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.
Chaotic city center with tram lines crisscrossing the junctions
The bustling pedestrianized boulevard, Knez Mihailova
This old-school salon is a throwback to the ’80s
A traditional kafana (coffeehouse) in the oldest inn in Belgrade
The impressive Sveti Sava, the biggest cathedral in Serbia
Sveti Sava is still incomplete after decades of construction
A view of the Danube and Sava Rivers from the Belgrade Fortress
Locals sit out and admire the view on a hot summer afternoon
Serbian men sit and play chess in the park
Soviet style buildings still line the main avenue of the city
More Soviet-era architecture at Tito’s mausoleum, which is housed together with the Museum of Yugoslavia in the outskirts of the city