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From 0-10, how would you rank Belgrade, Serbia among your experiences?

I've been invited to go in August of 2015. But, of course, life is short, and there are many places one can visit (including just staying put in SF, which I love).

Would you vote "yay" or "nay"? If yay, what are were your highlights or must-do's? For what it's worth, I've never been to Serbia.

My budget is flexible and I could stay at least a week, possibly longer.

Thanks!

Tim

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  • Helen Thomas

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    Belgrade is a definite 10. Visited last summer with my son, and stayed at Hotel Townhouse 27, a lovely boutique hotel. Just walk up the street to visit Kalemegdan, a beautiful fortress overlooking the river, and get some amazing food and shopping in at Knez Mihailova a pedestrian area that's a must for tourists. Then, take a taxi to Nikola Tesla Museum, and swing past the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Sava.

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  • Mario Pavlović

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    8 - great night life, great food (if you're a meat lover), affordable.. But, August is not the best time to visit Belgrade, city will be half empty as most of the people will be vacationing. June/early July is great. If you're visiting Balkan region during summertime maybe you should consider Croatia's coast (Mediterranean food, lot of great small hidden beaches)

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  • Adam Gerber

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    Hi Tim. I'm a big fan (just listened to slash devoured the Popova and Zimmern episodes today).

    I also spent about a month in Serbia two years ago for a graduate research project and can tell you that it's a great town with a very rich history. In short, I say 'yay'.

    Totally worth the time to visit and it serves as a great launching pad for travels to Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and the rest of the Balkan states. PLUS it's not too far from Bulgaria so you can easily hop over there to finally indulge in that Bulgarian weightlifting curiosity of yours.

    Some highlights:

    • Great access to amazing pork. I actually gave up pork after this trip because I went a little overboard.
    • Fascinating global perspective. Serbia has a challenging global reputation for being a bit of a tough player during the breakup of the former Yugoslav republics. It's worth reading up on before going (most of what you read will be critical of Serbia) and then balancing that with the perspectives of actual Serbs.
    • Kalemegdan is a highlight. I visited this medieval fortress several times and found new things to enjoy each time.
    • The hipster arts, music, food, and cultural scene totally surprised me. It's very vibrant and I'm sure that any recs I make here will be totally out of date by now.

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  • Stefan Culibrk

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    An authentic and antifragile city, filled with outstandingly kind people. Don't go if you are not ready for some random acts of generosity. Seven days for getting a basic sense of the place (with pre-trip reading on history) is enough.

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  • Carl Curran

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    Yes, check out Ada Ciganlija. People very friendly and a little disturbing seeing the scars of a NATO bombing campaign.


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    You're a lifehacker, I think you're gonna like it. Lots of hacks there... and you're gonna have to find your own ways of doing things (by asking around mostly) - my guess is that you'll feel just challenged enough to be "in the flow". Also, you could ask Mystery, he's been around too... a while ago. Beautiful women, generally attracted to strangers. Kind people in general, and chances are 8 out of 10 people you approach in the streets will speak English (waiters, bar tenders and all kinds of staff all do). For an open-minded and generally positive personality like yours, unobstructed by prejudice, the place will open up just fine. Overall verdict: can't really tell, might range from 7 to 9. And by the way, thanx for helping me lose 55 lb without trying.

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    I am from the UK and recently travelled to Belgrade for just two days on a business trip. We had a chance to check out the (small) Nikola Tesla Museum and also have a walk around the pretty town centre and also ate dinner in a great restaurant that was situated inside and old fort at the top of a hill.

    I'm not sure this place merits a week - it's pretty cool and you can still see buildings with bomb damage from the war in the 90s believe it or not!

    We didn't go out to check out the nightlife but the guys I was working with (native Serbians) said the nightlife is awesome and practically 24/7 so if you want to party, then I think this is a good choice!

    Maybe a day or two here and then check out somewhere else in the region e.g. Croatia?

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  • Ivan Mikić

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    10! The guys before me said everything. nothing to add. Belgrade is a perfect place to get introduced to this area of Europe (people, culture, food...). The city is the biggest in the area and there is a big choice of everything you can expect as a traveler. Well known for nighlife. Higly recommend!

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    Balkans are amazing! I wasn't expecting much from Belgrade and it blew me away (went a couple of months ago). The food is incredible - better than many other countries famous for their Med. cuisine. There's also a strong tech culture, meaning a bunch of cool, youngish people, good night life, etc. Go to the Nikola Tesla Museum!

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  • Matt Trinetti

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    Hey Tim. In brief, 10! As a traveler you know there are places that shape you, for whatever reason -- the people, the nature, the life circumstances that brought you there. Serbia was one of those places for me. Went there first in 2012 and I've been back 2 times since. Of course one person's 10 can be another's 0...but here are the reasons I'd highly recommend going:

    1. The people/culture. Serbs are a hospitable and wild bunch. If you show love for them and curiosity for the culture, they'll show it back 10 fold. You'll walk into a kafana (typical Serbian bar) knowing no one and by the end of the night you'll be dancing with beautiful girls and guys will be kissing you on the forehead.

    2. The history. US & Serbia don't exactly have an affectionate political relationship. NATO bombed Belgrade in 1999 and Serbs have not forgotten. Belgrade has a rawness about it that's engaging and endearing. You can feel the history. And if you go in with a curiosity about the place and interest in the culture, people will eagerly share their perspective.

