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Clockwise from top: Belgrade old town and river port;
Fortress Kalemegdan; Saint Sava Cathedral; St. Nicholas Church.
Nightlife by the Danube
Belgrade translates to "White City," but it's by no means a pristine capital. Outspoken and gritty, it's seriously old, but
it's one of the trendiest cities in Europe. The largest city in Serbia, it's split by the Sava River, dividing the town into two
halves: old and new. New Belgrade was built during the socialist era and has a definite Soviet feel. Most of the action
happens on the old side. Expect grandiose coffeehouses and lots of historical buildings along Knez Mihailova, one of the
area's liveliest pedestrian boulevards.
Despite a decade of trauma from the Yugoslav wars, the people of Belgrade know how to have a good time. Cafés and
bars pulse with crowds around the clock, and the influences of nearby Greece and Italy are omnipresent. If you want to
experience the heartbeat of Belgrade, head to the green markets, held daily. The biggest is Kalenić. If you get a chance,
try pljeskavica, a Belgrade staple and somewhat of a hamburger knockoff. Right now, Serbia's currency is valued low
compared with the euro, making Belgrade an affordable destination.
Our Virtuoso shore experience includes a panoramic tour around Belgrade, offering an overview of the main historical
sights, such as the city hall, Parliament, and the National Theatre, followed by a feast of modern European cuisine at
Hotel Square Nine's The Square Restaurant.