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Perched over two rivers, the Danube and the Sava, Belgrade is a real Balkan beast, mishmashing the remains of a grandiose past and stern socialism with contemporary urbanity. This is not a picturesque city, but its culture and nightlife are strong draws. The central crowd-puller is the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel, while Knez Mihailova street is dotted with fascinating historic buildings. Dozens of museums and galleries quench the thirst of the culturally parched. But Belgrade’s ultimate appeal is its nightlife. It’s easy never to go to sleep in this city, for there’s always another place to go to: underground clubs, apartment block bars, ...

Perched over two rivers, the Danube and the Sava, Belgrade is a real Balkan beast, mishmashing the remains of a grandiose past and stern socialism with contemporary urbanity. This is not a picturesque city, but its culture and nightlife are strong draws. The central crowd-puller is the ancient Kalemegdan Citadel, while Knez Mihailova street is dotted with fascinating historic buildings. Dozens of museums and galleries quench the thirst of the culturally parched. But Belgrade’s ultimate appeal is its nightlife. It’s easy never to go to sleep in this city, for there’s always another place to go to: underground clubs, apartment block bars, river barge dance floors. Needing no excuse to throw a good party, Belgraders are happy to dance all night and go straight to work the next day. There are also places to escape to and relax. Ada Ciganlija swarms with swimmers during hot summer days. The nearby Kosutnjak park has forests to walk in. Alternatively, you can dive into one of the city’s galleries or excellent museums and learn about Belgrade’s contemporary art or ancient history.

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Vesna Maric has contributed to Lonely Planet guides since 2004, including titles such as Croatia, Cyprus, Sicily, and Sardinia, as well as sections on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia for Western Balkans and Eastern Europe.

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  • Location: Belgrade is located in northern central Serbia, at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers.
  • Language: Serbian
  • Currency: Serbian Dinar
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall
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