    3. The women. Probably the highest concentration of beautiful women of any place I've been. Regardless if you are single or looking or not -- it's not a bad place to be. I fall in love everytime I walk down Kneza Mihaila (main pedestrian street in Belgrade).

    In May I wrote a piece about the underreported flooding happening in Serbia. I was trying to bring awareness to the area, but really it became an opportunity to write a love letter to a place that shaped me: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-trinetti/serbia-flooding_b_5368500.html I may be there in Aug 2015 as well. Feel free to reach out: matt [at] GiveLiveExplore.com

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  • Krasimir Velchev

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    Definitely worth seeing! Vibrant night life, friendly people and nice culture! Then don't limit your experience just to that but head to Bulgaria and explore the country of your friend Maria Popova :) everything you need to know is here - www.eatstaylovebulgaria.com

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  • David Lazić

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    Definitely visit, things are definitely cheaper than in other countries so you shouldn't be worried about that part too much. Also, Serbian food all the way.

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    Yay! They have the most beautiful woman. Have lunch on the rooftop of the Kalemegdan. And visit the coastline Montenegro for the most beautiful beaches and exciting night life.

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  • David Dines

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    Go. And make a pitstop in Bosnia and Herzegovina - the Serbian and Bosnian countryside is outstanding.

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  • Irena P

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    Once you have a chance to come you should do so. Belgrade has a lot to offer. As already mentioned Kalemegdan is must. Also you should go to Skadarlija street, a bohemian street with a lot of taverns and great atmosphere especially during summer. Since you are planning to stay at least a week, you can visit Avala tower and monument .

    You can visit one of many night clubs on the rivers. Don't miss Kosančićev Venac and reserve some time for a walk around Dorćol. Also you can go for a walk or drive a bike from Dunavski Kej to Zemun. Zemun is great place to visit, and spend a day, near river, in nice cafes and restaurants, if there please visit Gardoš. Also from Zemun you can go on a boat ride.

    Then, some time you can spend on Ada Ciganlija an artificial lake with many activities. You can spend some time in Topčider and chill out on Košutnjak. If some time left hop to Novi Sad for a day.

    You can visit the museums: Muzej "25. maj", Muzej istorije Jugoslavije, Muzej Nikole Tesle as well as some of many churches: Cathedral Church, Crkva Svetog Marka, Temple of Saint Sava.


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  • Jovan Backovic

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    YAAAY! It's great that you are coming during summer, because you will be able to take a swim on Ada, which is also called See of Belgrade! Nightlife is great, and with your flexible budget you will be able to party really hard if that is what you want. If not, you can always take a stroll trough some of Belgrade old streets, eat well end enjoy beautiful people!

    Also, if you like beer, try timing your arrival with Belgrade Beer Fest... It is a largest and most visited festival on Balkans... Also, it's free! :D

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    YAY FOR SURE! Tim, Belgrade has vibrant nightlife and is a mix of European and Oriental life /think of a mix of Prague and Istanbul with a pinch of wild Balkan mentality/.

    It is a must.

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  • Nikola Yanev

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    Hey Tim, I live in Sofia, Bulgaria and have been in Serbia two times for startup conferences. I know a lot of great people in Belgrade which can assist you with some startup ecosystem info there.

    I also recommend you to visit Sofia, Bulgaria for a few days. Belgrade and Sofia are just few hours away. Bulgaria has probably the most advance startup ecosystem in South and Eastern Europe. If you come I can meet you with the biggest investors and most promising startups. I will also arrange an amazing sightseeing tour for you and I can provide you with a great place to stay for free.

    If you want me to assist you with further info and contacts drop me a line at nik.yanev(at)entrepreneur.bg or at any of my social media channels pointed on nikyanev.com

    Balkans are amazing and you will have a lot of fun in here, Tim. :)

    Cheers,

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    Yay. Very easy and friendly place. Was fortunate to be there during the Serbian National Celebration of Liberation by Russia so great military Parade through center of city. Everyone was in great mood. Food is very nice but beer is really a treat. Try some Serbian wine. Overall 8 out of 10.

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  • Nick McKinless

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    Hi Tim,

    I was in Serbia in 2010 as I was the Fight Choreographer and Trainer for the movie Coriolanus directed and starring Oscar Nominee Ralph Fiennes. (his directorial debut after his stint on the Harry Potter franchise on the modern day retelling which I was also a big part of as a stuntman).

    We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade Hotel which is right near a main shopping centre with a great food selection on the upper levels. Literally 5 minutes away is Champion Tennis player, Novak Djocovic's, awesome restaurant, 'Novak". Get the fillet steak!

    The people in Serbia are friendly and many speak good English. One thing to be aware of is that EVERYONE SMOKES and smoking is allowed EVERYWHERE.

    There's good gyms there and I also did some boxing at a VERY old school 'Rocky' style gym. They have amazing graffiti artwork which juxtaposes with the war torn buildings out of town. You will also see VERY young children begging which is heart breaking.

    There is an undertone of 'mafia' throughout the country but I it's easy to make friends and the women are gorgeous!

    Have fun...7/10!

    Nick McKinless


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