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There’s no mistaking the buzz around Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It sits on the Danube and Sava rivers and is a city with a turbulent past but a promising future. Its history is preserved in its galleries, museums and architecture, with Hapsburg, Ottoman and Cold War influences, but today its youthful population lives very much in the present.
Summer is peak season in Belgrade, when the temperature can reach 30°C and the city is alive with festivals, including the huge Beer Fest in August. The heat is less oppressive in the spring and fall which are good times to visit, with plenty going on in the city, with music, theatre and cultural events.
In winter the temperature drops below freezing and there can be snow from Siberia. But there are fewer visitors and still plenty to see and do.
Although it is a popular city break destination all year round, with planning and some flexibility it is always possible to find a cheap flight to Belgrade.
There are direct flights from London but lots of other connecting routes to the city. Using the ‘Nearby airports’ option allows you to compare flights from different departure points in the UK.
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Optimal flight times from UK cities to Belgrade include:
Belgrade Airport is around 11 miles west of the city centre and was renamed in honour of the inventor Nikola Tesla in 2006. It has expanded dramatically in recent years as the city has grown in popularity, and it now handles 5.5 million passengers a year.
The two refurbished terminals have shops, bars, restaurants and lounges and there are car rental facilities in both arrivals halls. There are good transport links into the city centre.
Several airlines offer connecting routes, but the two carriers flying direct from the UK to Belgrade are:
The airport is a 30-minute bus ride from the city centre, and there are also plenty of taxis, plus rental car facilities on site.
The centre is compact and can be explored on foot and Belgrade’s extensive public transport network covers the entire city and includes buses, trolley cars and trams. Taxis are also plentiful and cheap.
Driving is a good option if you want to explore beyond the city centre – and driving in Belgrade itself is relatively easy.
Belgrade fortress at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers has seen its fair share of action down the years and has been rebuilt many times as a result. Today it is surrounded by a peaceful park and is a great place to explore.
There are lots of good museums in Belgrade, among the best is Nikola Tesla museum is dedicated to the Serbian inventor, which has some wonderful scientific exhibits. His ashes are also kept here in a spherical urn – much to the chagrin of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
For spectacular views of the city visit the Avala Tower, a 200m broadcasting tower destroyed in the Yugoslavian civil war but rebuilt in 2010. It sits on picturesque Mount Avala just outside the city.
Belgrade is a happening place, so take in the nightlife and be sure to visit a Splav – floating bars dotted along the Danube and Sava.
Exploring the city on foot is a great way to get a feel for the different neighbourhoods and discover great bars and restaurants.