Welcome to Belgrade
Introduce Belgrade on this VIDEO
Belgrade is situated in South-Eastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula. It lies at the point where the river Sava merges into the Danube. The river waters surround it from three sides, and that is why since ancient times it has been the guardian of river passages. Because of its position it was properly called "the gate" of the Balkans, and "the door" to Central Europe. During its long and turbulent history, Belgrade has been conquered by 40 armies, and 38 times it has been raised up from the ashes.
Belgrade is the central economic hub of Serbia, and the capital of Serbian culture, education and science. It is the most economically developed part of Serbia. Many notable companies are based in Belgrade, including Jat Airways, Telekom Srbija, Telenor Serbia, Delta Holding and regional centers for Société Générale, Intel, Motorola, Kraft Foods, Carlsberg, Microsoft, Zepter, Japan Tobacco and many others.
The City of Belgrade is the founder, financer and organizer of many regular annual cultural events. Most of the authors from all fields of culture and art live and work in Belgrade. It has also hosted the famous world authors and performers in the fields of music, theatre, film... Iron maiden, Pink, Metallica, Pavarotti are only the few of those who had their concerts in Serbia's capital. They were all sold out and most of the artist said that this performance was the most fulfilling experience for them. Started in 2003, Belgrade Beer Fest is held annually over 3-4 days at the foot of Belgrade's Kalemegdan fortress as a showcase event for various beer producers. In addition to domestic and foreign brews at affordable prices, the festival features live music performances each evening.
One can often meet European, World and Olympic champions in the streets of Belgrade. It's nice when a small country can say that it is a superpower in sports. This region is a true exporter of top class basketball, football, volleyball, water polo and handball players... The first basketball match in Belgrade took place in 1923. Today, if we exclude North America, the best basketball in the world is played right here in Belgrade. There is no gold medal we didn't win even more than once. Vlade Divac, Sasa Djordjevic, Predrag Danilovic, Pedja Stojakovic and the other (usually) "golden boys" have conquered the world starting from Belgrade.
But the most popular sport is soccer and the first match between "Crvena Zvezda" (Red Star) and "Partizan" (Partizan) was played on January 5th 1947 and this started the tradition of the "eternal derby". The duel between the city rivals is "the" soccer event in Serbia and a specific trade mark in European and world soccer. Belgrade has hosted many important world, European and Balkan sport events.
One thing is for sure - IT'S NEVER BORING in Belgrade! Almost every day some meeting, event, festival, tournament, exhibition, concert, match, or performance take place. The local ones - for friends from the neighborhood, as well as the great ones - of international importance. Belgrade has character in spades. Other places might have a lead in exoticism, but for the real beguiling Balkan spirit, it has to be Belgrade. It is a city where you can dance until sunrise seven nights a week, where hospitality crackles in the air, and where looking good is a birthright and a religion in one.
In Belgrade you can taste some of the purest organically produced food and drink. Traditional cuisine means that almost everything is home-grown - and it tastes that way. With a penchant for locally smoked ham, grilled meat, stuffed vegetables, specialist breads, salads, pickles and soft "kajmak" cheese, most Serbs eat enormous amounts and yet stay enviably slender.
A lot of nightclubs, bars and restaurant-boats along the riverbanks make Belgrade nightlife some of the most exuberant in Europe. Spectacularly beautiful young women who look as if they have stepped from the fashion pages of Cosmopolitan, students, young men in sports clothes, musicians and writers link arms in camaraderie as they wander the cobbled streets of the nineteenth-century Skadarlija Bohemian quarter, the pedestrians Knez Mihailova Street teeming with luxury shops or Republic Square with its dozens of pavement cafes. Most Serbs go out for the evening after 10pm and most nightspots are open until at least 2am - yet there is rarely any sign of drunkenness or offensive behavior. The atmosphere is usually of people having a benignly good time enjoying everything from Procol Harum to Electric Six, Sinatra ballads to Serbia's home-grown brand of high-energy pop music.