Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the overlooked destinations in Europe. To correct that, here are some reasons to visit Belgrade and choose it for your next city break.
Guest post by Danielle Koch from The Amazing Traveler.
Belgrade is one of Europe’s oldest cities, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the prehistoric Vinča culture, around 7,000 years ago. The city’s strategic location at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers made it an important military and trading post throughout history.
The Celts first established a settlement here in the 4th century BC, naming it Singidūn. Later, it became a Roman city known as Singidunum. Over the centuries, Belgrade saw many rulers and empires, including the Byzantine Empire, the Bulgarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Hungary.
In the medieval era, the city became a significant Serbian stronghold until it fell to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. This period introduced many architectural and cultural changes, still evident in the city’s landscape. After centuries of Ottoman rule, Belgrade became the capital of Serbia in the 19th century, after the Serbian Revolution.
The 20th century was tumultuous for Belgrade, with both World Wars leaving their marks. Despite this, the city rebuilt and evolved, retaining its historical significance and cultural diversity. Today, Belgrade is Serbia’s capital and a hub of culture, history, and modern urban life, and here are the reasons why it is worth visiting.
Unique Mix of Eastern and Western Cultures
Unlike other European capitals, Belgrade’s unique position at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers has made it a crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures.
In Belgrade, you’ll see this mix everywhere. The architecture shows both the Ottoman influence and European styles side by side. Walking around, you’ll find old buildings and churches next to more modern ones, all telling the story of the city’s past.
What is special about Belgrade is how the city kept its history alive while still moving forward. The Kalemegdan Fortress is a perfect example. This old fortress has seen a lot of history, and now it’s a place where people go to relax and enjoy the views of the rivers.
Belgrade in winter becomes a gathering place for young people from all over former Yugoslavia. The city hosts a variety of cultural events during this season.
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