AT THE CRITICAL POINT WHERE THE SAVA AND THE DANUBE RIVERS CONVERGE IS WHERE BELGRADE, SERBIA’S CAPITAL CITY, BEGINS.

Belgrade may translate to mean ‘White City’, but this is one dynamic capital with a very colorful past. Nestled among the mountains and valleys of the Balkans, this verdant area was first settled by Celtic tribes in the 4th century B.C. and others—Romans, Turkish tribes, Austrians—followed to this crossroads where east meets west. Today, burgeoning enclaves innovatively merge elements from the city’s Ottoman past to push towards a very bright cosmopolitan future.

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BELGRADE FORTRESS
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Perched high on a ridge overlooking the Danube and Sava Rivers, the historic gates of this fortress open onto a vast landscape. This open-air history museum is the oldest remaining section of the city of Belgrade. Here, towers loom above the ramparts of an ancient citadel and sculptures of Serbian heroes join ruins dating from the Roman era.

MIKSER HOUSE CULTURAL CENTER
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A group of artists transformed a crumbling warehouse and filled it with designers, performance artists and creatives of all stripes to form a contemporary cultural institution. Located in the emerging Savamala neighborhood, the festivals, performances, exhibits, discussions and panel discussions hosted by Mikser House have put this enclave on the cultural map. Don’t miss a chance to shop at the Balkan Design Shop featuring forward-thinking home decor, furniture, clothing and accessories from the brightest local and regional designers.

NIKOLA TESLA MUSEUM
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A copper egg spins on its side gaining momentum, until it stands upright. It dances in circles around a drum, elegantly demonstrating the concept of the rotating magnetic field. Known as “The Egg of Columbus,” the model, unveiled at the 1893 World’s Fair, is included in the collection of this interactive science museum. Devoted to the revolutionary inventions of Nikola Tesla, the museum displays models and sketches detailing the engineer’s revolutionary inventions as well as exhibits on his personal life.

RENT BIKES FOR A RIVERSIDE RIDE
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With the advent of bike paths, and clever elevators to transport cyclists from bridges down to the riverside, hopping on two wheels is now an excellent way to canvass Belgrade. Join up with a group for an insider’s tour through leafy parks along the riverside. Pedal over the many bridges and wide pathways as an expert guide offers a local’s take on must-visit cafes, notable galleries and not-to-be-missed sites, including Saint Sava, the impressive eggshell-white with black domed structure that is the largest Orthodox church in the world.

SHOP BELGRADE DESIGN DISTRICT
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Housed in what was formerly Serbia’s first shopping mall, Belgrade’s Design District is a showroom for the city’s innovative independent design scene. Industrial elements merge with artistic details in the contemporary line of clothing, shoes, and accessories from No Brothers No Sisters. Minja Tarle’s sleek, minimalist line of bags, backpacks and luggage is on show in an appropriately spare space. Browse the two levels featuring entirely original clothing, jewelry, accessories, and art.

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