So, you’re traveling to Belgrade, Serbia? Here are five things I wish I knew before heading there myself.
- Belgrade, like most big cities in Europe, offers a plethora of free (tip-based) walking tours to help you get acquainted with the city. They typically meet in Republic Square and are a great way to orient yourself to the city as well as educate yourself about its turbulent past. Tipping around 5€ is average if you enjoy the tour.
- The nightlife scene in Belgrade is incredible. Don’t miss out on the river barges lining the Sava and Danube rivers; there are many different ones to choose from, each with its own unique atmosphere and style of music.
- Rakia (alternate spelling: rakija) doesn’t have to be terrible. There are many flavor variations on this traditional Balkan liquor, including raspberry, cherry, or apple. But remember to drink with caution–the alcohol content is often 50% or higher!
- You’ll want to know the word for “Cheers!” It’s “Živeli!” with ž pronounced like the French ‘j’.
- Belgrade is not the cheapest capital city in Eastern Europe, but you can still find very reasonably-priced food and accommodation. Meals at sit-down restaurants typically range from $5-10 USD; a sandwich from a shop $2-3; a coffee, $1-1.50. A hostel dorm bed near the city center may cost anywhere from $12-18.
Have you been to Belgrade? What tips would you add?