Most travellers will have heard of the town, Novi Sad, for its impressive annual international music festival, Exit, which takes place in the town's fortress. However, on this trip we chose to explore the Serbian capital, Belgrade, which often features on interail itineraries due to the intrigue the city musters for foreigners.
Despite being told that Belgrade isn't particularly beautiful or particularly interesting, we decided to check it out anyway. Too large to see the whole city over a weekend, we recommend cycling in the summer, or tram in the winter, especially if you are pushed for time.
Belgrade is a modern city with a mix of architecture that spans from its days under Soviet rule to contemporary, more ambitious structures, it isn't really the kind of city you would stroll around commenting how picturesque it all is though. Belgrade's main draw is the general atmosphere, its creative energy that can be felt on every street corner, especially in the centre. The place to see is the Kalemegdan Citadel, which is sandwiched between the Danube and the Sava Rivers, giving this area its picturesque aspect. Along with its winding streets full of shops, restaurants and bars, you can be sure to find lots happening here at any time of the day throughout the week!
Local associations and organisations are putting great emphasis on art and culture, meaning that there is often a lot going on in all art sectors. Belgrade is also famous for its all-night music scene, which comes highly recommended if you have the energy to party throughout the night before getting back on the train to our next stop - that said, partying all night long is a great way to save on accommodation!Becici, Kotor Bay and Perast, Montenegro Ohrid, Macedonia