Edgy Belgrade: Where Chaos Meets Character

Posted on August 20, 2013 by

Continuing on the Med Run, we’ve crossed the border from Zagreb, Croatia, into Serbia. Here’s a photo essay of the edgy Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Decades after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia has reinvented itself and it’s no longer the region’s bad boy. The country is now in a state of revival and things are looking bright for the optimistic Serbians. Our short trip to the country’s capital, Belgrade, gave us a glimpse into how much Serbia has changed since the Yugoslavian days. Today’s Belgrade is fun, feisty, and audacious.

Chaos show in the architecture with Soviet style blocks standing side by side with avant garde buildings, and funky alternative clubs drifting on the Danube River next to classic traditional Balkan taverns. Quirky ice-cream cafes line the vibrant pedestrian boulevard of Knez Mihailova, while ancient Orthodox churches dot the outskirts of the city. Further afield are military museums and monuments, including the mausoleum of Yugoslavia’s leader, Josip Broz Tito; and across the river stands the modern, commerical district of Novi Beograd. While Belgrade is far from being a typical pretty European city, it’s edgy and full of character – and that’s just the way I like cities to be.

Cityscapes

Chaotic city center with tram lines crisscrossing the junctions

the bustling pedestrianized boulevard

The bustling pedestrianized boulevard, Knez Mihailova

Going back in time in an old-school salon

 This old-school salon is a throwback to the ’80s

inside a traditional kafana

 A traditional kafana (coffeehouse) in the oldest inn in Belgrade

Sveti Sava from the front

The impressive Sveti Sava, the biggest cathedral in Serbia

inside Cathedral Sveti Sava

Sveti Sava is still incomplete after decades of construction

Belgrade fortress

A view of the Danube and Sava Rivers from the Belgrade Fortress

Locals sitting out in the park

Locals sit out and admire the view on a hot summer afternoon

Serbian men playing chess in the park

Serbian men sit and play chess in the park

Soviet style buildings

Soviet style buildings still line the main avenue of the city

Tito's mausoleum

 More Soviet-era architecture at Tito’s mausoleum, which is housed together with the Museum of Yugoslavia in the outskirts of the city

 

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

5 Responses to “Edgy Belgrade: Where Chaos Meets Character”

  1. midlifewanderlust1965 August 21, 2013 4:50 am #

    Great post. I will be passing through Belgrade for three days in September. This has given me something to look forward to.

    • Nellie August 21, 2013 12:12 pm #

      Cheers, glad that we\’ve sparked some interest! Enjoy Belgrade!

  2. Andi Perullo de Ledesma August 21, 2013 6:29 pm #

    Love the pics!

  3. Wanderlusters November 29, 2013 8:14 pm #

    Sveti Sava looks incredible. I love to hear of the history of buildings, especially those which have seen such vast changes and alterations both to their framework and humanity.

  4. Tara February 21, 2014 10:58 am #

    I just come back after two months in Belgrade and I had a fantastic time. The people, the food, night life, attractions were all great.

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