Belgrade, Serbia

Guide for the rail traveller

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CurrencySerbian Dinar
Local languageSerbian
Country Serbia

Introduction

Dating back to around 4800 BC, Belgrade is now the largest city in Serbia and also its capital. Located in north central Serbia and positioned at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, where the Balkan Peninsula meets the Pannonian Plain, Belgrade has some enviable surrounding scenery.

Not only is Belgrade the largest city in Serbia but it is also the largest city in the countries that were formerly Yugoslavia.

Serbia has been the subject of much disruption in the latter part of the 20th century, culminating in the many demonstrations of 1996 and 1997 against Slobodan Milošević. Following the 2000 elections, a mass demonstration of more than 1,000,000 people took place, which finally caused the removal of Milošević as leader.

Since then, Belgrade has become far more settled and has rightly attracted a large number of visitors from across the globe.

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Things to do

There is no denying that Belgrade has a vast and rich history that has shaped many of the city’s attractions. Without a doubt, one of Belgrade’s main attractions is the National Museum which is conveniently located close to the National Theatre.

Other areas that are well worth a visit include the Kalemegdan Fortress, the Temple of Saint Sava and the Old Palace, all of which are located in the old part of Belgrade. On the newer side of town, there are some delightful shops and restaurants to try as well as the ‘must see’ view from the Avala Monument.

Nightlife in the city is generally centred around the restaurants and cafés although more recently the younger generation has driven the demand for more nightclubs and bars, which are popping up in abundance, particularly in the new part of town.

Local transport

Public transport throughout the city is nothing short of fantastic! Most of the public transport system is run by a central company called the City Traffic Company, with the exception of a few commuter railways that are still independently run in conjunction with the main company.

As well as the 118 bus lines, there are also 12 tramlines and 8 trolley bus lines serving the needs of those within the city centre. Serbian Railways runs what is referred to as a commuter line (but is open to all) that connects Belgrade with other capitals across Europe, as well as the other main Serbian cities.

Belgrade also has a large airport that is easily accessible from the city centre which allows easy access to this wonderful city.

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