access is available at Student park in Belgrade center. Mobile operators offers pre- and post-paid wireless Internet packages.
Belgrade's most popular radio station, Radio S (94.9), features music from the former Yugoslav countries, while Index (88.9), Antena Beograd (107.9), Gradski (102.2), B92 (92.5) and Studio B (105.4) play mostly English-language pop/rock music. Radio S, Radio Index and B92 cover all of Serbia and offer occasional traffic reports.
Television is exclusively in Serbian, but foreign films and series are broadcast with original audio and Serbian subtitles. Some hotels offer channels from other European countries.
Belgrade Insight  is the only English-language local newspaper.
The Košava, a notorious Belgrade wind, can be quite chilling, particularly in winter - take care and dress appropriately.
Also be mindful of the high number of stray animals roaming streets, particularly dogs, even in the city center. Whilst it is very rare that they demonstrate outward signs of illness or aggression, err on the side of caution and avoid coming in physical contact.
Pharmacies – called 'apoteka' – are found throughout the city center. Look for lit green crosses on building façades. Some, such as the one in Kralja Milana Str, are open twenty-four hours. These will carry a range of prescription medicines, as well as over-the-counter products like pain killers and vitamin supplements.
There are dozens of Gyms around the city, every neighborhood has at least one. Prices range (so as quality) €20–50 per month, or a bit less for 12/16 visits.
In case you need to fix your umbrella you may do that in the last remaining umbrella service in town in Visnjiceva 4.
Smoking in public places is no longer as rampant as it used to be. The ban that covers workplaces, shopping malls and public transport is now generally enforced, though it doesn't apply to most restaurants, bars and clubs.
In Belgrade there are over 80 embassies. Here is some of them:
- * Japan, Genex Apartments, Vladimira Popovica 6, ☎ +381 11 3012800~4 (fax: +381 11 311-8258), . edit
- United States, Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karadjordjevica 92, ☎ +381 11 706-4000, . 8:30-17:00, Mon-Fri. edit
- Go to Avala mount for a day in nature. During summer, bus 400 will take you there from Voždovac terminus. Climb the Avala Tower - the view from the top is magnificent.
- Go to see the famous hill Oplenac(Serbian Cyrillic: Опленац), (town of Topola) south, near Belgrade. There is a Mausoleum of the Serbian Royal family Karadjordjevic (St. George's Church),museums. You can also enjoy the famous royal Oplenac the vineyard. Surrounding the town of Topola is a famous wine growing region with excellent wine, try it!
- Go to Vinča or Lepenski Vir archeological sites and see how prehistoric people used to live.
- In summertime, spend a day and night in bungalows for two on Sava river in Boljevci.
- If you like visiting monasteries, they are plentiful on Fruška Gora mount. The beautiful city of Novi Sad is nearby.
- See Obedska bara (Obedska pond or Obedska bog, Serbian Cyrillic: Обедска бара) is a large swamp-forest area and natural reserve stretching along the Sava River in Southern Srem (Serbia), some 40 km west of Belgrade.The pond is an authentic complex of stagnant tributaries, marshes, pits, marsh vegetation, damp meadows and forests.
- Serbian wine routes.In the vicinity of Belgrade has several offers "wine roads"! Wine roads of Smederevo (southeast of Belgrade), Oplenac (south), or Fruska Goraand Sremski Karlovci (north of Belgrade).
- Pay a visit to Vršac which features a prominent mountain famous for its vineyards and wine.
- Go to Sremski Karlovci(Serbian Cyrillic: Сремски Карловци) north of Belgrade, near Novi Sad (old road).Sremski Karlovci have a very rich history, numerous monuments, museums, churches, galleries, the famous wine cellars, and others. Some sites:The Patriarchy residence,Karlovci’s Grammar School – the oldest Serbian high school,The Chapel of Peace – built in 1817,The Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church, etc.
- Cruise the great rivers Danube and Sava interesting to nearby destinations.
- See Viminacium known archaeological site, near the village of Stari Kostolac (near Pozarevac) about 80 km south-east of Belgrade.Viminacium (VIMINACIVM) was a major city (provincial capital) and military camp of the Roman province of Moesia (today's Serbia), and the capital of Moesia Superior. The city dates back to the 1st century AD and contains archaeological remains of temples, streets, squares, amphitheatres, palaces, hippodromes and Roman baths...
- If you are interested in Serbian spas there are plenty of them, closer to Belgrade, the Bukovička Spa(Ser: Буковичка Бања) -Aranđelovac, Selters Spa(Ser: Селтерс бања)- Mladenovac, and Banja Vrujci (Ser: Бања Врујци)- Mionica- Valjevo, is about 80 km south from Bg.
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