"That's the funny thing about trying to escape. You never really can. Maybe temporarily, but not completely."
- Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx
Everybody deserves an escape. A run-away moment to a new city, new country, where nobody knows who you are and you can be anybody, just another soul in a crowded street. After such a beautiful summer filled with laughter and happiness, I decided to end it with a city break, my run-away, to Belgrade.
First of all I never visited Serbia before and it was the closest to my country, a 6 hour drive.
Belgrade, or Serbia in general, is a cheap place to travel.
I dined in the most luxurious and fancy restaurants and the bill was unbelievably decent.
I stayed 4 days and 3 nights and I visited pretty much everything I considered important. I am going to list the MUST see places in Belgrade if you are planning a trip here.
If you are with a car like I was, just letting you know from the start the traffic lights are everywhere, and they are always red (90% of the time). If you are in a rush somewhere, don't even stress, you're going to arrive late anyway. To my surprise the traffic is less crowded on the weekends. (Tip: Visit Belgrade on a weekend).
Oh! And don't forget to bring cash with you (Dinar). You will need them for the parking tickets. There is a man standing at every parking area, there are no ticket machines anywhere. I learned this on my first day, with a nice parking fine on my window car after dining out.
Belgrade is not a conflict area, it's safe. And so was my road to Belgrade. I think at the conflict areas they don't let you enter anyway without some kind of special ID. You may or may not know, Belgrade isn't a part of the European Union and is under the influence of Russia. You can rest assure about this area.
The best area (in my opinion) of Belgrad is Zemun and there is where my hotel was.
I couldn't have asked for a better accomodation.
The price was right (very affordable), the rooms were clean and fancy, the dining area was colorful and fun, and it even had a spa area downstairs. The staff were great, and I can't recommend this hotel enough.
In 2014 they won the Award of Excellence and has a 8.1 score on Booking.com
If you are looking for a place to stay, look no more. This is the perfect one.
Name of the hotel: City Code
I already wrote an article called What I Ate in Belgrade as a Vegan, go ahead and check it out, even if you are not a vegan the restaurants are just bomb and worth it. You have there as many as info you might need.
(Picture: Pivnica Stanica PIVA)
My favorite place in Belgrade.
This is a MUST go, it's the image of the town.
A beautiful view high above the fortress, where you can see the Sava River and Danube unite. Historic buildings surrounded by nature, Zoo, Mini train rides, Basket ball play areas, jogging areas, parks, and other fun activities.
Big fan of Tesla.
Fun fact: Did you know Tesla was Vegan?
Every machinery that is rotating is thanks to Tesla's invention.
He was a true genious and he is was born Serbia in fact!
This museum offers some great information about Tesla's history, his childhood and how he came up with his inventions.
Stop and take some time to visit the museum. It's always fun to learn new things.
An iconic place to visit. It's a nice scenery and one of Belgrade's famous temples.
It was nice to see another country, I went with one of my best friends and we had a lot of fun and crazy stories! It was totally worth it. Would I visit again? Probably not. But it was something on our bucket list.
I encourage everyone to go on a city break at least once a year.
Life is too short and the world is too big not to travel.
Thank you for reading.
Until next time.