The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is a special city. The first settlement appeared more than 3000 years ago, and since then there have been hundreds of wars on this land. It is considered that the city was destroyed 39 times! Hence comes the odd combination of Eastern and Western cultures, which manifests to the unique charm of Belgrade.

The center of the city is the medieval Kalemegdan fortress, which is located at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers. Built of white stone, it is one of the oldest European castles. Now, this is the homeplace of the Military Museum. The buildings in the fortress are characterized by their medieval style. Here one can have a look at Orthodox churches, Muslim tombs and Turkish baths, dating back to the 17th century. In front of the entrance to the castle, there is a monument of gratitude to France, and around the castle, there are the remnants of a medieval Austrian fortress and a beautiful park, which presents virtually the entire flora of the European continent. When you arrange a trip to Belgrade, make sure you ask your Serbian travel agent to include a visit to the fortress.

Kalemegdan Fortress - a must see in Belgrade

Stari Grad, the oldest part of Belgrade, is located right near the castle. The majority of museums are located along the winding streets of the capital, here are the most expensive restaurants and palaces, carefully restored in the days of Yugoslavia. It is worth visiting the old Skadarlija quarter, Ada Siganliya Park, the National Museum in Republic Square with an extensive archaeological collection and the collection of paintings, the house of Prince Milos, the Old Palace, the Ethnographic Museum with a collection of Serbian costumes and folk art, the temple of St. Sava, Jamia Bayrakli Mosque, the gallery of murals, the Museum of Modern Art. In Belgrade, one can also explore the remains of Roman, medieval Serbian and Turkish fortifications, mosques of the 16th century and numerous picturesque houses of the 18th-19th centuries.

The new city of Belgrade grew south of the fortress; its bright and spacious quarters were built with the latest architectural taste, with many parks, alleys and boulevards framed by modern buildings. There are interesting buildings of the National Assembly, a complex of buildings of the Industrial Fair, the Orthodox Church of St. Mark, the Federal Executive Council, the Museum of the Revolution, the Assembly building of Parliament, a small Russian Orthodox Church, the former residence and tomb of Marshal Tito and many other attractions belonging to different styles.

Not far from Belgrade, there is a small town of Smederevo, where one can enjoy the gorgeous outlook of the largest lowland fortress in Europe, Brankovich fortress, built in the 15th century. It is surrounded by a complex of buildings of the 'Small' and 'Big' cities. In Kragujevac, there is a beautiful cathedral in the Byzantine style. Studenica and Sopochany Monasteries have got the protection of UNESCO and are worth seeing. South of the capital, near the small town of Prijepolje, there is one of the most renowned and recognizable ancient Serbian monasteries, Mileshevo. It was founded by Prince Wladyslaw, the nephew of St. Sava the Serbian. The place is also known for the world-famous fresco 'The White Angel at the Tomb of the Lord.'

The country is rapidly developing and striving to become one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe. With all the attractions and picturesque places, this feat seems nothing but easily doable. Serbian tour operators do a great job of helping unsuspecting visitors fall in love with this beautiful country.