What makes Belgrade so popular with Tourists? + Top 5 Reasons to Visit Belgrade
We’ve decided to start a new series for you and all your questions about Belgrade.
In this series we’ll be focusing on answering some of the most frequent questions we get from our guests, especially before they even arrive in Belgrade.
This series is dedicated solely to you, so you’ll feel more prepared and safe before you start your Belgrade journey.
Now let’s get started.
This week we’ll tell you what makes Belgrade such a popular destination in the Balkans and whether Belgrade should make it to your bucket list of places worth visiting.
Belgrade is SUPER cheap
Of all the Slavic nations Serbia (and Belgrade) is probably one of the most affordable places to be. Compared to some overly tourist saturated places, Belgrade still offers great bargains for our foreign guests.
You can go out and have a blast for a fraction of the price you’d have to say goodbye to in Budapest, for example (and you’re only a few hours away from Belgarde, so why not stop by if you’re there). Plus some say (they have great taste) Belgrade is the place to be if you’re a party lover. But we’ll get to that later.
Most of the major attractions are free for all visitors and within walking distance. Some museums do require you to pay an entrance fee, but if you’re smart about it and do your research you can visit those on days when the fee is either lower or completely free. (insider tip: If you’re a student you can get a bunch of discounts wherever you go, just make sure you’ve got your student ID or another document that confirms your claim).
You can get a decent room, coffee, beer and food (which is mouthwatering) for some really great prices. A cup of coffee on average is about 2$, and that’s in the City centre.
You can get more tips on where to eat in Belgrade right here.
Rich in History
If you’re a history geek, you’re gonna love Belgrade!
Historians say that the story of Belgrade started 7000 years ago! Whoah…if that doesn’t tell you you’re going to have loads of fun uncovering all those centuries-old secrets, I don't know what will.
Jokes aside. Belgrade really is a special place in Europe. Its location alone can be blamed for the turbulent past Belgrade has had to endure. Sitting at a crossroads of major trade routes easily makes you a target for all the great forces in the World. But on the other hand, it shows just how culturally rich the City is. Not just the City, if you dig a bit deeper into who we are as people in both Belgrade and Serbia, you’ll be amazed by all the influences and circumstances that shaped us to be who we are today.
I’ll just give you a few facts here to tickle your desire for exploring Belgrade:
7000 B.C. -First neolithic settlement
end of I century A.D. -The Romans colonize Singidunum (now known as Belgrade)
441 -The Huns destroyed Belgrade
c. 630 -The Slavs conquered Singidunum
878 -First written record of the Slavic name "Beograd"
1096-1189 -Crusaders pass through Belgrade
1127 -Hungarian king Stefan II destroys Belgrade and uses the stones to build Zemun
1232 -Belgrade became part of Hungary
1284 -Serbian king Dragutin was given Belgrade from the Hungarian Crown, and it is the first time Belgrade came under Serbian rule
1521 -Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent conquers Belgrade