The Belgrade skyline at dawn
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Belgrade

Serbia

If you're after old-world culture, low prices and a buzzing nightlife, you should seriously consider visiting Belgrade, the vibrant capital of Serbia. This gritty metropolis where the Sava and Danube rivers meet offers an eclectic mix of activities, from sightseeing at the National Museum and the Belgrade Fortress to learning about nature at the yearly Supernatural Festival. Despite a turbulent past, today's Belgrade is unapologetically filled with life. And judging by the many regeneration and development projects going on in the city, its popularity as a travel destination is only destined to grow.

Nightlife

Belgrade is well-known around the globe for its hopping nightlife, with clubs and venues offering everything from Gypsy folk music to techno nights to raucous rock and roll events. You'll also find an abundance of beer gardens for enjoying a tipple in the summer sun (temps reach the 28 or 29 degrees Celsius in July and August, which is a prime time to visit). And if you do happen to visit Belgrade in the summer, why not throw some shapes on one of Belgrade's splavovi - the many permanently moored river boats used for clubbing and partying.

Old and New

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe, originally inhabited by nomadic foragers more than 20,000 years ago. In its long history, it's been conquered by the Romans, ravaged by Attila the Hun, controlled by the Ottomans and shelled by by the Austro-Hungarians (and that's only just the tip of the iceberg). Unsurprisingly, people from Belgrade are immensely proud of their home city and its past. Once you've spent a day or two there, you'll probably wish you were a local, too.

The city of Belgrade itself is divided into two distinct halves: Old Town (Stari Grad), which is on a plateau south of the Kalemegdan Citadel, and New Town, located on the other bank of the Sava River.