Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. With 7,000-year long history is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Belgrade is the main economic and political center of Serbia, with a contribution to the country’s GDP of 40%. The urban area of the City of Belgrade has a population of 1.34 million, while over 1.65 million people live within its administrative limits. Belgrade is a multicultural, vibrant and diverse city, known as “the city that never sleeps”, and an excellent host to all of its inhabitants and visitors. Tourists usually like to visit Belgrade in the period of January-October. During 2015, it was recorded 1,061,434 overnights.

Panorama view from Belgrade fortress of the confluence of rivers Sava and Danube. Photo by © Mladen Kesic, for public information only.
Please click on panorama picture to start short time-lapse video “Tiny Belgrade” created by filmmaker © Dusan Stojancevic

Belgrade is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. Belgrade takes a central position on the Balkan Peninsula, at the confluence of two large international rivers, the Danube and the Sava. It lies on the junction of 7th and 10th pan-European Corridors. The central position of the city is also confirmed by the distance from other regional capitals and centers: Zagreb 390 km, Budapest 384 km, Bucharest 641 km, Sofia 403 km, Skopje 423 km, Sarajevo 291 km, Podgorica 450 km, Tirana 612km and Thessaloniki port 630 km.


The main characteristic of the city is its territorial diversity: the north is a vast plane, featuring one of the most fertile grounds in Europe, and the south is hilly, with two mountains, Avala and Kosmaj. The urban area of Belgrade is 3,223 square km and the city area is 360 square km.

Please click on the picture below to start another exceptional video “Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, sparkles in the dazzling time-lapse” 
created by filmmaker Dusan Stojancevic and selected by National Geographic editors. © Dusan Stojancevic

Panorama view of “Old City”, Belgrade from Sava river. Photo by © Dragisa Zivkovic

As the former capital of Yugoslavia, Belgrade is still the regional tourist center and desirable traveling destination for visitors from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia.

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